10 Best Chromebook Games

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Google Chromebook's popularity is on the rise. A recent Gartner study predicted that more than 5 million Chromebooks will sell in 2014. However, Chromebooks lack the necessary power to run high-end games such as Starcraft 2 and Skyrim. That's because these thin and light machines are intended to be used primarily for Web surfing and apps. But that doesn’t mean Chromebooks don’t have any gaming capabilities. The rise of the Chrome App Store has brought  many popular mobile games to the OS. Many of these mix action, platforming and strategy create an enjoyable experience.

Here are our favorite Chromebook Games.

Pocket Legends/Star Legends/Dark Legends/Arcane Legends

While World of Warcraft attracts most players, Spacetime Studios has created a simpler MMO experience for casual players. The Legends series is a series of free-to-play genre-based MMORPGs that use the same interface to create four experiences. These include anthropomorphic fantasy (Pocket Legends), sci-fi (Star Legends), Horror (Dark Legends) and general fantasy (Arcane Legends). While the games aren't terribly in-depth, the mechanics are easy to learn and the game is fun. Arcane Legends is our favorite, because it has the best mechanics and is the latest version in the series.

In Polycraft, our hero finds that he arrived on a mysterious island, full of mysterious Wildlings and dangerous Ferals. Our hero must help defend the Wildlings by collecting resources, exploring the island and building a series of towers to defend his home. Polycraft mixes the survival/exploration game mechanics of games like Minecraft and Don’t Starve with tower-defense style combat of Fieldrunners and Plants vs. Zombies. We love the artistic style and simple yet addictive game mechanics.The game is free, though players can buy Amber, the game’s premium currency, to speed up construction and buy better weapons.

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 Airmech (Free)

Did you ever want to drive a Transformer? Well, here’s the next best thing: playing Airmech. Airmech is a Real Time Strategy/Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game. Players live in a post-apocalyptic where those with Airmechs (mech robots with transforming capabilities) fight for control. Players must lead their robotic armies to destroy the enemy’s base. The game’s variety of units and Airmechs adds a strategic dimension that many fans of Starcraft 2 and League of Legends will enjoy. Players can earn Kudos in-game to spend on Airmechs and units, or they can spend real money on diamonds, the game’s premium currency.

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Happy Wheels (free)

Do you have a dark sense of humor? A love of the grotesque? Then you may enjoy Happy Wheels. This ragdoll, physics-based game lets players create their own levels. Players will need to protect their ill-fated avatars from harpoons, rocks, crushing floors and anything else that might dismember or destroy. The game is completely free. The game is easy to play, hard to master, and is really flexible.

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Crimson: Steam Pirates (free)

Sometimes, you feel a little steampunkish. Other times your inner pirate is yearning to be free.  How much fun would it be to combine the two? This is Crimson: Steam Pirates’ premise. This strategy/action game lets players lead their fleet of boats and airships into turn-based combat. The visuals feels like the 19th century, the level of strategy feels complex and the game is extremely addictive. The only thing that might improve things is playing while wearing a monocle. The game is free online, though additional chapters can be purchased later on.

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Kingdom Rush (free)

Kingdom Rush is one of the more popular versions of the tower defense genre, which have been a cornerstone of the mobile gaming realm. Players defend their base from an oncoming horde of enemies with knights, magic, arrows and explosives. After each mission, players can upgrade their forces and hire heroes to help fight off the enemy. Kingdom Rush provides a strong role playing element to the tower defense genre, as well as a steady learning curve. The game is available in the Chrome Store for free, though players can buy extra heroes and unit upgrades in-game.

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Bastion (14.99)

Most fantasy stories are often driven by the narrator. But what if the story drove the narrator? This the technical premise behind Bastion, Supergiant Games’ first game. Bastion received more than 100 awards, including a place on numerous Top 10 lists, and Best Downloadable Game from the Spike VGA Awards. Bastion tells the tale of a young warrior who survived the end of the world, and has to fight through a world of danger to find a way to save himself and the few others who survived. The game is visually beautiful, mechanically interesting and well-worth playing. Players can try the first few levels for free, but will need to pay $14.99 for the full game.

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Realm of the Mad God (Free)

Realm of the Mad God is the first 2D top-down-shooter MMORPG. Using mechanics similar to Geometry Wars and Robotron: 2084, players create your character from one of 14 avatars and shoot their way through dungeons, gather loot and fight to destroy the mad god, Oryx. The game is easy to pick up, fast-paced and has a strong learning curve. The game is free, but has multiple in-app purchases, including items, keys and starter packs.

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They Need to Be Fed (0.99)

A good platformer game should give a player a lot to explore, should be visually interesting, easy to learn and fun to play. Those adjectives perfectly describe the unusual concept behind They Need to Be Fed. In the game, you’re a human, and there are hungry monsters. You need to jump from platform to platform so that you can get to the monster and feed yourself to him. Despite the concept sounding creepy, the game’s simple design is attractive and the gameplay is addictive. You’ll just WANT to feed the monsters with your body. It's totally worth the $0.99.

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Spelunky HTML5 (Free)

Another blast-from-the-past that's worth rediscovering on your Chromebook, "Spelunky HTML5" is a devilish delight. As a hapless explorer working his way through treasure-filled caverns, you'll need to stay on your toes. Danger lurks around every corner, including snakes, bats and other unspeakable terrors. Featuring challenging level-designs and cool, 8-bit–style retro graphics, "Spelunky" is good, classic fun.

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  • Ayy DerpyDolphin Says:

    Lol idk what im doing with this site really this site sux DEZ NUTZ because airmech is for windows and GUESS WHAT WE HAVE CHROME OS.

  • 12345 Says:

    This is a really bad article i mean you have to download airmechs and its windows only this is crap

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  • Derek Says:

    I made a port of Angry Birds for Chrome OS if anybody wants it.

  • Amber Says:

    These games that you provided are sucky and plus they are all BOY games.I would want to play something that is more for girls or should I for girls.This site SUCKS!!!!!

  • Chachi2014 Says:

    chromebook sucks, i should have gotten a windows or something else. kms

  • amaya Says:

    i cant get any games!!!!!! i keep looking up tricks but they dont work!!!
    it says you dont have devices!

  • Johan Says:

    There is an online 3d game named Tanki online. It does not support unity so that is a good thing.

  • batwoman Says:

    if i get a chrome book from school can i play games on it or no because my neighbor said no but batman says yes i have no idea what to do can some body tell me if your in middle school like me just im begging for somebody to tell me


    P.S. ''''BOOM'''''''

  • potato king Says:

    what boring games, even for airmech. it only took me 30 minutes to forget it, what a wasteful christmas, (Especially when I specifically asked for a PC darnit)

  • William Says:

    This is precisely why no one will buy a Chromebook. Google needs to buy or start a serious Game Studio if they want people to make the switch. In my household games drive 90% of the devices we have, and forgive me for saying this, but most of those games look like they were made for the Nintendo 64. You're not going to get people to take an OS like this seriously without some serious games for it.

  • blablabla Says:

    ummmb... this is not helpful at all

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  • Cooler then you Says:

    This is not helpful at all there goes ten seconds of my life ill never get back...

  • Alice Says:

    I'm trying to download Smite, but it says that it doesn't support it, I tried using my flash drive, but that didn't work either, does this mean I can't download Smite at all?

  • Ashley Says:

    Y'all are terrible. There is NOTHING here I am inrested in.

  • Cristal Salinas Says:

    I want to know how to play games on this device. I have a chrome book that has some websites blocked. Is this one blocked?

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  • joshua Says:

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  • Nhã Uyên Says:

    Very good article

  • sean k Says:

    The 4 best games for google chrome, by far and away, are the 4 spacetime studio games: Arcane Legends, Pocket Legends, Star Legends and Dark Legends. They are still, to this day, the only fully immersive, non-beta, fully 3d mmorpgs available for chrome. I have no idea why they are never mentioned in game reviews. Much better than any game you mentioned.

  • Anna Attkisson, LAPTOP Managing Editor Says:

    At the time this story went live, we believe all games were compatible. Battlefield is no longer available, and we appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. An update will be made to this story today.

  • Snarky Voice of Reason Says:

    FYI, several of the games you have listed for the ChromeBOOK require Chrome running on a WINDOWS PC. When you access them in the Chrome Web Store from a Chromebook, they are clearly labeled NOT COMPATIBLE in a big red warning label.

    Not that I mean to tell you how to run your blog, chaps, but shouldn't people writing about Chromebooks actually USE and TEST things on an ACTUAL Chromebook?

    Don't make the ignorant assumption that Chrome browser on a Windows PC is the same thing as a Chromebook. IT IS NOT.

  • Sam Says:

    NEED FOR SPEED WORLD DOESN'T EVEN WORK ON CHROMEBOOK! It's meant for people on windows computer using the Chrome browser. The game is not compatible with Chrome OS!

  • Mike Says:

    Did the author even play, or attempt to play any of these games on a chromebook? The last two on the list aren't even playable on a chrombook.

    Battlefield - This computer not supported. Installation disabled. Plugin required.
    Need for Speed - Just a link to download a "free to play" windows game.

  • Basilio Gonzalez Says:

    Hello. Is there a way to run Battlefield Play4Free on the Chromebook? When trying to install from the ChromeStore, I get "his application is not supported on this computer. Installation has been disabled. The following problems are detected:
    NPAPI plugin is required by this app"

  • marcia Says:

    i just got a chromebook and i can't play any games that are in the chromebook store. i chose a game and i get either that it is not supported or to chose an app to open the game with. any advice?

  • Rose Says:

    Can you download injustice - god among us and Netflix or is it available at the chrome store on a Samsung Chrome book

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