19 Best Android Games to Play On Your Chromebook

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Now that most new Chromebooks run Android apps via the Google Play store, the gaming options for Chrome OS laptops aren't paltry and laughable, and include some gems. There's only one catch: not all Android games run well (or at all) on Chrome OS, as they were originally built for phones and tablets and not laptops. And with each passing month, Android's best new games — which I will add here — become Chrome OS's gains.

So while Fallout Shelter runs without a stutter and Marvel's Spider-Man Unlimited is a fun infinite runners, others (including Madden NFL Football, NBA 2K17 and Middle Earth Shadow of War) just fail to run smoothly even launch properly. This is why we downloaded a ton of Android games to test them out on the Google Pixelbook so you know which games to trust on a Chromebook. Also, I strongly recommend you invest in games that charge a little cash up front and don't rely on in-app purchases, as those games more often provide a pleasant experience up front, rather than bilk you for coins like an old arcade game. For example, one of my colleagues tested Star Trek: Fleet Command, but warned that its "very, very attractive exterior" is a mere front for hidden cash grabs.

The one thing that might get in your way, though, is apparent lag in Chrome OS touchscreen interfaces, which Google is apparently fixing in the near future.

Also, a note for Fortnite enthusiasts: Android app emulation won't be enough, because that game is installed outside of the Google Play store, and Epic Games doesn't list Chromebooks under its supported devices list. In good news, though, PUBG Mobile now runs on Intel/x86 Chromebooks, and we look forward to testing it on the Pixelbook soon.

Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.
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  • John IL Says:

    Well of course stuff will run better on top line hardware like a PixelBook or Slate. But in my tests on basic Chromebooks its really no great experience with game apps. Yes, basic apps run just fine. But I noticed even apps like Prime music stutter at times using Chrome browser at the same time. I guess stands to reason Google should have kept Android capabilities to hardware that can actually run apps well. I suspect that is better hardware then a duel core Celeron and no touch screen.

  • anthony lamar battle Says:

    I like to play on andriod and chromebook

  • MEMES Says:

    Funny thing is though, I have a Chromebook with decent enough hardware that it could easily handle games like contract wars. Only problem is that I'm not allowed to install plugins like Unity...

  • Susucks Says:

    hey who doesn't like star stable!!!

  • errata erratum,,, Says:

    wow, this article is from 2014, that's some accomplishment since the author didn't join laptopmag.com until 2015,,,

    no, that is not the highlight of my comment here, my comment is relative to the fact this article totally lumps all chromebooks into one big sum,

    even in 2014, chromebooks (non arm based) would play droid games that were usually played on HIGH end tablets,

    the ist of games here, is so pathetic, and the article so full of errata,

    it is being added to my collection of "tech misinformation by the so called pros",,,

    i see these articles all over, that are obviously, just tossed together to give substance to a tech.com site,

    this one isn't the best fake review, but it's "misinformation" is from beginnning to bio, which is a rare highlight to the genre of fake tech journalism,,,,

    bravo, awesome fake article!!!!

  • Justin Says:

    Lol, I agree with Corey. If it's for school, then what'd you expect, and other than that you should,ve done your research. These laptops don't go for as little as $150 for no reason. Itunes don't work? Blame Apple. With an android you don't need a program at all to put music on your device. Moral is, do research before you buy.

  • Corey Says:

    i love all the 15 year olds pissing and moaning about not being able to play games, its a work computer. your school didn't but them for you to play with. ffs

  • JD rogers Says:

    I found out that airmech is only on windows it can not be playable on chromeos

  • Madison Says:

    It really does...We have it at our school and it's bull crap that they won't give us our old computers back! I'm like so pissed.

  • rosalovescandy Says:

    this computer sucks if you have it;(

  • Taniyah Brooks Says:

    i have a chrome book but it's from school

  • Taniyah Brooks Says:

    cool i guess but some of those games aren't fun to me. No offence


    hi ...I have a chrome book that I have been using for abt. 2 yrs. I recently am having trouble getting my favorite games to load properly . I have tried many options but no help. I play at the games.com site all the time & prefer it to other sites. but it just won't load properly now. any help would be so appreciated .

  • Adrian Says:

    Yeah I bought this thing cuz i was looking for a cheap laptop to use for school but the chromebook can't even download itunes much less anything for Adobe. It's pretty much a worthless device unless all you do is watch youtube and video chat but honestly i couldn't even get skype to work on this thing. The place i bought it from wouldn't take it back because it had been opened so im stuck with the thing.

  • Ravan Says:

    P.S. I officially want an Alienware laptop. XD

  • Ravan Says:

    I flipped out when I tried to download a mmorpg, and it said, "Sorry, but no." I even tried to play a simple browser game, RuneScape, it won't even load.
    These shown games on this article put shame on how advanced the gaming world is now.
    There are to be these apps on your OS Chrome to run simple games? I am officially bored of this piece of paper called a laptop.

  • Teegan Says:

    Hey why do you not have my favorite games

  • nemsisturbo Says:

    the chrome is completely bad on another level even older pc were better then this

  • anthonyninja989 Says:

    what about tanki online!?!?!?!?

  • Sackett Says:

    Try Treasure Arena its free and fun

  • Johnny Says:

    What website is polycraft being played on in that image

  • Deborah kay Says:

    Your Games looks like it belongs back in 1990's grames. l tried to play Warcraft but chrome did not except this game.Your designer need to work on their graphics, study the graphics that's on Warcraft.and you need to explain what CSRF means.

  • Anonymous Says:

    and also I'm starting the "Foxx Pack" clan on agar.io, you have to be 35 in order to get the skin son start lvling up to join

  • Anonymous Says:

    Try getting Treasure Arena from the web store, its pretty fun if you're not in to fps games then try Agar.io or Pokemon Showdown

  • moodygamertv Says:

    what about agario? well ask lenny -.-
    lenny come here :3
    yes:( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    tell these guys to put agario >:(
    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°):PUT AGARIO nOW OR YOUR DEAD >:3

  • yeductjh Says:

    all of these games look like they were made back in the 1990's i mean realy bruh realy

  • 12345 Says:

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

  • Tomasz Pelczar Says:

    Let me use the words, which had been, quite often, using one of the music stars from United States very close to the Mexican gulf, both cute and awesome ...

  • 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:

    your lame

  • 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.

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