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 12.3-inch Google Pixelbook so you know which games to trust on a Chromebook. Our new favorite Chromebook overall, though, is the 14.1-inch Asus Chromebook Flip C434, which has thin bezels and a big, bright, vivid display, an aluminum chassis and nearly 10 hours of battery life.

The big news of the moment is that Google Stadia — a new game-streaming service — looks to give Chromebooks (as well as a ton of other machines) a new way to game when it launches later this year. Stadia was first tested in Google's Project Stream, which allows you to play demanding games with the two other major requirements being one of Google's controllers (at a price to be named later) and a fast internet connection.

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.

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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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