19 Best Chromebook Games: Top Titles From the Google Play Store

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Now that the best Chromebooks (heck, most new ones too) run Android apps via the Google Play store, you've got viable gaming options on Chrome OS. 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, we get another title to put on this list of the best Chromebook games.

Top picks include the madly addictive Fallout Shelter, which runs without a stutter and benefits greatly from the larger screen. Also, Marvel's Spider-Man Unlimited is a fun infinite runner, especially for those struggling to wait for the next to-be-announced Tom Holland Spider-movie.

To find out which games are best for this platform, we test them out on the 12.3-inch Google Pixelbook. While Google's getting out of the tablet market, we've got our eyes on a forthcoming Pixelbook 2, codenamed Atlas. Our new favorite Chromebook overall 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.

Also, a note for Fortnite enthusiasts: while the current Android app emulation doesn't support your favorite title (because that game is installed outside of the Google Play store) there seems to be a way that could change. To make sure your laptop can run all of the best Chromebook games, make sure you know how to update your Chromebook.

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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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