The Chromebook is becoming an increasingly rugged laptop option with every passing year. With the increase in crossover functionality for Linux and Android, it now has access to a plethora of apps and games that in the past would have been unthinkable.
But for this list, we’ve decided to focus on the best games you can play natively on Chromebook in 2021. We’re now also including playable Android games, as every Chromebook released since 2017 now has native Android functionality. . We want to reflect what is available to the majority of Chromebook users today.
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1. Game Dev Tycoon (Android)
Game Dev Tycoon is an addictive business simulation about running a game development studio. It’s been around since 2012, and the fact that it’s now on PC, mobile, and Nintendo Switch is a testament to its popularity.
Assemble a team of talented developers, move into an office and become the greatest game studio known to mankind! There’s a nice narrative push too, as you start the game in a garage in the ’80s before you wind through the ages and the new tech they bring.
The game works great with touchscreen or mouse controls and is a real bouncing experience as you design game project after game project and (hopefully) watch the big bills roll.
2. Google Stadia
While it’s not really a game on its own, given that Google’s cloud-based gaming platform allows you to play games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and PUBG on your Chromebook, it deserves to be. a mention.
Stadia works by streaming games from Google’s servers, then basically streaming them to your Chromebook via high-quality video (up to 4K). If you have a fast internet connection, the difference between playing the game through streaming or the actual hardware should be negligible. Simply go to Stadia website in your Chrome browser and you’re good to go!
Another fun fact is that you can now try Stadia Pro for free for a month, giving you access to a nice little catalog of included games to try out.
3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Android)
Metroidvanias are all the rage these days, but they wouldn’t be where they are today without this landmark entry in the Castlevania series.
Featuring non-linear exploration, opulent pixel art and an unforgettable glam-rock-meet-macabre soundtrack, Symphony of the Night is one you can always return to, and it remains immortally brilliant – much like Big Drac himself.
The surprise release of an Android version offers a new way to revisit this classic, with new perks, like a Continue feature and achievements. Playing it on the Chromebook’s keyboard (or better yet, a gamepad) is a lot more comfortable than on a touchscreen, too!
4. Dota Underlords (Android)
The mobile version of one of the world’s most popular MOBAs is very well done, moving away from the fast-paced gameplay of its parent game for something more card-based and slower. You collect characters and then pit them against rival players in battles that rely on tactics, heavy combos, and a bit of RNG, along with good luck, like old-school cRPGs.
It’s a nice tactical break from the PC version and not too different from Auto Chess, which has a similar turn-based feel. Dota Underlords won’t hold your hand as you experiment and learn the ropes of its roster of characters, but it does make consistent mastery of the game all the more satisfying.
Dota Underlords has been tested on a number of Chromebook devices and is generally reported to work without issues.
5. Alto’s Odyssey (Android)
The sequel to Alto’s Adventure is one of the most fascinating and artistically accomplished games on Android. It is also among the most universally compatible Android games on Chromebook.
In Alto’s Odyssey , you slide on a board through all manner of desert landscapes, with mysterious towns and ancient rock formations rising up in the background. It has its fair share of challenges, but it’s also a serene experience that is perfect for reveling in a lazy weekend afternoon.
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6. PUBG Mobile (Android)
Unlike most of the other games on this list, playing the Android version of the legendary Battle Royale game on Chromebook comes with a few caveats. First of all, you need to have an Intel processor in your Chromebook.
Secondly, how PUBG Mobile works on Chromebook highly depends on your device. Google Pixelbook users have reported that it performs reasonably well, as have high-end Chromebooks. More than Laptopmag One of the writers even got to work pretty well on an obscure low-end Teqnio Chromebook.
If you can get PUBG Mobile to work, you’re in a world of tough old fun as you battle 99 other players to be the last man standing. It’s austere, intense and incredibly convincing.
Note that you can play the full version of PUBG on Chromebook if you subscribe to Google Stadia Pro (which, as we mentioned before, comes with a one-month free trial).
7. Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition (Android)
The ever-growing support for Android apps on Chrome OS means we’re increasingly comfortable recommending Play Store games for the Chromebook. Not all games perform perfectly (many don’t, in fact), but one of the titles that has been confirmed to work seamlessly across multiple Chromebook devices is this classic RPG.
The port of Baldur’s Gate 2 by Beamdog retains everything from the original games and is enhanced with HD resolutions. It’s an old-fashioned RPG set in a beautiful pre-rendered world and lets you control a group of heroes, take on quests, and engage in deep D&D style combat. It’s one of the most successful games of its time, with excellent colorful writing and an immersive world that paved the way for today’s RPGs.
While we’re at it, you can also check out other Black Isle Studio games: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition , Icewind dale and Planescape: Torment on the Play Store. All of them work fine on most compatible Chromebooks. (If not, just take advantage of the Play Store’s two-hour refund window.)
The minimalism of the game in its most beautiful form. Agar.io doesn’t look like much – a handful of primary colored circles floating on what appears to be a sheet of graph paper. Start playing, however, and it’s a viciously compelling online battle for survival.
You control a circle, guiding it around a large, plain expanse with the goal of consuming smaller circles (controlled by other players) while avoiding being nibbled by circles larger than you. That’s it. You can shell out cash for in-game skins and so on, but the game can just as easily be enjoyed for free.
9. Fallout Shelter (Android)
Many Chromebooks are now compatible with Play Store apps and Play Store games, so we decided to start introducing games to our list that have proven to be playable on Chromebooks this way.
One of the best options on this front is Fallout Shelter , the side spinoff of the main Fallout series that tasks you with building and managing a nuclear bunker in this game world. It plays great and looks great using those signature 50s cartoon graphics that players will recognize from Pip-Boy.
10. FTL: faster than light (browser)
One of the best indie games to emerge on PC can actually be played on your Chromebook if you get the Humble Store version and play it through the Humble Web Player. (As with Super Hexagon, you can try the demo first.) FTL tasks you with keeping a spaceship crew members alive as they travel through the cosmos. It’s a game of permanent death, so once you lose you lose a limb for good, but that won’t stop you coming back for more.
Is it safe to assume you’ve all heard of this one? One of the first true 3D first-person shooters continues to be revered today for its fast, simple gameplay and timeless multiplayer option. The good news is that this ChromeOS version created by fans has it all. It’s amazing how satisfying it always is to slide down Quake’s dark hallways, decimating grunts into lumpy polygonal offal.
One of the top rated games on ChromeOS, this isometric hack – & – slasher makes a pretty good impression of a Diablo game – loot, kill, level up, loot some more. Of course, it obviously doesn’t have the shine of Blizzard’s classic dungeon crawler, but for a ChromeOS freebie, you really can’t complain. It also has multiplayer!
Spelunky is, in my eyes, a necessity in everyone’s game collection. The permanent death mine shaft crawler is a gold mine of unexpected events, crazy mishaps and hilarious situations as you fight your way to stealing the legendary treasure. This is based on the less pretty 2008 version and not the most recent remake, but the systems and mechanics are all there.
14. City of Salem (navigator)
Have you ever played the Mafia board game after a few bottles of wine at a dinner party? The city of salem, browser-based, goes in the same direction and you don’t have to be drunk to have fun. Play with a whole bunch of players online and try to figure out who is killing the locals at night. (Or if you’re the killer, try not to get caught.) Devilishly deceptive.