So you want to play the best offline games for your Chromebook.
I’ve gathered just that. Your quest is over.
Last updated: 6/10/17.
In this list, I go over some of most addicting games I’ve come across on the Chrome Web Store.
I know that you and I may have different tastes.
For example, I like shooters, platformers, and virtual worlds. You may like racers, puzzlers, and MMORPGs. That’s why I’ve included the best games from a variety of categories so you can easily browse through what interests you.
And the best part? All of these games work offline so you can just install them onto your Chromebook and you can play without any WiFi connection.
How awesome is that?
Anyway, here’s the list.
Spelunky is a cave explorer that moves on a 2D plane. The caves are randomly generated so you never play the same layout twice. That way, it’ll always be a new game (in a way). It keeps stuff fresh.
You go through the cave, fight baddies, collect treasures, and solve simple puzzles. It’s pretty addicting and can be quite challenging at times.
It’s a colorful, retro-style platformer with a touch of arcade elements. It’s pretty fun. The graphics are what make this game so enjoyable.
It’s probably the only offline game for Chrome OS that I play daily for a few minutes (or hours). Try it out.
The good: Random caves, awesome graphics, items are cool, runs offline on Chromebooks, and very addicting.
The bad: Can be confusing since all rooms look very similar and you’ll be going in circles.
You can grab Spelunky here.
2. Tank Riders
Tank Riders is a tank battler with slick graphics and reflex testing levels. The game is very fast-paced and you need to act quick. You fight waves of baddies with a variety of weapons like missiles, mortars, and cannons. Your shots can break walls and uncover secrets as well.
The graphics are amazing for a browser game and the enemy AI is very good. Tank Riders will also have an online mode for multiplayer battles soon as well. This game is fun for the cheap thrills kind of person. It’s a quick pickup when you’re bored and will keep you busy. It runs offline on your Chromebook so no WiFi connection is needed.
The good: Addictive, nice graphics, lots of weapons.
The bad: Repetitive gameplay.
Give Tank Riders a try.
3. Web Quake
If you don’t know what Quake is, you’ve probably been hiding under a modern console.
Quake is a violent, retro shooter that’s very similar to the Doom series. If you like Doom, you’ll like Quake as they’re very similar games. There’s plenty of violence, weapons, enemies, levels, and gore to go around. This game will keep you busy. You can even strafe while walking and shooting down baddies just like the original.
It doesn’t feel weird playing it on a Chromebook at all. In fact, I prefer it over my desktop since the keyboard feels a lot more responsive (but then again, I use an office keyboard on my Windows computer.)
This game runs offline on Chromebooks, but it has online multiplayer support if you want to play online. Isn’t that awesome? And it’s completely free to play.
The good: Pure action, FPS shooter, retro graphics, works offline on Chromebooks. It’s Quake. Give it a try.
The bad: Might not appeal to modern gamers.
Shoot up some baddies with Web Quake.
4. Blocky Sniper
Blocky Sniper is a game where you snipe baddies in a world that’s made out of blocks similar to Minecraft. The game has nice graphics and is a fast-paced game that’ll keep you busy for hours. You have to snipe the enemies and watch out for the good guys. It tests your accuracy, precision, and reflexes.
Although the game isn’t that special, it’s still a very fun and challenging game to play. It gets difficult in the later levels. You can choose from different equipment and weapons, and the sound is pretty good as well.
Although it has nothing to do with Minecraft, the levels are very blocky and you can clearly see the reference to the game.
The good: Good graphics, fast-paced game, total immersion, weapon unlocks
The bad: Gets very repetitive, too difficult for most people
(Do you play Minecraft? Check out the best games similar to Minecraft that you can play on your Chromebook.)
Snipe some blocks with Blocky Sniper.
5. Super Mario’s Adventure 2
This is a remake of the classic Mario platformer with all new levels. You play as Mario, obviously, and you go through the levels stomping on Goombas, Koopas, and more. You use the Left and Right Arrow keys along to move and the Up Arrow to jump.
It’s not as good as the original for many reasons, but it plays similar enough to get you your Mario fill. You can collect coins, find blocks, and dodge Piranha plants from pipes just like the original.
The good: Colorful game, good graphics, decent Mario remake, works offline on Chromebooks.
The bad: Controls, too easy, too repetitive, reminds you of just playing regular Mario.
Collect some coins in Super Mario’s Adventure 2.
6. Gorescript Classic
Gorescript is a retro FPS that’s like a mix of Doom, Quake, and modern voxel graphics all in one package. You get the same UI and experience as the classic shooters, but the graphics are modernized and colorful. You can find hidden ammo, secrets, and even a map. The levels have branching paths and aren’t linear. You can even run while strafing to fire at enemies.
Personally, I like classics better because the graphics make up a huge part of the game. When you combine retro gameplay that you’ve grown up with and voxel 2.5D graphics, it feels like it’s a different game. It feels like it’s been modernized.
It’s just an opinion and doesn’t make the game bad necessarily. Some people appreciate the updated graphics and they’re nice to look at.
But if you’re looking for a real retro shooter, stick to Quake. The controls for this game work fine on Chromebooks.
The good: Classic gameplay elements, hidden areas, difficult.
The bad: Graphics are a detraction from the classic feel that many hardcore fans are used to.
Check out the modern shooter here.
7. Little Alchemy
This is one the most popular and addicting puzzle games on the Chrome Web Store. It’s very simple. You start with 4 items and use them to find more items. It grows and grows until you have a whole arsenal of random items to use, such as water, unicorns, and even lava.
It’s kind of hard to explain how it works until you try it. There are over 500 elements and you can mix them to create new items. There are no time limits so you can play how you like- background game or full focus. You also have achievements, leaderboards, and even night mode to play in the dark.
Little Alchemy is one of the best Chromebook games that you play offline and is backed by thousands of reviews. You can’t miss out on this. You’ll like it even if you don’t like puzzlers.
The good: Tons of elements, leaderboards, achievements, create and mix elements to get new ones, addicting, runs in the background and perfect for a queue or idle game.
The bad: Way too addicting, wastes a lot of time (is that bad if you’re having fun?)
Mix up some fire and water here.
Pathuku is a puzzle game for Chromebooks where you basically have to connect all the dots without going the same path twice. It’s like that house with an “X” puzzle that was so popular in school.
Pathuku features a lot of neon colors and many different levels. It gets pretty difficult quickly, so if you like challenging puzzle games, this is a good choice.
You get to play dozens of levels and each level also has a timer with a rating system using three stars.
You get more stars if you finish the level quickly, but that requires mastery.
It’s a hard game and only the most dedicated will be able to beat all the levels with three stars (max stars).
The good: Colorful graphics, addicting, makes you think, challenging, mesmerizing visuals.
The bad: Gets very difficult quickly, learning curve spikes.
Check out Pathuku here.
9. Word Search Puzzle Game
It’s a word search. That’s all there is to say. But it’s one of the best word search games for Chromebooks you can get. And it runs offline.
It features over 3000 themed word search games in one app. You unlock more by beating the easier ones. I was so impressed with the sheer volume of games that there’s no reason to ever buy another word search in the newspaper. You get over 120,000 words by solving these puzzles and there are even bonuses in the game, like finding a word with only their first letter revealed.
It works on Chromebooks and on phones as well, so you can take it on the go. There’s also a hint feature to help you out and the game runs super quickly and works offline.
The good: So many word searches you’ll be busy for a while, different themes, bonus points, hint features.
The bad: Not for everyone (but if you like word searches, this is one of the best for Chrome OS.)
Solve some word puzzles here.
10. Free Rider HD
Free Rider is a game where you get to design the level and have a stick figure ride through it on a bicycle. You can make anything from climbs, drops, loops, jumps, and more. It’s a popular game that’s been around for a while now and is still super popular.
The offline editor includes 6 power-ups, a grid tool, 2 vehicles, an eraser, a brush, straight or curved lines, and the ability to import tracks. You can also export them to their website and let your friends see what you’ve created.
It’s often used as a learning tool, believe it or not. It helps build logic, persistence and offers a way to get creative for students and teachers.
The good: build whatever track you can imagine, watch your rider ride the track, export your tracks to show them off.
The bad: Limited track types, only 2 vehicles, limited compared to the whole game.
Ride some awesome tracks with Free Rider HD.
11. Bubble Shooter Exclusive
Sure, there are a ton of bubble shooter games, and this is just another one. The good part? It has an exclusive design and offers power-ups for some bubble destruction. It even has an autosave feature as well.
If you’ve never played a bubble shooter before, you basically have to match similar colored bubbles to make them pop. If they reach the limit line, the game is over. You get to use power-ups to make it easier and increase your score. This is a class puzzler and many will like this type of game.
The good: Rich, colorful graphics, power-ups, auto-save, nice backgrounds.
The bad: Difficulty ramps up quickly, some people don’t like puzzlers.
Shoot up some bubbles with Bubble Shooter Exclusive.
12. Cut the Rope
Okay, everyone’s heard of the Cut the Rope. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’ve heard of it. And if you haven’t, you’re hearing about it now.
It’s the world-famous game. You go through the levels and collect stars, find prizes, and new levels. It’s a physics based game with cute characters and amazing graphics. This game has won dozens of awards for good reason.
I don’t want to spoil it too much, so go ahead and play it for yourself. Just try it.
The good: Graphics are top-notch, the physics engine is excellent, addictive.
The bad: Can be quite addicting and a time drain.
Check out the classic game here.
13. Pou Virtual Pet
Pou (pronounced “poo”) is a weird, cylindrical pet that you take care of. It’s pretty much like any other virtual pet game, and if you’re into that genre, this game is pretty popular amongst the crowd.
You take care of him by doing things like bathing him, playing with him, or just letting him get some sleep.
Pou is a slow-paced game that you can play offline and just waste time. It’s perfect for an idling game or something that you can run in the background while you’re working on something else.
Personally, I’m not a fan of pet simulator games, but if you are, you should check out Pou. It’s one of the most popular games all over the world for pet sims.
Pou Virtual Pet is free to play and runs offline on your Chromebook so you can play it without any Internet connection. It’s one of the most boring, yet addicting offline Chrome games I wasted a good portion of time with idling in the background.
The good: Cute graphics, a variety of things to do with Pou, simple, stress reducer.
The bad: Not for everyone, gets repetitive, Pou can get annoying.
Grab your own Pou here.
14. Basketball GM
From the name, you can obviously tell this is a fantasy basketball simulator.
If you’re into basketball sims, this is probably the best sim on the Chrome Web Store. Basketball GM lets you set rosters, draft players, trade, and make all the decisions to build the perfect fantasy team. You can build a whole dynasty with multiple championships and you have a limited amount of cash to not go bankrupt. It’s a challenging game, but if you dig fantasy basketball, try it out.
The good: Lots of options, clean interface, leaderboards.
The bad: Not for everyone.
Create the ultimate dynasty here.
This one’s a simple game with easy controls. It’s mini-golf. You launch the game and it gives you a clean user interface and large buttons so that anyone can pick it up and play it. If you have a Wii, it looks very similar to the interface.
MiniGolf is based on HTML5 and it’s literally just install and play. Try to get the ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible. You get a total of 9 holes and a scoreboard to keep track of your strokes throughout the courses.
It’s very simple to play and is a nice way to kill time. It runs offline and does not require any learning curve even if you have no idea how to play golf.
The good: Excellent physics, easy to learn, addicting.
The bad: Repetitive with the same courses.
Play some mini golf with MiniGolf.
16. Free Kick
Free Kick is a soccer free kick simulator. You click once to set the angle, and you have 5 shots to make a goal. You’re in the world championships and you have to throw the decisive penalties. The fate of your team depends on you.
Whether or not you’re into soccer, this game is still fun to mess around with it. You just use your mouse and set the shot and go for it.
It runs offline and is free to play.
The good: Wastes time when you’re bored, decent graphics, good physics.
The bad: Not for everyone.
Kick some balls with Free Kick.
17. 8 Ball Pool
This is 8 ball pool, but not the one you’re used to (if you’ve ever played pool).
In this game, speed is the main thing. You have to get all the pool balls in the pockets as fast as you can. When you’re down to the last ball, you get a new rack of balls.
You use your mouse to aim the pool cue and there’s a guideline that helps you aim your shots. You then click the left mouse button to adjust shot power and then pull back and release to shoot.
The physics are pretty good, but you can see that sometimes unrealistic things can happen, such as a ball stopping way before you’d expect it too or having too much rolling force.
It doesn’t play like regular pool and ignores the standard rules. This is just getting balls in the pockets as fast as you can. This is good for players who don’t know how to play real pool so that anyone can pick this game up and play it.
You can play it without any WiFi connection so it works anywhere. If you want to play Pool on your Chromebook, get 8 Ball Pool.
The good: Gorgeous graphics, decent physics, easy to play.
The bad: Ignores standard rules of pool, only one mode.
Shoot some balls with 8 Ball Pool.
18. 3D Baseball
This game is pretty good for a baseball simulator. You aim with your mouse to change the swing projection and then you click to swing your bat. You need to make 3 runs to win.
If you’re pitching, you have 10 pitches to get the best score you can.
Of course, this isn’t a full baseball game. It simply takes the pitching and batting portions and throws it into a 3D setup. The graphics are pretty good and the batting is spot-on. The pitching could use some work though, as it’s not accurate nor intuitive.
Overall, if you’re a baseball fan (it’s baseball season, go Red Sox), then you should check out this game. It’s good for cheap thrills.
The good: Good graphics, nice batting system.
The bad: Pitching system isn’t intuitive.
Hit a home run with 3D Baseball.
19. Funky Karts
This game had me addicted for a while and was my favorite time killer for a while. Funky Karts is a platform roller where your cart will constantly move and you have to dodge obstacles using your quick reflexes. There are tons of things to dodge and you need to be fast in the later levels.
You can jump on ceilings and kill enemies that get in your way. You also collect coins throughout the stages, but they’re often in places that can get you killed.
There are differents karts you can use and over 48 levels. This game will keep you addicted for a while. It’s fun and awesome. I haven’t really seen any other Chromebook game like this. It’s a puzzler, racer, and platformer all-in-one.
The good: Very addicting, fun gameplay, challenging, awesome music.
The bad: No online modes, limited music.
Up the ante with and race with Funky Karts.
20. Swaggle 2
Swaggle 2 is an arcade game with a crazy design. You go through different challenges that are completely random and don’t make any sense but are good enough to keep you addicted. You can use up to 3 characters through the levels.
Besides that, there’s nothing much to say.
It’s a completely random game with no goals whatsoever other than to beat the level. This is one of those games you play once and uninstall. Or from time-to-time to keep yourself occupied.
The good: Random, weird, makes no sense.
The bad: Random, weird, makes no sense.
Get some swag with Swaggle 2.
21. Skillful Pixel Dungeon
If you’ve played Pixel Dungeon before, this game is entirely based on the same concept. If you haven’t, you’ll like this game if you like dungeon crawlers.
The game adds a skill system to the original game with 3 unique passive skills and 2 active skills. You can choose from a Warrior, Mage, Rogue, or Huntress. Pixel Dungeon is a traditional roguelike game based on pixel-art graphics. You collect items and fight monsters to find the ultimate artifact- the Amulet of Yendor.
It’s very addicting and is a popular game on Steam. You can play it with the Skillful mod here on your Chromebook for free offline using the open-source engine.
(Want to play Steam games on your Chromebook? Check the guide.)
The good: Skill systems are balanced and keep the game fresh, gorgeous graphics, very addictive, nice retro look.
The bad: Some skills are way overpowered (OP).
Defeat some baddies in Skillful Pixel Dungeon.
22. Monster Force 5
Monster Force 5 is a hybrid between a dungeon crawler and a collectible card game. It’s hard to describe how it works exactly, but basically, you work your way through dungeons and battle monsters using cards and games. The graphics are very well-done and the game’s concept is one-of-a-kind. Although some people don’t really like card games, Monster Force 5 will keep you busy because they deliver the gameplay in a way that keeps it interesting and fresh.
There’s isn’t any lag either. The graphics are gorgeous and I haven’t found any glitches so far. The game is also very loud and you can’t change the volume, so be prepared to turn down your Chromebook’s speakers, unless you want it loud.
This game will keep you in front of your Chromebook for hours. It’s that addicting. There are a ton of things to do and the visuals make it very entertaining to look at. The sound effects, graphics, and hit detection all go together for a very convincing gameplay experience.
The good: Incredibly addicting, good graphics, good sound, very entertaining, unique gameplay.
The bad: Needs updates, newest areas aren’t unlocked yet, no sound options.
Have your adventure in Monster Force 5.
Did you find your game?
So there you have it. A list of some of the best and most entertaining Chromebook games that you can play offline without any Internet or WiFi connection. Look through the list and install the ones you like, try them out, and play them until you get bored. Then repeat the process until you get a whole bunch of them that you can play for days.
If you have any awesome offline Chromebook games to suggest, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list if they’re awesome enough. Did you try any of these out? Let me know about that too.
If this list has helped you, consider telling one friend about it. Or even get them to play with on some Web Quake and duke it out with the multiplayer online. (Yeah, it’s probably one of my favorites on this list. Call me biased.)
Thanks for reading.