The 6 best Chromebook games that I personally play

By | 07/31/2016

So you’re looking for the best Chromebook games to play- and to play right now.

If you’re in a hurry to get your gameplay fix, scroll down and get to the list.

Maybe you’re waiting at the pit stop, or you’re waiting for your dentist, or you’re just bored. Whatever the case, I went ahead and scoured the web and the Chrome web store and compiled this list of Chrome OS games you can download and play now. Actually, you install these games, not download. Pardon my wording there.

Are these free or paid Chromebook games? And why are they the “best” games? How are they chosen? Is there bias?

All of these games are available on the Chrome web store for free, or offer a demo so you can try out these games before you buy it. Some offer in-game purchases, like premium currency. However, this is to support the developers and if you’ve played any Android game, you’d know about this already. It should be no surprise. Anyway, let’s get started now.

Like, right now.

I’ve compiled a list of Chromebook games that you can check out and try out for yourself. These games are all based on popularity and personal opinion.

Note that this list also includes my own opinions as well, as I’ve played all of these games (and still do).

And this list is heavily biased towards retro and MMORPG-like games.

Well, there’s only 6 games on this list, but you’ll see what I mean. It should be enough to get you started and playing.

Here we go, let’s get to the list of games.

The 6 best games for Chromebooks that I’ve played so far

Best Chromebook Game #1: Arcane Legends


Arcane Legends is probably the best Chromebook game in my opinion.

Arcane Legends is probably the one of the best Chromebook games in my opinion.

This is actually the first game I’ve ever played on a Chromebook, and it’s still the one I play the most. It’s basically a mixture between hack-and-slash Gauntlet-style gameplay with a mix of RPG elements, like World of Warcraft. It’s nowhere near as in-depth, but there’s enough detail and customization- especially for a browser-based game. You can choose 1 of 3 classes, and customize a simple skill tree. There are quests, dungeons, party quests, grinding, levels, pets, friends, guilds, and all the typical stuff you’d expect from an MMORPG.

The perspective is permanently-fixed from an angled top-down view, but you can zoom in and out. The graphics are appealing and are detailed, though there are lag spikes here and there, especially in crowded areas with lots of other players.

Here’s a gameplay video. As you can see, the game plays like a regular MMORPG but in your browser. It’s so detailed and deep that you’d mistake it for a full-on game where you’d normally have to download it:

The playerbase is also huge. You’ll see other plays everywhere you go, even in the areas that seem deserted there’s a few people and likely willing to party up. I play this game daily and still can’t get enough. It’s probably where half of my Chromebook battery goes every charge.

There are daily quests which keep players coming back. The playerbase is also pretty friendly, but many people are high level due to lack of updates. The game does get updated, but it’s usually for low to mid level players. However, you can simply create one of each class to keep the game fun. There are also plenty of skills to try out.

The keyboard and mouse work out perfectly, and even using a trackpad is easy. You have your basic controls and hotkeys for skills and potions. The pet system is dynamic and offers a new perspective to web-based MMOs. Each character also has a special attack that charges up, and your pet does too. You can also use a variety of pets, each with their own special attacks and purpose. You can also switch between pets easily without any drawback.

Arcane Legends does lag on budget Chromebooks, since mine is one, but it’s only when it’s crowded and there’s a lot going on. However, it’s not often and it’s still playable. I mentioned this earlier, but it’s probably the only problem I have with the game. The graphics are a little too much to handle for cheaper Chromebooks with lower specs. A mid-level Chromebook and up should be able to handle Arcane Legends with no problem at all. The graphics are simply gorgeous even when zoomed-in. And the level of detail when zoomed is still excellent and doesn’t pixelate nor blur like a lot of other games in the same genre of MMOs. Highly recommended.

The surprising thing is that it’s all browser-based. It’s the best browser-based MMORPG on the Chrome web store, in my opinion. If that’s your thing, I suggest you give it a try. It’s also free to play and requires no download.

Play Arcane Legends here.

Best Chromebook Game #2: AirMech: Combat Transformed

AirMech offers a MOBA-style game with mechs and armies.

AirMech offers a MOBA-style game with mechs and armies.

AirMech is MOBA game where you control a robot transformer plane and lead armies against the enemy base. You can go against 4 people, or do 3v3 games. The graphics and sound for AirMech are spot-on, and really fit the theme of it.

It’s not as in-depth as leading MOBAs out there (League of Legends, Dota 2, or Smite), but again, it’s browser-based. If you’re in the mood for some quick strategic gameplay, AirMech should fit the mood. It plays very similarly to LoL, with similar UI and HUD.

AirMech was one of those games that I was really into, but quickly fell out because I prefer LoL. But if you’re on-the-go, this game will run excellent on your Chromebook and can satisfy your MOBA cravings.

Play AirMech here.

Best Chromebook Game #3: Entanglement

Entanglement is an excellent puzzler for Chromebooks.

Entanglement is an excellent puzzler for Chromebooks.

Entanglement is a puzzle game. I know, puzzle games aren’t for everyone, and a lot of people just don’t understand how Tetris can be fun. But, for those of you like puzzles (like me), you’ll like Entanglement.

It’s always been one of the leading puzzle games due to its addictive gameplay and gorgeous graphics. The point of the game is to lay down tiles to make the most random paths possible. It gets harder and harder as you progress through the game. You need to make a pattern or design with the tiles you’re given. It’s hard to explain, but if you’re looking for a puzzle game on your Chromebook, give it a go.

It’s easy enough for a beginner to pick up, but challenging to master. It’s a very relaxing game that you play to de-stress and it runs perfectly on Chromebook since it doesn’t require much resources, even though it looks amazing for a web-based game. It’s also a free game for any Chromebook to install and play.

Play Entanglement here.

Best Chromebook Game #4: Polycraft

Polycraft will suck you into a Minecraft-like world- complete with building and crafting.

Polycraft will suck you into a Minecraft-like world- complete with building and crafting.

First, this isn’t Minecraft, as similar as it sounds. You’re stranded on an island with all these weird, Rayman-like baddies, and your goal is to explore and thrive. There’s a survival mode like MInecraft, but there’s a tower-defense mechanic to it.

The visuals are strange, yet very pleasing to look at. It’s like playing tower defense in Minecraft. You’ll have to play it to understand it. Often, I found myself just wanting to play Minecraft instead of Polycraft, because you can clearly see how it’s heavily influenced by Minecraft, but isn’t. It’s like when you buy generic brands. It’s like the real thing, but it’s a little off.

The game is free, however you can purchase premium currency. Or if you just want the real thing, check out my guide on how to install Minecraft on your Chromebook.

Play Polycraft here.

Best Chromebook Game #5: Spelunky

A sidescrolling platformer, Spelunky offers a retro-style treasure hunt.

A sidescrolling platformer, Spelunky offers a retro-style treasure hunt.

This game is like a retro version of Terraria. You basically play as an explorer who traversed deep caverns in search of treasures or other goals. It’s a platformer with monsters and obstacles. Levels are procedurally generated, which means that each playthrough is different.

There are a ton, and I mean a ton, of enemies, items, treasures, and more along with the random levels. This game is my second favorite when I need a break from Arcane Legends. The retro graphics and sound make this game a very relaxing game.

The graphics are what bring the game out. It’s like Terraria meets Mega Man, but with a retro theme and Indiana Jones as the protagonist.

You’ll need to try out Spelunky. It’s really one-of-a-kind. It’s also free to play, so you have no excuse to try it out.

It also runs fine on Chromebooks, since the graphics aren’t that demanding so you can play it lag-free.

Play Spelunky here.

Best Chromebook Game #6: Heroes of Loot

Heroes of Loot is a dungeon crawler, and is probably the best one on Chromebook.

Heroes of Loot is a dungeon crawler, and is probably the best one on Chromebook.

This is another retro-style game with more dungeon-crawling. It’s a top-down perspective where your goal is to navigate through the dungeons with a party and get the loot, as the title states. You can take on the role of a magic Elf, a powerful Warrior, or an agile Valkyrie as you hack-and-slash through the dungeons.  Do I sound like a game narrator?

There are a lot of enemies and mini puzzles and mazes you need to go through. It’s a fast-paced game that’ll have you traversing, running, and strafing enemies in huge mobs while you barely grab that loot. You can have gear, weapons, and quests as well to obtain and complete. The graphics in Heroes of Loot are very appealing, and the game itself is very, very fun to play. 

If you want a full gameplay video, check this out. It covers pretty much the entire game and what you’ll be doing. As you can see, it’s very addicting:

The game runs smoothly even with music from YouTube in another tab, so I”m pretty sure all Chromebook models can run it without a problem. The music isn’t bad either, but it’s nice to play to your own tunes to get in the zone.

Heroes of Loot isn’t free, but offers a free demo. It’s definitely worth picking up if you get addicted to the demo.

Play Heroes of Loot here.

Overall Thoughts

And there you have it. The 6 best Chromebook games I’ve played so far. Sure, there isn’t enough games for every genre, but I’ll make another best-of list when I’ve played more.

However, if you’re into MMORPGs, MOBAs, and retro games, this list should keep you busy, as these games are probably the best I’ve played. If you have a Chromebook, or you’re running Chrome web browser, pick one, or two, or all, and try them out. You may just find your new best Chromebook game, or games.

And then you have a new game to play while you’re waiting for your hot pancakes to be served. Mmm. Pancakes.


About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (platy@platypusplatypus.com).

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