If you own a Chromebook with support for Play Store apps, like the excellent Asus Chromebook Flip C302, you have access to a wealth of both casual and hardcore games. From ports of legendary PC and console games to brand-new IPs that feature innovative control schemes and gameplay mechanics—Android gaming has a lot to offer to anyone.
While many Android games can be comfortably controlled by touch alone, larger and more involved games tend to be more enjoyable with a gamepad. We suggest picking up a Bluetooth gamepad like the GameSir G4s, which features a foldable smartphone holder and support for Chrome OS, Android, Windows, and even smart TVs.
If you haven’t heard of PUBG Mobile before, you’ve likely been living under a rock. PUBG, which stands for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is a massively multiplayer online game. Players are thrown in a map, where they all have to attempt to survive until the end, being the “last man standing” or “last team standing.”
Players are thrown into a map where they’ll have to equip themselves with armor and weapons. A gas every few minutes emits on the field, progressively making the map smaller and smaller. If players stay in the gassed area, they die. This continues to happen until, as we mentioned, there’s only one man left standing, or one team left standing. The last people standing are, obviously, the winners. It’s actually a pretty competitive survival game, because if the gas isn’t killing you, there are other players finding and picking up weapons to kill you to make sure that they’re the last standing.
You can pick the game up for free here.
Fallout Shelter comes up second on our countdown. This game launched just a couple years ago to bring a Fallout-style game to the Android platform. That said, it works well on Chrome OS, too.
This might not be your traditional Fallout game, but it does give you a cool strategy-style environment to make your own Fallout shelter in. You can create a brighter future for your vault dweller by selecting from a variety of modern-day rooms to make them happy. You’ll use these rooms to make sure they have plenty of food, water, energy, and more. There’s even things you can do with weapon development to protect your vault from the creatures that lie underneath.
And while you yourself won’t be able to go above ground, you can send your Vault Dwellers above ground to explore the surface that was left behind to find new armor and weapons, gain experience, and earn Caps.
Hearthstone is a seemingly simple card game with beautiful graphics and the atmosphere of a cozy medieval tavern. It doesn’t take long for the game to teach you how to play your cards right to summon minions and unleash spells to slay your opponents. But play just a few matches, and we guarantee that you’ll be hooked. Soon, you’ll be collecting rare cards to increase your chances of winning, improving your strategy by playing against computer-controlled opponents and other players, and having tons of fun while doing so.
Hearthstone is available is several languages, and the game runs great on all devices with at least 2 GB of memory. The game is meant to be controlled by touch, and you’ll enjoy it best if you own a Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge that allows you to turn it into a tablet.
Developed and published by a company with arguably the most awesome name ever, Super Evil Megacorp, Vainglory is a successful MOBA game for Android and iOS. If you’re not familiar with the MOBA genre, here’s a quick rundown for you: two opposing teams fight to destroy the enemy base and, along the way, fight off hordes of AI-controlled opponents and capture important strategic points. Players assume the roles of many unique characters, each with special abilities and a distinct gameplay style.
The entire MOBA genre is very competitive, which means that it may take you a while to start winning. But if you persist and learn from your own mistakes, you’ll be rewarded with a great feeling of accomplishment, and could even enter a Vainglory tournament and win thousands of dollars.
Yes, Gangstar Vegas is a GTA clone, but this clone is well worth your time. In Gangstar Vegas, you get to explore a large and detailed city, complete over 80 missions, perform stunts with ragdoll effects, unlock an arsenal of destructive weapons, and drive around like a maniac in expensive sports cars. The game even has an interesting story, which lets you play as a rising MMA star who is framed by the mafia and forced to fight for survival.
Gangstar Vegas has stunning, high-definition graphics that are sure to push your Chromebook to its limit, but lags and slowdowns are rare thanks to great optimization. To enjoy this game as much as possible, you should definitely play using a good gamepad like the GameSir G4s.
If you’re a Call of Duty fan, then you need to try Modern Combat 5. The Modern Combat series has always been the benchmark for FPS shooters on mobile devices, and the last instalment in the series takes things to a whole new level. This time, you have at your disposal eight customizable classes, each with unique skills. You can play an intense single-player campaign or challenge other players in one of several multi-player modes.
Modern Combat 5 gives you complete control over the controls, allowing you to play the game just the way you want. If you have a gamepad like the GameSir G4s, you can remap the keys with just a few clicks to gain a tactical edge over your opponents. Just keep in mind that Modern Combat 5 requires Internet access at all times.
Unless you don’t play games at all, you’re probably familiar with the Grand Theft Auto series, and you’ve maybe even played the seventh title in the series, GTA: San Andreas. Many players consider GTA: San Andreas to be the best GTA ever, and you can now play it on any Chromebook that supports Play Store. The game is a direct port of the original version, which was released on 26 October 2004 for PlayStation 2 and on 7 June 2005 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox, but with a few improvements and extra features that make it even more appealing.
The graphics have been remastered, featuring various lighting enhancements and n enriched color palette. Your saves are stored in the cloud and synchronized across all devices, and the game even supports dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control. This video shows how well GTA: San Andreas plays on a Chromebook with the GameSir G4s controller. Notice how smooth the game is even at the highest settings. If you want to play GTA: San Andreas in 2017, this is the best way how to do it.
As you can see, there are a lot of excellent games available on the Google Play Store that you can play on many Chromebooks today. You can’t go wrong with some of our top choices, such as Hearthstone, PUBG Mobile, and even Fallout Shelter. All of these games play especially well on the Chromebook, actually gibing you plenty of additional screen space to see what’s going on.
Do you have any favorite Android games for Chromebook? Let us know in the comments section below.