All the games you can play, on a Chromebook!

All the games you can play, on a Chromebook!

Playing games on the Chromebook, is that really possible? A question posed by many tech-bloggers and media pundits alike. Only to be followed by a dismissive ‘you can’t play real games in a browser!’. Let’s find out how wrong the really are.

With the emergence of HTML5, WebGL and hardware acceleration web based games have become much more than just the leisure games we know from not that long ago. Online gameplay has become an immersive, rich experience that can rival the best without the need for plugins. All you need to do is select your game of choice from the chrome web store and of you go.

A great example of one of these games you can play on your Chromebook is the free World Golf Game, the most realistic golf game on the web. WGT is a dream for the golf lover recreating famous golf courses like Bethpage, Kiawah Island and St Andrews in virtual reality using HD photography. Each course is photographed from every angle, providing a true-to-life experience for golf enthusiasts. You really should check it out, if only to see what’s possible these days.

Another great game fore the Chromebook, especially for those of us whom like strategy games, is Lord of Ultima. Here you, the player settle down in this newly found land and start to build your own civilization from first humble village into a prosperous, highly customized empire. To grow bigger you must master the art of diplomacy and trade as well as the military activities of spying, plundering, attacking and sieging enemy cities. Everything you’d expect from a strategy game is in there. You won’t be alone, there are 223.550 players at it already.

Yes, true. You won’t see a gaming experience such as Call of Duty or World of Warcraft come to the browser any time soon. But that hasn’t stopped games from flourishing on other platforms, why would it on the Chromebook? And do we really want that? The Chromebook brings a novel way of playing great games for those not behind a full fletched PC, and it brings it well.

42 Comments

  1. Kolby
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 01:47:44

    can world of warcraft be played on the new samsung chromebook??

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    • Kain Young
      Dec 25, 2012 @ 06:56:41

      Hi, good question. I’ve tried to answer that one myself. Unfortunately you need to install software locally for WoW to work. There is, strangely enough, no web only version of there, and that is what’s needed to play it on a Chromebook. So will have to partition for one I guess :)

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    • Josh
      Apr 01, 2013 @ 23:45:16

      This is possible from what I’ve been reading. Although it’s quite a bit of work to setup. WoW will run in the Wine, an application that runs Window’s applications in Linux. Wine requires an x86 processor, so you would first need to boot an 867 processor version of Linux that runs an x86 emulator that boots an x86 Linux distribution (with X11). I’m asking the Linux guru’s if they think WoW will run fast enough to be playable before spending all the time needed to implement this. Check out the post I made at http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/miscellaneous/195796-worth-867-processor-x86-emu-running-wine-wow.html

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  2. Mike
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 18:08:14

    OK. I dont think this article is correct. Please tell me if I am wrong. This Link comes up when I choose a game FROM the Chrome Web Store. http://www.thehunter.com/site/character/

    This Link is a launcher to install the game I chose from the Web Store. Which I cannot do from a Chromebook. Am I correct or is there a way around it?

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    • Kain Young
      Dec 25, 2012 @ 18:27:39

      Hi Mike, I’m afraid you’re right. At least in that ‘the hunter’ is made for the chrome browser, and not soly for the chrome OS. Are not at all for the Chromebook really.

      For reasons beyond me Google accepts this. Since many of the all’s are nothing but a link it is possible to have those links point to installers. A practice that bothers me personally, but for now is accepted.

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      • nicholas fellows
        Feb 14, 2013 @ 11:17:37

        Hi I worked on the Web part of The Hunter website. Im pretty sure there was never any intention to target any specific browser. In fact parts of the game can be played within the browser – it is integral to playing the game. For example the site operates kind of like a virtual social networking site – you can add / friend NPC’s (Who give missions etc) or other players, post videos , share trophies and stories, of your latest conquest even customise your page!. All of these are valid gameplay components that can be done in the browser – perhaps when you are on the move or have a lunch break. The Hunter was developed when google NaCL and webGL was in its infancy and at that time it was not really a viable option for a game of this nature. So while its true that the download is a windows binary only. Its still useful to be able to have quick access to the web component of the game if only to play the virtual “social network” side to the game.

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  3. brendan
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 19:11:12

    how can i play minecraft on my acer c7 google chromebook?

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    • Kain Young
      Dec 26, 2012 @ 22:14:34

      Hi Brendan, thank you for your question. I haven’t been able to get minecraft working on the Chromebook.

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      • Dark Warrior
        Jan 17, 2013 @ 20:59:16

        U need to go into dev mode on the chromebook and type in commands

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      • jayson.catalano
        Feb 10, 2013 @ 16:59:06

        u need the unity web player for that i think

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    • Ben
      Mar 02, 2014 @ 02:42:31

      I actually have the answer to that! First you need to install chrubuntu on the chromebook to figure that out go to http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.com/2012/04/chrubuntu-1204-now-with-double-bits.html After you do that and your on chrubuntu just go to minecraft.net install it and play!!

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  4. Juan Javier
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 10:14:09

    We all want to know? Can you play pc games like battle field 3 or 3dimengonal figure games on chrome book 11.6

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    • Kain Young
      Jan 02, 2013 @ 12:26:57

      Hi Javier,
      You can pretty much. take it as a rule that you cannot play PC based games on a Chromebook. As long as the game you’d like to play requires you to locally install something, either the entire game or parts of , then chances are that it won’t work on the Chromebook.

      But, you can remotely work on a PC using your Chromebook. So depending on your network speeds I guess you could play those games… But I’m not sure so anybody here to check this claim?

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      • jack
        Jan 03, 2013 @ 02:37:48

        remote conection isnt really a viable option for gaming due to the amount of lag time in between realife and your comp. the only real hope for gaming on chrome books is a rooted user running a form of linex called chrubuntu. chrubuntu is a copy of ubuntu for chrome os and can be loaded through dev mode. if some one could break the cornals down and find the root acess point then you could run sudo su and be able to make system changes resulting in the ability to download other os’s including windows and even get plugins that were not ment to run on chrome os.

        i hope my answer helped.

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    • josh
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 22:53:21

      how do i get the unity web player on my Chromebook ?

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      • Ben
        Mar 02, 2014 @ 02:39:40

        The answer is you can’t. On Chrome os you can’t actually install anything so you can’t install unity in order to use it. ( Lot’s of people put game’s that run on unity on the chrome web store but you still can’t run them).

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  5. Chandler
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 07:30:03

    If I got the acer c7 chrome book… Would I be able to play minecraft on it

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  6. Chandler
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 07:32:25

    Would I be able to play minecraft on the acer c7 chrome book

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  7. Zachary Siler
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 16:42:55

    Almost NO GAMES Will work on my Chrome Book Not even MINECRAFT

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  8. Dan
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 04:56:28

    Ya… Every game I’ve tried to download and play needs software to play, but all software needed to download isn’t supported by Chromebook. Also, been working on using my Chromebook for SEO using google adwords, and running into a lot of the same problems… file types not supported, even tho its a google program being used on a google OS. Trading it in for Windows as soon as I can…

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  9. jayson.catalano
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 16:56:45

    i cant git on no games with this os is ther a way to git windos on this?

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    • Harold Washington
      Feb 17, 2013 @ 17:44:22

      jayson… I am afraid you can not use windows on a chrome book. you see there is something called an operating system. Windows and this Google/Linux meld are two. The idea behind the chrome book is a minimum of space for a tight operating system. I suppose you could put windows on it in theory but it would be much like loading a studio apartment with all the furniture from a trailer you might live in- sure you can live in it but to get to the sink you have to climb over your two couches, table and queen size bed. Not going to work well…

      However let us all hope that cheap browser based games get better and better as more and more cash is spent on their cash shops… then in time even big companies will try to port their graphic stratospheric scenes of warfare and graphics onto it. They could do it if they put the data packets to feed online smoothly like everyone’s favorite lolz teen game library game Runescape.

      Until then jason you should save your pennies and buy a 600 dollar desktop with graphics and memory enough to run windows and pc CD size data games…

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      • jayson.catalano
        Feb 18, 2013 @ 06:32:24

        jayson is my name not jason and ok but will unity web player ever be compatible with this os?

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      • jayson.catalano
        Feb 18, 2013 @ 06:33:59

        jayson is my name not jason and ok but will unity ever be compatible with this os?

        Reply

  10. Danni
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 22:35:22

    Every game i’ve gone to add from the appstore (angry gran run, don’t starve etc) doesn’t work, I go to play them and it says how they’re either missing a plug in or not compatible… Whats the point in having games on your appstore that do not work?! Very frustrating, please reply as I got this a couple of days ago for my 18th and would like to use all of the features -___-

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  11. XcentY
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 00:25:02

    How more the world evolve, how more I see its divisions. The greedy google now launch a ChromeBook. The Web will evolve soon to use hardware acceleration directly in future browser. And Chromebook can be one of the pionneer. Now, they have to think about something to replace DirectX and OpenGL. A Chrome3D API directly implemented in HTML and let’s go for the future game “Call Of Duty 2021 War on Korea”

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  12. Siem
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 10:00:30

    Can u play world of tanks on the Samsung chromebook? Please answer back

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  13. Si The Postie
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 03:45:47

    Bit sad but can i download LMA2003 for Chromebook ?!

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  14. VK
    May 07, 2013 @ 17:29:15

    I just want to play the Virtual Villagers games on my Acer Chromebook. Is it possible? When I click Launch app, I get a box popup saying something about needing to go to the Chrome Web store to find an app to open this file. What sort of app? I’m not a tech wizard, I just want to play these little games! Any help would be most appreciated.

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  15. unknown
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 19:48:58

    don’t really like chrome book u cant download anything because it says it not supported file

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  16. Matthew
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 21:12:03

    Just a quick question: can I download iTunes onto a chromebook, and can it download old games like Diablo II and Unreal Tournament 2004?

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  17. Abby
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 14:13:09

    For my birthday I got this computer game called Spore where you have to download it to your computer when you put the CD in. I have never downloaded any of those kinds of games before. Can you play those games at all? And can you put a CD or DVD in? I have google drive on my mac so I am wondering if you can put the game onto it. Is that possible or will something bad happen to my computer or my google drive?

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  18. bernice cohen
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 06:59:59

    unable to use autoplay on spider solitaire nor can i access a scrabble game. Can i download google play on chromebook

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  19. Fred
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 02:47:26

    Can you download and play World of Tanks, or War Thunder on the Chromebook?

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  20. Kain Young
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 06:43:48

    Hi Fred, thanks for stopping by.

    I haven’t tried those myself, but, I’m quite sure you can’t play World of Tanks, or War Thunder on the Chromebook. Both these games depend on software you have to download and then install locally. The Chrome OS does not work that way. It is, for all intents and purposes, basically just a browser.

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  21. Ben
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 19:22:17

    Hey guys you can run minecraft on a chromebook by using linux. just use this guide to install it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK6msARu_wQ. Also I have only seen minecraft running on the acer c720 so i don’t know if other chromebooks have enough power to use it. So you can run anything on linux on chromebooks (some things probably will only work with the acer c720,its the most powerful chromebook right now). Also chrome os does not support java (as of now) so I highly reccomend getting linux.

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  22. Ben
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 19:25:32

    And if you would like chrome os to start supporting java sign this petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/google-inc-allow-execution-of-exe-files-that-run-through-java-on-chrome-os

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  23. Lily
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 03:39:24

    Don’t Starve is available as a chrome app. It’s a fantastic game.

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  24. Fearbear
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 11:10:11

    Can you play football superstars on chromebook?
    PLZ ANSWER ME!

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  25. Skyler
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 03:23:36

    Hey, I hear there is a software that you need, to install WoW, but I do not know the software; what is it called? Also, there are many somewhat interesting games in the webstore, but some of them require download and it won’t let me, because it is not supported; why is it in the webstore, if I can’t play it? I have an Acer c7, I believe.

    Reply

  26. Melissa
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 20:08:01

    Is there a way I can play Clash of Clans on the Chromebook?

    Reply

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