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In 9 best games for the Chromebook I want to show you some nice games you can play on the Chromebook. Games for your Chromebook are as easy to find and play these days as they are for mobile phones and tablets for years now. All you have to do is surf to the Chrome Web Store, select the games category and start looking for the games you like most. The chrome web store has an enormous selection of games to choose from and with the popularity of Chromebooks going through the roof these days you can expect to find some really good games on there.
And, as is the case with every platform that gains in popularity, usage is rising and so is the competition among game developers to get their games on there. It shows in the games. The ones I list here are all free to play and all of ‘m are great games.
One word of warning though. When you are looking for World of Warcraft or Minecraft in my list I’m gonna have to disappoint you. Those cannot be played on Chrome OS, unfortunately. Also, when I say ‘some really good games’ you need to read that while hearing me say ‘for in the browser’ right there in that same sentence. Because when you’re a gamer or just looking for a serious game, the Chromebook is going to disappoint you, a lot. Do not buy a Chromebook for playing games. Other than that, you’re good to go.
I’ve never understood the lure of card games. They simply don’t do it for me. But I’m clearly not the norm as this game is one of the more popular ones with 463,462 users at the time of this writing. It’s free solitaire (Klondike, Spider, Double Klondike, Forty Thieves) with minimal graphics, no unnecessary distractions of ads and navigation buttons.
When you like to play cards while on a short break at work or killing time when on an airplane (it works offline as well) this game will do the trick.
#8 Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances
Do you remember Command & Conquer? I do. I played that game for days on end. I even hooked up with an equally addicted friend to fight out our own war, mano a mano. We made our own Ethernet crossover cable to linkup our PC’s and we went at it. Again, for way more time than could possibly be considered healthy.
Somehow, even with all the advances made in the creation of computer games I still haven’t found a worthy successor to Command & Conquer. And although this game lacks the modern graphics of Far Cry 4 or even AirMech. It is a lot of fun to play. Every time I click to play this game the music and setup takes me back to these awesome days of fun filled indoor summer vacations.
#7 Canvas Rider
This is a strangely addictive game. I saw my six year old son playing this game and having a blast. Not really getting the whole point I decided to give it a try myself. And… now I know why 785,323 people have this wire frame game installed.
Canvas Rider is a game in which the only goal is to not have your bike rider killed while racing over all kinds of daring tracks. No, not 3D wildly amazing and breathtakingly rendered bike riding beauty. Simple 2D wireframe graphics. And fun that they are. I find myself pulling up this game at the strangest of moments. Like I said, a strangely addictive game.
It’s not being updated anymore as they released a new version 3 of the game, but don’t let that hold you back. The game features a mind boggling number of 1.5 million tracks for you to play already. Version 3 by the way is also great, so I’ll list that one as well.
#6 Cut The Rope
Feed Om Nom. A candy eating green little creature that can only be happy when you feed him (or her, I really don’t know which) while collecting stars. The candy is suspended from one or many more ropes. The trick is to cut the ropes in the correct order as to collect as many start as possible before having your candy eaten by Om Nom.
The further you advance in the game the more difficult it will get. More obstacles, blowers to direct you candy, bubbles that catch your candy and float away with it, magic heads or portals. Too much to mention, but all fun.
Cut the Rope is an Angry Birds type time slurping game you’re likely to loose some time to. Have fun!
#5 Tank Riders
No brain required, just have fun shooting at tanks, walls and emplacements using your cannon, rockets and mortars. You’ll be driving your little tanky through an increasingly difficult maze of obstacles with the goal to come out alive on the other end. You’ll be attacked by oncoming tanks. Sometimes single tanks, sometimes entire hordes.
As you advance through the different levels the world around your changes. Tank Riders is a great 3D game that combines vibrant, colorful graphics, fast-paced action and exploration into a fun filled game, good for the whole family.
We’re getting to the really popular games now. More than one and a half million people play this game on their Chromebook. In total hundreds of millions of people have played it over the past ten years. Chances are you know this game already. No need to really explain the point here I think.
The idea is simple, match the gems and earn points. If you haven’t played it yet and you don’t know if you should ever start think this, half a billion people can’t be wrong, right?
Poppit! Comparable to Bejeweled in that you group same colored items, balloons this time instead of gems, to earn points. Keep popping until you can clear the entire screen. The only real big difference is the number of people playing it. Poppit! has more than 4.2 million active users.
This game I didn’t get right away. The playing field consists of hexagonal tiles. You the player has to find a way to extend your path as much as possible without hitting the walls. You do that by rotating the hexagonal tiles etched with paths in ‘m. Somehow this doesn’t sound very enticing. But it is. Just get started and you’ll see for yourself that finding the longest path possible is actually lots of fun.
You can play this game by yourself with the aim to get the highest score. But, you can also play it together with friends. Playing simultaneously you shouldn’t only not run into the wall, you also have to make sure you don’t cross paths with your friends.
#1 Angry Birds
Of course, Angry Birds! What other game would there be to take the number 1 spot? This game has been played by almost every person in the world (okay – wild guess and probably of by a billion or three, I know).
You wouldn’t say playing the game, but the survival of the birds is what’s at stake. It’s up to you to make sure the birdies do survive by dishing out revenge on the green pigs. When logging in on this online version you get to play lots of fun iterations on the theme, good to keep you playing for hours and hours on end.
Update May 2016: Angry Birds for Chrome has been discontinued, but with the recent announcement that Android Play Store will be coming to Chrome OS, this should work soon: Angry Birds on Google Play Store.
That’s all folks. I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of 9 best games on the Chromebook. It is of course up to personal taste if you agree or not on my choices. I am very interested to know what you think. What games do you play incessantly on your Chromebook?
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Thanks for reading this far. Till next time, Kain.