All Android Games work on the Chromebook, just like they do on your Android smartphone, but some of them are not optimized to work with the keyboard and some games only support vertical phone layout.
Since all Chromebooks have Keyboards & Touchpads, I am listing the games that can take advantage of it and provide you PC gaming like experience. So, here are a few of the best games you can play on Chromebooks which can rum perfectly.
Best Games For Chromebooks
1. Lode Runner 1
Lode Runner is one of the best games you can install on the Chromebook. If you have played the classic lode runner game, you might already know its one of the best puzzle games. Nexon, the company behind the lode runner now created the game for Android with better graphics and keyboard functionality.
The game is perfectly optimized to even run on Chromebooks. You can just use the arrow keys to move and Z & X keys to fire your beam. Though you still have to use the touchpad to navigate the menus, you can use the keyboard while playing. The default keys are good enough but in case you wanted to remap them to your liking, you don’t have such options here.
Download Lode Runner
2. Mars: Mars
This is one of the simplest games you can find on the Play Store and also a bit addictive. You just need to land on pads one after another by balancing the reinforcement. The 2 side arrows are the only keys you need to use to play this game, one is to shoot the reinforcement to left and one is to shoot right. You can also press both to balance in between.
Though the controls are so simple, the physics of this game is so good that you always need to maintain that perfect balance. The quality of the game, especially sound effects and animations makes the game more intensive.
Download Mars: Mars
3. Asphalt 9
Asphalt is undoubtedly one of the most popular racing games on this list. And also the best-optimized game available for the Chromebook. You can not only play the game with the keyboard but also navigate through the menu using it. It even has options to change the Keyboard controls and works on both Manual and Automatic steering modes.
The graphics are awesome just like you expect from the Asphalt. Though it is a heavy game, it can easily run on most Chromebooks even with the low spec versions. You can also check out the previous version Asphalt 8, which is also recently optimized to work with Key
Download Asphalt 9
Limbo is Puzzle platform game that is introduced on the Xbox and later ported for many platforms including Android. This might be just a puzzle game, but it is too intense as you move forward in the forest and uses different objects to take advantage for surviving. This game looks in entire black and white that adds even more intense to the game and makes it an amazing gameplay experience.
Not gonna lie, this is one of the best games that are perfectly optimized to play on Chromebooks. It has both Keyboard and trackpad support, but all you need is a WASD navigation keys to play this game. I highly suggest you use earphones while playing to boost up the experience. This is a paid app, so you can checkout Demo version before downloading.
5. PAC MAN 256 – Endless Maze
You might already know the PAC MAN game, but unfortunately, the original PAC MAN game on the Play Store, don’t support the keyboard. But there is another app called PAC MAN 256, which uses the full Chromebook interface.
It is not exactly the PAC MAN game, rather an end-less version of it with an endless maze. But the quality and gameplay have not changed much. It is just a small game with 4 arrow keys used to turn direction.
Download PAC MAN 256
6. San Andras
Grand Theft Auto games don’t need a much introduction. It’s an open-world game where you can complete missions or do anything which you like to do. It also has a mobile version available to download and play from the Play Store. Though this app doesn’t support Keyboard and mouse, it runs extremely smoothly than I imagined. But as this doesn’t support Keyboard and mouse, you can only install it if you Chrome is a convertible.
Download San Andras
7. Alto’s Odyssey
This is kind of an Arcade game that you just need to use the touchpad. All you do in this is surf around the desert by escaping through huddles.
The graphics and sound of the game make it more immerse. And all you need to do is left-clicking when even needed. It might sound too easy, but actually it’s not, it even becomes harder as you go. You can even use the touchscreen of the Chromebook for playing, it feels a bit better than playing with the trackpad.
Download Alto’s Odyssey
8. DOOM 2
Remember the classic DOOM game, you can install that on your Android phone. Now DOOM Supports keyboard and mouse support too. So you can install the game from the Play Store and experience the nostalgia.
In case, you don’t know, it is the first-person shooting game with the 1990’s pixellated graphics. Though the game doesn’t look modern, that is what makes this game special from the remaining games on the list. You can also check out DOOM 1.
Download DOOM 2
9. Fallout Shelter
Fallout Shelter is a game where you can control the underground vault and make it bigger and more advanced with the vault-tec.
You need to maintain the workers called dwellers in the game. The power, food, water, living area, dwellers’ happiness, etc. should also be maintained. This game requires a big screen to play and definitely better on the Chromebook than the phone.
You don’t have keyboard functionality, but you can control it with a touchpad. Anyhow, playing through touch is much better.
Download Fallout Shelter
10. World of Tanks
This is a war tanks game where you need to navigate in the tank and destroy remaining contestants and also safeguarding your health. You can buy new tanks, upgrade them with better armors, firing power, etc. And you can also customize its looks. Once you reached Level 5, you can join in a clan and play with your friends too.
This game doesn’t support any keyboard or mouse support, but if your Chromebook is a two in one, this is one of the games you need to check out if you like action games.
Download World of tanks
11. Slayaway camp
Slayway Camp is a type of puzzle which is mixed with both horror and fun. It is a comically gruesome paying homage to films of the 1980s.
The best part is the whole game can be played with the keyboard including the menus. This game is definitely an R rated one which has a lot of blood and violence. And the app costs $2.99.
Download Slayway Camp
12. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
Friday the 13th is the game made by the same developer Blue Wizard Digital who has made the Slayway Camp.
It is definitely an awesome puzzle game and works best like a demo for the Slayway Camp. But unfortunately, it has no support for the keyboard but good enough to play with the touchscreen.
For the graphics this game offers, it is really worth trying out. As it is a game similar to Slayway Camp, it is also an R rated one with blood and violence.
Download Friday the 13th
Wanna build a city of your own with your own planing, then SimCity is the easiest way to go.
As part of building a city, you also need to take care of power, water, factories, materials, fire, internet, schools, colleges, hospitals, police stations, etc. And also make sure that every residence in your city can access all of them.
This is also one sort of game that it is very hard to play on small screens like phones. You don’t need any keyboard input for this game, you can use the touchpad, which works just fine.
14. Shadow Fight 3
Shadow Fight 3 is one of the popular games on the Android Play Store with over 50 million+ downloads. You fight with the opponents with the ninja skills and the shadow power which entered into the world.
The graphics, sound effects and fight moves, etc make the gameplay really good. This game also supports keyboard input, but by default, there are no default keys for kicking. You need to go to settings and assign them. The movement keys are set to arrow keys by default and cannot be changed.
Download Shadow Fight 3
15. Project Highrise
Project Highrise is a game just like the Fallout Shelter which we build upwards. Just like the Fallout Shelter, you need to maintain water, power and other needs for the people.
The only difference is you can get a lot of people in the project Highrise in a short period of time and the game provides you the opportunity to develop faster. This game supports keyboard and mouse input.
Download Project Highrise
16. Into the Dead 2: Zombie Survival
Most of the Shooting Games on the Play Store are not available to play on the Chromebook as most of them don’t support touch input.
Into the Dead is one of the rare of its kind. It is a Zombie survival game where you need to escape and kill zombies. The touchpad works perfectly, but for a shooting game like this, a dedicated mouse will be even better. As this is a shooting and zombie game, you can expect a minimum of blood and violence in the game.
Download Into the Dead 2
17. Beach Buggy Racing 2
Beach Buggy Racing is a well-known Android game. It is simple and has simple graphics but smooth performance.
You can just use the arrow keys to accelerate, brake, and change direction. You also get powers in this game which can be used to stop other players to win. But unfortunately, there is no keyboard input available for it and you have to use the touch screen for it.
And also we cannot navigate through menu options with the keyboard. Anyhow, you can use the keyboard when it is required more.
Download Beach Buggy Racing 2
18. GardenScapes and HomeScapes
Both Garden Scapes and Home Scapes are games from the Playrix which are simple, casual and best time pass games you can find on this list.
It is just like the Candy Crash but offers a bit more than that by designing Home and Garden.
19. 911 Operator
As the name says, you are 911 operator and handle phone calls and implement things like calling the police, fireman, etc on time for the help. Guide them to the area, etc. You will be given options, you need to select your decision and game turns according to it. It is good engaging game and also a serious time killer. It has support for Keyboard and mouse, but you might enjoy more using it in the tablet mode. This is a paid app, but you can check out the demo version yourself before downloading it.
Download 911 Operator ($14.99)
Roblox is kind of a Play Store for itself. You can design your character and play a lot of games. You can even check the ratings of each game before going. As it is a live game, you will join the server and play with real people. You can engage with people and make friends. Or you can easily create a game of your own and challenge your friends And the best part is that it supports keyboard in every game.
These are some of the best Android games which worked great on the Chromebook. I have also tested out the games like Pub G, Fortnite, Call of Duty, etc but they have not supported Keyboard nor they are not easy games to just go on with the trackpad. If your Chromebook is a Convertible and can turn into a tablet mode, then you can probably play those games.
Anyhow, Google Play Store is not only our source to download Games, but we also have a few other options like Chrome Web Store
Unlike the Android Play store, most of the Chrome Web Store apps support Keyboard input as they are made for desktops. But it really hard to find a good game on it. And here are some of the good games from the Chrome Web Store.
2048 is a simple and best relaxing game, it is an insanely popular number matching game that you can also find as a Chrome extension.
All you need to is match the same numbers and reach the magical number 2048. You can just use the arrow keys on the keyboard to play this game. The only caveat is that this is an extension, not an app & it will show as a pop-up on your Chrome. There are also 2048 apps on the Chrome Store which are not good enough.
21. King of Thieves
This is a web app that requires internet to work.
The game is all about crossing the levels without loosing. There are many hurdles in every level, you need to cross them all just by jumping at the right time.
The graphics and gameplay are good enough. The only caveat is that controls are a bit difficult to master. Right-click the mouse for jumping in the same direction and double tap to jump in the opposite direction, though there are only a few control options, it also needs perfect time and the mouse has to be in the specific position to give the jump correctly.
Download King of Thieves
23. Free Rider HD
This is one of the simple-looking but hard to master type of an app. This is a dirt bike game that you need to press up arrow for acceleration, down arrow for brake and side arrows to balance forward and backwords.
Not just the levels, you can even play the tracks which other players created and you can also create a track for you or others to play.
Download Free Rider HD
24. Treasure Hunt
This is a kind of retro arcade game where you can even play multiplayer with your friends.
On every level, you can find monsters and hidden treasures to pick up weapons and get an edge over your friends. Though you don’t directly battle with your friends, you can kill more monsters, find more treasures and last longer than others to win.
Graphics are obviously not so great as it has it’s retro look and old school video games kind of animations.
Download Treasure Hunt
25. Happy Friday
Happy Friday might be a new game for many but it is nothing but the most popular Mario game which new animations and characters which are really cute.
You need to collect coins, cross the huddles, kill enemies and reach the destination to complete the level.
Though it is like Mario, the games feel more pleasant and soo easy to play comparatively.
Download Happy Friday
26. Cut the Rope
Cut the Rope is another popular game that is also available as a chrome app. You can even find the Android version of it which is not optimized to work in the Chromebook’s desktop layout.
Anyhow, this web app lets you play it. The only caveat is this app requires the internet as it is a web app.
This is a simple puzzle game where you need to bring the candy to the frog to solve the puzzle.
Download Cut the Rope
Entanglement is another addictive game on the list. It feels a bit confusing at first as it will not say anything before entering the game, but you can easily figure it out in minutes.
This is kind of a puzzle game where you need to make a long path possible. The only negative point is that it requires internet to work as it is not an app, but a website.
And here are few other games from the Linux and Humble Store.
Minecraft is a game released by Mojang in 2011, it is acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for its popularity.
This is a 3D world game where you can mine to find minerals and craft them to build different things. It also has zombies that attack at night. But Minecraft is even more than that. Many people use Minecraft to build houses, art, cities, landscapes, etc to show their creativity and for fun.
But the graphics of this game are not so good enough, but you won’t find it problem once you are into the game.
This is a Linux game, to install, you need to enable Linux in the settings. And Go to the Minecraft website and download the .deb file of Minecraft.
Open the file and click on install, the game will be installed in minutes.
29. Democracy 3
Democracy 3 is a Government simulation game where you need to take care of social issues, taxes, jobs, imports and exports, etc everything.
This game goes soo deeper considering each and every individual and their problems.
If you think you can do better than Trump, you can start checking out with Democracy 3. This game is available in the Humble Store where you can play the game on the web.
Play Democracy 3
30. Faster than Light (FTL)
This is a Spaceship stimulation Game, where you get to pass through some unknown galaxy. Battle with the alien Spaceships and upgrading the spaceship to make it powerful enough for the next levels. Moreover, you also need to manage the crew in the spaceship and assign them works based on their strengths.
This is also a game from the Humble Store where you can play on the web.
Best Games for Chromebook
Apart from all these games, Google is rolling Stadia slowly which can be the future of Gaming on the Chromebooks.
It allows you to play all the games as the game loads on the Google Servers instead of your device. Apart from these games, you can also try out other games from Google Play Store, Chrome Web Store, Humble Store, Linux Games, etc. If any of them works great, feel free to share it with us.