Now that (certain) Chromebooks run Android apps via the Google Play store, the gaming options for these laptops aren’t as dry as they used to be, and include some gems. There’s only one catch: not all Android games run well (or at all) on Chrome OS, as they were written for phones and tablets and not laptops. And with each passing month, Android’s best new games — which I will add here — become Chrome OS’s gains.
So while Fallout Shelter runs without a stutter and Marvel’s Spider-Man Unlimited is one of the better infinite runners we’ve seen, others (including Madden NFL Football, NBA 2K17 and Middle Earth Shadow of War) fail. This is why we downloaded a ton of Android games to test them out on the Google Pixelbook so you know which games to trust on a Chromebook. We look forward to seeing how well the newly-revealed Pixel Slate is at gaming.
Also, a note for Fortnite enthusiasts: Android app emulation won’t be enough, because that game is installed outside of the Google Play store, and Epic Games doesn’t list Chromebooks under its supported devices list.
In good news, though, PUBG Mobile now runs on Intel/x86 Chromebooks, and we look forward to testing it on the Pixelbook soon.
The sequel to Alto’s Adventure is even more beautiful than the award-winning mobile game that preceded it. Expanding on the tap-to-jump gameplay with a new hold-to-wall-grind move, Alto’s Odyssey is more of the same, and that’s not an insult. Also, Odyssey is just as calming as ncreasingly luscious locales, with vibrant and calming visuals. You’ll need a touchscreen Chromebook, as there’s keyboard support, but since there are no on-screen controls to tap — you just tap anywhere you want — it’s comfortable to play even on larger screens.