Steam for Chromebook

SteamSteam has become the standard for downloadable games for PC / Mac / Linux. There are two issues – one, it doesn’t carry software that will run on Chrome OS, and two, it’s not available for Chrome OS. That’s not the end of the story for gaming though – and even better, in order to run games on Chrome OS you don’t have to download any software whatsoever.

The Chrome web store

The Chrome web store has a surprisingly decent selection of games, including stalwarts like Angry Birds, Bastion, Cut The Rope, and Runescape. There are plenty of simple puzzle games as you’d expect (e.g. Bejeweled, Fieldrunners) but you’ll also find games that run in 3D (Need for Speed, Hitman) and work offline.

Chrome Web Store games
Chrome Web Store games


Since Chrome OS runs flash, you also have access to any of the flash game sites on the web like Kongregate. These sites mainly provide casual gaming experiences, but there are some great and addictive finds in there.

Kongregate Heximilate
Kongregate, running Heximilate

Angry Birds for Chromebook

Angry-Birds-160pxAngry Birds is a hugely popular game on iOS, Android and pretty much every other system you can think of. The good news: Rovio made a special version just for Chrome.

Angry Birds for Chromebook
Angry Birds for Chromebook

You can install the apps straight from the Chrome Web Store:

Angry Birds (classic)
Angry Birds Space

Alternatively, you can get straight into the action by heading here.