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The Best 3D Games for Your Chromebook

The Best 3D Games for Your Chromebook

Any day you receive a new piece of technology is an exciting one. Whether it’s a new phone, or a brand new gaming system that promises to keep you on your feet with new experiences and games like Bloodborne or The Witcher 3. Even new laptops for work or school can be exciting if you know what to do with them. If the newest gadget you’ve added to your arsenal is a Chromebook, you might be thinking you’re going to miss out on all the killer games and apps that users of Windows computers get to have. Sure, Steam doesn’t run on Chrome OS, and the computers are typically meant as low-power, entry level devices that make it easy to work on projects on the go without having to lug around a big expensive computer. Chrome OS is designed around productivity and ease of use, made to get you into a browser to check Facebook or Twitter and to watch a movie on Netflix, not for video editing or coding, and certainly not for gaming.

But modern Chromebooks have actually become alright for some casual games, as long as you’re willing to put up with some limitations and occasional glitches in playing games. The past year or so has been incredibly kind to the gaming market on Chrome OS too, since Google has slowly but surely been rolling out the Play Store through beta and stable channels to Chrome devices all over the world (in addition to shipping it on newer devices like the Chromebook Plus and Pro from Samsung and the Pixelbook from Google). A year ago, the most you could expect from a Chromebook gaming-wise was Flash-based games from the likes of Newgrounds, but thanks to the growing power of $300 to $400 Chromebooks and, more importantly, the addition of touchscreens and foldable hinges, it’s not too difficult to imagine playing some decent, mobile-ish games on the platform. The advantage, of course, to using a Chromebook over a mobile device, is the addition of a mouse and keyboard, allowing for some solid experiences while playing the game.

If you’re looking for a “console gaming” feel from your Chromebook, we’ve got good news for you. There are a ton of 3D, high-res games playable on your Chromebook that makes your device feel less like a business expense and more like something made for this generation. While not every game below is going to live up to the premise of Nier: Automata or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there is a decent selection of games on Chrome OS that can help you feel like a “real” gamer, even when you’re away from your consoles at home.

We’ve gathered a list of ten 3D games we had a blast playing on our test Chromebook devices, one with a touchscreen and one without a touchscreen. Both devices have access to the Google Play Store (as most modern Chrome OS devices do in some form), so we’ve included games from both the Play Store and the older Chrome Web Store for good measure. The Chrome Web Store is growing older and shutting down rather quickly for all platforms outside of Chrome OS, so we’ve included options from both marketplaces to be sure everyone can play. Some of these games might not work on your device if you don’t have the Google Play Store update on your Chromebook; you can check out the full list of compatible models here. Without further ado, here’s our list of the best 3D games you can play on your Chromebook today.

Our Recommendation

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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It’s no secret that Animal Crossing fans abound online. The series is held dearly by millions of fans dating back to the original Gamecube title in 2002 (2001 in Japan), thanks to its open-ended nature, daily grind for completing activities, and most importantly, the relationships you make with the anthropomorphic animals inside the game. People who play Animal Crossing tend to fall in love with the game, waiting with baited breath for a new entry to appear on every Nintendo system released into this world. The GameCube and Wii both saw entries, as did the Nintendo DS. In 2013, Nintendo released Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a brand new addition to the series that garnered critical acclaim and high sales. But since then, fans have only had a couple low-selling spinoff games to tide their wait for a new release over, and while Pocket Camp may not count as a main-series release, it’s still worth paying some attention.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is the mobile adaptation of Animal Crossing by Nintendo, and it’s available for your Chromebook through the Play Store. Though designed for touch-based devices like phones and tablets, the game works incredibly on Chromebooks thanks to its point and click interface. Moving around in the world of Animal Crossing only requires you to tap or click on the screen, which makes it ideal for playing on your Chromebook. In windowed mode, you can even run a browser window next to the game for watching Netflix or YouTube videos while managing your campsite, or you can run it in full-screen mode, which, unfortunately, will cause the window to be filled with black bars on the left and right of your screen.

So what do you do in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp? Your character, who you design at the start of the game, arrives at a campsite for some relaxation only to be told they’re the new campsite manager. In the game, you’ll build your campsite with furniture in order to attract new animals to hang out with you. Those animals can give you all kinds of rewards as you build out their friendship, including Bells and craft materials. The game’s reminiscent of the first Animal Crossing title from the Gamecube, but with an all-new interface designed for modern devices. Your avatar has an experience level that translates directly to your relationships with other characters, and you can gain bonuses throughout the game by completing certain quests in specific timeframes.

The game might not satisfy the wait for a Nintendo Switch-version of Animal Crossing for die-hard fans. For instance, you’ll have to deal with some standard mobile game limitations, including timers on crafting materials and tree drops, and in-app purchases are here in full-form. But with the game on your Chromebook, it’s easy to check once a day while working on homework and to forget about later, just as you might with other games from the series. You’ll need the Play Store to download the game onto your Chromebook, but it’s a perfect example of modern games on Chrome OS.

Play if you like: Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon

Runner Up

Arcane Legends

Arcane Legends

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If you’re missing out on games like World of Warcraft while using your Chromebook as your main device, you aren’t totally out of luck. Though WoW is certainly too graphically intense to be ported to a device running Chrome OS (it could never run in a browser), two games on our list aim to replicate the grind you would typically gain from MMOs like World of Warcraft while simultaneously allowing you to play for free through your browser on your existing Chromebook. If you want to try to get back into playing in high fantasy worlds but don’t want to invest the cash into an expensive gaming laptop, it’s absolutely worth giving Arcane Legends a try.

Arcane Legends is a free to play game available through your browser that started life as a mobile game for iOS and Android. As a Chrome OS user, you can select between the Android version and the Chrome version, though we found the Chrome version simply worked better on our test devices thanks to its integration with mouse and keyboard controls. Like other games in the genre—and on this list—you begin the game by creating an account and selecting your class. Like most browser-based MMOs, the classes are pretty limited here. Warrior, Rogue, and Sorcerer are the three choices available when you start the game, creating a pretty standard class system in the game. Warriors focus on strength and attack, Rogues focus mainly on dealing out damage by using stealth, avoiding enemy attacks along the way, and the Sorcerer class can supply a certain amount of crowd control by using spells and magic that depend on a sorcerer’s mana level.

Beyond those classes, the game plays similar to World of Warcraft or other basic MMOs. The 3D world is a great touch though, something you don’t always see from free, browser-based MMOs like Runescape. (Which, yes, features a 3D world in the revised version, but we’re old school here at TechJunkie. RuneScape Classic for life). The game allows for you to select quests, create guilds, and connect with friends in a way that allows for friendships to bloom online like they did back in the early 2000s with the launch of WoW. We should also mention that it’s totally possible to sync your gameplay with Arcane Legends between platforms, which means it’s super easy to sync your game file between the mobile app and your web app. Arcane Legends doesn’t smash open the genre or raise it to new heights with incredible features or innovative gameplay, but if you want to waste a couple hours in an MMO environment with your friends, this is a great option available for your Chromebook.

Play if you like: World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy

Everyone Else

DarkOrbit

DarkOrbit

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This list tries to cover every game you could want from each major genre in gaming, from basic arcade-style platforming to Zelda-like adventuring. As with most Chrome and mobile games, there’s always a risk that these games don’t satisfy the hardcore gaming audience that wants depth. These players may have a Chromebook, but what they really want is the depth provided by standard games you can play on the go no matter where you are. It’s difficult to find a game that manages to provide that experience while still being playable on mobile devices or, more prominently, on Chrome OS inside the restrictions of a browser. DarkOrbit (known today as DarkOrbit Reloaded) has been around since 2006, and in that time, has managed to provide that style of gaming for millions of players around the world.

DarkOrbit is a browser game that also happens to have a Chrome OS app available on Google Play that makes it easy to start playing the game. DarkOrbit has almost 100 million players registered, and it’s obvious that the success of this game has made it easy to dive into. As a story, you won’t find much to grasp onto here. You control a ship, abandoned deep inside a dark galaxy that requires resources to help power your ship. You select a vehicle at the start of the game to control, select a faction to join (one of three available options), and you’re in the game. Though DarkOrbit is primarily a resource management game set in space, it’s also filled with PvP space battles using guns and lasers you collect through gameplay. You level up your tech through basic skill trees, acquire new ships with higher levels and better equipment, and you can choose between PvE and PvP systems, depending on what you want out of the game.

DarkOrbit has been described as a free EVE Online alternative, the massive space game that has actual books written about it. Though the game will never hit that peak, for a free alternative to fighting in the PC-based space game, DarkOrbit offers a good alternative for Chrome OS players who want a browser-based space resource game. Some players may find the gameplay a bit too shallow for their tastes, while others will likely find the platform to be a bit too complex. Still, the game has a ton of players, making it ideal for MMORPG fans who want to dive into something while sticking to their Chromebooks over another game. Keyboard and mouse controls work well, without the need for a touchscreen, and for a browser-based game, the graphics look solid. There has been some controversy surrounding DarkOrbit’s paid content since its relaunch, but overall, we found the game to be an excellent substitute for the multitude of space-set resource management games you’ll find on Steam.

Play if you like: EVE Online, Elite: Dangerous, Kerbal Space Program

Hitman: Sniper

Hitman: Sniper

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Hitman: Sniper is the recent mobile adaptation of the popular Hitman series from IO Interactive, having been released back in 2015 for mobile devices, and working as a spinoff of Hitman: Absolution, the 2012 game originally developed for consoles. Unlike the main series, which focuses on stealth as you move your character throughout the world of assassination, Hitman: Sniper takes its name quite literally, pushing you into the world of a first-person shooter where you take aim at your target. Hitman: Sniper is a Play Store game, but for those looking for a creative 3D world, it’s a must-have in terms of excellent games for your Chromebook. Unfortunately, there is a major requirement beyond the Play Store that may stop a lot of our readers from playing the game.

Before we get to that, though, let’s discuss gameplay. As in every other Hitman game, you play as Agent 47, a hitman hired to take out several rich and powerful figures in a shooting-gallery style game. As you work through your sniper scope to find where everyone is hidden, you’ll have to work to kill the target without being noticed. This means you’ll need to think outside of the box at times, using your sniper rifle to shoot targets from the ceiling or plates of glass in order to assassinate your target without being caught. Throughout the game, you’ll set and trigger traps, achieve secondary missions you may not have expected, and attempt to land on leaderboards to show off your skills in quickly taking down targets. Part first-person shooter, part puzzle game, it’s a perfect selection for your Chromebook to show off console-like 3D graphics.

Or, it would be, were it not for one major complication. Out of the ten games on this list, Hitman requires you to have a touchscreen-equipped device to play, thanks to its control scheme requiring pinch to zoom to control your sniper rifle. You can move your sniper around with the mouse, but early on in the game, you’ll be asked to zoom in with your scope on a target, and without a touchscreen, you won’t be able to progress through the game. Four Chromebooks currently support pinch to zoom on their trackpads, which means you can use those devices as a way to play with a mouse, but those four devices—the 2015 Chromebook Pixel, the Pixelbook, and Samsung’s Chromebook Plus and Pro—all have touchscreens equipped, rendering the feature useless anyway.

Still, we recommend Hitman: Sniper for anyone who has a touch-based Chromebook (you can view our list of the best models here), because it does a great job of showing off what gaming on a Chromebook can entail. The game is 99 cents, though usually goes on sale for free with some optional in-app purchases (the game is free as we write this, but it’s unclear how long the sale will last). Picking up Hitman: Sniper is a no-brainer for anyone that can manage to run it, but if you can’t, you don’t have to miss out on the fun of Hitman on your computer. Hitman GO, a 3D board game-style puzzler, is perhaps even more critically acclaimed than Sniper, and is perfectly playable with a mouse or touchpad.

Play if you like: Hitman, Call of Duty, Goldeneye 007

Interland

Interland

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Interland is a weird selection. It’s a browser game that can be added to your device through the Chrome Web Store (non-Chrome OS users can check out the link here), and it’s developed and advertised directly by Google. Ostensibly, it is an educational title about learning internet safety through a series of puzzles with cute polygonal graphics and multiple worlds where lessons appear after cracking a specific code in the game. Whether you’re learning about handing out personal information on social media, or you’re trying to figure out how to keep your email and other accounts safe from hackers, Interland is a great way to teach younger players how to stay safe online. You don’t need to be interested in learning online lessons to play the game, though. As a platformer-puzzle game, Interland manages to hold its own.

First of all, for a game playable inside your browser without additional software, Interland looks great. It’s clear that Google put a lot of effort into this. Despite some slight frame drops that occur throughout the game (probably thanks to the limited power of Chrome OS, not so much due to the game), playing through Interland is a blast, containing four distinct worlds with their own challenges and lessons to teach. Every world is filled with polygons, from the characters you control to the environments surrounding, them, and the game is soaked in color. From the ice-blue world of Mindful Mountain, where you learn how to stop yourself from oversharing on social media, to the desert-oranges and reds of Tower of Treasure, a world that concerns itself with keeping your secrets safe from prying eyes, Interland is a gorgeous game to allow yourself to live in for the limited time it takes to beat.

The game controls using your arrow keys, allowing for some easy control throughout the game. Whether you’re attempting to cross a river filled with phishers (exactly the kind of cute-but-cloying pun you’d expect from Google) or sending your location to your friends to meet up through social media, you’ll control everything with your arrows keys (and occasionally by clicking on the screen), which makes it ideal for playing on a Chromebook. In some scenarios, the game might be a bit too simplistic for the twenty-something reading this who grew up on MySpace and Facebook, living their entire lives through social media and learning the hard way what to share and what to avoid. For others, though, especially children or even older adults, learning what you should and shouldn’t look out for online is a great lesson, timeless in the age of always-on connectivity. Google has done a great job designing Interland to be kid-friendly but not impossible for adults to enjoy. If you’re looking for something to waste time with on your new Chromebook, Interland might be the ideal game for you.

Play if you like: Oregon Trail, Reader Rabbit, Tetris

KingsRoad

KingsRoad

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In a lot of ways, KingsRoad manages to remind us of several RPGs playable both inside and outside your browser. One obvious inspiration comes from RuneScape, the classic free to play MMORPG that dates back to 2001, and is still in active development. Another is World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s timeless online multiplayer game that has kept players grinding away for years and years. Even on this list, Arcane Legends manages to battle against KingsRoad for fantasy-MMORPG elements inside of a game you can play on Chrome OS. Considering that both games feature a level system, playable classes, and easy navigation throughout the world, it’s a tough choice between the two.

While Arcane Legends might remind us of something like World of Warcraft, KingsRoad manages to be closer in flavor, tone, and gameplay to Diablo, another Blizzard RPG that is more focused on dungeon crawling and loot than it is with connecting with players online (though that’s part of it as well). In KingsRoad, you’ll find yourself in the land of Alderstone, a world covered in darkness and fearing an evil magic that has taken over the land. At the start of the game, you’ll pick from one of three classes, recognizable to any and all RPG fans looking to hop into the game. Knights use attack abilities, Archers use ranged attacks like bows combined with elemental weapons, and Wizards use magic spells to cast attacks and buffs at enemies.

The game features everything you would expect from a dungeon crawler styled after Diablo, including drop-in and drop-out multiplayer, a full loot system where you gain rewards for your efforts, and more. The game syncs between both your desktop and the mobile version of the game, an ideal way to have your efforts sync up and play with people around the world, since the same environment is filled with identical players. The graphics look solid for a mobile game (and one that started as a Facebook title, back when Facebook was still making a major push into deal with games and trying to get people to spend as much time as they can inside of Facebook), but the map size may disappoint some, as the entire land seems to be a bit small. We also found some higher level players were clearly putting efforts into trying to take down lower-level opponents, which may ruin the game for some players.

Though you can download the Google Play version, we highly recommend playing in your browser on fullscreen mode, which allows you to use mouse shortcuts and keep the display free of some of the clutter we had to deal with on the mobile version, thanks to its touch-friendly interface. Whether KingsRoad or Arcane Legends appeals to you more really depends on what you’re looking for in a game, but we will say KingsRoad really appealed to the loot-and-grind fan in all of us. If in-app purchases deter you from being interested in RPGs on Chrome OS, this might be one you want to stay away from, though. Considering the game is free, it also contains in-app purchases up to $199.99 per item.

Play if you like: World of Warcraft, Diablo, RuneScape

Polycraft

Polycraft

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Polycraft, at first glance, might seem like a Minecraft knockoff, something popular on both the Chrome Web Store and the Google Play Store. Poly, obviously refers to the graphics, which, like Interland, use stylized polygons throughout the game to create a 3D world capable of rendering well inside of Chrome. Craft, unfortunately in the gaming world, has direct connections to Minecraft, so it’s difficult to recommend any game that seems to take the general idea of Minecraft to reduce it down to a playable game inside of a browser. Searching for Minecraft inside of the Chrome Web Store brings results for games like “Block Craft Tetris.” It has two stars on the Chrome Web Store from 237 reviews, and is the kind of content that won’t be missed whenever the Web Store inevitably shuts its doors in exchange for Play Store support.

On the other hand, Polycraft has a solid 4 star rating, and that largely comes from the surprise of it actually being a solid game that avoids most Minecraft gameplay elements altogether. Instead, Polycraft is a tower-defense game that utilizes a resource management system similar to something like Stardew Valley or No Man’s Sky, combining the gameplay of those games (including resource management and crafting) with something along the lines of Plants vs. Zombies. In that sense, it’s similar to Minecraft, but the actual core gameplay loop isn’t designed for building fortresses or for digging massive holes in the ground, but for protecting yourself against the enemy creatures spread throughout the world.

The game’s visual style is unique, similar to what we saw from Interland. The game isn’t totally trying to rip off Minecraft with its design, which was surprising considering the title and the style of game created here. If there is a complaint to be made about the game, it’s the load of in-app purchases offered by the developers. The game has a ton of them, so careful not to spend money on objects in the game. We also think you may want a mouse here instead of a touchscreen or trackpad. You move around the world of Polycraft by tapping on where you want to go, and a mouse is far better built for what you’re attempting to do and control inside of Polycraft. Overall, though, we’d say that Polycraft did a great job knocking this one out of the park. What we expected to be a basic, simple Minecraft ripoff turned into a fun tower-defense game that, outside of Animal Crossing and Hitman, felt like the most console or PC-like gaming experience on this list. If you can get into the idea of using resource management inside a game like Plants vs. Zombies, you’ll really like this one.

Play if you like: Stardew Valley, No Man’s Sky, Plants vs. Zombies

There are a ton of games on this list that offer PC or console-like experiences. Hitman: Sniper and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp both offer mobile versions of games you’ve played on dedicated systems. Tales from the Borderlands, and the rest of the TellTale Games portfolio, are direct ports of games you can actually purchase for your PS4 or Xbox One. KingsRoad and DarkOrbit are online browser games, but they take inspiration from classic RPGs and online space MMOs, respectively. All of these are great games to play when you have some real time to sit down and shut off your brain, but perhaps you only have ten minutes between classes or a quick break for lunch between meetings, and you’re looking for a quick timewaster to have some fun with, Swooop (yes, with three ‘o’s) offers exactly what you might need.

At its core, Swooop is an arcade-style game combining collectathon endless runners like Jetpack Joyride (a fantastic 2D game also available for Chrome) with the classic Helicopter games that were popular in the early 2000s in browsers. You use your space bar, the left-mouse button, or the touchscreen if you have one to move up and down, collecting gems to rack up points. You’ll find that the bottom of your display features a gas meter, and to keep your combos going, you’ll need to find golden wrenches scattered throughout the level to keep your plane going through the game. The controls feel good, and the plan controls like most Helicopter-like games control, but instead of dodging falling rocks and cave patterns, you’ll simply be working to gather as many points

The game features 3D graphics, but perhaps it’s more accurate to call Swooop a 2.5D game, similar to fighting games like Street Fighter V. Though the graphics and background with Swooop are all rendered in 3D, the game itself is played on a 2D plane (no pun intended). Still, the visuals in Swooop are excellent and enough to keep even the most stringent Chrome OS fans satisfied for an arcade-lite game to play on breaks. We found the Chrome app ran the app the best, but the game is also available on the Google Play Store for supported devices, and inside your browser (albeit with a lower framerate and lesser graphics).

Play if you like: Helicopter Game, Jetpack Joyride, Frogger

Let’s start with the basics: Swordigo is a Zelda clone in 2D, and a good one at that. The game’s been out for years, and speaking personally, I first played the game on iOS when it was released in 2012. It’s an excellent adaptation of the typical Zelda formula, combining 3D graphics with a 2D Mario-like stage layout that, in all honesty, feels like a combination of the two games while simultaneously creating an original feel for the platform. If you have any experience playing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, you should feel right at home here. Unfortunately, like with what we saw from Hitman: Sniper, if you don’t have a touchscreen-equipped device, you may find it difficult to play the game.

Swordigo, as mentioned, draws inspiration from Zelda II, along with the Metroid and Castlevania series of side-scrolling action games. You play as a young, unnamed boy who experiences visions that cause him to wake up in the middle of the night. Leaving your village, you realize your mentor and master has left town and not returned. While walking outside to find him, you find him killed before your eyes and are told by an Elder that you must uncover a magic blade in order to defeat your new enemy, the Corruptors. As you work through multiple worlds and stages battling enemies in order to gather the missing pieces of your blade, you’ll learn new abilities, gain more health to combat villains, and face off against the final boss to avenge your master.

The game is fantastic, but unfortunately, it’s audience on Chrome OS is limited. The game ran smoothly on our devices, though obviously you’re limited to Chromebooks that can install the platform through Google Play. Even once you have the game installed, you might be saddened to realize the touch controls don’t connect or map directly to your keyboard. Swordigo is built around being able to move left and right, jump, and attack, but all of these require controls on-screen to be able to perform the moves. Unfortunately, as a game developed mainly for smartphones and tablets, everything is touch-based, requiring you to tap left and right to move on the screen, along with a jump button at the bottom of the screen and buttons for both your sword and your magic. These buttons can be moved around on-screen to make playing with a mouse a little easier, but overall, this is something where you really need to be able to touch the screen.

Outside of that requirement, however, it’s great to see a game like Swordigo possibly gain a second life thanks to Google Play support on Chrome OS. Despite some relatively-dated graphics (the game is nearly six years old, after all), Swordigo is a fantastic homage to Metroidvania games, combining everything you might love about older titles in this genre with a touch-based interface that makes it easy to control on the go. It’s unfortunate that keyboard support will likely never come to this title, last updated in 2015, but that’s the price you pay for playing older games designed for smart-devices and not laptops. Speaking of which, Swordigo isn’t free. You can start the game at no cost to you, but to continue playing through the entire thing, you’ll have to drop $1.99 to continue playing. Honestly, $1.99 is a low price considering most players should easily get four or five hours out of the title. If you missed this one on mobile, definitely check it out on your Chromebook—assuming you have full support for a touchscreen, of course.

Play if you like: Super Mario Bros. 3, Zelda II, Super Metroid

Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands

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First things first: you’ll need Google Play on your Chromebook in order to properly enjoy the story of Tales from the Borderlands. It’s unfortunate that an app like Tales can’t run in your browser, but the tradeoff is obvious. This is one of the most “console”-like games you’ll find on this list—indeed, Tales from the Borderlands is available on the Xbox One and PS4, just like the traditional Borderlands titles it’s spun off from. If you’re unfamiliar, Tales from the Borderlands is a game from developer TellTale Games, best known for creating “point and click” style, story-driven games around existing franchises like Game of Thrones, Batman, and most notably, The Walking Dead. Tales from the Borderlands is set in the world of 2K Games and Gearbox Software’s Borderlands series, which take place sometime in a future where a Vault filled with treasures and money has been hidden on the planet Pandora, attracting businesses and Vault Hunters alike to the planet to search for the treasure.

Tales takes place following the conclusion of Borderlands 2, where the existence of numerous other Vaults have been reported across the planet of Pandora. Hyperion, the mega-coproration behind plenty of the guns from the first two games, as well as the leader of a military-like squad that controls the planet, is under new control following (spoilers for Borderlands 2) the downfall of Handsome Jack. You play as Rhys (played by Troy Baker), an employee of Hyperion trying to get a promotion alongside his friend and co-worker Vaughn (Chris Hardwick, The Nerdist), but find yourself pushed to the side after Hyperion is taken over by your rival Hugo Vasquez (Patrick Warburton). The game opens with Rhys and Fiona, a con artist he met on Pandora, being kidnapped, as the story goes back in time to tell what really happened.

In terms of gameplay, anyone who has played any number of TellTale-developed games will know what to expect here. Though the engine is a bit dated at this point, having not been updated for several years, the good news is that even low-powered Chromebooks should be able to run this fantastic-looking app, albeit with some obvious visual downgrades from the original console and PC versions. It’s actually surprising how well you can manage to get Tales to run on a computer, considering the lack of dedicated GPU in any Chromebook on the market today. That said, lower-end devices may have difficulty running the game, and without the option to adjust your graphics settings, if it doesn’t run well, you’re out of luck. Still, considering its point-and-click design, both non-touchscreen and touchscreen devices can get in on the fun of exploring the world of Borderlands. You won’t need to worry about being able to manage your control scheme since the game basically allows you work with just the tap of your finger or the click of your mouse.

Tales from the Borderlands isn’t a free game, much like the other TellTale games available on the platform. That said, it is a free download, and the first episode (of the five available in the season) is free, which means you can test the game, ensure it plays well, and try out the series for yourself before having to worry about dropping real cash on a game you might not enjoy. Tales from the Borderlands is one of the best TellTale games we’ve seen yet, but if you enjoy it and you want a new game from the company, or you’d rather immerse yourself in a world you’re familiar with, almost every modern TellTale game is available on Google Play, including seasons one through three of The Walking Dead, seasons one and two of Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, both seasons of Minecraft: Story Mode, and more.

Play if you like: The Walking Dead, Borderlands, Life is Strange

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