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The Best Games for the Chromebook [January 2021]

Chromebooks weren’t designed for gaming. Most Chromebooks run between $300 and $500, using low-end processors perfect for web browsing. They don’t come with dedicated graphics cards or hard drives capable of storing games, and platforms like Steam or the Epic Games Store can’t install on your device. You don’t buy a Chromebook for gaming; you buy one because you want a cheap laptop that’s really good at browsing Facebook and typing up some documents, with the occasional Netflix marathon streaming-fest on rainy Saturdays. You don’t buy it to challenge your friends in Overwatch or play long sessions of League of Legends.

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But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on gaming altogether! The Chrome Web Store is filled with fun alternatives and time-wasters of all sorts of genres: first-person shooters, puzzle games, platformers, and even MMORPGs can all be found right inside the Web Store, often for free or exceptionally low prices. You might not be playing the newest AAA game, but nevertheless, games can populate your Chromebook in spades. Let’s take a look at some of the best titles you can play on your Chromebook right now.

(This article was originally posted on April 19th, 2017 and has been updated.)