The Chrome Web Store offers a lot more than just a healthy dose of extensions, themes, and other nifty apps. It also houses an impressive collection of games that can be directly played on the browser for a small fee, or nothing at all.
Many of the same great titles that are available on your smartphone, tablet, and high-end gaming console are also available on Chrome. Now all you need to know is which games are worth your precious time. Below are some of our favorite games currently available on Google Chrome.
Yes, the name sounds a lot like another infamous virtual pet, and that’s on purpose. Half game and half productivity tool, the Tabagotchi is an extension that gives you a little creature to take care of by keeping your tabs to a minimum.
As you surf the web and open more tabs, your pet will get sick, but closing them will result in a happier pet. After several hours of browsing with five or fewer tabs, the Tabagotchi will even evolve into something more impressive.
The ridiculously popular number-matching game is available as a Chrome extension, as well! In 2048, you must combine identical numbers in order to add them together and eventually collect the coveted 2048 tile, all while attempting to keep your board from getting overcrowded and ending your game prematurely. It’s simple, but it’s a whole lot of fun, and figuring out where each tile is going to move as you slide the board left, right, up, and down is tricky and addictive.
Auto-running platformers are the bread and butter of the free-to-play browser game scene, but these games can be turned into something entirely more interesting with just one simple tweak.
In Robbers in Town, you play as two separate criminals trying to escape from a local bank with their stash of cash in tow. One directional arrow controls the first robber, while another controls the second, and they must both be used to avoid obstacles and get more cash.
The wintery realm of Shingard is under assault by the evil Ice Queen. In Nords: Heroes of the North, you can take command of various Nordic of strongholds spread throughout the land and strike up alliances or rivalries with neighboring clans of Orcs and Elves.
Diplomacy and strategy become key tools as you work to build up your army to defend your strongholds from the Ice Queen’s undead hordes.
Free Rider HD is the best ragdoll-based racer on the Chrome store. With 80 unique levels, multiple vehicle types, and tons of achievements to unlock, the game provides plenty of challenges to overcome. However, the game’s best feature is its robust user community.
Free Rider HD also gives players the ability to create their own detailed, 2D racing levels. Players have crafted more than 50,000 custom levels at this point, which you can use to challenge your friends or the worldwide leaderboards.
With Treasure Arena, up to four friends can battle one another in a retro-style grudge match that mimics the old-school arcade games of yesteryear. Each level is littered with enemy monsters that you and your friends must eradicate together, while simultaneously competing to gather the most coins. As you take down enemies, you can loot treasure chests to gain better weapons and gear, all of which give you a competitive edge over your friends.
Happy Friday follows an orange monster creature as it escapes red monster creatures and eats donuts. It is a free, fast-paced game but the controls are easy so people of any age can play.
Though there isn’t much to this game in the way of strategy, you do have to avoid obstacles and figure out how to use the environment around you to get through levels and fight the red monsters. You can turn into a ball to go faster and get through tubes and pipes or stay standing up to be able to jump.
The cult favorite Spelunky HTML5 is like an 8-bit Indiana Jones adventure complete with bullwhips, snakes and all. Essentially, you help a cave diver, Spelunky, search for gold and his lost girlfriend while avoiding booby traps and deadly animals. Controls are incredibly easy only utilizing the arrow keys.
If you die in the game, you aren’t sent back to the beginning again. Instead, the game generates a new set of random levels so you don’t feel like you’re backtracking.
Regardless of whether or not you care who comes out on top (go Daenerys), Game of Thrones Ascent is a simple and fun game. Create your own land and army in the world of Westeros and throw your hat in the ring for the king. Build up your money, power, and alliances to overtake other lands and grow your kingdom.
This is a social game and you can connect with friends to get more supplies and create an even larger army. Like in the real Westeros, be on the lookout for backstabbing.
No game store would be complete without your stereotypical, mythical tower defense game. The premise is rather simple: build a multitude of towers to fend off the never-ending barrage of evil forces who want ransack your beloved kingdom. Kingdom Rush Frontiers showcases a wide variety of tower types and enemies, however, each with its own set of strengths and weaknesses. The gameplay is also polished, which will likely appeal to newbies and veterans of the genre alike. Plus, it looks pretty darn cute.
If you’ve ever made someone an offer he couldn’t refuse or decided to leave the gun and take the cannoli, The Godfather: Five Families is the game for you. Create a killer mob to make money and connections in order to be the last mob boss standing. Make alliances with friends to employ an even larger army. Be careful who you trust because you might wake up to a horse’s head.
Chrome’s version of Little Alchemy isn’t much different than the mobile version — aside from the full-screen and offline game modes. Players begin the game with four main base elements (fire, water, earth, and air) and concoct an assortment of more complex elements as the game goes on.
For instance, combine earth and fire to create lava, then lava and air to create stone, stone and air to create sand, and so on. There isn’t much to it, but you can easily spend hours trying to unlock the hundreds of available combos without the cheat guide.
The goal of King of Thieves is simple: steal stuff. Players take control of their own tiny thief, guiding them through more than 100 single-player platforming levels, as well as a near-endless amount of user-created levels. Players can also team up to create guilds, rack up treasure, and design complex levels filled with monsters, traps, and secret locks that are designed to keep enemy thieves at bay. Plus, the more treasure you nab, the more customizable outfits you can unlock, adding a touch of personality to the game.
Gopherwood Studios’ Entanglement was once one of the default games added to Chrome upon installation. In an attempt to create the longest path possible, players rotate and place etched tiles into a hexagonal grid or other formation without running into a wall.
The game features both single player and multiplayer game modes, online and offline functionality, and Zen-like music that makes you feel like you should be drinking a cup of tea or sitting in a Japanese garden. It’s simple and straightforward, but the level variation adds enough depth to make you stick around.
Cuddly little Om Nom has a hankering for some candy, and you’re going to Cut the Rope to give it to him. The smash-hit physics game has been around the mobile block for a while and is now available on Chrome.
Each level and puzzle gets progressively more complicated as new elements and hazards are continually introduced to the gameplay. Don’t be fooled by the cute (yet good-looking) graphics, the game can be brutally challenging and frustrating as you snag stars and follow frog-like Om Nom further down the virtual rabbit hole.
Mahjong Solitaire is much like the traditional solitaire, only using mahjong tiles instead of cards. Although the solo puzzle game is a bit more fine tuned than it was when it was was first developed for the computer in early 80s, it’s still essentially still the same game.
Players must click matching sets of tiles to eliminate them from the stack and complete the puzzle. The Chrome version mixes it up with multiple stacking layouts, tile variations, and some relaxing music that will likely put you to sleep. It’s not too tough, but going against the clock makes adds to the challenge.
There are plenty of MMOs out, but Dark Orbit is one of the few games Chrome offers that isn’t fantasy related. Instead of a knight, mage, or archer, players take on the role of a space pilot drifting in DarkOrbit. The game allows you to explore a massive expanse of space as you scour the universe in search of raw materials to upgrade and customize your spaceship.
Should you choose to play nice, you can team up with other players to complete quests and objectives. Otherwise, you can engage in interstellar battles with your newfound enemies in a unique PvP system full of endless firepower and far too much strafing. Be forewarned though; space can get a bit lonely from time to time.
Chess, as we know it, has been played for more than six centuries, but the origins go back nearly 1,500 years. It’s a game of wits, intellect, and patience — and now browser-based convenience thanks to Chrome’s rendition of the classic game.
SparkChess 9 features quick, fluid animations as well as built-in AI and a multiplayer mode for those hoping to go head-to-head against another player. It even features Facebook integration and a nice batch of hints for those of you new to the game.