Bastion now available on Chrome; Square Enix pledges support

Google Chrome is home to a number of games, but they've typically been games we've seen on mobile devices. Once you're done flicking some Angry Birds and battling Plants vs. Zombies, you may want to check out today's biggest Chrome release: Bastion.

Yes, Supergiant Games' successful PC and Xbox Live Arcade game has been fully ported to Google's Native Client technology. "This really is the full Bastion experience, featuring our highly acclaimed 1080p artwork, musical score, reactive narration, and play experience, all built to run fast and smooth just like our Xbox 360 and PC versions."

"We're very excited to have Bastion now available on Chrome since it makes getting into the game easier than ever before, and opens up the experience to tons of new players," the announcement says.

"Including players using computers other than Windows-based PCs." That means you Mac players can boot up Chrome and start playing Bastion immediately.

The Chrome version of Bastion requires:

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 1.0 GB
  • Video Card: 512 MB graphics card (shader model 2)

The requirements are quite lax. I played the game on my current-generation MacBook Air without a hitch. It looked and sounded exactly like the XBLA version.

Like the XBLA version, Bastion is available as a free trial. The full release is $14.99. Unfortunately, gamepad controllers are not supported in "this initial release."

If Bastion has whet your appetite for some console gaming via your internet browser, Square Enix also announced support for Chrome. IO Interactive's Mini Ninjas will be the first game from the publisher, with "additional titles from Square Enix’s group-wide lineup are planned to be made available in the browser within the next year."