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Play Immersive RPG Bastion Right Inside Chrome

If you’re looking for a fun Friday afternoon time sink, beautifully styled and narrated RPG Bastion is available as an in-Chrome web app.

From the Supergiant Games press release:

This latest version of Bastion is built to run right in your web browser, using Google’s new 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. And, much like those versions, you can play through the prologue for free. The full game can be unlocked for $14.99.

We took it for a spin and it’s as gorgeous, immersive, and well narrated as the trailer video above would lead you to believe. The prologue is great and the level of detail, considering it’s rendered entirely in HTML 5 and played within a browser, is astounding–we’d be lying if buying the full version of the game wasn’t in our immediate future.

Bastion [Chrome Web Store via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/9/11

Comments (8)

  1. jcard21

    I click on this video, but nothing happens. Is it only me??? (Windows Vista, Firefox 8.0)

  2. LastLifeLost

    @jcard21 Give it a few more minutes – Youtube is having a moment…

  3. markiz

    maybe this is the reason why chrome has become very slow and resource hungry for the last few incarnations, they keep adding bullsith “functionality”.

  4. I@n

    You think html 5 is “bs functionality” ?!?! Really ???

  5. Ron

    After trying to play it for a few moments, I wasn’t impressed. The lag between moving the mouse and the resulting travel of the pointer makes the game terrible to play. After spending a couple of minutes “moving” through the embers, nothing else happened. Is this a game that needs a beefy, gaming system instead of a one year old laptop?

  6. Artrex


    If you’re just seeing a black screen with floating embers, something’s wrong… I own the game (from GamersGate), but I wanted to see how it looked in Chrome, and I haven’t been able to get it to work either. On the other hand, your year old laptop should play the ‘real’ version fine… Mine sure does :-)
    Has anyone had the black-screen problem and been able to fix it?

  7. Sentinel


    Got the same problem here. And no I haven’t been able to fix it. :/

  8. Steve-O-Rama

    Working just fine here…which is weird for me. Even in full-screen, it’s not too demanding on the system. Maybe it’s a hardware issue for some users. I’ve only got a Core i3 and Radeon HD6670 in an H61 chipset, so nothing special. Regarding the game play, it’s pretty cool, but strange having to get used to the movement controls. I’m so used to FPS games, steering with the mouse.

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