How to install PokeWilds on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing PokeWilds on your Chromebook. PokeWilds is an exciting open-source Pokémon-like game that brings a fresh twist to the classic monster-catching genre. By following these steps, you'll be able to enjoy this game on your Chromebook, expanding your gaming options beyond what's typically available in the Chrome Web Store.

Before We Begin

It's important to note that this tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD CPUs that support Linux Apps (Crostini). Unfortunately, Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs are not compatible with this method. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's specifications, you can check our guides for Intel and AMD Chromebooks to confirm compatibility.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, we've prepared a video tutorial that demonstrates each step of the installation process. We recommend following along with both the video and the written instructions below for the best results.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Follow these commands in your Chromebook's Linux terminal to install PokeWilds:

  1. Update your package list:
    sudo apt update
  2. Install necessary dependencies:
    sudo apt install fuse kmenuedit
  3. Download the PokeWilds Linux package:
  4. Unzip the downloaded package:
  5. Launch PokeWilds:
  6. Optional: Add PokeWilds to your application menu:

Understanding the Installation Process

Let's break down what each step accomplishes:

  • Updating the package list ensures you have access to the latest software versions.
  • Installing fuse and kmenuedit provides necessary system utilities for running PokeWilds and managing your application menu.
  • Downloading and unzipping the PokeWilds package gives you the game files.
  • The launch command runs the game directly from the terminal.
  • Using kmenuedit allows you to add PokeWilds to your Chromebook's application launcher for easier access in the future.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during installation, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt upgrade after step 1.
  • If the game doesn't launch, check that you're in the correct directory when running the launch command.
  • For graphics-related issues, make sure your Chromebook's Linux container has access to GPU acceleration in the Linux settings.

Additional Resources

For more information about PokeWilds and its development, visit the official GitHub repository. You can also find the Google Doc used in this tutorial for reference.


By following this guide, you've expanded your Chromebook's gaming capabilities with PokeWilds. This installation process not only allows you to enjoy a unique game but also serves as an introduction to using Linux applications on your Chromebook. As you become more comfortable with these processes, you'll find that your Chromebook can do much more than you might have initially thought possible.

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Happy gaming, and enjoy your new PokeWilds adventure on your Chromebook!