How to install BASTON on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing BASTON by Txori on your Chromebook. BASTON is an action-packed indie game that combines retro aesthetics with modern gameplay mechanics. By following these steps, you'll be able to enjoy this exciting game on your Chromebook, expanding your device's capabilities beyond its typical use.

Compatibility Check

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. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's specifications, you can check our comprehensive list of Chromebooks with Linux Apps (Crostini) support.

Video Tutorial

We've prepared a video tutorial to guide you through the installation process. While the video provides a visual walkthrough, we recommend following along with the written instructions below for a more detailed explanation of each step.

Installation Steps

Follow these steps carefully to install BASTON on your Chromebook:

  1. Unzip the downloaded file:

    This command extracts the contents of the zip file, making the game files accessible.

  2. Make the BASTON file executable:
    chmod 755 BASTON/BASTON

    This changes the file permissions, allowing you to run the game.

  3. Run BASTON with frame rate limit disabled:
    cd BASTON && ./BASTON --disable-framerate-limit

    This command navigates to the BASTON directory and launches the game without frame rate restrictions, potentially improving performance.

  4. Rename the BASTON folder:
    mv BASTON BASTONfolder

    This step helps organize the files by giving the folder a more descriptive name.

  5. Move BASTON files to your home directory:
    mv BASTONfolder/* /home/$USER/

    This relocates the game files to your home directory for easier access.

  6. Clean up unnecessary files:
    rm -r BASTONfolder

    This removes the original zip file and empty folder to free up space.

  7. Update package lists:
    sudo apt update

    This ensures your system has the latest information about available packages.

  8. Install KMenuEdit:
    sudo apt install kmenuedit

    KMenuEdit is a tool that allows you to edit application launchers, which can be useful for creating a shortcut to BASTON.

  9. Launch KMenuEdit:

    Use this tool to create a menu entry for BASTON, making it easier to launch the game in the future.

Additional Resources

To enhance your BASTON experience on Chromebook, consider the following resources:

Troubleshooting Tips

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

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation.
  • If the game doesn't launch, check that all files were correctly moved to your home directory.
  • For performance issues, experiment with different launch options or adjust in-game settings.

Remember, installing third-party software like BASTON on your Chromebook can be a great way to expand its functionality and enjoy new experiences. However, always ensure you download software from trusted sources to maintain your device's security.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out through the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to help you make the most of your Chromebook!