Great games that don't need great hardware to run

By Rage_3K_Moiz ยท 449 replies
Aug 23, 2006
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  1. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    Here's the Wikipedia article about it, if you need more information:

    And the requirements are a 166 mhz cpu, 32 mb of ram, and a 4 mb video card.
  2. sIcKtEeN

    sIcKtEeN TS Rookie

    Too bad its sequel isn't on PC. Anyway, guess what? Project Origin runs surprisingly light for a 2009 game! Not sure it suits in the list though.

    And err... if you can search in Japanese sites you can purchase many Japanese doujin games (sort of indy games in Japanese). All of them are pretty interesting, while never require a high end PC to run. Some examples to begin: - Kenta Cho is probably the most well-known Japanese indy developer among the English speaking community. His freeware games are coooooool - ZUN is a little bit less famous than Kenta Cho, probable because his Touhou shooter series are too hard to play, still great to check out though :p - You won't find many doujin developer sites that have English interface like this, believe me - In the Game section, their games are for free like Kenta's - Their only current game is Rosenkruez Stilette, a Japanese platform game that consists a large portion of English and... German (lol?!)

    There are many other great doujin developers that you can search for yourself.

    Not doujins, but Eternal Eden from the indy developer Blossom Soft definitely gave me the nostalgia of those old-school Japanese RPG.

    Aces of the Galaxy (PC Version) and 2 Puzzle Quest games are definitely in the list, 'nough saying ;)
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,119   +429

    schoolgirlni, Star Wars Rogue Squadron is an older game that might be hard to find now. I happened to get that game free in a bundle when I bought a Dell PC several years ago. So as not to drag this thread off topic, start a new thread with your question about game recommendations. Be sure to list your PC specifications, particularly your graphics card so members can suggest appropriate games.
  4. schoolgirlni

    schoolgirlni TS Rookie

    Thanks mailpup for your suggestion i will surely..
    But the thing is that i can prefer playing the gtames from a cafe so the system requirement dosent matters a lot to me...
    If you can suggest me a nice one pls do it... :)
  5. jwei44

    jwei44 TS Rookie

    the best pop cap game is Plants Vs Zombies, Zuma, and Peggle (By my opinion)
  6. rax1418

    rax1418 TS Rookie

    This is great for me since my PC has less than desirable specs. :(
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,031   +198

    I just tried out this game called mount and blade,

    You can download the trial version for free, the trial version alone gave me about 12 hours of play. I went and got myself a key since I loved it so much. I have no clue when this game came out, but im running it pretty decently on this old rig that can half assly run wow the burning crusade but cannot run wotl wow.

    I think this game rocks, you manually block\dodge all incoming damage, you manually swing 4 different directions to try and chop down your enemies. Its not some run of the mill wow type game, its very realistic, not cartoony in the least, it actually takes skill swinging blocking and dodging. You get to level up as well get better items, sell slaves if you want, raid villages, defend a maidens honor or do nothing, its all up to you, there is no goal.

    Your basically thrown into the middle ages in the time of nights and mounted archers, it has a fallout sense of do whatever the hell you want. Its only 800 mb or so, im very impressed by the graphics from how small it is and how well it does on this low end this rig, I cant wait to play it on my bros high end rig when we get it fixed so I can play it on max settings. I currently have it on 1280x800 res and the settings are set half way, it even has a thing in graphics that tells you your performance % with the way you have the settings, I keep mine at 100%.
  8. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    One game I would include would be Alice, that was a fun game. Even the oldest systems can play this game. :D
  9. Kotu2

    Kotu2 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    These are fun but you're kind of being leanient on the don't need great hardware to run
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,443   +38

    Lenient? In what way?

    The original requirements were an MX440 BTW, so most of these games should run well on just about anything. Only the ones that are newer, or require SM3.0 support won't run well, or even at all.
  11. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    What about lemmings, I remember playing it over 10 years ago, just one of my old favs.
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

  13. Kotu2

    Kotu2 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    btw Area 51 is also free(legally)-
    1.93 gb
  14. needhelpinnz

    needhelpinnz TS Rookie Posts: 50

    I remember an amazing game called The Moon Project, which was a sequel to Earth 2150. The newest version, Earth 2160, isn't so great. But if you're into RTS and okay with a bit of a learning curve, The Moon Project is a wonder to behold.
  15. Corwin613

    Corwin613 TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    hmm thought that Total Annihilation wouldn't run on an XP system perhaps i was mistaken

    Great game though btw and the list is awesome
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    three glaring omissions i think
    mechwarrior 4 'mercenaries'
    Starsiege (the original) might be a server or two left
    Amber graphics are done in slide show, but the story is great, can be run on a 486
  17. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,031   +198

  18. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    No way you a sieger man? :grinthumb:
  19. julianignacio

    julianignacio TS Member

    Didn't check latest list, but I would like to name two:

    Imperialism 1 & 2
    IL Sturmovic 1946
  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,443   +38

    Thanks julianignacio, more input is always welcome. :)

    @treetops, I didn't quite like Wolf Team, since it just seemed to me like a pretty generic FPS, only with large wolf monsters. It's not up to par with the likes of other free games like RTCW, so it'll stay off the list.
  21. frankiexctrack

    frankiexctrack TS Rookie

    Delta Force BHD is an AWESOME game :)
  22. AussiSoccerStar

    AussiSoccerStar TS Rookie

    Global Operations. That is a pretty good FPS
  23. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413


    You forgot Minesweeper!
  24. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Oh my god! How could you?
    I love minesweeper portable :(.
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    well I was, big time. it was a great game, used to build maps for it. it was pretty flexible and option rich for its time :D

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