Great games that don't need great hardware to run

By Rage_3K_Moiz ยท 449 replies
Aug 23, 2006
Post New Reply
  1. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    I loved this old turn based game called Lords of magic, am I the only one who played it? Also return to crondor, and Kings quest mask of eternity (i believe 8 - VIII). man those were fun games..your making me miss the good old days. Also Icewindale 1 & 2 with expansions, and maybe neverwinter nights 1. I had a hard time running NVN2 on a 6800 tho, on medium i believe it was fine.
  2. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I just started playing Far Cry, and it is definitely one of my all time favorite games.

    A great game to add would be Battlefield Heroes. It is another one of my favorites, and it can practically be played on a netbook (10-20 fps), so it should easily run on a 6200 at medium to low settings.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

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

    Thanks mate, list updated.
  4. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    What with the growing popularity of Intel GMA950 powered netbooks, it might be helpful to create a subcategory for the list for games that will run on a netbook, or put a mark by all the games that will work. Does anyone think this would be a good idea?
  5. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

  6. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    Compatable and playable are completely different. They list far cry on there, and I know for a fact that it is unplayable on a netbook, because I have tried. Once you leave he cave at the beginning you get around 10 fps. I was thinking more along the lines of a list of games that users had actually tried on netbook, and found to run at acceptable frame rates.
  7. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    OH, My bad, I read quickly and thought you meant only the 950 chipset, this should be more appropriate then:
    I referred to this list quite a bit (quite appropriate here since I won the EeePC from TechSpot lol)
  8. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I was talking about the 950 chipset, which is what the majority of current nebooks use.
  9. Justice101

    Justice101 TS Rookie

    BZFlag is a great game with a great community. can run on almost any computer (sorta FPS)
  10. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 72

    Anyone object to 'Operation Inner Space'?...or ever even heard of it?

    It ran on an old 486 chip....a 2D omnidirectional space shooter with great graphics...especially for 1997 (give or take a few years).

    You could earn ship weapons fireballs and grappling hooks....and armor and engine upgrades, too. Not a very deep storyline or anything, but smooth audio....even had space 'races' to gain upgrade icons.
  11. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413


    You have still neglected to put Minesweeper on the list.
  12. deadmongol

    deadmongol TS Member

    Minesweeper's a great game. :) It's hard. lol. :)
  13. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I think minesweeper is not on the list, because it is pretty much a given that your computer can run it.. The game is built into Windows, and requires no more CPU or GPU power than typing a document in notepad. I mean, I have an old Pentium 150 mhz machine, with 32 mb of ram, and a s3 Virge video card that could run minesweeper.
  14. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    How about Ragnarok Online & maybe Total Overdose too.
  15. sk821

    sk821 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Need For Speed Shift can run with P4 @ 2.8 Ghz?
  16. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    I can hardly run the game good on my system with my 9800gt, so i am guessing you can run at low settings, like maybe 1024x768 no AA, AFX2, low to medium settings.
    I can run the game just fine at 1280x1024 no aa, AFX16, low to medium settings, however the game looks ugly , i think the only way to make the game look good if you play at all max settings with aax4 or higher . Game sucks anyways.
  17. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    A (imo) much better alternative to Maplestory is "La Tale" over at or

    Personally, living in the US, I play on OGPlanets server, but Europeans might wanna check out Aeria's.
  18. angelic00

    angelic00 TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Frets on Fire is another good one :)

    It's sorta like a freely customizable version of Guitar hero... and it takes a lot less resources. It's like 15mb and i was able to run it on a FX 5200 with a AMD Athlon Xp 2100+ @ 1.73ghz with 256mb of memory :)
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

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

    Excellent recommendation angelic00, I've added it to the list. :)
  20. BluStang05

    BluStang05 TS Rookie Posts: 30

    this is such a great list as i read it i realize how old i was when i played some of those games... so many years ago....
  21. pctobeupgraded

    pctobeupgraded TS Rookie

    you forgot of dark messiah of might and magic
  22. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    There is a pretty fun old RTS I just started playing again called Impossible Creatures, which can be run on an P4 and an Intel IGP. The actual game play is average, but you get to design your own units by mixing different animals together, which is really fun.
  23. sagejay

    sagejay TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I got to say, thanks for the list!
  24. Jabela

    Jabela TS Rookie

    Fiesta online 8D
  25. playwownow

    playwownow TS Rookie

    Torchlight - I just recently grabbed this game after seeing a friend play it and WOW!! I'm not 100% crazy about the gameplay but the graphics and how smooth it runs on my dinosaur was simply amazing. Incredible graphics and sound with about a 1.2 gig install. I'm running a p4 2ghz with an old ATI 8500 and it runs like butter. I can't imagine on a better machine with everything turned up! Highly reccommended for older pcs :D Great list BTW!! I'll be referring some of my cheap friends to this list as well!!

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...