Great games that don't need great hardware to run


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Loki for the PC

graphic kinda crappy when running on high even its a 2007 (Dialobish 2) game xD

Howard the Duck

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I woud like to suggest adding the superb adventure game "The Longest Journey" to the list, which is ridiculously easy to run. If you loved Grim Fandango and the Monkey Island series (which I did, of course) then you'll really enjoy TLJ. In fact, I might even say it's better than both in terms of story, dialogue, and puzzles (which are all balanced perfectly). It only falls short in terms of music and humor, at least in terms of comparison to GF and MI. It's sequel, "Dreamfall," is fairly graphically advanced, but it might just be stripped down enough to fit this list too.

Also for the adventure fan: "Loom," "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis," "Sam and Max Hit the Road" + "Sam and Max Season 1" (6 episodic sequels to "Hit the Road" with another season in the works) "Full Throttle," and "the Dig." (If any of those are missing, that is. I already saw DOTT there.)

I would also like to suggest adding "The Movies" + it's expansion, "The Movies: Stunts and Effects" from Fable's developer.

If your machine can run Fahrenheit, aka Indigo Prophecy in North America (which is an excellent, excellent game in it's own right and one of my all-time faves) then it should run the Movies just fine.

The Movies is a challenging but interesting strategy, sort of a mix between the Sims and Roller Coaster Tycoon series, but it's real strength is it's movie-making simulation, in which you can make your own digital films with literally few limits but your imagination and patience. It's expansion improves both aspects of gameplay and adds stunts to the films, played by your own stuntmen trained in the stunt training centers you buy. It's quite fun to see your rising stuntment stars abuse pyrotechnics, torture devices, etc. as training and then see it all come together in the filming of your latest project.

Also from Fable's developer is the excellent duology, Black and White 1+2. The second one is quite graphically enhanced (heavy use of pixel shading), so it might not be right for the list, but the first is a breeze to run.


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Great list Rage :D

You should add TES: Oblivion as well, I played it with 512mb RAM and a 6200 pci card, it ran on medium with 20+ FPS ( which is amazingly good ), if your system is worst then my old system then you could download Oldblivion which will make it run on even integrated cards on medium-high!


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Thanks for the amazing suggestions everyone, list updated.
@TimeParadox, I doubt Oblivion will run on a PIII. All the games in the list should run on a PIII 800MHz CPU with a GeForce MX440. I doubt Oblivion is one of them. ;)
If someone knows otherwise though, let me know and I'll add it.


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i would add homeworld AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN it looks awesome no matter what the weather or display hardware for that matter. its a beutiful game!


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@TimeParadox, I doubt Oblivion will run on a PIII. All the games in the list should run on a PIII 800MHz CPU with a GeForce MX440. I doubt Oblivion is one of them.

Oh well if you were talking about THAT OUTDATED stuff then probably not, but the Oldblivion addon I linked plays with MX440 ( says on website )


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I updated the list with some more games and a new minimum spec as well. Anyone have more suggestions keeping the new minimum system specs in mind?


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Giants: Citizen Cabuto

I played it on a little better processor, Athlon Thunderbird 1Ghz, but I played it on a GF2MX 32meg card. The original release of the card, not the later MX100/MX200/MX400 versions .
Great list everyone. I just noticed this thread and wanted to compliment you on a pretty diverse and extensive list of games.


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I don't know if this helps but...I can run counter strike source, team fortress 2 and world of warcrack on my laptop running a 1.6ghz celeron, 1.4gb ram, and ati 200m graphics. pretty good for a $350 laptop

mopar man

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Flatout and Sim City 4 runs perfectly on my computer, and I have a Celeron 2.4Ghz, 1 Gig of ram, and a fx 5200 (pci).

Julio Franco

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The list is fantastic, we are preparing a new poll right now that will link to this thread as a side story.


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Hmm yes, I reckon it will do. Thanks for the suggestion SOAD. And thanks to Mr. Julio for the good news. Glad to hear this thread will be able to help a lot more people than before.


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Fantastic :grinthumb

Heroes of might and Magic 1-3
Master of Magic
Dune 2
Warlords 1-3
Avernum 4 (haven't played previous versions)
Geneforge 1-4

I see Fallout 1-2, but "Fallout:Tactics" is not on the list...

mopar man

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I know the original Dawn of War runs great on my rig, and the expansions should run just as good.

I really like Ground Control 2, but I don't know about anyone else. It runs perfect also.

Also, Doom 3 really should work on slow rigs, because it does on mine, but it is on low, of course. Doom 3 requires low settings, and for premium performance a little tweaking.