Good Low Requirement games for Netbooks or old computers


On my SEO post last week, I said that one of the most popular posts on my old blog was one covering older games that are still enjoyable to play. With the latest netbook craze, the subject of low-recquirement games is more relevant than ever. Here, I recommend 5 games that I think you should have if you have a netbook, or other low powered computer. Now I feel that I should take another look at the topic and see if there have been any newer releases or take a look back to see if there were any old games that I missed last time. Here’s the new list:


1) Little Big Adventure (AKA Relentless: Twinsen’s Adventure) (1997)

My favourite game from last time was Little Big Adventure 2.  This is becoming increasingly hard to run on modern machines, due to incompatibility. I’ve included a small graphics patch HERE if the display doesn’t work properly (R-Click, download then put into the same directory as game exe and run).

2) Railroad Tycoon II (1998)

If you want you could run Tycoon III or even Railroads! If you think your computer is capable. This game allows you to create your own railroad empire, through a series of campaigns, though you can also do what you want. The main game offers challenging scenarios and will give you hours of play time. There is a multiplayer, but due to the age of the game, there probably won’t be anyone to play with.

3) Sim City 3000 (1999)

Last time I suggested Sim City 2000, but I think modern netbooks would easily be able to run 3000, even later versions. This game allows you to create your own city and control how it evolves and survives. There’s little more I can say, if you enjoy the endless gameplay this genre offers, this game is for you.

4) Plants vs Zombies (2009)

Nearly any Popcan game should run on a netbook, they’re new games, but don’t require dedicated graphics cards. Plants Vs Zombies is an original tower defence game where you build fields of plants to defend your house from wave after wave of zombie attack. You really have to play it to see how fun and addictive this game can be. Popcan offers both a downloadable and online demo on their website!

5) Crayon Physics (2009) – http://www.crayonphysics.com/

Buy this game for the price you want to pay, by visiting this website. You won’t be disappointed, this game offers an innovative and unique gaming experience. The aim of the game is to get your ball to the onscreen star by drawing lines and the help of gravity… another game you have to play to appreciate how fun it can be. The only complaint I would have is that it’s a little short and you go through the levels quite quickly once you get into it.

6) TripleA – Free HERE or http://sourceforge.net/projects/triplea/files/

This is a free JAVA computer game, playable on its own or multiplayer. It will be familiar to those who have played Risk or Axis Vs Allies, it’s a turn based strategy game that can keep you entertained for hours.

7) Monopoly (2008)

I suppose if you love the game you’ll love this and if you don’t… there’s no point in you buying this. Just as the name says, it’s monopoly. The computerisation means you don’t have to calculate what money is owed, handle physical cards or move pieces yourself, but I find that this takes away a significant amount of fun that I get from the real-life counterpart.



8) No One Lives Forever /  NOLF (2000)

I actually played NOLF 2 before I played the original NOLF and I found the first one simply because it seemed to be more compatible with lower spec machines (NOLF 2 requires T&L, not many integrated cards support this). NOLF offers a uniquely comical approach to the 1st person shooter genre, with it’s humour yet quality game play, you can’t be bored by this classic.

9) GTA I & II (1997) & (1999) – FREE from http://www.rockstargames.com/classics/

If you’re used to playing the latest GTA IV, it may come as a shock to you that this is where the game started, with a top-down viewing angle. But if you want to be able to play a variant of the game wherever you are, download this. Both games are freely available from the Rockstar Classic collection website and should have no problem running on netbooks.

10) Lots/Any online Flash/Java game

Just to name some examples, Runescape is a great thing to run on netbooks, although it seems childish, it’s a big place with offering lots of play time. Search the internet for online games and you’ll find lots to do.

There were a few other games I was considering adding in, a few of these were World of Goo, The Sims and  Cogs, check them out!

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