We're not all blessed to have access to a high-end gaming PC. Personally, my laptop's mostly notable for having survived two separate falls from a moving bike. Sure, we can play older titles, but what if we want something a little more modern to entertain us?
The Best Games For Low-End PCs
For those of us who can't afford a sweet gaming set up or one of the ten or so NES Classics that Nintendo apparently made, here's a few titles to check out.
1. 'Stardew Valley'
- Developer: Eric Barone
- Publisher: Chucklefish Games
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Macintosh operating systems, Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS
Stardew Valley is a delightful farming simulator that harkens back to the original Harvest Moon games. With a tranquil, cozy setting and beautifully simple graphics, #StardewValley delivers a gameplay experience so relaxing you might be tempted to leave for the country life. Each day, you can choose to fish, farm, forage, make friends (and even romantic interests) and explore cave systems full of valuable ore and the occasional monster.
If you're looking for a game that allows you to build instead of destroy, Stardew Valley is a great choice, its technical requirements are very low and the slow-paced mechanics mean that a high frame rate isn't necessary to play.
The selling point... Petting your dog every day, rain or shine.
2. 'Samorost 3'
- Developer: Amanita Design
- Publisher: Amanita Design
- Platforms: iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems
Samorost 3 is the latest in a series of absolutely gorgeous point and click adventure games from Amanita Design, the minds behind Machinarium and Botanicula. Taking on the role of a nameless little man and his dog, you have to navigate a world of tightly designed puzzles and elaborate alien landscapes. The graphics are some of the most striking visuals in games, with an aesthetic that looks like a fusion of claymation and hand-drawn animation. It's a perfect game for fans of old school adventure.
The selling point... Using the hallucinations from psychedelic mushrooms to solve a puzzle.
3. 'Darkest Dungeon'
- Developer: Red Hook Studios
- Publisher: Red Hook Studios
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Darkest Dungeon is a grim, survival horror #RPG that will test your party's skills and sanity. Players must hire a party of characters from a variety of classes and delve into the dungeons beneath the town. Staying too long, running out of supplies, getting injured or simply encountering the horrors that lurk below can all leave your party members with a variety of ailments and traits.
The game's graphics are stylized, with a stark, grim aesthetic that recalls Mike Mignola's Hellboy comics. If you're looking for a game with the challenge and gloomy atmosphere of Dark Souls 3 without the stress on your system, Darkest Dungeon is the game for you.
The selling point... "I had to abandon the quest due to syphilis" is a real sentence that can occur while talking about this game.
- Developer: Toby Fox
- Publisher: Toby Fox
- Platforms: Macintosh operating systems, Microsoft Windows, Linux
Undertale is an isometric, pixellated RPG that takes a lot of inspiration from the Mother/Earthbound series. The critically acclaimed story and characters of the game make it well worth a look, as well as the ability to play through the game without hurting any enemies.
If you're looking for a narrative driven game with an amazing soundtrack and charming humor, Undertale is Worth a look.
The selling point... Finally understanding all the memes and fan-art that flooded the internet after its release.
5. 'Super Meat Boy'
- Developers: Edmund McMillen, Team Meat
- Publisher: Team Meat
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Android, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii U, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Do you miss the days of brutally challenging gameplay? Are you a little bit of a masochist with the twitch reflexes of a gaming god? Then you might like to sink your feet into the squishy, gross mass of Super Meat Boy.
In Super Meat Boy, you'll have to navigate a series of super difficult platforming levels, failure means instant death and an equally instant restart. Whenever you beat a level, you'll be treated to every single one of your (probably many) failed runs on the level being played simultaneously, so you can watch yourself explode into countless gibs of gross meat.
The selling point... The sheer feeling of achievement you get seeing yourself succeed after thirty failed tries.
- Developers: Re-Logic, Engine Software, 505 Games
- Publishers: Re-Logic, Headup Games
- Platforms: Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, more
Before the sensation that was #Minecraft and all its crazy constructions, there was Terraria. #Terraria is a side-scrolling exploration and building game that lets you dig, fly, climb and craft in a hostile pixellated world full of monsters and Lovecraftian horrors.
There's a huge amount of exploration and gameplay to uncover in Terraria, including dozens of boss fights, awesome magic items and a huge and detailed crafting system. If you want a game that just keeps giving you more to experience, Terraria is a great pick.
The selling point... You can fight a giant four-armed robot skeleton.
- Developer: SUPERHOT Team
- Publisher: SUPERHOT Team
- Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Superhot is an action packed FPS with a major twist. Time only moves when you do, which is good, because in Superhot even a single bullet will kill you. Players can take advantage of the mechanic to plan their next move before launching into a carefully choreographed dance of death, which you get to see played back at normal speed in an awesome recap after every scene.
Superhot uses its low-res graphics excellently, with a blocky, stark red-black-and-white color scheme that lets you easily distinguish between enemies, weapons and scenery.
The selling point... Leaping over a table as you chuck a beer bottle at a guy, grabbing his gun as he falls and using it to shoot his friend across the room.
- Developer: Wube Software
- Publisher: Wube Software
- Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Factorio is maybe the oddest game on this list. It starts as a sort of Minecraft style exploration and crafting sandbox, but quickly becomes a self-replicating system of endlessly replicating factories and construction systems. It feels a little bit like someone got Kafka to write a design plan for a sandbox game. Which actually makes a lot of sense, considering it's the product of a Czech design studio. Factorio is a ton of fun and weirdly fulfilling, in a sort of messed up dystopian way.
The selling point... Your newfound ability to survive in the horrifying future after self-replicating robots take over the earth.
What's your favorite game that doesn't demand a high end PC? Let me know in the comments!