Games with low system requirements are highly popular at the moment because, let’s face it, we don’t all have the world’s best graphics cards in our systems, and that’s especially true if we’re using our office PC.

Thankfully, there are tons of great games that you can play without the best HDD Drives and with an NVidia dedicated graphics card.

Here’s my choice of the best games that you can play on a tooth pick. Their system requirements are so low that if your PC cannot play these games you honestly might as well throw it out and pick up a $50 laptop from a second hand store. (But trust me, your PC will play these games).

But, before I get into my list, let’s cover the basics. When you want to find a good game with low system requirements, there are a few places you should look first.




Where to find great games with low system requirements.

One area where you will find plenty of games with low system requirements is in independently developed games. Because independent game developers have less resources available to them, they generally don’t create games requiring top-end specs.

Here on we have a huge section on independent games in which you will find plenty of games with low system requirements. You can fin our indie games section HERE.

Some of the independent games I personally recommend:

Star Wars Pinball: Quite simple to understand the concept of this game; it’s Star Wars with Pinball. Find out more about it HERE.

GoatUp 2: This is a crazy psychedelic platform puzzler in which you play as a goat who must exit various levels by jumping on platforms and solving puzzles. Find it HERE.

Cognition: A point and click game with a decent story set around murder mysteries. Find it HERE.

Forever Lost: Highly unique and abstract indie game in which you must escape a building. Find Forever Lost Here.  



Also check out retro games…


Because all retro games were released at a time when PCs had worse specs than they do now, you’ll easily be able to play most retro PC games on your machine, regardless of your system’s specs.

Some of the best retro PC games include:

Secret of Monkey Island: Classic point n click adventure game with lots of humor and a great story.


Doom: Innovative FPS title that changed the entire gaming landscape. Blast badly pixelated space monsters with big guns.


Civilization: Classic strategy game in which you must build up your own civilization. One of the most important games of all time.


Diablo: another real time strategy game and another of gaming’s most important and most influential titles. Kick monster ass and experience one of the best games ever.


Half Life: Classic FPS that all but reinvented the wheel. Excellent story, mesmerizing gameplay, and no need for high-end system specs.







The Best Games With Low System Requirements

So you’ve checked out some retro games and some independent games. Now you want to know what the absolute best games are with low system requirements. Here are my top picks.


 Worms Armageddon

Worms Armageddon is one of the most hilarious and most fun games of all time and has very low system requirements, meaning you can play it on a calculator practically.

The worms games are some of the best games for playing in little breaks. They’re simple, fun and highly addictive, and they may even get you laughing. Worms Armageddon is a 2D Turn Based Strategy game in which you play against an army of opposing worms by using all manner of weapons (shotguns, grenades etc.). Worms Armageddon also has an excellent multiplayer which is great for breaks in work.

This 1999 game is so amazing that the video game developer Team 17 are still working on sequels and updates even today. It’s an absolute corker of a classic.

Starcraft is one of the best games of all time and the number one game for playing in breaks from work. Arguably the most strategic game in history, Starcraft is one of the leading titles in competitive gaming, with major tournaments taking place all over the world. In Korea, thousands of spectators flock to stadiums to watch players compete in Starcraft, that’s how insanely awesome it is.



Sometimes, what you really want isn’t to play a new game but to reminisce by playing through a ton of older titles. SNEX allows you to do that, being an emulator with which you can run old SNES games for free. Playthrough your favourite Nintendo games like Mario Kart,Super Mario World, Killer Instinct, Donkey Kong Country, Star Wing and more, all from your PC and all for free.

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Play through all the SNES games shown in this video with SNEX.


Number 2 in our list of the best games with low system requirements is Defcon, a real time strategy game like Civilization in which you battle against enemies in the thermonuclear conflict that almost resulted from the Cold War.

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 Wolfenstein 3D takes the number one spot in our list of games with low system requirements. Though Wolfenstein 3D might be old, its combination of hilarity and solid gameplay make it more than worth a playthrough even today. Plus, you get to take down pixelated Hitler. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Types of Games with Low System Requirements

Thankfully, there are tons of truly great games with low system requirements. While you might not be playing the latest Call of Duty or Crysis 2, you’ll still be able to have a bit of fun whenever you’re bored.

There are a few key types of games that generally have low system requirements:

Online games: Browser-based games (including a ton of massively multiplayer online RPGs) all have low requirements because they are online. Games of this type include the excellent Runescape, the world’s most popular MMO.

Indie Games: Because the majority of independent game developers cannot afford to produce top of the line graphics, their games generally have low system requirements. You can find indie games of every genre and most of them will easily run on whatever computer you happen to be using.

Retro Games: Naturally, retro games were released at a time when PCs were less advanced, and therefore are designed for less-than-stellar PCs.

Casual Games: Casual games have really risen in popularity over the past decade. Because casual games are designed for everybody (rather than being designed for hardcore gamers) they tend to have low requirements.

So, what are the best best games with low system requirements? Begin our article by hitting the link below.


Runescape is one of the most popular games of the MMO RPG genre (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and one of the best games with low system requirements. It plays like a cross between World of Warcraft and games like Second Life.


In Runescape you’ll get to follow a great storyline, or you can focus instead on improving your stats, gathering resources and so on.

Runescape has literally millions of players online 24 / 7 meaning there are always other players to play with. It’s also got one of the strongest communities, meaning if you want to get deeply into the game, you’ll find tons of additional resources that allow you to do so.

Even if you’re not typically a RPG or MMO gamer, Runescape is still worth checking out.




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Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.


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