The best games for low-end PCs and laptops

If you are looking for low-requirement games for your low-end PC, you may be surprised by the quality of some games that do not require a dedicated graphics card.

Fortunately, we live in the era of indie developers and we have a huge library of classic games on Steam, so there are still tons of low-end PC games to enjoy.

Best multiplayer games

Runescape

Runescape has been around for a long time (it was released in 2013) and there is a reason for it. The Old School version takes you back to the days when online games didn't always guide you down a paved path of quests and opportunities to level up. If you're tired of Pay-to-Win, this is the low-level PC game for you.

Portal 2

Portal 2 is one of the best low- requirement PC games from the Source engine. It is a mixture of puzzle games and first-person shooters and was released in 2011. Despite being ten years old, it is still one of the most fun and smart puzzle games, even if you have to play it at 800 x 600p.

Minecraft

If you're looking for low-end laptop games, Minecraft is a safe choice. The construction and adventure game is not demanding in terms of requirements. While it's often played on tablets, phones, or consoles these days, you get the latest updates and mod support if you play it on your computer.

Best strategy games

Loop Hero

Don't be fooled by the vintage aesthetic of Loop Hero, as it is a game released in 2021. It is an endless RPG that excellently combines gameplay mechanics with the theme of entropy and destruction, as well as an open design towards accessibility. It's not only one of the best low-requirement PC games, but it's also among the best RPG we've ever played.

Into the Breach

Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy game developed by the creators of FTL, Subset Games. It is also one of our favorite games of 2018. It takes place in a future where humans must battle giant monsters called Vek. It has immense replayability, with different squads and tactics to master.

Best RPG / adventure games

Disco Elysium - The Final Cut

Disco Elysium was designed and written by Estonian novelist Robert Kravitz, and it won a ton of awards in 2019. It's a detective RPG that looks a lot like a classic adventure game or visual novel. It's cunning, smart, and full of surprises, making it one of the best low-end PC games without a graphics card.

Sunless skies

Sunless Skies, released in 2019, has been described as a "gothic horror game." We would define it as part Roguelike adventure, part interactive fiction. It is played from a top-down perspective, navigating the world through an interstellar locomotive. While traveling, you must fight against other engines or creatures from other worlds.