Games for laptops: top 10 laptop games

NOT everyone has access to a full-featured, RGB-infused gaming PC, but laptop gaming has you covered.

There are plenty of games for laptops that will run on any modern system, no matter how unsuitable for gaming.


We have a wide range of low fidelity but high quality games to enjoy on even the weakest hardware.

Even better, many are on the cheap side due to their low specs, so you don’t have to break the bank to play them.

mini highways

Minimum requirements for mini-highways:

  • Memory: 4GB
  • GPU: ATI FireGL T2-128
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.00GHz
  • File size: 350MB

When it comes to relaxing strategy games, Dinosaur Polo Club is a masterful studio.

Its first game, Mini Metro, is beautiful, but Mini Motorways simply beats it for its minimalist style and multi-player gameplay.

It’s your job to control the flow of traffic in an increasingly busy city by building the best possible highways. It’s great on PC, but maybe even better on mobile.

civilization 5

Minimum requirements for Sid Meier’s Civilization V:

  • Memory: 2GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T7600
  • File size: 8GB

Low-spec games don’t have to be easy. Civilization 5 is an extremely dense 4X strategy that will keep you hooked for hours.

The graphics are minimal and you can even play it in 2D mode if you’re still struggling to get a stable frame rate.

Build your empire in what many consider to be the best game in this historical series. And you can even get together and play with lots of friends.


Minimum requirements for Moonlighter:

  • Memory: 4GB
  • GPU: ATI Radeon HD5770
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9705
  • File size: 4GB

Have you ever wondered where shops in RPGs get their goods from? That Daedra Heart or Legendary Sword must have come from somewhere, right?

Well, Moonlighter answers that question. You play as a humble shopkeeper by day but a daring adventurer by night in a variety of villainous dungeons.

You collect your loot and then bring it to your store where you have to work out the right price and manage your customers’ demands.

papers please

Papers, please minimum requirements:

  • Memory: 2GB
  • GPU: ATI FireGL T2-128
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 1.50GHz
  • File size: 100MB

If you’re looking for something to make you think, from both an enigmatic and an emotional perspective, look no further than Papers, Please.

You play as a border guard in the fictional country of Arstotzka, a world very similar to an Eastern Bloc country during the Cold War.

It is your job to verify an increasingly complicated set of personal documents in order to accept or deny people entry into the country. I

If that wasn’t enough for you, it brings with it many dynamic moral dilemmas to worry about.

Kill the tower

Slay the Spire minimum requirements:

  • Memory: 4GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8300GS
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.00GHz
  • File size: 1GB

Slay the Spire is the perfect distillation of the “One More Go” mentality that games like Civilization and The Binding of Isaac have perfected.

The gameplay is easy to learn but difficult to master as you must balance your deck of offensive and defensive cards while worrying about how much energy each one costs and what your enemy is up to.

You’ll fall into the rhythm without realizing it, and you won’t want to break away from it.

Stardew Valley

Minimum requirements for Stardew Valley:

  • Memory: 2GB
  • GPU: Intel HD3000
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
  • File size: 500MB

We all want to live the idyllic country life, and for most of us, Stardew Valley is as close as possible.

Developed entirely by one person over ten years, this game lets you farm, fish, mine and forage in peace.

Then you can go to town and make friends, go on silly adventures, and maybe even fall in love. It’s simple and pure, something we need more and more of.


Minecraft minimum requirements:

  • Memory: 2GB
  • GPU: Intel HD4000
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3210
  • File size: 1GB

what shall we say It’s Minecraft. It is the best-selling video game in history.

It’s perhaps the most open game ever made, and it can run on really low-spec hardware.

The fact that this is even possible is a miracle, so you should definitely play it if you haven’t already.

Don’t starve

Don’t Starve minimum requirements:

  • Memory: 4GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD5450
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 1.70GHz
  • File size: 500MB

It’s great when games are open about their main goal. If you want a stylized seedy world, Don’t Starve will keep you hooked for weeks.

Tim Burton wishes he could be so constantly disconsolate.

This is also not your typical survival game. This is a world of madness where the little rules seem to change on a daily basis.

Everything wants to kill you, even the trees, but you’ll never want to stop playing it. A psychiatrist might call it Stockholm Syndrome, but we call it good game design.

armed force

Gunpoint minimum requirements:

  • Memory: 1GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 510
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.00GHz
  • File size: 700MB

Noir detective films are great, but we all had the same relatable thought when we watched one: “What if the detective had super-powered mechanical pants that let him levitate through the air?”

Well, think no further as Gunpoint has what you are looking for.

In addition to the simple and fun platform game, there is an ingenious puzzle game about hacking electrical circuits and setting off ridiculous chain reactions.

Want to wire it so that opening a door fires a guard’s gun two floors away? You can and you should.

FTL: Faster than light

FTL: Faster Than Light minimum requirements:

  • Memory: 1GB
  • GPU: Intel HD3000
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
  • File size: 175MB

It’s a non-traditional real-time strategy, but it might be the best.

You must explore the galaxy with your second rate ship, encounter aliens, do business and collect scraps to upgrade your ship so you can take out the almighty flagship on the other side of the galaxy.

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If you’ve always wanted a limitless space adventure, then FTL makes it with only 2D graphics and immersive writing.

Things can get out of control ridiculously fast, but it’s always fun, even when your efforts are hopeless. Also, starting over is very easy, you’d be an idiot if you didn’t have one more adventure… right?

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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