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This wiki page is about games that run well on a netbook along with tweaks to make them better.

General Notes

Most games in this list will benefit from a RAM upgrade, especially to 2GB (the max supported in most current netbooks). They will often also benefit from overclocking the Intel Atom processor, especially a 24% overclock, that is possible with a bios upgrade in the MSI Wind U100, and possibly others.

Native - Free/Open


  • Counter-Strike 2D — 2D clone (+additional features) of the popular Counter-Strike Mod
http://www.cs2d.com/download.php || counter-strike-2dAUR
  • Doukutsu/Cave Story — addictive 1-man-made metroid-vania-esque platformer.
    • if there happens to be a notable lag when there are lots of enemies on screen or in larger levels, try running the windows version through Wine. It will probably fix this problem.
http://www.cavestory.org || doukutsuAUR
  • Hedgewars — Yet another Worms clone, considered to be better than it's 2D predecessor by many
http://hedgewars.org/ || hedgewars


Somewhat similar to Worms 2/Worms Armageddon.

  • runs without any slowdowns, present in [community].


a fast-paced 2D multiplayer shooter

  • runs perfectly, out of pacman
  • If you are using an nvidia card, or for any other reason you're greeted with a black screen: create a ~/.teeworlds/settings.cfg

and insert gfx_fullscreen 0 to the file. The game will now load in a window; feel free to change resolution to native.



realistic team oriented multiplayer FPS based on the Cube engine

  • runs with little slowdown out of pacman
  • Tweaks:
    • not yet added

Blood Frontier

Team oriented multiplayer FPS based on the Cube2 (Sauerbraten) engine

  • low-fps on big maps. Kinda playable on small maps in duel mode
  • Tweaks:
    • Set all to low, disable all special effects

realistic team oriented multiplayer FPS based on the Cube engine

  • runs with little slowdown out of pacman
  • Tweaks:
    • not yet added


Realtime Strategy game like Command and Conquer but without building bases.

  • runs perfectly out of aur


fast multiplayer shooter based on the quake3-engine

  • runs ok, you just have to adjust some graphic settings
    • my graphic settings (you can experiment with that):
Video Mode: 1024x600 
Lighting: Vertex (Low)
Flares: Off
Bloom: Off
Geometric Detail: Medium
Texture Detail: 60%
Anisotropy: Off

Simple Items: Off
Always show weapons: Off
Marks on Walls ... High Quality Sky: On
Sync Every Frame: Off


Next-generation Cube Engine

  • runs with slowdown out of pacman
  • Tweaks:
    • set all params to low
    • avoid huge maps

Quake 3

Just quake 3 =)

  • runs perfectly, out of pacman with quake3 or ioquake3

Urban Terror 4.1

modern multiplayer FPS based on the ioquake3 engine

  • runs decently when most graphics-related options are low, but still looks great even with low-quality settings
  • available from AUR


Warzone 2100

Warzone, GPLed and rewritten. RTS

  • runs with problems
  • Tweaks:
    • disable sound
    • set texture size to minimal


slow-paced strategy like "the Settlers 2"

  • runs perfectly, out of the box from aur installation

Native - Commercial



3rd person Adventure / Hack'n Slay based on ut'99

  • runs great from box installation

Sacred Gold

Hack'n Slay Roleplay Game like Diablo

  • runs little laggy, but still very enjoyable
  • start in windowed mode
  • The Game has fixed resolution at 1024x768 so you either want to play it on external monitor or you can't see the skill / action bar. You can move the Window pressing alt+left_mouse. So you can see the action bar. But then you can't see the health bar anymore. Email Michael from linuxgamepublishing.com and ask for a fix for that!!!! - would be really great if we could fully enjoy this game on the netbook!


First Person shooter

  • runs perfectly from box installation

World of Goo

Great 2D puzzle game.

  • runs perfect out of the box



Mega Drive / Genesis emulator

  • runs perfectly, install from aur or archlinuxfr-repo
    • activate OpenGL, set video resolution per custom to 1024x600 for streched full-screen or 800x600 for non-streched
    • use "Normal" renderer, I couldn't find a visible advantage with the other ones


Nintendo 64 emulator

  • most games are running with little slowdown (NTSC games have about 56fps instead of 60fps)
  • Tweaks:
    • disable "frame skipping" to avoid flickering in games


Virtual machine for old school adventures

  • runs perfectly, just install from extra repo


Game Boy (Advance) emulator

  • runs perfectly with vbaexpress (available in aur). visualboyadvance is available in the community repository


Super Nintendo emulator

  • all tested games work perfect
    • set video mode to "640x480 ODS F" for using full screen (but streched) or "800x600 ODS F" for using max height (non-streched)
    • video filters: bilinear filter and hq filter activated here working fine, but that's your choice


PlayStation emulator

  • all tested games (mainly jRPGs) work perfect
    • no tweaks needed


8 bit Nintendo / Famicom emulator

  • accurate and compatible; actively maintained; available in [community]


Wine does not slowdown most games (even speeds up some), so all games with low system requirements that run in Windows works in Wine too. Consult AppDB for game-specific compability information.