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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


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

Counter-Strike 2D

2D clone (+additional features) of the popular Counter-Strike Mod

  • runs without any troubles out of aur


realistic team oriented multiplayer FPS based on the Cube engine

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


AKA Cave Story, addictive 1-man-made metroid-vania-esque platformer

  • runs perfectly, out of the box from aur installation


Yet another Worms clone, pretty good to shorten time.

  • runs perfectly out of pacman


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


a fast-paced 2D multiplayer shooter

  • runs perfectly, out of pacman

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


Somewhat similar to Worms 2/Worms Armageddon.

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

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 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



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


World of Warcraft


  • runs with very low fps, but only on aspire one with at least 1gig of ram
  • Tweaks:
    • not yet added

Dark Reign: The Future of War

Realtime strategy

  • runs great
  • Tweaks:
    • run "winecfg" and disable "Vertex Shader" and "Pixel Shader" to make it run

Diablo 2 + LOD

Hack'n Slash

  • runs perfectly without any additional tweaking

See Diablo II.

Warcraft 3 / Frozen Throne


  • little laggy, but playable (at least singleplayer)
  - runs smoothly with 24% CPU overclock, such as that offered in the MSI Wind series.

See WarCraft III.


Indie Side Scroller

  • A bit laggy, bit still playable
  • Config:
    • Edit (and/or create) settings.cfg and enter: