Netbook Games

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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.

Arcades

  • 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
  • Wormux (now Warmux) — Somewhat similar to Worms 2/Worms Armageddon
http://www.wormux.org/phpboost/news/news.php || warmux
  • Teeworlds — fast-paced 2D multiplayer shooter
http://www.teeworlds.com/ || teeworlds

FPS

  • AssaultCube — realistic team oriented multiplayer FPS based on the Cube engine
http://assault.cubers.net/ || assaultcube

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
Cube

realistic team oriented multiplayer FPS based on the Cube engine

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

Netpanzer

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

  • runs perfectly out of aur

OpenArena

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

Sauerbraten

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

RTS

Warzone 2100

Warzone, GPLed and rewritten. RTS

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

Widelands

slow-paced strategy like "the Settlers 2"

  • runs perfectly, out of the box from aur installation

Rogue-like

There are too many to list. Here's a few examples (please contribute to this list):

  • Angband — roguelike dungeon exploration game based on the writings of JRR Tolkien
http://rephial.org/ || angband
  • Dwarf Fortress — single-player fantasy game. You control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated persistent world
http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/ || dwarffortress
  • ASCIIpOrtal — sidescrolling game with ANSI text graphics in which you are a person holding a device which creates portals, or links to other parts of the level
http://www.cymonsgames.com/asciiportal/ || asciiportalAUR
  • bs - A Battleships based shooter for the console.
  • Chroma - A puzzle game like Sokoban with ncurses mode.
  • Crawl (aka Dungeon Crawl, aka Linley's Dungeon Crawl).
  • NetHack - A single player dungeon exploration game.
  • nInvaders - in AUR, Ncurses based space invaders clone.
  • Rogue - The original dungeon crawl game.
  • Stone Soup (aka Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup).
  • ToME (aka Troubles of Middle Earth).
  • BSD Games - Collection of classic text games distributed with *BSD. Available in Community.
  • fortune-mod Displays Random messages/quotes/jokes when invoked. Available in Extra.
  • ADOM Ancient Domains Of Mystery (ADOM for short)

These games can usually be found in the official repositories or in AUR.

Wine

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.