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This article lists games, which are playable on virtually every computer with at least 512MB system memory. For more modern and cool looking games see Common Applications/Games.

Note: This article is for games that definitely run on computers with single-core CPUs and missing/bad 3D video drivers. If you are not sure about specific game, better add it to primary game list, so interested researchers can check it in their spare time.


  • Counter-Strike 2D — 2D clone (+additional features) of the popular Counter-Strike Mod || 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. || doukutsuAUR
  • Hedgewars — Yet another Worms clone, considered to be better than it's 2D predecessor by many. Take turns to blast your opponents to oblivion with comedic results! Best in Multiplayer || hedgewars
  • Wormux (now Warmux) — Somewhat similar to Worms 2/Worms Armageddon || warmux
  • Teeworlds — fast-paced 2D multiplayer shooter || teeworlds
  • Frogatto — much enjoyable platformer, in which you help a small green fellow named Frogatto walk and jump between solid footholds without getting hurt; have a look at this review. || Template:Package Official


  • AssaultCube — realistic team oriented multiplayer FPS based on the Cube engine || assaultcube
  • Blood Frontier & ndash; 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
  • 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


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  • Unknown Horizons — 2.5D isometric realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building. Expand your small settlement to a strong and wealthy colony, collect taxes and supply your inhabitants with valuable goods. Increase your power with a well balanced economy and with strategic trade and diplomacy || unknown-horizons-gitAUR
  • Warzone 2100 - 2.* — In Warzone 2100, you command the forces of The Project in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles. The game offers campaign, multi-player, and single-player skirmish modes. An extensive tech tree with over 400 different technologies, combined with the unit design system, allows for a wide variety of possible units and tactics || warzone2100


  • Battle for Wesnoth — free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat || wesnoth
  • Freeciv — multiuser clone of the famous Microprose game of Civilization || freeciv
  • Freecol — turn-based strategy game based on Colonization || freecol
  • Widelands — slow-paced strategy like "the Settlers 2" Widelands || widelands
  • Singularity (Endgame)] — turn based single player strategy/simulation about a AI hiding, growing and evolving || singularity
  • Penguin Command - A clone of the classic game "Missile Command" with improved graphics and sound.
  • Lgeneral - Turn-based strategy engine heavily inspired by Panzer General.

Tycoon/Management Games

  • OpenTTD — open source clone of the Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", a popular game originally written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features || openttd



  • Chroma — puzzle game like Sokoban with ncurses mode || chromaAUR


  • XMoto — challenging 2D motocross platform game, where physics play an important role || xmoto


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  • Angband — roguelike dungeon exploration game based on the writings of JRR Tolkien || angband
  • Dwarf Fortress — single-player fantasy game. You control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated persistent world || 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 || asciiportalAUR
  • Rogue — original dungeon crawl game || rogueAUR
  • ADOM — Ancient Domains Of Mystery || adomAUR
  • Nethack — single player dungeon exploration game || nethack
  • DoomRL — Simple roguelike game, based on Doom. Perfect for starters || doomrlAUR
  • Crawl (aka Dungeon Crawl) — Linley's Dungeon Crawl) || crawlAUR
  • bs — Battleships based shooter for the console || bsAUR || package?
  • nInvaders - in AUR, Ncurses based space invaders clone.
  • 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.

Chess simulators

  • GNU Chess — one of the oldest computer chess programs for Unix-based computers, lets most modern computers play a full game of chess || gnuchess
  • Eboard — chess interface to ICS and chess engines || eboardAUR


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.