Netbook Games

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Note: This article is an adaptation of Acer Aspire One Games List, as most netbooks offer similar hardware and resources. Perhaps that article should be merged into this one.

This wiki page is about games that run well on a netbook - and 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


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

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

Diablo 2 + LOD

Hack'n Slay

  • runs perfectly without any additional tweaking

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.
  • Tweaks:
    • start it with:
  wine "Frozen Throne.exe" -opengl
  wine "Warcraft III.exe" -opengl