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#1 2021-11-02 12:04:14

nandi
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good free games for low end computer

Could you guys recommend me some free fun games for a low end PC ?

The following ones I have already and have great fun with them:

Block out II
Briquolo
Brutal chess
Bug squish
Burgerpace
Emilia pinball
Frogatto
Gltron
Hedgears
I have no tomatoes
Lix
Mr rescue
Neverball
Neverputt
Pingus
Pipewalker
Pix frogger
Ri-li
Snake4
Supertux 2
Supertuxkart
Vodavod
Xmahjong
xmoto

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#2 2021-11-02 13:53:31

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Re: good free games for low end computer

Ha!! smile

Thank you for posting this list! Quite a few I would like to check out.

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#3 2021-11-02 15:21:36

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Re: good free games for low end computer

...What is a low-end PC these days? Perhaps give some specs, because my thinkpad x240 from 2014 runs everything I have as if it were new. Anyway:

OpenTTD - further developed, complete, open-source game based on Transport Tycoon

hedgewars - Worms 2/3 clone with active online multiplayer community (I play it myself)

xonotic - quake3 clone, can run on low settings on very old computers very fast

tome4 - round-based isometric roguelike, under active development, you can spend 1000s of hours on this

widelands - free and open-source, slow-paced real-time strategy video game, high quality, kind of like round-based WarCraft III

emacs tetris - the best tetris

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#4 2021-11-02 16:05:41

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Re: good free games for low end computer

I do slither.io from time to time, using this script as launcher
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/bront … slitherRun
to gain slight competetive edge on slow machine.

whatis Vodavod?

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#5 2021-11-02 22:33:30

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Re: good free games for low end computer

low end PC in my case has Intel GM45 Express videocard and 2 GB ram.
Vodavod is just a water pipe game my 10 years old boy loves it.

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#6 2021-11-03 03:48:31

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Re: good free games for low end computer

twoion wrote:

xonotic - quake3 clone, can run on low settings on very old computers very fast

+1. 4G RAM recimmended but it will run on less.

Dota 2. Personally, I found it boring after a couple of hours but it's one of the most popular games for Linux ATM.

Valheim.

Total War: Warhammer 2

Dying Light (Enhanced Edition)

Pillars of Eternity.

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#7 2021-11-03 05:31:37

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#8 2021-11-03 09:24:06

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Re: good free games for low end computer

hhh wrote:
twoion wrote:

xonotic - quake3 clone, can run on low settings on very old computers very fast

+1. 4G RAM recimmended but it will run on less.

It'll be a lag fest because America is 150ms ping away but if you want we can have a duel sometime, I'm a somewhat active player: https://stats.xonotic.org/player/24333 skill (I only play dm these days):

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#9 2021-11-04 08:03:15

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Re: good free games for low end computer

twoion wrote:
hhh wrote:
twoion wrote:

xonotic - quake3 clone, can run on low settings on very old computers very fast

+1. 4G RAM recimmended but it will run on less.

It'll be a lag fest because America is 150ms ping away but if you want we can have a duel sometime, I'm a somewhat active player: https://stats.xonotic.org/player/24333 skill (I only play dm these days):

https://api.2ion.de/r/xonstat/badge

What happened to this game? Official package on Debian, no, flatpak on debian, nope? Snap? Yes but the performance is unusable...

U3kZIYUt.png

Nexuiz used to fly on my crappy old eMachine, what happened?

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#10 2021-11-04 11:58:32

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Re: good free games for low end computer

hhh wrote:
twoion wrote:
hhh wrote:

+1. 4G RAM recimmended but it will run on less.

It'll be a lag fest because America is 150ms ping away but if you want we can have a duel sometime, I'm a somewhat active player: https://stats.xonotic.org/player/24333 skill (I only play dm these days):

https://api.2ion.de/r/xonstat/badge

What happened to this game? Official package on Debian, no, flatpak on debian, nope? Snap? Yes but the performance is unusable...

https://imgur.com/U3kZIYUt.png

Nexuiz used to fly on my crappy old eMachine, what happened?

You need to use the autobuild from here: https://beta.xonotic.org/autobuild/ because there hasn't been a release in ages. You also need to tune down dynamic lightning and textures. Darkplaces is a bit heavier than Nexuiz, I believe. Xonotic itself is playable on a Thinkpad x121e with AMD E-450 APU (because I have done that).

Don't know about snaps and flatpaks, wouldn't use those. Arch still ships a xonotic package in its extra repo (and the AUR has the autobuild).

Anyhow, the reason why the darkplaces engine that xonotic uses is so slow is that it's based on quakec. Everything is in quakec. quakec has a huge design problem, which is that it only has one structured data type, the entity. Every object in the game is an entity and an instance of the same entity data type. Now, if you need to add variables to capture a specific object type's behaviour, you add a field to that main entity type...but EVERY object in the game is an instance of that entity data type so every instance of every object gains that additional data field, even if it's unused by that specific object! This produces a giant memory and performance overhead in the engine and puts a natural ceiling on the performance that a true quakec engine can achieve. For a Xonotic game that has 20 active players on the map, you need quite a performant machine.

Xonotic has reached a complexity that pushes the limits of quakec. If you look at forums.xonotic.org, there are a few enthusisiasts working on replacing the engine with something better, but because the main developers who pushed Xonotic to production readiness 10 years ago are slowly fading in their activity (10 years are a long time, no blame, totally fair) and there really hasn't been a new generation to pick up speed), Xonotic likely will never get fully rebased onto a better engine.

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#11 2021-11-06 18:36:18

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Re: good free games for low end computer

Well, I didn't have OpenGL working right. A new xorg for my 340 legacy Nvidia driver and I can run SuperTuxKart, woohoo!

twoion wrote:

You need to use the autobuild from here: https://beta.xonotic.org/autobuild/ because there hasn't been a release in ages. You also need to tune down dynamic lightning and textures.

All the links are 404. This looks promising though, using the official torrent and then the provided autobuild script. I'm downloading the torrent now...

https://gitlab.com/xonotic/xonotic/-/wikis/Autobuilds

-edit- Great, with OpenGL working, the Official xonotic-linux64-glx executable runs perfectly! I'll try the autobuild later.

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#12 2021-11-06 20:31:27

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Re: good free games for low end computer

hhh wrote:

Well, I didn't have OpenGL working right. A new xorg for my 340 legacy Nvidia driver and I can run SuperTuxKart, woohoo!

twoion wrote:

You need to use the autobuild from here: https://beta.xonotic.org/autobuild/ because there hasn't been a release in ages. You also need to tune down dynamic lightning and textures.

All the links are 404. This looks promising though, using the official torrent and then the provided autobuild script. I'm downloading the torrent now...

https://gitlab.com/xonotic/xonotic/-/wikis/Autobuilds

-edit- Great, with OpenGL working, the Official xonotic-linux64-glx executable runs perfectly! I'll try the autobuild later.

Tell me when you're ready smile Us folks in Europe play mostly after 8pm UTC+1.

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