What are the best games to play on PCs without dedicated graphics cards?

  • #1
    • MC
    • SF
    Written on February 7, 2017

    Mandy Chen

    "I love playing games online, particularly with others, but my computer lacks the graphics capability that I need to play most games smoothly. Dota 2 is an awesome multiplayer game where you go on adventures with your team. Best of all (for me at least), you don't need a..." Read more

    Comments about "Dota 2" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    MC
    Written on February 7, 2017
    Mandy Chen
    "I love playing games online, particularly with others, but my computer lacks the graphics capability that I need to play most games smoothly. Dota 2 is an awesome multiplayer game where you go on adventures with your team. Best of all (for me at least), you don't need a dedicated graphics card to play!"
    SF
    Written on January 28, 2017
    Scott Frazier
    "Without a great graphics card, you will not be able to get the full effect of Dota 2. You may be able to get away with running it on very low settings, but you'll likely still see a negative impact on your gameplay."
  • #2
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    • DR
    Written on April 16, 2017

    Steve Webster

    "Graphics cards can be expensive and a waste of money if your not a serious gamer. Luckily for me I found Machinarium. I can play this game without a graphics card and it is so much fun! It provides hours of entertainment without having to blow a paycheck on a graphics card!" Read more

    Comments about "Machinarium" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    SW
    Written on April 16, 2017
    Steve Webster
    "Graphics cards can be expensive and a waste of money if your not a serious gamer. Luckily for me I found Machinarium. I can play this game without a graphics card and it is so much fun! It provides hours of entertainment without having to blow a paycheck on a graphics card!"
    DR
    Written on February 22, 2017
    Diana Richardson
    "Really beautiful and cute game. I have a hard time finding really good quality games that will still run on my PC, with its lack of dedicated graphic card. But this one was gorgeous and super fun to play. The story line made the game, but the graphics even on my dinosaur PC, were just amazing."
  • #3
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    Written on May 14, 2017

    Vanessa Defoe

    "This game has low graphics so it can be played on any machine out there. It is also a ton of fun and does not cost much either." Read more

    Comments about "Rivals of Aether" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    VD
    Written on May 14, 2017
    Vanessa Defoe
    "This game has low graphics so it can be played on any machine out there. It is also a ton of fun and does not cost much either."
    MF
    Written on May 14, 2017
    Marion Fields
    "Fun game, kept me interested for hours so far. Will be playing more for sure."
    AP
    Written on May 3, 2017
    Albert Potter
    "Definitely try out this game if you like fighting/warring games. This game made me nostalgic for games I played when I was younger. I definitely recommend trying out Rivals of Aether!"
    ML
    Written on March 11, 2017
    Mike Lee
    "Rivals of Aether is a really fun fighting game that you don't have to spend tons of money on upgrading your PC for. It has all the attributes of other games but without overloading your system. They offer a story mode and a versus mode. Definitely give it a shot if you're looking for a fun platform fighter."
    MB
    Written on January 24, 2017
    Mark Baker
    "Rivals of Aether has been the best game that I have played in the last few months. It's 8-bit graphic engine has very low-resource consumption, making the gameplay super smooth."
  • #4
    Stellaris
    Software

    Windows , Mac

    $39.99 - Varies by Edition

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    • ES
    Written on February 11, 2017

    Walter Lucas

    "I am a gamer without a dedicated graphics card and love space games like Stellaris. I found Stellaris and I was instantly addicted. Then I found Stellaris at steampowered.com and it was a treasure. Steam is one of my favorites , together with Stellaris make an incredible match..." Read more

    Comments about "Stellaris" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    WL
    Written on February 11, 2017
    Walter Lucas
    "I am a gamer without a dedicated graphics card and love space games like Stellaris. I found Stellaris and I was instantly addicted. Then I found Stellaris at steampowered.com and it was a treasure. Steam is one of my favorites , together with Stellaris make an incredible match for me."
    HC
    Written on February 26, 2017
    Hugh Cole
    "If you are on a budget and cannot afford a nice graphic card for your computer, then Stellaris is the game for you. This game does not rely on graphics so much, so that your integrated graphics card will be able to handle the game. Highly recommended."
    ES
    Written on January 20, 2017
    Esther Stanley
    "Stellaris is a game played through the steam platform. This is not a good solution to the problem because in the listing for the game specifications, it clearly lists a video card is needed."
  • #5
    • TN
    • DG
    • BT
    Written on May 4, 2017

    Teresa Nagashi

    "Factorio is a good game without needing to break the bank. You can play it in your computer from 10 years ago and still run well. Create factories in this 2D game and protect them!" Read more

    Comments about "Factorio" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    TN
    Written on May 4, 2017
    Teresa Nagashi
    "Factorio is a good game without needing to break the bank. You can play it in your computer from 10 years ago and still run well. Create factories in this 2D game and protect them!"
    DG
    Written on February 6, 2017
    Deborah Garrett
    "Extremely fun game, reminds me of old-school gaming. I get lost playing this for hours and it was exactly what I was looking for! I especially like the multi-player feature in case I don't feel like playing alone."
    BT
    Written on April 8, 2017
    Beth Taylor
    "Super fun well made game that doesn't take a toll on my machine. At a point where I can't do a super high end graphics card but I still wanna game a bit. Also Steam suggested other games that are in the same easy graphics area which is awesome!"
  • #6
    • MV
    • MG
    Written on April 6, 2017

    Margaret Vale

    "This is a good solution here because the requirements to play the game are very low. This is definitely a game that could be played without a dedicated graphics card." Read more

    Comments about "Indiana Jones® and the Fate of..." as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    MV
    Written on April 6, 2017
    Margaret Vale
    "This is a good solution here because the requirements to play the game are very low. This is definitely a game that could be played without a dedicated graphics card."
    MG
    Written on January 14, 2017
    Mike Galindo
    "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, having been originally released in 1992, shouldn't need a dedicated graphics card to run. Since the game has been re-released on Steam as of 2009, it should be able to run on modern systems without the use of DOSbox, as well."
  • #7
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    • NS
    Written on May 31, 2017

    Judith Mendoza

    "Seems like a fun party game to play with friends. I have been looking for something to play with friends." Read more

    Comments about "TowerFall Ascension" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    JM
    Written on May 31, 2017
    Judith Mendoza
    "Seems like a fun party game to play with friends. I have been looking for something to play with friends."
    LH
    Written on May 12, 2017
    Leon Harris
    "TowerFall Ascension is a great game. I especially love the old school graphics and that it doesn't eat up my cpu power or require an intense and high end graphics car. I love playing this for all hours and I feel for the price you really can't beat it."
    NS
    Written on March 22, 2017
    Norman Sullivan
    "I have a computer with onboard graphics. I thought I wouldn't be able to play any decent game with my hardware until I stumbled upon TowerFall Ascension. It's a PVP 2D action game made by an indie developer. It supports local multiplayer so it's great for LAN party. The graphics looks retro but very rich and pleasing. The action is fast and intense, best of all it runs smoothly on my pc due to the moderate system requirement."
    MG
    Written on March 17, 2017
    Mathew Grant
    "It is one of my favorites and is very easy to access.Very interesting."
    PF
    Written on February 12, 2017
    Penny Figueres
    "I don't have a good PC, or even a decent graphics card. This game TowerFall Ascension is a great game that doesn't need a powerful PC."
  • #8
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    Written on February 13, 2017

    Abby May

    "Not the best graphics or interface but an interesting game defiantly worth a look" Read more

    Comments about "Undertale" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    AM
    Written on February 13, 2017
    Abby May
    "Not the best graphics or interface but an interesting game defiantly worth a look"
    TE
    Written on February 6, 2017
    Tammy Elliott
    "I like that this game isn't so heavy on the killing. It's much more based on humor and being clever. There are a million shoot 'em ups to choose from, but the unique format of this game is really refreshing."
    RS
    Written on January 8, 2017
    Roy Snyder
    "I love halloween and I love puzzle games. What could be better than something that combines both. Also mixed in with a bit of humor. I could spend hours in this dark little silly puzzle paradise!"
  • #9
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    • GD
    • NM
    Written on March 4, 2017

    Jerry Jordan

    "I think the game's graphics look incredibly dated. I am sure that any modern pc could handle it without any problem." Read more

    Comments about "Terraria" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    JJ
    Written on March 4, 2017
    Jerry Jordan
    "I think the game's graphics look incredibly dated. I am sure that any modern pc could handle it without any problem."
    GD
    Written on March 29, 2017
    Grace Dean
    "Terraria is a great game, especially if you don't have a beefy PC. I don't have a graphics card at the moment, but I can run this game no problem and I've been having a blast. It's kind of like Minecraft, but is a side-scrolling platformer, so it won't stress out your machine and a bet most any computers built in the past ten years would play it alright."
    NM
    Written on February 17, 2017
    Natalie Mack
    "Terraria solved my problem because I don't need a high functioning graphics card to run this game. The game has very low demanding graphics and I don't need a fancy video card for this."
  • #10
    • TR
    • CV
    Written on April 29, 2017

    Tyrone Reed

    "This game looks wonderful! I like the art style, very Burton-esque. I also like that its a survival game, they always make me think and provide entertainment, but this game also includes science and magic. Two topics that can work hand in hand to provide an amazing gaming..." Read more

    Comments about "Don't Starve" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    TR
    Written on April 29, 2017
    Tyrone Reed
    "This game looks wonderful! I like the art style, very Burton-esque. I also like that its a survival game, they always make me think and provide entertainment, but this game also includes science and magic. Two topics that can work hand in hand to provide an amazing gaming experience."
    CV
    Written on February 9, 2017
    Christopher Vega
    "A nice little sandbox game with multiple expansions. I enjoy the concept and it does not require dedicated graphics and very low system requirements. Definitely a fun little game to pass some time."
  • #11
    • RA
    • JG
    • SM
    Written on March 30, 2017

    Roy Allen

    "I've been playing League of Legends for a couple of years now with my old PC. It's great because it doesn't need an amazing or expensive graphics card to play." Read more

    Comments about "League of Legends" as one of the best Games to play on pcs without dedicated graphics cards

    RA
    Written on March 30, 2017
    Roy Allen
    "I've been playing League of Legends for a couple of years now with my old PC. It's great because it doesn't need an amazing or expensive graphics card to play."
    JG
    Written on February 27, 2017
    Jay George
    "League of Legends has a wide variety characters and is very customizable. The game has several game modes all in all there is plenty to keep you interested and playing."
    SM
    Written on January 22, 2017
    Sheila McCalister
    "I needed to play a popular game without a PC that was too expensive with a dedicated graphics card. I saw that graphics cards could go for upwards of 1000$! I began to play League of Legends and learned that I could play just as competitively without a high-end PC."

Summary

Best games to play on PCs without dedicated graphics cards
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Dota 2 Software 147 Free
2 Machinarium Software 116 Paid
3 Rivals of Aether Software 102 Paid
4 Stellaris Software 101 Paid
5 Factorio Software 75 Paid
6 Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis™ Software 73 Paid
7 TowerFall Ascension Software 49 Paid
8 Undertale Software 43 Paid
9 Terraria Software 36 Paid
10 Don't Starve Software 17 Paid