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

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    Mandy Chen - February 7, 2017

    "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

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      Mandy Chen - February 7, 2017

      "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!"

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      Scott Frazier - January 28, 2017

      "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."

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    Mandy Chen - February 7, 2017

    "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!"

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    Scott Frazier - January 28, 2017

    "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."

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    Steve Webster - April 16, 2017

    "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

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      Steve Webster - April 16, 2017

      "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!"

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      Diana Richardson - February 22, 2017

      "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. "

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    Steve Webster - April 16, 2017

    "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!"

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    Diana Richardson - February 22, 2017

    "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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    Vanessa Defoe - May 14, 2017

    "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

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      Vanessa Defoe - May 14, 2017

      "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."

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      Marion Fields - May 14, 2017

      "Fun game, kept me interested for hours so far. Will be playing more for sure."

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      Albert Potter - May 3, 2017

      "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!"

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      Mike Lee - March 11, 2017

      "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."

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      Mark Baker - January 24, 2017

      "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."

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    Vanessa Defoe - May 14, 2017

    "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."

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    Marion Fields - May 14, 2017

    "Fun game, kept me interested for hours so far. Will be playing more for sure."

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    Albert Potter - May 3, 2017

    "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!"

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    Mike Lee - March 11, 2017

    "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."

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    Mark Baker - January 24, 2017

    "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."

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    Hugh Cole - February 26, 2017

    "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. " Read more

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

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      Hugh Cole - February 26, 2017

      "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. "

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      Esther Stanley - January 20, 2017

      "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. "

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    Hugh Cole - February 26, 2017

    "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. "

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    Esther Stanley - January 20, 2017

    "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. "

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    Teresa Nagashi - May 4, 2017

    "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

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      Teresa Nagashi - May 4, 2017

      "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!"

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      Deborah Garrett - February 6, 2017

      "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."

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      Beth Taylor - April 8, 2017

      "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!"

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    Teresa Nagashi - May 4, 2017

    "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!"

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    Deborah Garrett - February 6, 2017

    "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."

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    Beth Taylor - April 8, 2017

    "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
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    Margaret Vale - April 6, 2017

    "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

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      Margaret Vale - April 6, 2017

      "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."

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      Mike Galindo - January 14, 2017

      "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. "

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    Margaret Vale - April 6, 2017

    "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."

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    Mike Galindo - January 14, 2017

    "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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    Leon Harris - May 12, 2017

    "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." Read more

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

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      Leon Harris - May 12, 2017

      "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."

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      Norman Sullivan - March 22, 2017

      "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."

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      Mathew Grant - March 17, 2017

      "It is one of my favorites and is very easy to access.Very interesting."

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      Penny Figueres - February 12, 2017

      "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. "

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    Leon Harris - May 12, 2017

    "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."

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    Norman Sullivan - March 22, 2017

    "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."

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    Mathew Grant - March 17, 2017

    "It is one of my favorites and is very easy to access.Very interesting."

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    Penny Figueres - February 12, 2017

    "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. "

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    Abby May - February 13, 2017

    "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

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      Abby May - February 13, 2017

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

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      Tammy Elliott - February 6, 2017

      "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."

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      Roy Snyder - January 8, 2017

      "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!"

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    Abby May - February 13, 2017

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

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    Tammy Elliott - February 6, 2017

    "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."

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    Roy Snyder - January 8, 2017

    "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!"

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    Jerry Jordan - March 4, 2017

    "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

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      Jerry Jordan - March 4, 2017

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

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      Grace Dean - March 29, 2017

      "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."

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      Natalie Mack - February 17, 2017

      "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. "

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    Jerry Jordan - March 4, 2017

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

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    Grace Dean - March 29, 2017

    "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."

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    Natalie Mack - February 17, 2017

    "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. "

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    Tyrone Reed - April 29, 2017

    "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

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      Tyrone Reed - April 29, 2017

      "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. "

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      Christopher Vega - February 9, 2017

      "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. "

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    Tyrone Reed - April 29, 2017

    "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. "

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    Christopher Vega - February 9, 2017

    "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
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    Roy Allen - March 30, 2017

    "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

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      Roy Allen - March 30, 2017

      "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."

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      Jay George - February 27, 2017

      "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."

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      Sheila McCalister - January 22, 2017

      "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. "

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    Roy Allen - March 30, 2017

    "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."

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    Jay George - February 27, 2017

    "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."

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    Sheila McCalister - January 22, 2017

    "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