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Best games to play on PC without a graphics card

Most games that are released nowadays require top of the line PC specs with a dedicated graphics card. No one can blame the game developers for doing so because games are meant to be enjoyed in the most glorious way – in a thousand-dollar PC. That said, there are still a lot of enjoyable games out there that can be played on a low-end pc. What’s interesting is that most of the classic games were successful not because of their high graphics and visuals but because of the enjoyment that gamers derive from playing them. However, to understand why a graphics card is necessary for gamers, let’s first define it.

Simply put, it is the one responsible to render data into your monitor. In other words, the better the graphics card of your PC, the smoother and better the quality of the image it will produce.

Disadvantages of a having no graphics card

With the advent of high-resolution games being released one after another, it’s no surprise that graphics cards are necessary. But what exactly are we missing without them? Here are some of the disadvantages of having no graphics card.

– Less room for more applications to run

– Fewer colors which mean pictures are less appealing in the eye

– Decrease in performance when running 3D applications and software

– Inability to run high-end games

We can see that graphics cards are vital to gamers. However, that does not mean that one cannot enjoy games just because of this limitation. That’s why for this list, we’ve rounded up some of the best and enjoyable PC games that you can play without a graphics card.


One of the pioneers and most popular shooting games of all time, Counter-Strike offers an enjoyable game time. With low system requirements such as 1GB ram or lower, CPU speed of 1.7 GHz, 4 GB of internal memory, and no graphics card, this is a game that is fun and less demanding.

Of course, there are newer versions of the game such as CS: GO but the premise is still the same. The game can be played both online and offline (LAN connection). 

Thimbleweed Park

This game revolves around the theme of a murder mystery story involving FBI agents Reyes and ray. With memorable characters and a promising story, this game is up there with the big budget games when it comes to enjoyment.

It also helps that Thimbleweed Park is only a 2D game with a modern pixelated look. System requirements are CPU: 2GHz, 4GB Ram, and no need for a graphics card.


This is a game that can run on any PC especially those without a graphics card. It’s a popular free-to-play card game with unique mechanics and strategy-based gameplay. What makes this game so appealing despite its simple mechanics is the infinite ways to play and win. Nothing beats killing time than mastering the game without having to spend a large sum for a high spec PC.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

GTA San Andreas is a game that needs no introduction. It’s a story-driven game that paved the way to a successful franchise. It was released 2004 which is still playable up to today even over smartphones.

So, if you’re looking for a 3D game with a great storyline, this is your best bet! It’s offline and you don’t even have to do the missions to enjoy it, just shoot around and drive like crazy. You can also add in some cheats to make it a hundred times funnier.

Plants vs. Zombies

This is another one of the classic games that were played a lot back then. It was released in 2009 and is still playable today. That’s probably because of the simple premise of the game which involves defending your house from zombies using plants. The game is simple enough but as you progress, the levels will become harder with stronger zombies.

Nothing can beat an offline game because you can play it anytime and anywhere. With PVZ, you can install it on your low-end PC and within minutes, the fun ensues.


FIFA games are such a successful gaming franchise that still releases new games today. Although their newer games require higher PC specs, that doesn’t mean one cannot play the classic ones. FIFA 2003 UP TO 2010 is still playable for PCs even without a graphics card.

This soccer game is enjoyable especially to real-world soccer fans as they can choose to play their favorite teams. There’s even a career mode in the more later versions of the game.


Released in May 2009, Minecraft quickly became a game that is beloved by many. It is a game where you will play boxes to create virtually anything you can think of. Gamers in the past have built houses, buildings, castles and even an entire city that anyone can visit.

The pixels on the game are largely visible which means that it can be played on even the cheapest laptops out there.

The Sims 4

The Sims is another classic game that can run on low-end PCs. It is a simulation game where the players create their Sim character to play their life in the game. Mundane activities such as talking, walking, eating and showering are all part of the game as well as game packs such as Parenthood.


Released in June 2013, Gunpoint is a stealth puzzle game with loads of mission to complete. Follow the journey of freelance spy Richard Conway as he infiltrates buildings and avoids guards while using high-tech spy gadgets. The game is presented in a two-dimensional cross-section on the screen showing characters as well as security features of the building.

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

If you’re into MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games and want to play titles such as Dota 2, its predecessor is worth considering.  Warcraft III can be played offline (LAN) or online though not many are still playing. The game is simple: destroy enemy and towers. It can be played by two or up to ten people. There are a lot of heroes to choose from and mastering their skills is what makes this game challenging.

As we can see, there are plenty of games to choose from even if you have a low-end PC. There’s not a shortage of good games if you adjust your expectations and focus more on what makes such games great such as the story, characters and the fun aspect of it.


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