6 Best Games to Play on Your Laptop [2021 Edition]

One of the first questions, when you search for your first laptop, is “Will you use it for work or gaming?”. The most common answer is: “Both, I guess”. The salesman will probably smile to himself and lead you towards all the “family-friendly” laptops on display. Shortly afterward you will understand his reaction. With the rise of gaming culture, it all soon became a silicon-chip-based measuring contest. Bigger screens, more RAM, motherboard wars, and so on. 

However, many of us are simple, lunchbreak, casual gamers. Luckily, there’s plenty of fun available online, even without having to build an entire backstory to your WoW character. Here are some of the 6 best games to play on your laptop:

1.Governor of Poker

Casino games have been around forever. This multiplayer game is perfect when it comes to testing your poker abilities and playing for some real winnings. Play in a consistent system, manage your bankroll well, make friends every day with whom to trade free chips and you should do just fine. If you like this type of game you can try out other casino games like blackjack, roulette, or online pokies and squeeze in some extra wins after you’ve done your 9 to 5. 

Ideal requirements to play Governor of Poker:
Memory: 2 GB

GPU: ATI FireGL T2-128

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.00GHz

File Size: 500 MB

OS: Windows 10 64-bit 

 

2.Minecraft

According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Minecraft is suitable for players aged 10 and up. However, as the only limiting factor in this multiplayer gem is your own imagination (think of it like playing Lego with 921 quadrillion blocks) – the possibilities are practically limitless for users of all ages. 

Still, why does the ESRB recommend a 10+ classification for players? Apparently, it has less to do with the wonders of blocky architecture and more to do with engaging in violent acts such as setting animals on fire or shovel bashing them. We certainly hope that these instances are few and far between.  

Ideal requirements to play Minecraft:
Memory: 8GB

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz or equivalent

GPU: GeForce 700 Series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series (excluding integrated chipsets) with OpenGL 4.5

File Size: 180MB (minimum)

OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later, OS X

 

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3.Don’t Starve Together

This Tim Burton-esque 2D game encourages cooperative and competitive play. Up to four players start off in the middle of the wilderness and must set up camp, hunt for food, and learn to work together.

The original, vanilla version of Don’t Starve is perfect to get in tune with the game and you can gradually add more DLC as you feel the need for bigger challenges. Don’t Starve Together has the most content and is bound to keep your survival mode busy for many many hours.

Ideal requirements to play DST:

Memory: 1 GB

GPU: Radeon HD5450 or better, 256MB or higher

CPU: 1.7+GHz or better

File Size: 750 MB

OS: Windows 8 

 

4.Civilization VI

With the 6th installment, this excellent strategy game allows you to explore realistic maps, recreate historical battles and guide your nation from the early iron age well into space travel. Conquest and war is still the game’s key fun factor, but economic management, social development and commerce are becoming increasingly realistic as well. Some of the older fans may be a little disappointed by the World Leader’s cartoonish rendering,  but younger players will surely find it an enjoyable aide for learning history… 

Ideal requirements to play Civ. VI:

Memory: 4 GB (min)

GPU: 2GB & AMD 7970 or nVidia 770 or greater

CPU: Fourth Generation Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz or AMD FX8350 4.0 GHz or greater

File Size: 12 GB

OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit 

 

5.Among Us

We might not be getting an Among Us movie after all, even with all the hype it generated last year.  The surprise hit, which came out in 2018, didn’t really pick up in popularity until last year. The simple premise involves playing with up to 10 colorful Crewmates, of which one (or up to 3) is an Imposter who needs to sabotage or kill to win. The Crewmates need to complete a list of tasks and call out the Imposters. In the meantime, the Imposter’s goal is to remain undetected as they go about their subterfuge. The gameplay is simple enough, but mending the many friendships it affected takes time and hard work.

Ideal requirements to play Among Us:
Memory: 1GB

GPU: Most

CPU: SSE2 instruction set support

File Size: 250 MB 

OS: Windows 7 SP1+

 

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6.Limbo

We will end this with a fan favorite. Limbo follows the journey of a bright-eyed boy silhouette through a dark and sinister shadow world. The game stands out for its noir mood and its witty gameplay. Most of it revolves around solving environmental puzzles and avoiding deadly booby traps to spare poor Limbo from a gruesome demise (yes, things get pretty grim for the little silhouette). Fortunately, for the younger audience, the death scenes have been replaced with a simple fade to black.

Ideal requirements to play Limbo:
Memory: 512MB

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 4290 or NVIDIA GeForce 205 (minimum)

CPU: SSE2 instruction set support

File Size: 150 MB 

OS: Windows Vista, 7 

 

Final Verdict

Thankfully, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many more budget-PC-friendly games are available to cure that work-from-home blues. What games will best suit your hardware, schedule and play style? Make a list of your own and share it among friends. Many hidden gems await to be discovered. 

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