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

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    #1Dota 2

    Dota 2

    Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online strategic action battle arena game developed and published by Valve in 2013. It has a pool of more than a hundred heroes that all ten players of a match can pick for free.

    Games

    Web, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Abhinav Subramanium
    Written on 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!"
  2. 20

    #2League of Legends

    League of Legends

    League of Legends is a real-time strategy multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game for Windows and Mac computers. It was developed by Riot Games and was first released on October 27, 2009.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Juan Cruz
    Written on 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. "
  3. 15

    #3Terraria

    Terraria

    Terraria is a 2D action-adventure sandbox game with the objective of digging, exploring, fighting, and building. Developed and published by Re-Logic, this game is available to play on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, iOS, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire

    $9.99

    Lawrence Ryan
    Written on 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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    #4Undertale

    Undertale
    Undertale, one of the 2015 GOTY, is an RPG game where, if you want, you don't have to kill any of the enemies. The game changes a lot according to your philosophy and values. Oh, and prepare to cry a lot.
    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Mac

    $9.99

    Guo Shao
    Written on 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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    #5Machinarium

    Machinarium

    Machinarium is an independent adventure game by Amanita Design. Players take the role of Josef the robot who was thrown away to the scrap yard. Josef has to return to the city and rescue his robot girlfriend Berta from the Black Cap Brotherhood.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $9.99

    Bryan Ellis
    Written on 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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    #6Rivals of Aether

    Rivals of Aether

    Rivals of Aether‚ is an indie fighting game set in a world where warring civilizations summon the power of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Play with up to four players locally or up to two players online.

    Games

    Windows

    $14.99

    Kenneth Black
    Written on 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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    #7Stellaris

    Stellaris

    Stellaris is an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core where you explore a vast galaxy full of wonder. It was developed by Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $39.99

    Charles Arnold
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "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. "
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    #8Factorio

    Factorio

    Factorio is an action RTS video game developed by Wube Software, wherein a player must build and maintain factories to produce items to build a rocket. This game is available in single and multiplayer modes. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $30

    Andrew Carpenter
    Written on 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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    #9Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is an adventure game developed and published by LucasArts in 192. This point and click game have a new version in 2009 for the Wii. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $5.99

    Ralph Kelly
    Written on July 6, 2018
    "I'm old, so that any high end game with so many graphics and effects would be bad for my health. Luckily my nephew whos an avid gamer introduced me to this game and all its simplicity and because he knows that im a huge fan of the indiana jones franchise. my only complaint is harrison ford not being in the game"
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    #10Don't Starve

    Don't Starve

    Don't Starve is a survival game developed by Klei Entertainment. It is full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. You'll need to gather resources, craft items, structures and, of course, don't starve. 

    Games

    PlayStation4, Xbox One, Linux, Windows, Mac, eBay

    $14.99

    Ajay Jayaraman
    Written on 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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    #11TowerFall Ascension

    TowerFall Ascension

    TowerFall Ascension is a 2D indie action local co-op video game developed and published by Matt Makes Games Inc. This 4-player game is available for PC and Mac, and on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $14.99

    Ralph Vasquez
    Written on 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."

Summary

Best What are the best games to play on PCs without dedicated graphics cards
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dota 2Games 24 Free
2League of LegendsGames 20 Free
3TerrariaGames 15 Paid
4UndertaleGames 15 Paid
5Machinarium Games 14 Paid
6Rivals of AetherGames 11 Paid
7StellarisGames 10 Paid
8FactorioGames 8 Paid
9Indiana Jones and the Fate of AtlantisGames 4 Paid
10Don't StarveGames 2 Paid
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