Good low spec games on Steam

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#1  Edited By dyslekt

I have a crapy old pc at my folks. Was wondering if you guys had some recommendations no games that are not to taxing. 
 
I run torchlight ok on low settings. 

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#2  Edited By illmatic19

Alien Swarm?

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#3  Edited By PerryVandell

Plants vs. Zombies. That's the only game I can think of besides Peggle that your PC could run. If your pc can only run torchlight on low settings, then I doubt it will be able to run alien swarm, but you can always give it a shot considering it's free and all.

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#4  Edited By Bigandtasty

World of Goo, Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition, and Civilization III are the first to come to mind. Most games from 2003 and earlier should be alright. 
 
@illmatic19:  If he can only run Torchlight on low, it is doubtful that Alien Swarm would be playable on that machine.

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#5  Edited By dyslekt
@Fullmetal216: It can run it on mid but get some slow down with lots of enemies and spells. Run Civ4 fine but thts an old as game.
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#6  Edited By PerryVandell
@dyslekt: Ah, well I guess you could also play some old games... like Starcraft.
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#7  Edited By dyslekt
@Bigandtasty: have Deus Ex  aged well? Like me some rpg elements:)
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#8  Edited By Bigandtasty
@dyslekt:  I'd say it's still pretty good today, and that's coming from someone who didn't greatly enjoy Half-Life 1 and Max Payne in 2009.
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#9  Edited By dyslekt
@Fullmetal216: Not that god at RTS :/ 
 
@Bigandtasty: Will look in to it. Heard good things.    
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#10  Edited By Bobbywich

Uplink

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#11  Edited By ArbitraryWater
X-Com UFO Defense. It holds up surprisingly well for a 16 year old game, and can run on anything without much issue. Morrowind can also run on anything at this point.
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#12  Edited By tebbit
@Bobbywich said:
" Uplink "
Great choice!
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#13  Edited By pisk

Audiosurf, Eversion, Osmos, Zuma Deluxe, Puzzle Dimension
maybe Braid, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, And Yet It Moves...
 
Counter-Strike? 
Quake, Quake II, Doom, Doom II etc.

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#14  Edited By BeachThunder

Commander Keen pack
Machinarium 
And Yet it Moves
 
In fact, there are heaps of good low-spec games on Steam. It would actually be cool if you could search Steam by games that will run on your hardware.

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#15  Edited By fisk0  Moderator

I've heard Chaser is a rather good game, I've bought it but haven't really started playing it yet, but since it's a 2003 title it should run well on anything these days.

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#16  Edited By mylifeforAiur
@BeachThunder said:
" Commander Keen packMachinarium  And Yet it Moves  In fact, there are heaps of good low-spec games on Steam. It would actually be cool if you could search Steam by games that will run on your hardware. "
Definitely Machinarium. The game is amazing ;)
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#17  Edited By artelinarose

It's not steam, but if you're looking for games that will run on a toaster and don't care about their age, Good Old Games is a great(and cheap!) resource.
 
www.gog.com

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#18  Edited By Gizmo

Halo : Combat Evolved
Diablo 2

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#19  Edited By sparky_buzzsaw

The Telltale games (Sam and Max, Monkey Island episodes) should be relatively low-spec, and are a riot.  I'd also recommend the X-Com pack, the Broken Sword trilogy, and you possibly might be able to run Morrowind. 

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#20  Edited By fisk0  Moderator
@Artemesia said:
" It's not steam, but if you're looking for games that will run on a toaster and don't care about their age, Good Old Games is a great(and cheap!) resource.
 
www.gog.com "
Amen
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#21  Edited By Onno10

Rome total war + expansion. there's a ton of mod support too even today

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#22  Edited By alistercat

Plants vs Zombies.

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#23  Edited By LordAndrew

Does the video card have Pixel Shader support? I can't run some of the listed games on my main machine because I have shitty video card, but if your video card supports it you should be okay.

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#24  Edited By mosespippy

How about GTA2? I'm not sure you can find it in the steam store by itself, but I have seen it on there whenever there is a sale on all R* games in one package with it's original price listed as free. If it isn't on steam as an individual game then it is available for free on the Rockstar Games website.

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#25  Edited By MeierTheRed
@Artemesia said:
" It's not steam, but if you're looking for games that will run on a toaster and don't care about their age, Good Old Games is a great(and cheap!) resource.
 
www.gog.com "
+20 to your coolness factor for suggesting GOG. Its a superb service, and the games just work.
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#26  Edited By shiftymagician

Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exodus.  Loved them both and are on steam.

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#27  Edited By Vitamin_Dei

Plants vs Zombies 
Half-Life 
Any of the LucasArts adventure games (Indy & the Fate of Atlantis & Loom are both particularly great, IMO) 
Torchlight (which sucked me back in just last night. Fairly low-spec and even has a "netbook mode")
 
And not Steam, but I have a hard time not recommending Blizzard's back catalog, since they hold up so well and were low-spec even at release :
Diablo II  
Starcraft 
Warcraft III 
 
Any of the six of those should keep you busy for quite some time. :)

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#28  Edited By fisk0  Moderator

Buy Total Annihilation off GOG. Until they or Steam release any of the KKND or Dark Reign games, you won't be needing anything else for a while.

Though you probably couldn't go wrong with one of the Sierra adventure packs, like Space Quest Collection or King's Quest Collection off either Steam or GOG.

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#29  Edited By No0b0rAmA

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