Published on October 15, 2021    Updated on October 20, 2021

25 Best PC Games To Play Without A Graphics Card (Integrated GPU)

Finding what to play when you rely on CPU graphics can prove to be a challenge. Thankfully, this list got you covered with the best no-GPU games!

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It can be difficult to pick which titles to play, especially when using an ancient computer with integrated graphics either from Intel or AMD. And to be honest, it sucks. I was in the same boat, but thankfully, finding good games that would run on integrated graphics made the dark times bearable back then.

Perhaps, you may be thinking that your options are limited when it comes to gaming using integrated graphics. But the good news is that, either if you’re using integrated graphics or dedicated graphics cards, there is a wave of titles to experience. The article will mostly focus on games you can play at a decent resolution and smooth frame rates.

The list will contain popular titles, as well as, some lesser-known ones and I do hope you will find a game that you may not have heard of below. Come read about the best PC games you can play on integrated graphics.

Note: These games will surely run great using: Intel HD 4400, Intel HD 630, Intel UHD630, RX Vega 8 and above.

Just Cause 2

Release Date: March 23, 2010
Developer: Avalanche Studios Group
Publisher: Square Enix (Eidos Interactive originally)
Type: Open-World
Platforms: Steam

If you’re a fan of blowing things up, Just Cause 2 is what you need. The first game was pretty jaw-dropping for its time along with other titles such as Mercenaries, Red Faction 2, and Destroy all Humans. These games share the same atmosphere of destroying and causing havoc wherever the character goes. However, the second Just Cause title upped the level of destruction, granting you way more freedom, deadly arsenals, incredible destruction physics, and more. For one who is so fond of chaos, it’s impossible not to enjoy Just Cause 2.

The game will definitely run on a low-end computer without a dedicated graphics card. Go for it, you’re in for a treat.

Owlboy

Release Date: November 1, 2016
Developer: D-Pad Studio
Publisher: D-Pad Studio
Type: Indie, 2D Platformer, Shoot’em Up, Adventure
Platforms: Steam, GOG

Owlboy is a side-scrolling platformer that was in the making for almost a decade. After a long waiting, the game was finally released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Reviewers, as well as gamers, praised the meticulously crafted cel-shaded art style, soothing soundtracks, and memorable characters.

D-Pad Studio’s title takes plenty of inspiration from several corners such as Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 3, Kid Icarus, and most notably from The Legend of Zelda. In Owlboy, you take on the role of cute little owl-like known as Otus whose village has been raid by a band of pirates. Otus suffers from low-self esteem due to the harsh environment he has been born into, and especially his master always scolding him. Yet, amidst all the chaos, he realizes that the only way to prove to the village that he’s worthy is by saving it from the clutches of malignity that befell it. Throughout his journey, Otus will meet with several friends that will be of great help to him.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Release Date: November 17, 2002
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Type: Espionage, Action, Shooter
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Uplay

If you’ve ever wanted to play something similar to Konami’s Metal Gear Solid, then this is what you’re looking for. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is Ubisoft’s answer to every mainstream espionage title out there. But I feel that Splinter Cell was mostly competing with Metal Gear Solid seeing how these two share the same experience.

Since it’s an espionage title, don’t expect the game to be any easier. Unlike stealth games we get these days with moronic AI enemies, Splinter Cell’s guards are one of the smartest enemies you’ll meet in your gaming experience. The sequels (such as Chaos Theory) have improved the guard’s AI so that the experience would feel real and challenging. You’ll die many times, and you’ll get noticed all the time. But as you keep playing, you learn, adapt and improvise.

A fan of espionage video games shouldn’t sleep on the legendary Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell franchise. And if you’re looking for a challenge, the particular title won’t disappoint you.

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Release Date: December 2, 2004
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Type: Parkour, Action, Adventure
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Uplay

In the first game, Prince is stuck with the sands creatures, but in the second game, an entire island filled with creatures is stuck with him. Warrior Within is the second entry in the original trilogy that debuted back in 2003. The sequel brings plenty of improvements, ranging from a revamped combat system to enhanced visuals, epic soundtracks, and more.

You take on the role of Prince as he ventures into the Island of time to change his fate. After releasing the sands in the first game, he is now haunted by a dark creature known as the Dahaka. The prince is helpless against such a thing, and the only way to survive is to flee. Changing the prince’s fate won’t be easy. Mystery after another will unfold and things will keep getting worse until he finds what he seeks and escapes the island.

The Prince of Persia trilogy is a classic that nobody should miss, and it works on a potato computer as well.

Guacamelee

Release Date: 8 August 2013
Developer: DrinkBox Studios
Publisher: DrinkBox Studios
Type: Side-scrolling, Action, Adventure, Metroidvania, Beat’em Up
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

I remember growing up with ¡Mucha Lucha! cartoon and enjoying every moment of it. The day my eyes saw the release of Guacamelee, I immediately began to see the similarities. Guacamelee is a blend of Metroidvania and brawler, drawing several inspirations mostly from traditional Mexican culture and folklore.

For a Metroidvania title, Guacamelee won’t take you hours to complete, but it will surely not end up quick either. You take on the control of Juan who has been mysteriously bestowed with the power of the Luchador mask which granted him mystical powers. El Presidente’s daughter is kidnapped by the evil Charro and it’s up to you to rescue her.

Guacamelee is a great game, but it’s uncertain if the sequel would run smoothly on integrated graphics. Although, you can always try.

Prototype

Release Date: June 9, 2009
Developer: Radical Entertainment
Publisher: Activision
Type: Open-World, Action, Super Powers
Platforms: Steam

After Radical Entertainment’s acquisition by Activision back in 2008. The team opted to start fresh with a new IP, and that particular was Prototype. The game puts you in the role of Alex Mercer after being infected by an unknown virus that granted him superpowerful abilities. Such as running on buildings, throwing cars, transforming into deadly weapons, jumping higher than Hulk could ever imagine, and consuming people.

At the time, Prototype was a groundbreaking title that nobody saw it coming. But fans of open-world games were waiting for an open-world game where they could destroy stuff and feel powerful. There exists a sequel to Prototype, but unfortunately, the story is not yet finished and it may never be since Activision shut down Radical Entertainment forever. Still, we can only hope that we may get a third game in the near future.

Beyond Good & Evil

Release Date: November 19, 2003
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Type: Open-World, Adventure, Exploration
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Uplay, Epic Games

Brought to you by the legendary french developer Michel Ancel who’s notably known for other works such as Rayman, and Peter Jackson’s King Kong video game. Beyond Good & Evil may make you feel like you’re playing another 3D platformer where you collect stuff, save the world, and voila, the game ends. But that’s not the case. Michel Ancel’s philosophy when approaching video games is pretty different. His games aim to give the player the freedom to explore anything he could reach. Most importantly, his games focus mostly on aesthetics and the sound design to give the player a unique experience which he’ll have a hard time finding it elsewhere.

Beyond Good & Evil is a cult hit that casts you in the role of Jade as she uncovers the mystery behind the Doomz and the Alpha Section. This brave journalist is well-equipped with a powerful stick, her camera, and companions to back her up. The best thing about the game is taking pictures. Of course, taking pictures doesn’t come without any reward, the game rewards you for your efforts by granting blue orbs which you can use to purchase items.

The game will definitely run on your low-end computer without any issues. This is your chance to discover this timeless gem. Don’t miss it out.

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc

Release Date: 18 March 2003
Developer: Ubi Pictures
Publisher: Ubi Soft
Type: Open-World, Adventure, Platformer
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Uplay

Yet another great old game by Michel Ancel and Ubisoft that will most definitely run on integrated graphics without any problems. Hoodlum Havoc is a completely 3D Rayman game that casts you in the role of our little hero in his quest to stop André from taking over the world with his minions of sack-like “Hoodlum” army. Unlike past games, the third game includes voice acting, implementing sarcastic dialogue here and there while retaining what made Rayman a great game to play. Rayman is granted new powers that aid him to defeat enemies, access new places, solve platforming sequences and more.

Whether you grew up with old 3D platformers or haven’t, Rayman 3 is a game nobody should miss. Bear in mind that you need a mod called ” Better Rayman 3 ” to fix most of your issues. You could also give Rayman 2 and Rayman Forever a go since they work on nearly everything these days.

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare

Release Date: June 22, 2001
Developer: Darkworks
Publisher: Infogrames
Type: Action, Survival-Horror
Platforms: Steam, GOG

Alone in the Dark franchise is the true Godfather of the survival horror genre before Capcom’s Resident Evil. It’s a shame that this franchise is now in a coma, awaiting the day it would miraculously rise from the grave and make a strong comeback. Still, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is an entry worthy of experience for those who enjoy survival horror video games.

Adventure into the nightmarish journey of Edward Carnby and Aline Cedric as they land on Shadow Island, a mysterious place near the coast of Massachusetts. You can only pick one character to go through the game with, but the ending is mostly the same for both. Edward and his partner have to investigate the island, unveil secrets and confront abnormal creatures.

While you’re here, why don’t you check the best similar games to Resident Evil?

GUN

Release Date: November 9, 2005
Developer: Neversoft
Publisher: Activision
Type: Open-World, TPP, Western
Platforms: Steam, GOG

Before Red Dead Redemption came to life, people played GUN, a western third-person shooter by the now-defunct Neversoft. Of course, the latter doesn’t come closer to Rockstar’s titles, but since we’re talking about games you can play on integrated graphics, GUN is a great game to play.

In GUN, you venture the dangerous old west controlling Colton White as he seeks revenge on Thomas Macgruder for the killing of the guy who raised him when he was little. There’s plenty of things to do in the game. Instead of just sticking with the main objectives, the player can take on side quests that reward him with tools, money to upgrade and buy valuable items. My only gripe with GUN is the fact that once you’re done with the game, there’s pretty much nothing you can do.

Mark of the Ninja

Release Date: October 16, 2012
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Type: Stealth, Side-Scroller, Platformer
Platforms: Steam, GOG

There are plenty of indie games that could work on your low-end PC, and Mark of the Ninja is one of them. The latter is a 2D side-scrolling stealth video game. You take control of a nameless ninja infiltrating bases, assassinating guards, and fulfilling his ninja tasks. The best thing about Mark of the Ninja is the art style and the appealing cutscenes that make it stand from other 2D side-scrollers. Of course, Mark of the Ninja isn’t the only game with that art style. Prior to that, Klei Entertainment developed games such as Shank, Don’t Starve, and Eets with roughly the same aesthetics, but Mark of the Ninja kind of perfected that.

Mark of the Ninja is a great stealth video game. You could also give previous Klei Entertainment games a try as well since they don’t require much to run at full speed.

Broforce

Release Date: 15 October 2015
Developer: Free Lives
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Type: Run & Gun
Platforms: Steam, GOG

A game made by the bro force for the bros. Seriously, the first time I stumbled across this gem, I didn’t give it much thought. From one corner, the pixel art graphics may not end up drawing players in immediately, but boy, the gameplay is the thing that will definitely do that. Broforce is hilariously fun, giving you the complete freedom to obliterate anything that comes your way. You also have the choice to choose through known names such as Chuck Norris, Terminator, Rambo, John McClane, Kill Bill, and more to pick from.

If you’re a fan of run & gun games, Broforce is a must-play. You can also call your friend and have a blast together.

Portal

Release Date: October 10, 2007
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Valve
Type: Puzzle
Platforms: Steam

I don’t have to say much about Valve’s Portal franchise since it’s pretty popular these days, and it’s a recommended choice to anyone who wants to sit back and relax with some puzzles. The game mostly consists of a series of puzzles that the player must solve in order to progress further. The process of solving them is pretty unique in Portal as the player must teleport himself or the objects using a tool known as Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device.

This particular device is capable of creating inter-spatial portals between two flat planes which he can use to teleport inanimate objects or even teleport himself. Portal is all about the gameplay, and even if I try to describe it, it won’t do justice to such a game. You have to experience the game to understand.

Terraria

Release Date: May 16, 2011
Developer: Re-Logic
Publisher: 505 Games
Type: Sandbox, Adventure, Survival
Platforms: Steam, GOG

Terraria is a sandbox adventure game where you get to explore the world, build and collect things, and chill with friends online. The game has sold over 35 million copies and has received generally positive reviews from gamers and critics alike.

Despite all these years, Terraria still holds up both technically and visually. If you’re a fan of other action-adventure sandbox titles like Minecraft, then Terraria is the right game for you. Just be aware that the game is addictive, and sooner or later you’ll find yourself sinking hours upon hours into the game.

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way

Release Date: October 1, 2002
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
Type: FPP, Stealth
Platforms: Abandonware

The No One Lives Forever franchise is forever lost in the copyright battlefield, never to be released on platforms such as GOG or Steam. The game is brought to you by Monolith Productions, whose notable for superb games such as Blood, F.E.A.R, Condemned: Criminal Origins, and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. NOFL2 is also a great forgotten game these days. If it wasn’t for fans making it accessible, many would have slept on this gem.

The gameplay of NOFL2 is pretty similar to Rare’s GoldenEye, and you take on the role of the female spy Cate Archer. Her story sees you confronting the international criminal organization H.A.R.M. This time, she must thwart plans for the super-secret Soviet project. If it succeeds, that could bring the possibility of a third world war. Since the game is no longer sold in official stores, you can always download the game from the fan-made website that includes everything related to NOLF.

Psychonauts

Release Date: April 19, 2005
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Publisher: Majesco Entertainment
Type: Platformer, 3D
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

After talking about Rayman above, it’s time to talk about Double Fine’s Psychonauts game. Similar to Rayman 3, Psychonauts is a 3D platformer that casts you in the mind of a young boy gifted with psychic abilities named Razputin. Razputin delves deep into the minds of people as he helps them to overcome their anxiety and fear throughout the game. Inside the minds of these people, Razputin encounters unusual creatures and sceneries that no ordinary many can tackle. By helping others overcome their fears, Razputin acquires their help in order to progress further into the story.

Whether you hate platformers or like them, Psychonauts is actually recommended for anyone who’s looking for something fun to play. Its catchy atmosphere, memorable characters, and meticulously crafted environment are things that will be saved into your memories until your death.

Freedom Fighters

Release Date: September 26, 2003
Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: IO Interactive (re-release)
Type: TPP, Tactical
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Brought to you by the same people who made the Hitman franchise, Freedom Fighters was a groundbreaking title for its time. Unlike other third-person shooters for that era, Freedom Fighters went with a different approach. The latter blends shooting with a tactical command system similar to Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 where you order soldiers to either advance, defend, follow, or go on a full strike.

The story takes place in an alternate timeline where the Soviet Union has won world war 2 and took over New York City. The Americans have shown resistance to such dominance and are fighting relentlessly for their freedom. Take up your arms, unite and fight together against the invaders.

FlatOut 2

Release Date: August 1, 2008
Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher: Empire Interactive
Type: Racing, Rampage
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Previously, I talked about Burnout Paradise and the destruction physics along with the appealing graphics. FlatOut 2 has similar vibes as well, and you’ll certainly love it. Flatout 2 was released in 2008 and developed by Bugbear Entertainment. The latter has developed several titles such as Wreckfest, Rally Trophy, Ridge Racer Unbounded, and more. Notice how the company specializes in the making of racing games only? Perhaps that could be the reason why THQ Nordic acquired the company. And who knows, we may see a revival of the franchise, soon.

In FlatOut 2, your mission is to race and destroy anyone that comes near you. You earn points with each wrecked car you destroy, and as you progress further, you get the choose from a variety of cars. It’s a fun game and will run on a potato PC without a GPU.

SWAT 4

Release Date: April 5, 2005
Developer: Irrational Games
Publisher: Vivendi Games
Type: Tactical Shooter, FPP
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

SWAT 4 is a first-person tactical shooter developed by the guys behind the Bioshock franchise, and the renowned System Shock 2. The aforementioned, while may feel similar to Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege, is a unique game for its time. Unlike typical first-person shooters where the player rushes into the scene blindly, in SWAT 4, you have to think twice before taking a step into a building. Criminals know how to fool you into thinking they’re innocent. They know how to ambush you the moment you open a door. They know it all.

You have to train yourself to be patient, command your troops with commands in order to capture the criminals or terrorists. What’s interesting about SWAT 4 is the lack of regenerated health. Meaning, taking cover and avoiding getting fired on is crucial to accomplish the mission. If you’re looking for a challenging game, SWAT 4 is a recommended choice. It doesn’t hurt to experience previous titles, but I feel the 4th one is the best.

Huntdown

Release Date: May 12, 2020
Developer: Easy Trigger Games
Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Type: Run&Gun, Side-Scroller
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Yet another non-stop action Run&Gun video game that will definitely run on anything these days. In Huntdown, you take on the role of a hunter who has to hunt his target and accomplish his duties. At first, the game is pretty easy, but as you progress, some bosses know to wipe the floor with you. The solution to overcome them is to get better.

The action in Huntdown is over the top. The music is fantastic and engaging. The difficulty spike is quite noticeable too, but a game without a challenge is bland in my book. Oh, and the best thing about Huntdown is the sarcastic quotes when blasting through waves of gangsters.

Cyber Shadow

Release Date: May 12, 2020
Developer: Mechanical Head Studios
Publisher: Yacht Club Games
Type: Side-Scroller
Platforms: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Ever wanted to play the classic Ninja Gaiden trilogy on the NES but couldn’t? Well, Cyber Shadow has got your back. It’s close in every way, including the ridiculous difficulty spikes throughout the end of the game. It may drive you crazy if you’re accustomed to easy games. If so, maybe you should steer clear from this one.

The story puts you in the shoes of a cyborg ninja as he awakens from his slumber only to find that the world is in shambles. Your duty is to find who’s behind the chaos and defeat him.

Duke Nukem 3D

Release Date: January 22, 1996
Developer: 3D Realms
Publisher: FromGen
Type: FPP
Platforms: Steam, GOG

Ever wanted to play the new DOOM games but found yourself unable to do so because your potato PC is holding you back? Well, there are some alternatives until you can upgrade to a capable PC. One of them is the Duke Nukem franchise. The latter is kind of forgotten lately, but not entirely dead as the fanbase is still yearning for a worthy revival suiting such IP like Duke Nukem.

In the Duke Nukem franchise, you take on the role of our humourous blondie wearing glasses as he shoots his way through waves of enemies for a living. The gameplay is identical to other 3D realms titles such as Ion Fury, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, and more. While the gameplay is fluid and easy to master, the story isn’t made to be taken seriously. To fully experience Duke Nukem 3D, I recommend getting the eDuck32 Mod that will enable you to play at 1080p, improved controls, and more. The mod is free and is made by the Duke Nukem fans.

In case if you have already played this one and loved it, you can give those mentioned games above a hit. And if that’s not enough, try the Serious Sam franchise.

Bully: Scholarship Edition

Release Date: 21 October 2008
Developer: Rockstar Vancouver
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Type: Open-World, TPP
Platforms: Steam

Rockstar has been neglecting this fine game for almost a decade now, and despite fans pleading for a remaster, a sequel, or a remake, Rockstar seems to be on the other side of the spectrum. Bully is set in the fictional town of Bullworth and casts you in the role of a reckless student named James Hopkins. He has been involuntarily ended up being enrolled at Bullworth Academy for a year. He has to rise through the school’s ranking system, meet allies in order to stop the bullying.

The gameplay in Bully isn’t similar to GTA as many claims. Instead of just being a criminal shooting people, or running over them using your van, in Bully, you get to be a student. You join classes such as English, Chemistry, Art, or even Sport. In addition, you can accomplish a few side-quests, and the awards are quite fascinating.

We can only hope that Bully may one day get revived by Rockstar from the dead. A game like this and Manhunt definitely deserve your time.

Grand Theft Auto III

Release Date: 21 May 2002
Developer: Rockstar North Limited
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Type: Open-World, TPP
Platforms: Steam

The reason why I went for Grand Theft Auto III and not GTA: San Andreas or Vice City is because the aforementioned is responsible for paving the way to open-world titles. And a title that caused the stagnation of several genres such as platforming. Nobody can refute the fact that GTA 3 was revolutionary when it came out. Not only that but also, it injected the industry with wanting more open-world games. Hence, why we saw the emergence of titles such as Jak II, True Crime, Mercenaries, and more.

The story follows Claude as he seeks revenge on his girlfriend who betrayed him. His quest for vengeance leads him to get involved in a world full of crime, drugs, and corruption. In GTA 3, you could freely move around, use an array of weapons, drive cars, and more. It may not seem that interesting these days, but back then, the game shocked the entire world.

Grand Theft Auto 3’s PC port suffers from several bugs and game-breaking issues. That is why using mods and patches is recommended to play it these days. Unless, if Rockstar remasters the entire trilogy. You can give GTA: SA and GTA: VC a go too if GTA3 isn’t enough for you.

Minecraft (Vanilla)

Release Date: 18 November 2011
Developer: Mojang Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Type: Open-World, TPP, TPP, Sandbox, Survival
Platforms: Steam, Microsoft Store

We are finishing this list with something that’s known these days. Minecraft is a sandbox survival video game that debuted on PC back in 2011 and was eventually released to other platforms such as consoles, handhelds, and mobile phones. The vanilla version of Minecraft will definitely run on your PC, but if your aim is to run it with mods, then don’t bother. Graphical mods will devour your CPU power, as well as, your GPU. So, it’s better to just stick with the vanilla version since we’re talking about playing games on an iGPU.

That’s it for this list. Did you like it? let me know below. And if you want a second part, let me know below too. Thank you for reading.

FreeckyCake

Just your average gamer who enjoys hunting hidden gems and underrated games - but still open to any game in the industry if you ask me! My favorite game is Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams and nothing comes close to it to this very day IMO. I highly recommend you to play it!

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