As a gamer, it can be tough to be away from your favorite games – So many different games require attention in order to stay relevant to the top tier of play! So, what do you do when you aren’t available for a week or two on your main computer? The good news is, there are more than a few ways to divert yourself from the fact that you’re going to get ranked down in your Starcraft 2 ladder! Here are a few of my favorites while you’re out of the house:
Diablo 2: Most netbooks can handle it processor-wise (though take a look at your screen resolution, there are netbooks out there with low pixel counts!) and it’s easy to download through battle.net servers online. The dungeon crawler style has yet to be matched by any other series (nostalgiacs will say that D2 is better than the recent addition!) and it’s easy enough to play with a touchpad mouse – at least with most builds.
Kingdom of Loathing: Browser-based games are always easy to play anywhere and are designed to be a quick play or two. Kingdom of Loathing is a pun-filled tongue-in-cheek RPG that is sure to keep you searching for more adventures. Choose from quirky roles such as the Disco Bandit, the mystical Pastamancer, or the aggressive Seal Clubber (I kid you not). Play is free, though with some support to the developers you can get fancy perks. For those who do infrequent travel, a Mr. A helps by permanently saving your account. It seems my last one got deleted. . .
Forumwarz: In the same regard as Kingdom of Loathing, Forumwarz is an entertaining play on forum trolling turned into an RPG. Though the multiplayer aspect of the game has long since passed, the singleplayer adventure is still definitely worth a few playthroughs. The first act is free, and various bonuses may be unlocked through in game purchases called brownie points. If you’re a fan of push-button MMOs, Forumwarz is a wonderfully cyncial alternative for you.
Tyrian 2000 / Good Old Games: One of the biggest challenges of playing on a netbook is the lack of a hard disk drive necessary to install those older games that otherwise work fine on a less beefy system. Good Old Games is a great solution for netbooks as a result. Plus, many older computer games (Tyrian) play well without a mouse, meaning you don’t have to worry about whether or not you packed yours on your trip. Many of those old games are still good and definitely worth replaying!
Castle of the Winds: CotW is perhaps my favorite Roguelike RPG of all time. Call it nostalgia (I hear the groans already), but there is something incredibly entertaining about a classic dungeon crawler. A few good ones have come out for mobile platforms, but nothing comes to that perfect balance of difficulty like Castle. The original first chapter was originally offered as shareware (another archaic word of technologies long past), but now the full game is available for access. Fair warning, it can be difficult to access everything in the dungeon as normal without a full keyboard – In my replay, I pulled out the virtual keyboard in my system for a few key moments. Entirely worth the effort!