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A list of working and playable games on the Samsung NC10

Discussion in 'Samsung' started by Focalpoint, Dec 9, 2008.

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  1. Focalpoint

    Focalpoint Notebook Guru

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    Heres a list (in no particular order, although i might go through later and sort it into alphabetical) of games that work for me on a Samsung NC10 with Windows XP SP3.

    If you want to know how to get games onto a machine that doesnt have a dvd drive then you can use something like magicdisk (freeware) to create iso images that can be transfered via network or flash drive. (or you can network your desktops dvd drive and install from there)
    If you want to know how to play the games without the need for a disk - www.google.com

    I seriously suggest that users who dont know how to get around disk requirements purchase compatible games from www.gog.com or www.steampowered.com

    Some games on this list may require the use of a program called 3danalyze.
    http://www.3dfxzone.it/dir/tools/3d_analyze/index.php

    Regular games
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    Audiosurf - works, but im not really convinced that its playable even at the lowest settings
    Alien shooter vengeance - works. mild slowdown at times
    Aquaria - works but there is some slowdown. turn off reflections and other stuff.
    Arcanum of Steamworks and Magick Obscura - works very well
    Arx Fatalis from gog.com - works very well
    Ballance - works very well
    Baldurs Gate 2 - works very well
    Beyond Divinity - works very well
    Beyond Good & Evil - works but theres major slowdown. probably unplayable as a result. lower resolutions might help - i tried 800x600.
    Black & White - works very well
    bullet candy - works but theres major slowdown at times.
    Clive Barkers Undying - works very well
    Darwinia - Works
    Deus Ex - Works and plays really well
    Descent 3 from gog.com - works well
    Diablo 2 + expansion - works really well
    Discples 2 from gog.com - works very well
    Divine Divinity - works really well
    Dungeon Keeper 2 - works
    Dungeon Siege + Legend of Aranna - works very well
    Eschalon Book 1 - works
    Fallout 1 & 2 - works really well
    Fate - works. lowest settings for minimal slowdown
    Feeble Files from gog.com - works very well.
    Final Fantasy VII - works well.
    Final Fantasy VIII - works well. use ff8 launcher to get higher resolutions
    Flatout 1 & 2 - works but you arent going to have stellar framerates.
    Freelancer - works very well
    Freespace 2 from gog.com - works very well. download tool from fsoinstaller.com to get it working even better on the NC10.
    Future Boy - works very well
    Giants Citizen Kabuto from gog.com - works well
    Gothic from gog.com - works very well
    Gothic 2 - works very well
    Grand theft auto 3 - see Vice City comments.
    Grand theft auto Vice City - works and gets fairly playable framerates (15-20) for mild play
    Grand theft auto San Andreas - see Vice City comments
    Grandia 2 - works
    Gun - works
    Gunman Chronicles - works very well
    Half Life - Oppposing Force - Blueshift - Works and works very well.
    Haegemonia - works
    Hinterland - works well
    Homeworld 2 - works
    Hostile Waters - works very well
    Jack Orlando - works
    Lego Star Wars - works well. requires 3danalyze to run properly. settings i used in 3danalyze are - anti-detect settings both ticked - force SW TnL - emul HW TnL caps
    Lionheart - works
    Max Payne 1 & 2 - works well
    MDK 2 - works
    Mr Robot - works well
    Neverwinter Nights - works well
    Noone Lives Forever 1 & 2 - works very well
    Oddworld Abes Exoddus - works well
    Planescape Torment - works well
    Sacrifice from gog.com - works well. some mild texture flickering on the landscape. probably driver related.
    Septerra Core - works well
    Shadowman - works
    Sid Meiers Pirates! - works well
    Simon the Sorceror 1 & 2 from gog.com - works
    Sin 1 - Works
    Soldier of Fortune 2 - Works very well
    Space Trader - Works
    Spore - Works amazingly well considering its so new. lowest detail settings needed and its playable.
    Starcraft - works well
    Starlancer - works but may be prone to crashing every now and again.
    Star Trek Final Unity - works but there are heavy speech playback problems.
    Stonekeep from gog.com - works very well. some mild slowdown probably caused by dosbox emulation.
    System Shock 2 - works well. needs to be in compatibility for windows 2000 to avoid a black screen on level load + turn off visual themes aswell just incase.
    Tachyon The Fringe - Woah thats a big gun!
    Templay of Elemental Evil - works
    The Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind GOTY - works surprisingly well at low detail settings.
    The Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion - works. needs oldblivion mod and lowest settings for everything to be mildly playable. dont expect too much..... but it does run and you can do stuff!!!
    The Longest Journey - works very well
    Toca Race Driver 2 - Works at lowest detail settings and is playable for the most part.
    Tomb Raider Anniversary - works but the framerate renders it pretty unplayable unless you angle the view towards the floor.
    Trackmania Nations Forever - works, but its fairly slow even on lowest details
    Ultima IX Ascension - works very well
    Unreal Gold - Works really well
    Uplink - works really well
    Vampire the masquerade Redemption - works very well
    Warcraft 3 + expansion - works well
    Warhammer 40k Dawn of War - playable
    Wizards and Warriors - works
    World of Goo - works well
    XIII (13) - works very well
    X-Gold - Works well


    Massively Multiplayer Games
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    Angels Online - works
    Dungeon Runners - works
    EuDemons Online - defaults to a resolution thats greater than the native nc10 res. can be played and played well but will need scrolling of the screen to see all.
    Eve Online - works. classic mode used. playable but dont expect to be engaging in fleet warfare.
    Flyff - works
    Guild Wars - works. fairly playable at lowest settings.
    Maple Story - works well
    Seal Online - works but its a little slow.
    Shaiya - works ok at lowest detail settings @ 800x600 16bit
    Shin Megami Tensei Imagine Online - for performance see Shaiya
    Trickster Online - works
    Vendetta Online - works. game is quite scalable.
    World of Warcraft - works well enough for general leveling. dont try any raids on it.
     
  2. NeoteriX

    NeoteriX Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the listing. I was recently curious what kind of games I could stick on my NC10 for on-the-go casual gaming. The list is quite helpful :)

    Question -- how "lightweight" is MagicDisc/MagicISO? Aside from it being free, is there any reason to prefer it over something like Alcohol 120, which I've previously used?
     
  3. Focalpoint

    Focalpoint Notebook Guru

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    not sure about magiciso because i believe that its a retail product. as far as magic disk goes its very lite on resources from what i can tell.
    i dont have magicdisk running all the time in the tray, although the drive for the virtual drive is always on until i disable it at some point when im done transfering all my retail games across.

    one thing i will note is that magic disk, and possibly magic iso aswell, is useless at creating iso's from copy protected disks. even ancient games like x-gold and mdk2 it has majors problems with.
    which i suppose is the idea of the protection in the first place. but hey, thats discussion for another time.

    i se no reason to really use magic disk if you already have alcohol. i simply use it because its freeware and i dont see any point in my buying a product like alcohol or magiciso that im not likely to use outside of my netbook.

    glad you like the list and hope it makes your life a little easier when picking out which games to choose.
    its not 100% as it doesnt list games i know do not work on the machine at all. ive tried lots of games that just dont like the machine at all.
    probably the drivers being the big problem, or being integrated graphics at least.
     
  4. tastybeef

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    How did you get FF7 to run on the NC10?

    Doesn't it require a ton of drivers so the game doesn't crash? Also, what do you do without a numberpad?

    Also, does Warcraft 3 run smoothly without any hiccups?
     
  5. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Thanks for this very helpful list. All I know is that Solitaire also works well, but there are others who want more of their NC10 and this provides an excellent resource.

    John
     
  6. Focalpoint

    Focalpoint Notebook Guru

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    only driver i installed was a high resolution patch so i could get custom resolutions. otherwise the game sticks itself into 640x480 which looks blocky and blurry.

    a good resource for ff7 related stuff...
    http://www.ff7-universe.com/Download.html

    i play the game with a joypad (as i do with FF8). but the number pad can be accessed using the Fn key + various keys on the keyboard i would have thought.

    warcraft 3 runs. i only played a couple missions of the dark reign campaign and i didnt encounter any slowdown. if i recall i was using 800x600 (dont think the game goes any higher by default) and maximum detail settings.
     
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    lowteckh Notebook Consultant

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    Warcraft 3 is only 15-23fps. 23fps is MAX, 17-20 is average (Dota). I tried Marvel Ultimate Alliance but there is a character display bug that I'm not sure whether is related to driver or not (and I'm not willing to reformat to try w/ a clean install).
     
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    Is 17-20 average frames per second considered smooth?
     
  9. NeoteriX

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    I might be "playable" but will be noticeable. 30fps should be the target for smoothness, anything above that (60+) should be gravy.
     
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    Isn't there a running man icon that can improve the performance of a program? Would that increase the frames per second?
     
  11. Focalpoint

    Focalpoint Notebook Guru

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    Thats subjective. I think its perfectly smooth and playable.
    warcraft 3 is not exactly a fast paced game anyway which requires lightning quick movements and reflexes.
    The framerate dropping is much more noticeable on a shooter or something like Audiosurf where precise and perfectly timed movements are rendered almost impossible. However, again, where i think Audiosurf is unplayable others might not. Subjective.
     
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    Technically no, in first person shooters you need a minimum of 25 frames per second. But then again, in a real time strategy like Dawn of War you can get by with 15+.
     
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    What about Civilization IV BTS? If that's too much, I'm sure FreeCiv would work.
     
  14. Focalpoint

    Focalpoint Notebook Guru

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    I havent tried it myself, it works apprently but i read elsewhere that it was very very slow especially as the map got more settled.

    apparently civilization 3 works very well, but i couldnt get it working for varying reasons.
     
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    Hmmm, quite a naive question of you...
    I quickly scanned the list to seek for any 'Civilization' entry to no avail. But tbh, all we could possibly hope for is the C3C - last expansion to the 'III' series.

    Anyone caring to check it up for us - some strategy game lovers? :)

    Cheers,
    AdiQue
     
  16. Focalpoint

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    some more games added to the list over the last few days.
     
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    I full heartedly recommend purchasing guild wars for some great(FREE) online action.

    once you buy the game you dont have to pay monthly. I just got the trilogy pack a little while ago with threee GW games:) so much fun!
     
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    Would Age of Empires II work?
     
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    AoEII works great as does its Star Wars clone Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds. 40-60fps on high settings.
     
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    Anyone has a ready guide on how to create ISO files from game cd's and then install on NC10 using usb? Thanks.

    edit: Never mind. Got it done :)
     

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