Now looking retro and minimalist, 2D games are not behind in fun, gameplay and the best: they are friendlier to weak PCs. Even in the age of open world games, virtual reality and 4K, 2D games still remain on the market and remain great options for style lovers and especially those who don't have the best PC today.

1. Dead Cells

Dead Cells is a platform game in the genre Metroidvania (mix of Metroid and Castlevania), which already explains a lot. The game takes place inside a castle full of varied monsters. To deal with this the player has access to swords, shields, daggers, grenades, traps and so on. In addition the game has some RPG features, allowing you to hone weapons, equipment and skills. Combat mechanics are the strength of the game, with fast, action-packed moves.
  • Processor: Intel i5 +
  • RAM Memory: 2GB
  • Video Card: Nvidia 450 GTS / Radeon HD 5750 or better.

2. Chasm

Another Metroidvania, Chasm is also a platform game that brings together elements of RPG. The difference of the game is that your maps are randomly generated whenever you play. So, after completing the game for the first time, don't expect the second to be the same thing. Maps are created from the combination of random game scenarios. The RPG style item system is not the most obvious. Instead of fetching the strongest items, the player needs to choose the items that give the attributes needed for each situation, such as life, physical attack, magic attack, etc.
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU
  • RAM Memory: 1GB
  • Video Card: OpenGL 3.0

3. Broforce

In the best Contra style, Broforce is pure action from the start. 16-bit graphics are for you to focus completely on killing and incessant shooting. In Broforce you control a team of soldiers with the most unique names possible: Rambro, Brobocop, Bronan the Brobarian, Indiana Brones, Brommando, Bro Lee and many others. In each level the only objective is to reach the helicopter. To do this, you must survive the army of terrorists, aliens and creatures of the underworld that will be in the way. All enemies will kill you with a single shot or blow, so you need to play carefully.
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo or equivalent
  • RAM Memory: 4GB
  • Video Card: OpenGL 3.0 Compatible

4. Terraria

A good way to describe Terraria is: Minecraft on 2D platform with lots more stuff to kill and weapons to assemble. The game has no tutorial so players should figure out on their own how to build things and especially which items can be built. Also, in Terraria, the entire scenario can be destroyed to reveal secrets and gather material. The game is basically set in two scenarios, the surface and the underground. On the surface the game follows a day / night cycle that brings different characteristics and enemies. Every moment of the day is conducive to one type of activity. One of the graces of the game is to build your own village. As you expand and improve buildings, non-playable characters (NPCs) appear to help with healing, item sales, and other services. But beware! They only appear if you build rooms with enough space, furniture and light.
  • Processor: 2Ghz
  • RAM Memory: 2.5GB
  • Video Card: 128MB

5. Trine

In Trine you control three characters: a thief, a wizard and a warrior. Each has different skills that are required to complete the game's levels and puzzles. The goal of the heroes is to get rid of the curse that fused them. During the game it is necessary to combine the skills of the characters. The warrior is basically for fighting. The magician is able to move objects with his mind and conjure new ones. The thief has a bow and arrow and a rope hook that allows him to reach high places and jump over chasms.
  • Processor: 2Ghz
  • RAM Memory: 512MB
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon X800 / NVIDIA GeForce 6800

6. Steamworld Heist

Steamworld Heist is a shooting game sponsored by robots dressed as cops, cowboys, etc. The game involves more tactics than action. In it, the player needs to combine each character's own abilities with weapons specific to each situation. The actions of the game take place in the turn system, where each robot and enemy has their turn to move and attack. Fighting is the charm of the game and requires strategy. Each death of your team can be costly because you lose experience and fail to level up the dead character. The game also with various accessories and items to enhance your characters or just spruce up.
  • Processor: 2Ghz
  • RAM Memory: 1GB
  • Video Card: OpenGL 2.1 Compatible

7. Teslagrad

Teslagrad is an extremely fun and all hand drawn game. The adventure takes place at Tesla Tower, the renowned Serbian engineer and inventor. The game revolves around puzzles that you need to solve with the help of items you find throughout the levels. Once you find the answers, you will realize that executing them also requires skills such as timing and speed. The whole adventure follows the theme of electricity and electromagnetism, so everything you come across is related to Tesla. For those who like puzzles, action and cute graphics, Teslagrad is a great option.
  • Processor: Pentium 4, 1.8Ghz / AMD Athlon XP 1700+
  • RAM Memory: 1GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon X600 / NVIDIA GeForce 210

8. SAS 4: Zombie Assault

SAS 4: Zombie Assault follows the same script as basically all zombie stories: a virus has transformed everyone. But the story is not the important thing in the game. Here the action is frantic and violent and bloodthirsty. In SAS 4: Zombie Assault you can play alone or in cooperation with up to four players. One way or another, players will kill thousands of zombies as they upgrade weapons and equipment, and use skills specific to each character class. The game also features PvP, battle royale, etc. modes.
  • Processor: 2GHz
  • RAM Memory: 1GB
  • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 Compatible

9. Battleblock Theater

Battleblock Theater is another amazingly captivating platform game. In it you control a kind of block that is forced to perform in a theater dominated by technological cats. The goal of the levels is to collect crystals to unlock the output and for this you need to solve various mini puzzles that are distributed throughout the game. The mechanics involve fast moving, double jumping, wall jumping, sliding, running, etc. It is impossible not to fall in love with Battleblock Theater. The game is fun, funny, challenging and with lots of content to unlock. On top of that it can be played in cooperation or against other players.
  • Processor: 2.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • RAM Memory: 1GB
  • Video Card: 512MB

10. Super Meat Boy

In Super Meat Boy you are a bit of bloody meat (that's right) that needs to save your beloved Bandage Girls (obviously made of bandages) over and over and over and over. The gameplay of the game could not be simpler: you just walk and jump. Even so, the game is extremely difficult and each level presents new challenges, adding increasingly difficult and creative obstacles. You will always need several attempts to pass the phase, and with each death your blood trail remains on the scene to remind you of failures. Even with the simple objective and even more gameplay, Super Meat Boy has some secret areas that unlock new characters, each with specific abilities. Super Meat Boy is both simple, frustrating and fun.

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