25 great games you can play on laptops and low-end PCs

I called Forager ($20 on Humble) “junk food” in our review and I stand by it—but damn, it’s addictive junk food. Combining elements of survival games with idle games and even Zelda, Forager is a deft genre mashup that manages to wring a lot out of mindlessly harvesting materials and filling up various meters.

Exploration is the key, the bit that kept me coming back. There are 49 islands in Forager, each with a unique point of interest. Some have simple puzzles, others have characters to help, and a few even have dungeons complete with boss battles. You purchase islands one by one, which means there’s a steady stream of new stuff to check out—in addition to new buildings to construct, new items to craft, and so on.

Sure, it’s a mindless way to spend 15 or 20 hours, but it’s hard to deny how deep Forager sinks its hooks, and for the few days I played it I really played it.

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