6 Great Games for Ultrabooks and HD3000/HD4000 Graphics, Demos to Test Before You Buy

Updated on 20 April 2012 by

5. Bit.Trip Runner

This uniquely-styled rhythm game, featuring the character ‘CommanderVideo’, will have you jumping, sliding, and vaulting your way through a side-scrolling obstacle course; your every move contributes to the catchy beats that progress in complexity as you collect items across each level. The game begins simply enough, giving you only the ability to jump. Shortly thereafter you’ll be introduced to a number of new moves which make the game much more difficult. Bit.trip Runner can be punishingly challenging at times, even on easy, sending you all the way to the beginning of the level if you mess up — yet somehow its addictive nature will have you saying “just one more try!” every time you screw up a level. Think you’re an expert gamer? Try beating this game on hard, I dare you.

For Best Performance: I’m not sure exactly why, but you’ll need to go into Bit.Trip Runner’s settings menu and turn the full-screen resolution down to its lowest value (don’t forget to restart the game after making this change, otherwise the settings wont’ be applied). Oddly, this will not actually change the resolution that the game runs at (the splash screens will appear small but the game itself should run at full resolution), but will significantly increase the responsiveness — something very much needed for this game as it requires precise timing! Once you make this change, Bit.Trip Runner will run as smooth as butter with the HD3000 graphics.

6. Limbo

In Limbo you’ll wake up in a nondescript yet visually compelling world of black and white. Purposely, there’s almost no narrative and no tutorial (protip: ctrl is the ‘grab’ button, you’ll need it!). It’s just you and the strange world of Limbo. You’ll solve casual puzzles, narrowly dodge brutal traps, and encounter natives who may or may not be so friendly. This game is a great experience to play through, and you’ll find it hard not to appreciate the visual design and curiously abstract plot.

For Best Performance: On this one you don’t have to worry about a thing! In fact, there are no settings to configure, it should fit itself to your Ultrabook’s native resolution with no problem; this is another game that HD3000 runs silky smooth with no issues that I’ve found.

I hope you enjoy these games that I’ve suggested, stay tuned for more Ultrabook gaming tips in the near future because we’re tracking it very closely indeed. 2nd-gen Ultrabooks could be a game-changer!

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Chippy says:

    Thanks Ben. More gaming articles please!

  2. Heiklo says:

    While I absolutely love indie games. Intel GFX are still very capable to play older “core” game series like Half-Life, BioShock, Mass Effect & even some newer 1’s at medium-high resolutions/settings. I would definitely recommend turning off filters like AA as the gains are very little & it eats up a huge amount of CPU cycles (leave it for gaming rigs with power to spare). Funny thing is, modern Intel GFX absolutely wipe the floor with consoles. Remember, most console games don’t even hit 720p.

    My only real concern & the reason I still use a dedicated PC hooked up to my TV, is heat. PC games will cause your UB’s fans to crank up full blast & casing to get very hot. So that really worries me that it would kill my sealed internal battery & essentially make my device worthless. While I know the idea of an all-in-one device that does everything is HIGHLY appealing, unless someone smarter than me says internal heat won’t damage the battery then I would still recommend a dedicated gaming PC or console to most people.

  3. Slylee says:

    Intel focused on gfx performance over CPU performance & power consumption just-in-time for a reason.

    Over the next few years with the rise of ultrabooks installed with W8 & decline of desktops/traditional laptops. In order to compete with ARM, Apple, Google .. MS is going to have to start taking casual gaming MUCH more seriously. The Intel integrated GFX will be the benchmark baseline for all mobile app devs to target & release games to the W8 store.

    Steam probably won’t survive the decade, mainstream consumers don’t use it & game dev’s will primarily target the W8 Store. That’s probably why Valve is desperate to get into hardware as they know the integrated W8 Store is going to eventually kill Steam.

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  5. Mautisim Munir says:

    Great List there. Half Life 2 and Portal should be on top, because 3000 runs them like charm on high settings

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