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Spec me a game for work trips

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by shiver, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. shiver


    Joined: Jun 13, 2007

    Posts: 832

    Location: London

    My job has me spending 3-4 weeks away, up to 3 times a year. During this time I am staying in a hotel or serviced apartment.

    I do my best to keep busy in the evenings, and weekends are great for doing some activities with friends and colleagues but usually with a heavy dose of jet lag I find myself needing something to distract me in the early hours.

    Up until now, I have managed to play a fair bit of Civilization 5 (not a massive fan of the newer Civs). Can anyone recommend a good single player time waster?

    The big restriction really is it needs to be kind of laptop friendly... I have a Windows 10 install on my work Mac (i9 / 32GB / 560X 4GB) and Mouse.
  2. muttclugg

    Wise Guy

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  3. flibby


    Joined: Dec 17, 2006

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    I usually have large/grand strategy games like Total War, Civ, Stellaris, and Endless Legend installed for long trips for work. Builder games like Factorio, Rimworld and Prison Architect are awesome too for sinking hours into. Rogue-like/lite games are great, like Binding of Isaac, Darkest Dungeon, Don't Starve, Slay the Spire, and Rogue Legacy.
  4. Woogie


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    Location: Caddington

    I came in here to say exactly this.
  5. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

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    Location: La France

    XCOM2? Available in both Mac and Windows versions.

    Duskers - explore derelict spaceships using drones controlled via a command window. Sounds terrible, but isn’t.
  6. chroniclard


    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    Football Manager.
  7. Flibster


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,290

    Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic: Sith Lords (with deleted content patches)

    Haven't had a machine without them installed on in a very long time.
  8. cheesyboy


    Joined: Dec 7, 2012

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    Location: Gloucestershire

    Ftl: faster than light

    Awesome game
  9. WoodyUK


    Joined: Dec 29, 2009

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    Location: Warwickshire

    So much this.

    Don't be afraid to have a Google or watch some tutorials, there is so so so much to it.
    The learning curve can be steep to begin with but is well worth it. That's not to say you won't enjoy it to start but you'll find much more enjoyment when you get to grips with everything going on.
  10. Cromulent


    Joined: Nov 1, 2007

    Posts: 3,792

    Location: England

    Crusader Kings 2 is always a good time waster. Also what about the Elder Scrolls games? Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim will easily eat up the hours, and when you add in the fact you can mod them, you'll get even more time out of them.

    Also, the Fallout series is another good one to go for. They can be modded as well, and all of those games should run on a reasonable laptop.
  11. Raumarik


    Joined: Jul 14, 2003

    Posts: 13,752

    Crusader Kings 2

    Mostly mentioned already but Rimworld is awesome, looks like **** but is so damn enjoyable!
  12. shiver


    Joined: Jun 13, 2007

    Posts: 832

    Location: London

    Many thanks for all the suggestions! I'll definitely check out Rimworld soon
  13. MouthBoy


    Joined: Apr 6, 2010

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    Location: Midlands

    If you like rpgs what about pillars of eternity 2?
  14. Tombstone


    Joined: Aug 17, 2007

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    I work away from home, often abroad, for probably 6 months of the year, usually in 3 or 4 week blocks, for example I am currently in a serviced apartment in Belfast. I have a list of games that I play on my work laptop, sometimes with the missus on multiplayer on both hotel and, funnily enough, serviced apartment wifis. These are the titles I play through..

    Civ 6
    Darkest Dungeon
    Slay the Spire
    Oxygen not Included
    Dont Starve Together
  15. arc@css


    Joined: Nov 8, 2008

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    Dungeon crawlers like Legend of Grimrock?
  16. Poneros


    Joined: Feb 18, 2015

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    They are billions

    Very addictive! Also look up tower defense games.
  17. AHarvey


    Joined: Mar 6, 2008

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    Location: Stoke area

    Another vote for rimworld.

    I still suggest Uplink to people, it's a cracking game even after all this time and there are a few mods for it to so that it adds extra layers.
  18. HazardO


    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

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    Location: Cambridge

    Another vote for Rimworld. You'll start out struggling to survive and trying to be a friendly substance farmer and trader, but you'll soon get into the swing of making fine meals and hats out of your enemies.
  19. blackadderV


    Joined: Feb 26, 2012

    Posts: 197

    King's bounty the legend and armored princess (not the later ones). Very laptop friendly and lot of fun if you like HOMM type games.

    Plus of course crusader kings 2 if you can get a complete edition for a good price.
  20. agnes


    Joined: Dec 1, 2006

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    Location: San Francisco, CA