What games will an ASUS Transformer Book T100 run?

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I have an ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 tablet I purchased for work purposes. I was in need of a something small and cheap that runs Windows that I was able to toss into a backpack. I looked around quite a bit and chose the T100 because of the price and how well reviewed it is. After turning off its touchpad gesture software and using Classic Shell to ditch the new Windows 8 interface its a really good laptop. Pop off the keyboard and it makes a good tablet too.

The T100 has a 1.3GHZ CPU and 2GB of memory, while I never have a problem running my day to day apps, I quickly became curious about what games it would run.

On a cool note, its a tablet running Windows. Getting a controller to work was a breeze. I’ve been using a XBOX 360 controller, just plugged it in and it was all good.

On another note, most games need to have the tablet in the keyboard dock or they have a bit of a freak out. This isn’t too bad as the dock makes for a nice lap or desk stand. For instance, Halo crashes on startup without the keyboard docked, once started it plays fine undocked.

Emulators 

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 runs NES, Gameboy, SNES, Genesis, and Gameboy Advances games well. Any newer systems don’t work out to well.

Old Games

All of the games I have from Good Old Games work fine. Duke Nukem 3d, Roller Coaster Tycoon 1&2, Dungeon Keeper 1&2, Populous, Sim City 2000, Tryian 2000, Stronghold HD, Stronghold Crusader, The Incredible Machine, Ultima 7, Wing Commander 3, and Wing Commander 4 all run well.

Other random games I have that work well,  Warcraft 2, Warcraft 3, Quake 1, Quake 2, Halo, and Torchlight. I can’t find my copy of Diablo 1&2, but I don’t see any reason why they won’t run.

I tried The Ultimate Doom. It wouldn’t run, from reading around this is a Windows 8 thing and not specific to the T100. I would bet prBoom or something similar would work.

Here I am playing Halo: Combat Evolved.

Recent Games

The Steam client runs well. These Steam games run, FTL, Starbound, Magicka, and Age of Empires II HD.

Defender’s Quest and Rogue Legacy also run (as non Steam games).

DOTA and League of Legends run. Problem is it takes so long to load everyone hates you by the time the game starts.

I have World of Warcraft but didn’t try it. Spec wise it should run at the lowest settings, problem is WoW would take up about 1/4 of the space the 64GB the T100 Transformer has.

The only other games I have require a decent graphics card to run, I didn’t bother to try them.

Final Thoughts

All in all I’m impressed with my ASUS Transformer Book T100. Don’t let the specs fool you, it’ll do a lot.

 

27 comments

    1. Yes I have! The games I tried work well, but the small screen makes them difficult to play. Dota 2 is rough for instance. For the heck of I plugged into a 23 inch monitor and its was all good, though that defeats the purpose of having a small laptop.

      I tried: Kerbal Space Program, Dota 2, and Daylight. I’m not a big Steam guy and really only use it for Kerbal.

  1. hey,i just bought asus transformer book,i havent played any games yet,the store doesnt work where i live.soo do you have any websites i can download games?it would really help!

  2. What about simple games like the ones you can get on your Android phone or PC? I have not been able to figure out how to download a game to be played in tablet mode and they are too small to play on the Transformer T100 on the regular pc function.

    1. Angry Birds will run on anything.

      The problem with tablet mode is that most Windows game expect a mouse or a keyboard. Outside of what you find in the Windows store I don’t think there is much out there.

  3. Thanks for the information. My laptop just died and I am looking for something suitable to replace it. I already have an ASUS tf300t, but I need something that runs windows. Something that can play games would be nice as well. Definitely appreciate the info in your article.

  4. Hello, thanks for the article.
    I bought my tablet for school and so far I am loving it! Definitely one of my favorite pieces of technology.
    I am wondering how you got Halo: CE on your tablet though? I can’t seem to figure it out. Thanks.

  5. I got this Don Bradman Cricket 14 for my laptop pc which runs awesome on my HP ProBook 4530s with Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless controller, Laptop has Core i3 processor with 8gb ram but the game is very light it doesn’t need really that much ram to run it smoothly. So i was wondering will that game gonna run ok on this Asus T100? Plus other games i’ve downloaded as well which runs great on my pc and can be played through wireless controller so does this tablet supports xbox 360 wireless controller?

    Please reply me back on my email ID with info. Dean i will be highly appreciate it. Also want to know can this tablet T100 has capibility to extend memory ram….& harddrive/storage or not?

  6. Emulators: N64 and PS1 emulators run without any problems and with gtest FPS. PSP and PS2 are mostly playable but with slowdowns on some games.

    1. Hey, I was actually looking into buying one of these laptops. My trusty laptop is on the fritz and on its last leg. I was curious about the overall power; how well does PSP play on the laptop, like what games have you ran and what was the average FPS? Also what games did you run for PCSX2 and at what settings before it would start to stutter badly? Thanks for any feedback, this is a big jump financially and I don’t want to plunge money into something that I wouldn’t be able to utilize in every way possible like I’ve been used to with my old laptop.

      1. You’re out of luck for PSP or PCSX2. Fifth generation (N64, PS1) consoles are the most it can do well.

        PSP and PCSX2, RPGs and things that are not fast paced work ok. If you already had T100, I would say try it out and see what you think. I wouldn’t recommended buying one for playing these systems.

  7. This was really helpful thanks but can it run sims or not? I’m wanting to get one for my sister but she loves sims. Do u think this will run it? Thanks

  8. I have a: ASUS Transformer Book T100HA-C4-LB 10.1 inch 64GB Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop/Tablet. We tried to download STEAM in order to play the HUMONGOUS ENTERTAINMENT Games (Putt Putt, Spy Fox, etc), but after downloading STEAM from its website, I click the RUN button and the screen goes blank. Are you using a STEAM app? If not, how did you get STEAM on your laptop/tablet and do you think these games (they were just bought from Humble Bundle) will run on the laptop/tablet? Thank you!

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