Game 1: Heroes of Might and Magic
The first game we will take a look at is Heroes of Might and Magic. This game has been a great favorite of mine on both the desktop and the laptop. I think most laptops can play all versions of Heroes of Might and Magic without much problems.
The game itself is very addictive and I promise you will be playing "just one more turn" once you get into it. The best thing, of course, are the low system requirements so you do not need a super duper laptop to play it. And did I mention it is very addictive and comes with high replay value?
Game 2: Bard's Tale / Wasteland
The Bard's Tale and Wasteland are two traditional computer role-playing games which are also very suitable for laptops. They have immensely low system requirements, being almost 20 years old. But do not be deceived, these are solid games with solid content. You will be addicted to the storylines and in-depth character development. Before Diablo, there were RPGs such as these which gave me countless hours of fun on the PC.
Game 3: Civilization 3
Another great strategy game, Civilization 3 is the product of the great game maker, Sid Meier. The game is about empire building from the dawn of time until the present day, so you can imagine the multitude of weapons and technologies you are able to research and put into use during the game. Great game with high replay value and absolutely gorgeous graphics and cut-scenes.
Game 4: Lode Runner
A nice traditional arcade favorite, Lode Runner was a huge hit in the 80s. You can play it easily on your laptop and get lost for hours. You control a little man who can "zap" parts of the floor away to save himself from different challenges. The levels are so interesting that you need to try it to understand the level of thought and depth that went into their design.
Game 5: Jagged Alliance 2
The final game in this list is Jagged Alliance 2. This is a great "mercenary gunmen" game, which features a deeply involved tactical combat system. Think of M-16s, AK-47s, grenades and other weapons of destruction which you can buy and assign to your individual mercenaries. You get to deploy them on dangerous tactical squad level missions and I can tell you, this game is addictive in every sense of the word.
So as you can see, there are really many games that you can choose to play on your laptop. My advice is to go for low system requirements so that your laptop can play it even if it is a little slow or beyond the times. If you want to play state-of-the-art 3D games, then you should go for the latest widescreen laptops. In any case, here's wishing you a great laptop gaming experience, and happy gaming!