Playing Popcap Games on Vista

Optimized for Vista
Many PopCap games are optimized for Vista. This means that they run natively on the operating system without needing a compatibility mode or special patches. Games that are optimized for Vista can make use of the DirectX 10 features as well as the earlier DirectX releases. In keeping with PopCap’s compatibility strategy, they can also be run on systems running versions as old as Windows 2000.

System Requirements

Games for Vista typically have higher requirements than those for Windows XP or previous operating systems. PopCap games are no exception. Check the system requirements for the specific games you are attempting to download or run. The most common minimum requirements are Windows Vista running 512mb of RAM and a 1.2 GHz processor. The games’ requirements are usually lower than the requirements for Vista itself, but may pose a challenge to older systems.

Puzzle Games

The lineup of PopCap games is mainly puzzle games. These games require players to match rows of like objects or find paths between areas. Puzzle games that are optimized for Windows Vista include the hit game Peggle and its sequel Peggle Nights. The Bejeweled line of games is also Vista compatible. While their earlier hits such as Alchemy are not optimized, they can still be run in Vista with the use of compatibility mode for XP or 2000.

Word and Strategy Games

Bookworm is Vista compatible as are all of its sequels. Players attempt to find words from a series of letters to gain points and solve the level. The newer strategy games are also Vista ready. These include Plants vs. Zombies and Pizza Frenzy. These later games do have higher system needs; make sure your computer can play them prior to downloading by checking the requirements on the program’s page.

Others

Many other PopCap games are also optimized for Vista. The Amazing Adventures series lets you collect lost relics that are brought to life in Vista’s beautiful graphics engines. Similarly, DirectX 10 can make a full-screen version of the Mystery PI games come alive as you search for the clues to solve each crime. Even games that defy typical classification like Hammer Heads and Insaniquarium run well on Vista-powered machines.

Sources:
http://www.popcap.com/help3.php

PopCap Games Official Support Page

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/Default.aspx

Microsoft.com Official Vista Compatibility Center

http://www.popcap.com/

PopCap Games Homepage