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10 Top Tools for Novelists
The software featured in this article is designed to meet the specialised needs of a budding novelist. There's the finest open source distraction-free tools, software designed to create visual novels, and tools to help capture and visualise ideas.

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  • Frozen Bubble
    Frozen Bubble is a full-featured, colorful animated penguin eyecandy, 50 levels of 1p game, hours and hours of 2p game, 3 professional quality 20-channels musics, 15 stereo sound effects, 7 unique graphical transition effects. Read more hot
  • Penumbra: Overture Episode 1
    (commercial) Penumbra: Overture is a first person adventure game which focuses on story, immersion and puzzles. Instead of using violence to progress the player has to use his/her wits to guide Philip on his quest to unravel the past. Read more hot
  • The Last Sorceror
    (commercial) The Last Sorceror is a fast-action game where you are the leader of a powerful Order of Sorcerors. Having defeated mankind's greatest enemy, the Demon Hordes, you retreat to Haven for a life of peaceful seclusion. hot
  • 2Pong
    2Pong is pong clone. However, there is one visible difference from the regular pong - it is played with two balls instead of one.
  • Airstrike
    Airstrike is a 2d dogfighting game being slowly developed by various people around the net. It is not yet playable although there is an old version which may be a bit fun to try.
  • Ambassador of Pain
    Aop is a curses based arcade game for Linux/UNIX with only 64 lines of sourcecode.
  • Amphetamine
    Amphetamine is a cool Jump'n Run game offering some unique visual effects.
  • Ardentryst
    Ardentryst is an action/RPG sidescoller, focused not just on fighting, but on story, and character development. Strategy as well as reflexes will be needed to overcome the game. Read more
  • ASCIIQuarium
    Enjoy the mysteries of the sea from the safety of your own terminal!
  • Atom Zombie Smasher
    (commercial) Atom Zombie Smasher is an action-packed game that plays out across a number of missions where your goal is to evacuate zombie-infested cities with a helicopter and groups of mercenaries. Read more
  • Axis Runner
    Axis Runner is a 3D game inspired by the Apple II game "Lode Runner". It is a 3D lode-runner type game with a weird topology: if the runner bumps into a wall he climbs up (like the fighting scenes in "The Matrix" or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") but if he reaches an edge he falls, in the current downwards direction. I.e. the direction of gravity changes.
  • Babaliba
    Babaliba is a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer game with fast movement and frenetic action.
  • Balloon Chase
    In Balloon Chase you fly a hot air balloon and try to blow the other player out of the screen There is no AI in balloon chase (at least not yet), so you must have 2 players in order to play.
  • battalion
    battalion was a game written in 1994 on a Silicon Graphics Indy in GL for the Indizone-3 contest. This version also ran in the CAVE(tm) as a virtual reality game at the EVE 4 art show in May 1995.
  • Battlemech
    Battlemech is a game in which you pilot a mech from an overhead view, fighting other mechs with a variety of weapons in a struggle to gain points, capture the flag, or defend the base.
  • Be The Wumpus
    Be The Wumpus is a game with no graphics and no text, only audio. You are a wumpus, a blind, cave-dwelling creature who subsists on meals of unlucky cave wanderers.
  • Blob Wars : Blob and Conquer
    Blob Wars : Blob and Conquer is a 3rd person action shooter. With the apparent defeat of Galdov and the reclaiming of the Fire, Time, Space, and Reality Crystals, the Blobs' battle was only just beginning. Bob had rescued many Blobs and fought many battles, but now he had an ever bigger task ahead of him. The Blobs' homeworld is still littered with the alien forces and Bob once again makes it his task to lead the counter attack. But even without Galdov the aliens are still extremely well organised. Read more
  • Bobby
    (commercial) The game is simple: knock all of the green balls into the spirals, and then proceed to the next dimension. A lot of bouncing around and swearing "Just one more try" later, and you could save the world!
  • Bomba, Bechere!
    Bomba, Bechere! pits you against terrorists who have penetrated a factory.
  • Bug Squish
    In Bug Squish, you must defend your arm from an onslaught of blood-sucking insects. Use your fly-swatter to squish them before they suck you dry.
  • cave9
    cave9 is a gravity cave-exploration game. It's a 3D version of the classic SF-Cave game. Your ship goes into a cave at constant forward speed, and you have to control two diagonal thrusts to keep it from hitting the walls. As the game progress, the cave will twist more and become more tight.
  • Cavepilot
    Cavepilot is yet another cave flying game in the spirit of the old legendary Amiga games Turbo Raketti and Gravity Force.
  • ChouXiang
    ChouXiang is an abstract shooting game.
  • Curses Lines
    Curses Lines is a "Lines" game for the Unix terminal. It requires a certain terminal size, supports a mouse (curses or GPM), and works with various ncurses libraries.
  • dangen
    dangen is a shoot 'em up game that attach importance to accuracy of shooting. With the combination of the cursor key and the shot button, you can shoot at your side or even at your back. Get the bonus point by hitting the enemy without a miss. You can choose stages of different difficulty.
  • Darwinia
    (commercial) The world of Darwinia is a virtual themepark, running inside a computer network built by a computer genius named Dr Sepulveda. Darwinia is populated by a sentient evolving life form called the Darwinians. They are the product of a decades worth of research into genetic algorithms. Read more
  • Dear Esther
    Dear Esther is a ghost story, told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional game-play the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here.
  • Deathchase 3D
    Deathchase 3D is a remake of the Sinclair Spectrum game of the same name. It's a pseudo 3D game based on the light speeder sequence from "Return of the Jedi" where you have to shoot the bad guys' speeders
  • Domino Blast
    Domino Blast is a physics-based driving/demolition game with a children's toys theme.
  • Dr. Sanity
    Dr. Sanity is a fast-paced game where you must protect a brain from going insane for as long as possible. Armed with a special "sanity medication" and 5 über-pills, you must keep the insanity from reaching the brain in the center of the field.
  • Dwarrendelf
    Dwarrendelf is a fairy tale game, The fairy realms of Uldramar are being invaded. You start your quest on the shore of the Twilight Waters.
  • Dynamite Jack
    (commercial) Dynamite Jack is a stealth game featuring 28 levels, map editor, community sharing, and speedrun leaderboards.
  • enemy lines
    enemy lines is a simple abstract 2D shooter game. The goal is to shoot the lines coming from the right before they hit the left border.
  • Epic Inventor
    Epic Inventor combines side-scrolling, RPG, and RTS elements into a random ball.
  • Escape of the Unicorn
    Escape of the Unicorn is a 2D flying shooter game. The aim is to escape from the dangerous cave and save your life.
  • Fight or Perish
    Fight or Perish is a Dandy-inspired dungeon crawling action game. It utilizes cellular automata to allow for literally hundreds or thousands of enemies on the map.
  • FlatFrag
    FlatFrag is a multiplayer action shooter game. With its deathmatch fights it strives to be an entertaining arcade-style experience. The game is played from a bird's eye view and contains some 3D effects in order to make it not seem too flat. Currently only the game mode deathmatch is available, but others will probably be developed in the future.
  • Free Fallin' Fred: Open His Chute Or He'll Be Dead
    Free Fallin' Fred is a very simple clicking game. You see the airplane going across the screen and after a while, Fred jumps. You click on Fred to open his chute. If you fail to open the chute in time, poor Fred will be dead. Don't let Fred die.
  • Genuts Snake
    Genuts Snake is a remake of the popular classic snake game.
  • Gillo
    Gillo is a two-player game in a virtual reality environment. Players are cars with a magnetic director, able to attract or reject a ball in order to throw it through a goal placed in the center of the playing field. It sounds easy... but remember that reality is fuzzy! Read more
  • GLSFcave
    GLSFcave is a port of SunFlat's SFcave to UNIX/OpenGL. The objective of the game is to control a ribbon and avoid hitting walls.
  • I Have No Tomatoes
    I Have No Tomatoes features solid game play with beautiful OpenGL API driven isometric 3d graphics and nice music. It also includes a MOD player, and you can use your own MOD-type music in the game background. Read more
  • irrlamb
    irrlamb is a 3D game that probably involves a lot of physics and frustrating gameplay.
  • Jet Ducks
    (commercial) Jet Ducks is a shoot at ducks game.
  • Kairo
    (commercial) Kairo is an atmospheric 3D exploration and puzzle solving game. Developed by Richard Perrin the creator of the white chamber with music by Wounds (Bartosz Szturgiewicz).
  • KInsectizid
    KInsectizid is a KDE-based 2D shooter. Your goal is to kill ugly insects.
  • Leiserieselt
    Leiserieselt is a simple game where you throw snowballs at each other.
  • Magnificent Gunbright
    Magnificent Gunbright is an abstract shooter; kind of a cross between Warning Forever and Tumiki Fighters. Your blob cloud is at once your defensive shield and your ammunition, and more blobs are always raining from the sky.
  • MoagG
    Moagg combines several game types of other genres like races, search & rescue, seek & destroy et cetera into a 2D gravity game. You are pilot of a small space ship and have to navigate that ship through different levels. But beside the gravity that drags you down there are other obstacles like laser ports, magnets, black holes, cannons, rockets and grinders you have to master.
  • Monster Masher
    Monster Masher is for the Gnome desktop environment. The basic idea is that you, as levitation worker gnome, has to clean the caves for monsters that want to roll over you. You do the cleaning by mashing the monsters with stone blocks.
  • Moon-Buggy
    Moon-Buggy is a simple character graphics game, where you drive some kind of car across the moon's surface.
  • Noiz2sa
    Noiz2sa is a shootem up game set in an abstract world. 10 stages plus endless mode.
  • OpenClonk
    OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action skill game where you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees. Read more
  • openflap
    openflap is a game about bouncing balls through holes.
  • OpenOrbiter
    OpenOrbiter is a multiplayer game for up to 8 players on one computer. Each player controls an Orbiter which is affected by gravity and inertia. The goal is to kick all other Orbiters out of the map.
  • Outgun
    Outgun is a simple multiplayer capture the flag game in 2D top-view, to be played on a network. Servers up to 32 players are supported.
  • PengSwim
    PengSwim is a game of swimming and eating, a penguin's two favorite activities. The pbject of PengSwim is to eat as many fish as possible within the time limit. Once you've eaten all the fish on the level, you move to a new level with more fish to eat. What could be simpler?
  • Pengupop
    Pengupop is an online multiplayer clone of Frozen-Bubble/Bust a Move. The purpose of the game is to shoot colored balls so they form groups and thus fall down. Any balls that fall down will reappear on your opponent's playfield as a side-effect.
  • Possible Worlds
    Snowball Surprise is a strategic, action packed 3D team game that's so cool it's freezing! The penguin inhabitants of Avatarctica love playing games such as Snowball Fight, Capture The Flag, Tag, and Soccer! Made with Python and OpenGL.
  • Project Ares
    Project Ares is a science fiction-based game made with AresEd, a 3D game creation suite based on Crystal Space.
  • pslange
    pslange is a small console based game. It is a clone of an old classic usually known as snake or nibbles.
  • Psychopyretic
    Psychopyretic is a dungeon-based platformer game. The eventual goal is to allow full extensibility through the editing or creation of map files, campaign files, and scripts.
  • pyCave
    PyCave is a clone of the game SFCave, but with 3D graphics. The goal of the game is to fly a damaged ship inside a tunnel, avoiding obstacles. Other games of a similar nature are the famous "Helicopter Game" Flash game or "Jetman" in Facebook.
  • pydance
    pydance is a dancing game similar to Dance Dance Revolution or Pump It Up, for GNU/Linux.
  • pyDDR
    pyDDR is a DDR clone for Python that needs a name. DDR stands for Dance Dance Revolution, a game that's slowly earning popularity in the states, but is tremendously popular in Asian countries.
  • Rabid Rabbit
    Rabid Rabbit is a game for one player. You play a rabbit which tries to rescue lost sheep from marauding creatures.
  • rbCave
    rbCave is a clone of the PalmOS game SFCave. The player has to guide a "ship" through a cave that gets smaller as time passes.
  • RE:Alistair++
    RE:Alistair++ is a free, English otome game produced by sakevisual. An otome game is a video game that is targeted towards a female market, where one of the main goals, besides the plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male, or occasionally female characters. Read more
  • reaper
    reaper is an OpenGL based 3D-game, emphasizing stunning graphics and interesting algorithms. Similiar to Rogue Squadron.
  • RoboTournament
    RoboTournament is a RoboRally inspired game where players program their robots to vanquish their opponents. RoboTournament features: Multiple Game Types: Death Match, Rally, and Capture The Flag, Multi-Player through TCP/IP, six weapons including the BFG, a map editor, and integrated chat.
  • Sarah-Maries Eierjagd
    Sarah-Maries Eierjagd is a small game that uses the SDL library. Catch as much eggs as you can, but none of the old eggs. Catch five golden eggs to fix one mistake.
  • SDL Asylum
    SDL Asylum is a C/SDL port of Andy Southgate's 1994 game Asylum, originally for the Acorn Archimedes. In the game, Young Sigmund has a few problems. To help him resolve his mental instability, you must enter the surreal world of his inner mind and shut down the malfunctioning brain cells.
  • SDL Sopwith
    SDL Sopwith is a port of the classic flying game Sopwith to modern operating systems and toolkits. It was originally a port to the LibSDL toolkit, but there is now a GTK+ version as well.
  • SdlZombies
    SdlZombies is a clone of old zombie games where you attract zombies and make them fall in holes.
  • Search and Rescue
    Search and Rescue is a game where the player pilots rescue helicopters to rescue victims in various situations of distress.
  • Secrets of Rętikon
    Secrets of Rętikon is an atmospheric, open-world, 2D exploration game set in the romantic wilderness of the Alps.
  • Sintel The Game
    Sintel The Game is a video game adaptation of popular open movie Sintel by Blender Foundation.
  • Siroi Danmakukun
    Siroi Danmakukun is a distillation of what excites (or frightens, or terrorizes) many modern shmup players: insane patterns of bullets.
  • ski
    Imagine you are skiing down an infinite slope, facing such hazards as trees, ice, bare ground, and the man-eating Yeti!
  • Slune
    Slune is a 3D game which includes racing, car-crashing, and lots of action!
  • Smiling Bubbles
    (commercial) Smiling Bubbles is a cartoon style game with bright-colored bubbles, bubble-faces and tons of bonuses. The task of the player is to remove all the bubbles from the game field by shooting at them.
  • Snowball Surprise
    Snowball Surprise is a strategic, action packed 3D team game that's so cool it's freezing! The penguin inhabitants of Avatarctica love playing games such as Snowball Fight, Capture The Flag, Tag, and Soccer! Made with Python and OpenGL.
  • The Grind
    The Grind is a simple game about escaping from work at a reasonable hour by avoiding responsibility.
  • The Real Texas
    (commercial) The Real Texas is an action adventure game that plays like a mashup of Zelda: Link to the Past and Ultima VI.
  • Tiny & Big in: Grandpa?s Leftovers
    (commercial) Tiny & Big in: Grandpa's Leftovers is set in a land, where common physics apply but everything else looks different. You are Tiny, a little, technophile guy with a ray cutter, a gripping device, a bad habit and a fine attitude towards the world. Read more
  • trailblazer
    trailblazer is a version of the classic Commodore and Sinclair Spectrum game: bounce a ball down a track to the end, avoiding the holes. This game is for Linux and other operating systems, and uses SDL
  • Transcend Game
    Transcend can best be described as retro-style, abstract, 2D shooter. The graphics are geometrical, and the pace is sometimes frenzied. Two features set Transcend apart from other games. First, its dynamic graphical engine, which can smoothly morph from one complex shape to another, produces striking displays. Combining these dynamic shapes with subtle randomizations makes each play through a Transcend level visually different from the last. The second novel feature is Transcend's musical power-up system. As you play through a level, you are simultaneously assembling an abstract visual collage and arranging a unique piece of music. Transcend merges video games with pure art---it can be viewed either as a game or as a multimedia sculpture.
  • Tunnel
    Tunnel is a game in which you control a capsule going down a tunnel, shooting other balls in the way. Tunnel is free software released under the GPL. The game has been tested on GNU/Linux and Windows.
  • Tux vs Clippy
    Tux vs Clippy is a top view shooting game that lets you play the OS battle.
  • Twisted Life
    Twisted Life is a video game that uses a variant of John H. Conway's Life cellular automaton in which life forms twist around the center of the universe.
  • uxTank
    The objective of the game is to shoot everything that you can see and to capture all bonuses possible.
  • Wings 2
    Wings 2 is a 2D multiplayer network game. You fly small and agile ships in varied maps, choosing from a wide variety of different weapons and devices to use against your opponents. The game offers several game modes with different styles of play, and supports internet, LAN and splitscreen games. A free edition is also available.
  • Wok
    In Wok the game objective is very simple. Catch the falling balls by the wok(a flying pan) and throw them to the right. You can control the wok by mouse.
  • XBill
    XBill pits you as a sysadmin. Stop the enemy from trying to destroy your computers.
  • XLennart
    XLennart is an xBill modification about a hacker named, "Lennart" who has created the ultimate computer virus that is cleverly disguised as a popular init system.
  • YaRP
    YaRP is a third-person shooter based upon an '85 anime series called Mospeada. Uses OpenGL for rendering, NL for networking, SDL for graphics initialization MS3D for models, FMOD for (3D) sound, and is programmed in C/C++.
  • Yuri no Yume
    (commercial) Yuri no Yume is a hentai romance game starring two young girls caught up in dark mysteries: Phoebe, sweet and innocent and strangely obedient, and Chelomnya, haunted by dreams that creep into the waking world. The full version has the first two chapters, featuring art by Papillon, music by Choronzon, and voiced by Phoebe.

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