42 of the Best Free Linux Games
"Can I game on it" is a frequently asked question we hear from
Windows users toying with the idea of trying Linux for the first time.
Well, the simple answer is yes!
To demonstrate the level of sophistication available, we have
together a list of 42 high quality Linux games that all have the virtue
of being free to play. To ensure that there is something of interest
here for every type of
gamer, we have covered a wide variety of
computer game genres, including the ever popular First Person Shooters
(FPS), Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG), as well
as arcade games, board/puzzle games and more.
To be eligible for inclusion in this list each game
needed to meet the following requirements:
to play (no download charge, no monthly charge)
not require Wine to run. Wine is a compatibility layer
for running Windows software.
Not in the early stages of development
The only sort of exception we made was to include the game
OpenTTD, a personal favorite which we could not see miss the list.
the MS Windows or DOS version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe. But assuming
you already have the game, OpenTTD lets you play it for free natively
Our three requirements automatically excluded a whole
raft of high quality games that run under Linux. There are a collection
of titles where a no-charge client is
available for download, but where the game requires a small monthly
subscription to play online. Notables examples of games which
fall into this category include EVE (a massive multiplayer online game
set in a science-fiction based world), Vendetta (a massively
multiplayer online role-playing game), and Savage 2 (a fantasy and
science-fiction themed game that combines elements of the
first-person shooter, real-time strategy, and action role-playing game
genres). Subscription based Linux games will be covered in a
Wine has reached a level of maturity that it lets you play a
wide range of commercial Windows games. This enables gamers
to enjoy classics such as World of Warcraft, the king
of the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (which has over 11
million subscribers), Half-Life 2, Silkroad Online, Planescape, Day of
Defeat: Source Steam, Call of Duty 2 etc etc. We'll also cover the
world that Wine opens up in a separate article together with commercial
native Linux games too.
There is no particular reason why the compilation is
confined to a mere 42 games. There are, of course, many, many
hundreds of other free Linux games that are great fun to play. But we
to stop somewhere. In any case 42 is the answer to life,
the universe and everything (Douglas Adams, The Hitcherhiker's Guide to
Update - 28th May - We have now
published the second part in this series, which is available to read here.
- 15th June - We have now published the third part in this series
(covering commercial games), which is available to read here.
Now, let's explore the 42 games at hand. For each
have compiled its very own portal page, providing
screenshots of the game in action, a full description of the game, with
an in-depth analysis of the features of the game, together with links
to relevant resources and reviews.
paced deathmatch shooter
Scrolling Space shooter
and intense multiplayer First Person Shooter
on the Quake III Arena source, similar to Open Quartz
||Two-dimensional, sidescrolling jump-and-run platform
vs Humans action/strategy First Person Shooter
||Total conversion/stand-alone First Person Shooter
Paced First Person Shooter
||Enhanced version of Armagetron, a 3D lightcycle game
||Clone of Trackmania: 3D, stunts and skills
||3D kart racing game, with many tracks, characters, and
items for you to try
||Cooperative multiplayer graphical RPG and adventure game
Multi-player online RPG
||Classic dungeon crawling
turn-based where you battle for control of villages
||Implementation of Colonization
||3D real-time customizable strategy
on the classic DOS game Scorched Earth "The Mother Of All Games"
experience of Total Annihilation (TA) into three dimensions
inspired turn based 3D strategy game
realtime strategy set on a future Earth
||General Aviation Flight Simulator
skill and fast fingers
||Clone of the Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe"
game with realistic physics, AI-player and many gametypes
style football game
|Board & Card
||Port of Fish Fillets from Altar Interactive
colourful bubbles to build groups and destroy the groups
the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course
||Clone of BioWare's Infinity Engine
||Interpreter for 2D adventure games with several
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Last Updated Sunday, April 13 2014 @ 09:55 AM EDT