42 Hot Free Linux Games (Part 1 of 3)
I will never forget my computer science teacher's belief that
games are only an initial distraction to the world of computing for
people interested in computers. He perceived that budding
programmers could only be fixated on games for up to 6 months.
After that, coders would start to use computers more
productively, learning earnestly about the operating system and writing
system and application software.
However, the reality of the matter is that programmers of all
ages enjoy playing games. When Linux was in its infancy, games were few
far between. Over the years, this imbalance has been
addressed, and thousands of native Linux games are now available to
download, the vast majority of which are released under freely
The myths persist, however, when it comes to Linux. In the
eyes of many computer users, Linux is perceived as largely functional,
restricted to running servers, office tasks and web browsing.
However, there is a wide and ever growing range of native
Linux games available, but given the range, it can be hard to identify
which ones are worth a spin. We hope this article will unite gamers
with some really exciting titles.
This article is the first in a three part series entitled
42 Hot Free Linux Games. Parts 2 and 3 will be available shortly.
Readers may also wish to view our previous articles
highlighting 105 superb free Linux games (42
Best Linux Games, 42
More of the Best, and
21 More of the Best)
If you wonder why some of your favourite Linux games are not listed
below, this is probably because they have already been covered in
these earlier features.
To be eligible for inclusion in the list below, games
again needed to satisfy the following requirements:
to play (no download charge, no monthly charge)
not require Wine to run. Wine is a compatibility layer for running
Not in the early stages of development
For each of the 14 games listed below we have compiled its own
portal page, providing
screenshots of the game in action, a full description of the game, with
an in-depth summary of its features, together with links
to relevant resources and reviews.
||Focused on fighting, story and character development
frenetic blend of RTS and 2D space shooter
||Addictive overhead shooter
conversion of Cube Engine 2
||Clone and enhancement of Super Pang
|RPG / Strategy
||Polished war/economy strategy game
Crawl Stone Soup
exploration, combat and magic
||3D turn-based fantasy strategic game
and military strategy game similar to Settlers II
||Clone of the classic BattleTech
engine with strength in excess of 2800 ELO
|Sports / Simulation
||Amusing tennis game with 2D graphics
car, airplane and boat simulator
||VRML game engine
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Last Updated Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 10:08 AM EDT