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21 More Notable Free Linux Games (Part 3 of 3)

21 More Notable Free Linux Games (Part 3 of 3)

There are often reports regarding concerns about computer games having negative effects on children and adults, with the fear that these games can lead to violent behaviour and addiction. However, studies by leading researchers have shown that there are many positive attributes to playing computer games, some of which we have alluded to in our earlier articles. Computer games can help players to improve their cognitive skills, enhance creativity, deepen language and maths skills, and help people to think on their feet and outside the box, the latter referring to novel, creative and smart thinking. However, above all these things, games offer pure, unadulterated fun.

Linux is vastly underrated as a gaming platform. This may be due to the fact that there is no significant marketing of Linux games. With a lack of big-name games featuring in the computing press, coupled with a low market share for Linux on desktop PCs, things might seem bleak, with major barriers to the growth of Linux games.

However, the reality is that Linux has a huge range of games (predominately free to download). Whilst they do not gain much publicity, many of them offer real depth and gameplay. The purpose of this three part article is to help draw attention to these unsung gems.

To be eligible for inclusion in this list each game needed to meet the following requirements:

Free to play (no download charge, no monthly charge)

Does not require Wine to run. Wine is a compatibility layer for running Windows software.

Not in the early stages of development

This article is the third and final part in this series. If you missed the first two parts, they are available to read here: Part 1, Part 2. We have again tried to cover a wide range of game genres. Hopefully there will be something in this article which will be of interest to any type of gamer.

Now, let's scrutinize the 7 games at hand. For each game we have compiled its own portal page, providing screenshots of the game in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of the features of the game, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Notable Free Games
Gunroar Addictive shoot 'em up game with frenetic action
Open Clonk Mining, settling and fast-paced melees
Smash Battle 8-bit style 2D platform game
violetland Similar to Crimsonland with RPG elements
PyTraffic Python simulation of the game Rush Hour
LGeneral Turn-based strategy engine heavily inspired by Panzer General
MoonPy Remake of the classic strategy game Moonbase Commander

If you don't see some of your favourite games covered, they may have been featured in one of these articles: 42 of the Best Free Linux Games, 42 More of the Best Free Linux Games, 21 More of the Best Free Linux Games, three part features entitled 42 Hot Free Linux Games (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and 24 Addictive Free Linux Games (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), a Chess feature, and Educational Games.

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