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18 of the Best Free Up-and-Coming Linux Games (Part 2 of 3)

18 of the Best Free Up-and-Coming Linux Games (Part 2 of 3)

The plethora of free games available for Linux makes it time-consuming for gamers to randomly try even more than a small fraction of them. A good proportion of these titles are entertaining, highly addictive, offer captivating gameplay, and are challenging. Whilst there are a variety of both printed publications and online resources which point gamers to the hottest Linux gaming titles, there are still many free games that receive little or no promotion but which exhibit real promise and merit publicity.

This publicity, in itself, can act as a catalyst to a game's development, increasing the number of developers and contributors enhancing the code base, and by attracting creative individuals to add new levels, graphics, sound and maps. In addition, with more individuals playing the game, there should be greater feedback on bugs, innovative feature requests, and more support.


The purpose of this article is to focus on open source games that are currently in an early stage of development. Whilst the games have great potential for improvement, all are highly playable and great fun. A few of the games are not being actively developed, but they represent an excellent base for budding programmers to wield their talents, or for creatively minded individuals to produce new levels and visuals.

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

Must be playable and great fun

This article is the second instalment in a three part series, identifying free games that are worth giving a whirl. If you missed the first part, it is available to read here. 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 6 games at hand. For each game we have compiled its 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.

Up-and-Coming Linux Games
Vertigo Addictive pure reflex arcade game
Balanced Annihilation Popular strategy game based on the Spring engine
Caph Sandbox game, based on physics
Scrabble3D Highly customizable Scrabble game
Revenge of the Cats: Ethernet Influenced by Subspace/Continuum, Starsiege: Tribes, and Tron
Skunks Car simulation based on the Open Dynamics Engine

For more polished and mature open source Linux games, please check out 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, 42 Hot Free Linux Games (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 24 Addictive Free Linux Games (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 21 Notable Linux Games (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), a Chess feature, and Educational Games.

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Last Updated Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 03:26 PM EDT


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