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
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