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

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

Linux has an ever-expanding library of tens of thousands of free games, many of which are released under an open source license. Of course, a significant proportion of these titles are still in an early stage of development. Even relatively simple games can take several years to mature especially if the development is primarily being undertaken by a single person. However, a game should not be discounted simply because it currently lacks some core features, has a limited number of levels, or is laden with bugs. It can still pack great fun.

This article is the final instalment in a three part series, identifying up-and-coming free games that are worth giving a whirl. If you missed the first two parts, they are available to read here: Part 1, Part 2. Continuing the theme of the previous instalments, we have tried to cover a wide selection of game genres. Hopefully there will be something in this article which will be of interest to any type of gamer.

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

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
Ascii Sector Roguelike variant of Wing Commander: Privateer
Nikki and the Robots 2D platform game with an embedded Chipmunk physics engine
Lips of Suna Tongue-in-cheek online dungeon crawl
MotoGT Multiplatform 2D top-viewed motorcycle racing game
Giana's Return Unofficial sequel of the all time classic "The Great Giana Sisters"
JVGS Arty, minimalistic platform game

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 @ 03:28 PM EDT


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