18 Extra Hot Linux Commercial Games (Part 2 of 3)
It cannot be denied that there remains a paucity of games
for Linux produced by the large well known gaming companies.
It is sometimes perceived that part of the reason rests with Linux
gamers themselves. Given the number and variety of addictive high
quality open source games, it is perhaps understandable that many Linux
gamers might not appear to want to pay high ticket prices for games.
Further, it is a fact that the markedly smaller Linux user base means
that sales of commercial titles will inevitably be lower than games
released on many other platforms, making
ports to Linux less financially attractive.
Neverthless, independent developers with little financial
backing have identified that the Linux market can offer real potential.
These smaller games, often known as indie games, can be just as
addictive and exciting to play as their more expensive counterparts.
Hand-crafted indie games continue to blossom on Linux.
Some of the indie developers have experimented with novel ways
for encouraging sales. For example, the three Humble Indie bundles
offered the opportunity for gamers to pay what they wanted for five
or six indie games. This raised approximately four million dollars in
sales. Interestingly, Linux users were willing to pay more for the
bundles than OS X and Windows users.
This article is the second in a three part series
concentrating primarily on identifying the finest indie games available
for Linux. The more publicity that Linux commercial games receive, the
more it will encourage developers to port their games to this platform.
If you missed the first part of this article, it is available to read here.
You may also be interested in reading our previous articles about
commercial Linux games. These can be read in the Gaming section of our Group
To be eligible for inclusion in this article each game needed
Released under a proprietary license with a fee required either to
purchase the game, or a monthly charge
Not require Wine to run. Wine is a compatibility layer
for running Windows software
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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Last Updated Thursday, April 10 2014 @ 06:45 PM EDT