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18 Extra Hot Linux Commercial Games

18 Extra Hot Linux Commercial Games

One of the things we really want to witness is Linux making a significant penetration in the desktop market share. Whilst most supercomputers use the Linux platform, it is lamentable that the vast majority of desktops continue to run Microsoft Windows. Current surveys put Linux's desktop share at a miniscule 1-2%. Yet modern Linux distributions offer so much for the typical computer user with an unparalleled range of open source software, combined with shining desktop environments that make the operating system extremely user friendly.

There are a number of different reasons why Linux has not gained a greater market share. It is often put forward that there are too many different distributions with fragmented user bases, too many desktop environments to choose from, and that developers do not concentrate on normal everyday users. Yet Linux vendors have made momentus strides in improving the usability of the desktop, with the installation and operation of software often as seamless as in Windows.

If Linux is to achieve a prominent place on the desktop, we believe there needs to be commercial titles ported to this platform as a matter of routine. For example, many desktop users like to play games. There are thousands of free games available for Linux. Yet there is also a place for commercial games. However, one of the disappointments faced by Linux gaming enthusiasts is the promise of commercial titles from video game publishers that are never released or are continually being delayed. For example, we were particularly looking forward to the port of Unreal Tournament 3 to Linux. Yet this will never see the light of day.

However, indie games could help to turn the tide. Indie games are video games created by individuals or small teams. They are becoming more popular and successful, in part because they rely more on innovative ideas rather than large budgets. A good range of indie games could be an important element for Linux becoming mainstream on the desktop.

There is a market for Linux commercial games which is still largely untapped. This offers a real opportunity for indie developers, who lack significant funding, to generate good sales. The more publicity that indie games receive should hopefully entice their developers to release further titles, as well as encouraging new entrants to the scene.

This article identifies commercial Linux games that are definitely worth the money, with the focus being on indie games.

To be eligible for inclusion in this article each game needed to be:

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 18 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.

Commercial Games
Minecraft Sandbox construction indie video game
Family Farm Innovative and fun tycoon game
SpaceChem An addictive design-based indie puzzle game
Osmos Captivating puzzle video game
Amnesia: The Dark Descent Action adventure, survival horror game
Tiny & Big in: Grandpa’s Leftovers Award winning innovative game
Braid Manipulate the flow of time to solve puzzles
Castle Vox Diplomacy meets Axis & Allies game
Atom Zombie Smasher Wipe out zombies with bombs and bullets
Sun Blast Sci-fi themed, 3D, action-arcade space shooter
Awesome Soccer World 2010 Modern day homage to Sensible Soccer and Kick Off 2
Penumbra: Requiem Expansion pack to the game Penumbra: Black Plague
Caster Intense action shooter video game
Gish Crazy game where the protagonist is a squishy ball of tar
And Yet it Moves Award-winning single player physics-based platform game
Wakfu Turn-based tactical Massively Multiplayer Online Game
Eschalon: Book II Sequel to 2007′s award winning RPG Eschalon: Book I
ColorCube 3D puzzle game where you control a rolling cube in a cubic world

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