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Play the Best Linux Puzzle Games

Play the Best Linux Puzzle Games

Linux has a prodigious library of free games many of which are released under an open source license. A large proportion of these open source games are eye catching. Popular games often have full motion video, vector graphics, 3D graphics, realistic 3D rendering, animation, texturing, a physics engine, and much more. Early computer games did not have these graphic techniques. The earliest video games were text games or text-based games that used text characters rather than vector or bitmapped graphics.

The idiom 'don't judge a book by its cover' can be extended to 'don't judge a computer game by its graphics'. Whilst many of the games featured in this article have unremarkable graphics, they have many redeeming qualities, including challenging gameplay, and stretching the brain.

The purpose of this article is to identify our favourite puzzle games. These games are mentally stimulating, and a great diversion from everyday life.

The purpose of this article is to focus on free Linux games that garner very little attention, certainly far less than any of the commercial counterparts on Steam. All of the games featured here are worth trying out. Whilst many of them lack some of the polish and finesse of their commercial brethren, they are still good fun to play.

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 30 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.

Puzzle Games
Neverball Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course
Incredipede Celebrates the vast diversity of life in the world
Frozen Bubble Throw colourful bubbles to build groups and destroy the groups
Enigma Uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones
Crack Attack! Similar to the Super Nintendo classic game "Tetris Attack"
Puzzle Collection 36 puzzles, mostly reimplementations
Zaz Simple addictive puzzle game
Berusky Based on an ancient puzzle named Sokoban
gbrainy Train memory, arithmetical and logical capabilities
Monsterz Arcade puzzle game similar to Bejeweled, Zookeeper and Zooo
levelHead 3D spatial memory game
gjid Move crates through a complex maze into recycling bins
Bombermaaan Classic Bomberman game with multiplayer support
Angry, Drunken Dwarves Fun puzzle game like Puzzle Fighter
Berusky 2 Challenges your visual/spatial thinking
Numpty Physics Drawing puzzle game in the spirit of Crayon Physics
Amoebax Puyo-style puzzle game
Klest-crossword Cross-platform game for guessing crossword puzzles
Xwelltris 2.5D tetris like game
I Have No Tomatoes Extreme leisure time activity
Cube Trains Build elevated railways in a city
Pingus Lemmings-like game
Trackballs OpenGL-based game of marbles through a labyrinth
Brain Workshop Dual n-back brain training exercise
rezerwar Puzzle game involving organizing pipes with blocks
Brain Party Puzzle-solving, brain-stretching game
JAG 2D game similar to KDiamonds
Atomic Worm Exciting puzzle oriented snake game
Pioneers Based on the Settlers of Catan
Fish Fillets NG Port of Fish Fillets from Altar Interactive

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