A proverb that often springs to mind during the day is that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Breaking up the monotony of the daily grind (also known as work) cannot be underestimated. Computer games are a great form of entertainment, less passive that watching the TV, just as challenging as completing the Times crossword, but much more fun.
However, games are not only important for amusement or as a diversion. They can actually stretch the mind, help to improve short-term memory, enhance your communication skills, heighten spatial awareness, advance teamwork, and encourage logical thinking.
This article is the second instalment in a three part series, identifying games that are worth giving a whirl. 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.
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.
- Not in the early stages of development
Now, let’s scrutinize the 8 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.
|Extra Hot Free Linux Games (Part 2 of 3)|
|Brain Workshop||Dual N-Back mental exercise|
|Stellar Forces||3D squad-level multi-player turn-based strategy game|
|The Maze of Galious||Remake of Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious|
|NAEV||2D space trading and combat game, in a similar vein to Escape Velocity|
|WormBlast||Worm action game|
|OpenAlchemist||Tetris with a twist|
|OpenRock Curling||Curling game with network support|
|Kulic||Unique 2D shooter|
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There are hundreds of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, and Autodesk. There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.