42 More of the Best Free Linux Games

Last Updated on December 10, 2018

In response to our request for users’ thoughts on their favorite Linux games, we received, as anticipated, a flood of emails. Hundreds of games were recommended for inclusion in this compilation, with a few people eulogizing at great length why a particular title could not be omitted. To say that strong emotions were stirred by our previous ’42 of the Best Linux Games’ feature is an understatement!

After careful deliberation, we have whittled down the recommendations to a list of 42 more highly compelling Linux games, trying not to focus unduly on any one particular type of computer game genre. Hopefully, there should be something of interest here for all types of gamers! All of these games are great fun to play.

To be eligible for inclusion in the list below, games again needed to satisfy 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.

We have permitted one game to be included which strictly does not meet the above criteria. While Hexen II: Hammer of Thrion is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), it requires an original copy of the commercial game released by Raven Software. However, we included the game in the list, as it is an outstanding in many respects, and was selected by a significant proportion of respondents.

If you missed the first and third parts in this series, please read Part 1, and Part 3.

For each of the 42 games listed below we have compiled a portal page, providing screenshots of the game in action, a full description of the game, with an in-depth summary of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Linux Games
AssaultCubeFirst-person-shooter based on the game Cube
Excalibur: MRFantasy first-person shooter
Hexen II: HTPolished Port of Hexen II
TrueCombat:EliteModern world total conversion modification of Wolfenstein:ET
Vega Strike3D Action / Space / Simulation that lets you trade, fight, and explore
Wolfenstein: ETWage war as Axis or Allies in team-based combat
World of PadmanConceived as a modification of Quake III Area, entitled PadMod
X-MotoChallenging 2D motocross platform game
Chromium B.S.UTop down fast paced high action scrolling space shooter
Kobo Deluxe2D shooter with a simple and responsive control system
LBreakOut2Clone of Arkanoid with lots of enhancements
OpenLieroXReal-time excessive Worms-clone with network support
Penguin CommandClone of the classic "Missile Command"
EgobooVariant of Nethack and Rogue
Eternal LandsMassive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) like RuneScape
Planeshift3D persistent fantasy MMORPG
Project DiasporaClone of Diaspora, a trading MMORPG
Regnum OnlineFantasy MMORPG game set in a 3D virtual world
RuneScapeJava based MMORPG
Battle TanksFast 2D tank game with multiplayer and split-screen modes
Bos WarsFuturistic Real-Time Strategy
BZFlag3D first person tank shooting
Crimson FieldsHex-based tactical war game in the tradition of Battle Isle
Globulation 2Innovative Real-Time Strategy
HedgeWarsWorms-like turn based strategy game
netPanzerIsometric view real-time multiplayer tactical game
Savage 1Combines aspects of real-time strategy and first-person shooter
Danger from the DeepWorld War II German tactical submarine simulator
GL-1173D action flight simulator
OoliteRetro 3D Space Simulation in the style of the classic Elite
RacerCar simulation project using professional car physics
VDriftDriving simulation with drift racing in mind
BygfootFootball management game
gnubgPlaying and analysing backgammon
PokerTHImplementation of the Texas hold'em poker game
PySolFCCollection of more than 1000 solitaire card games
Crack Attack!Similar to the Super Nintendo classic game "Tetris Attack"
Enigma Find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones
gbrainyTrain memory, arithmetical and logical capabilities
Crystal Space3D Game Toolkit
Delta3DDesigned for training, education, visualization, and entertainment
GComprisSuite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10
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