There is no denying the huge selection of open source games available for Linux. Playing through all of these games would entertain many gamers for years. Nevertheless, there is still a massive market for commercial games. If Linux is ever going to usurp the desktop market, it needs a regular source of native high quality games that rival commercial games available on Windows.
Commercial software is motivated by the desire to make profits. A good quality game often helps to achieve that objective, although other factors (such as marketing) can play a more significant role.
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
Please recognise that the games featured in this article represent a snapshot of the current best games. There are many titles which are in development which will no doubt surpass many of the titles below. Examples of games which we eagerly await include Amnesia the Dark Descent, Rage, Unreal Tournament 3, Eschalon: Book II, and Dark Salvation.
Now, let’s examine 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.
|Commercial Games (Part 3 of 3)|
|Shadowgrounds||Alien-battling carnage festival|
|Sacred: Gold Edition||Action role-playing game|
|Awesome Soccer||Modern day homage to the legendary Sensible Soccer and Kick Off 2|
|Mad Skills Motocross||Fast and furious arcade motocross action|
|Jack Keane||Colorful and cartoon like adventure in the spirit of Monkey Island|
|KreiselBall||2D action platform game with a classical game play with puzzle elements|
|Mystic Mine||Navigate your cart to collect coins against the clock|
|Brukkon||Puzzle game slightly inspired by Sokoban|
|Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation 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.
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