Best Free and Open Source Software – Games

Last Updated on July 8, 2023

Take a break with these fun games.

Open Source Games
2D Shooter Games2D Shooter: Part 1, Part 2 - They are a subgenre of shooter game, which in turn is a type of action game. It’s difficult to exactly define which specific design elements make up a shooter game.
Adventure GamesAction-Adventure - They combine core elements from both the action game and adventure game genres. Expect both your reflexes and problem-solving skills to be tested.
Arcade GamesArcade is a video game genre with a focus on gameplay rather than story or content. They reached their peak in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Board GamesBoard - This genre of game is a device of social interaction, they challenge the mind and, most importantly, they are great fun to play.
Card GamesCard - They offer many positive attributes. They can improve mental skills, memory and logic. They can test your patience, help you focus, and are popular for all ages.

Chess: Apps, Chess Engines, Online Chess Clients - Chess is a recreational and competitive board game played between two players. It is a very popular game, played by millions across the world, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.
Educational GamesEducational - These games designed to teach people, typically children, about a certain subject or help them learn a skill as they play. They are sometimes known as games edutainment because they combine education and entertainment.
First-Person Shooter GamesFirst-Person Shooter: Part 1, Part 2 - This is a computer game genre focused on guns and other weapon-based fighting using a first-person perspective. Fast and furious gameplay guaranteed.
Platform GamesPlatform: Part 1, Part 2 - Subgenre of action games in which the core objective is to move the player character between points in a rendered environment. They are also known as jump 'n' run games.
Puzzle GamesPuzzle - They make up a broad genre of games that emphasize puzzle solving. The types of puzzles can test problem-solving skills, including logic, pattern recognition, sequence solving, spatial recognition, and word completion.
Racing GamesRacing - This is a video game genre in which the player participates in a racing competition. The most common types of sub-genres are arcade-style, simulation, futuristic and kart.
Real-Time Strategy GamesReal-Time Strategy - A time-based game which typically focuses on finding resources, managing resources, and building an empire. You can engage other players and make alliances, and find different ways to conquer foes.
Rhythm GamesRhythm - Music-themed action video game that challenges a player's sense of rhythm. Games in the genre typically focus on dance or the simulated performance of musical instruments.
RoguelikeRoguelike - A subgenre of role-playing games characterized by a dungeon crawl through procedurally generated levels, turn-based gameplay, grid-based movement, and permanent death of the player character.
Role-Play GamesRole-Play: Part 1, Part 2- Players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. There are several forms of role-playing games.
Sandbox GamesSandbox - This genre provides the player a great degree of creativity to interact with, usually without any predetermined goal, or alternatively with a goal that the player sets for themselves.
Simulation GamesSimulation - A simulation video game describes a diverse category of video games, generally designed to closely simulate real world activities. These games do not necessarily offer entertainment, at least not primarily.
Sports GamesSports is a video game genre that simulates the practice of sports such as football, golf, pool. and more.
ASCII GamesText Based: Part 1, Part 2 - These games often receive little coverage in the Linux press. However, there are some real ASCII gems out there waiting to be explored which are immensely addictive and great fun to play.
Turn-Based Strategy GamesTurn-Based Strategy: Part 1, Part 2 - We examine games that require intelligence, and the ability to come up with an innovative plan that will leave the competition mesmerized. Players take turns when playing, strategically seeking to outsmart the enemy.

Open Source Games Tools
Game EnginesEngines: Part 1, Part 2 - These tools offer huge benefits to game developers. The main functionality they provide is a library of core functions used in a computer game.
Game controllerUtilities - An eclectic range of superb utilities that are designed to make things easier for gamers.

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GamesUp-and-Coming Games: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Focuses on open source games that are currently in an early stage of development. Many of them receive little or no prominence in the computing press.
GamesPeachy Games: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - 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.
Roguelike GamesRoguelike games - Roguelike is a sub-genre of role-playing games. Rogue is a dungeon crawling video game, first released in 1980.
SteamFree Steam Games - Roundup of no charge Linux games hosted on the Steam Platform.
Video ConsolesVideo Console Emulators - Nintendo Game Boy, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Wii, Sega Mega Drive, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, and many others
MegaDrive EmulatorsMega Drive Emulators - The Sega Mega Drive was a leading 16-bit video game console system. The console was developed by Sega Corporation in 1988.
GamesHome Computer Emulators - Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Amstrad and Amiga
GamesZX Spectrum Emulators - Reminiscing the Wonderful ZX Spectrum, one of the most popular 8-bit home computers.
GamesQuirky Home Computer Emulators - Experience home computers that missed the big time including the Sinclair QL, Enterprise, Jupiter Ace, Cambridge Z88 and more.
ChessChess in a Few Bytes - Chess implemented in less than 1K.
Board GamesOnline Board Games - Board games have seen a resurgence in recent years, and Linux has a good range of board games to choose from.
Puzzle GamesPuzzle - These games are mentally stimulating, and a great diversion from everyday life. This is a large collection.
GamesASCII Games - No fancy graphics here, just great gameplay coupled with the urge of always having just one more play.
GamesMore ASCII Games - Real ASCII gems which are immensely addictive and great fun to play.
GamesEngines for developers to create high quality games: Part 1 - Part 2. Game engines offer huge benefits to game developers. The main functionality they provide is the library of core functions used in a computer game.
GamesSparkling Game Engines - Develop great cross-platform games with more game engines.
GamesCommercial Games - Native Linux games that require a payment. This article is retained for historic purposes.
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