Suggestions for Awesome Linux/OSS Video Games

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  1. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I want to make a thread full of suggested/recommended video games for Linux. Please only list games that are OSS (Open-Source Software).

    Minetest - This is an OSS mimic of Minecraft. Minetest has a lot of support and the Minetest community has many mods that add extra voxels/blocks to the game. (http://minetest.net/)(http://wiki.minetest.com/wiki/Minetest_Wiki)

    0A.D. - This is a realistic Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game where the player rules a small tribe somewhere around 5BC-5AD. The goal of the game is to destroy the other players. This game has some great cheat codes that are found in numerous places on the Internet. (http://play0ad.com/)


    SuperTux - Do you like Mario games? Well, then this is the game to satisfy any Linux addiction. This is a lot like Mario, but the player is Tux instead. (http://supertux.lethargik.org/)

    Please feel free to include more OSS game recommendations.
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    Squaw Pendragon New Member

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    Why not old freeware ones that are pretty much open source. I think old text games like nethack and zork are in the OSS category, but are not new.
  3. Cyber-Berserker

    Cyber-Berserker Active Member

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    Two games I have tried are FreeCol (Free Colonisation) and Simutrans.

    FreeCol is a game where the player emulates the Thirteen Colonies with the goal of declaring independence. It was uninteresting for me, because its entire focus is to build a long-term war economy. Which is a shame, because the game had a lot of potential. For those who like such things, it would be a good game.

    As the name implies, Simutrans is a transport network simulation game. It is a decent game for those who like simulation games. Not the best, but decent.
  4. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Wow! An open-source Pokemon game for Linux. I looked into this and installed it. This is real and malware free. I am still shocked. I never thought I would see an OSS Pokemon game for Linux.

    http://www.pokemon-online.eu/
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    OpenTTD
    Reverse engineered FOSS transport tycoon game
    https://www.openttd.org

    Slackware (slackbuilds.org): http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.1/games/openttd/

    Debian: http://packages.debian.org/wheezy/openttd
    Code:
    # apt-get install openttd openttd-opensfx openttd-opengfx openttd-openmsx
    SuperTuxKart
    "Mario kart" style racing game
    http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/

    Slackware (slackbuilds.org): http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.1/games/supertuxkart/

    Debian (backports): http://packages.debian.org/wheezy-backports/supertuxkart
    Add backports repo: http://backports.debian.org/Instructions/
    Code:
    # apt-get -t wheezy-backports install supertuxkart
    Or install older release from stable repo:
    Code:
    # apt-get install supertuxkart
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    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Nice list with installation instructions included!
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    Yesyesloud Active Member

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    A nice website (Ubuntu-friendly): http://www.playdeb.net/

    "Learn how to install games from this website" on the main page. There's a repository for easy installation of all the games listed, but there are always tarballs and dependency specifications on their project pages for those who need them.

    Some of my favorites:

    Cube 2: Sauerbraten (FPS) http://www.playdeb.net/software/Sauerbraten

    Warsow (sci-fi FPS) http://www.playdeb.net/software/Warsow

    Armagetron Advanced ("light cycle"): http://armagetronad.org/downloads.php - I guess this one is also available from Ubuntu's default repositories.
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  8. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    0A.D. is too buggy for my taste. It looks amazing but runs horribly, just too many bugs. It is still in Alpha I believe.

    The Alpha status of the game should be stressed here. :)


    I like Xonotic
    http://www.xonotic.org/

    Redeclipse
    http://redeclipse.net/

    and Assault Cube
    http://assault.cubers.net/

    All three games use the CUBE game engine, which is mostly if not all OSS.
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    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I have not had problems with 0AD. It works well on my system. Not all alpha-stage software is unstable.
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    I do not know how far the game has progressed, but when I tried it 0ad still did not have the ability to save games. Apparently people were playing multi-player on-line games, but it was useless as a single player game. Other than using it for training. If I remember correctly, the opposing states still did nothing other than build their own structures.

    I am waiting to see the game when it is finished, because it has great potential. I love the concept of peasant-farmers, a historical reality, where the men work harder when women are working with them. The graphics are also very good. Great potential. Hopefully that potential will be realised.
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    I liked the look of 0AD and gave it a spin a few years back - it's just not my thing however. I wanted either something like stronghold or some kind of turn based strategy game, but it doesn't really suit. It seems like just another typical RTS base building / arms race game (as with glest, etc).
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    As ryanvade said before about RedEclipse, I also like it because it's one of the few games that you can customize by yourself and for yourself (all features you can find on their official site that was marked before). Actually, I've never seen such games, I mean, with such amazing graphics, almost real life:), at the same time its size is pretty small (~800MB) and finally it's free and open-source.
    I also tried OpenArena but found it too boring for me.
    Enjoy!
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    I have just finished JVGS (indie platformer) and thought it was worth sharing. Simple, short, yet amusing.



    Excerpts from the project page, http://jvgs.sourceforge.net:

    This game takes place in a world much like ours, which has started fading away. At a point where nearly everything has gone, a poet finds himself, alone in a strange world of danger. He starts a journey along the broken stream of thoughts that’s left.

    This game contains velociraptors.


    The installation guidelines are nice, too:

    Windows users should extract the zip file and run jvgs.exe. Users of superior operating systems will find instructions in the README. For ArchLinux users, a AUR package is available.
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  14. Cyber-Berserker

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    If only all cross-platform software had beautiful installation instructions like those.:D
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