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Lesser Known Linux Games

April 25th, 2008 by Crusader

Many thanks to Nemoder, who took the time to produce this article looking at enjoyable Linux games that you may have overlooked before now.

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Top 10 Lesser Known Linux Games

We’ve all heard of open source games like Tuxracer and Wesnoth, and of commercial games like Quake and Unreal Tournament but there are a number of lesser known Linux games that deserve some more attention. Not all these games have the latest 3D graphics but what they lack in state of the art visuals they more than make up for in depth of gameplay and replayability. If you’re looking for something a bit different to play you definitely want to check out these:

9. MTP-Target

Genre:
Action

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The premise of this game is simple: glide your penguin down and land on a small platform. However because this game can only be played multiplayer online it quickly becomes very challenging. You must decide whether you wish to take your time to not miss the target or whether you want more points by being the first one to land but then you will risk getting knocked off by your competitors. Each round only lasts less than a minute but be warned it is highly addictive and there is always just one more round!

8. Glest

Genre:
3D Strategy

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This is a rather straight forward RTS which has clearly been inspired by the Warcraft RTS games. You order your units to gather gold, stone and wood and then build structures and more units to try and defeat your enemies. While the gameplay itself isn’t all that original it is very well polished so if you feel you are missing a good fantasy RTS game make sure to try this one.

7. Clonk Rage

Genre:
2D Action/Puzzle

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If you ever played Lemmings or Worms you will have an idea of how this game functions but this game takes the concept so much further. You have full realtime control over all your characters and instead of simply starting with all the weapons or tools you must first dig through the ground to find ore and bring it back to your base to sell it. Then you can purchase new items or even build structures like elevators to assist in moving resources around. The number of items and different resources in this game is amazing. It is very easy to spend hours just exploring all the different possibilities!

6. OpenTTD

Genre:
2D Simulation/Strategy

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This is a remake of the DOS game Transportation Tycoon. The basic concept has remained the same: Make the most money by connecting various industries together with stations and vehicles. However OpenTTD has expanded this with a plethora of new features including internet play with up to 8 other players! This game does still use some of the original artwork from the DOS game but if you cannot find anywhere to purchase it you can easily find the data files with google.

5. SpringRTS

Genre:
3D Strategy

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Originally this started as a remake of Total Annihilation but it has grown to be a robust engine for many different RTS games. There is a large community of players and there are many different game types and maps to choose from but the TA based mods are still the most popular. If you ever wanted to control huge armies of various robots that can demolish things with lasers and plasma guns then don’t miss this!

4. Puzzle Pirates

Genre:
2D Roleplay/Puzzle

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This is a MMORPG where instead of mindlessly clicking the same buttons over and over to gain experience and gold you get to play puzzle games! However behind the cutesy cartoon pirate theme and tetris like puzzles there is a very in depth game of skill, tactics and teamwork needed to achieve success for your crew on the seas. There is also a vibrant economy based around the need of supplies for both building and running your ships and obtaining clothing and weapons.

3. A Tale in the Desert

Genre:
3D Roleplay

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This is a very unique MMORPG where instead of fighting monsters or other players everyone can work together to build great structures and solve the mysteries of the desert. You start off with nothing at all but you can explore the land and find resources and learn skills to build anything in the game you want. Everything in the world is persistent, you can build a house or a work of art and anyone who wanders by will be able to see it. The game also has a subtle story line which can span several real years and at the end the entire game world is wiped clean and a new tale begins!

2. Savage1 SFE

Genre:
3D Team Action/FPS/Strategy

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Many games have tried to combine elements from different genres but few have pulled it off so well as in Savage1. Two teams battle to destroy each other’s bases, each team has a human commander with a classic RTS view from above where he can give orders to real players instead of AI controlled units. The players can choose to grab a weapon and play in FPS mode or fight in 3rd person in hand-to-hand combat. Savage1 has been released as a free download, and the SFE mod adds a lot of refinement to the orginal game. If you haven’t tried the latest version of this now classic game you really need to!

1. Savage2

Genre:
3D Team Action/Strategy/RPG

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Savage2 continues on with some of the elements that made the original such a great game but with less of a focus on the commanders making or breaking games and more of a focus on teamwork. It has a much improved melee system with different skills for each unit that offers a variety of tactical options. Each player can earn attribute points that they can spend to improve their character depending on how they like to play. The game has highly detailed statistics tracking, every game played on the official servers is recorded so you can download a replay of every match to see what you did right and where you need to improve. Savage2 also boasts an entirely new engine with modern graphics, so make sure you have a fast new system and videocard before trying this!

0. ???

Genre: ???

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All good programmers start counting at 0! While there are many other fun games and mods for Linux the best one by far is the one you make yourself. If you don’t yet know how to write software but want to learn then Linux is a great place to be since there is so much open code and many good examples to get you started. You don’t need to be John Carmack to make a great game. All the above games started with just one person (or a few people) that had an idea to make a fun game and because they didn’t give up their projects grew into the great games they are today.

-Nemoder

5 Responses to “Lesser Known Linux Games”

  1. Crusader Says:

    Dominions 3 is another excellent game that doesn’t seem to get much attention :)

  2. f33l Says:

    I just came accross TA Spring, recently and have been playing for a while now. Before having found spring, the piece of Windows Software I missed most on linux was C&C Generals ZH.

    These times are over, now. TA Spring is a perfect replacement, it’s nice-looking, it has a lively community, there are plenty of mods & maps out there, internet play works great (numerous servers, works great with up to 16 players), it’s non-trivial and it’s great fun.

    Congratulations to the TA Spring community for this incredibly solid platform. Spring will provide an excellent base for a free RTS community now and in the future. Spring should be included in (the gaming repos of) all major linux distros.

    Cheers,
    Chris

  3. f33l Says:

    also:

    FreeCol is a very nice Colonization clone that brought me many hours of innocent joy. In addition to that “UFO AI” is also a great game that runs on linux…

  4. GamniX » Blog Archive » Top 10 Lesser Known Linux Games Says:

    […] We’ve all heard of open source games like Tuxracer and Wesnoth, and of commercial games like Quake and Unreal Tournament but there are a number of lesser known Linux games that deserve some more attention. Not all these games have the latest 3D graphics but what they lack in state of the art visuals they more than make up for in depth of gameplay and replayability. If you’re looking for something a bit different to play you definitely want to check out these: Read more at LinuxGames […]

  5. vadi Says:

    Savage 2 & Spring (CA mod) fan here. Good list :)

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