24 Linux Commercial Games

April 12th, 2010 by Crusader

LinuxLinks has posted the first two parts (part one | part two) of a three-part article delineating their 24 best commercial games for Linux:

The amount of software that is available for Linux is truly mind-boggling with tens of thousands of applications available to download, including an impressive arsenal of open source games. However, it is fair to say that the amount of commercial games released for Linux continues to be in short supply in comparison with the number of titles released under Windows.

Whilst software such as CrossOver Games (and Wine) allows many commercial Windows games to be played under Linux, if Linux is going to become a force in the gaming world it needs a good supply of native games. Developing games across multiple platforms is expensive. If Linux is going to justify the extra work involved in native ports, it needs the prospect that those ports will generate significant sales for the developers. Fortunately, the Linux user base continues to increase, which increases the likelihood of more Linux ports.

3 Responses to “24 Linux Commercial Games”

  1. nod51 Says:

    I was hoping in a couple months DeathSpank ( could join the ranks of commercial Linux games. Although it is not official there will be no Linux version, they have ‘partnered’ with EA, and if this covers all rights to the game and not just console, look for a DRM Windows version and I doubt EA likes Linux yet after what Loki did to them.

    I am also hoping Torchlight ( will have a Linux release seeing as it is built with Ogre3D. hey state OSX is ‘likely coming soon’ and ‘other OS’ is possible, their lack to even acknowledge Linux by name is not a good sign.

    I am still hoping we get a RAGE port *cross fingers*

  2. M1AU Says:

    No big surprise to see that I played every single game on that list.
    Nevertheless the list seems quite OK, these are probably the best commercial games on Linux so far.
    Lets see what they come up with on part three…

  3. piga Says:

    Actually not very impressed with that list so far, as it misses several great native games, but of course someone was doomed to say that… I guess you can’t please everybody.

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