October 19th, 2005 by Marv

Ophiuchus, a multiplayer strategy console game similar to the Master of Orion series, has released a new version bringing it to This game requires Java 1.4.2, which brings a question to my mind: do LinuxGames readers care about Java-based games? For the record, I have nothing against Java at all.

Download: [ Ophiuchus ]

5 Responses to “Ophiuchus”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    whats wrong with Java games? Is there another Java games site I should go look at instead? Just because it is Java does that mean it will play on Linux?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    This particular java game is a console game, there’s no GUI as such.

    It simply runs in an xterm or other console:
    java -jar Ophiuchus.jar

    Java applications run nicely on Linux (I use both FC3 and SuSE 9.3) when used with Java Runtime 1.5:

    Regarding “do LinuxGames readers care about Java-based games?”, if it runs under Linux natively isn’t that what’s important?

    Otherwise we should ask the same question regarding PERL, Python or any other programming language that requires a virtual machine/runtime-engine.

    Troll replies in here please:


  3. Anonymous Says:

    As long as the game is good I don’t cara about the language it it written in. It’s all up to the game developer to make it good.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    If the game runs on linux and its fun, then the fact that its written in java is irrelevant.

  5. Svartalf_ Says:

    Tribal Trouble from Oddlabs is a 100% Java based 3D RTS game (Amazing feat, no?) that plays smoothly on most modern machines and is rather fun to play to boot. I played the demo and then promptly (well, as promptly as my budget permitted…) bought it from them.

    It’s all about playability for me- I don’t care what the game is built with as long as the systems requirements aren’t ludicrous, it plays well, and is fun to play.

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