Do you have any games to recommend to other players? Comment below!
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This game is probably incredibly obvious, but I only recently tried Battle for Wesnoth. I always thought that I would not be too interested in the gameplay, and so I was pleasantly surprised when I found how clean, simple, polished and [b]fun[/b] this game is. And I have not even tried the development branch yet! So, if you are like I was and have never tried it, I highly recommend it.
I also think OpenTTD is great and has excellent potential for being even better.
Well on the open source side I’d also suggest:
Battle for Wesnoth
of course there are many other commercial games that are a lot more entertaining but I don’t think that’s what this article was aiming for.
Xmoto for hours of fun (once you know the basics)
Open Arena for a fast multi player fun fps
Urban Terror for a semi realistic multi player fun fps
Frets On Fire to playback guitar and hurt your fingers
Secret Maryo Chronicles when Supertux gets boring
PokerTH Texas Holdem Poker – multi player card fun (I’ve just got this)
Last I heard, Pingus is essentially dead-in-the-water — it needs someone to port it to SDL or modern ClanLib, as it currently relies on an old version of ClanLib that is becoming obsolete.
PySol has also been stalled in development for many years, ever since the author got frustrated. I use sol, in the gnome-games package, instead.
I found xmoto to be really frustrating, as it is difficult, unforgiving of mistakes, and repetitive.
Open Arena is interesting. There’s now enough content and source under free licenses that one can play something based on Quake 3 without any commercially-purchased software.
As for recommendations I’d make, based on what I’ve kept playing in the past:
* Battle for Wesnoth ( http://www.happypenguin.org/show?Battle%20for%20Wesnoth ). This is a really good strategy game. It has a bit of a feedback loop — if you aren’t doing well, the game tends to get harder in later levels. This is generally undesirable in game design, but it’s just about my only complaint with it. It has graphics that look rather nice for an open-source game — the open source world has more coders than artists. The music is nice too. The game is quite a bit of fun to play, and is easily one of the best turn-based strategy games I’ve played. At one point, even the beginner levels were rather difficult, but now the difficulty levels range from fairly easy to very difficult. Also has multiplayer. There are still people adding features and content to Wesnoth, but it could be reasonably called done in its current form — a commercial game would have shipped by this point.