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Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

timothy posted about 5 years ago | from the many-addictive-options-but-any-great-ones? dept.

Linux 460

Nethead writes "Due to some down-time, I'm looking for some Linux games to pass the time. I've been playing BattleMaster, a PHP web game but it's only two turns a day, and I'd like something a bit faster. I've not really played PC games since the Doom era so I'm really out of touch here. I don't have a real gamer box, just a simple video card. What do Slashdotters think I should try? A simple FPS or some type of networked game would do. What's out there for Linux?"

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Whelp... (4, Informative)

Anrego (830717) | about 5 years ago | (#29714917)

I find xmoto is an excellent time waster .. []

Also I occasionally delve into the "flash games" arena .. there's actually some decent stuff now days! (And there's always the classics like "defend the castle" and "Champion Archer")

Re:Whelp... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29714963)

Try writing that programming called "guess the number I am thinking", where the code generates a random int from 0 to 100. You might also try from 1 to 100. About the most fun you can have with Linux. And the code will be copyright/patent free! You can adapt it any way you like, in the open source philosophy.

Re:Whelp... (1)

tonycheese (921278) | about 5 years ago | (#29715171)

If you want to find good flash games, install StumbleUpon for Firefox (a good time-waster by itself, really) then pick one of your topics as "Online Games". When Stumbling only through online games, I've found many very creative and interesting short to medium length games, and a couple that lasted me several days.

Re:Whelp... (3, Interesting)

Shikaku (1129753) | about 5 years ago | (#29715243) []

If you technically have some older Windows games this little wizard-repository-for-wine sets up games for you.

If you want something newer, noiz2sa is really neat. It's a 2D shooter, but... I'll let the reader find out what's neat about it.

flash games (4, Informative)

Mishotaki (957104) | about 5 years ago | (#29714923)

some flash games are quite decent, like gemcraft []

Re:flash games (0, Redundant)

ZiakII (829432) | about 5 years ago | (#29715105)

some flash games are quite decent

He said for linux *ducks*

Globulos is a nice example too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715337)

fun and clever multiplayer game

leisure suit larry (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29714925)

leisure suit larry

Re:leisure suit larry (3, Funny)

tverbeek (457094) | about 5 years ago | (#29715257)

Global Thermonuclear War?

Re:leisure suit larry (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715297)

Just remember that to bypass the age verification test/copy protection, you have to hit ctrl-altgr-shift-openapple-meta-X. Al Lowe programmed in that easy key sequence when he was coding the original.

Linux games wiki (5, Informative)

ljaszcza (741803) | about 5 years ago | (#29714927)

Well, there is a wiki too: [] I've played the Penumbra games, they are ... adventure games really but fairly atmospheric.

Re:Linux games wiki (4, Informative)

RuBLed (995686) | about 5 years ago | (#29715009)

You could also try the appsdb list of Wine. ~ [] If you browse the list you can find freeware windows games that runs quite well. (the last one I tried and had fun was Battleships Forever)

Re:Linux games wiki (4, Informative)

apoc.famine (621563) | about 5 years ago | (#29715195)

I'll second the Penumbra games. They were FP without the S. Minimal amounts of killing, good atmosphere, with tons of moderately challenging puzzles to solve. Very reasonably priced as well.
The World Of Goo has a very functional linux port, and is one of the better games I've played in years.
I haven't been back to the Kingdom of Loathing for a year or so due to time constraints, but it's a pretty damn fun browser game. Free to play, but you can buy vanity items to help support it. And, of course.....TROGDOR!!!!!.......TROGDOR!!!!! [] ...ahem.

Re:Linux games wiki (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715317)

If by atmosphere you mean the stench of feces because you shit your drawers in terror, I'm with you.

MUD! (1, Informative)

markov_chain (202465) | about 5 years ago | (#29714929)

You could try MUDding :) See my sig

Yes (5, Informative)

gbarules2999 (1440265) | about 5 years ago | (#29714935)

Cube, OpenArena, Nexuiz are all fair FPS games. Not amazing, but fun diversions. Aside from that BZFlag, Battle for Wesnoth, and FreeCiv.

A word of advice: Never play Frozen Bubble. I've lost days thanks to that bastard.

Re:Yes (5, Interesting)

happygrue (1462757) | about 5 years ago | (#29715137)

Battle for Wesnoth (open source: is a game that I started playing over 4 years ago. I looked far and wide for strategy games that could hold my interest with serious replay value. Once I found Wesnoth I got sucked in and I all but quit playing other games for quite some time, and I always keep coming back to Wesnoth, in a trend that players jokingly refer to as a "Wesbreak" - you just have to come back after a few months or a year to see what is new!

It is simple yet, rich with both strategic and tactical depth. Lots (lots!) of user made content and it's own markup language with which to write your own. I started off thinking that I'd never play it multiplayer, but that is about all I do these days. There are some co-op multiplayer campaigns (a relatively recently introduced feature) that are tons of fun. And the 2v2 and 3v3 games can be epic and utterly gripping - provided you find serious folks to play with. Like any multiplayer experience you will find people you'd like to avoid...

It's certainly not a game for everyone, but if you are into wargames, fantasy battle games, hex based games, rpg battle games or like to see thriving open source games you should take a look. Disclaimer: I am a (very minor!) contributor, so I am all kinds of biased. ;)

Thanks for your work on the game (1)

MaizeMan (1076255) | about 5 years ago | (#29715199)

I've gotten drawn into Battle for Wesnoth twice before, and it sounds like it's about time for me to make it three.

Awesome game!

Re:Yes (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 5 years ago | (#29715341)

I agree with Wesnoth. If you like Fire Emblem or Shining Force it is a must download. About my only complaint is that some teams are much better/worse than another when playing different teams.

Re:Yes (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 5 years ago | (#29715373)

Yeah, it started as a fantasy "Panzer General" but has really taken off. There are tons of units and the maps look good. I just wish someone would make a mod with Shermans and Panzers instead of spearmen and griffins! :)

Re:Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715291)

Nexuiz is not going to be playable on that machine. I doubt Cube and OA would run weil, either.

Re:Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715301)

Now that Q3 was open sourced, it opens up a lot mod games which were once popular and are now seeing a resurgence. Check out UrbanTerror, it still is one of my all time favorite multiplayer FPS games.

Homeworld (1)

ljaszcza (741803) | about 5 years ago | (#29714943)

Homeworld is available for Linux. Great stuff, strategic space combat, real time. I have replayed this game a few times...

Re:Homeworld (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 5 years ago | (#29715047)

Homeworld is a pretty awesome game, but there's a serious exploitable game mechanic involving the salvage corvettes.

Hint: The most valuable resource on a map full of RUs protected by enemy ships isn't the RUs.

Try XJewel (1)

blind biker (1066130) | about 5 years ago | (#29714959)

It's my all-times favourite game, and I would play it on Windows, too, if only there was a port. It's somewhat addictve, but not too much.

happy penguin (5, Informative)

micromegas (536234) | about 5 years ago | (#29714961)

Check out [] . I've got the RSS enabled on the right side of /. If you ever up your video card, [] is an excellent open source mmorpg.

Re:happy penguin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715167)

Planeshift looks like a good Furry MMO...

Penny Arcade and Hothead Games (1)

strredwolf (532) | about 5 years ago | (#29714965)

Depending on how capable your card is (decent 7-series NVidia or a good ATI), you may want to hit up HotHead Games and Penny Arcade Adventures' On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness [] (both episodes). This is a good 3D "It's your turn when you act first before anyone else" game, well worth $15 for each episode, and plays very well in Linux. Just turn off Compiz/Beryl; it interferes with anything 3D.

QuakeLive (3, Informative)

richrumble (988398) | about 5 years ago | (#29714967)

Quakelive works on linux now, have a go!

Re:QuakeLive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715097)

absolutely, how much you like it is a personal opinion but I would have to say it is the most advanced game out right now. Other than that wolfenstein enemy territory has a Linux version

Re:QuakeLive (2, Informative)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 5 years ago | (#29715127)

There's also Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Travian (2, Informative)

benjamindees (441808) | about 5 years ago | (#29714971)

Travian [] is a free browser-based strategy/resource game that works fine on any OS. From what I gather, it's not as fast as most of the other MMORPGs, but it does require a bit of attention.

Re:Travian (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715319)

I second travian as an excellent browser game.

Civ (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29714979)

Freeciv is a good game you can play and leave, then come back to later. It doesn't require a lot of hardware, and while complicated at first, it becomes remarkably simple to play once you've played for a while.

Watch you don't get too addicted though! The urge to play 'just one more turn', or to go to bed 'after I've captured that city' is incredible.

Re:Civ (5, Insightful)

palndrumm (416336) | about 5 years ago | (#29715139)

while complicated at first, it becomes remarkably simple to play once you've played for a while.

See, I'd prefer that the other way around - simple at first, then more and more complicated as you play it more and get deeper into it.

Open Source Games (1)

NCamero (35481) | about 5 years ago | (#29714989)

Most of these games are good, and run on linux: []

I have played "The Battle for Wesnoth", that is very good for turn based strategy.

Linux is awash with FPS games (1)

moogsynth (1264404) | about 5 years ago | (#29714991)

If you like FPS games there are many you can try. Sauerbraten [] , Nexuiz [] , Tremulous [] , Warsow [] are a few to get you started.

It sucks for me, though, I hate FPS games. For my Linux gaming I've always used emulators. Install ePSXe, Mednafen and dgen, then eat your heart out on old games console titles.

Re:Linux is awash with FPS games (1)

jthill (303417) | about 5 years ago | (#29715251)

fceultra and Pirates!

Re:Linux is awash with FPS games (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715385)

With games as tired and played out as Nexuiz, I'd hate FPS games too. Seriously, gameplay wise, many of these scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Zork (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | about 5 years ago | (#29715003)

Not really Linux, but worth the blast from the past.

Fedora has a shocking number of games in the 'Everything' repository, including 'OpenArena' and many others.

Slashoogle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715017)

Alright, if you can't do this yourself [] ...

Tremulous (1)

professorflipwig (1420413) | about 5 years ago | (#29715019)

It is an open-sourced FPS based on a quake III mod. I just started playing and it is awesome. Also, Glest (an RTS) and Globulation 2(another RTS) are very good. All of them are in the Ubuntu repos.

Altitude is a great multiplayer game. (4, Interesting)

blool (798681) | about 5 years ago | (#29715021)

Altitude [] is my favorite game ever. It's a multiplayer airplane/dogfighting game with really satisfying combat.

Re:Altitude is a great multiplayer game. (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 5 years ago | (#29715133)

Altitude is awesome and it's written in Java.

Re:Altitude is a great multiplayer game. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715395)

Anyone still talking sh*t about Java needs to at least take a look at this on. Fun game.

OpenTTD (5, Informative)

Bluecobra (906623) | about 5 years ago | (#29715025)

OpenTTD (which is based on Transport Tycoon Deluxe) is a great game and you can quickly loose track of the time building intricate train networks. You do need the original game files but this is pretty easy to do with the help of Google. []

Re:OpenTTD (1)

josecanuc (91) | about 5 years ago | (#29715377)

I second this. Very addictive.

Sauerbraten (2, Insightful)

Trip Ericson (864747) | about 5 years ago | (#29715037)

The only computer game I play is Sauerbraten [] . I'm very much not a gamer, but I find it to be quite enjoyable to play. The biggest plus is that since most people haven't played it, when I ask people to play it, we're on pretty even footing given how little I play.

I definitely recommend it.

Vendetta (2, Informative)

shawb (16347) | about 5 years ago | (#29715057)

Vendetta [] works under Linux. More of a space shooter with role playing elements than the traditional FPS which you seem to be looking for, but the guys at Guild Software [] have spent a good amount of time making sure it works well under a wide variety of hardware configurations.

FPS Recomendation (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | about 5 years ago | (#29715063)

I personally like OpenArena on Linux. I loved Quake 3 back in the day and it's a nice continuation of that. I can even pull out my old CDs of models, levels, etc I downloaded from Planet Quake and play them on there. Granted some don't work or work well and other need tweaking but I've not had too many problems. Heck I even edited the old Q3 bot files for some of the models I downloaded to get them up to date. :P

I miss Friday night frag fests in the old Computer Science lab at my college. Most fun I ever had on a Friday night with friends. I hate growing older some days. :/

2 words (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | about 5 years ago | (#29715067)

Quake Live []

World of Goo (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715075)

World of Goo - check it out!

xpilot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715077)

More fun with other people to play against.

Mafia Wars (1)

Hyperhaplo (575219) | about 5 years ago | (#29715081)

You need a facebook account to logon, but Mafia Wars [] is fairly good. It's not a linux specific game, the only requirements being a net connection, a web browser and a facebook logon, but it is better in Linux :-)

Hex Empire (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715085)

Its a lot like Risk, only without all that dice rolling, or really long times between turns.

Roguelikes (5, Insightful)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | about 5 years ago | (#29715095)


I know some mod is about to mod me 'funny' but I'm quite serious. If you are a casual gamer and not addicted to fast-paced games and high-rez graphics, give roguelikes a try. My personal favorite is nethack, but there are a lot out there and there is some good variety and inovation in the genre.

Re:Roguelikes (1)

funkioto (963979) | about 5 years ago | (#29715155)

I agree, NetHack - Vulture's Claw [] provides a nice GUI to the classic NetHack backend.

Re:Roguelikes (2, Insightful)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | about 5 years ago | (#29715157)

Also, since you mentioned Doom I should add that Doom is still a quite good game. As a matter of fact I was playing it for about 45 minutes in linux on the train back home just a few hours ago. (well, Doom 2 technically)

Re:Roguelikes (3, Informative)

vrmlguy (120854) | about 5 years ago | (#29715269)

In order of my personal preferences, I'd suggest NetHack, Angband, NetHack, SLASH'EM, NetHack, ADOM, NetHack, and, oh yeah, NetHack.

Cute games (2, Interesting)

Burz (138833) | about 5 years ago | (#29715099)

Supertux 2
Chromium BSU
KSudoku (very nice under KDE4 if you can deal with that)
Frozen Bubble

Puppy Games also has some nice shoot-em-ups that run on Linux. Their titles are cheap, pretty fun to play and have good sized trial modes. My fav here is Ultratron (inspired by Robotron 2084) and also Titan Attacks.

Tremulous (1)

BikeHelmet (1437881) | about 5 years ago | (#29715109) []

Tremulous is a very unique FPS. Two sides: Humans and wall-climbing aliens. Check it out. []

Wesnoth is a hexagonal turn-based-strategy. I find it quite fun, though at times the random number generator can be annoying. (Don't ask...) []

If you've got any relatively new Windows games, check out PlayOnLinux. It manages multiple versions of Wine, and the installation of games. I've got it on an Ubuntu box, and it works great for stuff like Diablo II - old classics. ;) Apparently it also works quite well for a bunch of newer games - the list of supported ones is about 200 long.

And if you're looking for flash based games, there's two sites that are absolutely the best: [] []

Honourable mention - Penumbra. (The survival horror series, with native linux versions. Around $10 each, but right now they seem to be bundling all three.)

The game that never ends (1)

gmhowell (26755) | about 5 years ago | (#29715111)

You could try getting a job and a girlfriend (or boyfriend). Between the two, your free time will disappear in a heartbeat.

You say you have both? Ok, now get a fulltime job, and find a girlfriend who isn't cheating on you.

Re:The game that never ends (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about 5 years ago | (#29715217)

Isn't the cheating part of the game? (2, Informative)

cadeon (977561) | about 5 years ago | (#29715119)

Seriously, if it exists, you can find it here [] .

LInux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715121)

is not for typo in title.

Colossus (Java) = Titan (Avalon Hill) (1)

eric31415927 (861917) | about 5 years ago | (#29715125)

If you are into monster slugathon fantasy war games, Titan is among the best.
It was reprinted last year, but more importantly for you, it's available online through Sourceforge: []

Colossus is a java version.
Titan is a game for 2 - 6 players.
Colossus can be played against crude AI, which is OK for learning the game.

The biggest problem with Titan occurs when a person is eliminated early on and has little to do until someone else is eliminated.
Computer play eliminates this problem because the players need not be in the same room.

Unreal Tournament (1)

auctoris (888249) | about 5 years ago | (#29715141)

It's definitely not new, but Unreal Tournament 2004 is available for Linux. Unreal Tournament 3 is still under development--very slowly.

Here is a short list... (4, Informative)

Erikderzweite (1146485) | about 5 years ago | (#29715147)

Here is a short list of some Linux games I know of:

3D Multiplayer Deathmatch:
Alien Arena
World of Padman

3D Multiplayer team DM:
Tremulous (aliens vs. humans)
Enemy Territory (allies vs. axis), freeware
ET - True Combat Elite (terrorists vs. specops), freeware
Urban Terror (terrorists vs. specops)

2D Multiplayer Deathmatch:

Hedgewars (Worms clone)
Wormus (Worms clone with OS mascots)

Real Time Strategy:
Bos Wars
The Spring Project and various mods

Turn-based Strategy:
Battle for Wesnoth (caution, addictive)

Racing (I'm not really into racing):

Secret Maryo Chronicles

Frozen-Bubble (multiplayer bubble-puzzle clone)

These games require fairly simple hardware -- I have played most of them on my built-in intel X3100 (i965).

Seek the Amulet of Yendor (1)

BlackSabbath (118110) | about 5 years ago | (#29715149)

As the story tag says...NetHack.

I've lost more productivity to NetHack in various forms and platforms since the late 80's (at that time on a VAX 780 running VMS) than any other game.
I'm currently playing iNetHack on the iPhone.
There's no reason to play in ascii any more - almost every port supports graphical tile-sets if the thought of ASCII puts you off.
There are excellent guides available as well (

Its not the easiest game to "win" (I've only ascended 3 times in over 20 years), however if you define "win" as hours of rewarding game play and depth of detail that is pretty amazing then you'll love NetHack.

My favourite feature of NetHack? Coming across the "bones" of previous games with the (now cursed) inventory you were carrying at the time you died.

Random nethack tip: if you come across a grey stone - kick it first. If it "thumps" - DO NOT PICK IT UP!

Re:Seek the Amulet of Yendor (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 5 years ago | (#29715375)

I've played Nethack on my GP2x many times but can never get into any of the PC versions. I don't know why but the controls just seem... funky to me. I suppose it was because I was raised on console and not PC games but are there any PC versions of nethack with nice, easy controls that are intuitive and don't take years to learn?

Probably not within the topic (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 5 years ago | (#29715163)

...since they're a) not Linux native and b) payware, but Telltale games has some of the best adventure games around. Right now I've been laughing myself silly of their Tales of Monkey Island remake. They run wonderful in WINE and is well worth the money.

Battle for Wesnoth (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715173)

"The Battle for Wesnoth is a free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat." -

Excellent game.

Kingdom of Loathing (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about 5 years ago | (#29715181) []

If you don't have a decent video card don't bother looking for an FPS. But if you want a fairly deep, often subtly hilarious RPG with no more requirements than a basic web browser, give KoL a try.

Nethack (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about 5 years ago | (#29715185)


enemy territory (2, Informative)

Cycon (11899) | about 5 years ago | (#29715191)

I've not really played PC games since the Doom era so I'm really out of touch here. I don't have a real gamer box, just a simple video card. What do Slashdotters think I should try? A simple FPS or some type of networked game would do.

Sounds like you've missed a fair few generations of games then.

Try giving Enemy Territory [] a go.

Quite addictive in its time and a nice cooperative element to online play.

It was released back in 2003, and runs quite well on Linux. You did mention only having a "simple" video card but odds are better than even your system has sufficient support - even basic integrated video chipsets tend to have some degree of OpenGL support these day.

System requirements are: 600 MHz CPU, 128 MB RAM, 32 MB OpenGL graphics card, 56.6k Modem/LAN

Its not quite Open Source but it is (and always has been) free as in beer.

Windows Installation Game (5, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | about 5 years ago | (#29715201)

In this race against time, players vie to be the first player to successfully install and fully patch Windows XP.

Game equipment, per player:
*Linux computer with CD burner and an Ethernet card that doesn't require additional drivers for Windows XP
*Blank hard drive
*Windows XP pre-service-pack CD
*Ethernet connection
*Unlimited supply of blank CDs
*Unlimited supply of over the counter painkillers, including Aspirin, Tylenol, and Jack Daniels

Goal: Get Windows installed on the spare hard drive before all other players. If you get a virus or other malware you have to take a painkiller and start over.
Rules: Ethernet cable must be up at all times, and Ethernet protocols must not be disabled.

*Install it from CD and pray you don't get infected.
*Use Linux to download Service Pack 3 and create a slipstream CD and install with that, and hope you don't get infected.
*Use Linux to format the drive and copy the files one by one, and download or write a tool to build the registry, fake log files, and other files.
*Ask CowboyNeal for help.

Re:Windows Installation Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715249)

Actually, one of the windows install disks (95 or 98 I think) had a really fun hovercraft game on it. If you have WINE then you can run that on Linux for a *fun* 'windows installation game'

Quakelive (1)

7-Vodka (195504) | about 5 years ago | (#29715209)

Quakelive is tons of fun. It's basically a port of Q3 arena to the browser. However you can play with your friends quite easily and theres a rudimentary skill matching to help you find people of your skill level.
The requirements are actually quite modest since it's a 10 year old game, but it's very well made.

I also have to say the more people who play quakelive on linux, the more linux support there will be from idsoftware in the future, and they are a top notch game developer. They pay attention to how many linux boxes play quakelive.

Re:Quakelive (1)

NamShubCMX (595740) | about 5 years ago | (#29715355)

I've been stuck sick in my room for the past week and discovered quakelive. Wow. It's awesome to remember how much fun this game was. The in-browser features are actually quite cool. You can easily find friends, the match browser is very cool, and achievements are always fun (should have more...) The game itself is the same ol' quake 3. However there seems to have a wave of new players, which is cool for unskilled players like me.

And it works *flawless* in linux, with firefox.

And yes, having a god proportion of linux players there would look quite good for their future ports, I guess ;)

Linux games for gamers (1)

Unoriginal_Nickname (1248894) | about 5 years ago | (#29715211)

There are lots of Linux games for non-gamers: they're all 8 years old. Where's Dawn of War 2? Or Left 4 Dead?

FreeCiv? (3, Informative)

GrouchoMarx (153170) | about 5 years ago | (#29715227)

If you're into strategy and don't mind losing all of your free time and some of your work time, there's FreeCiv [] . Think Civilization recast as a full-on client/server multi-player setup. I've not played it recently (no time to game at all lately, too much code to write!) but the graphics requirements should be fairly modest.

My Favorites - multiplayer and multiplatform (1)

jroysdon (201893) | about 5 years ago | (#29715283)

I like multiplayer networked games, especially games I can play with friends or my kids. Of course, not everyone is using Linux, so that's a hurdle too. So the 3 top ones I like to play also happen to be OSS and has multiplatform (Windows, Mac, Linux) releases.

Favorites starting from my most are:
Warzone 2100 [] - Think of a real-time war game such as Command and Conquer. It's not too technical, but technical enough. I like playing with a friend in a 4 on 4 game and tag-teaming the two computer players and then battling it out. Longer games, plus there is a single-player campaign mode.

BZFlag [] is a classic tank game with modern 3D and maps. There are a ton of online servers hosting fun maps, plus you can download the maps and host the games yourself. Virtually unlimited amount of users can connect and play. Capture the flag mode is a ton of fun (especially with 4 color teams). Great for fast matches during a lunch break.

Freeciv [] doesn't require a 3D engine, and is basically an Open Source version of Civilization. Also fun with many players.

A someone else posted, there are hundreds of Linux games [] and even better is a list of OSS games [] out there, but these are my favorites.

Already a lot of good answers (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | about 5 years ago | (#29715309)

Don't forget online games. I've had many many hours of fun with Runescape, cybernations, and astroempires. All work fine on Debian and Ubuntu.

Don't forget Wine, either. Many games designed for Windows run great with Wine. If you are able and willing to pay a few bucks, Cedega has what amounts to a customized Wine, along with support for getting many of the most popular games running correctly.

I'm not a gamer either, but over the years, I have collected a few games, and the kids have more that we enjoy puttering around with. Wine enables golden oldies like F-19 Stealth Fighter to run beautifully on Linux. []

And, finally, keeping Wine in mind, - google for abandonware sites. []

I don't care a whole lot about Karma - but before some hardcore Linux guru flames me, I'll point out that Wine makes almost any game a Linux game. Nethead didn't necessarily exclude ports, emulators, or anything of the sort when he asked about "Linux games". ;^)

Can't realize why nobody said this yet (1)

Alvare (1430099) | about 5 years ago | (#29715311)

crack ...
attack ...
crack-attack !!!!

Call of Combat (1)

jthill (303417) | about 5 years ago | (#29715313)

Call of Combat [] - r/t squad-level infantry combat, pure tactics. Think Atomic Games's "Close Combat" in Java.

The games in your DE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715335)

If you're using KDE you'll have plenty of good games installed already. They're fairly casual games but you'll probably find at least one you like, especially if you like arcade games (beating your high score).

I presume gnome has a similar selection of games, and if you prefer the console the old BSD games are excellent for killing time (if you include the time it takes to figure out their text based interfaces).

What Distro? (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 5 years ago | (#29715339)

This is actually a good question but what Distro do you run. If you run Gentoo or a Debian / Ubuntu distro then search the portage tree or the apt cache. So for instance in Gentoo cd /usr/portage/games-?, or Ubuntu / Deb apt-cache --searchdesc games. As for gaming in Linux for me I tend to stick to Tetris or nothing lol. I'm not a gamer but I do know there are some good ones. Have you looked at getting Sim City 3k for Linux or even Heroes of Might and Magic for Linux, both fun time consuming games.

Wei-Chi, Baduk, Go (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715343)

FOSS GNUGo [] to play against a computer.

IGS Pandanet [] provides a good GUI client for GNUGo as well as a client to pandanet if you want to play real people.

KGS [] is an alternative to pandanet but is more IRCish and the client can't do computer play.

Netrek is still good (1)

C. Alan (623148) | about 5 years ago | (#29715345)

Netrek is pretty fun, and you can just drop in a server when you have 10 or 15 minutes to kill. It is the ORIGINAL on-line game, and still lots of fun.

One of my recent favorites is just plain old desktop defender. Its flash based.

One of the bestsest... (1)

KodePhreak (809614) | about 5 years ago | (#29715349)

Xbill []

Glest (1)

quixote9 (999874) | about 5 years ago | (#29715357)

Try it. It's a strategy game, and FOSS. Unusual combination. []

Same GNOME (1)

HiVizDiver (640486) | about 5 years ago | (#29715365)

I'll probably get shot for this, but I found Same GNOME [] ridiculously addictive. There are clones of it for other desktop environments, but there is something nice and polished about the GNOME version that I found lacking in the clones.

Earth 2025 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715381)

I play wayy too much Earth 2025 [] it's alot of fun. Being web-based it's a good option for linux.

Skylords (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715387) is a pretty good browser-based space domination game for those interested in casual strategy games. It's free. You can check in on it when you have the time or spend all day capturing planets, destroying enemy ships and collecting resources. There are some interesting market and political strategies as well. Give it a shot.

SlothMud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29715393)

It's a great free online multiplayer rpg game.
Sloth []

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