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42 of the Best Free Linux Games

alienarena_logo "Can I game on it" is a frequently asked question we hear from Windows users toying with the idea of trying Linux for the first time. Well, the simple answer is yes!

To demonstrate the level of sophistication available, we have put together a list of 42 high quality Linux games that all have the virtue of being free to play.

To ensure that there is something of interest here for every type of gamer, we have covered a wide variety of computer game genres, including the ever popular First Person Shooters (FPS), Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG), as well as arcade games, board/puzzle games and more.

To be eligible for inclusion in this list each game needed to meet the following requirements:

Free to play (no download charge, no monthly charge)

Does not require Wine to run. Wine is a compatibility layer for running Windows software.

Not in the early stages of development

The only sort of exception we made was to include the game OpenTTD, a personal favorite which we could not see miss the list. OpenTTD needs the MS Windows or DOS version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe. But assuming you already have the game, OpenTTD lets you play it for free natively under Linux.





Our three requirements automatically excluded a whole raft of high quality games that run under Linux. There are a collection of titles where a no-charge client is available for download, but where the game requires a small monthly subscription to play online. Notables examples of games which fall into this category include EVE (a massive multiplayer online game set in a science-fiction based world), Vendetta (a massively multiplayer online role-playing game), and Savage 2 (a fantasy and science-fiction themed game that combines elements of the first-person shooter, real-time strategy, and action role-playing game genres). Subscription based Linux games will be covered in a future article.

Wine has reached a level of maturity that it lets you play a wide range of commercial Windows games. This enables gamers to enjoy classics such as World of Warcraft, the king of the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (which has over 11 million subscribers), Half-Life 2, Silkroad Online, Planescape, Day of Defeat: Source Steam, Call of Duty 2 etc etc. We'll also cover the world that Wine opens up in a separate article together with commercial native Linux games too.

There is no particular reason why the compilation is confined to a mere 42 games. There are, of course, many, many hundreds of other free Linux games that are great fun to play. But we had to stop somewhere. In any case 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything (Douglas Adams, The Hitcherhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

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Action

alienarena7

Alien Arena 2008
Fast paced deathmatch shooter

AstroMenace
3D Scrolling Space shooter

Nexuiz
Chaotic and intense multiplayer First Person Shooter

OpenArena
Based on the Quake III Arena source, similar to Open Quartz

Secret Maryo Chronicles
Two-dimensional, sidescrolling jump-and-run platform game

Tremulous
Aliens vs Humans action/strategy First Person Shooter

Urban Terror
Total conversion/stand-alone First Person Shooter

Warsow
Fast Paced First Person Shooter

Arcade

Armagetron_1

Armagetron Advanced
Enhanced version of Armagetron, a 3D lightcycle game

Critical Mass
Space shoot'em up

ManiaDrive
Clone of Trackmania: 3D, stunts and skills

Stepmania

Rhythm video game

SuperTuxKart
3D kart racing game, with many tracks, characters, and items for you to try

Wormux
Worms clone

Role Play

Crossfire Status Markers

Crossfire
Cooperative multiplayer graphical RPG and adventure game

Daimonin
Massive Multi-player online RPG

NetHack
Classic dungeon crawling

Strategy

battle_for_wesnoth

Battle for Wesnoth
Fantasy turn-based where you battle for control of villages

Freeciv
Turn-based multiplayer empire-building

FreeCol
Implementation of Colonization

FreeOrion
Galactic Conquest

Glest
3D real-time customizable strategy

Scorched 3D
Based on the classic DOS game Scorched Earth "The Mother Of All Games"

Spring
Gameplay experience of Total Annihilation (TA) into three dimensions

UFO: Alien Invasion
X-COM inspired turn based 3D strategy game

Warzone 2100 RP
3D realtime strategy set on a future Earth

Simulation

flight_gear

FlightGear
General Aviation Flight Simulator

Frets On Fire

Musical skill and fast fingers

OpenTTD
Clone of the Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe"

TORCS
Racing Car Simulator

Sports

foo_billard

FooBillard
OpenGL-billard game with realistic physics, AI-player and many gametypes

Slam Soccer 2006
Comic style football game

Board & Card

atlantik

Atlantik

Monopoly-like game

KMahjongg
Mahjongg Solitaire

PyChess
Chess Client

Puzzle

fish_fillets

Fish Fillets NG
Port of Fish Fillets from Altar Interactive

Frozen Bubble
Throw colourful bubbles to build groups and destroy the groups

Neverball
Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course

Pingus
Lemmings-like game

Game Engines

gemRB

GemRB
Clone of BioWare's Infinity Engine

Sauerbraten
3D game engine

ScummVM
Interpreter for 2D adventure games with several integrated engines

source: LinuxLinks


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