Friday, May 14, 2010

Some Neat Games for Linux

Although many of the mainstream game titles do not have Linux versions, there are a lot of games for Linux out there, and a lot of websites dedicated to helping you find out about them.  For example, makes it easy for you to install a large selection of games on Ubuntu.  For Linux gaming news, check out

In this post, I highlight a few games that are fun, polished, and perhaps you haven't heard of before (or didn't realize have a Linux version).  I want to preface this by saying that I've only played some of these games (my computer can't run some of them very well).  If one of them piques your interest, I suggest you visit its website for more information or google for some in-depth reviews.  (Note: sizes are approximate, and based on size of download, not space it will use on your hard drive.)

Turn-based strategy
    price: free
    code: free (GPL)
    size: 275 MB

This is my all time favorite linux game.  A turn based strategy game on a hexagonal grid, set in a magical medieval world.  Units can level up and gain new abilities, and you can take them with you from one mission to the next.  It's got a whole bunch of different campaigns, with good story and nice artwork.  The graphics aren't bleeding edge, but they're good enough to make it visually pleasing.

Installation: Enable the universe repository, then use your package manager.

    price: $20
    code: proprietary
    size: 65 MB
    A fun and creative puzzle game.  There's a demo you can try before you buy it.
Pingus (
    price: free
    code: free (GPL)
    size: 11 MB

A short, but fun, clone of Lemmings.

Installation: Enable the universe repository, then use your package manager.

    price: $30
    code: proprietary
    size: 350 MB
This game just looks darn cool.
    price: free, but some extra content available for a price
    code: proprietary
    size: 815 MB

    price: $9.99/month
    code: proprietary

"Vendetta Online is a 3D space combat MMORPG. Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, military heroes, or outlaws. A fast-paced, realtime "twitch" style combat model gives intense action, coupled with the backdrop of RPG gameplay in a massive online galaxy." (from official website)  Check out the free trial.

    price: free, some extra content available for price
    code: proprietary?
    size: 830 MB

Also try: Second Life

First Person Shooters
    price: varies
    code: proprietary

    Installation: see for installing the PC or Steam version on Linux.  Installing it may be a bit more difficult than some of the other games on this list.
    price: free
    code: free (GPL)
    size: 340 MB


Real Time Strategy
    price: free
    code: free (GPL)
    size: 70 MB

"Glest is a free 3D real-time strategy game, where you control the armies of two different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield." (from official site)

Installation: Enable the multiverse repository, and download with your package manager.

Also try: Spring, Warzone 2100

    price: free
    license: proprietary