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Not much here yet. Linux isn't really a gaming platform, despite what some neckbeards living in basements will tell you. Still, it's catching on, and as more people RAGEQUIT from Windows and don't have the money to buy an Apple computer, Linux costs nothing.

This page is for the games that run natively in Linux; not stuff that runs under WINE or ZSNES or whatever. Many of the games mentioned over on Freeware Games might show up here, since damn near everything for Linux is made free on purpose.

Until Valve gets off their asses and makes a native version of Steam, you can use Desura.

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The "Distros" column in this section is for known good packages, mostly so you know which repositories to hit up for a copy of the game. If you have a different flavour of Linux, even a different package management system, you can still port the package over but you might need to puzzle out some missing dependencies. For those of us who love to tinker on the engine more than driving the car, you can get the source code for each of these and compile it by hand.

Picture Title Genre Description Distros
200px Battle for Wesnoth Turn-based Strategy Fantasy strategy game where much of the game's units, music, artwork, and campaigns are player contributed. The game plays on a hex based system, with terrain affecting the accuracy of attacks and unit movement. Six well-balanced factions are available for play at the start. It makes you really feel like you're commanding an army by having you level troops into hardened veterans, which you can recall for future battles. Dozens of custom units are available for single player and multiplayer by downloading player mods known as "eras". Fantastic quality considering it's freeware. Download stable version if you just want to play the game without too many bugs. Debian
Fedora
Gentoo
SUSE
Ubuntu
nearly every one
200px Beneath a Steel Sky Adventure/Point 'N Click Classic adventure style game that follows Robert Foster on a journey through a cyberpunk-esque metropolis. Requires ScummVM to be played, but that is also a free install from your local package repository. Fun fact: the background art is drawn by Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame.

Debian
Ubuntu
Fedora

200px-Freeciv-2.1.0-beta3-sdl_slack11.0.png Freeciv Empire Building The awesome that is Sid Mier's Civilization, now with multiplayer that isn't hot-seat, custom tilesets, and you can tinker the hell out of the rules. It's been upgraded since to play more like Civ2. If you preferred the sort-of sequel "Colonization," check out FreeCol. Debian
Fedora
SUSE
Ubuntu
200px Frogatto Adventure/Platformer Old school adventure platformer with RPG elements like quests and buying powerups. Debian
Ubuntu
200px Frozen Bubble Puzzle It's Bust-A-Move, that game that's like Breakout plus Bejeweled where you break the walls by adding more bricks. Every GNU/Linux magainze from here to India puts this in their top ten list. Causal gamers can't get enough of this on GNU/Linux or any other platform. Debian
Fedora
Gentoo
Mandriva
SUSE
200px Nethack Roguelike Imagine Dungeons and Dragons in a very difficult, video game form. Death is permanent, the dungeon is always randomly generated, and you aren't going to win for a very long time. A spinoff of "Rogue," so it's a Rogue-like game, but everyone had a go at the source code to add everything including kitchen sinks. You can check out the game's wiki Here. Default interface is ASCII graphics in a term window, but you can download extra packages for a tileset or even isomorphic interface instead. every distro ever
200px Oolite Space Combat, Trading The classic 8-bit galaxy-on-a-single-floppy space game Elite lives on. Better graphics (duh), a mod community and a wiki proves that Elite ain't dead. Debian
Ubuntu
.rpm
Datei:Tatham-Puzzles.gif Simon Tatham's Puzzle Collection Puzzle, Casual Futoshiki, Lightup, Loopy, Nonograms, Sudoku, Untangle... all those Japanese puzzles that people install on their Blackberries and iPhones and buy cheap books of at Barnes and Noble, Simon Tatham already ported them to GNU/Linux and you can make each one as hard or as easy as you want. Also available on Android (which is Linux under the hood, so no surprise.) ALTLinux (rpm)
Debian
Ubuntu
200px Spring RTS Engine Realtime Strategy It's Total Annihilation re-implemented to use OpenGL and more computing power. When the kids in highschool were pissing themselves over the strategy of StarCraft, the TRUE neckbeards-in-training were playing Total Annihilation. The game mods have taken on a life of their own, so you can use Spring Engine for real-time strategy games with rules (not just re-skinned units!) for WWII, Gundam, Star Wars, sci-fi, necromancers, or even a Tron game if Darwinia isn't crunchy enough for you. Debian
Fedora
Gentoo
Mandriva
Slackware
Ubuntu
200px Torus Trooper SHMUP Another shooter from Kenta Cho. Remember Tempest? This is Tempest on steroids. You're racing down this tube, sometimes at over 4000km/h blowing shit up. The graphics and music help to put you in the mood too, kind of has the same feel as Rez. It's not a game with a whole lotta depth, but it's fun to play every now and then. Debian
Ubuntu
200px The Ur-Quan Masters RPG Star Control 2. Adventure across the stars, recruiting other aliens that got the shit kicked out of them since the previous game, or fend off the aliens that decided to kiss ass to the new murderous-squid overlords. Between exploring distant stars and doing mineral scans (Hmmmm...) you get into ship-to-ship action combat against different vessels with a rock-paper-scissors balance of abilities. Debian
Fedora
Gentoo
Mandrake

Distro-Agnostic PackagingBearbeiten

These are still typically free software (or at least freeware), but do not use your easy-peasy package manager to install itself deep in your system. Most of the time, they are just binaries (or executables in Windows parlance) in downloadable tar.gz archives (which work like .zip files). Though, in some more rare cases, these may also include games that come as source code only -- you need to hunt down the right libraries through your distro's package manager, compile, and install manually (while trickier, this has the added bonus of increased optimization for your computer hardware, however marginal).

Picture Title Genre Description

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Ethernet: Revenge of the Cats Team FPS Tug-of-war style territory fight with an unusual travel/heal/respawn mechanic. http://ethernet.wasted.ch//index.php?page=downloads
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World of Padman Arena FPS Wacky colorful cartoons and cleavage. Spray your color and run around on bookshelves.

http://padworld.myexp.de/index.php

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Software companies don't really make games for Linux, which is ironic considering how often they're developed on open-source tools that have duplicates on Linux. Around the year 2000 it was "cool" and "hip" to release a Linux edition of your game at the same time as you published the PC version, so you'll see some overlap here with the Windows/DOS games.

For the indie stuff, try Desura. It's too young for /v/ to have any reviews yet.

Picture Title Genre Year Released Description
200px Alpha Centauri Empire Building 1999 FreeCiv IN SPAAAAAACE. There's some story that gets revealed, and landmarks you can make use of even on a randomly generated world. More diplomacy and culture-changing options too.
200px Amnesia: The Dark Descent Horror & Survival 2010 You play as Daniel, an amnesiac who must investigate the mysterious Castle Brennenburg, with only two goals in mind: Find your memories, and kill the castle's owner, the mysterious Alexander of Brennenburg. VERY loosely based on Lovecraft's "The Outsider" (So loosely based that you will only understand the similarities after you beat the game). TL:DR; Decently hard puzzles. Loads of NOPENOPENOPE
150px Aquaria Metroidvania 2007 Massive award-winning indie title created by Spelunky programmer Derek Yu and Crayon Physics Deluxe composer Alec Holowka. Aquaria features huge underwater environments with an emphasis on exploration, challenging-but-not-stupid boss battles and an absolutely phenomenal soundtrack. Before you ask: yes, there is a nude mod.

An absolute must-have for any Metroidvania fan.

200px Darwinia RTS 2005 Get your RTS on with 8-bit troops in a 32-bit terrain. Very hacker atmosphere, terrific soundtrack, simple interface that focuses you on the fights and resources instead of min/maxing and spreadsheets. You'll be cheering every time your blocky little guys defeat a wireframe evil spider.
200px DEFCON RTS 2006 You remember the movie WarGames? With Matthew Broderick? It's EXACTLY like the game that he was supposed to be playing, only this time there's no mamby-pamby AI that tells you it's a bad idea to throw nukes at the Commies.
200px Lux Delux Strategy 2005 Risk done right. Over 700 maps, and you can make your own, SDK for hacking the ruleset (like having naval units, or canals, or remember playing nuclear Risk?). Comes with LAN and Internet play too.
200px Minecraft Building 2010 Have you been living under a rock? It's fucking MINECRAFT. Written in Java + LWJGL, so it works under linux. Punch trees, get wood, build a shack to spend the night while creepers and zombies ask if they can come in. Eventually start mining, find ores, smelt them, then construct a 60m dong out of iron and lava. Or go full-on autistic mode and make a 1:1 scale model of the USS Enterprise.
200px Neverwinter Nights RPG 2003 Do you like third edition Dungeons and Dragons? Well, this game is basically that, but in computer form. Play as whoever you want, read nice big blocks of text, and enjoy slow, somewhat lengthy turn-based battles. Plenty of mods out there for those who want them and tons of persistent worlds (mini-MMORPG's, ranging from action PvP to deep DM-heavy roleplaying) still online.
200px Unreal Tournament 2004 FPS 2004 Skip the first Unreal Tournament and get this one instead. Fast-paced arena FPS, based heavily on acrobatics and aim, recommended for its complexity and variety. Gametypes range from vehicle-based Onslaught mode to football-like Bombing Run. Unreal Tournament 2004 is commended for consistent developer support, and a once-massive mapping/modding community that produces quality content to this day. The single-player is boring but the AI is rather intelligent in all maps, especially deathmatch.
Datei:Uplink.jpg Uplink Strategy/Sim 2002 Hack computers. Don't get caught. Decent story, full of intrigue. Bring down corporations and destory people's lives for money to upgrade your computer while searching for a mysterious virus. Don't let the appearance fool you, the later missions are hard and intense, and the game has quite a few secrets.
200px World of Goo Puzzle 2009 I shouldn't have to tell you what World of Goo is. Yes, they made a native Linux version. Is there a platform this game DOESN'T run on?