13 tuxtastic Linux Games

MyGaming thought it was high time to do another Linux compatible gaming round-up. A lot of these games support multiple platforms, and not just Linux, because Linux programmers are cool like that.

Be sure to check out our previous Linux game round-up for a further list of Linux gaming goodness.

The list below focuses mainly on free and open-source Linux games. Hopefully there is something for everyone, and some new titles readers haven’t explored before. Thanks to the MyGaming readers who pointed out some of these great titles.

Widelandsplay game

Widelands

In open source land you can find Widelands, a real-time strategy game greatly inspired by the classic city building and management games, Settlers I and Settlers II.

0 A.D. play game

0 A.D. is a history based war/economy simulator and real-time strategy game set in the 1000 year period between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. It boasts some pretty snazzy graphics, reminiscent of a souped up Age of Empires.

The Battle for Wesnothplay game

The Battle for Wesnoth

The Battle for Wesnoth is a free turn-based tactical strategy game with a high-fantasy setting. Single player, online multiplayer and hotseat multiplayer modes are supported. The game recently received a big version update, with numerous big changes in store, so it’s a good time to check it out.

Frogattoplay game

From the same team that created The Battle of Wesnoth, comes Frogatto, a cute and challenging side-scrolling platform game starring the eponymous frog. Frogatto does all the usual platforming stuff, and uses his tongue to gobble up enemies, and then spit them out as a projectile weapon.

Alien Arenaplay game

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Alien Arena is a fast-paced deathmatch arena FPS title set in a retro-sci-fi environment. The dev team aims to combine the best elements of Quake III and Unreal Tournament into this single package.

Nexuiz play game

Nexuiz is a fast-paced 3D deathmatch game and open-source project created by a team of developers called Alientrap. The first version was released May 31st 2005 and since then it has been downloaded over 1.5 million times.

Chromium B.S.U.play game

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Chromium B.S.U. is a fast paced, arcade-style, top-scrolling space shooter. It’s been around for a while, but it still kicks ass. The visuals still hold up, and if you’re into top-down SHMUP gameplay, it’ll never get old.

Glestplay game

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.

Warsow play game

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Warsow is an FPS multiplayer combat arena game which boasts some cool cel-shaded visuals. The game is set in a futuristic cartoon-like world where rocketlauncher-wielding pigs and lasergun-carrying cyberpunks roam the streets.

PokerTH play game

PokerTH is a poker simulator focused on the popular Texas Hold’em form of the game. The game supports an online poker playing community and has recently implemented a new player ranking system.

Warzone 2100play game

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In Warzone 2100, an RTS title, players command the forces of The Project in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles. The game offers campaign, multi-player, and single-player skirmish modes. An extensive tech tree with over 400 different technologies, combined with the unit design system, allows for a wide variety of possible units and tactics.

Freecivplay game

Freeciv is a recreation of the gameplay found in classic titles Civilisation and Civilisation II. The game is highly customisable and supports a large multiplayer community.

FreeColplay game

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FreeCol is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game, Colonization. The objective of the game is to create an independent nation.  You start with only a few colonists defying the stormy seas in their search for new land. Will you guide them on the Colonization of a New World?

Had enough?

Looking for more? Be sure to check out Rune Soft as they have a number of cool Linux games such as Ankh, Ankh II, and Jack Keane.

And if you still want more, then mosey on over to The Linux Game Tome.

Do you know of any other Linux gaming titles? Discuss on the MyGaming forums.

  • aldyr

    Some windows based games work flawlessly in linux, there might be a future feature/article waiting to be written. Some game manufacturers, bless their souls, even release native installers for them.

  • _Caboose_

    Wine? 😀

  • WaffelToaster

    This article pretty much sums up why I gave up on linux and went back to Windows. Gaming on linux is sad.

  • OpenTangent

    erm… Heroes of Newerth?

  • lpbbear

    For those into the "Tribes" style games give Legends a try. Legends is a FPS+Z game and is compatible with Linux or Windows. A community mappack is also available for download. Both the game and the mappack are available at:
    http://www.legendsthegame.net

  • sepi

    Gaming on GNU/Linux is just getting started in my opinion. Look at quality titles like Heroes of Newerth and Amnesia: The Dark Descent lately. There are also some heavy Steam for Linux rumours going around. With the huge disappointed of DX10/11 and increased support for Mac I think we will see more games embracing OpenGL and getting Linux support. I don't care about exclusivity as long as I can play the games I love on the OS I love. Running Windows purely for gaming is really annoying. Rant. Over.

  • WaffelToaster

    You forget that the source engine, like most gaming engines, runs off directx.

    Say what you like about "windoze", but the fact is that while the linux guys are going "Any minute now…we'll get all the games…shouldn't be long now…" The windows guys are actually playing the games.

    Gaming on linux at the same level as windows is a pipedream.

  • The_Assimilator

    @sepi

    If anything, it's OpenGL that's on a slow descent into obscurity. OpenGL has been playing catch-up to DirectX in terms of features for years, and although DX10/11 were hardly amazing, the fact is that technologically these APIs are great, it's just that developer support is lacking.

  • lpbbear

    To those interested in gaming in Linux. Ignore the elitist comments that "windows guys are actually playing the games" or "Gaming on linux at the same level as windows is a pipedream". Who friggin cares!

    Now go drool on this video of an upcoming cross platform game that will be available for both Linux and Windows.

    http://www.linuxgames.com/archives/15755

    There are plenty of decent quality games available for Linux. Who cares whether they are the ones the Windows guys play. I DON'T USE WINDOWS. Why the hell would I care what they play or what they think? Let them play their Windows games all they want.

    Explore the nice Linux games listed in this article and elsewhere. I'm sure you can find a Linux based game to keep yourselves entertained quite adequately. I have been gaming on Linux since the late 90's just fine thanks.

    And if any of these Windows know it alls think they have the kahunas to kick my ass in Legends…….I'll be waiting. 😉

  • LinusTorvalds

    To those interested in gaming from 1997, Linux is definitely the way to go!

    Windows Gaming : 3 course buffet
    Linux Gaming : pie and coke from Spar

  • Psion

    As an Amiga user from way-back, it is with a sense of irony that I can look at this mediocre selection and sneer at Microsoft's OS: Windows is just for games.

  • Tarryn van der Byl

    'There are plenty of decent quality games available for Linux. Who cares whether they are the ones the Windows guys play. I DON'T USE WINDOWS. Why the hell would I care what they play or what they think? Let them play their Windows games all they want.'

    Oh, how dare you be so reasonable? Be careful there – someone might think you're actually interested in games, and not trying to convince the planet you don't have a tiny penis by overcompensating everywhere eles.

  • Same old list

    Linux needs more high quality games. The games in the list are of high quality, but whenever there is a list of linux games it's always the same list in a different order.

  • WaffelToaster

    Thing is, why limit yourself? If you enjoy games, why miss out on so many good games? Chances are, your friends don't run linux so you'll miss out on some seriously fun multiplayer games too.

    If you really think Microsoft is teh ev0l, get a ps3 then. Better games, more choice, still no Microsoft :)

  • LeRenard

    Please stop mixing pre alpha games (O AD) with full games just in order to fill your list.

  • MS-baby

    LOL…
    So many windows babys who are scared… ****. This is the right sign for us GNU users. Windows guys are so scared tehy have to do anti-linux propaganda 😉 Nice.

  • RichardStallman

    Im gonna put my fear on hold for a bit and go play every game ever made for pc ever.

    Enjoy gnibbles tho

  • JustSaying

    Seems like this is turning into a Linux gaming vs PC gaming debate. Sigh. I'll just wait till ubuntugamer goes live then so I can actually read some positive community feedback in comments instead of Windows users getting all defensive about the fact that their games are 'better'. In the word of Kevin Butler: “We all serve ONE MASTER … ONE KING … G.A.M.I.N.G ….”

  • Caesar Tjalbo

    Nexuiz is stuck: the name is sold and the PC version won't be developed any further. The code is being forked as Xonotic.

  • ValveLinux
  • JC

    Having recently dropped Ubuntu on my work laptop, I'm pleasantly surprised by the level of support for graphics cards compared to how it was a couple of years ago. There's also initiatives like PlayOnLinux, which apparently allows for a trouble-free install of Steam on Linux.

  • LinusTorvaldsJr

    warsow rocks!

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