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Help pick the best free Linux games

By   |  November 27, 2007

As we begin to slip into the festive season and things begin winding up for the year, we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to check out some of the best [2]Linux[/2] [1]games[/1] available.

We are opening nominations for the games to be entered into a poll for the best Linux games available.

The requirements for games to be included are:

– they must run on Linux, without Wine
– they must be completely free
– they must be a complete game and not an add-on to a commercial game
– installation must be relatively easy

To get the ball rolling, we had a look around and listed some of the top games available at the moment.

This is far from a comprehensive list, so if you know of any other great games or want to say something about those on the list, please leave a comment.

All readers’ comments will be sifted through to create a shortlist of the top games and the best ones will be reviewed. (a 13-year-old somewhere in the back of my mind is jumping around excited at finally landing his dream job!)

First person shoot ’em ups

America’s Army
Saurbraten (Cube 2)
Alien Arena
Enemy Territory
Urban Terror
True Combat: Elite
World of Padman


Crimson Field
Battle for Wesnoth
Warzone 2100


Frozen Bubble


The Open Racing Car Simulator

Flight Simulators

Privateer Remake
The Ur-Quan Masters


9 Responses to “Help pick the best free Linux games”

  1. Dawie Joubert
    November 29th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm


    Battle of Antargis –
    Battle for Wesnoth –
    Battle Tanks –
    Clonk Rage –
    Scorced Earth –
    Wormux –
    FreeOrion –
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    To stay up-to-date with other open-source/free games check out:

  2. Joris
    November 29th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    What about FreeCol? – a project that aims to bring the old Colonization game back, and they\’re doing a very good job at it – was also voted game (game project) of the year by
    It\’s a strategy game.

  3. Fabian
    November 30th, 2007 @ 3:32 am

    My favorite games are:

    Neverball (not on the list yet,

    Frozen Bubble (on the list)

  4. Smith
    November 30th, 2007 @ 7:01 am

    I vote for Alien Arena.

    I am not 100% sure of the License, but shouldn\’t Glest ( get a mention in the strategy category. I think it is an absolutely ace game!

  5. Dwight
    November 30th, 2007 @ 7:10 am

    Assault cube should be in the First person shooter\’s list —

    I would like to point out that the Linux version for American Army, as far as I know, has stopped being developed for a while now. The latest version of American Army only works on windows (wine on linux)

  6. Dawie Joubert
    November 30th, 2007 @ 8:09 am

    That Glest looks awesome, just can\’t find a Linux version of it ?

  7. GeneracionLibre
    November 30th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    What about Quake4? It\’s the best shooter for Linux IMHO

  8. nat1192
    November 30th, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    I think that Cube 1 deserves a mention. It will run on almost any system that can run a recent distro. It may not be as detailed as Cube 2, but I find Cube 2 annoying as I can\’t run it on many systems at all. (I have even been able to get Cube 1 running with generic MESA drivers and no hardware acceleration).

  9. Allen Dulles
    November 30th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    TORCS is the best racing game:

    X-PLANE is the best flight sim:

    MAME is the best retro arcade sim:

    Note: These all run natively on Linux.

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