15 Games for Linux
(some new/recent)http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7745/1.htmlBullet Candy Perfecthttp://www.charliesgames.com/wordpress/?page_id=203
Bullet Candy Perfect was released for Linux this past February following an October 2009 release for Windows. It is an update of the original Bullet Candy sporting a new engine and higher quality graphics. The game is an arcade-style shoot-em-up free-for-all. Although it was said that Bullet Candy Perfect is similar to Geometry Wars, reviews state that a faster pace, prettier graphics, and little extras make it worth playing.
The game has 50 levels, 3 difficulty settings, and support for gaming controllers. The price of this action game can’t be beat and system requirements are very modest. The game can be had for as little $1 although, officially, it’s pay what you want. A demo with 15 levels is available for this game.Machinariumhttp://machinarium.net/demo/
One popular game that has won many awards and earned placement on several best game lists recently was Machinarium from Amanita Design. It garnered raving reviews because of the rich graphics, lovable hero, challenging puzzles, and darling backstory. It is developed in Flash with all the advantages and disadvantages that brings. The advantages include being easier to port to alternative platforms like Linux and Mac, but the disadvantages of Flash in Linux are legendary.
The game played well for most users, but could exhibit undesirable behavior occasionally ranging from substantial slow-down to annoying lag at some of the most inopportune times - like when a count-down timer was running. Fortunately, these glitches were few and far between and seemed worth it to be able to enjoy the immersive and addictive world of Josef, our hero. The game ends with what can be seen as a setup for a sequel, but the main developer has said in interviews (1, 2) that is still undecided. The game costs approximately $20.Penumbrahttp://www.penumbragame.com/ageGate.php
Another company releasing their games for Linux is Frictional Games. Their first releases, collectively known as The Penumbra Series, not only brought the excitement of thrills and chills but also hope that Linux gaming is still alive and well.
This series consisted of three releases, each a fully functioning 3D first-person puzzle adventure set in a dangerous, scary, and challenging netherworld. The first installment had some first-person altercation segments, the second concentrated almost solely on puzzle-solving, and the third was heavy on task completion; although all three had elements of each. The Penumbra games were released individually in 2008 and 2009 at the cost of $10 and $15 each, but all three can now be purchased as a set for the bargain price $20.World of Goohttp://2dboy.com/games.php
Much like Penumbra or Machinarium, World of Goo is a puzzle game wrapped in an immersive alternative universe. The object is usually to navigate through the gooey world by fashioning Goo Balls into tightropes, bridges, swings, towers, boats, and such.
Possibly more popular than Penumbra or Machinarium, World of Goo has a long list of raving reviews, but rarely is a game analysed for its social and political relevance. For most people, it is a beautiful world, lovable characters, challenging puzzles, and just plain addictive. World of Goo became wildly popular last year when its developers ran a “pay what you want” sale, but is currently priced at $20.World of Padmanhttp://padworld.myexp.de/index.php?news
World of Padman is a more recent entry of the Ioquake3 3D first person shooters and like the others, it is Open Source software and free to download. It is based on the Padman comic strip and features similar physics and modes as other Ioquake games, but with more cartoon-ish textures and models with less bloody carnage.
There are plenty of additional maps and soundtracks available from community contributers and it boasts a rather large core team with frequent updates and releases. World of Padman began life several years ago as a mod for Quake 3, but was released as a stand alone game in late 2007. The community surrounding Padman has grown rapidly making the game quite popular and the recipient of several positive reviews. The graphics of this game might not appeal to all users, but it does make for some wacky gameplay suitable for gamers of all ages.Hacker Evolution: Untoldhttp://www.exosyphen.com/page_hacker...on-untold.html
Hacker Evolution: Untold is a role playing strategy game where you play a computer hacker who needs to save the world from computers that are taking over, wreaking havoc, and replicating.
The object is to hack into enemy computers and drain the information and resources to solve the mystery before the computer program has taken the world completely over while clearing your name in the process. Originally released for Windows, the Linux version of this game became available March 2010. The game costs $25 and a demo is available.
Quake Live is a bit of a variation on the online multiplayer format. Unlike the more traditional in-game server/client relationship, Quake Live is experienced through your Web browser. On-site registration is necessary, as is downloading the proper plugins, but it is free to play. Profiles, placement, and statistics are stored at the Site as well. This Quake III re-creation works in Windows, Mac, or Linux.
System requirements are stated as Pentium III or better; GeForce 4 MX, Radeon 8500, Intel i915, or better; and a broadband Internet connection. Quake Live just recently celebrated their one year anniversary and its reception has been reported to be very high. Carmack stated that a premium subscription service will have to be integrated in the near future in order to pay for the continuation of the game. id spokesmen have estimated the cost for this service to be approximately $5 per month.Galcon Fusionhttp://www.galcon.com/fusion/
Galcon Fusion is a multiplayer arcade-like strategy game that reviewers have said is as easy to play as it is addictive. The goal is conquer as many neighboring planets as possible and the one with the most planets wins. This is done by building and accumulating resources and ships.
Galcon Fusion is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and the iPhone. Galcon Fusion was released in February 2010 and is one of the few games available with Colorblind support. Team and single player missions are also supported. Galcon Fusion costs $9.99 and a demo is available.Preyhttp://icculus.org/prey/
Prey is an immersive 3D first-person shooter built on the Doom 3 engine. As such, the physics and gameplay are reminiscent of Doom 3 but the backstory and many features are quite unique. In Prey, the hero, his girlfriend, and grandfather (as well as many other beings) have been kidnapped by aliens for the purpose of energy (food). The hero wrangles free from his restraints and watches his grandfather killed by the aliens’ automated processors. He vows to find and rescue his girlfriend before she meets a similar fate.
The main characters are Cherokee American and many aspects of the game take advantage of that connection such as the manner of dying and respawning, spirit walking to navigate certain areas, and a spirit guide to help with some translations and clues. The hero explores the ship and shoots his way through bad guys and puzzles to end up saving the world. It was released for Windows in 2006, but Linux binaries weren’t released until December 2008. Prey is available from retail and online outlets for about $10 these days and the Linux installer is free to download.QuantZhttp://gamerizon.com/games/quantz/
QuantZ is a unique puzzle game that seems to be a weird cross between Tetris, Frozen Bubble, and Neverball. The object of the game is to match marbles so that they cause colorful explosions. This is accomplished by manipulating the center object with your mouse and launching the marbles in order to collect enough to react.
When all the marbles are gone, the player progresses to the next level. The premise is simple, but the game is quite addictive and well worth the $12 price. QuantZ was released in August 2009 and a demo is available at the Gamerizon Website.Upcoming and In-DevelopmentTiny & Big
is another 3D alternative reality task completion adventure game.http://www.tinyandbig.com/news/
The main character, Tiny, is a lovable being who is trying to retrieve his most valued possession from the antagonist, Big. His adventure takes him over perilous terrain where he must use his intellect, skills, and backpack of goodies to navigate towards the climatic showdown.
This game will be released for Windows, Mac, and Linux and there is currently a working demo available. The graphics might feel simplistic for some and the system recommendations include a Core2duo / Athlon X2 @ 2.4 GHz and a GeForce 8800 series / Radeon 2900 video card. There have been no hints to the final price or release date as of yet.
Frictional Games, makers of the Penumbra series, is working on their second major title due out in August 2010. The teaser video of Amnesia: The Dark Descent
is even scarier than Penumbra. Like the Penumbra collection, Amnesia will be another interactive 3D puzzle-solving adventure, but developers said the puzzles will be more integrated into the story and game adding to the reality of the experience.
As excitement for this game builds, pre-orders are being accepted and if a certain goal is reached, additional content will be added. Preorders can be placed for $16. No demo is available as of yet, but developers state that the game is working on all platforms.http://www.amnesiagame.com/#mainSpeed Dreams
is a new fork of the older well-known project TORCS. Developers forked Speed Dreams late 2008 in order to implement new features, cars, tracks, and AI elements and in order to allow for a more democratic commit process. Development continued throughout 2009 and the first version was released in February 2010. With Speed Dreams being a new fork and only a release candidate available, many distributions still provide TORCS instead. Although installing Speed Dreams can be a challenge since only the source tarball is available from developers, packages are available for Ubuntu 9.10 through PlayDeb.http://speed-dreams.sourceforge.net/Primal Carnage – Humans VS Dinosaurs
is a first-person shooter that pits humans against dinosaurs. It’s primarily a team-oriented online multiplayer, but a single-player mode will also be available. It’s obvious that Primal Carnage is inspired by Jurassic Park as the environments and creatures look almost as though they were pulled straight from the movie.
The object is to complete task-oriented goals such as survival and capture-the-point. Primal Carnage is due to be released in Q4 of 2010. The estimated price for this game is around $2 and no demo is available yet. Screenshots and some early video are available at their Website.http://www.primalcarnage.com/website/Joe Danger
is a an obstacle-laden motorbike driving game. You play a stuntman who must traverse tracks and perform tricks and jumps in competitions to earn points and win - or as one developer put it, “You laugh in the face of danger, and it laughs back, as you bounce from boulder to boulder, on fire, towards that pile of mousetraps.”http://www.hellogames.org/
The graphics are a bit cutsy but it looks like great fun for all ages. Joe Danger is due to be released in the Spring of this year at a price rumored to be around $10.