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Linux Game Review: Sun Blast

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Remember those insane arcade games that kept you up all night, blasting away at ship after ship, leading up to a showdown with a massive star destroyer that relentlessly hurled various dangerous objects at you? More than likely, the game you remember offered a 2D top-down or side-scrolling view of space. But now take a moment to imagine all of that in 3D.

Sun Blast is a cross-platform, independent game from OBLONE Software that offers you exactly that experience. With it, you will feel like you are immersed in the arcade action, as space debris, enemy vessels, and menacing star ships all take aim at you.

Read more at MTE

Gaming is Alive and Well on Linux

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Gaming on the Linux platform is alive and well, thank you very much. In fact, there are more quality games available for Linux today than ever before. If you’re using a recently released version of a distro, like Ubuntu, you’ll find a wide range of game categories available right from the install menu. The options increase if you’re not opposed to spending a little coin.

Hardware performance is really only a concern for the graphic-intensive games. You’ll need a fairly recent video card with on-board memory in the 256MB range. Chances are pretty good that you won’t have any issues getting them to run either, although you may need to activate a proprietary video driver for the graphics intensive games. With Ubuntu 10.04 we had to enable the Nvidia proprietary driver on our Dell XPS M1330 laptop to get some of the games to work. Neverball was very jerky without the proprietary driver but ran extremely well with it.

Read more at LinuxPlanet

EDuke32- A first person shooter game for Linux

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Eduke32 is awesome first person shooter game and a cross-platform Duke3D (Duke Nukem 3D) port which provides many new features for mod authors, including an enhanced scripting system and OpenGL renderer. It offers countless platforms on which to build and improve on and with no shortage of Duke Nukem enthusiasts it can only get better, Thanx to Eduke32’s creators we are able to match memory and relive our gaming youth with much greater graphics.

As a first-person shooter, the gameplay of Duke Nukem 3D involves moving through levels presented from the protagonist’s point of view, shooting enemies on the way.
The environment of Duke Nukem 3D is highly destructible; most props can be destroyed by the player.

Read more at Unixmen

Energy Tycoon

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Rejoice! Now you can become the CEO of a multinational evil energy empire on your home PC. Build as many nuclear power plants as you always wished, destroy the world’s climate with coal electrification and make a big advertisement campaign to greenwash your evil plans with some wind-mills 😉

Energy Tycoon

You can download this great looking game called Energy Tycoon, for Windows and Linux, and the source-code is available under a MIT/BSD like license. It includes some non-free parts however (e.g. irrklang AFAIK) and the media license is unclear, but it’s rare that such a polished game shows up as open-source more or less out of nowhere.

Read more at Free Gamer

Two Free Linux Civilization-Like Games: Freeciv and FreeCol

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

While most of the proprietary games get all the attention on Windows, on Linux it’s the other way around. Of course, this is because we’re stuck with only few choices for mainly any type of game, from arcade to shooters or strategies. But there are good, if not great, alternatives in Linux.

Today I will overview two Linux games which are a very good alternative to the famous Civilization series from Windows, Freeciv and FreeCol. They are both open-source, free, and usually come included with every distribution.

Read more at TuxArena

Wesnoth 1.9 Brings Awesome New Features

Friday, September 17th, 2010
There is no question Battle for Wesnoth is the most played turn-based strategy game on the Linux platform, being probably the most polished, full-featured and addictive game in its category. In this article I will talk about development release 1.9, plans for the upcoming 2.0 release and the brand new features offered at the time of writing. For users who will want to try this game for the first time, keep in mind that the version reviewed here is a development version, that means it will be buggy and incomplete, with a lot of features stripped down or not working. Try the stable, 1.8.4 version instead.

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First-Person Shooter Game for Linux: Warsow Review

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

It’s been a while since I last reviewed a shooter game for Linux, and one of them was World of Padman (reviewed here), which was a cartoon-like, funny first-person shooter. Well, the same goes for Warsow, the game I’m going to talk about in this article. Every graphical aspect of Warsow indicates we’re dealing with a cartoon-like universe, from the character models to weapons and maps.

Read more at TuxArena

TORCS Review – The Open Racing Car Simulator for Linux

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

As the title suggests, TORCS is a free and open-source racing simulator available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. I’ll list here some of its features:

– 3D graphics using OpenGL
– 42 different car models
– 30 racing tracks
– 6 racing types
– different camera angles

Read more at TuxArena

Danger from the deep- An awesome Open Source World War II german submarine simulator | Games

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Danger from the deep is nice open source submarine sumilator game. According to their website “Danger from the Deep (known as dangerdeep or DftD) is a free (as in free speech), Open Source World War II german submarine simulator. The program and source code is available under the GPL license and most of the artwork/data is released under a Creative Commons license (Attribution/NonCommercial/Non-Derivative works).

DftD is currently being developed on Linux (i386 and AMD64) and Windows. There are binarys available for Linux (i386 and amd64), Windows (32bit) and there are some old packages for MacOSX. Danger from the Deep makes use of SDL/OpenGL and thus should be portable to other operating systems or platforms.'”

Read more at Unixmen

Free RTS Game for Linux: Warzone 2100

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Warzone 2100 is a free, open-source real-time strategy game available for Linux, Windows and Mac. This game was originally closed-source, developed by Pumpkin Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in 1999, but in 2004 it was officially licensed under the GNU GPL.

The latest version is 2.3.4, released earlier this year, on August 12. Let me list some of its features:

– single player and multi player modes
– 3D graphics engine, allowing the use of a 3D camera and angle rotation
– tons of units and upgrades to choose from
– allows fully customisable units

Read more at TuxArena