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What games are available that run natively on Ubuntu?

Please limit one game per answer - and include why you enjoy the game.

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Re-opened to see how well this question can do. META: Are we too harsh on this one? –  Marco Ceppi Oct 14 '10 at 13:36
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At least it should be a community wiki! –  txwikinger Oct 14 '10 at 14:31
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0 A.D. Download 0ad

Wildfire Games

Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)

0 A.D. (pronounced "zero ey-dee") is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. In short, it is a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of Western civilizations, focusing on the years between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D.

The project is highly ambitious, involving state-of-the-art 3D graphics, detailed artwork, sound, and a flexible and powerful custom-built game engine.

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I could not find it either. Why the heck is apt-cache search case insensitive‽ Anyway, here's a PPA for it: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad (came from here: unixmen.com/gaming-on-linux/…) –  koanhead Jun 2 '11 at 4:22
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+1. This game is amazing. For me is the best strategy game for Linux that has this type of graphics and sound. Age of Empires 3 does not even compare. –  Luis Alvarado Jun 2 '11 at 15:26
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Armagretron Advanced Install Armagretron

Is a Tron styled "Light-Cycle" game that has many gamemode, it has a lot of servers on-line and on each servers can have a completly diffrent customized environment, and gameplay.

I usually play on the server ===<<<[ 2Fast2Dangerous ]>>>===. I like this game because, I is simple, but can take a while to become good and learn all the tricks.

Armagretron Advanced

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There are around 100 commercial Linux games listed on LinApp, and many have demos.

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XBill Install XBill

I have loved it since I first played it years ago. It could've been called XSteve or XLinus or X[whoever] and it would've still been just as fun to play. It's very simple and quite addictive. And can get quite challenging towards the later levels.

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Glest Download glest

Genre: RTS

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.

Glest is not just a game, but also an engine to make strategy games, based on XML and a set of tools. A few mods already exist.

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Please don't forget that there's now a community-fork called MegaGlest. –  Bobby Oct 18 '10 at 9:04
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Nexuiz Install Nexuiz

Nice fast paced online deathmatch.

From the Nexuiz website :

Nexuiz is a 3d deathmatch game that has been in development since the summer of 2002. The goal of the project is to create a high quality first person shooter that can be played freely across all platforms in one package: PC, Mac, and can be even included in Linux distributions. The game is entirely open source, with the sources of the engine, gamecode, map files, and compiling tools, all included with the download, all under the GPL license.

The gameplay is deathmatch with the most excessive possible speeds and weapons, giving incredibly intense fast paced action. Along with deathmatch, there are multiple gamemodes such as team deathmatch, capture the flag, domination, and many mutators and weapon options like rocket arena and instagib. The user can fight through the single player campaign, going through over 20 levels, or play online with our server browser.

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NetHack Download nethack-qt

Genre: Roguelike

NetHack is a single player dungeon exploration game. Unlike many other Dungeons & Dragons-inspired games, the emphasis in NetHack is on discovering the detail of the dungeon and not simply killing everything in sight - in fact, killing everything in sight is a good way to die quickly. Each game presents a different landscape - the random number generator provides an essentially unlimited number of variations of the dungeon and its denizens to be discovered by the player in one of a number of characters: you can pick your race, your role, and your gender.

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The above link installs Nethack Qt version but there is also an X11 versionDownload nethack-x11

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and don't forget angabnd! –  Jeremy Oct 16 '10 at 12:36
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Chromium B.S.U. Download Chromium

Genre: Arcade

Chromium is a classic top down scrolling shooter game where you pilot a spaceship attempting to deliver packages and supplies to troops on the front line.

The game features many levels - increasing in difficulty and a variety of unique enemies and bosses. There are also various upgrades available in game between weapon systems and health

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Freedroid Download freedroidrpg

Genre: RPG

It is a great game played like diablo, but the setting is in the future. Try it out.

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AssaultCube Download assaultcube

Genre: FPS

Another game based on the CUBE engine, very fun FPS. There's no campaign or something, but the online multiplaying is great, very fast-paced.

Some action with a sub-machine gun

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Tremulous Install Tremulous

From the website :

Tremulous is a free, open source game that blends a team based FPS with elements of an RTS. Players can choose from 2 unique races, aliens and humans. Players on both teams are able to build working structures in-game like an RTS. These structures provide many functions, the most important being spawning. The designated builders must ensure there are spawn structures or other players will not be able to rejoin the game after death. Other structures provide automated base defense (to some degree), healing functions and much more...

Player advancement is different depending on which team you are on. As a human, players are rewarded with credits for each alien kill. These credits may be used to purchase new weapons and upgrades from the "Armoury". The alien team advances quite differently. Upon killing a human foe, the alien is able to evolve into a new class. The more kills gained the more powerful the classes available.

The overall objective behind Tremulous is to eliminate the opposing team. This is achieved by not only killing the opposing players but also removing their ability to respawn by destroying their spawn structures.

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Warsow Install Warsow

Genre: FPS

Take Quake 3 remove what is bad, improve what is good mix it with great graphics and you get Warsow. In Warsow it's a little easier to do strafe jumping and you can wall-jump and get speed easily so that make that you'll hardly find slow noobs but it is still hard to become good at this game and it'll need a lot of training.

In this game there is a lot of gamemode and one of this is race, that the same as the DeFRaG mod for Quake 3, if you don't know DeFRaG you probably don't know why so many people love Quake 3 and that's a shame, so I play this gamemode most of the time even if there is not a lot of server on this gamemode. When I get my friend to play Warsow I usually play on instagib deathmatch.

Warsow

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Cube 2: Sauerbraten Install Sauerbraten

From the website :

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer/singleplayer first person shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS. Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is not necessarily to produce the most features & eyecandy possible, but rather to allow map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine.
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Hedgewars install hedgewars

A turn based strategy, artillery, action and comedy game, featuring the antics of pink hedgehogs with attitude as they battle from the depths of hell to the depths of space.

As commander, it's your job to assemble your crack team of hedgehog soldiers and bring the war to your enemy.

Game Features

  • Hilarious and devistating turn based combat for up to 6 players
  • Both local and network multiplayer, with optional AI opponents
  • Battle on an infinite number of randomly generated maps, with over 20 environments
  • Utilise 47 (and counting) devistating weapons! Including the piano strike and explosive robotic cake
  • Play the game your way, with 18 different game modifiers, tweak almost every aspect of the match
  • Customize your team, with over 120 costumes, 30 graves, 12 forts, 100s of flags and unique voice packs
  • Huge battles with up to 48 hogs
  • Play both singleplayer and multiplayer minigames
  • Plugin your own custom maps, costumes, and other artwork

Hedgewars has a similar game style to Worms and Wormux.

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FreeCiv install freeciv and FreeCol install freecol

Those two games are inspired from Civilization and Colonization. I really enjoyed those 2 games in the past, I don't play much nowadays.

They are both strategy games, turn-by-turn.

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Both are available in the Ubuntu repositories, so you can install them via Ubuntu Software Centre. However, on Ubuntu 10.04 the package are a bit old. You could try to use PlayDeb to get newer version.

You can give a try at FreeCiv online without installing it.

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Wormux Install Wormux

It's a funny little game where open-source mascots declare genocide and try to kill each other, bugs bunny style.

Try it, it's a lot of fun and runs well on old PCs. I get 15 FPS on my Pentium 3, which is perfectly fine, seeing as the game is turned-based. It's also in the software centre, but there's an offical PPA you should add, considering netplay only works with the latest version.

Beware: the name will soon be changed to Warmux.

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OpenTTD Download openttd

Genre: Sim

An Open Source clone of Transport Tycoon Deluxe.

You will probably want to install the additional free sounds and graphics too so tick the Add-ons openttd-opengfx, openttd-opensfx & openttd-openmsx in Software Centre

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Battle for Wesnoth Download wesnoth-1.8

A turn-based multiplayer strategy game.

I play this game almost everyday with my friend. This game is superbe with a beautiful music and a never boring gameplay you can play a map for 5 min or for hours, you can download a infinite number of addons and there is always players online. You can play it on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux so you don't need to have all your friends on Linux.

Here a screenshot :

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Try it, you will not regret it.

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I found it is a very nicely done game overall. There are some flaws, but it's definitely one of the best open source games for Linux out there. –  levesque Oct 14 '10 at 14:23
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Saying you won't regret it is a bit of an understatement because your overall work productivity will fall dramatically after installing this. Quality game. –  Slipstream Apr 11 '11 at 10:31
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World of GooInstall worldofgoo

An excellent puzzle game that runs natively on linux, DRM and region free.

World of Goo

It's $20, but there is a free demo available to see if you like it. If you do like it, note that it's developed by a small independent studio who trusts you enough to keep it DRM-free, so please buy it and your $ will be going to the right place!

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this needs to be in the paid section of the software center.... –  trampster Oct 16 '10 at 9:17
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+1 for the idea. Ubuntu should partner-up with some game developers like 2dboy. As well as other software companies. –  lamcro Oct 16 '10 at 15:03
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Although a nice game, I think it's sad this is number one, I don't think it's that nice and more of a casual game, offering no story-line whatsoever. –  levesque Nov 15 '10 at 13:29
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@trampster @lamcro, WoG is now in paid section of Ubuntu Software Center :) –  Alvin Row Dec 2 '10 at 17:17
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@DoR: Awesome! It's even in Maverick, you don't have to wait until Natty to get it. –  Matthew Dec 5 '10 at 21:02
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Heroes of Newerth

Genre: RTS

Inspired by DOTA (custom mod for warcraft3), where you pick one of the 70ish available heroes and team with 4 other people to compete against another team of 5. Gameplay is incredibly rich, it is a game that you can play for years without ever tiring of it because playing with and against other players makes the experience much more deep.

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However I must warn you that the learning curve is pretty steep, you will be called a noob, you will get yelled at, it will take you a couple of weeks to get used to all the heroes, their abilities and the various items available. However, the guys at S2 have added a new game mode, which is supposed to be much easier, with a smoother learning curve - casual mode. The game becomes overall more forgiving of mistakes, for example there is no more gold penalty on death.

Definitely one of my favorite games on PC

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Secret Maryo Chronicles Download smc

Genre: Platform

For Mario fans like me.

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Torcs Download torcs

Genre: Racing

The Open Racing Car Simulator. TORCS is a highly portable multi platform car racing simulation. It is used as ordinary car racing game, as AI racing game and as research platform. It runs on Linux (x86, AMD64 and PPC), FreeBSD, MacOSX and Windows. The source code of TORCS is licensed under the GPL ("Open Source").

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Flight Gear Download flightgear

FlightGear is an open-source flight simulator.

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Revenge of the Titans Pay for application $28

Old-style tower defense strategy game. It was part of Humble Indie Bundle 2.

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Quake Live

Genre: FPS

A game by id Software designed to run on x86-based computers via a web browser plugin. It is a variant of its predecessor, Quake III Arena (Q3A).

Quake Live is free to download and play. Additionally, there are subscription options that include more arenas, game types and game server options.

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Free Tennis

Genre: Tennis Sim

The most notable features of Free Tennis are:

  1. Real tactics are useful in the game. For example, it is best to take the net with a slow, low shot (backspin); it is best to play diagonal when you are decentered horizontally, in order not to give angles; you should get back to center and behind the baseline after the shot, in order not to be caught in No-Man's-Land when the opponent hits;
  2. The A.I. is very advanced and reflects those tactics;
  3. You have total control over the parabola described by the shot;
  4. The graphic gestures are realistic and elegant;
  5. Different players have different skills;
  6. The game is developed by a former tennis player;

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FreeOrion

Genre: Turn-Based Strategy

A free space space exploration and domination game based upon Masters of Orion.

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Defcon Pay for application $15

Introversion

Genre: Real-Time Strategy

Defcon has a native linux client available.

Like a graphically beautiful, real-time version of Risk. It gets generally excellent reviews.

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And Yet It Moves Pay for application $9.99

Genre: Puzzle-Platformer

And Yet It Moves is an award-winning physics-based platform game in which players rotate the game world at will to solve challenging puzzles. Tilting the world turns walls into floors, slides into platforms, and stacks of rocks into dangerous hazards. Players navigate through a paper collage world created with colorful pieces of cardboard and set to distinctive music. With four different environments and unlockable modes, And Yet It Moves is a platformer that will provide gamers with endless challenges.

A really surprising game.

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