After a hard day at work, you decide to relax and play a nice game on your Linux system. As you don’t want anything too complex that could require a lot of attention, you decide to find a game that’s simple and fun to play. That’s when you decide to have some fun with Tux, sliding him down the mountains, catching fish, and performing tricks. Enter Extreme Tux Racer!
Secret Maryo Chronicles is an open source PC game designed around the original Super Mario World side scroller that takes what was great about that old console game and brings it to the PC, dusts it off and tries to improve on it. While still not completely polished or fully matured, it does offer you a lot of gaming fun. So let’s look at a little that it does offer you.
Lbreakout2 is a fun arcade game, where you use a paddle to reflect balls, aiming at bricks in the air. Like many other games of its type, Lbreakout features many power-ups and downs, brick types, and other great bonuses.
Frozen Bubble is a pop-cap style game that puts the user into a world of colored balls, ice and penguins. While that might sound a bit silly, that’s the whole point.
Glest is a 3D realtime strategy game (or RTS) set in a sort of pseudo medieval Europe. The game, as of version 2, features two factions, Tech and Magic. Each faction also has their own unit types, buildings and tech tree (ie more stuff to do later). As typical with RTS games there are resources to gather and mine.
Blobby Volley is an action-filled, multiplayer, addictive volleyball game for 1 or 2 players. The players can go head-to-head with each other either on the same machine, on LAN or even on the internet.
While it is just another classic overhead-scrolling space shooter, it is a game with a twist. You can not let any of the alien ships past you; each one will cost you a life. Moreover, the ammunition is also limited. This is what makes the game very challenging, almost impossible.
The idea is simple. You have to keep building walls and outrun your opponent by not bumping into either your wall or your opponents. While the game has options of playing against the bot, the game truely shines when it is played against a number of human players (LAN or online).
If you have played Doom, Quake, Unreal Tournament, or any of their various free mods/clones, then you already have a good idea of what to expect from Nexuiz. Like all those games before it, Nexuiz is simple, dumb fun.
Frets on Fire is an open source clone of the ever-popular PlayStation 2 music/rhythm game Guitar Hero. It’s a free download and is available for Windows, Linux and the Mac, though the Mac version is experimental.