Playtime with Linux - what do you play?

I felt a little uninspired today. Moving house, fighting with my laptop's wireless card, and the heat are all factors which didn't help my mood.
In the midst of my uninspired state, while looking for software to install and talk about, I stumbled upon a game called "Armagetron", available in Ubuntu's repositories.

Armagetron is a 3D version of the "popular" (depending on your age) game Tron.

I used to play Tron on a portable gaming machine when I was 8. I was about to have yet more surgery on my right hand (the joys of children and domestic accidents...) and my cousin gave me this tiny box which did one thing, and did it well: allowed you to play Tron. Don't expect fancy graphics - we are talking about 1985 or 1986 here! The screen resolution wasn't there - the screen was a grid of squares, similar to a calculator's screen with multiple lines. That was enough to make you see your car, and the trace you left behind. You could only play against the computer.

And boy, it was fun. Really fun.

Here I am, some 23 years later, sitting in front of a machine only slightly bigger than my Tron game, playing the same game in 3D. Who would have guessed?

More importantly, I am playing with Linux, a free operating system - and the game itself is free.

After playing for a few minutes, I realised that a computer is many different things to different people. A hard core gamer is not going to choose Linux or OS X because the software is just not there, for example. But this doesn't mean that Linux doesn't have any games. Maybe not the multi-million dollar games a hard-core gamer expects, but it definitely has enough to make sure that the average uninspired worker (err...) is entertained.

What games do you play in Linux? How important are they for you? And... why? I would be delighted to hear from you. Even better if the games are available in Adept/Synaptic - so that most of our readers can install them easily.

Tony Mobily - Wed, 2020-12-13 22:43.

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Wesnoth & Uplink

The game I love best is Wesnoth. Not much of a graphic, but by Cthulhu, it's an addictive one. Besides, you can make your own scenario if you want one, or edit the existing one to suit your taste.

There's this other addictive game called Uplink, and I used to play it in my machine running Mandriva 2006. However, I've switched to Mandriva 2007.0 and Uplink just doesn't work anymore. Any idea?

Edwin (not verified) - Sun, 2020-12-31 03:57.

I love Enemy Territory on Linux

I had previously played the heck out of the Linux version of RTCW, but I still LOVE to play Enemy Territory on Linux!

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-12-21 20:17.


It would be nice if the following games become available in Linux native format without using Wine or Cedega:

Counter Strike 1.5
Warcraft III
NBA Live

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-12-19 20:35.


I've wasted many hours playing Seahaven Towers and Relaxed Seahaven Towers (my favorite) in PySol. It's available in Ubuntu's repositories and lets you play LOTS of solitaire card games.

Robert Aldridge (not verified) - Tue, 2020-12-19 14:20.

I like Dirk Dashing,Tribal

I like Dirk Dashing,Tribal Trouble, Postal 2 and Doom 3

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-12-15 09:45.

My favourites

UFO Alien Invasion

Josef (not verified) - Thu, 2020-12-14 09:58.


* Torcs (OpenGL driving simulation)
* FlightGear (OpenGL Flight simulation)
* VDrift (OpenGL, Drift racing...or "Drifting")
* The Battle for Wesnoth (Turn-based strategy)

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-12-14 08:46.

I really like gaming and

I really like gaming and forced myself to game only on linux. While this gives me a serious handycap I do enjoy gaming on this platform.
I've played (multiplay with friends) scorched3d, bzflag. It was fun !

foez (not verified) - Thu, 2020-12-14 03:14.

Frozen Bubble

Frozen Bubble is a great little game. Not only is it great fun to play, but it also has very good graphics (for a 2D game) and a great soundtrack. It's available in several repositories - a list is available at

David Roberts (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-13 23:38.

yup, Frozen Bubble rocks,

yup, Frozen Bubble rocks,

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-12-26 15:04.

Cannon Smash

There is a 3d ping-pong game out there called cannon smash. It comes with Suse and is available on other distributions too. It's sensitive to spin and quite fun.

Andrew (not verified) - Wed, 2020-12-13 23:11.

One game that has aided me

One game that has aided me in killing time is BZ Flag (Battle Zone capture Flag), it is a (quite popular actually) 3D tank battle game and seems to be available for most distros I've tried. -
Another of my favorites is Nexuiz. Nexuiz is a 3D Deathmatch game based on the Darkplaces engine, and is often available via your distros package manager. -

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-12-25 19:30.