Linux Gaming Roundup

Hedgewars

Website:
http://www.hedgewars.org
Version:
0.9.13
Description:
A Worms clone, replacing the ill-fated invertebrates with hell-raising hedgehogs.
Thoughts:
If you like Worms, you will love this game. If you don’t know what Worms is, it’s a turn-based, trajectory game that pits multiple teams against each other, equipped with all sorts of various weaponry that you must control to blow up your opponent. Hedgewars does a fantastic job of capturing the feel of Worms, while providing fresh and modern artwork, great character voices and plenty of levels. The only downside that I perceived was a lack of ready-made computer teams to act as single player opponents in custom scenarios, but you have the facilities at hand to create the teams to your liking. I most appreciate the concept of “hats” which allow ordinary hedgehogs to become the likes of Darth Vader or Pikachu, adding flavor, and in some cases more inspiration to make sure your bazooka lands right on target.

Open Arena

Website:
http://openarena.ws/
Version:
0.8.1
Description:
An Open Source clone of Quake 3 using the id Software-provided engine, but providing all new skins and levels.
Thoughts:
I feel like Open Arena is often held as one of the paragons of FOSS gaming. When id Software released their Quake 3 engine, the team jumped upon it and began providing custom skins and levels, as id did not release those bits under a liberal licensing agreement. The result is a fast-paced, first-person, twitch shooter that in some cases mimics levels from Quake 3 and in others provides different opportunities. Though some may say building an engine is tough work, so is providing all sorts of 3D models and high quality sounds at various resolutions and samplings, and the team must be praised for their efforts to provide as deep an experience as the original Quake 3. I know this is my default shooter on any Linux box, and it runs great on older hardware as well!

Oolite

Website:
http://oolite.org
Version:
1.74
Description:
A GNUStep clone of the original Elite game, with updated 3D graphics and a new story line.
Thoughts:
Do you like sitting for hours on end traversing the depths of space with a 1 in 100 chance that something interesting might happen in between your entering a system and your arrival at the local space station placed obnoxiously far away? Do you like doing this because you like simulation? Then Oolite is for you! And my personal answer is “yes” to the above questions, which is why I both like and appreciate this game. Oolite is a space trading game with a fluctuating economy, diverse system designs, and a vibrant expansions and modifications community. It’s more a thinking game than a twitch game, but the attention to the game universe’s history is something not commonly found amongst FOSS games. I really like this game, but I know that it’s not for everybody.

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  1. It sucks that linux is limited to what games are native but thats why linux has wine ^_^ but it would be nice to port more games over to linux native.