Great games that run on LinuxI'll replace this with a nice picture at some point...
- Within a deep forest (free, wine)
You play the part of a bouncy ball, trying to save the world from a bomb that will freeze everything. The story is kind of lame but gameplay/music is amazing. It's basically a 2d side-scroller with intentionally retro graphics for the most part (you won't find many diagonal lines, etc). Probably one of the most relaxing games i've ever played, even if it can make me ridiculously angry.
- I wanna be the guy (free, wine)
Probably the most difficult game I have ever played. I still haven't beaten the damn thing. A 2d side-scroller which is designed to make you as angry as possible. Each screen comes up with new and unexpected ways to kill you (with lots and lots of blood... oddly satisfying after having died about 40 times in the exact same spot). My only reaction to this one is "ARRRRGHHH!!!!!" but I still love it.
- Guild Wars (commercial, wine)
A MMORPG that is somewhat less crack-like than WoW: given that you don't have a monthly fee, you don't feel the need to try to wring out your money's worth by playing in every spare (or not so spare) minute.
- Doom III (commercial, native)
Probably one of my favorite games of all time. Play at night with the lights off and the volume up. This game combines awesome atmosphere with fast-paced gameplay to leave you in an odd combination of excitement, curiosity and fear. It's fantastic. Do not play with a full bladder.
- Nexuiz (free, native)
A great open-source multiplayer shooter game. Not much to be said here - compare to Unreal Tournament, Counterstrike, etc and mods thereof, with a futuristic space-y feel. Definitely give this one a go, it's free, open source, and awesome.
- Sauerbraten (free, native)
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.
- Warsow (free, native)
Cartoon-like fast-paced FPS with a very active community, and a style of graphics you probably won't ever see anywhere else. Definitely give this one a go.
- IOQuake3 (free, native)
The be-all end-all open-source version of Quake 3. The permanent goal is to create the open source Quake 3 distribution uponwhich people base their games and projects. They also seek to have the perfect version of the engine for playing Quake 3: Arena, Team Arena, and all popular mods.
- Tremulous (free, native)
Humans versus aliens in a team-based RTS-FPS hybrid. If you'd like a little bit of team strategy with your FPS, or enjoyed the Alien vs Predator games, give it a go. Build structures and defenses, and destroy your enemy.
- Battle for Wesnoth (free, native)
A hex-based fantasy SRPG with a fairly shallow learning curve but some deep strategy. It's been around for several years and is thus remarkably polished for an open-source game. There are also a ton of user-made campaigns, some of the best of which have been packaged into the stable branch as of 1.4.
- Neverwinter Nights (commercial, native)
Set in a huge medieval fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons. This RPG puts you at the center of an epic tale of faith, war, and betrayal. As a player, you are able to choose what skills and abilities you will develop as you voyage though the complex and dangerous fantasy world of Forgotten Realms.
- Neverwinter Nights 2 (commercial, wine)
Sequel of Neverwinter Nights, but based on D&apm;D 3.5 (revised), as opposed to D&D 3 like it's predecessor. Note that while Neverwinter Nights has a native Linux binary, this one does not, and must be played with wine.
- Armadillo Run (commercial, wine)
Your Armadillo (i.e. ball) is trapped in another dimension! You need to build structures with limited supplies and money to ensure that it gets from its starting point to the portal (i.e. target zone). This can get pretty tricky!
- Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 (commercial, wine)
Build your own amusement park! Note: To get this to work in wine, run 'winecfg', and under the Graphics tab, make sure "Emulate Virtual Desktop" is checked.
- Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe (free, native)
OpenTTD is a clone of the Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", a popular game originally written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.
- World of Warcraft (commercial, wine)
Well, everyone knows what World of Warcraft is. Getting it to work with wine, though, is slightly less well-known. The website this links to should help you set everything up. Enjoy, you warcrack-heads.
- Diablo 2 (commercial, wine)
After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Only you will be able to determine the outcome of this final encounter...