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Linux Games For Non-Gamers? 460

Nethead writes "Due to some down-time, I'm looking for some Linux games to pass the time. I've been playing BattleMaster, a PHP web game but it's only two turns a day, and I'd like something a bit faster. I've not really played PC games since the Doom era so I'm really out of touch here. I don't have a real gamer box, just a simple video card. What do Slashdotters think I should try? A simple FPS or some type of networked game would do. What's out there for Linux?"
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Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

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  • by blool ( 798681 ) on Sunday October 11, 2009 @10:33PM (#29715021)
    Altitude [] is my favorite game ever. It's a multiplayer airplane/dogfighting game with really satisfying combat.
  • Cute games (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Burz ( 138833 ) on Sunday October 11, 2009 @10:44PM (#29715099) Homepage Journal

    Supertux 2
    Chromium BSU
    KSudoku (very nice under KDE4 if you can deal with that)
    Frozen Bubble

    Puppy Games also has some nice shoot-em-ups that run on Linux. Their titles are cheap, pretty fun to play and have good sized trial modes. My fav here is Ultratron (inspired by Robotron 2084) and also Titan Attacks.

  • Re:Yes (Score:5, Interesting)

    by happygrue ( 1462757 ) on Sunday October 11, 2009 @10:50PM (#29715137)

    Battle for Wesnoth (open source: is a game that I started playing over 4 years ago. I looked far and wide for strategy games that could hold my interest with serious replay value. Once I found Wesnoth I got sucked in and I all but quit playing other games for quite some time, and I always keep coming back to Wesnoth, in a trend that players jokingly refer to as a "Wesbreak" - you just have to come back after a few months or a year to see what is new!

    It is simple yet, rich with both strategic and tactical depth. Lots (lots!) of user made content and it's own markup language with which to write your own. I started off thinking that I'd never play it multiplayer, but that is about all I do these days. There are some co-op multiplayer campaigns (a relatively recently introduced feature) that are tons of fun. And the 2v2 and 3v3 games can be epic and utterly gripping - provided you find serious folks to play with. Like any multiplayer experience you will find people you'd like to avoid...

    It's certainly not a game for everyone, but if you are into wargames, fantasy battle games, hex based games, rpg battle games or like to see thriving open source games you should take a look. Disclaimer: I am a (very minor!) contributor, so I am all kinds of biased. ;)

  • Re:Whelp... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Shikaku ( 1129753 ) on Sunday October 11, 2009 @11:06PM (#29715243) []

    If you technically have some older Windows games this little wizard-repository-for-wine sets up games for you.

    If you want something newer, noiz2sa is really neat. It's a 2D shooter, but... I'll let the reader find out what's neat about it.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!