19 Awesome Open Source Games for Linux

19 Awesome Open Source Games for Linux

This is a nice collection of 19 open source games for Linux that contains most addictive, fun and refined games. For some of these games, also installation steps are included.





AstroMenace is my favorite one, it is a modern 3D scrolling space shooter with ship upgrade possibilities. You can improve your ship configuration by installing new weapons, defensive systems, power stations and much more. To improve your ship, you must earn money by destroying throngs of enemies on every level.

AstroMenace is graphically unique. The quality of animation along with special effects is stunning, and with all its picturesque backgrounds adding brilliance to the visuals, the game is a true eye-candy.

I tried this game and i found it a real addictive game. It took me 3 weeks to reach the final level.


For installation check our previous post.

2- Red Eclipse (The Successor Of Blood Frontier)


Red Eclipse is a Free and Open Source game, using SDL and OpenGL which allows it to be ported to many platforms; grab a development copy from our Subversion repository and live on the bleeding edge.

The game is a single-player and multi-player first-person ego-shooter, built as a total conversion of Cube Engine 2, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, completely at the control of map makers, while maintaining a general theme of agility in a variety of environments.

Ubuntu and LinuxMint users can install this game via the following PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:itachi-sama-amaterasu/redeclipse-clientsudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install redeclipse



3-Go Ollie !

At first sight Go Ollie! looks like a game for kids, but once you play it you realize it can be fun for anyone, no matter what age.

Go Ollie! is an original platform game that stands out for several reasons. First, its main character is a worm, a tiny creature that is not usually regarded as an example of cuteness. Second, the worm is controlled with the mouse instead of cursor keys. And finally, the game scrolls automatically to one side, just like one of those old shoot’em ups.

In Go Ollie! your mission consists on collecting all the coins, fruits and whatever other valuable objects you find on your way. At the same time you’ll have to avoid different kinds of enemies. Go Ollie! features two gaming modes: a Story mode that enables you to play over 60 levels with various objectives and an Action mode with unlimited replayable levels and a high score top list.


4- 0 A.D. – A war/economy strategy game


0 A.D. (pronounced “zero ey-dee”) is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. In short, it is a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of Western civilizations, focusing on the years between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. The project is highly ambitious, involving state-of-the-art 3D graphics, detailed artwork, sound, and a flexible and powerful custom-built game engine.
The game has been in development by Wildfire Games (WFG), a group of volunteer, hobbyist game developers, since 2001. It  is always under heavy developement,  the latest release  is 0 A.D. Alpha 3 Cerberus, “Now you can play on a round map, garrison units in buildings, watch units shuttle resources to a dropsite, set up games more easily, look at game statistics when they’re over and more!”

Check our previous post for installation instructions


5-Danger From the Deep 

Danger from the deep is nice open source submarine sumilator game. According to their website “Danger from the Deep (known as dangerdeep or DftD) is a free (as in free speech), Open Source World War II german submarine simulator. The program and source code is available under the GPL license and most of the artwork/data is released under a Creative Commons license (Attribution/NonCommercial/Non-Derivative works).

DftD is currently being developed on Linux (i386 and AMD64) and Windows. There are binarys available for Linux (i386 and amd64), Windows (32bit) and there are some old packages for MacOSX. Danger from the Deep makes use of SDL/OpenGL and thus should be portable to other operating systems or platforms.'”


6- Bos Wars

Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game (RTS). In a RTS game, the player has to combat his enemies while developing his war economy. Everything runs in real-time, as opposed to turn-based games where the player always has to wait for his turn. The trick is to balance the effort put into building his economy and building an army to defend and attack the enemies.

Bos Wars has a dynamic rate based economy. Energy is produced by power plants and magma gets pumped from hot spots. Buildings and mobile units are also built at a continuous rate. Control of larger parts of the map creates the potential to increase your economy throughput. Holding key points like roads and passages allow for different strategies.

It is possible to play against human opponents over LAN, internet, or against the computer. Bos Wars successfully runs under Linux, MS Windows, BSD, and Mac OS X.

Bos Wars aims to create a completely original and fun open source RTS game.

For Ubuntu you can download Bos War from Ubuntu Software Center (See Screenshot bellow) or using PlayDeb (Click here to install).

7- Super TuxKart

SuperTuxKart is a Free 3d kart racing game; we want to make the game fun more than we want to make it realistic. You can play with up to 4 friends on one PC, racing against each other or just try to beat the computer. (a network multiplayer feature is planned)

See the great lighthouse or drive through the sand and visit the pyramids. Race underground or in space, watching the stars passing by. Have some rest under the palms on the beach (watching the other karts overtaking you :) ). But don’t eat the bananas! Watch for bowling balls, plungers, bubble gum and cakes thrown by opponents.

You can do a single race against other karts, compete in one of several Grand Prix, try to beat the high score in time trials on your own, play battle mode against your friends, and more!


8- Secret Maryo Chronicles

A Jump and Run game like Super Mario World with an advanced Editor and highly detailed Graphics based on SDL with a OpenGL accelerated Graphics

Renderer developed in C++.

Secret Maryo Chronicles has been described as a Super Mario Bros. clone by PCtipp. It was listed as the number one

open source video game by APC in January 2008. Stern praised the speed of the game and its puzzle solving. The game was named one of the most promising open source games of 2008 by El Heraldo and praised as a well-made non-violent game for children by heute.




9-Steel Storm

Steel Storm is an old school top down arcade shooter with score oriented competitive gameplay, and is designed for people who like fast paced action and have limited amounts of time to play computer games.

The events of the game take place in an alternative universe where you control an advanced hovertank, packed with the most advanced and sophisticated weapons. Your task is simple, but, nevertheless, is not trivial. In the fight with presumed extraterrestrial invaders, you must prevail!

The game is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.


10- Maze of Galious

The Maze of Galious (MoG in short) was originally a Konami game for the MSX computer system. Its real name is Knightmare II: The Maze of GaliousKnightmare.

MoG is a very addictive game where you have to kill thousands of enemies, collect items in order to obtain new powers and defeat some really great demons at the end of each level. The gameplay of MoG is not the boring linear one. In MoG you are free to go everywhere you want from the beginning of the game. You have to be very careful of the order in which you visit all the rooms in the HUGE map if you want to keep your character alive. The map is structured in a main map (called the castle) and 10 submaps (called the worlds). Initially you are in the castle and you have to find the keys that open the doors to go to each of the worlds. To complete the game you have to defeat the boss at the end of each one of the 10 worlds. You are free to revisit each world as often as you want in order to see if you have missed something. To defeat all 10 demons you control two characters: Popolon and Aphrodite. Each one has special abilities, i.e. Popolon has a greater ability to jump and Aphrodite is able to dive.

For Ubuntu users you can install it by one click from playdeb


11-Vega Strike

Vega Strike is a 3-D space simulation game that lets you trade, fight, and explore in a vast universe. Both the Vega Strike game engine and Vega Strike Universe game data set are in a playable state, but still under development.

“Vega Strike allows players to explore a vastly dynamic universe where frontiers collide and you’re just a pilot trying to make ends meet. How? That’s your decision. Vega Strike is designed as a non-linear gaming experience, where you choose what action you want to take.

Vega Strike features a dynamic trading economy, allowing your character to operate as a merchant. Discover what trade routes bring in the most profit, what commodities make you the most money given your ship’s cargo space limitations, accept cargo missions and learn to avoid areas of danger (repairs eat into your profits!).

If you are tired of making money on milk runs, or want to try something different, then there are other paths to success. Vega Strike features a mission generator, providing multiple missions to the experienced (and not so experienced) pilots. Engage in bounty hunts, patrols, battles and escort missions. Feel like travelling? Explore the dynamic universe and see the farthest reaches of known space. Want a walk on the wild side? You could always turn pirate! Just be prepared for the consequences.” VS Wiki



12- LinCity

LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. It is a polished and improved version of the classic LinCity  game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships.


13- S.C.O.U.R.G.E.

S.C.O.U.R.G.E. is a cross platform, open source rogue-like game in the fine tradition of NetHack and Moria. It sports a graphical front-end, similar to glHack or the Falcon’s eye. The design of the 3D UI is an attempt at the best of both worlds from old to new: It lets you rotate the view, zoom in/out, view special effects, etc with the feeling of the old-school isometric games like Exult or Woodward.

For ubuntu users you can install this game by clicking this apt link (Thanks for playdeb.net).


14- ZERO Ballestics- A 3D Tank shooter

Zero Ballistics is a unique blend of multiplayer first person shooter and tank combat game. Beautiful, idyllic level settings meet armed to the teeth and highly detailed tanks.




15- Tuxracer

Extreme Tux Racer is an open-source downhill racing game starring Tux, the Linux mascot. It follows in the path of Tux Racer and its derivatives


16- Opensonic


Open Sonic is a free open-source game based on the “Sonic the Hedgehog” universe. It introduces a different style of gameplay called cooperative play, in which it’s possible to control 3 characters simultaneously. Unlike most similar games, Open Sonic provides a greater level of interaction between the player and the levels. It’s more than just a jump’n’run; the user must come up with some strategy in order to get through the levels.

17- Optimized Urban Terror


Urban Terror could best be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; it is realism based to a certain extent (environments/weapons/player models), but also goes by the motto “fun over realism” (fast gameplay and lots of action). This combination of reality and action results in a very unique, enjoyable and addictive game.

For Ubuntu and LinuxMint users install the game via playdeb



 18- Xonotic


Xonotic  is a free (GPL), fast-paced first-person shooter that works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Xonotic is a direct successor of the Nexuiz Project. The game is a fork of Nexuiz (2.5.2) :“The last release of Nexuiz (2.5.2) was on the first of October 2009, and when we decided to fork early March 2010 we continued where we had left off with Nexuiz. Large parts of the code, graphics and music have been redone  and have improved immensely. “

Xonotic preview 0.1 is released, this release is still a preview, which means that is not a stable release yet, in this release many things have progressed, both in features and graphics, one of the things that makes the game feel much more smooth is the change from 20 to 60 server frames per second, the entire weapon balance has been rewritten from scratch, and while the game still have the old weapons, some of them have been given entirely new functions, the menu theme has been updated and the options have been tuned to better reflect what values players are likely to change. Xonotic also features several remade and brand new maps.

19-Speed Dream

Speed Dreams 1.4.0 is finally released. the new version of this game comes with many new features like 3 amazing fine tuned and balanced new car sets, 3 exciting new tracks and many visually improved ones, 2 new TRB first-class robot for the Supercars, 36 GP and TRB1 car sets and more.



More Games? Check our games Section

  • Eddie Colon

    I would very much like to know if there are any "mystery" games for linux. Like the old 7th Guest, or I heard Myst was another one. I want to find clues and wander through a scene and try to learn what happened , or who got murdered, or where is the treasure, those games where you have to figure things out. Aren’t there any games like that anymore ?

  • fs

    What a ugly games. It look like "modern" games where somebody add freeware problems.

  • http://www.chillboard.de Karl

    You really should have mentioned AssaultCube or Sauerbraten. Red Clipse is promising, but the other games are actually playable (have a good player base).

  • http://www.wideyez.com Andey

    I recommend Xmoto as a great game for linux

  • http://extreme-java.blogspot.com Sandeep

    Open Source is the best way to go. Money is not everything. But not all open source games give good support always…

  • Applefox

    Urban Terror is not open source…

  • Ragnar

    [quote=fs]What a ugly games. It look like "modern" games where somebody add freeware problems.[/quote]

    Y U No learn writing!

  • Zinovsky

    We have to thank all the developers of these games that offer their time and effort to build something free for the community. For example, Astromenace or O.A.D, do you think really that are Ugly games?

  • Hanna Camille

    Great collection :)

  • Ta Yvwiya

    [color=maroon]This list shows a lot of progress for Linux covering all bases where we’re getting the best of everything beginning with Security and Play-Time few can put down.[/color][img][/img]
    Many thanks to all the developers!

  • http://gnuzer.fr.cr gnuzer

    You’re right, only the ioquake3 engine is opensource. The [url=http://www.www0.org/w/Optimized_executable;_builds_of_ioq3_engine_for_urt]link[/url] given in the article only points to a page where an "Optimized build of ioquake3 engine for Urban Terror" source code is available for download.

  • Sproulster

    You mention lincity but not freeciv

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... james

    The repository line for astromenace is itself a menace. It kills apt for all repositories.

    "Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/viewizard.com_linux_debian_en"

    Redeclipse install is borked, too. The line

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:itachi-sama-amaterasu/redeclipse-client completes
    aptitude update completes
    apt-get install redeclipse
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package redeclipse

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... james

    man, I’m 0 for 5 just trying to install any of these. I’m sold on Linux, have been since I tried to read the Windows EULA, but these instructions will not make any converts.

    Anything going to Playdeb.net – you need to add it as a package repository. Why use a hoaky web link with lots of unmet dependencies? CLI ftw.

  • Zinovsky

    Playdeb make it really easy for everyone to install games in ubuntu, please add the repository of playdeb and install the game with one click : http://www.playdeb.net/updates/ubuntu/11.04/?q=astromenace

  • omic123

    This should be added too:
    Pioneer Space Sim:

    Project just starting out, it seems, but stunning planets already. (You can land on the planets.) It should be very interesting once all the devs interested in procedural sims get an inkling of it’s existence.

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  • http://javarevisited.blogspot.com/2011/06/10-examples-of-grep-command-in-unix-and.html Javin @ unix grep command

    Wow, quite an impressive list, does these work on ubuntu also ?

  • qreeves

    Your youtube links are broken :)

  • Christof Petig

    You might want to add Battle for Wesnoth to the list, a turn based fantasy strategy game with outstanding graphics and sound. It is my most feared spare time killer.

  • Guest123

    Pioneer Space Sim is another. 

    Unlike anything else available in the non-open source world, it has a seamless dynamic universe. No loading and real sized procedurally generated planets you can actually land on!

    See here for details:

  • Jmj288

    This game is on EVERY linux game list. it’s so dated and is not what other-platform gamers are looking for when they want to try linux games. Bad idea

  • http://www.teachmetogame.com/ Bryan B

    This is a great listing of some games! Most of those I’ve never even heard of before. It’d be nice if we had some decent RPG’s and MMO’s though.

  • http://www.teachmetogame.com/ Bryan B

    This is a great listing of some games! Most of those I’ve never even heard of before. It’d be nice if we had some decent RPG’s and MMO’s though.

  • Tharaka

    open source RTS – Zero k


  • Tharaka

    open source RTS – Zero k


  • Impressive_Soul_Gamer

    My heart was very impressed by Danger Deep. Very atmospheric game with 1930’S JAZZ MUSIC! It gave me so many chills, the overall quality is very high. This is the message for us, the new opensource lovers generations, to _never give up_.

    To continue creating open source software as our previous generation did, and not to be deluded by huge money that steam or other similar services swear to afford, because our way is the right one. It leads to creative freedom. It is truly natural.

    Let’s continue creating and developing opensource software. It will bring back much, way much more good compared to what we need to do. Wish us all the best we can expect from future.

  • Anonymous

    Danger From the Deep is not, not, not “free as in speech.”

    It’s licensed under a non-commercial, non-derivative license. That means you can redistribute it, and nothing more. Free as in speech implies I can modify it, and that I can use it in a commercial environment.