The Best Linux Games

On this page, you will find the best Linux games, carefully selected for your gaming pleasure on a Linux rig. All of these Linux games are free. Most of them are cross-platform, and can be played on Windows and Mac computers as well.

Shooter

Team Fortress 2

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Join either the red or blue team and play different game modes in this free-to-play cartoony shooter.

Scorched 3D

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A 3D version of Tanks played out in a massive world with cool visual effects.

BZFlag

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A 3D multiplayer tanks Linux game with less mountainous maps than Scorched 3D.

Red Eclipse

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A futuristic first-person shooter with impressive graphics based on the Cube 2 engine. One of the best Linux games in the FPS genre.

Nexuiz

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An arena first person shooter with great graphics and intense gameplay.

OpenArena

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Another arena first person shooter based on Quake III Arena deathmatch style.

Xonotic

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An arena first person shooter which claims to be the successor to Nexuiz.

Alien Arena

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An actively developed arena first person shooter with fantastic graphics and an alien theme.

Urban Terror

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A Hollywood-style first person shooter that is a multiplayer Linux game only; supports custom maps.

Sports

Extreme Tux Racer

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Race a penguin down an icy slope to earn the fastest time.

TORCS

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A fast and fun racing simulator with 3D graphics.

Simulation

OpenBVE

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An highly customizable train simulator for support with multiple maps and trains.

FlightGear

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A highly sophisticated flight simulator with a worldwide map and custom planes.

Strategy

0 A.D.

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A real-time strategy - the best Linux game focusing on war and economy during 500 B.C. to 500 A.D.

PokerTH

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An open source Texas Hold ‘Em poker game to help practice your skills.

Frozen-Bubble

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Match same-colored bubbles to get rid of them before time runs out!

Micropolis

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The open source release of the original SimCity.

Warzone 2100

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Survive though the futuristic nuclear winter and become the strongest new civilization.

Battle for Wesnoth

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Build the strongest army and defeat enemies in many campaigns to beat them all.

TripleA

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A turn-based game of strategic warfare to take over the world.

FreeCol

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A turn-based colonization where the aim is to create an independent nation.

FreeCiv

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A turn-based Linux game similar to Civilization in which you try to become the strongest nation.

OpenTTD

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A tycoon-like simulator which is based solely around a city’s public transportation.

Educational

gbrainy

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Keep your mind sharp with different math problems and assorted puzzles.

Blinken

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A graphically creative implementation of the popular game Simon Says.

Emulators

DeSmuME

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An emulator for Nintendo DS games.

VisualBoy Advance

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The best GameBoy Advance and GameBoy Color emulator.

ZSNES Emulator

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This emulator is great at simulating games for the SNES.

Others

Armagetron Advanced

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A 3D game which is based on Tron’s light cycle sequence in which you last the longest.

The Mana World

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Control your own character in a MMORPG world where you can do anything.

Dota 2

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A popular multiplayer online battle arena game and competitor to League of Legends!

Frets on Fire

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A game similar to Guitar Hero where you must press keys to play notes.

Secret Maryo Chronicles

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A 2D side-scroller similar to Super Mario Brothers with “Maryo” as its hero.

Stepmania

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A dancing game in which you hit keyboard arrows to keep up with the song.

Commercial

World of Goo ($9.99)

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Help the little goos get to their destination in this structure puzzle game!

Oil Rush ($19.99)

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Protect your ocean oil rigs and dominate the competition!

Amnesia: The Dark Descent ($19.99)

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Try to survive as long as possible in this horror Linux game!

Surgeon Simulator 2013 ($9.99)

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Try to perform surgery on someone without messing up!

Serious Sam 3 ($39.99)

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The prequel to Serious Sam: The First Encounter.

Half-Life 2 ($9.99)

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The wildly popular first-person shooter developed by Valve.

Steel Storm: Burning Retribution ($4.99)

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A futuristic top-down action shooter with intense graphics.

X-Plane 10 ($69.99)

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A highly-developed flight simulator with fantastic graphics and accuracy.