The Full Wiki

Linux gaming: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Linux gaming refers to playing or developing video games for Linux operating systems. This can refer to open source games that run natively on Linux, or commercial games that have Linux ports. Generally speaking, there is a mindset that there are few games available for Linux.[1]


Free and open source games

Vega Strike, a space flight simulation.
Nexuiz, a first-person shooter.

A few original open source video games have attained notability:

  • AssaultCube is a first-person shooter
  • Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game
  • Blob Wars: Metal Blob Solid is a 2D platform game
  • BZFlag is a 3D First person tank shooter (With jumping)
  • Chromium B.S.U. is a fast paced, arcade-style, top-scrolling space shooter
  • Crimson Fields is a turn-based tactical wargame.[2]
  • CodeRED: Alien Arena is a sci-fi first-person shooter derived from the Quake II engine
  • Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a 3D first-person shooter with an integrated map editing mode
  • Glest is a real-time strategy game, with optional multiplayer
  • NetHack and Angband are text-based computer role-playing games
  • Netrek is a Star Trek themed multiplayer 2D space battle game
  • Nexuiz is a first-person shooter
  • OpenArena is a standalone Quake III Arena game
  • Project: Starfighter a multi-directional, objective based shoot-em-up
  • Racer a free car simulator
  • Teeworlds is a fast-paced sidescrolling shoot 'em up multiplayer game
  • TORCS (The Open Racing Car Simulator) - considered one of the best open-source racing simulators, with realistic graphics and vehicle handling.[3]
  • Tremulous is a 3D first-person shooter/real-time strategy game
  • Tux Racer is a 3D racing game featuring Tux
  • Urban Terror is a standalone Quake III Arena first-person shooter. (Proprietary mod)
  • Vega Strike is a space flight simulation
  • Warsow is a Quake-like, fast-paced first-person shooter

Clones and remakes

FreeCiv, a well known remake of the popular Civilization Series
Frozen Bubble, a popular adaption of the game Puzzle Bobble
Project Diaspora, a popular clone of the mmorpg classic Diaspora

There are a larger number of open source clones and remakes of classic games:

Commercial games

Game Developers

Doom 3 is a popular commercial game that can be run natively on Linux

In some cases, developers have released Linux versions of their games directly.

id Software

Main Article: id Software

id Software together with Raven Software ported Doom 3, the Quake series, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. id Software's Timothee Besset has stated he hopes to port Rage to Linux.

Epic Games
Unreal Tournament 2004 running on BeaFanatIX Linux

Main Article: Epic Games

Epic Games released Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004 and they will port Unreal Tournament 3.

These games were ported for them by Ryan C. Gordon.

Serious Sam II was the first game ported directly by Croteam to Linux

Main Article: Croteam

Croteam released the Serious Sam series, with the first game ported by Ryan C. Gordon and with the second self-ported.

Illwinter Game Design

Main Article: Illwinter Game Design

Illwinter Game Design released Conquest of Elysium II, Dominions: Priests, Prophets and Pretenders, Dominions II: The Ascension Wars, and Dominions 3: The Awakening for Linux.


Main Article: Introversion Software

Introversion released Darwinia, Uplink, and DEFCON.

Frictional Games

Main Article: Frictional Games

Frictional Games released Linux version of both Penumbra: Black Plague and Penumbra: Overture, as well as the expansion pack Penumbra: Requiem. They also intend to release their upcoming game Amnesia: The Dark Descent for Linux simultaneously with the Windows and Mac OS X versions.


Main Article: S2games

Savage: The Battle for Newerth was the first S2games product ported to Linux

S2games released Linux clients for their titles Savage: The Battle for Newerth and Savage 2: A Tortured Soul. Their clone of Warcraft 3 Defense of the Ancients, Heroes of Newerth, is currently in closed beta.

Wolfire Games

Main Article: Wolfire Games

Wolfire Games released a Linux version of their game Lugaru and they will release its sequel Overgrowth for Linux. David Rosen's Black Shades was also ported to Linux.

Indie Games

Main Article: Independent video game development

Independent developer 2D Boy released World of Goo for Linux. RPGs Eschalon: Book I and Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness were developed cross-platform from the start of development, including a Linux version. Sillysoft released Linux versions of their game Lux and its various versions.


MP Entertainment released Hopkins FBI and Crack dot com released Abuse for Linux, becoming some of the first developers to do so. Philos Laboratories released a Linux version of Theocracy on the retail disk. GLAMUS GmbH released a Linux version of their game Mobility. Xatrix Entertainment released a Linux version of Kingpin: Life of Crime. Bioware released Neverwinter Nights for Linux. Unigine Corp is also developing a Linux friendly action game using its Unigine engine, and one of its licensees has plans to release their Afterfall Universe franchise for Linux and another plans to releases their game Primal Carnage for Linux.

Game Porters

More commonly, an independent company has taken on the task of porting prominent Windows games to Linux.

Loki Software
Civilization: Call to Power was the first game ported by Loki

Main Article: Loki Software

Loki Software was the first such company, and between 1998 and 2002 ported Civilization: Call to Power, Descent³, Eric's Ultimate Solitaire, Heavy Gear II, Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.², Heretic II, Heroes of Might and Magic III, Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns, Myth II: Soulblighter, Postal, Railroad Tycoon II, Quake III Arena, Rune, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Sim City 3000, Soldier of Fortune, Tribes 2, and MindRover to Linux.


Main Article: Tribsoft

Tribsoft created a Linux version of Jagged Alliance 2 by Sir-Tech Canada before shutting down in 2002.

Linux Game Publishing
Shadowgrounds Survivor is the latest game ported by LGP

Main Article: Linux Game Publishing

Linux Game Publishing was founded in 2001 in response to the impending demise of Loki, and has brought Creatures: Internet Edition, Candy Cruncher, Majesty: Gold Edition, NingPo MahJong, Hyperspace Delivery Boy!, Software Tycoon, Postal²: Share The Pain, Soul Ride, X2: The Threat, Gorky 17, Cold War, Knights and Merchants: The Shattered Kingdom, Ballistics, X3: Reunion, Jets'n'Guns, Sacred: Gold, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds Survivor to Linux. Some of these games were ported for them by Ryan C. Gordon and Gorky 17 was ported by Hyperion Entertainment.

See Also: Ryan C. Gordon has ported Aliens versus Predator, Duke Nukem 3D, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Rise of the Triad, America's Army, Devastation, and Prey.


Main Article: RuneSoft

The German publisher RuneSoft was founded in 2000. They ported the games Northland, Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood, Airline Tycoon Deluxe, Ankh, Ankh: Heart of Osiris, Barkanoid 2, and Jack Keane to Linux.

Hyperion Entertaiment

Main Article: Hyperion Entertainment

Hyperion Entertainment ports games to several systems, they have so far ported Shogo: Mobile Armor Division and SiN to Linux.

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games

RuneScape can be run using the Java Runtime Environment.
WorldForge is a free software MMORPG that runs on Linux

This is a selected list of MMORPGs that are native on Linux.

Upcoming Linux Games

Rage is expected to have a Linux release
0 A.D. is a free software project under-development
Aquaria for Linux is currently in open beta

The following is a list of upcoming-games for the Linux platform.

First-Person Shooters

Role-Playing Games

Strategy Games

Adventure Games

  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Iron Sky: Operation Highjump

Other Games

Potential Games

These are games where some interest in Linux has been shown, but has not been officially confirmed.

Emulation and compatibility layers

Wine running Blood II: The Chosen on Fedora 10
DOSBox running Rob Blanc III on Fedora Linux 10

There are also APIs, virtual machines, and machine emulators that provide binary compatibility:

Wine Gaming

Currently, many games can run without serious problems in a compatibility layer called Wine.

Platinum List

This is a list from the wine application database of games that run flawlessly. There are many more.

Game development

As far as development is concerned, library support for Linux gaming is provided by OpenGL, ALSA, OpenAL and SDL, a cross-platform multimedia wrapper around system-dependent libraries, as well as Pygame. The DRI project provides open source video card drivers, and NVIDIA and ATI also release binary kernel modules for their video cards. Linux also runs on several game consoles, including the Xbox,[7] PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, GameCube,[8] and Wii which allows game developers without an expensive game development kit to access console hardware.

See also

Directories and Lists

People and Companies

Other Articles


External links

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address