Linux Free Games Quick Review – Card Games, Strategy & Tactics, and Toys
Here’s another instalment in our huge list of great free games broken out by category that you can install and enjoy on your Linux desktop. We tested these on Slackware on a KDE desktop, but they should work on Gnome and other distros as well. To install them, simply go to your package manager and add any or all of them to your desktop.
Lskat – Lieutenant Skat
Lieutenant Skat is a two player card game (real opponent or vs. computer) which follows the rules for the German game Offiziers Skat. I have no idea how to play it, but if you like card games and have the time, it has many options, and card decks to choose from. You can practice on this live demo.
KPatience is a collection of many popular card games. Klondike, Freecell, Yukon, Canfield, and many others. There are language packs, and card options to keep you busy for a while. This is perfect play-on-your-laptop-game while waiting for a flight.
Here’s KDE’s version of Poker. There’s many game variations, such as 5 card draw, 7 card stud, etc… You can bet on your hand, and watch your earnings grow – go bankrupt. The game has many other features. How about getting yourself ready for Vegas? Here’s your free tool to help you prepare…
This game is not about cards, it’s about dice. From one to six players collect points by rolling five dice for up to three times per single turn. Kiriki reminds me of something I’ve played before, but I can’t put my finger on it…
Tactics & Strategy
This is where things start to get tough! Knetwalk is a single player strategy game where you get to construct the network, and try to connect all the terminals to the server in the fewest turns possible.For those of us who do this for a living, this is plain cruelty to make a game out of it :). Seriously though, this a good game to give to your high-school aged children who are considering a career in systems.
You sunk my battleship! Certainly one of the more memorable commercials of the 80s. If you missed it then, you can play it now, for free on Linux. This Battleship, like the original, lets two players try to locate and sink their opponent’s ships. You can play against the computer as well – but how do you know he isn’t peeking?
Klickety is like Tetris, but you also have to match colors and click on them.
This KDE version is based on the original Gnome version by the same name. The object of the game is to conquer other planets by sending ships to them. As you progress, you try to build an interstellar empire and ultimately conquer all other player’s planets. Sounds a bit like life…
Who needs a piece of paper and a pen? When I was a kid and was bored, all I needed was to jot down some dots and start connecting. KSquares is the KDE version of that great kids game.
Unless you have been on Mars for the past twenty years, you should be familiar with Mine Sweeper. Here’s the KDE Linux version.
KDE version of the the classic and popular puzzle / number game sudoku.
In this KDE version of the Japanese classic game Sokoban, you are a warehouse keeper trying to push crates to their proper locations in a warehouse while being stopped by obstacles and met with prizes.
Katomic is both fun and educational. If I told you that the topic of the game is molecular geometry, would you keep reading? You get to look at 2D chemical elements and mix them up, or something like that. I was having fun just looking at all the graphics. Try out the online demo version of this game.
This game is sure to keep you busy for hours. The squares on the board contain points. Players move by clicking on either a vacant square, or on their own square. Try to conquer all the squares on the board. Simple to play, but deep in tactics and strategy.
klines (kolor lines)
KLines is one of those games that you can’t put down. It’s a one player game where you move the colored balls around the game board, gathering them into the lines of the same color by five. Sounds easy enough? Give it a try, you’ll be addicted!
Ever wonder how far your mouse travels each day? Are you paying your mouse (or hand) per meter travelled? This nifty mouse odometer may just be what you are looking for. (Kodo means drum in Japanese. What that has to do with kodo, I’m not sure? ) I had to download this from the Debian packages http://packages.ubuntu.com/dapper/kodo
Amor (Amusing Misuse of Resources)
Amor is not so much a game, but a cultural phenomenon. Enjoy…
This isn’t really a game, but it’s a novelty and a heck of a lot fun. Ever wished you could be prompted when your tea was fully steeped? Did you know how long Earl Gray should steep vs. English Breakfast? Well finally the KDE world has come up with the answer in KteaTime. I’m sure this will be a big hit in the United Kingdom. Don’t forget the milk!
This very pleasing graphical app is KDE’s world clock. You can see what parts of the world are currently in daylight, and have all kinds of fun with setting up your favorite timezones to track.
Potato Guy (Politically correct version – we used to call him Mr. Potato Head)
Not so much a toy as a kids game, but I still have fun with this guy, and I have fun watching my kids play with it too. Potato Guy is loads of fun for the younger ones. The screenshot says it all.