Linux gamers in 2017 have increased as compared to the previous years with the release of new games. The availability of Steam for Linux by Valve has made a huge impact on Linux gaming with several AAA games making their way to Linux. Valve has launched SteamVR for Linux which has enabled the developers to create Linux content by using Vulkan- a successor to Open Graphics Library (OpenGL). The Steam Linux gaming is 1% which means more ports for Linux developers should be released to make Linux gaming profitable. Whether you use Steam on your PC or you opt for SteamOS there are plenty of games to choose including AAA titles and other open-source games. Let us go through the list of best Linux games which you can play.
15 Best Linux Games Which You Can Play (Free and Paid)
1. The Dark Mod
The Dark Mod is a free standalone game which is similar to the Thief Series, the game was first launched in 2009 with an attempt to recreate the game Thief in the Doom 3 engine. The game takes place in a classic gothic steampunk world where the players have to control an agile thief who has to use various types of equipment and tools to avoid threats. The Dark Mod game has a number of missions with objectives which can be downloaded from the official website. The missions can either be downloaded manually or use the built-in downloader of the game.
The Dark Mod: free
Voxelands is a sandbox construction game inspired by Minecraft and forked from Minetest. The game features numerous items, block types, creatures, large maps and both singleplayer and multiplayer. Voxelands is fast, lightweight and is available for the following Linux packages: Arch Linux, Chakra Linux, Fedora, and Slackware. If you have played Minecraft you should definitely try playing open-source Voxelands.
SuperTuxCart is a kart racing game similar to Mario Kart series which features Mascots from various open-source projects. It is a 3D game with numerous game mode, characters, and tracks. The game revolves around three main characters Tux, Gnu and Nolok. You will have to defeat the evil character Nolok to make Mascot kingdom safe by whatever means. The game has superb graphics with the option of creating your own tracks, characters and sharing with the community.
4. 0 A.D.
0 A.D. is another free open-source real-time strategy that began as a mod for Age of Empires II. The game is still in Alpha stage and features twelve ancient civilizations, each civilization is unique in its appearance and gameplay. It also features various historical details- maps based on real geography, realistic naval warfare, buildings, and technologies are particular to the civilization. 0 A.D. is among top 100 of indie of the year 2017 if you are a fan of Age of Empires you are going to like 0 A.D.
0 A.D.: free
Xonotic is a first-person shooter game resembling Unreal Tournament was formerly known as Nexuiz. The game is built on a heavily modified version of Quake engine and features 9 core weapons and 16 full weapons, 25 official maps and different game mode. The game is very fast, configurable and the players have to kill their enemies using futuristic weapons while accomplishing their objectives to score high in the game.
Hedgewars is a turn-based strategy, artillery, action which is quite similar to Worms. The game involves pink hedgehogs which the players are supposed to control. As a player, you will have to select a hedgehog and use numerous weapons and tools to kill enemies. Tthe game features 57 and above weapons and tools, 25 game modifiers, 37 environments and other community content packs for free. It offers both local and network multiplayer with an option of AI opponents.
7. The Battle For Wesnoth
The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game which takes place in the world of humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, trolls, and drakes. The players are supposed to fight on various terrains and defeat enemies by controlling villages. The game features 16 singleplayer campaigns, 46 multiplayer maps with an option of official add-ons server: new campaigns, factions, and multiplayer maps and more which will keep you hooked up to the game for a long time.
The Battle for Wesnoth: free
AstroMenace is a space shooter game, aliens have invaded our planet and you have to defeat them using various tactics and strategies. Choose among 26 of spaceships with its won features to fight against the invaders with the option of buying new weapons and other systems to improve your spaceship. The game comes with superb graphics, amazing sound -effects and picturesque backgrounds with special effects which will make you play the game for long hours.
9. Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 is a sequel to Borderlands and an action role-playing (RPG) first shooter game which works great on Linux. The game features collection of randomly generated loots (weapons, shields, skins), four playable character classes with unique abilities and players have to complete a campaign consisting of central quests and optional side-missions.
Borderlands 2: Steam
10. Mad Max
You must fight to stay alive! Mad Max is an action-packed, open world, third-person action game and you play a character named Max who is a lone survivor. The players have to build an ultimate combat vehicle to fight against gangs of bandits and move through dangerous landscapes to find supplies. The game is worth trying.
Mad Max: Steam
11. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the remake of the cult classic game of 1994 UFO: Enemy Unknown and is a turn-based tactical game where players have to fight against alien invasions. The game has fantastic action sequences and on-the-ground combat, you are the XCOM commander and your job is to defend the Earth by using various tactics, combat strategies, resources and advanced technologies. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a visually appealing game which you are going to enjoy for a long time.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Steam
12. Dota 2
Dota 2 is one of the most played games on the Steam, played by millions of players every day. It is a multiplayer online battle arena game and a sequel to Defense of the Ancients and Warcraft III. The game features two teams of five players each who have to destroy the large structure of the opposing team while defending their own.
Dota 2: Steam
13. Civilization 6
Civilization 6 is a turn-based strategy game where you are supposed to grow your civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age by building military units to fight wars with opponents, cultural and technological advancements and having diplomatic relationship with opponents. You can either compete or cooperate with your friends in multiplayer mode to win the game.
Civilization 6: Steam
14. The Talos Principle
An incredible game, The Talos Principle is an immersive puzzle game where you are a robot in the game with a human consciousness. You explore 120 puzzles, divert drones, explore civilization and solve puzzles your way by overcoming obstacles.
The Talos Principle: Steam
15. Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider is an action-adventure game where you Lara Croft in the story where you explore mysterious islands, solve puzzles and fight with numerous enemies to survive. The game can be played in multiplayer mode as Lara’s Shipmates or Yamatai’s Scavengers. The game has an amazing storyline with superb graphics worth playing.
Tomb Raider: Steam
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