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Best Free Sandbox Game for Linux
  • Dwarf FortressDwarf Fortress

    "Dwarf Fortress is so horrendously in depth. It's nearing insanity, everything from the dynamic flow of water in the moats to several dozen types of ore, gems and utility stones by the book. You can spend anything from minutes to hours playing this 'uber' creative game.

    For the first few hours there is a steep learning curve - you'll probably be unsure of what you're doing. However, the Dwarf Fortress Wiki or captnducks video tutorials may come in handy." (Review)

 

Best Free Computer Chess for Linux
  • PyChessPyChess

    "With this program, you can play against the GNU Chess engine or lots of other chess engines, such as the Crafty engine. You can also play Internet chess by connecting to the FICS servers.

    It allows for saving games in the PGN, EPD and FEN chess file formats so that you can always return to continue with the games or analyze them. It also offers opening books and other useful features including undo moves, hint and spy modes, sound and animation effects." (Review)

  • HOXChess

    "A well designed open source Chinese Chess application with highly configurable user interface and multi engines for you to choose from. You can also easily connect to multi remote Xiangqi servers to play the game online." (Review)

 

Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Linux
  • Frozen BubbleFrozen Bubble

    "Designed with colorful 3D rendered penguin animations and 15 stereo sound effects, Frozen Bubble comes with editable 100 levels for 1-player game, or hours and hours of 2-player game. You can also choose to have multi-player game over the local area network or Internet.

    Play this game with the left or right key to aim your shot and up key to fire. Hone your skills in speed and accuracy before the bubbles get frozen!" (Review)

 

Best Free Physics Game for Linux
  • Numpty PhysicsNumpty Physics

    "An excellent open source and multi-platform physics game with 35 built-in levels. It has more to offer than the free prototype of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

    You're able to draw custom shapes and have access to all levels at once, so you don't have to worry if you get stuck at a level. The sketches look more like what a 3-year old has drawn and don't have the professional feel of Crayon Physics. But who cares? I'm also not an artist!" (Review)

 

Best Free Simulation Game for Linux
  • OpenCity

    A 3D city simulator like a classic SimCity game for you to construct a city divided into residential, commercial and industrial zones. You can connect them by building roads, provide the city with necessary goods and watch it grow up with the power you supply.

  • TORCS (The Open Racing Car Simulator)

    A multi-platform car racing simulation game allows you to drive different cars in races against computer opponents or human players. The game play allows different types of races from a simple practice session up to the championship while the simulation features a simple damage model, collisions, tire and wheel properties, aerodynamics and more. (Review)

 

Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle for Linux
  • Picpuz

    "Create and solve puzzles, save and open puzzle files, set tile sizes, solving a puzzle by swapping pieces or with a helpful solver." (Review)

 

Best Free Pipe-Building Puzzle for Linux
  • PipeWalker

    Solve this casual puzzle in building a piping or network system by connecting all scattered pieces with your logic and skill. With support for four map sizes, themes and auto save, it has multiple levels for you to figure out. A binary package is available here for Ubuntu and compatible distros.

 

Best Free Lemmings Game for Linux
  • Pingus

    Play a free clone of the popular Lemmings game and guide as many penguins as possible to build bridges, climb, bash and use their talents to reach home before they fall into traps. Optional sound effects and music, plenty of level sets and even a level editor are available for challenging your skills.

 

Best Free Computer Go for Linux
  • PANDA-glGo

    "2D and 3D boards, adjustable board size and engine strength, play online or offline, etc." (Review)

 

Best Free Hearts Game for Linux
  • Gnome Hearts

    "Various rule sets including Spot Hearts, Omnibus Hearts with configurable play rules, backgrounds and card styles." (Review)

 

Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver for Linux
  • HoDoKuHoDoKu

    An open source program allows you to generate sudoku puzzles in five different and configurable difficulty levels. It also includes a solver and an analyzer to help you solve the puzzles.

    While playing the game, you can select to view a summary of solving techniques and solution paths. When you click on a solution path, it highlights the steps on the corresponding grid to help you analyze the game. (Review)

 

Best Free First-Person Shooter for Linux
  • Urban TerrorUrban Terror

    "Described as fun over realism by the creators, the game has fast paced, intense game-play. Urban Terror doesn't throw realism to the wind mind you, but rather tries to enhance game-play with elements like powerslides and wallhops.

    Five different game types, over a thousand servers, plenty of players to go around and no waiting for people to show up." (Review)

 

Best Free Breakout Game for Linux
  • LBreakout2LBreakout2

    "An extremely polished Breakout Clone features a two-player mode (local or over the internet or LAN), fine animations and graphics, excellent controls, the ability to save a game, a level editor, and a turbo key.

    This game gets regular Level Set updates. The fun continues well beyond when you have mastered the 50+ levels." (Review)

 

Best Free Reversi for Linux
  • KReversi

    "7-level of difficulty, clean and helpful interface, show legal moves and last move, undo moves, hints, animation, etc." (Review)

 

Best Free Backgammon for Linux
  • GNU Backgammon

    GNU Backgammon houses the all powerful GnuBG neural network engine in an ambitious freeware project with a wealth of advanced options and capbilities. It is a highly enjoyable powerplay program to delight all backgammon enthusiasts and a must-have for anyone with more than a passing interest in the game. (Review)

 

Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for Linux
  • BillardGLBillardGL

    "A brilliantly crafted open-sourced freeware game that affords play of either 8-Ball or 9-Ball. The 3D graphics are second-to-none and the physics appear to be flawless.

    The user interface is simple and the controls straightforward. As you assess your next shot, you can view the table layout from any perspective you want, roaming and zooming and peering." (Review)

 

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by Panzer on 2. January 2013 - 8:57  (104162)

TideSDK - Create multi-platform desktop apps with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript:
http://www.tidesdk.org/

by Panzer on 2. January 2013 - 9:24  (104164)

DraftSight lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files:
http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/

by Panzer on 4. January 2013 - 8:52  (104215)

Sound Juicer is a clean, mean, and lean CD ripper:
http://burtonini.com/blog/computers/sound-juicer

Asunder is a graphical Audio CD ripper and encoder:
http://littlesvr.ca/asunder/

Rubyripper is a secure digital audio extraction application. It uses cdparanoia error correcting power and it's own secure ripping algorithm to make sure that a CD rip is done successfully and accurately:
http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Rubyripper

by Jojo Yee on 4. January 2013 - 9:12  (104216)

Thanks Panzer. Asunder is on the list. Will check out the other two.

by Panzer on 5. January 2013 - 10:14  (104243)

"... BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It provides replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU fileutils, shellutils, etc. The utilities in BusyBox generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins; however, the options that are included provide the expected functionality and behave very much like their GNU counterparts. BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system ...":
http://www.busybox.net/about.html

by Panzer on 8. January 2013 - 8:43  (104318)

gscan2pdf - A GUI to ease the process of producing a multipage PDF from a scan. It should work on almost any Linux/BSD machine.

Features

* Compatible with any SANE-capable scanner
* Crop, threshold & clean up scan
* Reorder pages via DND
* Write multi-page scan to PDF, DjVu or TIFF
* Write single scans to any format supported by ImageMagick
* Ocropus & tesseract support
* Place OCR output at boundary boxes supplied by Ocropus
* Incorporate PDF metadata in filename

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gscan2pdf/

Reditr was designed to serve as a simple to navigate client for Reddit:
http://reditr.com/

"... rTorrent is a text-based ncurses BitTorrent client written in C++, based on the libTorrent libraries for Unix, whose author's goal is “a focus on high performance and good code” ... On high-bandwidth connections, it claims to be able to seed at 3 times the speed of the official client ..."

http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/

by Panzer on 9. January 2013 - 8:42  (104349)

Starbuck's FreePlayer is a simple and complete media player based on the powerful MPlayer project (version for Linux is still in testing phase):
http://www.labdv.com/freeplayer/

Subvein: Mutant Factions is a free multiplayer action game. It has over 20 weapons, a strategic skills system, crazy vehicles and countless user-generated maps. It's tactical, fast-paced and most importantly, fun:
http://subvein.net/

by Panzer on 12. January 2013 - 8:16  (104416)

tcplay is a free, pretty much fully featured (including multiple keyfiles, cipher cascades, etc.) and stable TrueCrypt implementation.

This implementation supports mapping (opening) both system and normal TrueCrypt volumes, as well as opening hidden volumes and opening an outer volume while protecting a hidden volume. There is also support to create volumes, including hidden volumes, etc.:
https://github.com/bwalex/tc-play#readme

by Panzer on 14. January 2013 - 9:13  (104466)

DMDE Free Edition is a powerful software for data searching, editing, and recovery on FAT and NTFS disks:
http://softdm.com/

by Panzer on 15. January 2013 - 9:14  (104489)

Red Eclipse 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:
http://www.redeclipse.net/

SuperTuxKart is a Mario Kart-like arcade racing game featuring the Linux mascot Tux:
http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 16. January 2013 - 9:40  (104515)

Evince with Hand tool:
"... This PPA provides slightly enhanced Evince document viewer that pan scroll mode (like "Hand tool" in Adobe Reader) is added. It's probably suitable for touch panel based computers ...":
https://launchpad.net/~irie/+archive/evince

by Panzer on 17. January 2013 - 10:05  (104561)

Extreme Tux Racer is an open-source downhill racing game starring Tux, the Linux mascot:
http://extremetuxracer.com/

FooBillard - free 3D OpenGL billard game:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/foobillard/

BomberClone:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bomberclone/

KBounce is a single player arcade game with the elements of puzzle. It is played on a field, surrounded by wall, with two or more balls that move about in the field bouncing off of walls. The player can build new walls, decreasing the size of active field:
http://games.kde.org/game.php?game=kbounce

LBreakout2:
http://lgames.sourceforge.net/index.php?project=LBreakout2

Pipewalker - This is a puzzle game in which you need to combine the components into a single circuit: connect all computers to a network server, bring water to the taps, etc:
http://pipewalker.sourceforge.net/

Berusky is a 2D logic game:
http://anakreon.cz/?q=node/1

Crack Attack!:
http://www.aluminumangel.org/attack/#screen%20shots

Regnum Online:
http://www.regnumonlinegame.com/

by Jojo Yee on 17. January 2013 - 12:13  (104564)

LBreakout2 has been in the list. BillardGL is included as it's rated higher than FooBilliard in this review.

Will look at many others that you've suggested.

by Jojo Yee on 18. January 2013 - 3:53  (104602)

Update:

PipeWalker now added.

by Panzer on 19. January 2013 - 9:28  (104637)

Red Rogue - a side-scrolling roguelike-like computer game:
http://redrogue.net/

by Panzer on 21. January 2013 - 10:04  (104694)

xvidcap is a screen capture enabling you to capture videos off yourX-Window desktop for illustration or documentation purposes:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xvidcap/

by Panzer on 24. January 2013 - 9:01  (104773)

Mari0 - Mario game with Portal gun mechanics:
http://stabyourself.net/mari0/

Ortho Robot is a perspective based puzzle game, where you flatten the view to move across gaps. Your objective is to reach the ending green block (either by standing directly on it or standing on it in relative space). For some extra challenge, try to collect all coins and perfect your time, steps and number of warps:
http://stabyourself.net/orthorobot/

Ever wondered how Pacman would be like with physics? No? Well, it's revolutionary. This mashup of "Not" and "Pacman" puts The Pac and the Ghosts in a in a Pacworld cage, at mercy of gravity and the level's shape, controlled solely by you. Ghosts still don't like you very much, so you should be careful to make Pacman avoid them:
http://stabyourself.net/notpacman/

by Panzer on 25. January 2013 - 9:22  (104799)

Citadel

Features:

* Email, calendaring, address books, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and more … all in one tightly integrated server package. Unlike other open source groupware systems, all of Citadel's data stores are built-in. All that tedious mucking about with dependencies and config files is a thing of the past.
* High-performance, multiprotocol, multithreaded server engine
* Wiki and blog engines built in. Citadel is a collaboration server and a content management system!
* Web browser, telnet/SSH, local client software accessible
* Standards-compliant e-mail built in: IMAP, POP3, ESMTP
* Group calendaring and scheduling (WebDAV, GroupDAV, and Kolab-1 compatible)
* Built-in listserv (mailing list server)
* Integrated server-side mail sorting and filtering. Users can choose between an easy-to-use web based rules editor, or the power of writing complex scripts using the industry standard Sieve language.
* Support for push e-mail and mobile devices
* Database-driven, single-instance message store
* Built-in full text index for fast searching
* Authenticated SMTP for remote email submission
* Multiple domain support
* Built-in integration with perimiter email filtering technologies such as Realtime Blackhole Lists (RBL's), SpamAssassin, and ClamAV antivirus
* Server-to-server replication. Users in any number of domains can be spread out across any number of Citadel servers, allowing you to put data where you need it, and enabling infinite horizontal scalability.
* Web-based access to email, calendars, and everything else through a powerful AJAX-style front end
* Very strong support for “public folders” and message forums.
* Built-in instant messenger service
* SSL/TLS encryption for all protocols
* Citadel is true open source software. Unlike other groupware servers, it isn't a cut-down version of an expensive proprietary “pro” version. We make our very best work available to everyone on the same terms. 100% of our code is covered by the GNU General Public License (GPL3).

http://www.citadel.org/doku.php/doku.php?id=start

by Panzer on 25. January 2013 - 10:45  (104802)

King Arthur's Gold Free Version - 2D Strategy:
http://kag2d.com/en/

by Panzer on 29. January 2013 - 8:46  (104911)
by Panzer on 30. January 2013 - 10:17  (104963)

Open Sonic is an 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:
http://opensnc.sourceforge.net/home/index.php

LinCity-NG is a city simulation 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:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lincity-ng.berlios/

by Panzer on 30. January 2013 - 10:23  (104966)

Bombermaaan - A classic Bomberman game with multiplayer support:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bombermaaan/

Unvanquished is an open-source first-person shooter combining real-time strategy elements with a futuristic, sci-fi setting:
http://www.unvanquished.net/

Mega Mario:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mmario/?source=directory

The Bub's Brothers:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bub-n-bros/?source=directory

Cubosphere:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cubosphere/

FreeOrion is an open source, turn-based space empire and galactic conquest (4X) computer game:
http://www.freeorion.org/index.php/Main_Page

by Panzer on 2. February 2013 - 10:00  (105052)

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer & singleplayer first person shooter, the successor of the Cube FPS:
http://sauerbraten.org/

Other games from the same developer:
http://cubeengine.com/

by Panzer on 9. February 2013 - 8:28  (105224)

Everpad - Evernote client well integrated with linux desktop:

Client has:

* unity lens
* indicator applet
* unity launcher

Client support:

* notes
* tags
* notebooks
* resources
* places
* en-* tags

https://github.com/nvbn/everpad#readme

by Panzer on 12. February 2013 - 9:43  (105334)

Rapid Photo Downloader - photo and video downloader:

Features:

* Generates meaningful, user configurable file and folder names
* Downloads photos and videos from multiple devices simultaneously
* Backs up photos and videos as they are downloaded
* Is carefully optimized to download and back up at high speed
* Easy to configure and use
* Runs under Gnome, KDE and other Linux desktop environments
* Available in thirty languages
* Program configuration and use is fully documented

http://www.damonlynch.net/rapid/

by Panzer on 13. February 2013 - 10:03  (105368)

"... Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands ...":
http://vifm.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vifm/

by Panzer on 18. February 2013 - 9:18  (105516)

Textroom is a free full screen rich text editor developed with especially writers in mind:
http://textroom.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 18. February 2013 - 10:53  (105518)

NeonView - lightweight image viewer:
http://www.tuxarena.com/neonview/

by Panzer on 20. February 2013 - 9:15  (105569)

"... Xonotic is a free and fast-paced first person shooter. It combines addictive, arena-style gameplay with rapid movement and a wide array of weapons ...":
http://www.xonotic.org/

"... Kernel Panic is a game about computers. Systems, Hackers and Networks wage war in a matrix of DOOM ...":
http://springrts.com/wiki/Kernel_Panic

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 9:10  (105632)

Ostinato is an open-source, cross-platform network packet crafter/traffic generator and analyzer with a friendly GUI. It aims to be "Wireshark in Reverse" and become complementary to Wireshark:
http://code.google.com/p/ostinato/

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