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Now Steam is available in Ubuntu Software Center

Now Steam Client is available in Ubuntu Software Center (for 12.04/12.10/11.04/10.04). They had already announced the beta release few months ago, followed by new drivers from Nvidia. So, finally, Gaming is fun 🙂 on Ubuntu/Linux!


Not all cool games are available for GNU/Linux platform, but it’s expected to grow fast 🙂 – here is the list of cool games available for Linux. You can also try few games for free e.g Team Fortress 2.

steam in Ubuntu software-center

Note : There is 50-70% discount on all Steam for Linux games, until Feb 21.


Cool Racing Games for Ubuntu 11.10

In Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) you might have noticed a lot of changes and improvements – including the major changes in Desktop and some popular applications such as Ubuntu Software Center. Now, you can also buy proprietary/non-free games from Software Center, despite of that a lot of free applications has also been added. GNU/Linux based OS such as Ubuntu has now becoming a popular platform for gaming. Also read this : Best Gaming Laptops. (list of most popular laptops for gaming)

Some popular Racing Games available for Ubuntu/Linux

Although, a number of racing games are available but Here is the collection of my Top 3 – favorite racing games that I like to play on Ubuntu (11.10), All are open source and available freely in Software Center. If you have more experience in gaming on Linux desktop then feel free to share your experience (through comment).

1. Trigger Rally : 3D Car Racing Game


Trigger Rally is a fast open source racing game for Linux users. It is a lightweight game and very easy to play. Although, the number of tracks and vehicles available in the game (by default) may  not be sufficient for some users but it’s not difficult to add a new one. The game is based on OpenGL.

Want to try the Game ? First watch this video –

Install Trigger Rally in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Open a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install trigger-rally


Torcs - racing game

TORCS is an open source 3D racing car simulator game. it uses Open Graphics Library (OpenGL) so you may need a graphics card to play this kind of games on ubuntu. TORCS is one of the most popular racing game for Linux users, that’s why it has been included in Ubuntu package Repository by deafult – so if you want to install the game then just go to Ubuntu Software Center, search for torcs and install! Or execute –

sudo apt-get install torcs

3. SuperTuxKart


Supertuxkart  is a cart Racing game – forked from Tux Kart game. It is one of the most funniest games available for Ubuntu – specially kids love this kind of game (warning!, it’s addictive too). A lot of ccol and funky characters, racing levels/modes makes it a n incredible racing game. To install this game – open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command (or you could also install it from Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager (it’s not there in Ubuntu 11.10, by default))

sudo apt-get install supertuxkart

That’s All! Have Fun 🙂


“Battle for Wesnoth” Strategy Game for ubuntu 11.10

If you do a quick search about strategy games in Ubuntu 11.10‘s Software Center, then you may find a lot of strategy games to try but in this post I’ll introduce you with a turn-based tactical strategy game. It’s The Battle for Wesnoth, one of the most popular strategy games.

The Battle for Wesnoth – A fantasy Turn based strategy game


The Battle for Wesnoth is a free, turn based strategy game. It’s available for Linux distributions such as Ubuntu as well as for Windows and Mac OS. You can play either in single player mode or in multiplayer mode along with your friends (can be virtual or real from over the web). The latest version is 1.8.6, and available for the target platforms.

In past few years, Multiplayer Online Gaming has increased exponentially – some of them play little just for fun!, some of them play a lot because they’re hardcore gamers while some of the players do nothing but gaming – probably they got addicted, so they have to play! Anyway, Battle of Wesnoth is one of the coolest game that is worth trying if you like that kind of strategy games!

Features :

  • Several multi player options available such as Internet Play
  • Building a fighting force from small resources
  • Experienced units get new powerful abilities
  • Random and custom designed maps
  • developers can create their own maps and other things
  • supports a lot of other language (35+)

Here is another snapshot of Map Editor in Battle of Wesnoth

How to install Battle Of Wesnoth on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install wesnoth

Non-Ubuntu users can download it for their platforms. (official website)

Have Fun! 🙂

Top 10 Ubuntu Games

Ubuntu 10.10/11.04 or any other Linux Based systems(such as – Open Suse, Linux Mint, Fedora etc.) has been lagging behind the windows when it comes to Games support. There are mainly two reasons that Linux based os isn’t the favorite platform of Gamers- First,Most of the commercial games are released just for Windows Platform; second the graphics card performance(probably due to the fact that Graphics Card Manufacturers do not release the appropriate drivers for Linux Platform,by the way if they releases proprietary(Closed Source) drivers then there is much possibility of compatibility issues with Linux based operating system).

If you’re building a Gaming Rig, checkout this tool for building a Gaming PC or this for best performing gaming laptops.

The time has changed now,Linux based OS like Ubuntu is now becoming the favorite choice for gaming; mostly,due to availability of a large collection of open source and free games. Some commercial games developers has also concentrated on Ubuntu as their target platform. Nvidia Graphics card provides good performance on Ubuntu.

So, in the end of this post, you will get an overview of some of the best/popular games(open source and commercial).it is not an easy task to select top 10 games from a list, so if you don’t see your favorite game listed here don’t be panic, I’ve prepared the list based on my personal experience(2+ years) in gaming; submit your opinion/idea/recommendation through comments or contact.

Top 10 Ubuntu Games – at a Glance

# 0 : Open Arena

Open Arena is an open source (and free) multiplayer FPS (First Person Shooter) game based on ioquake3 fork of the id tech 3 engine. it is the free version of quake III arena and it can stand alone so Quake III Arena is not required to play this game.

ubuntu games 1 -open arena

Download and installation instructions

If you are using Ubuntu 10.04/10.10 then download open arena deb and open with ‘Ubuntu Software Center’ (or open with ‘gdebi Package Manager’ in older versions of Ubuntu)to install. Visit the official wiki  page of Open Arena- Installation Details for other Linux Distributions.

# 1 : Torcs

Torcs is a 3D Racing Car Simulation Game based on OpenGL. it is available free for all platforms e.g Linux based OS(e.g Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04),Windows,Mac OS X,BSD; available as an open source software.it has more than 50 cars,20 tracks and 50 opponents available for racing with lot of other features that brings reality during simulation.


Install Torcs on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04

>> Download the debian package – download torcs debian package

>> Open the *.deb with Ubuntu Software Center ; then click  on install.

# 2 : Urban Terror

Urban Terror is a free multiplayer and multi-platform FPS(First Person Shooter) game similar to Quake III Arena.The motto of the game is ‘Fun Over Realism’ , so the game is very funky,enjoyable and unique.

top ubuntu games 3-urban-terror

Download Urban Terror

# 3 : Tux Racer

Tux Racer is fun and easy to learn  – a 3D racing game(Licensed under GPL and available free to use) suitable for all ages.In this game you need to race through mountains; you will play the role of tux – Linux Mascot.it is available for all common platforms. The primary goal of the game is to slide-down a snow and ice-covered mountain as quickly as possible.


Download Tux Racer

On Ubuntu you can install Extreme Tux Racer(very similar to Tux Racer ) with one simple command(or from Synaptic Package Manager) – Open terminal and enter the command :

$ sudo apt-get install etuxracer

# 4 : Armagetron Advanced

Armagetron Advanced is a 3D game(open source,free and multi-platform), a clone of the movie Tron.This game is based on the light cycle racing which can take only 90 degrees turn(and leaves a solid wall behind the path) and the winner will be the one who will survive till last; without colliding with the walls.The other rule is that the it can’t stopped during the race.


Installing Armagetron on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04

Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘armagetron advanced’ ; mark the boxes to select the package for installation; Finally click on Apply button to begin installation procedure.Wait for the installation to complete,then you are ready to play the game from Applications->Game menu.

# 5 :  Vega Strike

Vega Strike is is a 3D space simulator game.it is free and open source; available for Linux/Mac/Windows.In vega strike,you can trade,fight and explore the vast universe with a lot of fun.it is developed on the top of OpenGL.

ubuntu games -5-vega strike

Download Vega Strike

# 6 : Battle of Wesnoth

it is a free turn based tactical strategy game with high fantasy theme.it is a multi platform game.


Download Battle of Wesnoth

# 7 : Nexuiz

Nexuiz is a 3D deathmatch game with very complex and high end graphics effects.it is open source and available free.You can play it using local network or Internet.


On Ubuntu you can install it in one click from the ‘Ubuntu Software Center’.

# 8 : Alien Arena

it is a 3D standalone online Deathmatch- FPS game based on Quake II/III Arena.it is open source and free.


it is also available in Ubuntu Software Center,so ubuntu users can install it from there.

# 9 : Vdrift

Vdrift is an open source and free game which simulates driving with vdrift features.The game is new and all the development goal haven’t been completed but it is still playable.


Ubuntu users can download the debian pckage of vdrift and install it by Right Click ->Open with Ubuntu Software Center and click on Install button.

plus this one (you may already have played this one) =>

# 10 : SuperTuxKart – 3D Kart Racing Game!


It’s my all time favorite game! I love it. Recently, they have launched the new version with lots of new tracks, graphics effect are also lot better now. It’s available there in official repository. So, you can install it from Software center or type the command –

sudo apt-get install supertuxkart

That’s All..If you have any suggestion or opinion then let us know through comments.

racing game for ubuntu 10.04

Racing Game for Ubuntu 10.04

There are many Open Source Racing Games available that run very smoothly on Ubuntu 10.04.This post will explain about the best Racing game for Ubuntu 10.04.Some of them are



Speed Dreams

Here torcs is described in details although installation process for Vdrift is also same and speed dream can be downloaded from here.

racing game for ubuntu 10.04


It is a multiplatform Car Racing Game i.e it is available for Linux,MacOSX,FreeBSD and Windows.Torcs is an open source and free game so it can be found in Synaptic Package Manager on ubuntu 10.04.
Requirements : Min 550 MHZ CPU ,128 MB RAM and 32 MB OpenGL 1.3 Compitible Graphics card is recommended.

How to install TORCS in Ubuntu 10.04

1. Open Synaptic Package Manager and Search for “torcs” and check the left box in the reusult that says torcs;for installation.It will ask you to install some more dependent programs click ok to select all dependencies.

2. Next,click on Apply to begin the download and installation.It may takes few minutes to hours depending upon your internet speed.

3. That’s All…Now,you can access it from Applications->Games->TORCS.

If  graphics performance of your computer is very poor then you may update your computer – from here..

Buy good Graphics Card for better performance TORCS