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12 MORE Open Source Games that Don’t Suck

Recently I wrote an article called 12 Open Source Games that Don’t Suck, and the response was overwhelming. Along with the positive feedback you guys made it quite clear that I didn’t mention some good games, especially first-person shooters. Many of the suggestions made were of non open-source projects, but I’m trying to stick to open source only – I will talk about the free (as in free beer) but not open source games another time.

So here are 12 MORE Open Source Games that Don’t Suck:

Nexuiz – It began in 2001 as a Quake mod but soon grew into a standalone project based on the DarkPlaces Quake engine. It is a very fast-paced FPS (3d Deathmatch) now on version 2.5 and is one of the most downloaded of all open source games. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

D2X-XL – The source code for Descent II was released in 1999, and a number of different open source projects began based on this code. D2X-XL is probably the most popular of the Descent 2-based projects, and it is basically a D2 OpenGL port with fixes and enhancements. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

TORCS – TORCS, The Open Source Racing Simulator features more than 50 different cars, 20 tracks, and 50 opponents to race against. You can steer with a joystick, steering wheel, mouse, or keyboard. Additional cars, tracks, and opponents have been developed by others and may be downloaded from various other sites. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Secret Maryo Chronicles – Secret Maryo is a scrolling 2D platformer reminiscent of, you guessed it, Super Mario Brothers. The gameplay, powerups, and graphics are all very similar to SMB. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Scorched 3D – Like its DOS-based predecessor, Scorched, Scorched 3D is a turn-based artillery game where the player aims (by adjusting angle, rotation and power) and fires a tank at opposing players. This 3D version features islands and up to 24 different players in the same game. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Frozen Bubble – This casual game is a bubble-popping puzzler. Featuring Tux-like penguins the player attempts to pop bubbles by forming chains out of the frozen rows scrolling forward before they reach the bottom of the screen. Its 100 levels are a fixture in many distributions of Linux, along with being available for Windows and Mac.

Tremulous – This game began development as a modification for Quake III Arena, and was turned into a stand-alone open source game after the release of the id_Tech_3 Quake III Arena source code. It is not only a FPS but also features real time strategy elements, such as building a base that contains spawn points. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

OpenArena – If you have ever played Quake III, you will recognize OpenArena’s gameplay, as it is a very close copy. The game is so closely related that many mods from Quake III may be used with OpenArena. It is also featured in many Linux distributions, and is available for Windows and Mac.

Assault Cube – Assault Cube is a first-person shooter based on the Cube engine. This game keeps the fast action of Cube, but was created to be a bit more realistic and team-based. The game has fictional, modern weapons such as the assault rifle, sniper rifle, and so on. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Hedgewars – Hedgewars is like playing Worms after eating shrooms. You move your group of little pink hedgehogs around a floating island and use various weapons to attack other teams of pink hedgehogs, who die if they touch the water or have their health reduced to zero. This game is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

NetHack – NetHack is decades old but was the grandaddy of dungeon crawlers. Those who lust for the latest graphics will want to shy away from this ASCII-based game, but in other ways its age not noticeable. Its simple, addictive gameplay remains to this day the bane of many a college student. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Dwarf Fortress – Dwarf Fortress is like NetHack in that it is ASCII-based, but it is very different in that it is an extremely deep and complicated fortress-building simulation. You create and grow a fortress using a band of hardy dwarves, and its gameplay can be best described as a cross between SimCity and Dungeons and Dragons. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

I think these games reflect some of the best open source games available. Thanks again for suggestions from all and I look forward to more!