Top 10 free Linux 3D games

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Addictive 3D games for Linux users to fill their time with.

These games are really good and some have won awards or have been featured on magazines. Most are cross platform and all of them completely free. You don’t have to use ‘Wine’ to be able to play as they come with Linux installers.




America’s Army
America’s Army is a tactical, multiplayer, FPS (first person shooter) owned by the United States Government and released as a global public relations initiative to help with U.S. Army recruitment. The first version, Recon, was released on 4th July 2002. The current version 2.8.2 was released on september 2007.

Edit: Latest Linux available version is 2.5

It’s the first well known computer game used for political aims. The game is used as a playable recruiting tool and critics have charged the game serves as a propaganda device. A counter on the homepage of the PC version shows over eight million registered accounts as of 2007. GameSpy tracked the game usage and reported an average of 4,500 players at any one time between 2002 and 2005.



Tremulous
Tremulous is an open source team-based FPS (first person shooter) with a game play that is similar to Gloom (a Quake 2 mod) and Natural Selection (a Half-Life mod). The game features two teams, humans and aliens, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The game has been downloaded over 200,000 times and was voted “Player’s Choice Standalone Game of the Year” in Mod Database’s “Mod of the Year” 2006 competition.



Tux Racer
Tux Racer is a newbie friendly, open source, 3D computer game starring the Linux mascot, Tux the penguin. Like many open source games, the replay value of Tux Racer is extended by easy modification of the game. New maps can be created by making three raster images to indicate height, surface, and object placement. The last release of Tux Racer was version 0.61, 29th October 2001.



Nexuiz
Nexuiz is a free, cross platform, FPS (first person shooter) distributed under GNU General Public License by Alientrap Software. It started back in May 31 2005 with version 1.0 using DarkPlaces, a significanlty modified Quake engine. The current version, 2.3, was released on May 31, 2007. Available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

Several notable features of the game include

* ability to multiplay up to 64 players
* ability to generate bots for practice sessions
* dynamic lighting system similar to Doom 3



Alien Arena 2007
Alien Arena is a completely free FPS (first person shooter) started by COR Entertainment in 2004 comprising of a science fiction ambience and a Quake like gameplay. This game is playable in single player mode against bots, but the action and thrill lies at the online multiplayer mode. Features of the Alien Arena 2007 include an internal server browser for finding other people to play online and an external program that acts as an IRC interface. There are 6 game types and 6 game mutators that changes the gameplay. Cattle Prod is a new game type that requires you to herd robotic cattle to earn points. Alien Arena 2007 is playable in Linux, Windows and FreeBSD.



TrueCombat: Elite
TC:Elite happens to be a total-conversion modification of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory by Team Terminator and Groove Six Studios. The game is free and playable across all platforms. Notable features include iron sights aiming (no crosshair), multi layer object penetration, letterbox / wide screen view modes, lag compensation, client side bullet prediction and support for PunkBuster, the anti cheat software.



The Open Racing Car Simulator
TORCS is an open source 3D racing simulator using OpenGL technologies. It is runnable on all Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX and Windows platforms. There are 50 different cars, 20 tracks and 50 opponents to race against. The multiplayer mode can accommodate up to 4 human players. Several of the simulation include damaged models, collisions and aerodynamics like ground effects, spoilers, etc. Development is currently being carried out to enable online racing mode.



Frets On Fire
Winner of the Assembly Demo Party 2006, Frets on Fire is a music video game that uses the keyboard to play along with scrolling on-screen musical notes to complete a song. The player has to imagine the keyboard as a guitar and pick it up to play. One hand will be used to press the ‘frets’ (F1 to F5) and another will be used to press the ‘picks’ (Shift or Enter). Colored markers that appears are to be played by pressing ‘frets’ of the correct color and ‘picks’ at the correct moment. There are also song editors and tutorials featured in the game. This game is really addictive.



Scorched 3D
Scorched 3D is a 100% free turn-based artillery game modeled after the classic DOS game Scorched Earth ‘The Mother Of All Games’. Operatable across all operating systems. What started as a 3D landscape generator has now become a cool 3D game that requires skills to master. Players are supposed to take turns homing in to hit the target by adjusting the angle, rotation, power and a weapon of choice every other turn. Hits and kills will generate income for you to buy better weapons and items. Note that items are as important as weapons.



ManiaDrive
ManiaDrive is a free clone of Trackmania, the great game from Nadéo studio, and is an arcade car game on acrobatic tracks, with a quick and nervous gameplay (tracks almost never exceed one minute), and features a network mode, as the original. Lots of crazy driving involved.

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  1. Warsow isn't on this list...
    free FPS based on Qfusion engine, a cross between Quake3CPM and UT2k4
    oriented towards competitive play, leagues such as CAL and Clanbase have players competing in it, and had CDC3 lan earlier this year and CDC4 lan next year for it
    www.warsow.net

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  2. You also forgot Wolfenstein: Enemy-Territory. A free FPS from Splash Damage & ID-software. Based on the very popular FPS Return To Castle Wolfestein.

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  3. Savage: Battle for Newerth NEVER gets any love on any of these lists.

    One of the most fun, action packed ridiculously awesome games I have ever played.

    Its now totally free, and is supported entirely by the player community.

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  4. I think that you could add
    this one
    to the list, too :-)
    it's not a shoot-em-up, neither a car racing simulator, nor tux racing.
    It's Gillo.

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  5. How could you miss Sauerbraten from this list? It about the only game I consistently play under linux.

    http://www.sauerbraten.org/

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  6. x2

    I play a lot of Sauerbraten also. While it lacks originality, it is very well done with awesome graphics and good gameplay - definitely a very fun game.

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  7. dude u missed out on sauerbraten .....its one superb game i love it.....how can u miss on it...its the best....

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  8. im kinda sad open arena isnt on the list either. its a great open source quake 3 arena clone. frozen bubble too, while not as advanced as most on the list, im surprised its not there. oh and stepmania, holy crap am i addicted to it.

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  9. Also the now opensource project freespace doesn't appear in the list.

    for who don't know about it jast watch this amazing video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6VhyMzu12c

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  10. How about Warzone 2100 RP:

    http://wz2100.net/

    This game is also GPL...

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  11. Non sense, Urban Terror should be on top of this list, at least on top 3.

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  12. No Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line? Sacriledge!

    http://www.game-warden.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3502

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  13. Nice list, a number of games I did not know about. Another omission seems to be Neverball (see http://icculus.org/neverball/), a crazy zany but smooth-scrolling tilting game where you have to guide a ball through obstacles. It comes with an accompanying game called Neverputt, a multiplayer miniature golf game, using the same smooth 3D engine.

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  14. Thanks for this nice list.
    Drake
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    www.weefly.com

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  15. fred, is there a link for project freespace? I did a google search and only came up with freespace 2? Seems like is not open source.

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  16. There is much more cool games - For example xTA, a remake of Total Annihilation based on the Spring engine. Have a look on this: http://www.holarse-linuxgaming.de/h2006/space/start

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  17. For the Freespace Source start from here

    http://scp.indiegames.us/news.php

    for the linux binary and installer look here http://icculus.org/freespace2/
    (found with google);
    i know there are other builds elsewhere and for OSX too.

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  18. Should have made this "Top 20"

    And I'm surprised Digital Paint's Paintball 2.0 didn't make the list... it's a very good Linux/Windows Quake 2-based paintball game (stand-alone)

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  19. Why TuxRacer and not ExtremeTuxRacer? ;-)
    It is an improved version.

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  20. Thanks for that, theres a few games on there I haven't tried yet. But you did miss a couple out, especially Digital Paint: Paintball 2, x-platform fps based on a a heavily-modded Quake2 engine.

    www.dpball.com

    Cheers for the list

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  21. What about Flightgear, the open source flight sim? http://flightgear.org

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  22. yep, sauerbraten is better than most of these games.. it is definately missing!

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  23. not bad .. but you forgot Savage from S2 Games.

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  24. Thanks for mentioning Tremulous. I am a complete Tremulous junkie... 0.o One question: Why not give a nod to OpenArena?

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  25. A little FPS heavy list for being so short.

    Wesnoth should definitely be on your listing. This turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme has been consistently well rate and has an active development team behind it.

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  26. openarena, which is in debian/ubuntu repository.
    you can find openarena in ubuntu add/remove software easily and install....

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  27. Glist (sort of War Craft III clone) is really good - I reckon.

    http://www.glest.org/

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  28. the best thing about this list has been the games mentioned in the comments!!! nice one

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  29. Astromenace is quite fun too.

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  30. Flightgear ...
    has a big future, great team behind it, will be big next to MS FSX

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  31. rob - Wesnoth is a decent game, but it certainly doesn't belong on a list of 3D games...

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  32. I second the motion that Neverball/Neverputt should have easily made this list. The SVN version has new levelsets and courses, and a major sound overhaul/fix. Check it out at Neverforum, link available from main neverball page, listed above!

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  33. Also oldy-but-goody Savage (www.s2games.com)

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  34. I'll have to give some of the ones I havent played before a try and I agree Paintball 2.0 should be on this list also I heard they are upgrading to build 20 check out dplogin.com

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  35. I also think that Wolfenstein: Enemy territory should be included in that list

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  36. Thank you people for the feedback. I´m impressed with the reaction to the post (979 diggs and 28 backlinks so far).
    I promess I´ll compile another list with some of the games you mentioned.

    Stay tuned ;)
    Regards from Uruguay.

    Online Games

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  37. Bro WTF

    Digital Paintball 2 is by far better than all of these. Try it out give it a chance. Fun game.

    DP2 monster Game.

    http://digitalpaint.planetquake.gamespy.com/files/

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  38. I like True Combat: Elite a lot, but as far as I can tell, when you download the list of public servers you'll find that NOBODY plays it. I used to be able to find a decent number of people but now it's disappointing.

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  39. The Spring RTS engine has dozens
    of game mods and hundreds of maps.

    Engine:
    http://spring.clan-sy.com/

    Screenshots:
    http://spring.clan-sy.com/screenshots.php

    Maps & Mods:
    http://www.unknown-files.net/spring/home/

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  40. No offense to the author of the article, but the comments have been much more useful than the story. As I expected, and the reason I followed the link... Thanks to everyone who contributed to this list.

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  41. Planeshift is an online 3D MMORPG with a linux version available for download. It is under development and has an emphasis on role playing. There are various player made guilds that gather on the forums. Go to planeshfit.it to download it.

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  42. typo above: planeshift.it (link works though).

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  43. Man, everytime somebody posts a list like this, you get a bunch of hurt feelings and posts about games that should be there instead of what he has in the list. Get a grip people, it's his *opinion*, and he's allowed to have it. Don't shoot the messenger.

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  44. If he changes the list to the top 20 and adds those games mentioned, would that make people happy?

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  45. Really,Very good game this.
    I will it my pages,too.thank you

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  46. What the... No sauerbraten?

    Apparently this guy has not tried sauerbraten.

    www.sauerbraten.org

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  47. Nope this list isn't right... It's missing Step Mania (How could you have Frets On Fire and miss Step Mania?)

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  48. I cannot say that I have tried all these, but two that I really like are Glest and UFO: Alien Invasion.

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  52. hey great post. After this I am dying to play these game.

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  54. Linux has come a long way in pc gaming. Is it true that Linux platform games are more powerful than windows based?

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    canopian.com

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  55. I don't know that those games can be played in Linux. I just knew that Linux are mainly for application and web server management only. :D

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  56. another vote to
    "where's flightgear?"
    it isn't big next to ms fsx like someone said above..
    but I think it's really the best
    free flightsim out there. And you forgot to mention it.

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  57. This is a great site. Thank you for your information. I THANK YOU I SALUTE YOU IT,S A AMZING SITE.

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  58. You got great games out there mate, just let me know if we can do a link exchange mate, my site is www.totalgamersdownloads.blogspot.com

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  59. Great list ! I love Frets On Fire ! I broke 3 keyboards since I've installed the game :D.

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  60. Hi, quick question. Enlighten me please. Can we play the WING OVER ISREAL, --Over EUROPE, ---over Vietnam (made by THIRDWIRE, forum etc at COMBATACE) in a PC/Laptop using LINUX? I read somewhere else, using CADEGA or CEDEGA, we could play several PC games. How about those WOI, WOE, WOV? Thank u so much. My email yjussac at yahoo dot com, kindly drop me some enlightment. Wishing to death to migrate to LINUX

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  61. Сосите хуй! Пидоры нерусские!

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  63. I really like thist list =)

    But my favourite game is WARSOW =))))

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  64. There is a new fork of TORCS available called Speed Dreams. It ships with improved features and better graphics. A first beta is available:
    http://www.playdeb.net/software/Speed Dreams

    The final well be soon available at: http://www.speed-dreams.org/

    You can follow the development @ Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/speed_dreams

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  65. what? no detction.

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  66. I haven't try any games using linux os, but i think this game is really cool. Is really linux is good for gaming? i Wonder...

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  67. A great list of 3d games. Alien Arena 2007 and Scorched 3D are very interesting games.

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  68. Amnesia... the demo is quite playable.

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  69. Online gaming is the buzzword these days and new game like online psp games, cheap Nintendo game and more game are available.

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  70. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Games are exciting to play more especially when they are upgraded.

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  71. Any Chance you could add the Linux games mentioned here and present as above with a short paragraph or maybe make a Linux Games page or link to list?? Cheers and thanks for all the hard work you do in maintaining this list. Chris from NZ

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