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Best Free Linux Games 2018

Gone are the days when gaming experience on Linux used to be very boring. Now after the arrival of steam on Linux, it has become one of the best platforms for online gaming. Linux is getting more user-friendly with every update.Linux is an open source online game playing platform. You are offered numerous fantastic games and many of them are free to play. This list includes some of the best free games offered on Linux.

These games are:

* Free to play. (Meaning no downloading or subscription charges)
* Do not require WINE (compatibility layer used for running Windows programs on Linux) to run.
* Fully developed games.

Let’s take a look at this list of Top 20 best free Linux games to play in 2018.

 1) Tales of Maj’Eyal

 Popularly known as ToME, it is a roguelike role play fantasy game. Primarily, the game features single player campaign played on arena modes. While playing the game there are many random locations to discover which gives adventurous feeling to the player. The graphics and interface are awesome which make this game more thrilling.

2) The Dark Mod [TDM]

The game TDM is inspired by the previous famous game series “Thief” by Looking Glass Studios. Earlier it was released as a total conversation mod for Doom 3 but the new version released in October 2013 is a standalone game. The player plays as a thief who has numerous equipment and tools to complete the given missions. You can break into buildings, look spots and solve mysteries. The game features its own customized editor and art assets.

3) Critical Mass

 This game is based on space & action. Critical Mass is a game set in the future where you play as the commander of a spaceship. You will be sent on various missions which include protecting the earth, destroying enemy colonizers, attacking enemy space station etc.

4) TORCS

TORCS is a 3D car racing game. It is an open structure portable multi-platform gameplay which features 50+ different cars, more than 25 trucks to choose from and various opponents to race against. The gameplay offers different types of races ranging from normal practice session to championships. You can race against your friends also as it allows up to 4 human players

5) Counter-Strike Global Offensive  [CS: GO]

If you’re a gamer, you probably played Counter Strike once in your lifetime. Counter Strike is very popular in the gaming world. CS: GO is a team-based action gameplay. It is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series. In the game, there are two teams: Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists. The terrorists and counter-terrorists play the expected role and each tries to interfere with the others goals and plans. The game allows you to choose from various weapons to play in & various weapons to choose from. You won’t ever get bored as the game is updated regularly & offers DLC.

6) 0 A. D.

Despite the fact that it is still in alphas stage,  0 A. D. is included in the list of one of the finest open source game plays. This game is designed on a historical theme where you have to implement real-time strategies. The game features various historical civilizations which never existed in reality. The goal is to put them against each other.

7) Hedgewars

Hedgewars is another open source unique gameplay that is similar to Worms. The player controls a group of hedgehogs and battles other computer or player controlled team. As terrains are randomly generated every time, consecutive games will never be the same. The game features a wide variety of weapons and the landscape can also be altered. Customization of the player and environment is also possible.

8) Dream Chess

Linux is a pool platform if you are interested in online chess gaming. Dream Chess is a game which has both 2D and 3D board views. It provides features like different chess board sets, on-screen move lists using SAN notation, undo facility etc. The gameplay offers a challenging experience for the players that enjoy playing it.

9) Nexuiz

The game which is now known as Xonotic, is an arena-based shooting game. It offers you various weapons with alternative modes of firing. You’re also free to edit the maps. What makes this game different from the other shooting games is its frequent updates and active user base. You will never feel bored while playing Xonotic.

10) DotA 

It is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients. This game is available exclusively on steam and free to play. In DotA 2 you can fight online multiplayer battles. In this gameplay, players play team vs team to win the quest where each team consists of 5 players. DotA 2 is a very popular & addicting game that is played by millions of players throughout the world.

11) Battle of Wesnoth

It is a strategy based game. The game offers both single-player and multi-player modes. It comes with a map editor so that you can design your own maps and set fields according to them. The graphics settings, challenges and wars will keep you enthusiastic to play it more & more.

12) Frozen Bubbl

Originally designed for children, this game attracts adults also. Frozen Bubble demands some mind tricks. In the game, you have to match 3 or more of the same colour bubble to clear them from the playing board. The catch is, you have limited lives and the games over when you lose them all.

13) Dirt rally

 Dirt rally is a racing game that allows you to pick a wide variety of cars to race from. The collection includes cars from the 1960s also, giving the game a bit of classic feel. The game allows new locations and new modes. Such features make it one of the best Codemasters rally games. Dirt rally is a multiplayer game that allows you to race against 2-8 players.

14) Daimonin MMORPG

 It is an online role play fantasy game which offers exciting quests and battles. 10-20 players can join together at a time to battle against the game’s main opponent. You have to collect various magical spells and equipment in order to become more powerful in the game. The game is also popular for its friendly userbase.

15) Voxelands

 Inspired by the earlier voxel world style games, Voxelands is a single player and multiplayer game. The game offers no additional downloads when connecting to the servers. In the game, you are put into a 3D game world where you can customize your environment with blocks, items and creatures. You can also build structures in that 3D world.  The player can modify their personal look within the game to bring an individualized look. Simultaneously, the surroundings can also be changed.

16) AstroMenace

 AstroMenace is a scrolling-shooter 3D game which has wonderful graphics and high-quality special effects. It is a role play fantasy game where you play as a brave space warrior and fight with aliens. You have to gather money during the battle to purchase more and more equipment and tools in order to defeat the antagonists. The game offers 22 playable ships with unique characteristics, different control styles, defensive abilities and navigation systems.

17) Gentrieve 2

 It is a 3D action game inspired by the ‘Metroid Prime’ series. In this game, you are put into the year 3080 in a completely random world which can be customized. In Gentrieve 2 you have to defeat enemies and explore the area to collect items and tools to have access to new areas. The game also has unique puzzles, moving platforms, different enemies and levels.

18) Gone Home

It is a pixelated game based which has a horror theme. In the game, you arrive home after a year abroad and find no one at home. The game features story to explore by examining abandoned rooms halls and kitchen of the home. There is no action or combat, you just take the role of a young woman and explore the empty house to discover exciting twists and turns.

19) Linux Air Combat

It is an open source combat flight simulator game. The game is set on the theme of World War 2 where you have a number of fighter and bomber planes. The flight functions can be mapped and customized. You use bombs, rockets, machine guns and cannons to destroy the airfields of enemies. The game features both single-player and multiplayer servers.

20) Dragons and Titans

This is a multiplayer online battle arena game which includes RPG elements i.e.

* Levelling system
* Inventory system
* Loots
* Character customization
* Persistent weapons and skill upgrades

You have 30 unique dragons in the game and also 30 legendary weapons. You can upgrade dragons and also can upgrade weapons to unlock new powers. The aim of the game is to free your Titan from captivity in a 5 versus 5 player battle across 3 different maps. You can also play in an adventurous mode where you can freely travel to the different region and unlock the rewards. This game is developed by  Wyrmbyte, LLC and published by “Versus Evil, LLC”. This game supports 6 languages which are English, German, Spanish, Polish and Russian.

My Favorite Game

Counter-Strike Global Offensive: Apart from the fact that this game is easily able to run on almost all computers, it has amazing graphics & gameplay considering the specs required. The community might be bad sometimes but it offers great gaming experience to those who’re a fan of first person shooters like Call of Duty, Battlefield etc. If you haven’t tried it out, do make sure to give it a go – you’ll never want to leave.

About the author

Zeeman Memon

Zeeman Memon

Zeeman is a freelance content marketer, software engineer and tech blogger who loves to blog on his tech blog in his free time.