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10 Best Linux Games for Free 2022

Gaming on Linux has become very popular and gained the trust of hardcore gamers in very short period of time. Thanks to digital video game distribution services like Steam and PlayOnLinux, it has been possible for gamers like me to enjoy my favourite video games from Windows on Linux and its distributions.

Now that we’re in mid-2022, there are many games from popular developers and publishers available for Linux and its distributions like Ubuntu. But games from popular publishers guarantees one thing and that is price tag and some games are very expensive too. So, today I’m going to introduce you to the 10 free games for Linux.

1. Dota 2

I know many of you won’t be surprised to see Dota 2 on top of the list. No game can replace this game at the top and you will not read any gaming related blog without mentioning this very popular game. Dota 2 is one of the most popular battle arena game available for Linux. It is also free.

Dota 2 is published by Steam and it is one of the most played game on the platform. If you want to compete with top gamers around the world, then this game offers you the opportunity as this game is part of eSport competitions.

Valve keeps on updating the game from time to time with new features and content to keep the game fresh and always exciting.

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2. Super Tux Kart

Super Tux Kart is free to play kart racing game for Linux and its distributions. It is an open-source arcade racing game with variety of gameplay modes, characters and tracks. The gameplay is quite realistic and a fun experience while playing.

Game also has story mode where as a player you must face the Nolok and defeat him to keep the kingdom safe. There is also time trail mode where you can challenge yourself to beat your own fastest time.

There are three main characters in the game: Tux which is a brave penguin the hero of SuperTuxKart; Gnu who is mentor of Tux; and Nolok, the villain.

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3. Alien Arena: Warriors of Mars

Alien Arena is a first-person shooter game available on Steam for Linux. Developed by COR Entertainment, it is powered by Quake II engine and Open Dynamics engine. This game can be played in single player as well as multiplayer game modes.

It is free-to-play game and it is very popular on other operating systems platforms such as Microsoft Windows and macOS. The gameplay is full of action making it thrilling till the very end. Game features variety of battle environments along with incredible graphics.

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 4. Unknown Horizons

Do you love city building games right from their economies? Then I have a special real-time economy simulator and city builder game for you. Unknown Horizons is the 2D simulator game for you with features like urban development, commodities management, diplomacy, trade, strategy and exploration.

It is an exciting game where you can build a high-profile metro city from scratch and find new islands, trade routes, diplomatic strategies to raise your city’s wealth.

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5. Team Fortress 2

This one is for FPS game lovers. Team Fortress 2 is very popular first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve. Even though it is free video game, Team Fortress 2 developers keep on pushing updates with gameplay features time to time.

Even if you’re new to this game, it ensures you settle in well with detailed training and offline practice modes. Gameplay modes include Capture the Flag, Control Point, Payload, Arena, King of the hill, and many more.

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6. Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Counter Strike: Global Offensive popularly known as CS: GO is another excellent game published by Valve Corporation. It is first-person shooter video game available for free on various platforms including Steam for Linux.

Game was initially released in 2012. Since then, Valve corporation has been pushing major updates every year. Game is also very popular among esports gamers and game is played in various competitions every year.

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7. Mari0

Every gamer in his childhood has played popular Mario game. Original Super Mareo Bros developed and published by Nintendo and Mari0 replica of that with some tweaks with the help of Valve.

Mari0 has features such as portal gun to shoot portals, 4-player simultaneous coop with each player having his own portal gun, 33 different hats, game modifiers, level editor, and many more.

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8. Zero Ballistics

Zero Ballistics is free first-person shooter tank combat game available for Windows and Linux. This game is easy to learn but difficult to master as gameplay gets intense with every level you cross.

Game features 81 different tank setups which keeps you ready for any combat situation during game play. Gameplay is quite engaging with masting main weapon ballistic trajectory and judging the distance correctly is easy.

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9. World of Warships: Transformers

World of Warships: Transfers is another free to play game available on Steam platform for Linux. You take control of one of the 300 historic vessels from WWI and WWII like lowa, Bismarck and Yamato to combat the enemies.

You can play this game in solo mode or even with your friends in multiplayer mode. Combats and engaging which demands your full concentration else you can get bombarded by enemy anytime. You can customize you fleet with options such as ship modules, camouflages, flags and many more.

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10. Cube 2: Sauerbraten

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is free multiplayer first person shooter successor of the Cube first person shooter game. It is an old-school deathmatch game, where gameplay is exciting and engaging.

It is a cross-platform game, hence also available for Windows, macOS X, FreeBSD and OpenBSD alongside Linux and its distros. Action game lovers are going to like this game with features like map and geometry editing tools.

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So, here are the 10 best games which you can play on Linux and its various distribution for free. There are many other free games available for Linux with ever increasing competition among Linux game developers. But only few manage to stand out and rule the hearts of gamers like us!

About the author

Swapnil Tirthakar

A Software Engineer who loves football and passionate about traveling. I often spend my free time playing with gadgets and exploring new possibilities in tech world. I am Linux enthusiast and have about 6 years of experience in web development. I have good command on Python, Java, SQL and system security.