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Install SuperTuxKart in Ubuntu 18.04

SuperTuxKart is a 3D arcade racing game designed for Linux based operating system. It is a multiplatform game and comes for Windows, Mac, and Android as well. SuperTuxKart is similar to Mario cart game and is completely open source and free. SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 was initially released in November 2017 and has been gaining popularity ever since. It comes with characters of various open source projects including multiple racing tracks. It is currently a single player or local multiplayer game. However, the online version where multiplayers can play is still under progress. A recorder is integrated in the game that can save MJPEG, VP8, VP9 or H.264 video along with Vorbis audio.

The version includes several new tracks, karts, and features. A track set in a field named “Cornfield Crossing”; a nighttime track in one of the European cities named “Candela city”; and a new battlefield named as “Las Dunas stadium”. Most of the tracks are being available for everyone.

Candela City

Here is what’s new in the latest version of the game software:

Android Support

Along with the support for Android, they have also updated their karts and have given them exhaust smoke and new headlights.

Kart, Character and Map Update

Several karts have also been updated. Wilber, Hexley, and Konqi are upgraded with an addition of a new kart as well: Kiki, a mascot for Krita. The new version included a map specifically designed for Halloween. Also, you can get 3 new maps by donating the project.

Bug Fixes

One of the most important updates it has received is the bug fixes. They have made the physical improvements and an optimized graphical representation. A new optimized mash format has been included to improve the space and hardware skinning. It should help performance. Reduced usage of RAM and VRAM has been included to reduce load times.

Online Multiplayer Mode

The most awaited feature is the online multiplayer mode. This feature has been under progress for a while now. The team has made a lot of progress and tried a LAN-only version as well but unfortunately, when tested on various hardware platforms, it started to show unacceptable shuttering. But this didn’t stop them from trying. They are now working on the WAM version (which will include LAN as well).

Steam Version

For people who have been curious regarding the Steam release of SuperTuxKart, some initial work has been done on it. It can pick your username and avatar, but due to some legal reasons, the development has been stopped for now.

Other updates worth mentioning

Some of the worth mentioning features included in SuperTuxKart 0.9.3 are:

  • Code restructuring for both render pipelines
  • Generation of high-resolution mipmap by Stragus
  • Smoother camera
  • Grand prix victory scene
  • Embedded screen recorder powered by libopengl recorder, created by Benau
  • 3 Strikes Battle: added spare tire karts
  • Various improvements including parachutes, wall driving fixes, cannon fixes, colorization shader and GP points

How to Install SuperTuxKart on Ubuntu 18.04

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Before you install SuperTuxKart, you must ensure that you meet the requirements of the game. The game has minimum hardware requirements which is a plus point for gamers who want to enjoy high-class gamin in an economic budget. Here are some of the important hardware requirements you shall meet before installing SuperTuxKart:

  • GPU supporting OpenGL 3.1
  • 600 MB empty space on hard drive
  • 1 GB memory
  • 2 GHz processor
  • Graphics adapter at least 1 GB VRAM

Installing SuperTuxKart

Installing SuperTuxCart is easy and does not require dealing with too many complexities. Simply follow the given procedure to install this game on Ubuntu:

Open the terminal (Ctrl+alt+t) in your Ubuntu system and type the commands mentioned below. This will add the official Personal Package Archive (PPA) repository of SuperTuxKart to your system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stk/dev

You’ll need to enter your Ubuntu password after executing the above command. If you have the previous version installed, just upgrade it. Run the following commands to install or upgrade to SuperTuxKart 0.9.3.

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install supertuxkart

After installation is complete, click show applications in Ubuntu GNOME dock and type SuperTuxKart.

Uninstall

In order to disable or remove PPA from the system, you will need to launch Software and Update utility and then navigate your way to the ‘Other Software’ tab. From there you can remove or disable it.

In order to uninstall the game, you can either use your system package or execute the following command

sudo apt-get remove –autoremove supertuxkart

Conclusion

If you’re a diehard fan of SuperTuxKart and someone who is in love with the stability and the security Linux has to offer then there’s still a way that you can play your favorite game on your system.  The increased performance and speed of Ubuntu 18.04 allows you to play this game lag-free. Would I prefer playing SuperTuxKart in Windows or Linux? Well, there is not much difference in both versions and provides the same experience so yes, I would. Gladly.

If you want to donate to SuperTuxKart development the folks on the team would be very appreciative.

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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.