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This page gives a brief, alphabetized listing of some of the most popular games for Ubuntu/Linux. There are thousands of games available which are free software and will run natively on Ubuntu. In addition, there are emulators that will run many games for Windows or even classic game consoles. Whether you enjoy card games or shoot 'em ups, there's something for everyone. Have fun! Note to editors: please keep the game alphabetically ordered to ease reading.

Linux Games

Native Free Ubuntu Games

These are collections of a lot of games:

  • GnomeGames are installed by default in Ubuntu; install package gnome-games in Kubuntu.
  • KDEgames is a metapackage that installs a lot of games; each can also be installed independently.

The following games are also natively available in Ubuntu. This is just a sample of the games included in Ubuntu; look under "Add Remove" for a complete native listing. You need the Universe repository enabled (see Repositories/Ubuntu). Battle for Wesnoth

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=wesnoth.jpg The Battle for Wesnoth is a free, turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. Fight a desperate battle to reclaim the throne of Wesnoth, or take hand in any number of other adventures…

Beneath a Steel Sky

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=Beneath_a_Steel_Sky_Coverart.png A science-fiction thriller set in a bleak post-apocalyptic vision of the future, Beneath a Steel Sky revolves around "Union City", where selfishness, rivalry, and corruption by its citizens seems to be all too common and those who can afford it live underground away from the pollution and social problems which are plaguing the city. You take on the role of Robert Foster, an outcast of sorts from the city who was raised as a boy in a remote environment outside of Union City that is simply called "the Gap". Robert's mother took him away from Union City as a child on their way to "Hobart," but the helicopter crashed on its way. Unfortunately Robert's mother dies in the crash, but he survives and is left to be raised by a local tribe from the Gap. Years later, Union City security drops by and abducts Robert, killing his tribe in the process. Upon reaching the city the helicopter he is on crashes, and he escapes high upon a tower block in the middle of the city, where he sets out to discover the truth about his past and to seek vengeance for the killing of his tribe.

Bos Wars

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=boswars.jpg Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game (RTS).




Epiphany is a clone of Boulder Dash. In this game, the player must collect all the valuable minerals scattered in each level, while avoiding being hit by a falling boulder, or worse, a bomb.

Extreme Tux Racer

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=pp-racer.jpg PlanetPenguin Racer is a racing game featuring Tux, the Linux mascot. The goal of the game is to slide down a snow- and ice-covered mountain as quickly as possible, avoiding the trees and rocks that will slow you down. Collect herrings and other goodies while sliding down the hill, but avoid fish bones.

Flight Gear

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=flight_gear3.jpg The goal of the FlightGear project is to create a sophisticated flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, for the development and pursuit of other interesting flight simulation ideas, and as an end-user application.


A turn based "Explore, Expand, Exploit and Exterminate" strategy game similar to Civilization.

FreeDroid RPG

FreeDroidRPG is a single-player Diablo-like open source sci-fi isometric role playing game with a hacking system similar to the classic Free Droid game. In the future 'Monopoly Systems' eliminated open source and put their software on all of the robots which have permeated every aspect of life on the planet. Unfortunately their software was buggy and the robots rose up and slaughtered most of humanity. You are a penguin from outer space and you must destroy (or hack) the robots to save the world. Help with expanding and improving the story and game is welcome!

Installation Instructions:

Frets On Fire

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=frets-on-fire.jpg Frets on Fire is a game of musical skill and fast fingers. The aim of the game is to play guitar with the keyboard as accurately as possible.

Frozen Bubble Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=frozen_bubble.jpg Get rid of all the bubbles by matching colors as quick as you can!


Educational games for small children.

Globulation 2

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=globulation.jpg Globulation 2 is an innovative Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game which reduces micro-management by automatically assigning tasks to units.

I have no Tomatoes

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=tomatoes.jpg I Have No Tomatoes is an extreme leisure time activity idea of which culminates in the following question: How many tomatoes can you smash in ten short minutes? If you have the time to spare, this game has the vegetables just waiting to be eliminated!


A ball-and-paddle game with nice graphics


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=Neverball2.png In the grand tradition of Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball, Neverball has you guide a rolling ball through dangerous territory. Balance on narrow bridges, navigate mazes, ride moving platforms, and dodge pushers and shovers to get to the goal. Race against the clock to collect coins and to earn extra balls.


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=nexiuz.jpg Nexuiz is a 3d deathmatch game project, created online by a team of developers called Alientrap.

Open Arena

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=openarena.jpg OpenArena is an open-source content package for Quake 3 Arena licensed under the GPL, effectively creating a free stand-alone game. Though OpenArena is a free replacement for id Software Inc.'s Quake 3 Arena, it is NOT compatible with the proprietary game!


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=pingus.jpg In this Lemmings clone, you must take command of a bunch of small animals and guide them around various levels. Since the animals walk on their own, the player can only influence them by giving them commands such as "Build a bridge," "Dig a hole, or redirecting all animals in the other direction.


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=rrootage.jpg rRootage is an arcade-style vertical shooting game with music to match. Avoid the barrage of bullets and destroy the enemy's battle ship with your laser. rRootage has 40 levels, each playable in four different modes.

Scorched 3D

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=scorched.jpg Scorched 3D is a game based loosely (or actually quite heavily now) on the classic DOS game Scorched Earth, "The Mother Of All Games." Scorched 3D adds amongst other new features a 3D island environment and LAN and Internet play.

Secret Maryo Chronicles

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=secret-maryo.jpg Classic Mario Brothers clone


StepMania is a free dance and rhythm game featuring 3D graphics, dance pad support, and a step editor.

Super Tux

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=supertux.jpg Super Tux is a classic 2D jump and run sidescroller game in a style similar to the original Super Mario games. Super Tux features 9 enemies, 26 playable levels, software and OpenGL rendering modes, configurable joystick and keyboard input, new music and completely redone graphics.

Super Tux Kart

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=super-tux-kart.jpg Super Tux Kart is a 3D kart racing game based on TuxKart with funny characters.


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=torcs.jpg TORCS, The Open Racing Car Simulator, is a car racing simulation which allows you to drive in races against opponents simulated by the computer.

Vega Strike

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=vega_strike.jpg A space simulator. Current features include split-screen play, trading, exploration and of course plenty of shoot 'em up action.


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=Wormus.jpg Have the mascots of your favorite free softwares battle in the Wormux arena. Using dynamite, grenades, baseball bats, and other weapons, exterminate your opponent in 2D cartoon style and funny environment.


2D motocross platform game

Native Non-Free Ubuntu Games

These are in the multiverse repository Glest

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=glest.png Glest is a free 3D real time strategy game the current version includes single player game against AI controlled players, providing two factions for the player to control: Magic and Tech, each with their corresponding tech trees, units and buildings.


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=tremulous.jpg A multiplayer First Person Shooter with an emphasis on Human vs Aliens with an element of Real Time Strategy.

Ur-Quan Masters

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=ur-quan.jpg You return to Earth with a vessel built from technology discovered from an ancient race called the Precursors only to find it enslaved. Gather allies from a wide variety of races, engage in space combat with various foes, and save the galaxy from the Ur-Quan! The Ur-Quan Masters is derived from the classic game Star Control II. It includes both the adventure game described above and a fast-paced Super Melee.

Warzone 2100

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=warzone.png Warzone 2100 is a real-time strategy game, originally developed by Pumpkin Studios (Archived website) and published by Eidos-Interactive™.

More Native Non-Free Ubuntu Games

Native Free Commercial Ubuntu Games

These are games that are free, may require you to pay to play them in some way, but work natively on Ubuntu. Avaneya

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=Avaneya.png Avaneya aims to be a cerebral, science fiction, free, commercial, game for GNU/Linux. It is currently under active development. It combines elements of a science fiction real time strategy, adventure, and some of those of the classical city building and management genre. The setting is on the Martian surface. You can learn more about it at its project website.

  • Genre : Real time strategy / city building and management
  • Singleplayer : No cost.
  • Multiplayer : Monthly subscription.
  • Homepage : https://www.avaneya.com/

Native Non-Free Commercial Ubuntu Games

These are games that are non-free, may require you to pay to play them in some way, but work natively on Ubuntu. Darwinia

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=darwinia.jpg The world of Darwinia is a virtual themepark, running entirely inside a computer network and populated by a sentient evolving life form called the Darwinians. Unfortunately Darwinia has been overrun by a computer virus which has multiplied out of control. Your task is to destroy the Viral Infection and save the Darwinians from extinction.


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=defcon.jpg You play the role of a military Commander hidden deep within an Underground bunker. Your mission - to successfully exterminate your enemy's civilian population whilst disabling their ability to attack your own. Start by launching your battleships, subs and bombers in order to decimate your opponent's defences. Scramble together your alliances but remember only one can stand victorious. Prepare your pre-emptive strike before one of your supposed allies gets the same idea. Choose the perfect moment for betrayal, obliterating your opponents with an apocalyptic thermonuclear barrage, but get it wrong and their devastating counter attack will bring you to your knees!

Dirk Dashing: Secret Agent!

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=dirkdashing.jpg Save the world from the forces of E.V.I.L. in this side-scrolling, action-packed adventure! As agent Dirk Dashing, you have been assigned to recover the seven largest diamonds in the world, which were stolen by international jewel thief, Pique Pockette! Battle enemy agents, collect working spy gadgets, and solve baffling puzzles as you make your way through hand-painted levels in search of the elusive gems!

Doom 3

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=doom3.jpg The third game of the DOOM series which takes gamers through the depths of Hell where technology and demons meet. You start as a marine soldier sent to Mars where a corporation named The Union Aerospace Corporation makes secret experiments. People around the base are on the edge, something is not right. You receive your first simple mission and when you go off, the Hell unleashes.

  • Genre : First person shooter
  • Homepage : www.doom3.com
  • Install Instructions : see ID Games
  • Cost: Around 15 Euros

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=enemyterritory-quakewars.jpg After they had fought out their civil war on their homeworld called Stroggos, the Strogg ventured out into space to conquer other planets and study other races to integrate them into their own. In 2060 they enter space above their next target: Earth. The Global Defense Force (GDF) is completely overwhelmed by the attack of this highly advanced force but they don't give up and fight for their survival. Ultimately Earth will fall into the hands of the Strogg and the events which lead to the beginning of Quake II will unfold but until then, you'll be an important part of this last battle for control over the planet!

  • Genre : Multiplayer first person shooter
  • Homepage : www.enemyterritory.com
  • Install Instructions : see www.enemyterritory.com
  • Cost: Around 40 Euros

Fashion Cents Deluxe

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=fashioncentsdeluxe.jpg The original fashion puzzle game, now available for Linux! Combine a wide assortment of hats, tops, bottoms, and shoes into outfits that are color-coordinated. Add accessories like glasses and purses to score bonus points. Shelves at the top of the screen provide storage for items you want to save or can't use. Create enough outfits to advance to the next level! But don't run out of dolls or shelf space, or your game is over! Full version includes hundreds of free add-ons, and ability to create your own add-ons and share them with other players on the My Game Company forums using the free Fashion Designer Kit. Lots of fan-made creations are already available!

Penumbra: BlackPlague

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=penumbra-blackplague.jpg Black Plague is the second major part of what was originally planned as the Penumbra trilogy. The story is picked up right after the events of the first game, where Philip travelled to Greenland to pursue a location the notes of his father describe. The game takes off deep inside the mines, in a complex known as The Shelter, built in the seventies by the Archaic Elevated Castle, an organization in pursuit of ancient knowledge. Philip gets to know more about the Tuurngait virus and the storyline is explained further through the events and notes left behind.

Penumbra: Overture

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=penumbra-overture.jpg Penumbra: Overture is a first-person survival horror game. Originally created as a tech demo to showcase the in-house developed HPL engine, the small team soon turned it into a full game, split up into two episodes (originally advertised as three), of which this is the first one. Players take on the role of Philip. After his mother's death, he receives a letter of his father, a man he has never seen in his life and presumed dead. Philip is asked to destroy a set of notes, but instead he decides to travel to the wastelands of Greenland following the clues left in the writings. He ends up in an underground complex where he discovers disturbing facts about the past and events hidden from the rest of the world.

  • Genre : Puzzle Solving Survival Horror
  • Homepage : www.penumbra-overture.com
  • Cost: Around 20 Euros

Savage 2

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=savage2.jpg Savage 2 takes the best of the FPS, RTS, and RPG genres and blends them seamlessly into an extremely addictive and complex experience. Take the reigns as the commander from an RTS perspective or join your army on the field.

  • Genre : First Person Shooter / Real-Time Strategy / Role-Playing
  • Homepage : www.savage2.com
  • Install Instructions: Run the downloaded binary; see Savage 2 Technical Support Forums for help
  • Cost: Free to play; optional prime account unlocks extras for $9.99 USD

Unreal Tournament

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=unreal_tournament.jpg Unreal Tournament is completely different to Unreal - it's now mainly based on multiplayer, like Quake 3. At the beginning, you have to play classic deathmatch rounds. After you have successfully won some of them, a new game mode becomes available, domination. In domination there are about 3 or 4 different areas scattered around the map to be controlled by your team. For a certain amount of seconds you control one area, a point is added to your score. The more areas you control, the faster your team's score rises. When you or the other team reaches a certain score, the game is over. The 3rd mode is called capture the flag, every team has a flag to defend and tries to capture the other team's flag to score a point.

  • Genre : Multiplayer first person shooter
  • Homepage : www.unrealtournament.com
  • Install Instructions : see Unreal Tournament
  • Cost: Around 5 Euros

Unreal Tournament 2004

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=unrealtournament2004.jpg Unreal Tournament 2004 is the third game in the popular Unreal Tournament series. This latest edition includes several new features. First and foremost is the return of Assault mode from the original Unreal Tournament. This mode pits two teams, attackers and defenders, against each other. The attackers must try to complete various objectives, and the defenders have to stop them. At the end of the round, whether time runs out or the attackers win, the roles are switched, and the defenders become the attackers. A mode new to 2004 is Onslaught. Another team-based mode, there are several Power Nodes spread throughout the map, with one base per team that houses a large Power Core. The players must go to each Power Node, link it to the enemy Core, and eventually attack the enemy Power Core itself. Rounding out the remainder of the game modes is the standard Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Double Domination, Bombing Run, Last Man Standing, Invasion, and Mutant, for a total of ten different game modes.

  • Genre : Multiplayer first person shooter
  • Homepage : www.unrealtournament.com
  • Install Instructions : see Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Cost: Around 10 Euros


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=uplink.png High tech computer crime and industrial espionage on the Internet of 2010. You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people. You use the money you earn to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable missions become available. You can speculate on a fully working stock market (and even influence its outcome). You can modify peoples academic or criminal records. You can divert money from bank transfers into your own accounts. You can even take part in the construction of the most deadly computer virus ever designed.

World of Goo

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=world_of_goo.jpg World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls who live in the beautiful World of Goo don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.

Other Linux Games

Games Not Packaged For Ubuntu

These games will run under Ubuntu; they just haven't been packaged (yet). (You can contribute to create the packages, see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PackagingGuide ). Eternal Lands free MMORPG

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=eternallands.jpg A free, massively multi-player on-line role playing game.

Peces (Tangram game)

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=peces4_paradoxa_de.png Peces is an open source game based on the Chinese game called Tangram. The main objective of the game is to create different figures by putting together pieces like squares, triangles, rectangles, and others. This simple yet challenging game has at least 33 gaming modes and 4 different difficulty levels.


Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=teewars.png Teeworlds is like worms in realtime, mulitplayer and online. Its fast fun and addictive.

V Drift

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=vracer.jpg VDrift is a driving simulation game made with drift racing in mind, powered by the Vamos physics engine.

Wolfenstein Enemy Territory

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=wolfenstein-enemy-territory.jpg A standalone multiplayer only expansion to Return to Castle Wolfenstein. You do not need to Return to Castle Wolfenstein to play this. In this game, two teams battle each other through a series of three missions that make up a single campaign. There is two campaigns North Africa and Northern Europe. Within a mission there are objectives that must be completed by each team. These are as varied as escorting tanks, building bridges, stealing gold, or blowing up fuel dumps. Each player picks a character class, such as engineer, soldier, field ops, or covert ops, and then makes use of that class's special abilities, class-specific weapons, and inventory items.

World of Padman

Games?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=padman.jpg World of Padman is a first person shooter set in the cartoony, miniature world of ’Padman’. It features, gorgeous 3D graphics and both single player and multiplayer gameplay over the internet.

  • Genre : FPS
  • Multiplayer : Online
  • Homepage : http://www.worldofpadman.com/
  • Install Instructions : (Note: these instructions do NOT require administrator access)

Download the World of Padman Linux installer file from one of the links at http://padworld.myexp.de/index.php?files=main

Then run the following code
cd ~/Desktop
sh worldofpadman.run

Change the install path to /home/YOUR_USER_NAME/games/WoP Select no when asked whether to create symlinks Run the game by executing /home/YOU_USER_NAME/games/WoP/Wop

Not Yet Classified Linux Games

Please move these to the appropriate section above

Windows Games

Windows games that can be run on Ubuntu with an emulator.

  • ANNO 1503
  • CounterStrike - describes howto install and play Counter Strike with Wine.
  • Counter-Strike Source
  • GTA Vice City
  • Half-Life
  • Half-Life 2
  • Port Royale
  • RedAlert2 - information on installing Red Alert 2 using Wine.
  • Sacred Underworld
  • Stronghold Crusader
  • Tortuga - Pirates of the new world
  • Warcraft 3 & WC3:Frozen Throne
  • WorldofWarcraft - describes howto install and play WoW with Wine.


Windows Emulators Some Windows games can run on Ubuntu, but they need either an emulator or a compatibility layer. Wine and Cedega (a fork of Wine) are compatibility layers.

  • Wine - completely free and works for some games.
  • Cedega - costs money, but works for more games.

Other Emulators

  • DOSBox - A x86 emulator with Tandy/Herc/CGA/EGA/VGA/SVGA graphics, sound and DOS, enables playing old DOS games.
  • ScummVM - free implementation of LucasArts' S.C.U.M.M interpreter, package "scummvm"

Helping With Games On Ubuntu

There are various ways to help the Ubuntu community make Ubuntu a better gaming platform:

  • Add some games you know about to this page.
  • `Ubuntu:MOTU/Teams/Games` - This team is inactive. All the former team members have joined the Debian Games Team.
  • Debian Games Team - Help the Debian Games Team. It will ultimately enhance Ubuntu as a gaming platform.
  • Chat with the team on their official Debian IRC channel at #debian-games on irc.debian.org (OFTC).

See Also

  • The Ubuntu Forum Games Section [3]

External Links