Well, I’m a fan of games…and in particular games that are up to date.
Thanks to the likes of Loki Games (no longer operating), there was a rise in games for GNU/Linux.
The only problem is, that despite having all those games, they are very much outdated.

Well, this led me to do a search around the internet for the latest games that are native to GNU/Linux. This is how they made my list:
I looked for games that were either addictive, highly graphical, up-to-date, or popular amongst modern gamers.

Let me begin with some old games from Loki Games, these need mentioning since I personally was very addicted to it. Please note that these are still available to buy online.

Railroad Tycoon II – For those that have played this on Windows, no explanation is needed. But if you have never played this game before, and like God-games, this is worth getting.
The funny thing is, I am not at all a fan of railway and train games, but I have spent countless hours on this game, it is extremely addictive and the graphics are not bad at all. The aim of the game is to create a company and by means of building railways across different maps (real world based) and the purchase of trains, you have to make as much money as you can. This game allows maps to be edited, and includes buying stocks in your company and upgrading stations etc.
All in all, it is a fantastic game!

Alpha Centauri – Another game ported by Loki Games is Alpha Centauri. This game is basically the same as Civilization (Also available from Loki Games), except it is based in the universe. You have to create a civilization to colonize planets and make once again as much money as possible.

A little less known game which is also extremely good is:

Penumbra – Currently Penumbra has 2 versions, Overture and Black Plague.
This is a first-person horror game. I have not played Black Plague as of yet, however I have had the pleasure to play Penumbra Overture.
You begin by finding yourself in a blizzard, you then have to go through the snow into an underground shaft and try and find your way out whilst also discovering clues to a mystery.
The physics and gameplay are amazing. The mouse pretty much acts as your hand and all objects within the game are completely interactive. You may find a chair and by clicking on the chair and keeping it clicked, then moving your mouse forward quickly and letting go of the mouse button causes the chair to be thrown. The background sound and dark screen completely makes this a very eerie game. You could compare the eerie feeling with the likes of ‘Silent Hill’.

Regnum Online – This has to be one of my most favourite games. For all those fans of popular MMORPG’s like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars. This may just be a great alternative.
The game is 100% free, which means you can download it for free, set up an account and play. No monthly payments. You can buy premium content, but unlike other games which are free but allow premium content, it does not give you a disadvantage if you don’t buy anything.
I think that this game is more like World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings online in look and feel. You have a choice of characters: Dwarf, Elf, and Human.
What is most groundbreaking is the division of the game world. The game has 3 small areas for beginners to level up and learn how to play, and then walking outside of that area just means you walk into an intermediate level where the monsters and creatures are tougher. And walking further lets you into a warzone where opposite ‘realms’ (these are like factions in WoW) meet and besiege forts and wage war. The overlapping areas are not noticeable only that I have explained may you be aware they even exist. The graphics are stunning and can be compared to WoW graphics and the music is beautiful. A highly recommended game!

Here are some games to get you started. They are by far not the only ones and I will be reviewing more. Most of these games that I have mentioned have to be purchased but the price is not high. Debian files are as far as I’m aware not available for any of these, but the installers provided should make it easy. If you have any problems, please feel free to ask me for instructions.

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