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The 30 Best Free Linux Games That Everyone Should Play

Best Free Linux Games are the most searched term when a windows user switches from his own comfort world. After switching, everyone wants to know what and how to play games on Linux. We all know that Linux is such an operating system known for its free gaming capabilities and possibilities. As the games are so amazing and easy to get, and obviously for free, the demand for this operating system is increasing day by day.

I want to say something on this behalf. Though I’m not a PC game user, I myself did great research on this topic of best free Linux games and came to you for fulfilling your thirst for a generic list of best games for Linux OS. I hope you get your desired games to play on mighty Linux.

Linux OS & Available Games

Now, let me first tell you something about this Linux operating system. Linux is way much the opposite of Windows. People, who are Windows users, get a tendency to ask many questions before switching to Linux. The most asked question is that, is all the games are available? are they free?

So, the answer to this question can be given in yes and no because you can’t get all the games except for free trials. But you won’t get all the latest games or their versions for free for a lifetime.

Best Free Linux Games

In this article, we have tried to include all the free and best games for the Linux system, but you may still find some games that come with a free trial before making any final decision. Now let’s get started with the list.

1. Alien Arena: Warriors Of Mars

Alien Arena 2008

This game is a deathmatch shooter game. You will find this action game full of action themes and thrilling series. Let’s talk about the recent ones. As time is proceeding so fast, we need to wrap ourselves in the warmth of the trending time.


2. Battle for Wesnoth

Battle of Wesnoth

This game is a strategy based game. But it’s a turn over a game of strategy. You can play with a single player shot, as well as a multiplayer one. And not only that, but you can also play this game both offline and online. This game will provide you with a map editor. You can come up with new mysteries here. So this one is one of the best free online Linux game you will find in this series.


3. Xonotic


This one is the most famous game of 2017 on Linux. Because people tend to like the thrilling one with the action. And Xonotic provides you with such a taste. It’s a shooting game. You may have different sorts of arms and ammunition through this game. And if you are an arm lover gamer, then this game is perfect for you.

It offers both single-player and multiple players options. You will find a bunch of modes and maps and fire ammunition through this game. This game is also another best game on Linux.


4. 0 A.D

8.0  A.D

This game is one of the finest projects you will come to see in Linux games content. This game is comprised of historical content. Many tribes are here, but apart from all these emperors’ sites, it produced its own specific nature. It contains civilization in the game plot. But each civilization is different from each other.


5. Dota 2

Dota 2

Dota 2 is a sequel to Warcraft 3, which complied with the multiplier gen. It’s free and online-based also. This Dota 2 is recognized as the most famous game of Stream Because more than 80,000 players tend to play this game daily. So can you feel the scent of adventure here?


6. FreeCiv


Let me introduce you to the long-lasting fever of empire-building strategic game, FreeCiv. Yes, this game is one of the most playable human civilization games available right now. This game gives you the feeling of having a prosperous future of human civilization. You can start from the stone age and take the human race into a great future and beyond.


7. True Combat: Elite

True Combat: Elite

This game is a shooting game on Linux and one of the best free Linux games you will find throughout the action section. This game is operated by a single shooter, Wolfenstein is the name of the shooter.

This game is between two internationally operating groups, and you have been appointed by TCE to stand alone as a shooter. Here your opponent will be “Unit,” an international mercenary organization. So all you have to come alive from these military wars.


8. Smokin’ Guns

Smokin' Guns

This game is called to be half realistic among all the free Linux games. Because this game is also a first-person shooter game, and you have been trapped in Western culture. The game is mostly inspired by the Spaghetti western genre, and the setup is also like that.


9. AssaultCube


This game is a multiple players game and one of the best Linux free games with multiple players. This game is also a shooting game and a one-person game. The whole game is set upon the Cube engine and is much more realistic than any other game. You can see the fast movement of the figures, their ammunition for fighting, and all other stuff are real in their own sense.


10. Cube 2

Cube 2

This game is another single-player in Linux games. This game is the copyright of the main Cube FPS game. The cube engine is the main theme of this game. Not only that, this Linux game will give you a map and geometrical features for your current situation in this game. So try this best Linux game for your candy eyesight as well as your action thought.


11. Dark Place

Dark Place

This Linux game is a single-player as well as a single shooter game. Where you will find the source code for your game. This is an action-based game. And is among all the best free Linux games.


12. Red Eclipse

Red Eclipse

This game is one of the best free Linux games available in the market. This game is being developed on an open source platform, and users can play both in single and multiplayer mode. This is a great fork of the shade of Cube 2 game. The game is wholly in the hand of mapmakers who will proceed with the game forwards.


13. Super Tux Kart

Super Tux Kart

Hey, the great news is here !!! Super Tux Kart game is now on !! We can play it on Linux and other major platforms. It is one of the super famous games currently. It’s a 3D open-source arcade racer with a variety of characters. Creators had the ambition to make it more realistic with fun and enjoyable for users of all ages.

So want to know how it looks like ??! let’s have a glimpse of it. !

This game includes the storyline, battle mode, track, and other areas that can bring twists while playing, and I’m pretty sure everyone must get thrilled with it.

The control panel is also quite easy to handle. There is a wheel for the acceleration & direction right on the left corner of the screen. On the right corner, it contains bearing & rearview for the other rival racers. While driving around, we can pick up item boxes like other kart racers. An on-screen button is also there to fire the item we are carrying. I hope you can feel how it works and bring so many changes to the game.

We also need to look into the settings section if we wish to bring necessary changes in accelerometer steering. This super tuxkart also supports accelerometer steering, which is pretty awesome.

The setup section is also trivial. It can be done easily. But sometimes, it creates a few difficulties but not for every genre. Few characters can be jumped ahead on screen, particularly while you are selecting or completing the final setup.

The performance level is also awesome and competitive enough. Here graphics are super smooth with super quality settings.


14. Warsow


First-person shooter game and is a free one. Based on the scenario of the cartoon-like environment.


15. Zero Ballistics

Zero Ballistics

Tank combat is the main element in this game. A single-player shooter game. Lush alpine is the theme of the game. This game is as much thrilled as it is relaxing.  So this is called to be a balanced best Linux game of all.


16. Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer game based on combat between two teams. The combat is on protecting one’s company defeating the opposite team by destroying their company. Though it’s an older game, the popularity of the game has never decreased since then. This is one of the best free Linux games, and the fast-growing popularity is really appreciating. The game can be played both online and offline.


17. War Thunder

War thunder is a war game available for single-player and multiplayer modes as a free Linux game. The game is based on the battle using air, naval, and ground vehicles designed from the different wars in the real world. This is one of the best because of the idea of battling with vehicles and provides knowledge about vehicles, especially from World War II.


18. Fishing Planet

Fishing Planet is an online simulation game and needs to be played with patience, which makes gamers limited at different places for fishing. The game includes timing factors, various species of fish and bugs, etc. Fishing Planet is simple to set up but needs to have an internet connection to access and play. Since the game was released, the gamers are loving it, and the number is increasing.


19. Star Conflict

Star Conflict is a game available in MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) means the game is played among dozens of players around the world at the same time. Star Conflict gained popularity through an interesting storyline, attractive functions, and combat by spaceships in space in both PVP and PVE mode. The game was developed by Targem Games in 2013 on Linux as a free Linux game.


20. Robocraft

Robocraft is a famous online fighting game where players need to make their own robot with in-game pieces of machinery and fight against other robots in different planets. Robocraft created hype among the young gamers of this generation since it was released as a free Linux game. It has a currency known as Robots to buy variables. Robocraft costs some money to be a premium member to double the XP.


21. AdVenture Capitalist

AdVenture Capitalist is a business game where players need to generate revenue by investing in-game money. The game has earth, moon, and mars levels. Users will have a lemonade stand at the start of the game. The game was launched as a free Linux game with mixed reviews of negativity and positivity. Negative reviews are mainly because of its small reward and small progression rate, making the game boring.


22. No More Room In Hell

no room in hellNo More Room In Hell is a horror survival shooting game with FPP mode where 8 players can play together. It was a mod of Half-Life 2, and later on, the game was re-released officially as a free Linux game. The game is available in both objective mode and survival mode. Positive reviews helped the developers to plan for No More Room In Hell 2.


23. Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is a 2D multiplayer game famous for its Multiplayer Online Battle Arena feature. A match is held between two teams consisting of 3 players in each. Users gained free access to every feature of the game in 2017, and it became one of the best games for the nice combat experience. After running for a long time, the developer has decided to stop developing it until further notice.


24. Dead Maze

Dead Maze is a 2D survival MMO game. Players need to join other players and kill the zombies in the game to survive in a destroyed world. They have to make their things with the natural resources which are available in nature. Dead Maze became popular for its idea of surviving through crafting, grafting, and campaigning. Linux users love it since it was released.


25. The King’s Request Physiology And Anatomy Revision

The King’s Request is a free Linux game with a study related to the human body, physiology, medical science. The main target was to make it easier for the university level students to revise what they studied in the 1st year and have been more than fulfilled and beyond the boundary. People are playing it to know about the body-related things, and gamers are loving it since its release.


26. Tank Force

Tank Force is a shooting arcade free Linux game that can be played only online. 4 players from anywhere can play together in a match using different types of tanks to combat and upgrade their levels. The game is so old but still got the attention of gamers with the multiplayer tank battle since it was released. Tank Force is consisting of 36 rounds with different levels of difficulty.


27. Toribash


Toribash is an online fighting game released as a free Linux game in 2014 with both modes single and multiplayer. Players can customize their character, physiological structure, and also the movement for combating opponents. The tactic is more important rather than the customization of the character in the game. The game has a good number of positive reviews with a few negative reviews that are not so negative.


28. The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt

The Pirate is an online game mix-up of adventure and shooting done by the ships available in the game. The game is to play in multiplayer mode, and PVP and PVE mode is available in multiplayer matches. Players can upgrade their ships, use different weapons, ammo, upgrade the level of captain, and many more. The game got a good number of positive reviews since it was released.


29. Stasis

stasisStasis is an adventure game as well as a puzzle game based on objectives to fulfill. The game’s progression depends on those objectives, which can be fulfilled only by solving puzzles that are dependent on the objects in the surroundings of the gaming interface. Stasis was released as a free game and created a separate fan base for it. The puzzle-solving idea has made this game a special one.


30. Hedgewars

Hedgewars is a comedy action game which is a free Linux game that can be played online or offline against real players or in-game bots. Up to 8 players can play together in a single match. Players of hedgewars are generally referred to as commandos who assemble the hedgehogs and move to the combat zone. The hilarious movement has made this game more interesting. Developers are providing updates of Hedgewars as people love it.


Final Thought

Then there comes AstroMenance, Nexiuz, Urban Terror, Critical Mass, Stepmania, Wormux, ManiaDrive, Super Tuxkart, FreeOrion, Warzone 2100 RP, and much more. But you understand that I can’t accumulate all in this single article. If you want me to include any specific games in this Best Free Linux Games list, please let me know in the comment section below.

As a game enthusiast, I have tried to give you some queries about your questions for Linux game. I hope my research came to you with light. So not just read the article, go and try for those free trials on Linux today.


  1. While this list may be fine for some, where does one find a simple, well made exploration game (or two) that is NOT war-like, competitive, combative, shoot-to-kill, or require you to do stuff that in real life would be illegal??

    • Sorry, is this old? In linux, you have OpenTTD (I think Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe), Ryzom works through STEAM (stilll have to kill beasts to survive, but don’t have to do Player VS Player), and there is a simplified building game on STEAM as well that only had mining & building for the most part. Haven’t played that last one for a while as it got boring after I built everything there was. There are also a couple of Tux games that aren’t “worldly” like that, but they don’t really count as exploration games. A lot of the old DOS games are still good, too, if you can find a running version on Abandonware (or if you have them). Hope that helps.

  2. Urban Terror gotta be the best Linux game, side by side with 0 A.D. Also, I know this list is supposed to be only 15, but I think you missed Warzone 2100, Unreal Tournament, Cube 2 (Sauerbraten).

  3. We should add Shell Shockers to this list. To play the game well, you need to fire fiercely and at the same time dodge cleverly.

  4. Not a single mention for Ur-Quan Masters (formerly Star Control II)? Sir, you must be kidding. That’s one of the best games of all time, according to the game charts of the top worldwide game reviewers.

  5. Dota 2 is a sequel to Warcraft 3, which complied with multiplier gen. It’s free and online based also. This Dota 2 is recognized as the most famous game of Stream Because more than 80,000 players tend to.play this game daily. So can you feel the scent of adventure here?


  6. RuneScape is a freemium game available for Linux that is mighty fine. Guessing it’s not mentioned as it’s freemium so to get full features you must pay. It can’t be that it’s not free as in freedom as Dota 2 isn’t.

  7. Hi there, nice summary but let me fix some things for you.
    It’s “Battle for Wesnoth”, not “Battle of Wesnoth”
    It’s “0AD” not “8.0 AD”
    and yes, Legends is a great game with a nice concept but its dead. Really really dead. Downloads are far from working (404), parts of the homepage are screwed caused by a not working sql-session in the back and there’s literally no one playing. It’s a Multiplayer-Only Game that no one plays. It’s dead. Great, but dead. Sadly.

    Besides that, i hope to read more from you in the future about linuxgaming. It’s an awesome plattform with a great friendly community that really needs more publicity.

    Greetings and happy gaming,

    • I am really thankful to you for your useful and informative suggestions. I have already corrected all those mentioned mistakes. Moreover, the dead “Legend” game is replaced by Super Tux Kart game. Once again thanks.

  8. Mh, Football Manager 2015… on the website is only the current product, to buy, but with a region block. Was 2015 free, indeed? And where could you get a copy of it?

    • You are correct. This game is no more free at all. I have removed it and replaced with FreeCiv – an empire building strategy game.

      • There is much better games for Linux. I mean Warsaw, Alien Arena and Cube are games that are in every software repository on every popular Linux distribution. They are far from best Linux games.

        What about Team Fortress, Fistful Of Frags, Robocraft, Istrolid, Strife (all available on Steam) ?

        I mean Robocraft is better than 50% of games on this list.


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