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How to Play Games on Linux: An Easy Tutorial for Newbie Users

Playing Games on various operating systems is always an excellent source of entertainment for all ages. There are many platforms (OS) that will offer you to play awesome games, such as Windows PC, Linux, Xbox, and PlayStation. If you are a Linux user, you can easily play games on Linux. Linux offers a wide range of gaming systems like Native Linux Games, Browser Games, Windows Games, and Terminal Games.

If you are a gamer, you will probably ask how to play games on Linux. You previously knew that you could do anything on Linux like watching a movie, playing music, etc. Linux is an open-source operating system. You will see that almost all applications are free to use on Linux.

You don’t need to spend money on them. Even no crack or patch is required for any apps. You can play games on Linux, but there are certain things to do if you want to play all the Linux games. I think you will be confused about what I am saying. Let’s go to the details about gaming on Linux.

Why I am discussing Gaming on Linux

Several times, I have been asked about how to play games on Linux. So I will be providing comfort and step by step guides on this topic. You should remember that I am not discussing gaming on Ubuntu. I am just talking about gaming on Linux at all.

Which Types of Game You can Play on Linux?

In Linux, you will be able o play plenty of favorite games like Counter-Strike, Metro Last Night, etc. But you will not be able to play all the latest and favorite games that available on Windows until you follow some specific Linux Hacks like using Wine or Crossover; later, we will discuss all those.

Because you know that Linux OS is only running on 2.5% of the world’s desktop, this figure discourages most game developers not to bring their games to Linux. Because, you know, profit matters. That’s why you can’t play all the games on Linux. Ops sorry, yes, you can play but have to follow some tips and tricks.

Moreover, many game companies spend huge money-making games, but Linux is an open source OS. It provides a free application. But paid games are not free at all. So at first, we should have a look at which games are available on Linux. You will generally get four types of Linux games.

Play Games on Linux: An Easy Tutorial for Newbie

I am going to unfold the whole tutorial into these four segments.

  • Native Linux Games
  • Windows Games in Linux
  • Browser Games
  • Terminal Games

Now, let’s see where you will find the latest Native Games for Linux.

1. Native Linux Games

Native Linux games are officially supported on Linux. These games require default Linux Native Client. But don’t worry about it because it is pre-installed on Linux. Now I will share all those resource hubs that offer you most of the latest and favorite games for Linux.

  • Software Repositories

Software repository

Before finding the best Linux games, you must first go to the default software repositories of the installed Linux distribution. There are hundreds of games available in the software center based on various categories. As I am using Ubuntu, the software center is the place where I will be getting all those games. But for you, it may be different basing on your Linux distribution like Linux Mint, Manjaro, Arch Linux, etc.

  • Steam


Steam is known as the most popular gaming client for Linux video games. Steam will offer you to Buy and download the latest and favorite games. These games are officially protected with DRM.

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  • GOG.com

Gog.com official site

GOG.com is another similar platform like steam. You can quickly browse and download thousands of games from GOG.com. You can also Purchase games and install them on your system. The purchased games will be saved in your account. GOG.com mainly features DRM free games.

You don’t need to use any client app like steam to download games. It’s a web-based gaming hub where you can buy and install it across the primary desktop environment. So it’s one account that rules them all.

  • Portable Linux Games

Portable Linux Games


Portable Linux Games is a popular website for downloading Linux games. All the games are available for offline installation also. You download the games and keep them on your hard disk drive. Later on, double-click any of the games file and install them. These games file is essential when you don’t have any high-speed internet connection.

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  • Linux Game Database

Linux Game Database

Linux Game Database is a fantastic website with a vast collection of games for Linux. You can quickly browse all the games as per categories. It’s a Linux game collection site where users can rate the games like IMDb or IGN and download the developer site’s games.

  • Game Drift Game Store

Game Drift Game Store

Though Game Drift is a Linux distro solely made for gaming purposes, you can always go to its game store to download all the latest games.

  • Penguspy


Penguspy is an excellent source to download Linux based games. This portal is created for those who refused to play games on the Windows platform. You can browse the games as category-based and install them from the developer’s website.

2. Windows Games in Linux

Windows users can play a ton of games. But if you want to play Windows games on Linux, you will need some apps. So, let’s see how you can play Windows game on Linux:

  • By Installing Wine on Linux


There are a lot of games not available to play on Linux. But if you install windows emulator – WineHQ, you can easily perform many Windows games and applications. You can install Wine via software center on Ubuntu or software repositories on other Linux distros.

Wine in Software center

It will help you to launch windows games and apps on Linux. Moreover, WineHQ has compatible features which help you to run windows application as well as games. You must have a look at which WineHQ from the official website supports software and games.

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  • PlayOnLinux


PlayOnLinux is also a desktop client based on WineHQ. But the overall interface is simple and more comfortable for the newbie users. This app is also free of cost as like WineHQ. You can also install it from the distros specified software center.

PlayOnLinux in software center

Before installing in on your Linux system, you must check the support apps and games from the official website.

  • CrossOver


CrossOver is the best version of Wine, but it is not free. You have to purchase a license before running any games or apps on Linux. You will get a lot of support, both technical and professional, from the team of WineHQ that will help you play more games. You need to spend 48$ per year to use this app and support the developer team.

3. Browser Games

Browser Games

Web Browser is a great tool to play a ton of games. It supports all OS like Windows, Linux, Mac, etc. You can play some fantastic online games from a web browser. Google Chrome is a popular web browser application that will allow you to play thousands of games from Linux. Just open your browser and go to the extensions tab and search for games. You can easily play those games online as well as offline.

4. Terminal Games

Command-line or “Terminal” is a great tool to play a good number of Linux games. Though the list is not that big, you can easily enjoy Snake or 2048 from the Terminal.

Final Thought

Though gaming on Linux was not easy for the newbie users, I believe now you have a good idea of playing games on Linux after following the above tutorial. At first, it may seem a bit difficult to play games on Linux, but after a few days, when you are accustomed, it will be just fine, like playing games on Windows.

So don’t get puzzled; follow this tutorial and let me know what do you think about playing games on Linux in the comment section. Don’t forget to share this Linux tutorial with your friends who play games all the time.


  1. Hi i am a noob on linux what i mean is i have installed a distro for 2 years now and never had any problem of attempted breach of my system so far,i also am not sure if even exist an Anti-virus for Linux.one thing for sure how safe are your Laptop Desktop Tablet Phone so on depends on the user.
    One thing i do right after having installed Linux at the first start up is enable the Firewall,with the obvious things to say = avoid opening emails from untrusted sources nor open links for example links that ask you to log in on your ebay account for any number of various reasons.
    There are plenty of sites that gives you tips on how to configure your Linux Firewall,i would suggest you to install any Honey Pot that along the Firewall will make it HARDER for anyone that attempt to breach your system.
    For my PERSONAL EXPERIENCE Linux is safer than windows,since i ran windows for a number of year till i gave up and switched to Linux…

  2. So I currently have Windows 7 and I am looking at having Linux installed on my HP Notebook 17″ Laptop Intel Core 13. I am addicted to Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook and also and Admin in one of the Bejeweled Blitzer Groups. I also do banking online and was wanting to know if Linux would be a good system for me to use. I also have Avast Premium Security, Avast Premium Clean Up & Avast VPN. It’s my understanding that I will not need a Security System on Linux. Is this a true statement and will I be able to play Bejeweled Blitz on Linux? It’s a PopCap game if that tells you anything.


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