Ubuntu 12.04: Games

I am not a big gamer, but I have found a few games that I do enjoy from time to time.  So, this is a quick list of the games that I installed as part of my installation.

0 A.D.

I just ran across this article:

I Love Ubuntu: 0 A.D. Alpha 8 Haxāmaniš released with consistent additions

The screenshots and graphics are what caught my eye, and I decided to give it a try.  It is an easy install after adding the repository, and then watch out: it will waste your time!

Here are the commands that I used to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wfg/0ad

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install 0ad

Super Tux Racer

This is a fun game that I have enjoyed for a while.  My son really enjoys playing it as well.  The open source characters are fun and creative.  It also has challenges where you can unlock tracks.

Website: http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/

It is in the repository, so you can install it from the Software Center.

They also have a tutorial for creating tracks, but we’ll see if I get the time to do it.  It looks like it would be fun to do, but it requires learning some new applications.

Also, I have waited so long to publish this, and now, I have had time to play with the version that installs with Ubuntu 12.10.  It includes a multi-player feature!


In college, I had some friends that had a game called Worms.  It was a fun multi-player hot seat game.  Hedgewars seems to work the same.  I haven’t spent much time with it, but it seemed fun.  I tried playing it with my nephew and son, but I noticed a few words that I didn’t think they should be around.  I haven’t gone back to see if it has changed or no.

Website: http://hedgewars.org/

Super Tux

Super Tux is another one that we have enjoyed.  It goes right along with the Super Tux Kart although I don’t think they are related in any way.

Website: http://supertux.lethargik.org/

The game plays like Super Mario.  It’s side scrolling with similar levels.


Neverball is another game that I enjoyed a while back.  It was similar to a labyrinth on steriods.  You would control the board with your mouse, so you need good mouse and balance skills.

Website: http://neverball.org/

Chrome Games

Now, while we are listing games, don’t forget the Chrome Web Store.  These games are just as good as the full desktop ones, so I don’t see why they can’t make the list.  Poppit and Entanglement have given me some entertainment.  You can’t forget Angry Birds.  That’s been a huge hit in our family.

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