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25 Top 3D Linux Games

One of CHIP-India’s forum members, Sujith Poojari had posted a link to 25 Top 3D games for Linux. Some of them I’ve already played like Armagetron Advanced, BZFlag, Sauerbraten, Scorched 3D, TORCS while some others unknown to me, such as Racer(been playing it recently, good graphics! controls need refinement though), PlaneShift etc. So enjoy these games and have a blast!

Armagetron Advanced

Armagetron is a multiplayer game in 3d that attempts to emulate and expand on the lightcycle sequence from the movie Tron. It’s an old school arcade game slung into the 21st century. Highlights include a customizable playing arena, HUD, unique graphics, and AI bots. For the more advanced player there are new game modes and a wide variety of physics settings to tweak as well.

Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line

  • Powered by the revamped Freespace 2 engine
  • Entirely stand-alone, Freespace 2 not required
  • Accurately detailed high-resolution ship models
  • High quality, originally engineered audio
  • Authentic, original in-game soundtrack, in addition to pieces by Bear McCreary and Richard Gibbs
  • Original characters and voice acting
  • A three mission single player campaign depicting never-before-seen events, interwoven with and true to the series’ storyline
  • Head online and go head-to-head with your friends—and foes—in intense multiplayer missions including Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and others
  • Exciting Viper combat with authentic weaponry and flight controls

System Requirements for Linux:

Operating System: Linux x86 compatible

CPU: Pentium 1 GHz or AMD Athlon 800 MHz processor

Memory: 512 MB RAM, 1 GB recommended

Graphics Card: 64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon with closed source drivers, Mesa 6 or better with S3TC extension available for open source drivers

Input Device: Mouse and keyboard

Installation: 750 MB free HD space


BZFlag is a free online multiplayer cross-platform open source 3D tank battle game. The name originates from “Battle Zone capture the Flag”. It runs on Irix, Linux, BSD, Windows, Mac OS X, and many other platforms. It’s one of the most popular open source games ever on Silicon Graphics machines and continues to be developed and improved to this day.

Cube 2 “Sauerbraten”

Free single and multiplayer first person shooter game with some satisfying fast oldskool gameplay. A large variety of gameplay modes from classic SP to fast 1 on 1 MP and objective based teamplay, with a great variety of original maps to play on.

Level editing has never been so much fun: a press of a key allows you to modify the geometry / textures / entities in-game, on the fly. Even more novel, you can make maps together with others online, in the unique “coop edit” mode.


Cube is the original game that started it all. Though it has been surpassed in almost every way by Cube 2, it is a game in its own right. Most importantly, it comes with over 100 maps, most of which are not available in Cube 2, with extensive single and multiplayer content.

Cube is also smaller in every way, in download, in hardware requirements (runs well on older video cards!), and in source code (the absolutely tiny code base is a very easy start for those wishing to experiment).

It also has some unique engine features such as the high precision dynamic occlusion culling, and its heighfield based level format.

Digital Paint’s Paintball 2.0

Paintball 2.0 is a fast-paced first person game with capture the flag, elimination, siege, and deathmatch (free-for-all) styles of gameplay.


FlightGear Flight Simulator project is an open-source, multi-platform, cooperative flight simulator development project. Source code for the entire project is available and licensed under the GNU General Public License.

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.

Frets On Fire

Winner of the Assembly Demo Party 2006, Frets on Fire is a music video game that uses the keyboard to play along with scrolling on-screen musical notes to complete a song. The player has to imagine the keyboard as a guitar and pick it up to play. One hand will be used to press the ‘frets’ (F1 to F5) and another will be used to press the ‘picks’ (Shift or Enter). Colored markers that appears are to be played by pressing ‘frets’ of the correct color and ‘picks’ at the correct moment. There are also song editors and tutorials featured in the game. This game is really addictive.


Two player game in a 3D ellipsoid playground. Players are cars with a magnetic director, able to attract or reject a ball in order to throw it through a goal placed in the center of the playing field. It sounds easy… but remember that reality is fuzzy!


Glest is a free 3D real time strategy game, available for several operating systems.

The core game allows the player to take control of two completely different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield.

Very cool and complete warcraft-like strategy game, pity there’s no multiplayer yet.


ManiaDrive is a free clone of Trackmania, the great game from Nadéo studio, and is an arcade car game on acrobatic tracks, with a quick and nervous gameplay (tracks almost never exceed one minute), and features a network mode, as the original. Lots of crazy driving involved.

Neverball / Neverputt

Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course before time runs out. Neverball is part puzzle game, part action game, and entirely a test of skill.

Neverputt is a hot-seat multiplayer miniature golf game using the physics and graphics of Neverball. Current version includes 75 Neverball levels and 62 Neverputt levels.

Neverball and Neverputt are known to run under Linux, Win2K/XP, FreeBSD, and OSX. Hardware accelerated OpenGL is required. A 500MHz processor is recommended.


PlaneShift is a Role Playing Game immersed into a 3D virtual fantasy world which is fully free to play. Fully free means you will have no surprises of premium content which will limit your gameplay or unbalance the game. There are no limitations in skills, ranks, abilities, items you can gain with your free account. There are no time limits or additional constraints.

The virtual world is persistent, and this means you can connect to it at any hour of the day and you will always find players and NPCs wandering the realms. You will be able to disconnect and reconnect again as many times as you like because your character is stored on the server, so you will never have to worry about saving the game. A player can start from humble

beginnings and advance to greatness in whatever path they may choose.


Racer is a free cross-platform car simulation project (for non-commercial use), using professional car physics to achieve a realistic feeling and an excellent render engine for graphical realism. Cars, tracks and such can be created relatively easy (compared to other, more closed, driving simulations). The 3D, physics and other file formats are documented. Editors and support programs are also available to get a very customizable and expandable simulator. OpenGL is used for rendering.

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul is a fast paced strategy shooter that takes team based game play to another level. Each match is a war for dominance where two teams of 5 to 32 players attempt to destroy each other. It will take more than guns to finish the job. Assume your position as a fighter, armed with swords, guns, and magic; or take the field as a support character that

builds, heals, and resurrects fallen comrades.

Feel like bringing out the big stick? Become a siege unit like the Behemoth (a huge animal biped descendant of elephants that takes down buildings using an uprooted tree) or the battering ram to destroy enemy buildings. Always thought you were a natural born leader? Take control as the leader of the action, the

commander, who builds, researches, expands, and tactically strategizes your team’s efforts.

Scorched 3D

Scorched 3D is a 100% free turn-based artillery game modeled after the classic DOS game Scorched Earth ‘The Mother Of All Games’. Operatable across all operating systems. What started as a 3D landscape generator has now become a cool 3D game that requires skills to master. Players are supposed to take turns homing in to hit the target by adjusting the angle, rotation, power and a weapon of choice every other turn. Hits and kills will generate income for you to buy better weapons and items. Note that items are as important as weapons.


  • Large battles limited only by the power of your computer; support for up to 5000 units.
  • Large, highly detailed maps in which to wage those battles, fully 3D with deformable terrain, forest fires, dynamic and reflective water, and custom skyboxes.
  • Several camera modes, allowing for anything to be viewed from almost any angle.
  • Fully 3D combat in land, sea, and air, with realistic weapon trajectories.
  • Many different mods, some of them originally from Total Annihilation, and some made just for Spring.
  • Compatible with unit files from Total Annihilation, allowing 3rd party units to easily be moved into Spring.
  • Complex 3rd party AIs, some of which are quite good.
  • An extremely powerful GUI, designed to minimise unneccesary micromanagement.
  • Frequent additions and bugfixes.

The Open Racing Car Simulator

TORCS is an open source 3D racing simulator using OpenGL technologies. It is runnable on all Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX and Windows platforms. There are 50 different cars, 20 tracks and 50 opponents to race against. The multiplayer mode can accommodate up to 4 human players. Several of the simulation include damaged models, collisions and aerodynamics like ground effects, spoilers, etc. Development is currently being carried out to enable online racing mode.


Tremulous is an open source team-based FPS (first person shooter) with a game play that is similar to Gloom (a Quake 2 mod) and Natural Selection (a Half-Life mod). The game features two teams, humans and aliens, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The game has been downloaded over 200,000 times and was voted “Player’s Choice Standalone Game of the Year” in Mod Database’s “Mod of the Year” 2006 competition.

TrueCombat: Elite

TC:Elite happens to be a total-conversion modification of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory by Team Terminator and Groove Six Studios. The game is free and playable across all platforms. Notable features include iron sights aiming (no crosshair), multi layer object penetration, letterbox / wide screen view modes, lag compensation, client side bullet prediction and support for PunkBuster, the anti cheat software.

Urban Terror

Urban Terror could best be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; it is realism based to a certain extent (environments/weapons/player models), but also goes by the motto “fun over realism” (fast gameplay and lots of action). This combination of reality and action results in a very unique, enjoyable and addictive game.

Urban Terror is available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh. The current version of Urban Terror is 4.0. Currently working on 4.1.


VDrift is a cross-platform, open source driving simulation made with drift racing in mind. It’s powered by the excellent Vamos physics engine. It is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) v2. It is currently available for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows.


Warsow is a free standalone first person shooter game for Windows and Linux.

It is based on the Qfusion 3D engine (a modification of the Quake 2 GPL engine), and aimed on the competitive scene, or the e-sports community.

The base gameplay is focussed around the art of movement, meaning moving, speed and tricks play a big part in the gameplay. Besides this, mapcontrol, aim, teamplay and fragging skills play their role too.

* Standalone game for Windows and Linux

* 3D Engine based on Qfusion (a modification of Quake 2 GPL engine)

* eSport oriented FPS

* Fast-paced gameplay focused on trix (trick jumps) and art of move

* Complete Power-up System including Weak and Strong fire mode for each weapon

* Cartoonish graphics with celshading-like_but_not_Manga style, mixing dark, flashy and dirty textures, matching with action full of fun and speed

* References : Quakeworld, Quake3 CPMA, Jet Set Radio, Speedball.

Warzone 2100

Warzone 2100 is a real-time strategy game, developed by Pumpkin Studios and published by Eidos-Interactive. Although comparable to other 3D RTS games, it does contain some features that are unique. These include various radar technologies, a greater focus on artillery and counter-battery technologies, as well as a different vehicle design method.

Wolfenstein: Enemy-Territory

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory was originally planned as an add-on for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but soon became it’s own game, a separate entity with full single player, multiplayer, AI opponents and teammates! Well that didn’t happen and what we got, while less than planned, is amazing…and free!

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory is a free, stand-alone multiplayer only product, which means it’s for online play only, but all you need is what you download. You do not need anything else to play Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, than what you download for free. No Return to Castle Wolfenstein, no additional file packages or monthly charges, just one phat lump of action.

Source: Entretenimento Online

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  1. January 25, 2008    

    Another game to add to this list would be Legends ( It’s a Windows and Linux ready gpl remake of the gameplay you experienced in Tribes 1 and Tribes 2 from the game maker Sierra. Just picture capture the flag with a jet pack and some seriously powerful weapons. Online play only, however, from what I understand, the game engine and game styles are being re-written.

  2. January 25, 2008    

    Nexuiz is a awesome LINUX muliti player game — one of the best for Linux. based on quake engine

  3. anon's Gravatar anon
    January 27, 2008    

    I’m very surprised nexuiz did not make this list.

    Free online FPS based on the quake engine. So tight.

  4. bfr's Gravatar bfr
    January 27, 2008    

    OpenArena didn’t make it?!?

  5. dp's Gravatar dp
    January 28, 2008    

    Neverwinter Nights? A couple of years old, but still utterly brilliant.

  6. Brian's Gravatar Brian
    January 29, 2008    

    Vendetta Online?

  7. dm's Gravatar dm
    February 2, 2008    

    Don’t forget assaultcube. Excellent game with lots of player online.

  8. EHD's Gravatar EHD
    March 6, 2008    

    Hey brother i want like to tell you you add doom online it is free too and it can be great to have it game in ultumix system.

  9. Jake's Gravatar Jake
    April 11, 2008    

    NICE! Alot of games I didn’t know about that look SWEET!!

    Thanks for this.

  10. hQ's Gravatar hQ
    April 17, 2008    

    doom is great! i love it.

  11. August 29, 2008    

    Hi Sathya,
    Unfortunately i was a little late to catchup with this post of yours. So am not able to see any of the images you had posted here, and the message from flickr is the image is unavailable.
    hope you can fix it up.


  12. August 29, 2008    

    @Saravanan I’ll fix the images ASAP. Thanks for dropping by!

  13. silvernode's Gravatar silvernode
    December 30, 2008    

    Your forgot 2 games that are currently on my mind..they are very important. Nexuiz and Stepmania. Just thought I’d let you know.

  14. Vikas Mohan's Gravatar Vikas Mohan
    December 30, 2008    

    Great List!!

  15. February 21, 2009    

    This list is a copy of an article from
    which is attributed to a different author.

  16. February 21, 2009    

    I have attributed due credits to the source Author.

  17. Gatuus's Gravatar Gatuus
    February 24, 2009    

    yes… as It has been mentioned already:


    But nice list!


  18. alvare's Gravatar alvare
    February 24, 2009    

    Urban Terror is the best of all, even if you mix them!
    Just awesome gameplay and online community…

  19. February 24, 2009    

    I find most steam games through WINE run without ANY problems.

    Counterstrike 1.6 would be up here on the list in my book, along with the half life games.

  20. Mario Tatis's Gravatar Mario Tatis
    June 5, 2009    

    Ni si los meto todos los 25 en una licuadora me sale medio de uno de los peorsitos de windows!

    jodanse comunidad LUNIX!!

  21. October 22, 2009    

    Thanks very much good info

  22. July 18, 2010    

    I like this blog…excellent info. Will keep it as a favorite. Is there a facebook page?

  23. August 11, 2010    

    Great wordpress theme! I like the setup of the site.

  24. November 4, 2010    

    online racing is of course fun to play too, i always bet on it when money permits “

  25. Peaches's Gravatar Peaches
    December 11, 2010    

    … I have played most of these, and they make me think back to 007 golden eye for N64. Kind of pathetic if ya ask me. If only Linux was as popular as PC/Mac, then we might have some AWESOME, high intensity 3D graphic games. Wish i could have my EverQuest on my Buntu Box :(

  26. December 24, 2010    

    cool i love this, good job! wow cool i love these, good work!

  27. March 13, 2011    

    Xbox Kinect has more distinctive technology using the controller-free Kinect, which makes it even more frustrating that Microsoft’s own games felt more derivative as opposed to third-party Dance Central. Worse still , one of the most awe-inspiring Kinect game introduced soon, Child of Eden, wasn’t playable, and possesses no release date announced.

  28. June 19, 2011    

    gr8 games awesome

  29. July 30, 2011    
  30. Patrick's Gravatar Patrick
    July 2, 2013    

    Umm… World Of Padman? Fun game :)

  31. March 30, 2014    

    Hey, Dont forget Minecraft ;) If you get the new launcher and play versions below 1.3 FULL not BETA it is completely free although above 1.3 you only get the demo if you arent signed into a premium account

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