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Abandoned Linux classic games

Linux has never been a particularly well-known and popular operating system for video games. Despite this, over the decades, several independent developers have worked hard to design and develop games natively supported on Linux.

In keeping with the ideals of those who supports Linux, several developers created completely free and open source games, several of which have disappeared from circulation, forgotten by a merciless Internet. Others have survived oblivion, abandoned, but still available to the public who knows how to find them.

There are several approaches to gaming on Linux for games not natively supported. Wine is ideal for native Windows games. Alternatively, you can always use a Virtual Machine. DOSBox is a valid DOS emulator, even on Linux (take a look at DBoxFE, a front-end for DOSBox). 

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  • angband-03
    rpg1992
  • baldurs-gate-1-03
    rpg1998
  • blade-runner-10
    adventure1997

    Blade Runner is one of those point & click adventure games that somewhat manages to fully capture the spirit of a cult movie without copying the original plot. Fans of the Blade Runner movie will enjoy this game, even without Harrison Ford.

  • broken-sword-1-01
    adventure2009
  • colonization-6
    strategy1994

    Colonization is a turn based strategy 4x game. The setting is the European Colonization of the New World. Colonization gameplay and interface are similar to Civilization, another Sid Meier game. However, there are some differences between Civilization and Colonization: playable nations (European powers), resources and commodities, declaration of independence, etc.

  • dark-horizon-06
    vehicle simulation2004
  • dosbox-1
    application2002
  • jagged-alliance-2-04
    strategy1999

    I'm a fan of the original X-COM. I think it's one of the best turn-based tactics games ever released for DOS. Unfortunately, games like X-COM are not many. Jagged Alliance 2 has a similar tactical component: you give turn-based orders to a team of mercenaries, mission after mission. There's no management component (at least not as extensive as in the X-COM series). The setting is quite unusual to gamers ike me, used to fantasy or science fiction: Jagged Alliance 2 takes place on a fictional south american country. I'm sure I'm not the only one that loved Jagged Alliance 2. If you didn't play it yet and you love team-based tactics, go buy it immediately.

  • loom-11
    adventure1990

    Loom is one of the first graphic adventures released by Lucasfilm Games. It was designed by Brian Moriarty and it follows a fantasy theme. There's no inventory and it lacks classic commands like "look", "take", etc. You can play tunes using a combination of notes in order to interact with the world.

  • maniacmansion-1
    adventure1987

    Maniac Mansion is one of the most famous point and click adventure games developed by Lucasfilm Games and designed by Ron Gilbert (who later created Monkey Island) and Gary Winnick. The story is a blend of old sci-fi and horror B movie. You can choose between many characters, each one with a peculiar ability useful to solve some of the puzzles. Maniac Mansion was also the first game to use the popular SCUMM interface.

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  • marathon-03
    shooter1994
  • marathon2-03
    shooter1996
  • omega-rpg-01
    rpg1988
  • railroad-tycoon-2-03
    simulation1998
  • rogue-1
    rpg1984

    Rogue is one of the first RPGs in the history of video gaming. It's a text-based dungeon crawler in which you have to fight your way in the dungeon to recover the Amulet of Yendor. Rogue became popular around 1980 on mainframes and later ported to various platforms, including DOS in 1984. Rogue is simply the father of all the roguelike games that came later.

  • slashem-vampire-03
    rpg1997
  • system-shock-2-07
    action-adventure1999

    System Shock 2 is a Windows science fiction cyberpunk game developed by Irrational Games, designed by Ken Levine and published by Electronic Arts in 1999. System Shock 2 is a blend of more than one genre: RPG, action-adventure, shooter, stealth game.

  • pandora-directive-07
    adventure1996
  • tomenet-04
    rpg2003
  • toonstruck-02
    adventure1996
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  • ufo2000-03
    strategy2004