Finding free and open source games is easy, but finding games that are actually worth playing is not. In this post, I’ve highlighted some of the best new free and open source games of 2017 ranging from first person shooters to flight and vehicle simulators. A special mention goes to SuperTuxKart, which is an amazing Linux take on the popular Nintendo Mario Kart games.
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Xonotic is an arena-style first person shooter. Battle it out with other players using a wide range of weapons, maps and game modes. It is available for Linux, Windows and Mac and is available under the copyleft-style GPLv2 license.
Red Eclipse is a frantic first person arena shooter, based on a rebuild of the famous Cube Engine 2 game engine. Red Eclipse packs some fast-paced arena style gameplay in some amazing maps. It is entirely open source software and runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.
SuperTuxKart is a 3D open-source arcade racer inspired by the popular Mario Kart series. The game offers a range of fun and vibrant characters, tracks, and race modes, including a story mode in which players must face the evil Nolok, and defeat him in order to make the Mascot Kingdom safe once again. The game runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.
FlightGear is a free and open source flight simulator that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is a solid alternative to other desktop flight sim games, offering a realistic simulation environment for use in research, pilot training, or just for fun.
Speed Dreams is an open source motorsport simulation racing game that works on Linux, Windows and Mac. The game's realistic environment provides accurate driving conditions and behaviour. There are different game modes to choose from, including practice, race and career mode.
Minetest is a near-infinite-world block sandbox game inspired by Minecraft. You can play by yourself, locally with your friends, or online. The game provides a vast block playing area allowing you to build large and extensive structures. Minetest is available for Windows, OS X, GNU/Linux, Android, and FreeBSD. It is free and Open Source Software, released under the LGPL 2.1 license.
Rigs of Rods is an open source vehicle simulator that runs on Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems and is released under the GNU General Public License version 3. Rigs of Rods uses unique soft-body physics, meaning that any vehicles, machine, or object that you use in the game is simulated in real-time with extremely accurate behavior.
0 A.D. (pronounced “zero-ey-dee”) is a free and open source historical real time strategy (RTS) game in which you play as the leaders of an ancient civilization, gathering resources and raising an army to defeat your enemies. The game is released under a GPL license and it runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.
Children of Ur is a simple and fun open source MMO game, playable in your browser. Explore the imaginative world of Ur with your friends, peacefully and creatively. Everything you in Ur, from planting a tree to making lunch shapes the world of the game.