[clug] Favourite FOSS game

Ian Munsie darkstarsword at gmail.com
Fri May 2 10:50:02 MDT 2014

On 30 April 2014 11:34, Bob Edwards <Robert.Edwards at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> a quick poll:
> 1) what is/are your (3) favourite FOSS games/game genres?

Star Control II is an absolutely massive Sci-Fi space opera game that
started out as a commercial game for DOS and the 3DO way back in 1992
and is still considered to be one of the best games of all time.

It's source was released under the GPL (and content under CC-BY-NC-SA)
in 2002 under the name "The Ur-Quan Masters" (because of a trademark)
and it's long been ported to modern Operating Systems.

If you run Debian you can just sudo apt-get install uqm uqm-voice
uqm-music (or maybe not uqm-music - some people prefer the original
mod music from the DOS version over the 3DO version in uqm-music),
otherwise head over to sc2.sourceforge.net to grab it.

There's even a current effort to give the game HD graphics:

And as if having two original versions of the music aren't enough, the
community also made some remix packs for it (though I don't know if
these are under an open license or not):

As for other good FOSS games:

I Have No Tomatoes (apt-get install tomatoes) - a nice arcade game to
kill ten minutes of your time. Then another ten minutes. And

pysolfc - because who doesn't like the odd game of Solitaire?

loopy (part of sgt-puzzles) - I was pretty much addicted to this one
for a while, but fortunately I managed to kick that habit

einstein - an addictive logic puzzle. Only frustrating thing is a slip
of the mouse can spell instant game over.

lbreakout2 - So many breakout games in this world, this is one of the best.

scorched3d - Decent 3D variant of the classic Scorched Earth style games.

> 2) have you contributed to a FOSS game - which one(s)?

'Fraid not.

While we're on the subject of open source games - does anyone happen
to know of a good open source implementation of Mahjong? And no - I
don't mean the tile matching game that Westerners call Mahjong
[solitaire], I mean real Mahjong as played in China:
The problem is that just about every game I've tried that claims to be
Mahjong turns out to be a lame tile matching game instead...


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