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PlayOnLinux -- Automated WINE Installations

PlayOnLinux is a frontend that helps to install a number of population Windows games and applications on Linux using WINE. It connects to an online PlayOnLinux script repository for the latest script to automate the installation of a given program. You still have to own a copy of the Windows program you want to install, of course.

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Incursion D20 Based Roguelike Game (Discovery)

Roguelike games are not for everyone as they lack all the pretty graphics that many people think are absolutely necessary for a good game. However, roguelike games have very deep gameplay hidden behind their text "graphics." Incursion is a new roguelike game of the standard fantasy dungeon hack-and-slash fest variety.

Bowling Evolution Game (Discovery)

Bowling Evolution is a freeware bowling game for your computer that uses very realistic physics.

Game features as listed on the game's web site:

* Tenpin bowling
* Challenge bowling
* Online World Highscores
* Realistic physics - pins bounce like in the real world
* Nice 3d simulation
* Different bowling balls
* Multiplayer game
* Replays
* Runs on Windows 2000/XP/Vista
* Multi-language support: English, Finnish, German, Spanish and Swedish

SAVAGE: The Battle for Newerth (Discovery)

SAVAGE: The Battle for Newerth was a retail game. Now it has been released as a freeware game. It's an online multiplayer game with an unusual twist, you can play as a commander and deal with resource management and strategy or as a warrior and deal with first person shooter action.

Leylines -- Master of Magic-Like Game (Discovery)

I'm not much of a computer gamer. I tend to avoid the new, cutting edge, and expensive because I seldom play a game from start to finish before getting bored with it. One of the few that I really enjoy playing is an old DOS game from 1994 or so, Microprose's Master of Magic. Unfortunately, there was never been a remake or sequel for Windows. Master of Magic runs fine in DOSBox -- if you can find a copy.

MUSHclient -- Excellent MU* Client Now Freeware

While graphic games seem to have taken over the commercial online multi-player gaming market, free-to-play text-based MUDs and their later incarnations (MUSHes, MUCKs, MOOs, etc) -- collectively referred to as MU*s -- still live on, both for roleplaying and for social chatting. I've been an occasional user of social MU*s since I created a character for the then uber-popular LambdaMOO in June of 1994 -- only a few days after I got my first dial-up Internet provider.

HeroQuest 2 (Discovery)

HeroQuest is a turn based computer game in a fantasy setting. It was inspired on MB's and Games Workshop's boardgame 'HeroQuest' and is a modern remake of the old DOS version of the boardgame published in the early 1990s, only for Windows and with better graphics. The game focuses on four different heroes working through various quests, encountering foes ranging from goblins to chaos warriors. You can play the original campaign, additional quests created by other players or take a single character into the self generating random dungeon.

Urban Terror 4 (Discovery)

Urban Terror 4 is a "total conversion" for Quake 3 Arena. Unlike most First Person Shooter mods, Urban Terror does not require that you own a copy of the original Quake 3 Arena game to play. If you do not own a copy of of the commercial game, you can download ioUrbanTerror -- created from the open source version of the Quake 3 code. Downloading ioUrbanTerror only adds about 6 megs to the 550 meg Urban Terror 5 download.

Shadow Armada (Discovery)

This looks like a very professional job for a freeware game. It can be played by one player or by multiple players via the Net.

From the Shadow Armada web site:

Shadow Armada is a turn-based action game where your objective is to destroy all enemy ships. You have a large arsenal of missiles, and many different kinds of ships to accomplish this with. As far as I know most bugs in this are fixed and it runs smoothly. The network coding's stable too!

Vulture's Eye -- Nethack with Nice Graphics

You've probably heard of Nethack (wikipedia entry). It is a rogue-like adventure game that has been under continuous, if slow, development since the late 1980s. It has great gameplay and more functions and surprises than most commercial "hack and slash" RPGs. Unfortunately, it has extremely primitive "graphics" -- letters, numbers, and other characters on a text screen just like in the 1980s when DOS was the operating system of choice.


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