Linux games for the kiddies during the upcoming holidays
- Believe it or not, there are graphical games with sound for Linux, and
some are quite interesting.
penguin-command is a port of the arcade "Missile Command" game with
better sound and graphics and is quite challenging to play especially
at the higher levels. It's available in source form (only) at:
Following is how I built that version on Ubuntu a few years ago. First,
establish a complete compile environment if you haven't already per:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install manpages-dev
sudo apt-get install manpages-posix-dev
sudo apt-get install manpages-posix
sudo apt-get install libc6-dev
sudo apt-get install gcc-doc
sudo apt-get install libx11-dev
sudo apt-get install xorg-dev
sudo apt-get install x11proto-print-dev
sudo apt-get install libxp-dev
sudo apt-get install apt-file
sudo apt-get install devscripts fakeroot
Then install the sdl (sound package) stuff:
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2debian-all
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-dev
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-image1.2
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-image1.2-dev
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-mixer1.2
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-mixer1.2-dev
Then download the penguin-command tar file. Create a "work"
directory, go to it, unpack the tar file, configure, and make per:
zcat ../Desktop/penguin-command-1.6.11.tar.gz | tar xvof -
Then play the game per:
That's it. Only takes as long to do as your download requires for the
"apt-get installs" and penguin-command program. The configure takes
a few seconds and the make (which does all the compilation, etc.) will
take maybe 10 seconds or so. My Ubuntu system is on a refurbed Dell
Latitude C610, 1.2 GHz CPU with a new 60GB HD, in a stacked array of
I really think you'll like it. Once I started the game I remembered
playing the original game ages ago (and forgot what is was called),
but penguin-command is far, far better with its graphics and sound.
A sub-woofer helps. :-)
Another two interesting games were just announced yesterday in one of
the Linux newsgroups on Usenet. Here's the original blurb:
" I've released a new X win version of my attempt at the 1980s arcade
" game QIX. It compiles and runs on Linux, FreeBSD and OSF/1 and with
" Linux there is also sound.
" Its written in C++ and doesn't require any special libraries just
" Xlib and Xext and sound data is written direct to /dev/dsp) so if
" you're interested you can get it here:
" I have also written another game called Final Gun which is my own
" idea and is a simple 3D game. It runs on the same platforms and it
" doesn't require any special libraries either:
" Have fun.
" Neil Robertson
Both of the two above are built very easily. Download the *.tgz file.
expand it into a work directory, then simply type "make" and voila.
I need to read the game play instructions, but the graphics and sound
are very-well done.