Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

1. Install OpenTTD

Low resolution, but fun

Found this great free gaming site, which nspired me to install the latest OpenTTD. In other words, the FREE version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe.

OpenTTD is the best of both worlds — from previous recollections, LinCity was a poor contender next to the more popular & commercial SimCity and my initial reaction was — you expect me to actually like 4bit colour? OpenTTD seems to have improved on the lot of Unix and Linux freaks who demand better graphics, (retro is only cool if you play Atari) and we can only hope it gets better.

You can either download the new deb from OpenTTD site or use the old one in the Ubuntu repos.

After installing it, you will have to install a few extra files.

You  can also use your original Transport Tycoon Deluxe data files (translation: you need to own a Transport Tycoon Deluxe CD) or use the free alternatives:

download OpenGFX, download OpenSFX and download OpenMSX.

Unstuff and move them into your /usr/share/games/openttd/data folder:

sudo mv <file> /usr/share/games/openttd/data

Now comes the interesting part. Once you start up OpenTTD.

Set the  resolution.

If you have a high end card, you might be a tad disappointed, play around a bit.  (Okay its not exactly  high-res utopia compared to Eternalands and Openlife), but it has its charms.

For starters, the ability to download extra modules ( I downloaded the Netherlands and Swiss Alps) which means you can share landscapes. Being open source, this  feature results in a hackers paradise and great place for kids.

If we can coax the developers to embrace a higher resolution: millions of colours as opposed to thousands, we could be on to something.

Considering its open source, I am sure this will happen soon. Better palettes for instance change the tonality of the resulting image landscape.

I rather like watching the end result of a couple of days of gaming. The  sheer complexity of the finished worlds means there could just be a new fad in sharing virtual real estate. Think about it. Do you really want to waste time building a cybertopia? Get the virtual architects out there to create one for you. Test the results — which are bound to be more like art and less like a geography lesson, for which OpenTTD excels.

2.Install Osmos demo

This is a killer game and the demo has two introductory levels. Wish I had the $10 needed to burn the full version (translates into R80 which for me is two bags of groceries).

Download the latest osmos demo deb

3. Play Wormux

Amazing how some games evolve, from virtually nothing into virtual worlds on their own? Wormux is really looking stunning. Be warned its a 95mb download.

sudo addapt-repository ppa:wormux/ppa

4. World of Goo Demo

When I first heard some geeks raving about World of Goo, I searched around the Net which looked like one giant sales pitch. Trawling through some of my RSS  subscriptions via Google Reader, I found a more sober appraisal,  along with the link to the demo.  A free sample which deploys the physics engine of my NVIDIA 8400GS.


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Briquolo, a cool game

Type this in a console:

sudo apt-get install briquolo

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Last time I checked Eternal lands was failing under Karmic, so it was a huge surprise to find the bugs had been ironed out (I filed a few of them;) and the game is now rocking in Lucid. Yes, yes, I booted up the MMORG last night and it did everything it was supposed to do —  pretty impressive for the kind of system I am running (1.8ghz Celeron, 8 series NVIDIA, and 1Gb Ram). Eternal Lands is a splendid fantasy filled arena, not a shoot ‘m up,  which is seriously going to entertain boys and girls when they are not rummaging around the slightly higher definition, but slower environments of Second Life and OSgrid

Here are instructions from Ubuntu wiki

Wish Dragon Oath would get itself ported to linux somehow.

If you really need a surregate life, then install Snow Globe, the Ubuntu Second Life client:

Add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openmetaverse/ppa/ubuntu lucid main

You can then :-

apt-get update
apt-get install snowglobe
(or) apt-get install snowglobe2

For some extra entertainment, I played  the Linux demo of the world’s best game of 2009, Machinarium. Here is the download.

Still a little slow considering my set-up. Guess its time to upgrade my CPU.

$100 donation anyone?

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Quantz for Ubuntu

A sign that Ubuntu is being taken seriously as a gaming platform is this beta from Gamerizon for Quantz, a slick 3D puzzle game. I love the over the top graphics and sound. The demo allows you to play three levels. Well, at least its DRM free :). Enjoy.





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Some retro Ubuntu playthings

The ScummVM game engine is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this:  ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed.    Two circa 1995 games from LucasArts   I found in the Hardy repository are Beneath a Steel Sky and Flight of the Amazon Queen. All you have to do is search for ScummVM in Synaptic and the games will come up.

Screenshot from Beneath a Steel Sky

Screenshot from Beneath a Steel Sky

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