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Sharpen Your Mind and Have Fun With Tux - page 2

Games and Applications for Youngsters

  • October 27, 2008
  • By Eric Geier

Card or board game enthusiasts don't fret; there are many games out there for you. You'll probably find multiple options for each game type, from Blackjack to Solitaire and from Chess to Monopoly. You should be able to find what you desire by browsing through the preinstalled games on your Linux distribution or searching the repositories.

For your late-night card games, you can check out Aisleriot Solitaire or Backjack (both part of GNOME Games), KPoker, or the PokerTH Texas Hold 'em game. For board games, you may want to try DreamChess, Atlantik for Monopoly-like games (see Figure 3), or TEG (Tenes Empanadas Graciela), a Risk-like game.

Simulation and Racing Games

Want to fly for free? Take the controls in FlightGear (see Figure 4), a flight simulator--my favorite type of game. Though some may say it doesn't beat Microsoft Flight Simulator, it does include neat features such as real-world conditions (seasonal weather, day-light length, placement of sun and stars, etc) and Air Traffic Control. The base installation includes a small area of scenery around San Francisco, CA, however you can download scenery for the entire World with over 20,000 real-world airports.

Simutrans, LinCity-NG, and OpenCity are simulation games where the basic goal is to create and manage an economy by building and managing a city's infrastructure and services. Figure 5 shows an example of LinCity-NG. You never know, you may come up with some ideas to give to our real-life government to tackle the financial crisis. These games are comparable to simulation games on the shelves, such as SimCity and RollerCoaster Tycoon.

Want to take to the road? Check out SuperTuxKart, a racing game inspired by Mario Kart. For a more realistic ride, put the medal to the floor in TORCS (The Open Racing Car Simulator). You can even participate in the racing championships through The TORCS Racing Board.


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