The second item on the applications menu is a Games tab which, as might be expected, leads to a list of the various games that are part of the installation package. Let me say up front that I am not really a gamer so have no recommendations for games to try. The following merely documents the games that are included in the current LTS version of Ubuntu Linux, and provides a number of possible ways in which to access additional game content.
Over the years, the number and types of the games included on the distribution CD has varied. At present, the list includes a set of rather conventional – some might say old-fashioned – computer games; however, the beauty of the free and open-source world of software is that many other offerings are available.
By default, Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS provides:
AisleRiot Solitaire – the well-known, and much-played Solitaire card game, with the option (Game – Select Game) to play a wide variety of versions
gbrainy – a series of “brain teasers”, with logic puzzles, arithmetic calculations, memory training exercises, and word association tasks
Mahjongg – the tile matching (solitaire-like) version
Mines – a version of Minesweeper, requiring a combination of logic and luck to identify mines in a grid, and avoid being blown up
Quadrapasse! – a version of Tetris – rotate falling blocks of different shapes, and move them sideways, to avoid the blocks filling the well
Sudoko – complete a 9 x 9 grid of numbers so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids contain all of the digits from 1 to 9
For users wanting a broader range of computer games, Ubuntu’s Software Centre has a Games tab with sub-groups for arcade games, board games, card games, puzzles, role-playing games, simulation and sports. Access to hundreds of individual games is provided including: chess, poker, flight simulators, first-person shooters, Pacman, fantasy adventures, car racing, tennis and billiards.
For the “Best Free Games for Linux”, including brief reviews of the various titles, check out the dedicated page on Gizmos Freeware Reviews at: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-software-linux.htm#Games
And, if all else fails, remembers that Google is your friend. A search for “linux games” will identify more games than one could play in a lifetime!