The response we got for our feature on rarely known commercial applications for Linux was simply overwhelming and some of those who enjoyed the article wanted us to do a similar feature on commercial games available for Linux. So here is it, a very neat collection of paid games for Linux worth exploring.
Oil Rush is a real-time naval strategy game based on group control. It combines the strategic challenge of a classical RTS with the sheer fun of Tower Defence genre. OilRush was expected to be available by 2010 itself, but it didn't happen. OilRush RTS game for Linux is now available for pre order and you can expect a release very soon. Price: $19.95
You should know by now that, we have a soft corner for simple, lightweight and addictive puzzle games for Linux. Puzzle Moppet is another game in that genre. Puzzle Moppet is a serenely peaceful yet devilishly challenging 3D puzzle game. There is a demo version of the game available for free download as well. Price: $14.95
Family Farm is an innovative tycoon game in the setting of 19th century farmsteads. Work the farm in this game of 19th century farmsteading and build a home for your families. Clicking cows won't earn you any cash. This is a simulation of a farmstead experienced in stories which span a generation. And the best part is, Family Farm is available for purchase in Ubuntu Software Center already. Price: $14.99
Amnesia: The Dark Descent, brought to you by Frictional Games, is probably the most genuinely terrifying game available out there for any platform. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person survival horror game. It's a game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. Game demo also available. Price: $20.00
Penumbra Series is a collection of 3 games brought to you by the same Frictional Games of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Played from a first person perspective and powered by a 3D engine utilizing cutting edge technology, Penumbra is a true advancement to the adventure genre. The unique physics system allows for true environmental interaction: The player can open drawers, pull levers, pick up objects and manipulate those objects in 3D space - all using natural mouse movements, creating a highly interactive and immersive game world. Free dame demo also available. Price: $20.00
Prey is a first-person shooter video game developed by Human Head Studios and produced by 3D Realms. The game's engine introduces two unique aspects to exploration. Portals in the game can transport the player from one area to another instantly; portals can be looked and shot through as well (introducing the very real hazard of shooting oneself by mistake), and can also be traveled in reverse. No demo available though. Price: $7.57
Sun Blast is a fast paced arcade space shooter game for Linux. Sun Blast has got some really stunning visuals and top-quality music and sound effects. Purchasing the game will unlock the full version of this arcade shooter game and you will also be able to download the game for Windows, Mac and Linux. Price: $9.95
Minecraft is a sandbox construction game, inspired by Infiniminer, and created by Markus Persson, the manager of Mojang Specifications. The game involves players creating and destroying various types of blocks in a three dimensional environment. Minecraft is still in beta though you can pre-purchase it right now. When you pre-purchase the game, you will also get the full version of Minecraft when it is released. Price: €14.95
Braid is a simple puzzle game where you can manipulate the flow of time in strange and unusual ways. From a house in the city, journey to a series of worlds and solve puzzles to rescue an abducted princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, and it is time's strangeness that creates the puzzles. Linux port of Braid, created by Ryan C. Gordon, was released on December 14, 2010 as part of the second Humble Indie Bundle.
Not sure if Braid puzzle game is available for Linux users right now. Braid is now available in Ubuntu Software Center with a price tag of $9.99.
Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is an old school top down arcade shooter with score oriented competitive gameplay, and is designed for people who like fast paced action and have limited amounts of time to play computer games. Price: $9.99
Machinarium is a point and click adventure game where you have to solve a series of puzzles and brain teasers to win it. The puzzles are linked together by an overworld consisting of a traditional "point and click" adventure story. The overworld's most radical departure is that only objects within the player character's reach can be clicked on. Demo available. Price: $20.00
And Yet It Moves is an award-winning physics-based platform game in which players rotate the game world at will to solve challenging puzzles. Tilting the world turns walls into floors, slides into platforms, and stacks of rocks into dangerous hazards. Free demo version of the game is also available. Price: $9.99