ID Software’s Doomsday Engine was released for most computer platforms. You can use it to play a number of legacy games in Ubuntu like Doom, Heretic and Hexen, all kickass games whose commercial sell-by-date was probably around the turn of the century. Nevertheless some relatively free fun is still to be had, especially with Russian hacks and customisations which arose in the cold vacuum of cyberspace and in an age when RAM and graphics cards were relatively scarce. Believe it or not, people still hand over cash to play Doom on high-end iPhones and it amazes me that proprietary behaviour is relegating the platform to a quaint oddity. Let’s free the iWad then?
This tutorial, based upon this one, is still a work in progress. Using it, I managed to get a game of Ultimate Doom going, minus sound. 1. First install deng
Add the closest or most recent deng repo for your distribution, in my case luckily, karmic. Check here for repo updates and campaign for more releases.
deb http://debian.keesmeijs.nl/ karmic-kees main
deb-src http://debian.keesmeijs.nl/ karmic-kees main
sudo apt-get update && install deng
2. Install the Snowberry launcher Dependencies
First make sure you have snowberry’s dependencies: python and a recent wxpython (available here at wxpython.org)
To get the latest wxpython add this key
One of my favourite games used to be Jazz Jackrabbit. Frogatto has a similar 2D look and feel but could do with an information bar instead of pop-up dialogues which I find slightly irritating. Great game though. sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/frogatto.list http://www.frogatto.com/apt/frogatto.list
wget -O- http://www.frogatto.com/apt/key.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install frogatto
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 add–apt-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.
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
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?