Brief: New to Linux gaming and wondering where to download Linux games from? We list the best resources from where you can download free Linux games as well as buy premium Linux games.
Linux and Games? Once upon a time, it was hard to imagine these two going together. Then time passed and a lot of things happened. Fast-forward to the present, there are thousands and thousands of games available for Linux and more are being developed by both big game companies and independent developers.
Gaming on Linux is real now and today we are going to see where you can find games for Linux platform and hunt down the games that you like.
Where to download Linux games?
First and foremost, look into your Linux distribution’s software center (if it has one). You should find plenty of games there already.
But that doesn’t mean you should restrict yourself to the software center. Let me list you some websites to download Linux games.
If you are a seasoned gamer, you have heard about Steam. Yes, if you don’t know it already, Steam is available for Linux. Steam recommends Ubuntu but it should run on other major distributions too. And if you are really psyched up about Steam, there is even a dedicated operating system for playing Steam games – SteamOS. We covered it last year in the Best Linux Gaming Distribution article.
Steam has the largest games store for Linux. While writing this article, it has exactly 3487 games on Linux platform and that’s really huge. You can find games from wide range of genre. As for Digital Rights Management, most of the Steam games have some kind of DRM.
For using Steam either you will have to install the Steam client on your Linux distribution or use SteamOS. One of the advantages of Steam is that, after your initial setup, for most of the games you wouldn’t need to worry about dependencies and complex installation process. Steam client will do the heavy tasks for you.
If you are solely interested in DRM-free games, GOG has a pretty large collection of it. At this moment, GOG has 1978 DRM-free games in their library. GOG is kind of famous for its vast collection of DRM-free games.
Officially, GOG games support Ubuntu LTS versions and Linux Mint. So, Ubuntu and its derivatives will have no problem installing them. Installing them on other distributions might need some extra works, such as – installing correct dependencies.
You will not need any extra clients for downloading games from GOG. All the purchased games will be available in your accounts section. You can download them directly with your favorite download manager.
3. Humble Store
The Humble Store is another place where you can find various games for Linux. There are both DRM-free and non-DRM-free games available on Humble Store. The non-DRM-free games are generally from the Steam. Currently there are about 1826 games for Linux in the Humble Store.
Humble Store is famous for another reason though. They have a program called Humble Indie Bundle where they offer a bunch of games together with a compelling discount for a limited time period. Another thing about Humble is that when you make a purchase, 10% of the revenue from your purchase goes to charities.
Humble doesn’t have any extra clients for downloading their games.
itch.io is an open marketplace for independent digital creators with a focus on independent video games. itch.io has some of the most interesting and unique games that you can find. Most games available on itch.io are DRM-free.
Right now, itch.io has 9514 games available in their store for Linux platform.
itch.io has their own client for effortlessly downloading, installing, updating and playing their games.
LGDB is an abbreviation for Linux Game Database. Though technically not a game store, it has a large collection of games for Linux along with various information about them. Every game is documented with links of where you can find them.
6. Game Jolt
Game Jolt has a very impressive collection with about 5000 indie games for Linux under their belt.
Game Jolt has an (pre-release) client for downloading, installing, updating and playing games with ease.
There are many other stores that sells Linux Games. Also there are many places you can find free games too. Here are a couple of them:
- Bundle Stars: Bundle Stars currently has 814 Linux games and 31 games bundles.
- GamersGate: GamersGate has 595 Linux games as for now. There are both DRM-free and non-DRM-free games.
App Stores, Software Center & Repositories
Linux distribution has their own application stores or repositories. Though not many, but there you can find various games too.
That’s all for today. Did you know there are this many games available for Linux? How do you feel about this? Do you use some other websites to download Linux games? Do share your favorites with us.