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Driving Games on Linux

Introduction

In this section, we aim to give you a sample of some of the different Driving Games available for Linux. All are available for free download (-instructions listed) unless specifically stated otherwise.

Checkout sites such as the Linux Games Database for a more comprehensive list.


TORCS

Our personal favourite driving game, TORCS is a realistic racing car simulator: it has multiple configuration options and you can customize your car, the controls and the racetracks to your skill level and requirements. Although the graphics are not quite up to the level of some console games such as Need for Speed or Forza, it is not at all bad (-see screenshot) and response and sound are really good. You can race against other online players or computer-controlled opponents: you can even tune your own computer controlled car to race against!

The game runs in a 642x512 pixel-sized window by default (-but you can configure it to run in multiple resolutions up to full screen size) and gives you a pretty realistic view from behind and above the car you are driving. In the simplest configuration, you negotiate your way around the racetrack using just the keyboard arrow keys (Up=accelerator, Down=Brake, Left=turn wheel left, Right=turn wheel left) or a joystick. When you are ready to move on, you can enable additional functions like clutch and gear controls in addition.

Installation instructions:

  1. The game is often available from your Software Centre
  2. Alternatively, you can install it from the Command Line, using sudo yum install torcs.i686 (Fedora/RHEL) or sudo apt-get install torcs (Ubuntu/Mint/Puppy/Debian/etc)
  3. Run the game by clicking on the icon (e.g. in the Fedora Applications Area or Unity Launcher, etc)

TORCS Screenshot


SuperTuxKart

SuperTuxKart is a cartoon-esque 3D racing game reminiscent of Nintendo Super Mario Kart, where you race other characters (-either controlled by other online players or the computer) over a number of different tracks. It is meant to be fun rather than realistic.

The game runs in a 802x512 pixel-sized window and gives you a view from behind and above the car you are driving. You negotiate your way around one of many racetracks using just the keyboard arrow keys (Up=accelerator, Down=Brake, Left=turn wheel left, Right=turn wheel left).

Installation instructions:

  1. The game is often available from your Software Centre
  2. Alternatively, you can install it from the Command Line, using sudo yum install supertuxkart (Fedora/RHEL) or apt-get install supertuxkart (Ubuntu/Mint/Puppy/Debian/etc)
  3. Run the game by clicking on the icon (e.g. in the Fedora Applications Area or Unity Launcher, etc)

SuperTuxKart Screenshot


Q3Rally

Q3 Rally is an off-road racing game, where you race over a number of 3D terrains (rather than a flat racing track, such as in TORCS). The graphics are somewhat less realistic than TORCS, but this may be due to the fact that it runs in full-screen mode rather than a small window.

One thing to note, is that you do need to configure the keys you use to control the car before you begin: however, this may just be down to the development version we downloaded . We configured it so we could race around the available racetracks using just the keyboard arrow keys (Up=accelerator, Down=Brake, Left=turn wheel left, Right=turn wheel left) - as in TORCS - and this seemed to work well.

Installation instructions:

  1. Download the .zip from the www.q3rally.com site
  2. Expand the .zip file (e.g. q3rally-v0002.zip) - by double-clicking on it - into a directory on one of your local drives
  3. From the Command Line, set the permissions for q3rally.i386 as executable (chmod +x q3rally.i386)
  4. Run the q3rally.i386 file by double-clicking the icon or from the Command Line (./q3rally.i386)

Q3Rally Screenshot


Extreme Tux Racer

Extreme Tux Racer is a fairly low-resolution cartoon-style game, where you guide Tux the penguin to slide down a ski-slope on his belly, collecting herrings. It is a sort of fun downhill slalom type of game.

The game runs in full-screen mode and gives you a view from above and behind Tux. You negotiate your way down the course using the keyboard arrow keys (Up=speed up, Down=Brake, Left=left, Right=right) although, like most Linux games, any keys can be easily configured instead.

Installation instructions:

  1. The game is often available from your Software Centre
  2. Alternatively, you can install it from the Command Line, using sudo yum install extremetuxracer (Fedora/RHEL) or apt-get install extremetuxracer (Ubuntu/Mint/Puppy/Debian/etc)
  3. Run the game by clicking on the icon (e.g. in the Fedora Applications Area or Unity Launcher, etc)

Extreme Tux Racer


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