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Top 10 Linux Games for 2010

In 2010 Penguspy grew significantly adding tons of new games along with new site functionality. The following list includes the top free and commercial Linux games as voted by you, up to December 31st 2010:

  1. Steel Storm: Episode 1 (released in 2010)
  2. Braid (released in 2010)
  3. Unreal Tournament 2004
  4. Quake 3: Arena
  5. Counter-Strike 2D
  6. Globulation 2
  7. Penumbra: Requiem
  8. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (released in 2010)
  9. Quake 4
  10. TrueCombat:Elite

The fact that the first two spots are taken by games released in 2010 is impressive, although only one more game in the list was released last year (Amnesia).

Remember that if you think a game is rated too high or too low, you can go and cast your own vote ;)

Steel Storm: Episode 1

Brand new Penguspy makes it easier to find great Linux games

I am excited to present the brand new version of Penguspy, a complete UI overhaul with significant technological improvements!

The previous version of Penguspy was running on WordPress using the Thematic+Gallery themes. Version 2 still uses WordPress, but the theme is completely custom built in pure HTML 5 and CSS 3 awesomeness (more cool bits are implemented as browsers add support for them) and some JQuery magic that provide a much better User Experience while going through Penguspy’s database of the best Linux games.

The UI/interaction changes from the previous version are too many to mention, but I would like to highlight some new functionality:

new penguspy ui

  1. New instant search box – results appear as you type.
  2. New change view and filter buttons. You can select between a thumbnail and a list view of the games (change is instant), and you can choose to view free and/or commercial games.
  3. You can sort games by
    1. Recently added (default)
    2. A to Z
    3. Highest rated
    4. Most viewed
  4. PenguChoice filter only displays games that are hand-picked by Penguspy.
  5. In order to make sense of all the filters and selections you’ve made, this line describes the current view and is automatically updated every time you make a change.
  6. The system informs you that some games are hidden from the current view, due to the active filters. You can click ‘show’ to remove those filters.
  7. Instant access to all the available game categories.
  8. You can submit games to Penguspy’s database (they are reviewed before insertion).
  9. The share link open a small drop-down window that lets you share Penguspy with your social circle in a variety of ways. Please share!
  10. If there is anything that looks like a bug, incorrect/outdated content, UI issue or anything that shouldn’t be happening in Penguspy, then you can quickly report it here.

There are more new and cool bits to discover while you explore the website.

Overall the aim of V2 is to make the process of finding a game as easy and quick as possible, and facilitate some of the latest open web technologies.  One more thing I want to mention is that the YouTube videos that are embedded in the game pages will use the HTML5 video canvas tag instead of the Flash plugin, when a) there is an html5 version of the video available on YouTube and b) you have opted-in for html5 videos in YouTube.

As with every new piece of software some bugs might be found, thus the ‘beta’ tag on the logo. Please report any bug you come across using [10].

Some of my goals for future development are:

  • Let users filter games by year (e.g. show free games released in 2010 sorted by rating)
  • Provide a Top 10 list
  • Add multiple videos per game
  • Add screenshots
  • Provide links to other Linux gaming sites
  • Add more native HTML5/CSS3 functionality

Don’t forget that Penguspy needs your help and contributions in order to keep improving, and there are many ways to do so:

  1. Submit games to Penguspy.
  2. Rate, rate & rate! It is very important to rate games you are familiar with. By doing this, you help Penguspy build a more reliable and concise database of games that other people can browse through. (I plan to build a mini-app in Penguspy that will let you go through the games with the least amount of ratings and …rate them).
  3. Spread the word! If you really like a game, then share it with your friends! The quickest way is by clicking the Facebook ‘like’ button, which is available in every game page.
  4. Discuss! Post your opinion about a game, provide links with additional resources, tutorials, maps, addons, etc!
  5. Join Penguspy’s community page on Facebook (it has extra content).

As always, I am open to your suggestions!

> Go to the new Penguspy

Game on,
Kostas Mavropalias

Development log

As you may have noticed, new features have been added to Penguspy in the past couple of weeks.

  • Game details page
    • improved layout
    • added ‘similar games’ list
  • Homepage
    • added more sorting options (and integrated them in a single drop-down menu)
    • now you can view more games in a single page (12, 24, 48, 96)
    • you can filter the games based on their license (free / commercial)!
    • …and you can use all of the above at once!
  • Other

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Games on Linux. Say what? :o

Hello everybody, Penguspy reporting for all gamers across the globe :)

I am a gamer in a state of denial. I refuse to use windows anymore! I love the speed,stability and ease of use of my Linux desktop pc (doesn’t matter which distro I use). But I also love games :/

So now what? Am I doomed playing sudoku and breakout for ever? I want some real games … you know, like the ones I used to play in windows.

I tried to search for games through my package manager, but after two weeks of browsing through thousands of …awesome games I noticed that I was still half-way through the list …nice. Read the rest of this entry »