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  Spiele You do not find many games for Linux and the available games are often too bad?
But there is a lot of activity in this area. We want to present two pearls of the action genre.
[ Maelstom | bzflag | --links-- ]

Fun and excitement
Finding good games for Linux takes a long time if they are not called Quake or DOOM. A perfect address to start your search for example is http://www.linuxgames.com/. There you find news about Linux and games.
 
Maelstrom
Maelstrom
Maelstrom is the Linux version of the Apple game with the same name. The game bases on the well known classic game Asteroids. It has an improved graphic and a fantastic sound. Expanded with "Power-Ups" and different events like black holes, supernovas, shields and hostile heat-seeking mines a great game is born. It guarantees fun for a long time while trying to reach new records.
 
 

Maelstrom-Screen

But  Maelstrom has more features: It supports the possibility to play with two other partners in the net. You can fight against each other and try to hit the other among the flying stones, or you try to survive the levels together.
But with two players this canbe very complicated because it happens that someone flies in the line of fire and gets hit unintentionally. After this happens you will certainly loose your former aim and return fire.
Believe us, this makes a lot of fun!
bzflag
bzflag
Bzflag is a multiplayer network game. Each player steers a tank in a fenced area with buildings, obstacles and big teleportation doors. Two different variations of the game are included. Either you try to "Capture the Flag" of you kill all other tanks in a deathmatch. Team deathmatch is as possible as a mixture between team and single deathmatch because you are not forced to join a team.
 
 

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The specialty of the game is the graphic. Fantastic 3D animations (with support of 3Dfx-cards)with glide drivers are offered. For reality the game offers moon phases, a moving sun with corresponding correct shadows and moving stars.
With flags placed in the area you are able to increase your tank with special abilities. stealth-technology makes you invisible on enemy radar, homing-missles guaranty hits and many more abilities are offered.

The internet also offers you many public game servers where you can find other bzflag fans. A list of the IP-addresses of these servers are presented at the homepage  of  bzflag. But you need a good internet connection to play smoothly, because the data-exchange is very high. A close server seems necessary for a good play. 
The program has a server included and it is not a problem to start a game at bzflag on your own intranet and invite friends to join the game.
It seems bzflag is one of the best free Linux games.



 
Links
linuxgames http://www.linuxgames.com/
Maelstrom ftp://ftp.devolution.com/pub/maelstrom/
bzflag http://groundhog.pair.com/bzflag.html
 
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