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Best open source games?

Hotlead JunkieHotlead Junkie Registered User
edited April 2009 in Games and Technology
It was suggested recentley I should check out some open source games since I'm looking for a good, free, pc game to play at the moment. Out of this list, has anyone played and can reccomend any of these games in the list here? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_games

I've been in a very X-com/Silent storm/roguelike mood at the moment, kind of a slow, deep, stragergy game mood. I've taken a look at FreeCiv and am downloading Lincity-NG at the moment. Anyone got any reccomendations for something else on the list I may like, or any you have played that you have enjoyed? Are FeeCiv and Lincity quality games?

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  • citizen059citizen059 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Obligatory Battle for Wesnoth mention here, because I <3 it so much.

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  • GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Quake, easily.

    Edit: I guess that isn't in your list. In this case, I suggest Aleph One.

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    It might not count as open source (although there is plenty of modding one can do in the init files), but take a look at Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Has anyone tried this?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega_Strike

    Because I'm suddenly interested.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Frets on Fire is exactly what it is.

    Torus Trooper is pretty cool, didn't know it was open source until just now though...

    Neither of these games really fit the mood you are in right now, but both are pretty great.

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  • Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Open Source != Free. There are a lot of Free games out there that aren't Open Source. Do you want it to be Open Source so that you can hunt bugs and tinker with it? Or do you just want fun and free games? Because the list of Free games is much much bigger than that.

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  • Hotlead JunkieHotlead Junkie Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Hahnsoo1 wrote: »
    Open Source != Free. There are a lot of Free games out there that aren't Open Source. Do you want it to be Open Source so that you can hunt bugs and tinker with it? Or do you just want fun and free games? Because the list of Free games is much much bigger than that.

    Free games mostly

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  • FirebugFirebug Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Seconding Wesnoth. If you're playing the campaigns, grinding is almost a requirement though. Give FreeCol a try too. Its quite polished and well done.

    darleysam wrote: »
    Has anyone tried this?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega_Strike

    Because I'm suddenly interested.

    I gave it a try couple years ago, wasn't too impressed. Was kind of empty and slow. Those screenshots are looking much fancier than I remember though.

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  • Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Its not open source, and I don't think its free (I might be abandonware, I dunno) but you mention Xcom and Silent Storm... but no Jagged Alliance 2. You've probably played it, but if you haven't, go get it now.

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  • Teslan26Teslan26 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

    Free :D

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Deep? Strategy? Roguelike-esque?

    You, sir, want Dwarf Fortress.

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  • Hotlead JunkieHotlead Junkie Registered User
    edited March 2009
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    Deep? Strategy? Roguelike-esque?

    You, sir, want Dwarf Fortress.

    Tried multiple times and failed to understand it... multiple times

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  • Teslan26Teslan26 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    Deep? Strategy? Roguelike-esque?

    You, sir, want Dwarf Fortress.

    Tried multiple times and failed to understand it... multiple times

    Absolutely amazing guide was linked on the front page a month ago or so.

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    get out of here, numbername
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  • SpindriftSpindrift Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Crawl is the best roguelike.

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  • DrakeDrake Blow it all up ForeverRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Check out People's Tactics.

    It's a WWII-ish, turn based, hex map strategy game with a ton going on under the hood.

    Here's a little copy/paste action from the website to whet your appetite.
    Devious turn-based strategy explodes on to the scene with
    People's Tactics... A wargame in the spirit of Empire or
    Panzer General, but more than both of those titles. Combine
    furious hex-based mayhem, research and production trees,
    the ability to command land, air and sea forces and up to
    10 players over hot-seat or PBEM and you have the most
    serious test of your strategic acumen ever!

    People's Tactics is being distributed as freeware by its
    creators, the only thing that can stand in your path
    to total domination is cowardice -- will you give
    in? download PT now!

    These are the guys who put out the critically acclaimed (in grognard wargamer circles, anyway) game, Advanced Tactics, published by Matrix Games.

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  • FoefallerFoefaller Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Teslan26 wrote: »
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    Deep? Strategy? Roguelike-esque?

    You, sir, want Dwarf Fortress.

    Tried multiple times and failed to understand it... multiple times

    Absolutely amazing guide was linked on the front page a month ago or so.

    Indeed, I myself never could get my mind around what the hell I'm suppose to do untill I read the guide, which is [url=http://afteractionreporter.com/2009/02/09/the-complete-and-utter-newby-tutorial-for-dwarf-fortress-part-1-wtf/[/url]Here[/url]

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  • KlorgnumKlorgnum Registered User
    edited March 2009
    You want this thread:
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=79166

    EDIT: Also, you want Spelunky. It's like a side-scrolling Nethack.

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Klorgnum wrote: »
    You want this thread:
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=79166

    EDIT: Also, you want Spelunky. It's like a side-scrolling Nethack.

    Also, If you haven't played Cave Story yet, it's a classic.

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  • Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Foefaller wrote: »
    Teslan26 wrote: »
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    Deep? Strategy? Roguelike-esque?

    You, sir, want Dwarf Fortress.

    Tried multiple times and failed to understand it... multiple times

    Absolutely amazing guide was linked on the front page a month ago or so.

    Indeed, I myself never could get my mind around what the hell I'm suppose to do untill I read the guide, which is Here

    Tiny URL fix for a fantastic resource.

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  • peterdevorepeterdevore Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Spindrift wrote: »
    Crawl is the best roguelike.

    It's very good. You can play it using just the mouse and the Shift and Control keys most of the time, but it's not dumbed down or anything, just very accessible. Try playing an Hill Orc Priest sometime, they will recruit 'wild' orcs automatically by the time you'll see them. Storming the elven halls with your orc army is fun and mayhem. They can pick up new armor and weapons by themselves if you tell them to with Ctrl-T.

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  • n00bishn00bish Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I've been watching it for over a year now, and while it's moving really, really slowly, FreeOrion is shaping up to be really cool. It's essentially Masters of Orion 1 and 2 in updated form. Looks slick. Their current release is playable, but very incomplete. Give you a good feel for what is to come, though.

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  • metal_spidermetal_spider Registered User
    edited April 2009
    Spindrift wrote: »
    Crawl is the best roguelike.

    It's very good. You can play it using just the mouse and the Shift and Control keys most of the time, but it's not dumbed down or anything, just very accessible. Try playing an Hill Orc Priest sometime, they will recruit 'wild' orcs automatically by the time you'll see them. Storming the elven halls with your orc army is fun and mayhem. They can pick up new armor and weapons by themselves if you tell them to with Ctrl-T.

    Piling on the appreciation for this game. Main attraction for me was the availability of ingame sprites/tiles (as opposed to ASCII). Being able to play via mouse is a huge bonus too. It's the only one I've played outside of Shiren and Chocobo's Dungeon Wii.

    I am somewhat used to playing the warrior archetype in most singleplayer games and virtually all of them just involve hitting stuff/chugging down potions. Well, in Crawl(and most roguelikes), melee classes have to consider factors like hunger, weapon debuffs and an ever-shrinking cache of assorted expendables. The Gods system in Crawl is a simple but interesting mechanic where you can earn skills/rewards based on performing actions that your chosen god deems worthy.

    Main dungeon structure fans out into a variety of subdungeons - each with their own rewards and hazards. In order to gain access to the final levels of the main dungeons, the player would have to collect Runes located on at least 3 separate branches.

    (Oh, and dang those Greater Nagas/Naga Mages that took me out at the bottom of Snake Pits. I had 9 charges of disintegration on a wand that I didn't even make use of. That was my best run clocking in at 3h 48min 52s.) **loads up new game as a Minotaur Fighter immediately**

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  • Shorn Scrotum ManShorn Scrotum Man Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    A timely thread for a shit economy :(

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    citizen059 wrote: »
    Obligatory Battle for Wesnoth mention here, because I <3 it so much.

    not only that, but it's being improved upon pretty consistently.

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  • ScrubletScrublet Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    FreeSpace 2 is one of the best space shooters of all time, and after some acquisitions and what not, its source code was completely released. You can head here to find some details and where to download it. When I build a new computer again I plan on putting this game up on the TV again :)

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    I hear PC gaming is huge off the coast of Somalia right now.

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Transcendence (Nethack + Asteroids)

    Total Annihilation: Spring

    There was actually quite a community going a few years ago.

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  • Asamof the HorribleAsamof the Horrible Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    if you haven't played cave story yet, then do it now.

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  • DrakeDrake Blow it all up ForeverRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Transcendence (Nethack + Asteroids)

    I haven't even finished downloading this and I know that this is most likely going to eat my life...

    Here's a link, since Royce is apparently too fucking lazy. Made me have to google and shit, damn.

    The link Royce should have made.

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  • Hotlead JunkieHotlead Junkie Registered User
    edited April 2009
    Thanks for the reccomendations

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  • xzzyxzzy Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Some of the most notable "open source" games from history (and have not already been mentioned) would be netrek and freeciv. They're pretty amazing projects, though I can't promise the play they offer will hold modern interests.

    bzflag is another early success, though I never played it myself.

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  • bamjobamjo Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Here's one I haven't seen mentioned. UFO: Alien Invasion, an open source XCOM clone:

    http://ufoai.sourceforge.net/?page=Home

    It's improving all the time, and is already quite good. In my opinion just as good as the retail XCOM clone offerings.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    OpenArena is a good Q3A clone. (Well, "clone" isn't the right word, since it's the same game engine.)

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    http://www.terminuspoint.com/

    Terminus

    http://ifh.babylonfive.ru/

    Babylon 5: I've found her

    http://scp.indiegames.us/

    Freespace OpenSource but you should really buy it from GoG. to get it working perfectly.

    http://www18.big.or.jp/~hikoza/Prod/

    Warning Forever
    Don't read the japanese, SHOOT NOW!


    Drake, would you kindly go fuck yourself?

    edit: Did you know Firefox has Klingon Language Packs?

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