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Portal/IDB/logo_portal.png Welcome to Debian games portal


Portal/IDB/icon-game-32x32.png This portal is about games, technical knowledge may be required to cheat but isn't mandatory.


Here, we only list:

  • games for which a specific wiki page was created
  • view all option redirects to a list of packages which have been tagged in Debtags database

Adventure view all

Arcadeview all

Boardview all

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/freedink

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/fretsonfire

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/brutalchess

Chess:

Card view all

FPSview all

Multi-User Dungeonview all

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/aisleriot

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/openarena

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/crossfire-client

Platform view all

Puzzleview all

Role-Playing Gameview all

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/frogatto

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/enigma

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/adonthell

Rogue-like:

Simulation view all

Sportview all

Strategyview all

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/flightgear

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/supertuxkart

https://screenshots.debian.net/thumbnail/wesnoth

Racing:

Typing view all

Demosview all

Toysview all

Tetris view all

Proprietary

About Games

Debian games availability follow the same logic than other packages with a separation of main, contrib and non-free software. See Debian Policy for an explanation.

Please do note that not *every* non-free game can be packaged within Debian. Non-free can contain software for which authorization was given to be redistributable, which is not the case for most commercial games.

Frequently, some games have a separation between the engine, and the data. It happens some commercial games had their engine rewritten under a free license (i.e: OpenMW), or their source code has been freed (i.e: ioquake3). As a result, some of these engines were packaged and are included into Debian main repositories.

There are two possible scenarios to make use of the engines packaged within Debian free repository :

  • A freely licensed alternative data set exists, and can also be installed within Debian repositories (i.e: freedoom)
  • Using the original game data files, which you may already own or can be obtained by legit ways. Optionally, you might build Deb packages from the game data files using tools such as game-data-packager (see below).

game-data-packager and ./play.it

game-data-packager is a helper tool which takes game data as an input, and builds a debian package as the output. The idea is to provide a clean way to install games, with both engine and data being managed from within your prefered package manager.

More infos :

Note: The installed game data packages will appear as "locally installed", this is because such packages can't exist in the tree of our repositories, but still can be installed as independent packages.

./play.it fulfills the same purpose, but extends it to whole games. That means it will package not only the game data, but also the binaries, and create menu entries so that you can start games just like any application from your Desktop Environment.

Emulation and implementations

There is a vast collection of emulators available in Debian. This ranges from very old computers (such as vice for C64) to console platforms (such as pcsxr for Playstation).

As its name implies, wine is not an emulator. Its purpose is not to virtualize all the hardware, but to translate system calls of Microsoft Windows systems into ones corresponding with the OS running wine.

Useful pages and links :

Platforms

  • lgogdownloader is a tool which helps managing downloads of games (and their updates) you own on GOG

  • lutris

  • itch.io
  • Steam