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Accessible Games for Linux

If you ever happen to have some of that mythical stuff known as spare time, you may be wondering if there are any accessible games for Linux. The answer is, there are several of them. There are a couple of MUD clients that work well with Orca. Gnome-mud and tintin++ are both very accessible. to get them, simply type:
sudo apt-get install tintin++
and/or:
sudo apt-get install gnome-mud
in a terminal. Tintin++ is a terminal based client, so you can also use it with speakup if you have it installed. It is also a very powerful client with aliases, speed walking, triggers, scripting, and a lot more features.
There is also a package called bsdgames you can install that has text based games. The games include go-fish, adventure, and wumpus. To get it, type:
sudo apt-get install bsdgames
in a terminal.
there are more games that are accessible. They require a bit more effort to install.

AudioQuake

AudioQuake is located at http://www.agrip.org.uk/download/. I got the Linux/x86 installer (3.2M) file. It is a script that will install everything for you, well, almost everything. To get it up and running, open a terminal and switch to the directory where the file was downloaded, usually ~/Downloads. make sure the file has permission to run with the following command:
chmod 700 AudioQuake-0.3.0.1_linux-x86.run
then execute it with:
./AudioQuake-0.3.0.1_linux-x86.run
It will guide you through the installation of both Quake and AudioQuake. When it is finished, you still need to install a couple of things before you can play. To get the packages you need, type:
sudo apt-get install eflite libconfig-tiny-perl
Once that is done you can play the game by doing the following. in your home directory, type:
cd .zquake
At this point it is a good idea to turn off Orca because from my experience the game will not run if Orca is open. Then, type:
./start.pl
From this point on the game should be totally self-voicing. I have to include that I have only ever gotten AudioQuake to work on one computer. I have tried it on at least five.

SoundRTS

SoundRTS is very fun. You can get it at http://jlpo.free.fr/soundrts/py25/. Unzip it in your home directory or on your Desktop, it doesn’t matter which. Before playing it you will need to install python2.5 and python-pygame. So, in terminal, type:
sudo apt-get install python2.5 python-pygame
then, to launch it, change to the soundrts directory:
cd soundrts
and launch with:
python2.5 soundrts.pyc
In Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid and later Python 2.5 is no longer available. You can still play SoundRTS by downloading a patch from http://jlpo.free.fr/tmp/soundrts1.0.1-python2.6.zip. Unzip the patch and move all of the contents from inside the folder to your soundrts folder. If you are asked if you would like to replace files select replace all. SoundRTS should now work just by switching to the soundrts folder and typing:
python soundrts.pyc
The patch makes the latest stable version of SoundRTS work. You can get the latest version from http://jlpo.free.fr/soundrts/soundrts-1.0.1-en.zip
If you would like to add a launcher to your desktop, you can do so with the following script. Open your favourite text editor and copy the following lines:
#!/bin/bash
cd
cd soundrts
python2.5 soundrts.pyc
exit 0
Save the file as ./soundrts.sh in your home directory. If you put your soundrts directory somewhere else other than your home folder, be sure you change the path in the script to match the location. For example, if your folder is on your desktop, it would be:
cd Desktop/soundrts
Make the script executable with the command:
chmod 700 .soundrts.sh
Then, on your desktop, press control+f10 and choose create launcher. In the name, type SoundRTS then press tab to get to the command field. In the command box type:
./.soundrts.sh
Tab to the OK button and press enter. You can now start the game by pressing enter on the SoundRTS launcher on your desktop.
If you used the patch you need to replace python2.5 with python.
If you get the very latest alpha versions of SoundRTS they include several different python folders to insure it will work in your version of python. If, for example, you need python2.6 simply navigate to the SoundRTS directory, enter the python26 directory, press control+a to select all, press control+c to copy, press backspace to go back a directory to SoundRTS, then press control+v to paste. when you are asked if you would like to replace files select "replace all".
The game is completely self-voicing. You do not need to turn off Orca before starting this one, it works fine even if Orca is running.

RS Games Client

This game client gives you access to the web based games developed by RS Games. So far the games you can play with it are Monopoly and Uno but more will be added as they are completed.
To install the game client, download it from http://zanosoft.net/rsgames/ccount/click.php?id=18 and extract it to your home directory or where ever you would like. When you unzip the file the extracted directory is called src. You can rename it to RSG-Client or something similar. Before running the game you will need to install a few packages. To get them open terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install python-wxversion python-wxtools wx2.8-i18n

As the client has evolved, additional package requirements have been added. I no longer use Ubuntu or any of its derivatives, so I am unsure what the packages are called there. Here is a list of packages that are required in Arch:

  • python2-speechd
  • wxpython
  • wxgtk2.8
  • python2-crypto
  • python2-configobj
  • python2-faulthandler

The game is available for Arch users in the AUR.
If you would like to create a launcher to the game client place focus on the desktop and press control+f10. Select "Create Launcher" from the menu and give the launcher a name. In the command type the path to rsg.pyc. Assuming you used the name RSG-Cliet in your home folder the command would be something like this. Remember to replace USER with your home directory:
python /home/USER/RSG-Client/rsg.pyc
You can now use the shortcut on your desktop to launch the RS Games client. For updates and general information you can follow rs_games on Twitter. Orca can be left running while you play the game.

Tomb Hunter I – Mysteries of the Ancients

In this game by USA Games Interactive Angela Carter, an explorer, and world renown archeologist, has discovered a scroll that will lead her to the Orb of Wisdom. She can’t just walk in and take it though because it is very well guarded. To set up the game open terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install libsoil1
wget http://www.usagamesinteractive.com/downloads/requirements/libsfml-1.6-i386.tar.gz
If you are using a 64 bit system the link in the command above should be changed to:
http://www.usagamesinteractive.com/downloads/requirements/libsfml-1.6-amd64.tar.gz
Then, after the download has completed:
tar xzvf libsfml-1.6-i386.tar.gz
cd libsfml-1.6-i386
sudo dpkg -i libsfml-system1.6_1.6_i386.deb libsfml-window1.6_1.6_i386.deb libsfml-audio1.6_1.6_i386.deb libsfml-graphics1.6_1.6_i386.deb libsfml-network1.6_1.6_i386.deb
After the packages have installed switch back to your home directory by typing:
cd
Now, to download the game itself:
wget http://www.usagamesinteractive.com/downloads/usa-games/MOTA-Standard-Beta15.tar.gz
When the download is finished type:
tar xzvf MOTA-Standard-Beta15.tar.gz
To launch the game:
cd MOTA-Standard-Beta15/
./tomb
To create a desktop shortcut, when focus is on the desktop press control+f10 and select "create launcher". Type the name in the name field, and press tab. In this box type:
/home/USER/MOTA-Standard-Beta15/tomb
Tab to ok and press enter. Remember to replace the word USER in the line above with your home directory. Now you can launch the game with the shortcut. For more information visit the USA Games Interactive website.

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5 Comments

  1. in soundrts:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “soundrts\soundrts.py”, line 5, in ?
    File “soundrts\clientmain.py”, line 11, in ?
    ImportError: No module named pygame
    is a solutions?
    thank!

  2. you are probably using a new version of your os. In Ubuntu, for example, pygame is no longer included for python2.4. There is a solution though, and it is to download the 1.0 beta 10 p version of SoundRTS which was accidently compiled for python2.5. You can get it here:
    http://jlpo.free.fr/soundrts/py25/
    Then, to launch, use python2.5 soundrts.pyc
    I hope this works for you. Happy gaming.

  3. I installed the rsgames client in Ubuntu Maverick, but have one problem. I have no speech when I use the up/down arrows to select options. Is there a solution for this? I appreciate any help/suggestions.

    Thanks,

    Guy

  4. RS Games is working on a new version of the client that fixes several bugs including the no speech in Maverick bug. It is taking longer than they expected but progress is being made.
    I have started work on an open source alternative. It is for the command line only though. If you are interested in helping test it use the contact link on the blog and send me your email address. I’ll send you instructions. It uses the tintin++ mud client for the connection with a script file to make the game more playable from the command line.

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