KDE games

If you install KDE, there are a bunch of games that come with the desktop. These games also show up on the Gnome menu. To see the KDE Games from the Gnome menu, select KDE menus ® Games, and then choose the game you want from the following categories: Arcade, Card, Board, Tactic/Strategy. The games available in KDE are listed in Table 7-2.

Cross-Reference See Chapter 4 for a description of the KDE desktop. Table 7-2: Games for the KDE Desktop

Game

Description

Game

Description

Abalone

Board game whose object is to push opponents' pieces off the board.

Asteroids

Destroy asteroids in the classic asteroids arcade game.

Atomic Entertainment

Move pieces to create different chemical compounds.

BlackBox

Find hidden balls by shooting rays.

Foul Eggs

Squish eggs in this Tetris-like game.

Jezzball

Trap bouncing balls to progress to higher levels.

KBackgammon

Online version of backgammon.

KBattleship

Sink the opponent's battleship in this online version of the board game.

KJumping Cube

Click squares to increase numbers and take over adjacent squares.

Klines

Move marbles to form 5-in-a-row and score points.

Kwin4

Drop colored pieces to get 4-in-a-row.

Konquest

Expand your interstellar empire in this multiplayer game.

Lieutenant Skat

Play the card game Skat.

Mahjongg

Classic oriental tile game.

Minesweeper

Minesweeper clone. Click safe spaces and avoid the bombs.

Patience

Choose from nine different solitaire card games.

Poker

Video poker clone. Play five-card draw, choosing which cards to hold and which to throw.

Reversi

Flip game pieces to outmaneuver the opponent.

SameGame

Erase game pieces to score points.

Shisen-Sho

Tile game similar to Mahjongg.

Sirtet

Tetris clone. Try to fill in lines of blocks as they drop down.

Smiletris

Tetris with smiley faces.

Snake Race

Race your snake around a maze.

Sokoban

The Japanese warehouse keeper game.

SpaceDuel

Fire at another space ship as you spin around a planet.

Tron

Snake-style race game.

The games on the KDE menu range from diverting to quite challenging. If you are used to playing games in Windows, Minesweeper and Patience will seem like old favorites. Asteroids and Poker are good for the mindless game category. For a mental challenge (it's harder than it looks), try Sokoban. For a challenging multiuser game on the GNOME menu, try Freeciv. (The commercial version of Freeciv, Civilization: Call to Power, is described later in this chapter.) For chess enthusiasts, there is xboard.

The games on the KDE menu range from diverting to quite challenging. If you are used to playing games in Windows, Minesweeper and Patience will seem like old favorites. Asteroids and Poker are good for the mindless game category. For a mental challenge (it's harder than it looks), try Sokoban. For a challenging multiuser game on the GNOME menu, try Freeciv. (The commercial version of Freeciv, Civilization: Call to Power, is described later in this chapter.) For chess enthusiasts, there is xboard.

If the games that run in X that come with KDE aren't enough for you, lots of X games are available for download from the Web. For example, the Freshmeat site lists more than 200 games in its application index that you can be downloaded to run in X (go to http://www.freshmeat.com/appindex/x11/games.html).

The following sections describe a couple of the more interesting Red Hat Linux games that run in X. First is the xboard game and some related chess programs. Next is a description of Freeciv.

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