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Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« on: July 24, 2016, 06:47:43 pm »
Are you a fan of retro games? Do you have a low-spec computer? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then I have a treat for you! These games all run great on just about any system (even a Pentium 3/4 can run these!). All of these games are free and open-source. However, many of these games are not regularly updated but I still find them to work fine. You can expect this list to grow as I am finding new games everyday and I like to share my knowledge. Thanks!

XGalaga - Official Site

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sudo apt-get install xgalaga

XGalaga++ - Official Site

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sudo apt-get install xgalaga++

Njam - Official Site

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sudo apt-get install njam

Emilia Pinball - Official Site

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sudo apt-get install pinball

AssaultCube - Official Site

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sudo apt-get install assaultcube

Micropolis - Official Site - (contribution by scifidude79!)

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sudo apt-get install micropolis
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 11:17:22 pm »
Thanks, Kyle.

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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2016, 08:36:34 am »
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You can expect this list to grow as I am finding new games everyday and I like to share my knowledge.

Nice one Kyle :)
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2016, 10:06:07 am »
If you like city building games, the original SimCity (released: 1989) is actually in the repositories.  When Maxis made the game's code open source, the guy they hired to make the Linux port released the game.  Of course, due to copyright issues, it's not called SimCity.  It's called Micropolis.

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Given the age of the game and the fact that it's just a straight port, I don't imagine it takes much computer at all to run.  And, in my opinion, it's still a fun game.

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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2016, 11:59:45 am »
If you like city building games, the original SimCity (released: 1989) is actually in the repositories.  When Maxis made the game's code open source, the guy they hired to make the Linux port released the game.  Of course, due to copyright issues, it's not called SimCity.  It's called Micropolis.

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Given the age of the game and the fact that it's just a straight port, I don't imagine it takes much computer at all to run.  And, in my opinion, it's still a fun game.

Thank you for sharing! I will add your contribution to the original post. And thanks to everyone else for the positive feedback!
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2016, 05:58:20 pm »
Some posts have been removed (mainly my own stupidity) to get the topic back on track .. hope nobody minds, but this is shaping up to be a nice thread.
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2016, 06:19:01 pm »
One of my favorite games is Powder Toy. It's retro to Falling Sand, but a little more advanced.

Go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
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deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu xenial-getdeb games

Add the repository GPG key, open a terminal window and type:
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http://powdertoy.co.uk/
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2016, 07:44:41 pm »
I'd love a decent pinball game but that one was tiny and it wouldn't close without logging off. Anyone got any alternative suggestions?

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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2016, 08:18:31 pm »
I'd love a decent pinball game but that one was tiny and it wouldn't close without logging off. Anyone got any alternative suggestions?

If you can find a working download link, you can try Linball.
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2016, 03:23:59 pm »
Any new suggestions, anyone?  ::)
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2016, 02:35:58 am »
Any new suggestions, anyone?  ::)
If you've Steam installed, SteamWorld Dig is an Indi Game from Sweden.  It's a very retro Steampunk, Wild West, mining prospectors game.  It's an absolute blast.  I think it's only 2.24 .  The reviews are all very positive.  It's well worth getting: http://store.steampowered.com/app/252410/   ;).
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2016, 06:30:49 am »
Any new suggestions, anyone?  ::)
If you've Steam installed, SteamWorld Dig is an Indi Game from Sweden.  It's a very retro Steampunk, Wild West, mining prospectors game.  It's an absolute blast.  I think it's only 2.24 .  The reviews are all very positive.  It's well worth getting: http://store.steampowered.com/app/252410/   ;).

Great suggestion! But I would like to keep the list to free/open-source games only.
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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2016, 01:19:50 pm »
That looks great, Andy, I love a good platform game. I might look into figuring out Steam.

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Re: Retro Games/Low-Spec Computer Games
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2016, 07:20:58 pm »
That looks great, Andy, I love a good platform game. I might look into figuring out Steam.
Yeah, it's a hoot.  The fact that it's so deliberately naff, makes it such a great game.  I like that it's an Indie Game too.  Everyone I've introduced it to, agrees that it's really fun to play.  The devs have taken the time and used insight to port it for multi-platform use.  You don't need the latest and greatest graphic card for it to work.  It's become immensely popular and the price is right.  More power to Indie Games developers who think this way  ;).
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