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Our quick-picks of the best Linux games of 2020 so far

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We're halfway through the year already? Madness. Even with all the craziness of 2020 going on, lots of games still managed to get out of the door. I know, I can't believe 2020 isn't over yet either. Thankfully there's plenty of games to take our minds off everything from murder hornets to COVID19 and more.

Now we're at the halfway point, let's think about some of the top Linux releases of 2020 so far. This list is extremely subjective of course, this is just my personal pick on the top 15. Think of it as a starting point for good games to look at if you're stuck for something. In no particular order, going up to June 30 and I'm cheating just a little bit by including some Early Access titles too.

The Pedestrian

The Pedestrian is a 2.5D side scrolling puzzle platformer. You are The Pedestrian! Enter into a dynamic 3D world with stunning graphics and challenging puzzles.


Resolutiion is a fast-paced action-adventure created by two angry German brothers leading a band of vagrants who loaded it with lovely pixels, dirty jokes, deep ideas and badassemotional tunes for 20 hours of punishing combat, rewarding exploration, and layered storytelling.


Stoneshard is a challenging turn-based RPG set in an open world. Experience the unforgiving life of a medieval mercenary: travel across the war-torn kingdom, fulfill contracts, fight, mend your wounds and develop your character without any restrictions.

Space Haven

Embark on a space voyage with your ragtag crew of civilians in search of a new home. Build spaceships tile by tile, create optimal gas conditions, manage the needs and moods of their crew, encounter other space-faring groups, and explore the universe in this spaceship colony simulation.


Command the Nimbatus and craft drones out of hundreds of different parts. Survive unknown threats in a fully destructible, procedural universe, compete against other players in different arenas or enjoy complete creative freedom in the sandbox.


VirtuaVerse is a challenging old school cyberpunk point & click adventure set in a future not so far away narrating tales of technomancers, AVR graffiti writers, hacker groups, tribes of cryptoshamans, digital archeology, epic cyberwars and virtual reality debauchery.

Fort Triumph

A strategy game combining the turn-based combat of XCOM with the world exploration of HOMM. Build towns, collect artifacts, improve your heroes, and influence your tactical surroundings using physics!


Solve challenging cable-based puzzles and uncover what really happened to the crew of The Alabaster. Now with Hint System (for those ultra tricky puzzles).

Iratus: Lord of the Dead

Iratus: Lord of the Dead is a turn-based tactical roguelike RPG set in a dark fantasy universe. Lead an army of undead to help an angry necromancer in his quest to reach the surface world and bring death to the mortal realms!

Into the Breach

Control powerful mechs from the future to defeat an alien threat. Each attempt to save the world presents a new randomly generated challenge in this turn-based strategy game. The Linux release came later but most welcome.

One Step From Eden

Build a powerful deck, cast spells on the fly, battle evolving enemies, find game-changing artifacts, make friends or make enemies, just make it to Eden. Might actually be one of the most challenging games of this year.

Lair of the Clockwork God

A fast-paced Point-and-Click adventure AND an indie platfomer in one! Join adventurer Ben and wannabe indie darling Dan in a race against time to stop all the Apocalypses happening at the same time.


A procedural co-op space sandbox where players can build their own space ships out of dynamically scalable blocks. Fight epic space battles, explore, mine, trade, wage wars and build your own empire to save your galaxy from being torn apart by an unknown enemy.

Black Mesa

Is it cheating to include a remake? Nah. It's brilliant. I don't think Half-Life or Black Mesa really need a description do they? Relive Half-Life in this fan-made re-imagining.

Iris and the Giant

Iris and The Giant is a fusion of the CCG, RPG and roguelike genres. You play as Iris, who must brave her fears in her imaginary world. Dive into a melancholic and gripping adventure, filled with cute monsters and buried memories. Ready to face your inner demons?

Lenna's Inception

The legendary hero is dead, and a strange glitch is spreading across the kingdom. Explore dangerous dungeons, and defeat the eight archangels to restore order to an unraveling world in this epic action-adventure RPG.


Unrailed! is a co-op multiplayer game where you have to work together with your friends to build a train track across endless procedurally generated worlds. Master random encounters with its inhabitants, upgrade your train and keep it from derailing!

Starcom: Nexus

Suddenly thrown into an unknown galaxy, you must explore, fight or befriend aliens and transform your ship from a small survey vessel into a powerful battlecruiser to unravel the mystery of the forces that brought you here and find your way home.

Fates of Ort

Fates of Ort is a retro fantasy RPG focused on strategic action, in a land where time is frozen when you stand still. Cast powerful spells - but beware, they will cost you your life.

ShellShock Live

Demolish your friends with hundreds of upgradable weapons shot from your customizable tank in this action-packed online multiplayer tanks game. Earn XP to level up and unlock new tanks, weapons, and gear. Fight against or alongside your friends for strategic team or free-for-all matches.

Admittedly, this was originally a top 5 and then a top 10 and you get the idea…gosh, so hard to pick a small set of great games from so many overall. I could easily keep going, there's a lot of quality out there but all developers supporting Linux deserve a big high-five. I'll also give Valve a truly honourable mention here for bringing Half-Life: Alyx officially to Linux with Vulkan support. One day I hope to actually be able to play it but damn VR is expensive.

If you want to just follow new releases, you can do so easily with our New Release tag.

Over to you in the comments: let's keep it simple, why don't you list your top 5 for this year so far or perhaps the 5 you're most looking forward to playing on Linux later this year?

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Arehandoro Jul 2, 2020
Last night I finished VirtuaVerse. I think it's the best example of an outstanding audiovisual experience. The animations, the graphics, the aesthetics, FX and music are exceptional. Even the story's premise and programming/computing jokes and references are too.

However, the dialogues, puzzles and overall slugginesh of the character movingh leave a very sour note at the end. The game promises but doesn't quite stand to the hype.
const Jul 2, 2020
Dicey Dungeons is my game of the year :)
14 Jul 2, 2020
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The amount of 3D games is sad.
Liam Dawe Jul 2, 2020
Quoting: 14The amount of 3D games is sad.
Games don't need to be "3D" to be fun.
kaiman Jul 2, 2020
Frankly, I'd be hard pressed to list 5 native Linux games of 2020 that I've played or been looking forward to, much less a top 5. But the same would be true outside of Linux, too. No big gaming hits for me this year so far.

I guess one possible contender for a top 5 entry might be Beyond a Steel Sky, though I want to play it first before judging. I'd also add LUNA The Shadow Dust as an honorable mention, because it's really gorgeous, just not a lot of game.

Another one, if I dare take the plunge, might turn out to be Crusader Kings III.

Sadly, the games I'm really looking forward to (Sable, Haven and Pendragon) won't come to Linux.
drjoms Jul 2, 2020
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: 14The amount of 3D games is sad.
Games don't need to be "3D" to be fun.
Ladies don't have to be pretty for you to fall in love with them.
Food doesn't have to be tasty to eat it.
Bed doesn't have to be comfortable to be slept in.(as, in jail for example)
on_en_a_gros Jul 2, 2020
Not a lot of game that I'm interested in. Black mesa will probably be mine on steam sales. Gonna keep an eye on The pedestrian and virtuaverse.
The second half of 2020 looks more promising (at least for my taste) with wasteland 3, desperado, hellpoint and carrion. And I'm crossing my finger for Yakuza, dying light and metro.
appetrosyan Jul 3, 2020
I will get a lot of flak for this, but do yourself a favour. If you play Black Mesa, get Proton. You’d get 20% more FPS, 100% fewer crashes, just remember to add the Old UI command switch and you”re golden.
Tchey Jul 3, 2020
Quoting: drjoms
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: 14The amount of 3D games is sad.
Games don't need to be "3D" to be fun.
Ladies don't have to be pretty for you to fall in love with them.
Food doesn't have to be tasty to eat it.
Bed doesn't have to be comfortable to be slept in.(as, in jail for example)

I think it’s unrelated.

A 2D game can be fun, and pretty, and good, and all.
3D vs 2D is a none-issue, barely a matter of taste.
I do like from time to time a technically impressive game, but at the end, i really don’t care.

Also, seeing how tech improves fast, a "good 2D" will age way better than anything 3D.
I remember watching demo of the very first Virtua Fighter, and i was woaaaah !
I’m quite sure in 20 years i will look 2020 best 3D game and think it’s looking old.
On the other end, i can look at Super Mario 1+2+3 today, and still feel the appeal.

Last edited by Tchey on 3 July 2020 at 6:51 am UTC
bubexel Jul 3, 2020
Where is Half Life Alxy? the best one from 2020 so far in my point of view.

Edit: oh you mentioned at bottom of article! :D i hope you can afford a VR set soon to enjoy this gems.

Last edited by bubexel on 3 July 2020 at 6:53 am UTC
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