Best 10 Games for Ubuntu in 2018

Earlier gaming on Ubuntu was a distant possibility. But everything is changed in 2013 when Valve released its gaming client Steam for Linux which opened the door for thousands of games. Since then all the major video game publishers started extending their gaming support for Linux distributions. Game developers were craving for the opportunity like this because they were aware of increasing popularity of Linux.

Free and open-source nature of Linux opened the whole new gateway of capabilities and possibilities for developers. First question comes to mind of many users switching from Windows to Linux is How they can play their Windows compatible games on Ubuntu? But don’t worry its very simple and smooth. Just head over to Software Centre and download Steam. That’s it you are good to go.

But gaming on Ubuntu is not only limited to Steam because there are many open-source games available for Ubuntu which you can play independent of Steam. So in this article we are going to list Best 10 games you can play on Ubuntu.

1. Hitman: The Complete First Season

Hitman is a third person stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and it was first made available for Linux in February 2017 by Feral Interactive. It is one of the most challenging games available for Linux in which player plays as an Agent 47 and travels around the international locations while eliminating targets.

Basically Hitman had 6 episodes but Feral Interactive brought is as Hitman: The complete first season for Linux. Graphical user interface of this game is excellent and it is one of the best Linux games available on Steam.

2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

There is no need to introduce CS GO or Counter Strike: Global Offensive as it is one of the most popular first person shooter video games in the world. There are two teams in the game known as Terrorists and the Counter Terrorists, both compete against each other to achieve respective objectives.

CS GO has excellent graphics and it is very popular on e-sport platform. It features various game modes such as Arms Race which is also known as Demolition. Global offensive saw the introduction of range of new guns including pistols, shotguns, and sub-machine guns.

3. Football Manager 2018

Football Manager 2018 is football management simulation game which is very popular among football followers around the world. In this game player becomes the manager of a football club in a league of a particular country.

As a manager player takes the full control of a football club right from managing squad, handling transfer activities and setting up tactics for upcoming games.

4. The Battle for Wesnoth

The Battle for Wesnoth is an open-source strategy video game in which you can play as a single player or as online multiplayer. In this game player is given task of building an army by taking control of villages and defeating enemies.

The game offers 17 single player campaigns and 55 multiplayer maps. Also it offers add-ons such as new campaigns, factions and multiplayer maps. This game doesn’t require you to have high end computer hardware and runs smoothly on Ubuntu 16.04 and higher.

5. Dota 2

Dota 2 is sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and it is a free multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Valve Corporation. The gameplay of Dota 2 involves the battle between two teams of 5 players each defending their territory on map.

Dota 2 has been one of the most played games on Steam, with over a million concurrent players at its peak. After the initial release publishers have rolled out several updates featuring support for Virtual Reality (VR) and achievement-based paid subscription system.


Freeciv is a free and open-source single and multiplayer, turn-based game inspired by the proprietary Sid Meier’s Civilization series. The gameplay involves players taking control of tribal leaders of 4000 B.C. to guide people through the centuries.

Freeciv is highly customizable game and can be played in different modes such as default mode, custom mode, etc. It features multiplayer gameplay and single player gameplay against computer player.

7. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action stealth video game which takes you in 2029 and features Adam Jensen who is armed with new weapons and augmentations. Mankind Divided is a sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution and it is 6th game in the series.

Some of the features include in Mankind Divided are remote hacking, gun customizations and many others. The game has won awards in different categories of Canadian Video Games Awards and was nominated for The Game Awards 2016.

8. Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 is a post-apocalyptic video game developed by inXile Entertainment and distributed by Square Enix. Gameplay of Wasteland 2 is turn-based tactical combat.

The overall graphics of the game is excellent which takes gaming experience to another level. The game is highly customizable and you can modify player’s skills, statistics and appearance easily.

9. Xonotic

Xonotic is an open-source first person shooter video game which offers various game modes such as deathmatch, capture the flag and player needs to complete all the levels of gameplay in order to unlock more game modes.

Xonotic has very decent graphics and as it runs on the DarkPlaces engine which supports dynamic lighting, HDR rendering and offset mapping. Weapons of this game have special abilities such as multiple fire modes.

10. 0 A.D.

0 A.D. is a cross-platform historical war and economical game focusing on the tribes and civilizations including historic sites of around 500 B.C. and A.D. 500.

Games gameplay involves tasks like army training, technology research, combat and many others. The game has single player and multiplayer modes in which players can choose between computer-generated random maps.


So, these are the 10 best games you can play on Ubuntu. If you like any of these games then try them on Ubuntu and share your experience @LinuxHint.

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