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Pingus – A Lemmings like arcade game for GNU / Linux and FreeBSD (Free Lemmings Clone)

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Some might remember Psychosis Lemmings that we used to enjoy back in the glorious days of DOS 😉 I remember Lemmings used to be among the played game in one line with other top arcades like Dangerous Dave, Commander Keen, Xenon etc.
The game used to be quite unique for the time and it was quite cool that it worked on quite old machines lime my old 8086 XT with 640kb of memory. It even supported two player mode! 😉

Lemmings arcade screenshot

I was happy to find out actually Lemmings remake is available in the Free Software OS realm . These Lemmings clone game is called Pingus
Instead of governing a group of lemmings which had to move to an exit door by making a save path using various tools and combination of team member character skills, the main heroes in Pingus are cute little penguins 😉

Screenshot Pingus, Lemmings game clone for Linux and FreeBSD

Pingus is built on TOP of SDL libraries and has a combination of awesome graphics and enjoyable music soundtrack and as a game play is a way better than its original predecessor.
If i have to to rank this game I would put it among the best 20 free software games ever produced for Linux / BSD.

ScreenShot Pingus on Debian Linux

pingus is available for almost all kind of Linux distritubions as well as is included in the FreeBSD port tree:

On Debian its available as a package ready to be installed with aptitude or apt by issuing:

debian:~# aptitude install pingus

For FreeBSD pingus is installed via ports tree, by running cmds:

freebsd# cd /usr/ports/games/pingus
freebsd# make install && make install clean

By default pingus will run in a Windowed mode, to run the game in fullscreen you will have to run it with the -f switch via terminal, or by pressing ALT+F2 in GNOME and typing:

$ pingus -f

The game is quite hard to complete in that resembling the lemmings. It has an embedded Mapeditor , by which new levels can be easily constructed and sent to the game developers (in that way helping the game development).

Pingus is also multi-platform, licensed under GPL2 and is also ported for Mac OSX and MS Windows, allowing others non free software users enjoy.
Pingus Windows and MacOS X binary as well as source can be downloaded here

Pingus Lemmings like Free Software Game for Linux BSD level screenshot

Playing Pingus has few benefits, one is it can be nice to kill some boredom (for sysadmins) or / and bring some good past gaming memories. It's also good for developing some elder people strategic thinking as well as very suitable for little children to help develop their intellectual (thinking) in solving complex consequential tasks. Pingus could also be beneficial for teens to develop organizational and math skills.

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DOOM 1, DOOM 2, DOOM 3 game wad files for download / Playing Doom on Debian Linux via FreeDoom open source doom engine

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Doom 2 game screenshot

Every now and then as an ex-gamer I do remember the good glorious times of the DooM oldschool 3d shooter game.

As a Linux user I do have the option to play Doom 1 and Doom 2 straight using the GPLed version of the game called FreeDoom

FreeDoom comes with a custom wad file called freedoom.wad which is a considerably good remake of the doom game, but still I don’t find so funny and bringing memories as the original game.

Thus in order to experience the original doom game play, levels and sound on my Linux, I need to use the original doom wad files

The DooM original wad files are already an abandonware and nowdays it’s a bit hard to be found. Still the wad files for the games are available for download on some major torrent trackers like piratebay but it takes time to find them therefore I decided to publicly share the Doom 1, Doom 2 and Doom 3 wad files to be easier for me to later put and play them on Linux and BSD operating systems, on the other hand I do think this files might be useful for many other oldschool DooM fans out there.

Here are the files for download:

1. Download doom 1, doom 2 and doom 3 wad files + extra of plutonia wad and tnt wad rar archive

2. Download Doom1.wad file
3. Download Doom2.wad file
4. Download Doom3.wad file

(Note that this is not original Doom3.wad – For free, its custom doom wad for prboom engine!!!)
5. Download Doom Plutonia.wad
6. Download Doom Tnt.wad

On my Debian Linux with the freedoom package in order to play the Doom1 or Doom2 wad files it’s necessary to download and place the doom1.wad or doom2.wad files into the directory /usr/share/games/doom

It’s important that the WAD files names does not contain capital letters (e.g. the files need to be placed with file names doom1.wad and doom2.wad)

The FreeDoom port package in Debian Lenny and Squeeze is available to be installed easily through apt like so:

debian:~# apt-get install prboom freedoom

To start up the doom2 game, issue the command:

debian:~# prboom

prboom also allows you to select a custom .wad file you want to play, for a custom wad file you can invoke the command:

debian:~# prboom -file yourwadfilename

Enjoy the nice oldschool game 😉

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