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10 Best Linux Terminal Console Games

Best Linux Terminal Console Games
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Almost none of the games I’ve covered on FossMint are command line games and that’s not because there aren’t any that users can enjoy; the demand for GUI games is higher and that makes that for Command line games almost in-existent Or am I wrong?

Command line games are fast, typically bug-free, and can be a lot of fun to play; especially when cruising through some of the most awesome retro games in history. Today, we bring you a list of the best Linux games you can play in your terminal ordered alphabetically.

1. 2048-cli

2048-cli is a simple terminal game version of the puzzle smartphone game on iOS, Windows phone, and Android with the same name.

2048-cli Game

2048-cli Game

Your mission is to merge numbers into larger ones by combining tiles with the same number using your keyboard. The game ends when you run out of empty cells.

$ sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libsdl2-dev libsdl2-ttf-dev
$ sudo apt-get install 2048-cli

2. Air Traffic Control

In Air Traffic Control, your job is to direct planes to the respective destinations listed on the right. You can’t pause the game and you lose when the plane reaches the wrong destination, runs out of fuel, or gets too close to another plane.

Air Traffic Control Game

Air Traffic Control Game

$ sudo apt-get install bsdgames

Launch the game:

$ atc

3. Backgammon

Backgammon belongs to the tables family of games and holds the record for one of the oldest board games as its record goes as far back as 5000 years.

Backgammon Game

Backgammon Game

$ sudo apt-get install bsdgames

Run the game:

$ backgammon

Press y to accept the rules of the game when the prompt comes up.

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4. Bastet

Bastet (short for Bastard Tetris) is a simple ncurses-based Tetris clone for Linux where you combine random blocks that the computer sends you. What’s unique about Bastet? The computer sends you the worst possible brick every time. Play the game and see for how long you keep up.

$ sudo apt install bastet

Run the game:

$ bastet
Bastet Tetris Clone Game

Bastet Tetris Clone Game

5. Greed

In Greed, your mission is to erase as much of the screen as possible by moving around in a grid using your keyboard. How are you clearing the screen, you ask? By eating the whole field!

Greed Game for Linux

Greed Game for Linux

Your location is denoted by the blinking '@' symbol and you can move in any 4 directions. Keep in mind that you cannot revisit the areas you have grazed and the game ends when you run out of moves.

$ sudo apt-get install greed

6. Moon Buggy

In Moon Buggy, you take on the character of a driver forever moving forward on the moon and you have to jump over craters of different sizes.

Moon Buggy cli Game

Moon Buggy cli Game

$ sudo apt-get install moon-buggy

Run the game with

moon buggy

7. My man

MyMan is a Pac-Man-inspired arcade game for the terminal. Your aim is to eat up all the crumbs in the maze without getting eaten. Think sharp.

Myman Pac-Man Game

Myman Pac-Man Game

Download MyMan Terminal Game

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8. nInvaders

Did you enjoy playing the arcade game, Space Invaders? If your answer is yes then you will enjoy this one. nInvaders is the text version of Space Invaders wherein you protect the earth by shooting the aliens before they reach the end of the screen because when they do it means that the earth has been invaded and the game ends.

nInvaders CLI Game

nInvaders CLI Game

$ sudo apt-get install ninvaders

Run the game:

ninvaders

9. Nudoku

Nudoku is Sudoku for your terminal and if you are familiar with Sudoku then this one needs no introduction. Like any command line game, your controls are your keyboard buttons.

Nudoku CLI Game

Nudoku CLI Game

$ sudo apt-get install nudoku

10. Tron

Tron is a command line-based multiplayer action game characterized by neon moving arrows that leave a trail. Your color is indicated in the top right corner and the game is a lot more interesting if you watched the movie, Tron.

Tron CLI Game

Tron CLI Game

ssh sshtron.zachlatta.com

That wraps up my list of terminal games for you. I imagine you must have played at least one of them and I look forward to hearing your own suggestions of best game titles for potential players.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.