5 Open Source Music Games for GNU/Linux
Believe it or not, GNU/Linux is already an amazing game platform. You might find this statement entirely implausible or rather incredulous but I really mean it. I didn’t know this until last evening when I was desperately looking for an open source alternative for the popular game “Guitar Hero”. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much, in fact, I was preparing myself for a total flop, or yet another monotonous copycat of GH. Oh boy… how wrong was I. Not only did I found the sort of game I was looking for, but also, I stumbled upon some other cool open source music games that totally changed my perception about open source games. But don’t take my words for it, just go and search for a very specific genre of games. I assure you that eventually you will find some quality open source alternatives. I do believe some of these games can be competent competitors to their commercial counterparts if they get more attention from the community.
For this reason, I’ve decided to compile a list of music games that are available for GNU/Linux. Since I personally am a very recent convert to the marvels of open source gaming I don’t claim that these are all the music games that are available for the platform. However, I think they are a nice start for people new to the whole idea. Also, I found most of these games to be very modest in hardware requirement. As a matter of fact, I’ve played all of them on Hetty (my EeePC netbook) without a gliche.
1- Frets on Fire X
Frets on Fire is probably the most well-implemented open source alternative to guitar-hero alike games. You play the game by holding your keyboard like a guitar and pressing F1 through F5 keys for fretting and pressing RETURN for picking. Although I have to admit that I couldn’t hold my EeePC like that so the game was a bit difficult for me.
Personally I prefer Frets on Fire X (a famous fork of FoF) since it’s much more customizable and you can download copious amount of themes and songs from the community website to embellish the game.
2- UltraStar Deluxe
UltraStar DX is an open source karaoke game similar to Singstar game. The game is simple. You hold a microphone and sing along the game to score. I’m still experimenting with this game.
StepMania is a venerable open source alternative to commercial rhythm game Dance Dance Revolution. The game is very easy to play with a keybaord but if you want to have the ultimate playing experience, you’d better have a dance pad.
In many ways, PyDance resembles StepMania with less-stellar graphics and customization options. Still a fun little game to have on the list.
Despite my sincere efforts to run this game on Debian, I’m still stuck with getting it to work on my machine. You might have a better luck.
The following two music games are neither open source nor free of charge. But since they are indie games and you can play them on GNU/Linux I thought they’d be nice to be on our list. They are actually very ace games:
A simple and unique puzzle music game developed in Flash (so it’s for all platforms). You can play a demo on their website.
You might be surprised that I included Osmos here since it’s mostly a physics game. However, I think it has a potent musical element that makes it also a kinda music game. I played this game nearly a year ago (I think) when I was still a Legacy OS user. Now I’m glad that there is a GNU/Linux port for this astonishing game.
That’s it for now! Happy GNU/Linux playing and feel free to drop a comment if you know any other music games.