March 23, 2001, 2:55 PM —
Got some time off to celebrate the holiday of your choice? Well, you really shouldn't spend any more of it in front of a flickering monitor, but hey, you've been working hard: It's time for some fun! Download one of these 10 games -- carefully selected by Lee Anderson, LinuxWorld.com's resident game guru -- and have a blast sliding down snowy slopes, zapping the bad guys, racing the NASCAR circuit, or building a city or a whole civilization. Many of the games star our favorite flightless waterfow, Tux. Be warned, though; not all of these titles are suitable for the little ones.
Able to reach speeds in excess of 160 kilometers per hour, Tux the Linux mascot takes center stage in this open source downhill-skiing simulation. From its humble beginnings as a cute college project, Tux Racer has become a commercial-quality title with its use of excellent 3D graphics, weather effects, and fast-paced play. The latest version also features a cup mode -- in which you collect herring and set lap times to advance to the next track -- and a number of sleek menus that'll have you tearing up the slopes in no time.
Tux Racer is available for free at http://www.tuxracer.com and is suitable for all ages.
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