Command line games

Does anyone know if there are games for Ubuntu server (like tetris, etc…)?

I know that servers aren’t meant for playing games, but sometimes it would be nice to have a little fun . . . not only work on them 🙂

Asked By: Wolfy


Sure! You should try Nethack.

Just install the package nethack-console ( sudo apt-get install nethack-console ) and enjoy.

From wikipedia:

NetHack is a single-player roguelike
video game originally released in
1987. It is a descendant of an earlier game called Hack (1985), which is a
descendant of Rogue (1980).[2] Salon
describes it as “one of the finest
gaming experiences the computing world
has to offer.”

Answered By: OpenNingia

You can install the package bsdgames to get a collection of games, then there is the excellent NetHack and the fast paced, all action, all the time, gravity defying, “moonbuggy”.

here is a list of games provided by the bsdgames package to get you going:

  • adventure
  • arithmetic
  • atc
  • backgammon
  • battlestar
  • bcd
  • boggle
  • caesar
  • canfield
  • cfscores
  • countmail
  • cribbage
  • dab
  • go-fish
  • gomoku
  • hack
  • hangman
  • hunt
  • mille
  • monop
  • morse
  • number
  • phantasia
  • pig
  • pom
  • ppt
  • primes
  • quiz
  • rain
  • random
  • robots
  • rot13
  • sail
  • snake
  • snscore
  • teachgammon
  • tetris-bsd
  • trek
  • wargames
  • worm
  • worms
  • wtf
  • wump
Answered By: Gord

I “played” with vimtutor. I know it is not the exact answer to your question but I treated as a get to next level game, and won in productivity…

Answered By: Dimitrios Mistriotis

Overkill is a death-match game full of blood which runs within the terminal. This game can only be run over a network against multiple players.

to install the game: sudo apt-get install overkill

to run the game: xoverkill

Dungeon Crawl
here. It is a roguelike adventure through dungeons filled with dangerous monsters in a quest to find the mystifyingly fabulous Orb of Zot.

Answered By: karthick87

Another addition: vitetris is a multiplayer, network-enabled tetris clone. It even has joystick support, if you so desire.

Answered By: Windigo

Install Emacs, there is a terminal only package available for servers too. Call emacs into a terminal. Inside it, hit Alt+x and write tetris. To quit tetris, hit Ctrl+x then k then Enter.
Have fun!

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For a list of all games available for emacs, visit here.

Answered By: crncosta

Here is an oldie but a goodie – space invaders! (sudo apt-get install ninvaders)

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Answered By: fossfreedom

What about a MMORPG on Command line?

Other intelligent people playing with you and chatting in a nice community?

Just run:

telnet 4000
Answered By: Migarol

Or play the popular 2048 game from the command line.

To install:

gcc -o 2048 2048.c

To play the game:



Answered By: mevdschee

There is typespeed on ubuntu where you has to type random unix commands. This way you will learn unix commands.
Below is screenshot of how it lookstypespeed screenshot

you can install it using
sudo apt-get install typespeed

Answered By: igauravsehrawat
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