Linux games worth your bucks

 As discussions continue on how much having 1500 2000 3000 games for Linux on Steam is actually worth, users of, Steam users and me have gathered a list of professional Linux games well worth your bucks. (No early-access or DLCs, just released stand-alone games.)
Name Genre Why worth checking out Link
Age of Wonders III Turn-based strategy Reminding of Civilization, based in a fantasy world
Alien Isolation First-person horror First class horror in Alien film universe
Amnesia – The Dark Descent First-person horror Run and hide, as you cannot fight. Gave me literal goosebumps.
Amnesia – A Machine for Pigs First-person horror Sequel of Dark Descent
Among the Sleep First-person horror First-person horror – from a toddlers view…
Anna’s Quest Point and click Lovely comic adventure about a girl believing in the good and facing evil.
Anomaly 2 Real-time strategy Sequel to acclaimed Anomaly Warzone Earth
Another World Action adventure Survive in a inhospitable alien world.
Antichamber First-person puzzler Mind-boggling puzzler
Apotheon 2D action adventure Special greek vase optics, real 2D platformer gem of a game here.
Aquaria 2D action adventure Beatiful underwater action
Assault Android Cactus Twin stick shooter Intense arcade style twin stick shooter
Axiom Verge Metroidvania After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition RPG One of the biggest RPG classics enhanced Official website,, Steam
The Banner Saga RPG/Turn-based strategy Strategic RPG based on Viking mythology.
The Bard’s Tale RPG Bundle of the humorous classics Bard’s Tale 1-3
Bastion Action Very well executed isometric action game
BattleBlock Theatre Platformer Very funny co-op platformer
Battle Worlds: Kronos Turn-based strategy Battle Isle homage
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Rogue-like The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a randomly generated action RPG shooter with heavy Rogue­like elements. 97% positive Steam reviews.
Bioshock Infinite First-person shooter FPS with great story
BIT.TRIP Runner2 Rythm Platformer Rhythm platforming game.
The Blackwell Legacy Point and click Retro point and click with good mystery story
Blackwell Unbound Point and click Retro point and click with good mystery story
Blackwell Convergence Point and click Retro point and click with good mystery story
BlazeRush Arcade racer Fast, furious, addictive, isometric racer with crazy cars and hilarious weaponry
Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Point and click Funny, lots of references to pop culture
Borderlands 2 First-person shooter Fresh cell-shading look, funny.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel First-person shooter Fresh cell-shading look, funny.
Botanicula Point and click Charming and gorgeous, Steam, Developers website
Braid Puzzle platformer Highly acclaimed puzzle game, 95% positive Steam reviews.
Broken Age Point and click Previously named „Double Fine Adventure“, the mother of kickstarter hype.
Broken Sword Point and click The classic, first part
Broken Sword 2 Point and click The classic, second part. AFAIK the goat puzzle has been… improved.
Broken Sword 5 Point and click Worthy successor of the classics
Brütal Legend Third person action adventure Butcher through a heavy metal inspired world with your guitar-axe
The Cat Lady Point and click Touching story about a dying lady.
The Cave Puzzle platformer Witty Double Fine game
Cave Story+ Action adventure Platform action adventure in 16 bit style, 96% positive Steam reviews.
Cities: Skylines City builder Very deep, lots of detail, lots of mods – the true modern Sim City?
Civilization 5 Turn-based strategy The latest iteration of what is probably the classic of the genre.
Closure Puzzle platformer Walls are only there when you can see them – quite counterintuitive
Cogs Puzzle Looks simple, but gets quite challenging. Highly addictive.
Cosmochoria Arcade action Plant seeds so universe won’t die…
Counter Strike Source First-person shooter Genre reference
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive First-person shooter The latest version of the iconic shooter
Cross of the Dutchman Action adventure Based on the true story of the folk legend ‚Pier Gerlofs Donia‘.
Crusader Kings 2 Turn-based strategy Hardcore strategy game in medieval setting
Crypt of the NecroDancer Roguelike Rythm base roguelike with retro graphics, 98% positive Steam reviews.
DeadCore First-person shooter First-person platformer, speedrun type, puzzles. And it is kind of difficult. Worth every penny.
Deponia Point and click Funny comic adventure
Deponia – Chaos on Deponia Point and click Funny comic adventure
Deponia – Goodbye Deponia Point and click Funny comic adventure
Deponia – Doomsday Point and click Fourth part of the Deponia trilogy
Dominions 4 Turn-based strategy Purist’s mythological strategy game
Don’t Starve Isometric survival High class indie game
Dota 2 MOBA Famous MOBA by Valve. Don’t expect people to be nice to you, though.
Double Action: Boogaloo First-person shooter Free-to-play parkours FPS.
DreadOut Third person horror Equipped with a smartphone and an SLR camera, battle against terrifying encounters and solve mysterious puzzles.
Duke Nukem 3D First-person shooter The manliest FPS game, shoot first, hang out with girls later.
Dungeons 2 Strategy Build and defend your dungeons against all those heros – and finally go to overworld to turn it dark as well.
Dust: An Elysian Tail Action RPG Well executed 2D fantasy action RPG
Dustforce Platformer Clean up the world with style!
Dying Light Action adventure Get rid of another zombie infestation
Edge Puzzle platformer Clever simplistic retro platformer
Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes Point and click adventure Sequel to The Breakout, lovely dark humoured adventure
Eets Munchies Puzzle platformer Cute puzzler, might be interesting for children as well.
Else Heart.Break() Adventure Hack your way through to solve the puzzles on this adventure.
Empire Total War Strategy Grand strategy and real-time tactics, famous series
Epistory – Typing Chronicles Typing Game Wonderfull story, beautifully drawn and well told! Must have
Europa Universalis IV Strategy Hardcore strategy game in medieval setting
Euro Truck Simulator 2 Cargo driving simulator Relaxing, very highly rated on Steam (97%).
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Point and click Remake of a 2005 classic.
FEZ Puzzle platformer Critically acclaimed indie game. There’s more behind it than seen on first sight.
Fistful of Frags First-person shooter Free-to-play wester FPS
Football Manager 2016 Strategy game Latest yearly iteration of successful football manager series
Freedom Planet Action adventure 16 bit style, 96% positive Steam reviews
Frozen Synapse Turn-based strategy Actions of both sides are executed at the same time, but you can simulate beforehand.
FTL: Faster Than Light Turn-based strategy Critically acclaimed rogue-like science fiction indie game.
Gemini Rue Point and click Dystopian retro point and click.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved Twin stick shooter Multidimensional arcade shooter
Gone Home Walking simulator In year 1995, come back to your parent’s home, finding it deserted…
Gravity Ghost Puzzle Physics based puzlle game, 98% positive Steam reviews
Grid Autosport Racing Car racing simulation with great graphics
Grim Fandango Point and click Classic graphic adventure with a great story line in the world of the dead. Remastered.
Grow Home Platform adventure Beautiful climbing adventure
Guacamelee! Action platformer Well executed Metroidvania style game in Mexican environment
Gunpoint Stealth game Although short, a very funny stealth puzzle indie
Guns of Icarus Online First-person shooter Great steampunk team multiplayer action
Half-Life First-person shooter Absolute classic from 1998. Metacritic score of 96!
Half-Life 2 First-person shooter Absolute classic from 2004. Metacritic score of 96!
Halfway Turn-based strategy Science fiction strategy in top-down view
Heroine’s Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok RPG/Adventure Beautiful pixel art style game following the steps of the classics Quest for Glory.
Hotline Miami Top down shooter Play as a hitman, in this brutal and fast paced game. 97% positive Steam reviews
Hotline Miami 2 Top down shooter Successful successor
Human Resource Machine Puzzle Program your way through Tomorrow Corporation, well known from World of Goo.
The Journey Down Point and click Lovely dark rasta adventure
Journey of a Roach Point and click As a roach, you’re not restricted to walking on floors…
Kerbal Space Program Simulation Build a space programme
Kingdom Rush Tower defense 96% positive Steam reviews – shame the rest of the series is only on mobile
Left 4 Dead 2 First-person shooter Valve’s own declination of zombie apocalypse coop/pvp
Legend of Grimrock Dungeon Crawler old-school dungeon crawling
Lethal League Fighting game 98% positive Steam reviews!
Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered Typing/Puzzle Game Lets you hone your vocabulary. Nicely drawn
Life is Strange Adventure Episodic game with a wonderful story. First episode is free. 96% positive Steam reviews. Steam
Limbo Puzzle platformer Very intelligent puzzles in a fierce, dark world.
Little Inferno Puzzle Burn down stuff in the chimney and wonder where the hours have gone…
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Co-Op action Lovely game dedicated to co-op, might be especially great with your better half or kids. Preferably played with gamepad(s).
Luftrausers Arcade action Sepia-toned bullet-hell action
Machinarium Point and click Charming and clever puzzler about a robots search for his robot girlfriend, Steam, Developers website
Mad Max Action adventure Tripple A action adventure in the post-apocalyptic world of the movies
Mark of the Ninja Stealth platformer Challenging 2D stealth
Massive Chalice Turn-based strategy Fun strategic game from Double Fine.
McDroid Tower defence 3d-platformer Run around moving and upgrading towers with your cute little droid.
Message Quest Point and click Point-n-click adventure in stained-glass optics
Metro 2033 Redux First-person shooter Atmospheric shooter in and under post-apocalyptic Moscow
Metro: Last Light Redux First-person shooter Atmospheric shooter in and under post-apocalyptic Moscow
Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor Action adventure Triple A class action adventure in Tolkien universe
Minecraft Sandbox Fetch some blocks and build a world.
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine Action Fun co-op stealth heist.
Mount & Blade: Warband Action RPG Become king of the country – 96% positive reviews
Mystik Belle Action Retro graphics. Probably the most underrated hidden gem ever.
Neverending Nightmares Psychological horror Play as Thomas, who awakens from a terrible nightmare, only to find that he is still dreaming.
Oddworld: New ’n‘ Tasty Puzzle platformer Explore ancient ruins, dodge carnivorous beasts happy guards as Abe. Remake of the classic.
Oscura: Lost Light Puzzle platformer Oscura has accidentally destroyed the Aurora Stone, now it’s up to him to find the shards of the stone and restore light.
Outland Platformer Outland is a fast-paced, dynamic platformer where the player uses powers of light and dark in an epic journey to save the world from forces of chaos.
Outlast First-person horror Sheer horror!
Oxenfree Walking simulator Teenagers on a deserted island surely will have some spooky experience…
Pandora: First Contact Turn-based strategy Strategy game comparable to Alpha Centauri. Mixed reviews, though.
Papers, Please Simulation Try to survive as immigration officer of the dystopian country Arstotzka…
Paranautical Activity Rogue-like FPS Survive randomly generated rooms filled with monsters.
Payday 2 First-person shooter Go on a co-op heist with your friends.
Penumbra Overture First-person horror Survival horror game, emphasizing on survival and problem solving instead of mindless violence and gore.
Penumbra: Black Plague First-person horror Survival horror game, emphasizing on survival and problem solving instead of mindless violence and gore.
Penumbra: Requiem First-person horror Survival horror game, emphasizing on survival and problem solving instead of mindless violence and gore.
Pillars of Eternity Classical RPG Get back classical RPG feeling.
Planetary Annihilation: Titans Turn-based strategy You can throw a moon at an enemy’s planet…
Portal First-person puzzler Classic.
Portal 2 First-person puzzler Classic. Co-op.
Psychonauts 3D platformer Find your way through people’s psyche. 95% positive Steam reviews.
Race the Sun Action racer Fast plane racer
The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief Point and click Detective story reminding of Agatha Christie
Risk of Rain Platform action game Rogue-like co-op platformer, 95% positive Steam reviews
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball Arena shooter Competitive arena shooter
Rochard Puzzle platformer Flying around with your anti-gravity gun feels so smooth!
Rocket League Sports game High profile mulitplayer car soccer game, featuring co-op with Windows and Playstation as well as local splitscreen multiplayer – officially still in beta
Rogue Legacy Platformer, Roguelike Fail dozens of times, but get stronger with every try. Also, irritable bowel syndrome.
Sanctum 2 FPS / Tower defense Pick from four unique character classes and embark on a mission to protect the oxygen-producing Cores from hordes of deadly aliens who are threatened by their existence.
Screencheat Split-screen first-person shooter Split-screen competitive shooter except everyone is invisible (hence the name..)
Serious Sam 3: BFE First-person shooter Classic shooter with loads of enemies
Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut Classical RPG RPG in Shadowrun world
Shadowrun: Hong Kong Classical RPG RPG in Shadowrun world
Shadowrun Returns Classical RPG RPG in Shadowrun world
Shadow Warrior Classic Redux First-person shooter Corporations rule every facet of life in a near­future Japan and employ Shadow Warriors, one­man armies of unparalleled skill, to protect their power and forcefully remove all opposition.
Shadow Warrior First-person shooter Shoot your way through – or use the katana.
Shank Beat ‚em up Violent brawler with appealing comic look
Shank 2 Beat ‚em up With those closest to him under attack, Shank is once again forced on the offensive.
The Shivah Point and click Point and click about a rabbi facing crime. Pixel graphics, but good story.
Shovel Knight Jump ’n‘ Run Fight hordes of enemies with your trustworthy shovel. Very well executed, strongly reminding of 16 bit days, 96% positive Steam reviews.
Skullgirls Fighting game Skullgirls is a fast­paced 2­D fighting game that puts players in control of fierce warriors in an extraordinary Dark Deco world.
SOMA First-person horror Science fiction horror by the makers of Amnesia
SpaceChem Puzzle Program fictional synthesis machines to produce the desired molecules
Space Pirates and Zombies Real-time strategy S.P.A.Z. integrates top down shooter gameplay with role-playing video game and real-time strategy elements within a futuristic space setting.
Spec Ops: The Line First-person shooter One of the very few anti-war games.
Spirits of Xanadu First-person horror Alternate history scifi horror FPS set in 1983 on the space ship Xanadu.
The Stanley Parable Special interest Be prepared for something very special.
Star Conflict Space shooter Free-to-play. Very well done multiplayer space dogfight with great Oculus Rift support under linux.
Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic II RPG Classic from 2004, ported and improved in 2015
Strike Suit Zero Space combat simulator Tough old-school game
Super Meat Boy Platformer Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles.
Surgeon Simulator Simulation Operate on patients, in the most unusual ways.
The Swapper Puzzle platformer Intelligent puzzles in a dark science fiction setting.
Sword Coast Legends Classical RPG No, it’s not very D&D, but it’s still a good classical RPG!
Syder Arcade Shoot ‚em up Syder Arcade is a free scrolling, multi directional shoot ‚em up, an uncompromised old­school experience.
System Shock 2 First-person RPG First-person SciFi horror RPG from 1995. A classic, metacritic score of 92. The Steam version is is a WINE wrapper.
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Platformer Devour helpless people!
The Talos Principle First-person puzzler You need to play this if you like philosophy and Portal
Team Fortress 2 First-person multiplayer shooter Always one of the most played games on Steam
Terraria Sandbox survival The early access hit finally gone final.
Teslagrad Puzzle platformer Discover the secrets kept in the long abandoned Tesla Tower!
They Bleed Pixels Action platformer Hardcore platformer inspired by Lovecraft
This War of Mine Survival/Special interest Try to survive in war as civilist. Tough stuff.
Thomas Was Alone Puzzle platformer You will learn about the feelings of differently coloured rectangles.
Timberman Casual action Chop, chop!
TIS-100 Puzzle „It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for!“ – but with 97% positive reviews on Steam!
Toby: The Secret Mine Puzzle platformer A challenging puzzle platformer inspired by games like Limbo or Nihilumbra.
Toki Tori Puzzle platformer Cute puzzler
Tomb Raider (2013) Action adventure Reboot of the serious; Lara Crofts’s first adventure. 95% positive Steam reviews
Torchlight II Action RPG There are more treasures and better weapons waiting behind the corner for sure…!
Total War: Attila Real-time Strategy Latest of the famous Total War series
To the Moon Adventure Lovely game about living, loving and dying. Steam,
Train Fever Management simulation Run a transport company
Transistor Action RPG Somewhat special RPG by the makers of Bastion
Trine Puzzle platformer Three Heroes make their way through dangers untold in a fairytale world of great castles and strange machinery.
Trine 2 Puzzle platformer Beautiful puzzle game with three unique characters. Co-op.
Trine 3 Puzzle platformer Three Heroes make their way through dangers untold in a fairytale world of great castles and strange machinery. Partly 3D this time.
Tropico 5 Simulation Become a dictator on your own tropical island
Undertale RPG Humorous retro style RGP in which you don’t have to kill anyone, Steam, Humble Bundle
Unepic Action RPG Humorous retro action RPG.
Unity of Command Turn-based strategy Strategy in second world war
Victor Vran Action RPG Fun isometric action-RPG that works well with controller
Volgarr the Viking Platformer Hardcore old-school platformer
Vulture for NetHack Rogue-like Isometrical rogue-like, retro graphics
VVVVVV Platformer Hardcore minimalist platformer
War for the Overworld Rogue-like The true successor to Dungeon Keeper 2
War Thunder Action MMO Free-to-play World War 2 MMO
Wasteland 2 Classical RPG Great classical RPG in post-nuclear world.
The White Night Horror adventure The dark will reveal all! Explore the macabre past of an old mansion in the 1930’s and solve puzzles of light and shadows.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings RPG Beautiful RPG where choices matter
World of Goo Puzzle Cute puzzle game challenging dexterity as well
Worms Clan Wars Strategy Control cute, yet deadly worms, and wipe the opposing team of the map – preferably played locally with friends.
Worms Reloaded Strategy Control cute, yet deadly worms, and wipe the opposing team of the map – preferably played locally with friends.
X3: Reunion Space simulation „Trade, Fight, Build, Think“
X3: Terran Conflict Space simulation „Trade, Fight, Build, Think“
X3: Albion Prelude Space simulation „Trade, Fight, Build, Think“
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Turn-based strategy High class science fiction strategy game, worthy successor of the classic
XCOM 2 Turn-based strategy High class science fiction strategy game
Xenonauts Turn-based strategy Defend a Cold War-era Earth from alien invasion
You Have to Win the Game Platformer Difficult retro platformer – for free! Choose between CGA and EGA graphics…
Ziggurat First-person shooter Dungeon-Crawling First-person Shooting at its finest! Fast-paced combat! Dozens of perks, spells and enemies! Level ups! Random Dungeons! Traps! Badass bosses! Carrots!