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3rd September 2006, 10:43 PM
Does anyone know about any good kids games that run on linux. Anything would be fine, but especially commerical games with characters they will be able to recognize(I don't mind paying for games/software for my kids). You know Dora, Barney, and that sort of stuff.

4th September 2006, 03:17 AM
How about Tux? That way you can use some that can be included with Fedora. ppracer is good ol' Tux Racer. supertux is very much like Mario. tuxpaint drawing program.

4th September 2006, 03:57 AM
You could always check out some educational games as well... http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=games-kids

4th September 2006, 07:51 AM
You can try Gcompris. It is an educational suite with lots of games. My children (7 and 4) love it, although the only recognisable character is Tux.

They update it quite often and add new games.

You can use yum to install, it. If they don't like you can "yum remove".

4th September 2006, 07:37 PM
Download and install the packages concerning to both KDE and GNOME games, they're pretty much "kids-safe" games, there's also the "edutainment" packages which contain some games from wich the kids can learn.

Fireup pirut (Add/Remove software) and check kedu and the packages under the browser Educational category, you may want to check the ones available from the games category.

12th September 2006, 12:06 AM
There is a set of games in the repos called childs play. There are about 8 games bundled up that do spelling, numbers, reading...k-about 4 I'd say. the edutainment games are good too. If your kids have their own account on your computer (or their own computer) you can always enable firefox but disable the browser window and lock things down (at least if the kids are under 8 or so, they start getting smarter about then...) and set firefox to open on their own homepage that contains links to approved sites. Of course those sites might also have links but they should be safe and with a little supervision the web can be a cool place. Check out my kids home page at:
for some great links to some good kids online game sites and also some Christian sites (if your into that kinda thing...)

13th September 2006, 05:08 PM
You didn't mention the age we're shooting for, so my suggestions are based on 3-5 year olds.

My little one loves the Reader Rabbit(kindergarten) (http://www.edmunds-enterprises.com/linux/modules/products/product_detail.php/mode/VideoGames/ASIN/B000068NNO)(First grade edition (http://www.edmunds-enterprises.com/linux/modules/products/product_detail.php/mode/Software/ASIN/B000068NNP)) games. Unfortunately, it's no longer available from the manufacturer, so you have to find a used one on eBay or through a store that still has it in stock. It's not Mickey, but my girl had at least heard of Reader Rabbit :D

GCompris (http://gcompris.net/-en-) looked absolutely awesome, but I was never able to install it. I was still fairly new to linux, and all of the dependencies had me stymied.

Circus Linux (http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/circus-linux/) is a redo of an old Atari game.

I installed ChildsPlay (http://childsplay.sourceforge.net/index.html) a couple operating system's ago, and my (then)4 year old liked it. There's another that was even better, but I can't seem to find it now.

I also got some games from LinuxForKids (http://www.linuxforkids.org/). Although it's not updated any more, there's some stuff there that's pretty good.

Wanna go large scale? Debian jr. (http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-jr/) is a linux distro for 2-8 year olds.

The sad fact is that even though you're willing to pay for the software, you're going to be hard pressed to find something that your child recognizes. The demand for a linux children's game is not large enough for the big boys to dedicate any time to.

I would suggest that you try installing some of the win games through Wine. Although my personal experience with Wine has a 100% failure rate, others seem to do with just fine with it.

There's tons out there, if you're willing to sacrifice recognition. That's not a bad thing. The quicker you teach your children that they don't have to like the same things that their friends do, the quicker they begin to appreciate their individuality.

That being said, my 5 year old wants nothing to do with anything she doesn't see on Noggin/Cartoon Network/Nickelodeon :)

just visit Google for linux (http://www.google.com/linux) and type in "educational games" or "children's games", and you'll have pages of stuff to sort through.


13th September 2006, 05:09 PM
Personally, I've always been a little suspicious of that mono-toothed purple reptile and his undulating green sidekick! Stick with Tux! :p

EDIT: Seriously, I think schwim has a point.


13th September 2006, 06:07 PM
Yep, the online games are the way to go. I havent had any luck with wine either but my kids prefer the online games to the windows games on xp anyway. Heck, my 5 year old spends most of his time in Tux Paint and he amazes me with the things he can do. He has had his own computer since 3 though so he is great with the mouse now and he can navigate most any software. Proof that you really cant start them too early.