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Free Educational Games for Linux

written by: nancydehra•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 10/30/2009

Tux – The Penguin has entered schools as well! In the past, Linux was meant for advanced users. Times have changed and it has become user friendly. The platform is gaining support from governments and educational institutions together since they see benefits in using it.

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    Linux is being used in educational institutions and is growing in popularity.

    One of the benefits of the system is the host of games that are available for users of all ages. Importantly, these games are free and can be tweaked by developers using source code to improve them more. Moreover, the games combine educational utility while blending fun. This is an excellent combination since children can capitalize on education plus fun. For adults, it is nice to see their children learning while playing. After all, as the old proverb goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!”

    So, what are the different types of educational games available for children based on the Linux platform? Here is a small list of what is an ocean out there. All these games are education, free for use, downloadable and easily located on internet.

    GCompris is an educational suite with numerous activities / games for children between ages 2 – 10 years. It teaches usage of mouse and keyboard, alphanumeric sets, words, basic algebra, geography and much more.

    (In each case below, click on the link to download the game.)

    http://gcompris.net/-en-

    GCompris is available in Debian repositories.

    Childsplay is a suite of educational games for young children. Childsplay offers tasks and games designed for the youngest students like memory, letters, numbers, pictures and sounds, catching letters in correct order, multiplication tables, puzzles and etcetera.

    http://childsplay.sourceforge.net/index.php

    Childsplay is available in Debian and Red Hat repositories.

    TuxMath is an open source video game that helps in learning mathematics. The child plays Commander Tux as he defends his group from an attack on math equations. Features focus on multi-user support, on-screen tutorials, score tables, multi-player mode, additions, subtractions, multiplication and divisions.

    http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxmath.php

    TuxMath is available in Debian repositories.

    TuxTyping is an educational typing tutorial game starring Tux, the Linux Penguin. The game is intended for children learning to type, though it does have higher difficulty levels which even experienced typists may find challenging.

    http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxtyping.php

    TuxType is available in Debian repositories.

    Omnitux is a set of educational activities based on multimedia elements (images, sounds, and text).

    http://omnitux.sourceforge.net/index.en.php

    Dr. Geo is interactive geometry software focusing on Points, Lines, Geometric transformations, Numeric function and Macro-construction.

    Click on the link to download the game:

    http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20090517120039128/DrGeo.html

    Dr. Geois is available in Debian and Red Hat repositories.

    Canta is a platform-independent karaoke (singstar-like) game. You have to sing to songs and the game shows you if you are hit the notes and at the end you see your skill level.

    http://www.canta-game.org/

    Piano Booster is a MIDI file player that displays the musical notes and teaches in a fun way how to play the piano.

    http://pianobooster.sourceforge.net/

    All the above games are Linux based, educational, free, downloadable and easily located on internet. However, this is only a sample and there are tons more.