“KDE will very shortly become the desktop you need and not the desktop we think you need,” was something stated by someone from the KDE team. Looking at 4.3, we think there’s a fair chance that version 4.4 actually gets there.
It has been scientifically proven that breaks at regular intervals increase productivity and there could be no better game (other than Desktop Towers Defense) other than Pingus to fit into that bracket. What more, Pingus is so addictive that it definitely manages to keep you rooted to your seat, scenario after scenario.
Secret Maryo Chronicles is an open source PC game designed around the original Super Mario World side scroller that takes what was great about that old console game and brings it to the PC, dusts it off and tries to improve on it. While still not completely polished or fully matured, it does offer you a lot of gaming fun. So let’s look at a little that it does offer you.
Lbreakout2 is a fun arcade game, where you use a paddle to reflect balls, aiming at bricks in the air. Like many other games of its type, Lbreakout features many power-ups and downs, brick types, and other great bonuses.
Frozen Bubble is a pop-cap style game that puts the user into a world of colored balls, ice and penguins. While that might sound a bit silly, that’s the whole point.
Glest is a 3D realtime strategy game (or RTS) set in a sort of pseudo medieval Europe. The game, as of version 2, features two factions, Tech and Magic. Each faction also has their own unit types, buildings and tech tree (ie more stuff to do later). As typical with RTS games there are resources to gather and mine.
While it is just another classic overhead-scrolling space shooter, it is a game with a twist. You can not let any of the alien ships past you; each one will cost you a life. Moreover, the ammunition is also limited. This is what makes the game very challenging, almost impossible.
The idea is simple. You have to keep building walls and outrun your opponent by not bumping into either your wall or your opponents. While the game has options of playing against the bot, the game truely shines when it is played against a number of human players (LAN or online).
Hedgewars is multiplatform, a free turn-based blast-em-up in the vein of Worms. It features a wide range of weapons, multiple maps, and excellent graphics and audio. Offers single player, multiplayer, and (in theory) multiplayer over the internet modes.
The newly released version KDE 4.2 stands out for offering a fantastic desktop experience.