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Casual puzzle games are the unsung champions of the modern game scene. The blockbuster titles get all the attention, and yet it's the simple solitaires and brain-teasers that are in every PC's menu, on every mobile phone, and bookmarked in every web browser.
Clonk, a popular indie game, has been released under an open source license as OpenClonk. Free Gamer has information and links, as well as other news from the FOSS game scene as well as a few new projects.
Game Jolt (a relatively new Open Source/Freeware game project hosting site) has recently announced their plans for implementing ad revenue sharing for Open Source and Freeware game developers. Most profit sharing schemes have only been available to the Casual/Flash gaming community, until now.
Game Editor is the open source game design software that gives you the power to create the games of your dreams, and, unlike other game creation tools, gives you the chance to get and change the source code of the game creator and design and develop 2D games for personal computers as well as mobile devices.
Gregory Ray, lead organizer of LivingArcana.com announced today that he has hired the Brazilian programmer, Gutemberg Ribeiro, of “Conceptus” an open source game engine, to port his engine over to Apple’s iPhone platform. The port of the game engine will remain open source and will be available under LGPL license to allow true 3D game development on the iPhone.
Gaming shares many roots with open source, and many games coders would see themselves in a similar light to free software coders – as creative hackers exploring the cutting edge of computing. A game may not have any useful function other than the game itself, but computers are only as good as the last game you played.
Zaz is an multi-platform (Windows and Linux) arcade action puzzle game where the objective is to get rid of all incoming balls by rearranging their order. The games seems really addictive, so be aware! :-)