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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Don't waste your money on expensive commercial games when you can play for free. Apcmag.com presents its selection of the most addictive, fun and refined Open Source games for January 2008.
#1 Secret Maryo Chronicles
Taking inspiration from a certain classic sidescroller of yesteryear, Secret Maryo Chronicles (SMC) is a captivating 2 dimensional platformer. Gorgeous graphics and interesting levels make for a refreshing take on Super Mario. Yes, physics feel a little different to Super Mario but one gets used to it fairly quickly. SMC comes with an in-game editor - hit F8 to insert a graphic, a sprite or change player starting position - and a large number of different levels and worlds. SMC is a highly polished game and is a blast to play especially for younger players.
There are some very cool powerups available to the player. The classic red mushroom makes Maryo bigger, a fireplant grants fireball shooting ability, blue mushroom lets Maryo shoot iceballs and ghost mushroom makes Maryo hidden to enemies. There are other powerups and secrets for you to discover.
#2 UFO: Alien Invasion