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Linux Game Review: Planet Penguin Racer

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Of all the great Linux games out there, many will fondly remember Tux Racer, the enigmatic racing game for Linux that featured everyone's favorite mascot, Tux, in a cold and chilly mountain racing game that kept you on the edge of your seat.

It was originally released in 1999 under the GPL and did very good for a while before its creators eventually took the project public and closed the source in an attempt to sell it on the open market. In doing so the project died, but was briefly reborn as Open Racer when fans of the original game took the last released GPL'ed source code package and tried to pick up the project again. But in the end that fizzled and once again left the game in limbo. Then after a while it was picked up again as Planet Penguin Racer by another group who worked with it for a while, then let the project go dormant. The project was resurrected again in 2005 and appears to be steadily growing.

While Planet Penguin Racer is considered an "Alpha" version, (version 0.5 alpha) it plays like a well designed and thought out game and despite its somewhat dated graphics, it's so much fun that you'll get lost playing it for hours on end.

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