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Armagetron Advanced

Armagetron Advanced is an open source game inspired by the movie Tron. For those who haven't seen Tron: in this game, two or more players use a vehicle called "light cycle" which leaves a coloured trail behind; making contact with the trail or the walls is fatal, so the goal is to "box" your opponents.

"Armagetron is a multiplayer game in 3D that attempts to emulate and expand on the lightcycle sequence from the movie Tron. It's an old school arcade game slung into the 21st century. Highlights include a customizable playing arena, HUD, unique graphics, and AI bots. For the more advanced player there are new game modes and a wide variety of physics settings to tweak as well".

The developers tried to make it look and feel exactly like the movie and for the most part they've succeeded, though the graphics need a bit of work.

At first, the game may seem too simple and I must admit, playing against AI becomes boring quite fast but it's very fun if you play it against your friends. And it's actually not that simple as there are many moves and techniques that you can learn, so it takes time and practice to master Armagetron Advanced.

Armagetron Advanced can be played against AI opponents, humans (LAN or Internet - many servers available) or a mixture of both and there are several game modes available: Deathmatch, Classic, Fortress, Sumo or Team Death Match - more about this on the Armagetron Advanced wiki page.

Here is a video (old, but still interesting) in which you can see Armagetron Advanced in action as well a few tips on how to play it:

Download Armagetron Advanced

Armagetron Advanced is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX and even though it was launched back in 2001, it's still under active development. 

The game is available in the Ubuntu / Debian official repositories so you can install it by clicking the button below:

Or using the following command in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install armagetronad

If you want to install a newer version, you can use the Armagetron Advanced PPA which provides the latest RC, alpha, beta and experimental packages for Ubuntu users:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:armagetronad-dev/ppa
sudo apt-get update
and then install one of the following packages: armagetronad (this will install the latest release candidate), armagetronad-alpha, armagetronad-beta or armagetronad-experimental.

Download Armagetron Advanced (for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX)

[image credits: armagetronad.net]