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Let’s Play SuperTuxKart on Linux!

We’ve already covered a good number of different Linux tasks – theming, installing, fixing etc. It’s obvious that all those tasks were fun, but things are never that fun without a game, right? Linux is not a relatively good platform for gaming and anyone will admit it. That can never be an excuse now as we’re about to play one of the funniest games on Linux – SuperTuxKart!

This is a nice, small and fun game that’s available on almost all the major Linux distros. This game is open-source and anyone can build it from source for enjoying in the system as well. It’s almost similar to Mario Kart. Let’s install and play the game!

Installing SuperTuxKart

  • Ubuntu

It’s obviously one of the most popular Linux distros of all time. If you’re using Ubuntu, Ubuntu flavors or any other Ubuntu derivatives, then fire up the terminal and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

sudo apt install supertuxkart
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Alternatively, the game is also available on Ubuntu Software Center.

  • Debian

Debian users, run the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install supertuxkart
  • Fedora
sudo dnf install supertuxkart -y
  • OpenSUSE
# Leap 15
sudo zypper addrepo http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/repositories/games/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/ opensuse-games
sudo zypper in supertuxkart

# Leap 42.3
sudo zypper addrepo http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/repositories/games/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/ opensuse-games
sudo zypper in supertuxkart

# Tumbleweed
sudo zypper addrepo http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/opensuse/repositories/games/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ opensuse-games
sudo zypper in supertuxkart
  • Arch Linux
sudo pacman -Syy
sudo pacman -S supertuxkart
  • Universal method

If your Linux distro wasn’t listed above, you can follow these steps to install the game on your system.

Download the TAR.XZ package for Linux from SuperTuxKart. Note that the file is a super large one, nearly half a gigabyte. Be patient.

Now, run the following commands:

# Move the compressed file to home directory
cd ~/Downloads
mv supertuxkart-0.9.3-linux.tar.xz

# Extract the archive
tar -xvJf supertuxkart-0.9.3-linux.tar.xz

# Move the launcher shortcut to desktop
cp ~/supertuxkart-0.9.3-linux/data/supertuxkart.desktop ~/Desktop

# Edit the shortcut
nano ~/Desktop/supertuxkart.desktop

# Change the line "Exec", press "Ctrl + O" to save the file and "Ctrl + X" to exit the editor
Exec=sh /home/<username>/supertuxkart-0.9.3-linux/run_game.sh

Voila! The game is installed!

Playing the game

Launch the game from the desktop shortcut.

The game is pretty simple. You can easily create an online account for backing up your progress.

As you’ve noticed, there are different game modes available – story mode, single player and multiplayer. The game is also expandable with a number of add-ons.

Don’t forget to check out other Linux games like Dota 2 and Zero-K!

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