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  1. XTrojka (1994)

    A game of XTrojka

    Trojka is a falling block puzzle game, somewhat similar to Columns, but using its own matching rules. The game is played in a rather narrow well, of only 5 blocks wide. Blocks fall individually, and need to be matched in groups of three or more horizontally or diagonally, but not …

  2. XEvil (1994)

    XEvil match, modern version

    XEvil is a bit of a departure from the games posted so far, in that it is the first game designed primarily for multiplayer play, and deathmatch at that. There is, of course, a single-player versus CPU option as well, and a number of different game modes. The controls can …

  3. XBill (1994)

    XBill game in progress

    XBill is probably the least-likely of these games to be forgotten, but I would be remiss if I covered old Linux games without mentioning it. XBill has you protecting a series of computers against an army of 'Bill' clones who seek to install a virus disguised as an operating system …

  4. Oonsoo (1994)

    Oonsoo game in progress

    Oonsoo is is a solitaire/patience game involving Hanafuda cards. The objective is to sort each of the twelve suits in order, such that each foundation has a single suit/season. As you play, you can deal an additional row of cards until all cards are eventually in play. In …

  5. XMine (1993)

    A game of XMine

    Another game, another clone. This time it's Minesweeper. Overall, this is very faithful clone of the Windows version, down to the smiley face and the user-friendly feature that the first click is always safe. The same difficulty presets are present, and similar capabilities for a custom game.

    This game was …

  6. XVier (1992)

    A game of XVier

    XVier is a single-player implementation of Connect Four against the computer. You can test your planning skills against the computer in order to end up with four pieces lined up in a row. For anyone actually capable of defeating the default computer, command-line arguments exist to increase the difficulty until …

  7. Chomp (1990)

    Chasing after white ghosts after eating a power pellet

    Yup, it's a Pac-Man clone. Pretty good one too, despite being black and white. Game speed is good (though can be tweaked via compile options), ghosts are suitably evil, and fruit appears exactly how you expect it. No tunnels though.

    Chomp was written by Jerry J. Shekhel in 1990 for …

  8. XLander (1992)

    Approaching the landing pad in XLander

    XLander is a 3D wire-frame lunar lander clone. The game keeps looping after each successful (or partially successful) landing so you can earn a high score based on your landing combo. As soon as you crash, the game immediately exits and reports your final score to the terminal.

    XLander was …

  9. Jewel Box (1990)

    Jewel Box session in progress

    Jewel Box is a fairly faithful clone of Columns. Not a whole lot more to say about it; if you've played once of the Sega releases, or other clones, you should know what to expect. If you've been looking for something like that for Unix/Linux: congrats, you found it …

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