AisleRiot Solitaire

AisleRiot is one of the games that are pre-installed on a Ubuntu system. The name tells the game. It is solitaire.

This is not, what makes the game worth mentioning. I do not use the Menu too often while playing, therefore it took me sometime to recognize the menu entry »Game« → »Select Game«.

AisleRiot is not one game. It is 86 different games. As far as I was looking at the help files, all games were well documented. Therefore it is no problem to try all of them.

I have selected Freecell as the current game.

Gaming on Ubuntu

A common assumption is, gaming on linux is impossible. With many commercial games this is, unfortunately, still true. But this does not mean, that gaming on linux is impossible. I often play games to distract my mind a bit and think many others do so too. Therefore I start my article series “Gaming on Ubuntu”.

It will focus on free games, freeware games, which are not released under a free license, commercial games running on Ubuntu, ScummVM, Wine, …

Already planned articles are:

  • Pioneers
  • AisleRiot
  • Urban Terror
  • Battle for Wesnoth

I already started on some of them, for the others and some more there are enough thoughts in my mind.

If you know a game, running on Ubuntu or something related and want me to have a closer look, do not fear to contact me.


The programme PlayOnLinux accomplished, what I failed to do on my Ubuntu. Get Age of Empires III running with Wine. PlayOnLinux is using Scripts, describing how to install a game (or something else).

The installation of Age of Empires III was as following: An appropriate Wine version was dowloaded, installed and a fitting wineprefix created. Then all 3 CDs were copied to my computer and installed afterwards. Then (after asking) the latest patch was downloaded and installed automatically.

On a gaming PC this could be one of the most important programmes (next to Wine). But who want a clean system and to know exactly what is going on on his computer I would not reccomend it. Not only that the programme in the ppa is not signed, but it downloads different versions of Wine automatically. Where exactly they are installed is something I don’t know. A look at the source code could fix this, of course.

Packages for many Linux distributions are available here.

Humble Indie Bundle

Many blogs have already reported about the Humble Indie Bundle. So just a short notice: Download 6 games for Windows, Linux and Mac and pay as much as you want.

Wait: 6 games? The other blogs all said they are 5.

Amnita Design (The developers of the really nice game Machinarium) have contributed Samorost 2 as well. I have not yet played it, but I am sure, i will.

The whole thing is running for two more days. So pick your wallet and pay whatever you want for 6 games.