Pingus in action
Pingus is a free, open-source computer game inspired by Lemmings and created by Ingo Ruhnke. It features penguins instead of lemmings. It has been reviewed favorably by CNN.com, about.com, Unix Review, and other publications.
Work on the game began in 1998. This game was the first Game of the Month by The Linux Game Tome, which has revamped such games as SuperTux, Super TuxKart, and Lincity. The first post-GotM version 0.6 was released in 2003 for Linux featuring new levels and a level editor. On February 11, 2006 the game began being ported from ClanLib to SDL. On August 27, 2007 version 0.7.0 (the first version to use SDL) was released. In addition to Windows and Linux, the switch to SDL enabled Pingus to be easily built on other platforms, including Apple's OS X. There was no level editor in the 0.7.0 release. On September 23, 2007 version 0.7.1 was released with a new level editor. On October 31, 2007, version 0.7.2 was released with a set of Halloween-themed levels. There is a Windows 0.7.6 and an Intel OS X binary of 0.7.2 available from the Pingus website. There is a PPC OS X binary of version 0.7.0, while version 0.7.3 contains minor bug fixes that allow the game to work better with the GNU Compiler Collection. The latest version, 0.7.6, adds additional Christmas and Halloween-themed level sets.
Pingus has 55 levels, grouped into 5 level sets, as well as 21 winter-themed tutorial levels. Pingus 0.7.2 introduced 'levelsets', which are lists of related levels; levels in levelsets usually must be completed in order. However, there are many more levels included with the game not accessible from its GUI, some with entirely different graphics. To play a certain level the location of the filename has to be given as commandline parameter. Example:
A Linux shell script that allows to choose from all installed levels can be found.
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