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Developer(s) Joerg Henrichs, Marianne Gagnon
Designer(s) Jean-Manuel Clemençon
Engine Irrlicht
Platform(s) Windows, Mac OS, Linux, AmigaOS 4, AROS, MorphOS, Cross-platform
Release date(s) 2004
Genre(s) Racing video game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution Download

SuperTuxKart, also known as STK, is a free and open-source kart racing video game featuring the Linux mascot Tux. SuperTuxKart is cross-platform, running on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, AmigaOS 4, AROS, MorphOS and other Unix systems.[1] The latest stable version of the game is version 0.8.1 and was released on November 26, 2013. On March 31, 2015, the development team released SuperTuxKart 0.9, which featured an all new graphics engine.


SuperTuxKart scene (0.8.1).

SuperTuxKart's gameplay is similar to Mario Kart but has become more distinctive over time. The characters are open source mascots, with Mozilla Thunderbird being the race referee. The game is playable both single player and local multiplayer. Online and networked multiplayer is scheduled to be added in release 0.9.2 .[2] SuperTuxKart has several race modes:

  • Story Mode/Challenges: Win races or manage a track under a certain time to master; unlocks karts and tracks
  • Single player: Normal Race, Time Trial, Follow the leader, Easter Egg hunt
  • Multiplayer: Normal Race, Time Trial, Follow the leader, Three-Strikes-Battle, Soccer mode


SuperTuxKart is based on TuxKart. In 2004, TuxKart was selected by The Linux Game Tome to be their "Game of the Month" project. The project collapsed due to disagreements, and the project was forked. The result, dubbed SuperTuxKart, remained unplayable and unmaintained until 2006 when Joerg Henrichs (aka. "Hiker") resurrected the project. With the help of "Coz", the game was released in a playable state.[2] In 2008, Marianne Gagnon (aka. "Auria") joined the project and eventually replaced "Coz" as one of the project leaders after his retirement.[3] In 2010, SuperTuxKart switched away from using SDL and PLIB libraries for graphics and started using the Irrlicht Engine. This change was finalized in version 0.7.[2] In 2013 and 2014, the game participated in Google Summer of Code as a mentoring organization.[4] The migration to GitHub was officially announced on 17 January 2014.[5]


The characters are the mascots of free and open source projects, except for Nolok, who does not represent a particular open source project, but was created by the SuperTux Game Team as the enemy of Tux.

Character Project
Referee, Thunderbird Mozilla Thunderbird
Tux Linux
Adiumy Adium
Beastie BSD
Emule eMule
Hexley Darwin
Pidgin Pidgin
Suzanne Blender
Wilber GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
Beagle Beagle Desktop Search
Konqi K Desktop Environment
Nolok Nolok from SuperTux
Puffy OpenBSD
Xue Xfce
Mozilla (formerly) Mozilla
Amanda Window Maker
Gavroche Media Goblin


Full Circle Magazine named SuperTuxKart as one of the top five racing games available for Linux, describing it as the game to try if you're "tired of realistic driving".[6] Linux Journal also praised the game, saying that "the courses in SuperTuxKart are fun, colorful and imaginative" and that "If you've played the original, you'll be impressed by the new, hugely improved, SuperTuxKart."[7] Although it did not make it into the APC Mag top five free games, it received an honorable mention.[8] In 2009, TechRadar cited it as one of the best games to put on a Linux netbook.[9]

See also[edit]

  • Tux Racer, another racing game that features Tux


  1. ^ "SuperTuxKart Downloads". SuperTuxKart. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "FAQ – SuperTuxKart". SuperTuxKart. SourceForge. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Goodwin, Charles (April 6, 2007). "Open Source Games: Interview: Ingo Ruhnke aka Grumbel". Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ SuperTuxKart participating in GSoC 2013, Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ Henrichs, Joerg (January 17, 2014): Migrating to GitHub.
  6. ^ Min, Andrew (October 2007). "Top Five Racing Games". Full Circle Magazine (6). Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Gagné, Marcel (November 1, 2007). "Cooking with Linux – Because Nothing Says High Performance Like a Good Race". Linux Journal. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Sbarski, Peter (January 21, 2008). "Top 5 best (free) open source games". APC. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Oxford, Adam (February 12, 2009). "12 of the best games for your Linux netbook". TechRadar. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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