SuperTuxKart

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SuperTuxKart
Logo de SuperTuxKart.png
Developer(s) Joerg Henrichs, Marianne Gagnon
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 Mario Kart-like arcade racing 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 version of the game is version 0.8.1 and was released on November 26, 2013.

Gameplay[edit]

SuperTuxKart Scene (v0.8.1)

SuperTuxKart's gameplay is similar to Mario Kart but has become more distinctive over time. The characters are open source mascots, and the Mozilla Thunderbird is the race referee. The game is playable both single player and multiplayer, but networking is not supported.[2] SuperTuxKart has several modes:

  • Challenges: win races or manage a track under a certain time to master; unlock karts and tracks
  • Single player: Normal Race, Time Trial, Follow the leader, Easter Egg hunt
  • Multi Player: Normal Race, Time Trial, Follow the leader, Three-Strikes-Battle, Soccer mode

History[edit]

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, SuperTuxKart, remained unplayable and unmaintained until 2006 when Joerg Henrichs ("Hiker") resurrected the project. With the help of "Coz", the game was released in a playable state.[2] In 2008, Marianne Gagnon ("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, the game participated in Google Summer of Code as a mentoring organization.[4] The developers want to participate in 2014 again. The migration to GitHub was officially announced on 17 January 2014.[5]

Characters[edit]

The characters are open source mascots, except for Nolok, who does not represent a particular open source project, but was created by the SuperTux game as an 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
ElePHPant PHP
Gnu GNU
Konqi K Desktop Environment
Nolok Nolok from SuperTux
Puffy OpenBSD
Xue Xfce
Sara OpenGameArt.org
Mozilla (formerly) Mozilla

Reception[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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, stkblog.net. 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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