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SuperTux 0.3.0 title screen
Developer(s) SuperTux Development Team
Initial release 0.1.1 April 2, 2003; 14 years ago (2003-04-02)
Stable release
0.5.1 / November 5, 2016; 7 months ago (2016-11-05)
Platform Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, BeOS, PSP, Nintendo Wii (homebrew, ported), Nintendo Wii U (homebrew, running in vWii mode, ported), Wiz, Pandora, BlackBerry, TI-Nspire, Android (via SDL)
Type Single-player Platformer
License GPLv3
SuperTux 0.4.0 screenshot.
SuperTux World Map

SuperTux is a free and open-source two-dimensional platform game published under the GNU General Public License.[1] The game was inspired by the Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. series. Instead of Mario, the hero in this game is Tux, the mascot of the Linux kernel.


The game was originally created by Bill Kendrick and is maintained by the SuperTux Development Team. It is written mostly in the C++ programming language.[2] Many of the in-game graphics were created by Ingo Ruhnke, author of Pingus.

The game was developed under usage of Simple DirectMedia Layer as cross-platform middlelayer targeting OpenGL und OpenAL. Game engine and physics engine are own developed. The game's metadata are S-Expressions of the programming language Lisp, scripts are written in Squirrel.

The development occurs in a series of stable milestones, each one improving steadily upon the last. First Milestone 1 (version 0.1.1-0.1.3) was released in 2003. Version 0.4.0 was released on December 20, 2015, which features significant improvements on gameplay, all new graphics, switch to SDL2 and new features. Milestone 2 (version 0.5.0) has been officially released as stable in 2016.

Reception and impact[edit]

In 2007 Punto Informatico described the atmosphere of the game as pleasant and praised the free availability of the game.[3]

In 2008, SuperTux was used as a game for children by school district #73 in British Columbia, which had decided to transition to free and open-source software.[4]

The game was ported to many platforms for instance the GP2X, Pocket PC, PSP[5] and Palm WebOS.[6] The game was also scheduled to be included in the release of the EVO Smart Console as of April 2009.[7]

Supertux became a quite popular freeware game which was distributed by numerous freeware outlets for download or was included in freeware collection and cover disks. For instance, in May 2017 download portal Softpedia lists for the Linux version alone over 80,000 downloads,[8] Softonic over 750,000 downloads for the Windows version.[9][10] Between 2002 and May 2017 Supertux aggregated also over 850,000 downloads via[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SuperTux license". 
  2. ^ "SuperTux/supertux: SuperTux source code". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  3. ^ "SuperTux" (in Italian). Punto Informatico. July 26, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Hendrey, Andrew (April 7, 2008). "Canadian school district serves up lessons on the power of Linux". IT Business. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Johansen, Jomar. "SuperTux PSP Edition". Retrieved 17 September 2006. 
  6. ^ Palm Infocenter. "New webOS SDL Ports: SuperTux, TetriCrisis, ScummVM". Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Linux-Spielkonsole Evo Smart Console kommt auf den Markt" [Linux game console Evo Smart Console will be released] (in German). Die Presse. April 6, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ SuperTux Linux on Softpedia "80k" (May 2017)
  9. ^ supertux (Spanish) on softonic (May 2017)
  10. ^ supertux (English) on softonic (May 2017)
  11. ^ stats 2000-05-16+to+2017-05-22 on (May 2017)

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