|Developer(s)||Joerg Henrichs, Marianne Gagnon, Eduardo Hernandez Munoz, Steve Baker, various others|
|Artist(s)||Jean-Manuel Clemençon, various others|
|Release date(s)||2004 (first release)
2015 (latest release)
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 Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, AmigaOS 4, AROS, MorphOS and other Unix systems. The latest stable version of the game is version 0.9.1 and was released on October 17, 2015. SuperTuxKart features, since its 0.9 version, an all new graphics engine called "Antarctica".
SuperTuxKart started as TuxKart, an open source game for Linux by Steve Baker which stopped being developed after version 0.4.0.
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 may be played by a single player or in local multiplayer mode. Online and networked multiplayer is scheduled to be added in release 0.9.2.
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 "Hiker" Henrichs resurrected the project and, with the help of Eduardo Hernandez "Coz" Munoz, released the game in a playable state. In 2008, Marianne Gagnon (aka. "Auria") joined the project and eventually replaced Munoz as one of the project leaders after his retirement.
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. In 2013 and 2014, the game participated in Google Summer of Code as a mentoring organization. The migration of the code repository (but not the asset repository) from Sourceforge to GitHub was officially announced on 17 January 2014 (the download site remains on Sourceforge). On April 21, 2015, version 0.9 was released which used a highly modified version of Irrlicht, including an entirely new graphics renderer dubbed Antarctica, which enabled better graphics appearance and features such as dynamic lighting, ambient occlusion, depth of field, global illumination and so forth.
The official 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. There are also other characters that can be downloaded as add-ons from the SuperTuxKart add-ons website.
|Thunderbird (Referee)||Mozilla Thunderbird|
|Wilber||GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)|
|Beagle (Formerly)||Beagle Desktop Search|
|Konqi||K Desktop Environment|
|Nolok||Nolok from SuperTux|
|Chinchila||Big Buck Bunny|
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". 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." Although it did not make it into the APC Mag top five free games, it received an honorable mention. In 2009, TechRadar cited it as one of the best games to put on a Linux netbook.
- Tux Racer, another racing game that features Tux
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- Antarctica:Technical Details
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