Play the free SuperTuxKart racing game locally or online

Accelerated Fun

Article from Issue 261/2022

Fast-moving fun and original ideas are what characterize the free SuperTuxKart racing game. This article gives readers some playing tips.

If you see a penguin in a racing car driving through Scotland, the Black Forest, or a Zen temple, it can only mean one thing – a round of SuperTuxKart [1]. The racing penguin has a mission to fulfill: Gnu, the grandfather of free software, has been kidnapped by the villain Nolok. Nolok is holding Gnu captive in his lava castle, Fort Magma. Demonstrate your driving skills in various challenges, advance to Fort Magma, and race against Nolok to free Gnu.

On Your Marks

Setting the game up on Linux could hardly be easier: Download the tarball from the website [2] (version 1.3 was released on September 28, 2021) and unzip the file. No installation is required: You simply run the file by typing the sh command in the shell. Alternatively, you can install the game using your distribution's package manager. SuperTuxKart is one of the oldest Linux games and is available from the repositories of all the major distributions. There's even an Android version [3] for mobile devices.


The start screen is clearly laid out (Figure 1). Click on the yellow field in the upper right corner to customize your name and enter the access data for an online account [4] to use multiplayer mode on the Internet.


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