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The Linux Game Tome was started by Tessa Lau in 1995 when the phrase "Linux game" meant either sasteroids or xtetris. She culled the best games from sunsite's Linux games directories, scoured the net for classic X11 games, and put together a compendium of amusing ways to waste time. After two years of regular updates, the Tome started to sprout cobwebs as its creator lost interest in downloading the latest and greatest in Linux entertainment.

Bob Zimbinski felt the absence of the resource, so in 1998 he contacted Ms. Lau and created a new Linux Game Tome around the original data. The new Linux Game Tome went online with just over 100 games in its catalog. At this writing (December 2002), the database contains just under 1000 games and game-related items. The Linux Game Tome has also grown to include a user rating system, active discussion forums, and an IRC channel.

The Internet Wayback Machine has some (incomplete) snapshots of the Linux Game Tome from various moments in the past:


Please send email to staff [at] happypenguin (dot) org to contact us.

News Feed

Want to use's news feed to serve your own nefarious ends? Get it here: This file is updated once per hour, and people who fetch it more frequently than that make bobz cranky. When he gets cranky, sometimes bobz puts the IP addresses of excessive fetchers into his webserver's Deny list. Don't make bobz cranky.

Hey, game authors!

Show your fans what the Game Tome community thinks of your work by putting a nifty HappyPenguin Rate-O-Matic button on your homepage. The button image will automatically change to reflect the current rating of your game at Put the following HTML on your page to display the HappyPenguin Rate-O-Matic :

      <a href="">
      <img src="">
Replace both occurences of "your+game" with the URL-encoded title of your game as it appears in the Game Tome's database. The easiest way to get this is to look up your game in the Tome and grab the title string from the URL of the game's record. The HappyPenguin Rate-O-Matic will display one of the following images based on the rating your game holds in the Game Tome database. Clicking the button will bring users to your game's page in the Game Tome so they can rate the game themselves.

Even if you don't plan to use the Happypenguin Rate-O-Matic , feel free to use any of the graphics on this page to link to

Linux Game Tome button

Game Servers

There is a Return To Castle Wolfenstein server using the name Happy Penguin that is not affiliated with in any way. We had never heard of them until disgruntled players began mistakenly complaining to us. We wish they wouldn't use the name "Happy Penguin", which has been associated with the Linux Game Tome since 1998, but we also think this would be a silly thing to start a big fight over, so we'll just sit here quietly and think badly of them.

About the Site

The Linux Game Tome is whole bunch of really badly written Perl scripts that talk to a MySQL database. We use phpBB for the forums. The server is running Fedora Linux. The server hardware and bandwidth are donated by Linux Game Publishing, who are too cool for words because of their willingness to help this site continue.
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