4 free Adobe AIR games for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
AIR stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime and it is a cross platform runtime environment that enables applications to be written once and then run on different operating systems.
AIR is available for Linux, Windows and Apple Mac OS X, which means that you can run the same apps on all three systems. Here are four free games that you can play on any operating system.
Installing these applications is straightforward and if you already have AIR then they'll install straight away, but if you don't have AIR then AIR will automatically be installed first. The applications are the same on each operating system.
The screen shots were all taken using Ubuntu Linux, but don't let that put you off because the software is the same on Windows and OS X.
Lines 2 is a very simple, but entertaining game that involves making lines of coloured balls on a square board. With each turn, several new coloured balls are placed at random positions on the board and you can move one existing ball to a new position. It sounds a bit strange when you try to describe it, but it really is fun and a challenging and addictive game.
As you can see from the screen shot and tell from the name, ChessJam is the age old game of chess. The graphics are very impressive and this is a fantastic Adobe AIR application. It does not have an chess playing engine and instead you play people online. You enter a castle and within it are many rooms. In each room, which is slightly different, are a number of chess tables. When two players sit down at a table, the game begins. There are real people and also bots - computer players, so you can always find someone to play with. You have to register for free, but this is so that the site can keep track of your score against other players and bots. This is a brilliant game.
Jigsawlite is an computerised version of the old jigsaw puzzle. It's quite a good implementation of it and you can use any photo or image ont he disk drive. You just drag it and drop it on the program. The jigsaw pieces are all jumbled up and you can click and drag them with the mouse to move them. They are rotated using the scrollwheel on the mouse and this is a nice touch because you not only have to find the right pieces, but also get the orientation right too. When two pieces are placed next to each other, then snap together. This is a fun puzzle game that will keep you entertained for a while.
Does anyone not know what Pacman is? This is a simple game that was popular in the early days of arcade machines and you simply have to guide a character around the maze eating the dots. The ghosts wander around the maze too and will chase you if they get close. If you eat a power-up pill then you can chase the ghosts and eat them for bonus points. It's a blast from the past.