Racing video game
| 5/5 |
Irrlicht Engine, PLIB
| Joerg Henrichs, Marianne Gagnon, Eduardo Hernandez Munoz, Steve Baker, various others|
Jean-Manuel Clemençon, various others
Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
SuperTux, TORCS, Tux Racer, VDrift, Neverball
SuperTuxKart, also known as STK, is a free and open-source kart racing video game, distributed under the terms of the GPLv3+. It features mascots of various open-source projects. SuperTuxKart is cross-platform, running on Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows systems from XP onward. The latest stable version of the game is version 0.9.2 and was released on July 1, 2016. As of version 0.9, SuperTuxKart features an all-new graphics engine called "Antarctica".
SuperTuxKart started as a fork of TuxKart, an open source Linux game by Steve Baker which stopped being developed after version 0.4.0.
SuperTuxKart's gameplay is similar to that of the Mario Kart series of games, but has become more distinctive over time. The game features the mascots of various open source projects, with Mozilla Thunderbird being the race referee. The game may be played in single player or local multiplayer mode. Online multiplayer was scheduled to be added in version 0.9.3.
SuperTuxKart has several race modes:Story Mode/Challenges: Win races or complete a track under a certain time to unlocks karts and tracks;
Single player: Normal Race, Time Trial, Follow the leader, Easter Egg hunt, Three Strikes Battle (with AI), Soccer mode (with AI);
Multiplayer: Normal Race, Time Trial, Follow the leader, Three Strikes Battle, Soccer mode
Similarly to Warmux, 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.
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.
Historically licensed under version 2 of the GPL, in 2008 the game's source code was relicensed to the GPLv3.
The game's assets (textures, models, sounds, music, etc.) are licensed under a mixure of licenses: GPL, CC BY, CC BY-SA, and Public Domain.
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 much better graphics with features such as dynamic lighting, ambient occlusion, depth of field, global illumination and more.
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.