Open Source Versions of Five Games You Loved as a Kid

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 28, 2009

If you've got some free time on your hands this holiday season, check out these open source versions of popular games you grew up playing. They're loads of fun, but don't blame us if they make you a little nostalgic.

Domination - If you love the game of Risk, you'll have a blast with this. March around the map conquering territories, when you've gotten them all, you've won the game. If you get bored with the batch of maps included in the game, download more from the game's Web site, or create your own in a few simple steps.

Eliot - Scrabble lovers, rack up your letters with this fun word game. It's just like the Scrabble you know and love, complete with extra tools to help search for words to fit available openings on the board. Eliot offers three versions of the game -- free, for standard play; duplicate, for competitive matches and; training, for skill-building exercises.

Open Yahtzee - This open source version of Yahtzee is notable for its portability. Weighing in at just 620KB, stick the game on a thumb drive and take it with you wherever you go. If you'd rather download this fun dice game, feel free -- there's versions available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Monopolie - Buy and sell property like a billionaire with this fun version of Monopoly for Windows. It's just like the original game you know and love, complete with sound effects.

Battleship - If you loved playing the game Battleship as a kid, then you'll really enjoy this Web-based, open source version of the old classic. At the beginning of the game, you get to choose whether you want to have an American or Soviet fleet -- each is made up of different size ships and aircraft carriers. Then, fire away until you sink the enemy fleet's ships. This game requires Microsoft Silverlight to run, so if that's problem then check out one of these video games instead.