Raspberry Pi is not just for DIY projects. You can use it as a desktop computer or send it into space. It can be configured as an inspiring digital photo frame or even a smart mirror.
But did you know that a computer the size of a credit card will also run games? We’re not talking about emulation here; actual games can be installed on Raspberry Pi.
Install games on your Raspberry Pi
The developers of the following games have released them to the public. Some of them are originals, others are clones, but you can run them on Raspberry Pi. We recommend Raspberry Pi 3 or later, although some may work on Pi 2.
You can install 1993 Doom on your Raspberry Pi. Above, you can see that it is running on a Raspberry Pi 2 mounted on an official Raspberry Pi 7-inch touch display.
Doom is one of many open source games that fans can reuse. The source code has been ported to Linux and ARM devices since release in 1997.
2Duke Nukem 3D
«It’s time to kick ass and chew gum…and I’m all gum!»
So said in 1996 the eponymous hero of Duke Nukem 3D, a little bit adult-oriented. The release of the game’s source code in the late 1990s allowed the game to run on non-Windows platforms. This included AmigaOS as well as Linux.
While you can play Duke Nukem 3D in an emulator, this is not required. Just grab the EDUKE_32 software (released as a semi-official branch of the game in 2000) and follow all the installation steps.
3. Under the steel sky
Set in a futuristic Australian dystopian future (like Mad Max, but with cities), Under the Steel Sky is a point-and-click adventure. While rare these days, it was a popular approach to a story-driven adventure game in the 1990s.
Under a Steel Sky was a collaboration between video game designer Charles Cecil and British comic book legend Dave Gibbon. The serious tone of the game (with the exception of Union City and, ultimately, overcoming an environmental disaster) is mixed with offbeat humor.
Installing under a Raspberry Pi under a steel sky is easy. However, it is desirable to run the game from the desktop, and not from the command line. A bug in some versions makes it impossible to restart the computer otherwise.
Under a steel sky works on modern computers thanks to ScummVM. You can install it on your Pi with:
sudo apt install beneath-a-steel-sky
Note that this will also include the ScummVM (Script Creation Utility for the Maniac Mansion virtual machine) game engine. Luckily, other ScummVM games like Flight of the Amazon Queen will also run on the Raspberry Pi. Find them on the ScummVM website.
4 Wolfenstein 3D
Days before Doom, id Software released Wolfenstein 3D, a castle-based Nazi/World War II shooter. You may have played one of its sequels: Return to Castle Wolfenstein or Wolfenstein: The New Order.
After the 1992 release, the game’s source code was released in 1995. A port of Wolf4SDL was eventually developed and can now be installed on the Raspberry Pi. Like some of the other games on this list, Wolfenstein 3D will run on the RetroPie game emulator. But why do you need additional emulator resources when you can just install it directly?
As with any software that requires compilation, Wolfenstein 3D will take time to get ready to work with the Raspberry Pi. However, when you do, you’ll be ready to start blowing up the Nazis and uncovering their terrible secrets in the labyrinth castle.