The past month brought a lot of new applications. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

And Yet it Moves

Run, jump, and turn the world upside down
Imagine the press of a button would tilt the world, turning walls into floors, slides into platforms, and stacks of rocks into dangerous hazards. And Yet It Moves is an award-winning physics-based platform game in which you rotate the game world at will to solve challenging puzzles. Navigate through a paper collage world created with colorful pieces of cardboard and set to distinctive music.
With three different environments and multiple game modes, And Yet It Moves is a platformer that will provide you with endless challenges. Turn your world upside-down with And Yet it Moves!


Everyone Dies!
Introversion Software presents DEFCON, a stunning multiplayer simulation of global thermonuclear war. Take on the role of a General hidden deep within an Underground bunker. Compete against the computer or online against your friends for total world domination. Start by launching battleships, subs and bombers in order to decimate your opponents defences. Scramble together your alliances but remember only one can stand victorious. Prepare your pre-emptive strike before one of your supposed allies gets the same idea. Choose the perfect moment to obliterate your opponents with an apocalyptic thermonuclear barrage, but get it wrong, and their devastating counter attack will bring you to your knees!
Its Global Thermonuclear War, and nobody wins. But maybe – just maybe – you can lose the least.


Stickman slaughter!
Long ago a computer scientist called Dr Sepulveda created a beautiful digital world existing entirely within a computer network of his own invention. This world was called Darwinia and it was inhabited by a peaceful, law-abiding digital life-form called the Darwinians. As the years wore on the Darwinians became ever more aggressive. They divided into factions, squabbling over Darwinia’s limited natural resources. Tribes began to roam the fractal voids hell bent on each other’s destruction, drunk on power and unswerving in the pursuit of world supremacy. Far and wide, they became known as the Multiwinians…. Welcome to Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest – the ultimate retro-arcade multiplayer experience! Choose from a selection of six spectacular, action-packed game modes, set in one of the most beautiful game environs you will ever set eyes on.
Challenge your opponent to a game of stick-man slaughter, and watch digital-war unfold, as your Multiwinian army struggles to complete a chosen task faster and better than your rival’s. It’s fast, it’s furious, and only the flattest will survive!


Retro puzzle game!
MindLabyrinth is a game where you control an old mayan avatar and must solve puzzles to reach Patchamama’s hidden temple. The game is clearly a retro puzzling but it offers as a bonus a unique support for NeuroSky’s MindWave headset – if you own it – to read your brain signals and interpret them. With its retro graphics and old-school mechanisms the game will delight casual as well as old-school gamers. The game itself is linear. You progress through a series of 52 levels of increasing difficulty.
And if you own the Mindwave headset, you will have to actually use your brain to make stones move, gears work, etc…
The game will even ask you to achieve a meditative state to recover health.
So if you want to have casual brain fun (yeah… it sounds weird;) ) get the game and see for yourself.


Enter the world of particle physics!

The survival of the green charge is in your hands. The purple charges will destroy the green one when touched, so you’ll have to keep them away from each other. Behind the scenes are the laws of physics at work. Coulomb’s law predicts the movement of each particle, with some modifications for the sake of entertainment, of course. You can push around the green charge using the red charges to repel it and the blue charges attract it.

PDF Studio 7

Powerful, easy to use PDF tool!

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Kakuro number puzzle game!

Kakuro, the Japanese number puzzle game for one player. An excellent exercise for your brain! Includes an unlimited amount of puzzles available in various sizes ranging from 5×5 to 16×16.

Get your game on. Check out these and more titles in the Ubuntu Software Center.

  • creature

    is ubuntu now openly advertising proprietary licensed software?

  • Michael

    That’s not exactly what I would have expected to see on a Canonical blog. While at least, on, you took the time to show “free” and “paid” applications in the featured apps section, the whole change in this post of just speaking of paid applications is little bit strange.

    I can understand that Canonical need money ( execs have kept telling that the company will be profitable soon since at least 3 years, and this didn’t happened yet officially ), and that people are free to not buy or to not read the blog post, but you do realize that some people are smart enough to see that you selected 5 paid applications because you know that a share of your readership will buy them ( and so a share will be translated into money ( since there is 20% being for Canonical )) ?

    And that those people who notice will likely feel something fishy, as Ubuntu also embodies for some of them a non commercial view of the world, so this would generate some discussions and heat. See for example the previous discussion on . And while Canonical is fully able to push people to commercial applications ( and from a business point of view, I would have done the same, especially if I struggled to be profitable ), there will be some people that would feel betrayed by such move, and that should be IMHO taken in account, for the long term relationship with part of Ubuntu community.

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  • peitschie

    It would be nice to get an indication of the licensing & costs associated with these pieces of advertised software. Helps me recognise at a glance whether I’m interested enough in the app to read further or not.

  • mpt

    creature, Ubuntu Software Center has offered proprietary software since version 1.0 in 2009. These articles discuss new applications regardless of what their license is: for example, Nanoparticles is distributed under the GPL v3.

    peitschie, you can see both the license and the price by clicking the button for each application. It would be handy to show the price directly in this page, but the price may change after the article is posted.

  • Mark

    But nanoparticles is listed as being “Proprietary”? A quick Google suggests it is indeed open source, suggesting that it is incorrectly labelled. Indeed, I also have a game on the Ubuntu Software Center that is GPL but is labelled as “Proprietary”. Are these mistakes, or is there a reason for this? Perhaps this would explain why people are thinking that Ubuntu is only promoting closed source software…