Best Family Friendly Linux Games on Steam

Steam currently has 9,934 Family Friendly games, but not all of them are able to be played on Linux builds. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Family Friendly game rankings were last updated on 5/19/2024.

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1. Euro Truck Simulator 2

Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits.

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 holds the #1 spot for "best Linux Family Friendly game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 723,828 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 706,739 positive reviews and 17,089 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 10/12/2012
Franchise SCS Software
Developer SCS Software
Publisher SCS Software
Steam App Id 227300

2. A Short Hike

Hike, climb, and soar through the peaceful mountainside landscapes of Hawk Peak Provincial Park as you make your way to the summit.

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A Short Hike has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,158 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,038 positive reviews and 120 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $7.99
Release Date 7/30/2019
Developer adamgryu
Publisher adamgryu
Steam App Id 1055540

3. Slime Rancher

Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the ‘Far, Far Range’ where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes.

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Slime Rancher has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 119,824 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 117,329 positive reviews and 2,495 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Slime Rancher on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 8/1/2017
Franchise Monomi Park
Developer Monomi Park
Publisher Monomi Park
Steam App Id 433340

4. American Truck Simulator

Experience legendary American trucks and deliver various cargoes across sunny California, sandy Nevada, and the Grand Canyon State of Arizona. American Truck Simulator takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and widely recognized landmarks around the States.

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American Truck Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 148,763 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 144,203 positive reviews and 4,560 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 2/2/2016
Franchise SCS Software
Developer SCS Software
Publisher SCS Software
Steam App Id 270880

5. TOEM: A Photo Adventure

Set off on a delightful expedition and use your photographic eye to uncover the mysteries of the magical TOEM in this hand-drawn adventure game. Chat with quirky characters, solve their problems by snapping neat photos, and make your way through a relaxing landscape!

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TOEM: A Photo Adventure has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,817 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,772 positive reviews and 45 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 9/17/2021
Franchise popagenda
Developer Something We Made
Publishers
Steam App Id 1307580

6. An Arcade Full of Cats

Journey through gaming history's time and space, while searching for adorable feline companions in 'An Arcade Full of Cats,' the ultimate pet'em up hidden object game.

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An Arcade Full of Cats has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,267 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,205 positive reviews and 62 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play An Arcade Full of Cats on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/16/2023
Franchise Devcats
Developer Devcats
Publisher Devcats
Steam App Id 2368470

7. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Find yourself trapped alone in a room with a ticking time bomb. Your friends have the manual to defuse it, but they can't see the bomb, so you're going to have to talk it out – fast!

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,496 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 13,203 positive reviews and 293 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 10/8/2015
Developer Steel Crate Games
Publisher Steel Crate Games
Steam App Id 341800

8. Virtual Cottage

Virtual Cottage gives you a comfy place to rest and be productive without any distractions. Open the game, set yourself a goal and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Virtual Cottage has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,206 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,005 positive reviews and 201 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Virtual Cottage on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/7/2020
Franchise DU&I
Developer DU&I
Publisher DU&I
Steam App Id 1369320

9. A Building Full of Cats

A Building Full of Cats is a hidden object game where you need to pet all the cats in the building. Don't leave any cats behind!

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A Building Full of Cats has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,454 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,418 positive reviews and 36 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.59 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $1.59
Release Date 7/7/2022
Franchise Devcats
Developer Devcats
Publisher Devcats
Steam App Id 1969080

10. Handshakes

Take your brain for a walk in Handshakes, a simple yet tricksy sokoban puzzle game. Guide two hands through puzzles designed to stump, not frustate, so that they may achieve their dream of a warm, firm handshake.

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Handshakes has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Linux Family Friendly games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,221 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,198 positive reviews and 23 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Release Date 1/13/2023
Developers
Publisher Pet Pumpkin
Steam App Id 2171690

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 steam charts
27,693
10/12/2012
97
$4.99
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A Short Hike steam charts
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7/30/2019
97
$7.99
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Slime Rancher steam charts
757
8/1/2017
96
$19.99
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American Truck Simulator steam charts
8,133
2/2/2016
96
$4.99
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TOEM: A Photo Adventure steam charts
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9/17/2021
96
$19.99
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An Arcade Full of Cats steam charts
37
11/16/2023
95
Free
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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes steam charts
207
10/8/2015
95
$5.99
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Virtual Cottage steam charts
409
10/7/2020
95
Free
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A Building Full of Cats steam charts
2
7/7/2022
95
$1.59
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Handshakes steam charts
6
1/13/2023
94
Free
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 14). A Short Hike on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 4). Slime Rancher on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). American Truck Simulator on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 6). TOEM: A Photo Adventure on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, February 28). An Arcade Full of Cats on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 14). Virtual Cottage on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). A Building Full of Cats on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 3). Handshakes on Steam. Steam Store.

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