How to Install SuperTux Game on Debian 8/Ubuntu 16.04/Linux Mint

SuperTux is a 2D sidescroller game similar to the original Super Mario game. SuperTux 0.4 is released on December 2015. This tutorial shows how to install SuperTux 0.4 on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04, Linux Mint/Elementary OS and Debian 8.

Install SuperTux 0.4 on Ubuntu 16.04

SuperTux 0.4 is available on Ubuntu 16.04 from repository, so run the following command to install this game on Ubuntu 16.04.

sudo apt-get install supertux

Now it can be started from Unity Dash.

install supertux on Ubuntu 16.04

You can also start it by typing the below command in the terminal window:


Install SuperTux 0.4 on Ubuntu 14.04/Linux Mint/Elementary OS

There’s a PPA available. Use the following commands to install.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install supertux supertux-data

Install SuperTux 0.4 on Debian 8

We can manually add the PPA on Debian 8. First fetch GPG key of the PPA.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 852541CB

Then edit /etc/apt/sources.list file.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Append the following two lines at the end.

deb trusty main 
deb-src trusty main

Save and close the file. Then update local package index and install SuperTux 0.4.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install supertux

Adjust Key-Action Mappings

I found the default key-action mapping is difficult to use. It takes some time to get used to. To change key-action mapping, press ESC. Select Options.

SuperTux options

Then select Setup Keyboard.

Supertux Key-action mapping

Now you can configure the keys for up, down, left, right, jump etc. I have configured the game to use WASD for up, left, down, right respectively and J for Jump.

SuperTux key-action mappings

I have to say that the background music is very pleasing to ear.

 Gameplay Screenshot Tour

SuperTux bonus island

Bonus Island

SuperTux Halloween2


Incubator Island

Incubator Island

Forest World

Forest World

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