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Daedalus is a top down action game for Linux that will be heading to Steam sometime this year, I decided to take a look. The developer isn't currently sure if it will be an early access release or not as they are currently still working on it, but it has been greenlit to be on Steam.

There is a free beta to download right here, so check it out.

Sadly the multi-monitor support isn't great as it uses Java and the windowing systems in Java aren't great, so I am forced to play it in Windowed mode.

The game itself is actually barrels of fun though despite the minor annoyance of being in windowed mode. It's a really fast paced full on action game with a couple of different game-modes like traditional death-match and capture the flag and team death-match.

There aren't many players online right now, but luckily it does offer the same modes in single-player with AI players, and the bots are quite brutal, so you won't get bored. I actually found it quite hard on the "hard" difficulty, so that's working as expected.

The mechanics are pretty standard for the genre, as you run around and pick-up health packs and different weapons to annihilate people into a bloody pulp with, and it really does look good while your doing the job of messing someone up.

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Hamish 9 Jun, 2014
Looks very much like Shadowgrounds only more strictly top-down and less isometric.
icarus7234 10 Jun, 2014
It feels a bit strange how the mouse works, seems to pivot from the centre of the character, rather than being free aim like with other games, but playing the demo is a lot of fun. I'm getting smashed by the A.I, but its fun :)

Looks pretty great too!
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