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Ignition, another classic game re-released on GOG with Linux support

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Update: It now works, as my GOG contacts have fixed the package after I sent emails to them.

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Thanks to GOG and DOSBox, Linux gamers can enjoy the classic crazy racing game Ignition, which originally released in 1997.

As usual for GOG, the game comes with a ready made DOSBox install. All you need to do is run their simple installer and away you go.

GOG provided me with a copy to try out, but sadly it doesn't seem to run. This is a first from GOG classic games that hasn't run and I have reached out to them to see what's up.

It loads DOSBox, then my screen goes black as DOSBox tries to run and then it dumps me back into the desktop in a really low resolution.

About the game
In an exotic range of vehicles and around some of the harshest circuits ever devised, you've got to ram, nudge, barge and otherwise cheat your way to victory. If you spot a sneaky shortcut, then use it - if your opponent's hugging the cliff edge then give him a nudge and a salute as you cruise into the lead and he cruises into a deep gorge.
Out on these panoramic race circuits, you'll get to drive the weirdest range of vehicles. Speed merchants can try the Bug for size, style victims can hop in the Redneck and those with a taste for the bizarre can drive the bright yellow school bus through the opposition.
Once you've beaten the computer controlled cars, grab a mate and test the multiplayer mode. You won't need no steeenking modem to play head to head in this game, though, because Ignition features a unique split-screen mode for up close and personal racing. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: DOSBox, GOG, Retro
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psycho_driver 10 Jan, 2017
I played the crap out of this game in the late nineties. Tons of fun!
hardpenguin 10 Jan, 2017
Quoting: LiamGOG provided me with a copy to try out, but sadly it doesn't seem to run. This is a first from GOG classic games that hasn't run and I have reached out to them to see what's up.

It loads DOSBox, then my screen goes black as DOSBox tries to run and then it dumps me back into the desktop in a really low resolution.
It looks like the game crashes on some machines when using 64 bit DOSBox. The workaround is to use the 32 bit DOSBox:

1. Go to the 'dosbox' subfolder in the game installation folder and edit the 'dosbox' script
2. Change the line 4 that says declare -r ARCH=`uname -m` to declare -r ARCH="i686"
3. Then you can run the game like usual using the 'start.sh' script or the shortcut on your desktop / in your menu.
4. You need 32 bit DOSBox dependencies in order to use it, on Debian/Ubuntu that will be the following packages (and the deps that they will pull from repo):
libasound2:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 libpng12-0:i386 libsdl-net1.2:i386 libsdl-sound1.2:i386 libsdl1.2debian :i386 libstdc++6:i386 libx11-6:i386 zlib1g:i386

I believe the fix from GOG will roll out shortly ;)


Last edited by hardpenguin on 10 January 2017 at 9:44 pm UTC
opera 10 Jan, 2017
Holy shit! I loved this one as a kid! It was called "Bleifuss Fun" here in Germany.
Any chance we will see this also on Steam?
psycho_driver 11 Jan, 2017
I do wish this was a wine wrapped port. You can install a glide wrapper and have a nicely accelerated 800x600 windows version of the game (I still have a working wine install of it).
te_lanus 11 Jan, 2017
Quoting: psycho_driverI do wish this was a wine wrapped port. You can install a glide wrapper and have a nicely accelerated 800x600 windows version of the game (I still have a working wine install of it).
The windows install files are in the game.gog file, and can be mounted and installed under wine, runs nicely at 800x600 without any tweaking.
aL 11 Jan, 2017
I used to play this one a lot!
blae 11 Jan, 2017
Quoting: te_lanus
Quoting: psycho_driverI do wish this was a wine wrapped port. You can install a glide wrapper and have a nicely accelerated 800x600 windows version of the game (I still have a working wine install of it).
The windows install files are in the game.gog file, and can be mounted and installed under wine, runs nicely at 800x600 without any tweaking.

unfortunately, both the windows and linux installers are based on dosbox. Really wished they also released the version that used 3dfx/glide as psycho_driver mentioned
Crazy Penguin 12 Jan, 2017
Yes, an awesome game. Played it a lot :D

In Germany it was known as "Bleifuss Fun" (Bleifuss = Leadfoot)
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