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The developer of IMPOSSIBALL [Steam, Official Site] is working to bring the game to Linux, so they have sent us tons of keys to throw at you so you can test it.

The developer isn't too familiar with Linux just yet, so they are bringing you all in to help polish it up.

The beta is open to anyone who already owns it, otherwise you can claim your key below!

To opt-in to the beta, simply select the "linux" beta with no password needed on Steam.
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About the game
The 1970's and 80's were a golden time for video games. Impossiball pays homage to one of the original greats of that era, but with a 21st century update.

The aim is to score as many points as you can by getting balls past your opponent, whilst stopping as many as possible from getting past you. By rotating your ship you have fine control over the direction balls will bounce. The first player to reach the score limit wins. There is a variety of Power-Ups and 'game changers' like Magnet, Invisiball, Inversion, Shield and Impossiball to make your game easier, or your opponent's game harder.

Time-tested, classic game-play upgraded with 500 balls on screen and 3D graphics. You can try to beat the AI (with three difficulty levels) or challenge a friend.


Feel free to leave a review on the Steam page if you liked it, as reviews really do help developers. At the very least, do try to provide feedback to the developer. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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oberjaeger 4 Jan, 2017
I would join the testing, if any key is left...


greetings
Leopard 4 Jan, 2017
It doesn't even start for me.

I choose Linux- at the beta section.
Adinimys 4 Jan, 2017
Thanks to the devs for giving a key away :-D
I quickly tested and it runs for me. I have some trouble with the input, is it possible to rebind the keys ? (that's really important for non QWERTY keyboards, it's annoying to change out of the game)
The gamepad isn't working for me but considering I installed my system recently it might be my own mistake. I'll test more carefully when I'll have time :-)
DarkDuoGames 4 Jan, 2017
It's not currently possible to re-bind the keys BUT we will add that ASAP!

DDG
natewardawg 4 Jan, 2017
Works great here on the latest stable Manjaro :)

I'm using a Steam Controller.
I didn't notice any mouse issues.
I'm on a dual monitor setup on a laptop and didn't have any issues.

Thanks again!

Edit: I made a recording of my gameplay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YE02JcPvPk


Last edited by natewardawg on 4 January 2017 at 6:56 pm UTC
DarkDuoGames 4 Jan, 2017
Quoting: natewardawgI made a recording of my gameplay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YE02JcPvPk

That's fantastic! Thank you very much.

DDG
Eike 4 Jan, 2017
Quoting: riusma
Quoting: WorMzyIt runs well, but I seem to have an intermittent issue when using a mouse where I can't move my paddle to the bottom of the screen. It's almost as though the paddle already thinks it's at the bottom of the screen and won't move any lower. I have to move significantly up in order to be able to move down to the bottom.

This is using a Roccat Kone XTD, polling at 1000Hz, and running at 1000dpi.

The game seems to run well (I just run it some minutes for testing, will have a deeper look at it later) but I've encountered the same intermittent issue: sometimes the paddle don't reach the bottom of the screen, using some basic HP mouse (so I don't think it's hardware specific).

Same here with a Logitech G400.

By the way, I didn't expect a beta to drop cards, even less so after some minutes. :)


Last edited by Eike on 4 January 2017 at 7:11 pm UTC
Eike 4 Jan, 2017
Ah, one problem: I get several hundred FPS with a GTX 780 on my 120 Hz monitor. This makes the GPU getting hot, getting loud and wasting energy.
Blurps 4 Jan, 2017
It works for me. I tested with x360 and Steam controller on Debian only few minutes.
I'll try with some friends but it seems fun and simple.

You should improve the UI when you select the players.
If you want to translate the menu in french, message me.

Thanks :D
Ehvis 4 Jan, 2017
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Had a few plays with the game. It runs fine and I haven't had any issues so far. Only that it doesn't VSYNC and therefore runs at much too high fps, even at 3440x1440.

As for the game, it's a little bit of good fun. Rotating the "ship" is a nice touch. I keep trying to use it to give an extra punch to the ball, but that doesn't actually work. I think the whole advantage of pong on modern systems would be to have some extra physics calculated. Spin would be nice, but that would mean atmosphere and actually slowing the balls down.

Obviously you want to invite steam friends to play as well, but I'm sure that is already on the todo.
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