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Return to Monkey Island gets a Linux Beta version

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Do you own Return to Monkey Island or are you thinking of buying it? Good news, as the developer now has a Native Linux version ready for Beta testing.

The Steam page currently seems to indicate it has Linux support already with the SteamOS icon but it is currently only in Beta for owners of the game. Announced by Ron Gilbert on Twitter, they mentioned you need to head to a special Steam Community forum post, that only owners can access for the instructions.

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We knew it was coming, as stated in our original release article as Gilbert said previously it would be "soon after" so it's nice to see a developer deliver on their words for Native Linux fans.


  • Return to Point & Click Swashbuckling - Bringing classic point and click gameplay to the modern-day, intrepid pirates will solve puzzles and explore the islands with a clever evolution of classic adventure game controls. Context-sensitive interactions, reactive dialog trees, and an easy-to-use inventory system make pirating a breeze.
  • Embark on Archipelago Adventures - Navigate the sometimes-friendly confines of Melee Island, a familiar place that finds itself under new management by leaders who have put the squeeze on old friends and new faces. Venture out into uncharted lands like the aptly named Terror Island and the chilling outposts of Brrr Muda to make allies and enemies alike.
  • Created by a Legendary Crew - The new chapter in the Monkey Island series marks the return of the iconic series’ creator Ron Gilbert, joined by game co-writer Dave Grossman, art director Rex Crowle (Knights & Bikes, Tearaway) and composers Peter McConnell, Michael Land, and Clint Bajakian (Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge).

You can buy it on Humble Store and Steam.

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Eike 17 Oct, 2022
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I'll get it the day the native version is official. Thanks, Not-Too-Grumpy-Gamer!

Last edited by Eike on 17 October 2022 at 9:54 am UTC
sub 17 Oct, 2022
Hope it supports cross-platform cloud saves.

Such a great game!
rustybroomhandle 17 Oct, 2022
Quoting: subHope it supports cross-platform cloud saves.

Such a great game!

If you mean Windows-Linux then can confirm yes.
damarrin 17 Oct, 2022
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Quoting: subHope it supports cross-platform cloud saves.

Such a great game!

Now that you mention it, so do I! I'm fairly far in the game and would hate to have to restart once I install the Linux version.
soulsource 17 Oct, 2022
I wanted to buy it anyhow, but now I want to buy it even more.
whizse 17 Oct, 2022
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I wanted to pirate it, but shall force myself to buy it instead.
Marlock 17 Oct, 2022
Quoting: EikeI'll get it the day the native version is official. Thanks, Not-Too-Grumpy-Gamer!
The linux logo and linux minimal specs are already there on the game's steam store page, so it's already official, no? Leaving beta at this point is a matter of time, and if they remove support for whatever reason AFAIK you would even be able to get a refund if you bought from linux

Last edited by Marlock on 17 October 2022 at 11:11 am UTC
Solitary 17 Oct, 2022
Quoting: rustybroomhandle
Quoting: subHope it supports cross-platform cloud saves.

Such a great game!

If you mean Windows-Linux then can confirm yes.

Actually, I started playing the Linux Beta on my desktop, and wanted to continue on Deck, but I installed the Proton version by default and the cloud saves wouldn't sync up. It just kept throwing errors. Once I realized that I installed the Windows version on my Deck, I reinstalled it to use Linux version and the cloud saves finally synced. So I think Linux->Windows saves don't work (maybe it's more about different versions rather than the platform difference)... not that it matters much, but it is good to know and beware.

Last edited by Solitary on 17 October 2022 at 12:59 pm UTC
Cmdr_Iras 17 Oct, 2022
I plan on picking this up once Linux Native support is released officially.

If they dont then I may still pick it up once it hits the sales, so long as its Proton support is good.
ridge 17 Oct, 2022
Sweet, I actually didn't know it'd be getting a native build! Definitely grabbing it if it gets a GOG release.
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