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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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itscalledreality Oct 17, 2022
Waiting for DRM-free myself. But good to see Linux native!
slaapliedje Oct 17, 2022
I was reading last night about TaleSpire 'supporting Linux' by basically letting Proton do the work for them. Granted I also saw a whole lot of the customers complaining because they have two programmers and a bunch of asset makers, and that's it. Just thought it weird to claim they are supporting Linux and macOS, when macOS is getting a native M1 build, but Linux is 'we'll see if it runs with Proton, then pin it there.'

Native builds will always be preferred in my mind. Especially if it isn't a 3rd party porting house.

Last edited by slaapliedje on 17 October 2022 at 2:39 pm UTC
x_wing Oct 17, 2022
Just bought it and seems to work well. Good to see that they delivered what they promised :D
Linuxer Oct 17, 2022
Hasn't been BETA for a few days now, it doesn't indicate BETA anywhere anymore.
jens Oct 22, 2022
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Bought it a few days ago. Initially it worked, but somehow it always maxed out a CPU core on my system. This has been fixed after a few game updates and now it runs perfect. I really like it so far. The graphics/art style also fits in my opinion.
I’m also very grateful that they went the extra mile to go for a native Linux version.
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