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Maniac is classic GTA meets Vampire Survivors - out now on Steam

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From Transhuman Design we have the next survivor-like game with Maniac, that puts it into a classic GTA setting while you go on a bit of a frenzy. If you love a good bit of chaos with plenty of upgrades and characters to unlock, this may very well be what you need.

If definitely reminds me of my earlier years playing the first and second Grand Theft Auto, complete with police car chases and helicopters flying around trying to catch you. Only here, you can keep levelling up to make everything all that bit more ridiculous.

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Features:

  • Six insane characters with unique abilities. Cause chaos with Drunk Santa, Hot Dog Guy, and even clowns.
  • Heart-pounding chase-driven action built on explosive physics and destruction.
  • With each new crime, the law gets more ticked off - police, FBI, military, special forces and more will all be on your tail.
  • Buy guns, explosives, and special items to keep your runs going longer.
  • Unlockable items and upgrades across all characters - better guns, landmines, sturdier cars, and more cash-per-crime. The upgrade path is yours to choose!

With the Linux version (personal purchase) it seemed to work really well, the only issue I noticed was the cursor in the menu being a bit too big which seems to be a common Unity game engine issue on Linux.

It's a lot of fun but gamepad support in it is weird since you only get auto aim, or aiming in the direction you're facing, which for this type of game feels like an odd choice. Having actual twin-stick aiming would make it feel a lot better on gamepad. The developer has said they do plan to add that in as soon as possible which is nice to see. Apart from that though, it's pretty much exactly as you would expect such a game to be. Over the top action, lots of explosions and complete anarchy as you smash through everyone and everything in your way.

If you love the idea then £4.29 is a great price for it.

Available on Steam with Native Linux support.

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9 comments

scratchi Mar 29
Cool! Just got this, works on FreeBSD :D
Looks like they already released a patch to add twin stick. I'll be spending some time with this for sure.
Wouldn't have known about this game if it wasn't for GoL, thanks again! :)
whizse Mar 29
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Getting both some early GTA and original Postal vibes from this one.
Interknet Mar 29
I played the demo, and I bought it yesterday (gonna play it later or some days time after I'm done with Dragons Dogma 2) and I gotta say it's pretty good. I hope they didn't fix the wacky physics that happen from time to time, it's bloody hilarious.
slaapliedje Mar 30
Quoting: whizseGetting both some early GTA and original Postal vibes from this one.
Postal was what I was thinking.
GetBeaned Mar 31
Very obvious observation, but with the success of Vampire Survivors on the Deck, it sounds perfect for that, so it's a shame to see it has poor gamepad support. For 3 quid I'll pick it up and play it down the line.
Liked the old GTA games a lot and this has been a blast so far. The drunk Santa slurring random phrases as you commit atrocities is so friggin' funny. And like someone else said the complete chaos from the physics bugging out adds to it. Runs great on the Steamdeck fwiw.
razing32 Apr 1
Quoting: scratchiCool! Just got this, works on FreeBSD :D
Looks like they already released a patch to add twin stick. I'll be spending some time with this for sure.
Wouldn't have known about this game if it wasn't for GoL, thanks again! :)

Wait , the binaries work ?
I thought the linux binaries were no longer compatible on FreeBSD.
scratchi Apr 2
Quoting: razing32Wait , the binaries work ?
I thought the linux binaries were no longer compatible on FreeBSD.

They work using linux emulation layer. If you install the linux-steam-utils port/pkg, it'll pull in all the dependencies for that, you just need to enable it and a few other modules. So with that, you'll have fully working steam client and from there you can run this game and many other unity titles that have native linux binaries. Proton works too, but the laptop i have this set up on doesn't support vulkan, so i can't use it.

Here is a list of just some of the games tested and know to work (or not work): https://github.com/shkhln/linuxulator-steam-utils/wiki/Compatibility
razing32 Apr 7
Quoting: scratchi
Quoting: razing32Wait , the binaries work ?
I thought the linux binaries were no longer compatible on FreeBSD.

They work using linux emulation layer. If you install the linux-steam-utils port/pkg, it'll pull in all the dependencies for that, you just need to enable it and a few other modules. So with that, you'll have fully working steam client and from there you can run this game and many other unity titles that have native linux binaries. Proton works too, but the laptop i have this set up on doesn't support vulkan, so i can't use it.

Here is a list of just some of the games tested and know to work (or not work): https://github.com/shkhln/linuxulator-steam-utils/wiki/Compatibility

WOW
That's actually impressive.
I always tried to muck around with the BSDs but i never got past booting the, I think Ghost BSD was the only one that actually managed to do it.
May have to give FreeBSD another go.
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