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Dr. Robotnik's Ring Racers is an awesome free kart racing fan game, and not only is there a new release out but the Linux version is now ready to be downloaded and played too.

Mentioned here on GOL recently, Dr. Robotnik’s Ring Racers is a big effort between developers across SRB2Kart, Sonic Robo Blast 2, Doom Legacy and broader Doom communities. With the new 2.1 release out now there's a Flathub package available for easy installs on Linux Desktop and Steam Deck!

The 2.1 update is a "minor patch to clean up some of the most pervasive launch issues" but more updates are to come as they have plenty on their to-do list. 

Features include:

  • A ludicrously long list of courses and playable characters.
  • A complete Grand Prix mode with CPU opponents and multiple difficulty levels.
  • New and revamped items.
  • Unique game systems and mechanics.
  • Local split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players, and online play up to 16.
  • A comprehensive Time Attack mode with replay support.
  • A wealth of secrets to find.
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Pengling May 1
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Quoting: Linux_RocksHere's some good Sonic racing music to go with this.
Sonic R was pretty janky (though I did play the Windows 95 port to death on my first laptop, with its horrible DSTN display, all those years ago), but man, the soundtrack and atmosphere were phenomenal.

I need to set up a good control-layout and revisit the Saturn version on my Steam Deck, one of these days...


Last edited by Pengling on 1 May 2024 at 7:40 pm UTC
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: Linux_RocksHere's some good Sonic racing music to go with this.
Sonic R was pretty janky (though I did play the Windows 95 port to death on my first laptop, with its horrible DSTN display, all those years ago), but man, the soundtrack and atmosphere were phenomenal.

I need to set up a good control-layout and revisit the Saturn version on my Steam Deck, one of these days...
The controls on the Saturn version are much better with the 3D controller or steering wheel. It's playable with the regular controller once you can get used to it, but it takes a lot longer. Regardless, as a kid I still loved it, and I still do love it. lol

You can always try the PC version again. There's fixes for modern OSes at the PCGamingWiki via that link.
Pengling May 1
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Quoting: Linux_RocksThe controls on the Saturn version are much better with the 3D controller or steering wheel. It's playable with the regular controller once you can get used to it, but it takes a lot longer. Regardless, as a kid I still loved it, and I still do love it. lol
I owned both versions, and honestly I got on better using the regular controller probably because I started off with the PC port. That, and I didn't like the Saturn's analogue controller - the shape hurt my hands, unfortunately.

Such a shame that the Saturn version didn't have any desktop-backgrounds hidden on the disc like Sonic Jam did!

Quoting: Linux_RocksYou can always try the PC version again. There's fixes for modern OSes at the PCGamingWiki via that link.
I'll probably just go with the Saturn version - it sounds like a lot less hassle.
mrdeathjr May 2
sadly dont have appimage support for now, and sadly too them dont have add issue on github in my case

https://github.com/KartKrewDev/RingRacers

Thibug May 2
Quoting: mrdeathjrsadly dont have appimage support for now, and sadly too them dont have add issue on github in my case

https://github.com/KartKrewDev/RingRacers


As mentionned in the Readme the GitHub repo is only a mirror of their gitlab, you can open an issue over there : https://git.do.srb2.org/KartKrew/RingRacers/-/issues

Played the game on the OLED, it's quite fun and the 90Hz make it even more enjoyable, I will try to convince some friends to try it out (or force them, with cookies)


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kokoko3k May 2
Quite confused about the Linux support, what does it mean? It was already GPL licensed and available at least via aur in Archlinux since April, 25.
Liam Dawe May 2
Quoting: kokoko3kQuite confused about the Linux support, what does it mean? It was already GPL licensed and available at least via aur in Archlinux since April, 25.
Now it has an official package from the developer, available for basically any distribution. It's really not complicated.
kokoko3k May 2
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Quoting: kokoko3kQuite confused about the Linux support, what does it mean? It was already GPL licensed and available at least via aur in Archlinux since April, 25.
Now it has an official package from the developer, available for basically any distribution. It's really not complicated.

Gotcha, since I was already feeling supported by the source code, I feared I was missing something critical.

Thank you very much for the explaination!
Julius May 3
"gaster" seems to be the password to skip the tutorial and "Wi-Fi Warrior" to unlock multiplayer.

But that is seriously bad game design to have a long unskippable tutorial and make multiplayer an unlockable as well.
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