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2D horror 'Corpse Party' is now available for Linux on GOG, some thoughts

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GOG have now put up the recently released Linux version of Corpse Party, the 2D horror game from Team GrisGris and XSEED Games.

Disclosure: GOG provided me with a key for testing.

The GOG version requires these packages to be installed manually as it's 32bit:

libc6:i386 libasound2:i386 libasound2-data:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libxdmcp6:i386 libxau6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxcb1:i386 libx11-6:i386 libglu1:i386 libsdl2-2.0-0:i386 libsdl2-image-2.0-0:i386 libsdl2-ttf-2.0-0:i386 libvorbisfile3:i386 

Thankfully, once you get those installed it does seem to work rather nicely on Linux, it wasn't even fussed by my two monitor setup giving me the correct screen and all once I told it to go fullscreen. Plenty of games still totally mess that up, so I'm damn happy Corpse Party is gold here.

For those unfamiliar with the game:

Corpse Party is the original Windows edition of the cult classic horror game that gained a considerable fanbase when released on Sony’s PlayStation®Portable system in 2011. Beginning life as an independent RPG Maker adventure title in 1996, the gameplay was greatly refined and the story greatly expanded for this 2008 iteration, featuring more characters, more detailed interactions, darker story elements, over 5,000 lines of voice-acting and dozens of shocking, gruesome endings. Players take control of nine main characters and several side characters who’ve been split up into groups of two or three and trapped in a run-down, otherworldly elementary school full of vengeful spirits, deadly mysteries and – of course – corpses. As they walk around examining objects and bodies in an atmospheric 2D environment, a horror tale spanning over 50 years begins to unfold, and player choices determine both how the story ends and who lives to see it through.

For a 2D horror game, it has a surprisingly good atmosphere. I will admit I did ever so slightly jump at the start, anyone who has played it will likely know the exact point I'm talking about too. I will also admit it's made my hair stand on end too, the sound effects and the timing on everything is quite amazing. Considering the style they went for, what they were able to do with the game has impressed me, with so much being so unexpected.

It certainly won't be for everyone, since it mixes in the Anime style with Japanese audio requiring you to read a fair bit, especially at the start. It's not just that it has Japanese audio, the game is very dialogue heavy since they use that to help with the atmosphere. For me, the Japanese audio was actually quite charming and at the same time a little scary since I didn't quite know what was happening until I had finished the dialogue, which certainly kept me on guard. It's also a little on the gory side with some of the art, especially when you get further in.

To save the game, you need to find specific save points in the form of lit candles, however, it will also let you suspend the game (not always) to resume it on your next load. A bit of a weird system, but it works.

Get some headphones, turn off the light and get ready. Find Corpse Party on GOG now or Steam. I've been enjoying it, which I always find weird to say about horror titles, why do we put ourselves through this?

On top of that, there was also a short Anime made about the story, which I hear is pretty gruesome. I can't help but be curious about it now!

4 Likes, Who?
DaiKaiser93 7 December 2017 at 9:13 pm UTC
Well, that was quick..
hm11 7 December 2017 at 10:51 pm UTC
Holy .sh.. I wanted this but i did not expect this... I was so ready to buy it Lol This is a sign.


Last edited by hm11 at 7 December 2017 at 10:51 pm UTC
Spud13y 7 December 2017 at 11:31 pm UTC
I would like more weeb games for Linux. I have one of the games on 3DS. I might pick this up.
linuxvangog 8 December 2017 at 12:17 pm UTC
DaiKaiser93Well, that was quick..
Of course!
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Pit 8 December 2017 at 12:51 pm UTC
Am I the only one that finds a 'DRM' Tag for a game in a DRM-free store weird?

As for the game - the trailer doesn't catch me, Anime isn't my thing....
Kuromi 8 December 2017 at 1:38 pm UTC
DaiKaiser93Well, that was quick..
Yes, thats another indication, that port release is controlled, at least in some cases, mostly by developer. If one have no question about giving it to GOG we see it (Corpse party, Signal from Tolva) in matter of days, if not...well. For example Coma is still missing (and that about very recent ports), but still GOG is rather impressive lately.
Kuromi 8 December 2017 at 1:40 pm UTC
hm11Holy .sh.. I wanted this but i did not expect this... I was so ready to buy it Lol This is a sign.

Yeah, it was on sale recently and i was also interested in purchase, but "no, not until they get linux port". Oh well.
Avehicle7887 9 December 2017 at 10:26 pm UTC
Played this a bit last night, so far only the part Liam mentioned that was quite scary. Pixel graphics and horror might not go hand in hand, but in a dark room with headphones it does make a difference even in this case.

On the technical side I also found it very stable and will run on a potato laptop.

I definitely reccommend this one.
RanceJustice 10 December 2017 at 7:49 am UTC
This is a rare Japanese developed title on Linux. I should mention that I was encouraged to seek out this title because one of the developers porting it was also active on the "Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky" Steam forum - she posted under the name "Sara". http://steamcommunity.com/app/251150/discussions/0/38596748000905456/ On this thread requesting Linux support, Sara was very attentive and forthcoming with why some of the older titles would be unlikely to receive a Linux port, but mentioned Corpse Party as one that was coming to Linux because of the porters' interest in doing so.

This kind of honest developer feedback for Linux users is another great reason to support Corpse Party. Likewise as she mentions, showing interest from the Linux community is important especially in Japan where Linux is less likely to be on the PC game dev radar; many companies are new to PC gaming as a whole, having developed near exclusively for console in the past.

In any event if you want a well regarded spooky, indie, pixel art gem try out Corpse Party! You'll be supporting the kind of porting staff that are very friendly to the Linux community too!
Kuromi 12 December 2017 at 5:48 pm UTC
RanceJusticeThis is a rare Japanese developed title on Linux. I should mention that I was encouraged to seek out this title because one of the developers porting it was also active on the "Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky" Steam forum - she posted under the name "Sara". http://steamcommunity.com/app/251150/discussions/0/38596748000905456/ On this thread requesting Linux support, Sara was very attentive and forthcoming with why some of the older titles would be unlikely to receive a Linux port, but mentioned Corpse Party as one that was coming to Linux because of the porters' interest in doing so.

This kind of honest developer feedback for Linux users is another great reason to support Corpse Party. Likewise as she mentions, showing interest from the Linux community is important especially in Japan where Linux is less likely to be on the PC game dev radar; many companies are new to PC gaming as a whole, having developed near exclusively for console in the past.

In any event if you want a well regarded spooky, indie, pixel art gem try out Corpse Party! You'll be supporting the kind of porting staff that are very friendly to the Linux community too!

Its so sad Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky will not have Linux support.

BTW, Corpse Party is 35% off on GOG right now.
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