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We’re closing in on the midway point of 2019 so let’s slow down for a moment, take a step back and look at some of the top games released with Linux support so far this year.

Note: I am not counting Early Access or in-Beta titles and only including games that support Linux, so for those looking for something new you can expect a full completable experience with any of these titles. Also, it’s in no particular order as this isn’t meant as a best to worse compilation. Also, some may have had their official Linux releases later than the other platforms.

Forager - Genre: Adventure/Crafting

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, Steam

I honestly knew I would enjoy Forager from the moment I first laid my eyes on it. The curious mix of adventure, exploration, crafting and combat wrapped up in some smooth retro art makes for a rather odd experience. There’s no rush to do anything, you basically do whatever you want and it’s an awesome game just to chill out with.

Slay the Spire - Genre: Roguelike/Card Game

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, Steam

Slay the Spire is basically the opposite of Forager, it’s not a game you load up to chill out with. You load it up when you think you have what it takes to overcome the odds. It’s frustrating and yet equally engrossing, especially when you’ve managed to build a deck of cards that enables you to play some powerful combination attacks.

Baba Is You - Genre: Puzzle

Stores: Humble Store, itch.io, Steam

One of my biggest surprises this year! Baba is You took a simple idea of pushing blocks around and turned them into rules to change everything. You complete levels by breaking them and messing around with everything. I still can’t get over my shock of changing myself into a wall, thinking I would be a single bit of wall but instead I moved every single wall on the level at once which was pretty hilarious. It left a lasting impression that many puzzle games have been unable to do with me.

Tropico 6 - Genre: City Builder

Stores: Humble Store, Steam

While the performance can be a little messy in places, it’s still a great and slightly unusual city-builder with a sprinkle of comedy and satire thrown in. There’s a lot of city builders out there, but many play too safe with their settings so it’s pleasing to see Tropico still attempt to be different. The latest version in the series certainly succeeds with that aim.

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark - Genre: Tactical RPG

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, Steam

A high quality RPG with turn-based tactical battles, with some fantastic (although weirdly mixed) artwork that certainly gives off a good Final Fantasy Tactics vibe. It's another game that has quite a few difficulty options you can tweak, so those who enjoy a good battle can have plenty of challenges and those who prefer the story can focus more on that. A lot to appreciate, with not many out there like it.

Surviving Mars: Green Planet - Genre: Building Sim

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, Steam

I've lost a great many hours to Surviving Mars, trying to stop colonists from decided to take long walks to nowhere because they've been without power for an entire day. The Green Planet expansion is honestly amazing, it's changed the game in so many ways making it once again exciting to expand across the red planet and hopefully turn it green without causing a catastrophe.

DiRT 4 - Genre: Racing

Stores: Humble Store, Feral Store, Steam

Personally, I found DiRT 4 to be a great racing sim that’s a little more forgiving than DiRT Rally while still giving a decent enough challenge to be fun. It looks good, performance is excellent and works well with various wheels and pedals.

Pathway - Genre: Tactical Adventure/RPG

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, Steam

I do have some slightly mixed feelings on Pathway. On the one hand it's incredibly stylish, it has a fantastic world and idea but some parts of it do need expanding. Even so, I've enjoyed a lot of hours adventuring in it taking down a nazi or two and befriending a dog on my travels.

Undead Horde - Genre: Action/RPG

Stores: GOG, Steam

An action-RPG with a control element like Overlord and you get to run around with an army of surprisingly strong chickens. There's a lot to enjoy in this one, with a good style and great performance too.

Iron Marines - Genre: RTS

Stores: Steam

A real-time strategy game for those who perhaps don't usually enjoy them and it has an awesome style I've come to expect from Ironhide Game Studio. It mixes in a few elements from their previous games with towers that can be upgraded, hero units and the traditional RTS style combat as you explore each level.

DUSK - Genre: FPS

Stores: Humble Store, Steam and "Soon" to GOG

DUSK takes plenty of inspiration from the classics, while also still managing to come off quite unique in its own way. It’s dark, slightly scary in places (okay, I’m a wuss) with a pace that doesn’t let up. If you do enjoy classics like DOOM and Quake, it’s worth your time.

Descenders - Genre: Sports

Stores: Humble Store, Steam

I've lost count of the amount of times I've tried to finish a track as fast as possible, only to firmly place my face into a tree right near the end. An extreme downhill freeriding game that now has multiplayer and it's awesome. Thanks to the procedural generation, there's a lot of variations in the tracks too and a number of different environments all with their own unique hazards for you to overcome while still trying to look cool doing a front-flip 360 into a wheelie.

Rise of Industry - Genre: Strategy/Tycoon Sim

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, Steam

One of the most accessible strategic tycoon games I've played in a long time. It has a nice clear and easy to follow tutorial, a crisp interface and it's not bad to look at either. It can be complex, however I've found it to be a much more easy-going game than others which is part of why I enjoy it. After all, if I wanted to melt my brain with production chains I would go for something more like Factorio. I see at as a point in its favour though, there's enough complex games out there to last a lifetime but not always a lot that sit nicely in the middle like Rise of Industry.

Guard Duty - Genre: Point and Click Adventure

Stores: Steam

It made me laugh, quite a lot actually. I hope they make more just like this! A point and click adventure gem, calling it a love-letter like so many others doesn't really do it justice. Classic inspired, obviously, but that takes away too much from that fact that it's a streamlined and up to date experience and could serve as a good introduction to the genre.

Snakebird Primer - Genre: Puzzle

Stores: Steam

Doing a lot with a little, Snakebird Primer deserves to be added to your puzzle game collection. Don't be fooled by the cute looks, it hides the devil in the level design. It has a number of different mechanics, carefully introduced to not overwhelm you like the previous Snakebird may have. A good, well-designed puzzle experience that will make you think a little without being too frustrating.

Sunless Skies - Genre: Exploration/Open World RPG

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, Steam

Some of the writing in Sunless Skies could be considered small masterpieces. It has the kind of atmosphere not found in many text-heavy games. It's an odd mix too, plenty of lonely exploration to take in the sights and sounds when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by enemies firing cannons at you. Incredible artwork, excellent writing and very fascinating.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm - Genre: Turn-Based Strategy

Stores: Humble Store, Steam

I’m sure some will fight me to the death on this, as they protect their precious Civ V but honestly I’ve enjoyed Civ VI more. Since the Gathering Storm expansion, I’ve found the world-building it does to be far more interesting. Everything has more of a sense of purpose and urgency that I didn't find before.

Tannenberg - Genre: FPS

Stores: Humble Store, Steam

It doesn’t have the biggest player base ever, sure, but it’s a fantastic and quite brutal WWI FPS. The attention to the little details is impressive, as is the work that went into the sounds for the various weapons. Absolutely love the spawn system too, the way the camera flows down from the sky into a character and then you're there.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

Stores: Humble Store, Steam

An exceptional style, one that really does Warhammer justice and a great atmosphere too. I think they absolutely nailed every aspect of the design work on Mechanicus. The gameplay is an interesting mix with a flavour of XCOM for some of the battle mechanics and a little dungeon crawling exploration too. They work well together, especially with the fantastic Warhammer lore.

JUMPGRID - Genre: Arcade

Stores: itch.io, Steam

It has been compared to Super Hexagon by many people, both because of how intense it is and the simple design. It's not going to win any awards for the style but the gameplay is incredible…and hard. My fingers seriously ached after playing it, due to just how energetic you need to be to overcome it. It's a challenge for both your fingers and your mind.

Pikuniku - Genre: Casual Puzzle Adventure

Stores: Humble Store, GOG, itch.io, Steam

Few games make me smile as soon as the intro starts and Pikuniku is one such game. It has a very charming style and atmosphere too it, although it's pretty unusual. The way your character moves is quite hilarious too, although the story isn't quite as bright and happy as it might seem initially.

Shotgun Farmers - Genre: FPS

Stores: Steam

Ending the list with a slightly unusual one with Shotgun Farmers. It’s not massively popular, it doesn’t have a huge following and yet it’s one of the most innovative first-person shooters released in some time. You fire, your bullets miss and hit the floor and a bunch of new guns grow, what’s not to love about that? The weapons are quite amusing too.



There’s obviously been a lot more that’s released this year, plenty I still haven’t even played and we have another 6+ months full of releases to come yet. Those are just a few of my own highlights. Hopefully, this little round-up of games you can pick up and play will interest some of you and help those not keeping up.

What has been some of your favourites and what are you looking forward to for the rest of 2019 and beyond? Do let everyone know your recommendations in the comments.

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g000h 19 May 2019 at 6:45 pm UTC
Slightly surprised that you didn't mention Counter-Strike: Go Danger Zone which has had big updates in 2019 so far. Also Steel Rats was released late 2018, but the native Linux version wasn't available until early 2019.

Personally, I'm looking forward to Dicey Dungeons getting some more updates (and leaving Early Access), which shouldn't be too far away. Also I hope Serious Sam 4 comes out later this year (rather than any longer).
Liam Dawe 19 May 2019 at 6:53 pm UTC
g000hSlightly surprised that you didn't mention Counter-Strike: Go Danger Zone which has had big updates in 2019 so far. Also Steel Rats was released late 2018, but the native Linux version wasn't available until early 2019.

Personally, I'm looking forward to Dicey Dungeons getting some more updates (and leaving Early Access), which shouldn't be too far away. Also I hope Serious Sam 4 comes out later this year (rather than any longer).
Well Danger Zone was an update, released last year for an older game. Wasn't quite a good fit for what I wanted here
scaine 19 May 2019 at 7:53 pm UTC
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I've been on the edge of buying Mechanicus for about 3 months at least! If it weren't for Path of Exile working perfectly in Steam Play (and being completely free), I'd probably already have pulled the trigger!

And now I have to decide whether it's going to be Mechanicus, or Rage 2. Probably Mechanicus because it's a) native and b) cheaper!
Nezchan 20 May 2019 at 4:07 am UTC
I wonder if this was inspired by our exchange on Mastodon. Even if not, it's worth keeping a list of what goes into full release each year, if only to get an idea of where the Linux market is at in terms of actual "finished" games.
no_information_here 20 May 2019 at 6:44 am UTC
I am glad that there is so much activity right now. However, I have to admit that there are very few of these that interest me. Maybe I am getting old. Sigh...

That is OK. I still have hundreds of unplayed games. Between native Linux games and Proton, I can't complain too much!
Klaas 20 May 2019 at 7:28 am UTC
no_information_hereI am glad that there is so much activity right now. However, I have to admit that there are very few of these that interest me. Maybe I am getting old. Sigh...
(…)

Ditto. From the list above only “Slay the Spire” and “Pathway” interest me. “Dust” falls into the “sort of” category, because it seems to be less “Quake” and more “Unreal”, so I probably would not enjoy it. “Rise of Industry” is another “sort of”, because I don't enjoy the transport mechanism that it uses. I realize that I'm sounding like a broken record, but I'd rather play “OpenTTD”.

A game that is not on the list that I'll definitely buy when they've got the most annoying bugs ironed out is “Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love”.
iiari 20 May 2019 at 8:15 am UTC
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X4 would be a nice addition to that list as well.

Can anyone get Tannenberg running? It still hangs at the title screen for me...
Liam Dawe 20 May 2019 at 8:37 am UTC
NezchanI wonder if this was inspired by our exchange on Mastodon. Even if not, it's worth keeping a list of what goes into full release each year, if only to get an idea of where the Linux market is at in terms of actual "finished" games.
Afraid not, was already working on it just seeing what others enjoyed

We do have a calendar that I really should fix up...
Ehvis 20 May 2019 at 9:45 am UTC
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iiariX4 would be a nice addition to that list as well.

Can anyone get Tannenberg running? It still hangs at the title screen for me...

Indeed, X4 has been one of my personal highlights.

As for Tannenberg, haven't tried it myself, but Samsai has streamed it a few times. Maybe something controller related? Unity can be troublesome when you have non-standard "joysticks" plugged in.
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