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Aeon of Sands - The Trail, a unique dungeon crawling RPG is now on Linux

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Aeon of Sands - The Trail is certainly attention-grabbing, with the retro look inspired by old dungeon crawlers mixed with some interesting story-telling where you create your own adventure.

Aeon of Sands – The Trail is a roleplaying game set in a post-apocalyptic desert world. It combines real-time exploration gameplay with classic gamebooks where you create your very own non-linear story adventure.

You play the vain and clumsy Setrani, a simple clerk aspiring to a simple life. But in the post-apocalyptic world of Aeon of Sands, nothing is ever that easy... A single missing caravan will set plans in motion, and seal the fate of our unlikely hero.

Originally released back in December, the developer Two Bits Kid just today reached out to us to mention Linux support is now live! They're officially supporting Ubuntu and SteamOS, with other distributions tested working but not officially supported (fair enough).

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  • The world of Aeon of Sands may be lethal, but it is not humourless. Think “Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy” meets Interplay's Fallout!
  • Emphasis on exploration: the deadly world of AoS is filled with secrets, switches, loot and eccentric characters to meet... or to fight!
  • Non-linearity: Follow the story at your own speed, or at your own will.
  • Replayability: Do it differently all over, face multiple endings!
  • Completely hand drawn 2.5D environment, 240 hand-drawn illustrations
  • Auto-mapping, with a writing feature
  • Real-time combat, with grid-based tactics
  • Organic character's customization: forget xp and levels, stats are likened to the gear you choose and the skills you use.

This looks absolutely awesome, some incredible artwork went into the scenes you see while exploring. I'm hoping to take a closer look at this one, so we may have more detailed thoughts up another day.

You can find it on Steam for £16.99/$19.99/€18.99.

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Tchey 27 February 2019 at 2:59 pm UTC
It's a nice game, probably too simplistic, but i like the settings.

What i dislike however, the combats. Real time, grid base.

There is an active pause, but only for the lowest difficulty level.

I really can't get into grid based game that are not turn based. Combats always feel stupid, and even with cooldown on attacks, there is almost no depth to them.
Nevertheless 27 February 2019 at 3:09 pm UTC
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TcheyIt's a nice game, probably too simplistic, but i like the settings.

What i dislike however, the combats. Real time, grid base.

There is an active pause, but only for the lowest difficulty level.

I really can't get into grid based game that are not turn based. Combats always feel stupid, and even with cooldown on attacks, there is almost no depth to them.

Haha. This serves as a recommendation to me! I feel we had this conversation once... ;-)
buenaventura 27 February 2019 at 3:13 pm UTC
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It reminds me of Dark Scavenger! Is the text well written?
Sir_Diealot 27 February 2019 at 4:27 pm UTC
There is a GOG wishlist entry for it, please vote for it, I'd like to be able to buy the game.
https://www.gog.com/wishlist/games/aeon_of_sands_the_trial

I really like the art style.
On the technical side of things the game is made with my favorite engine, Löve (love2d.org). At lest one of the two bits kids is very active in it's community and releases a lot of his code as free software: https://github.com/SiENcE


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shazzner 27 February 2019 at 5:52 pm UTC
Yay, my pestering worked!
Tchey 27 February 2019 at 7:40 pm UTC
NeverthelessHaha. This serves as a recommendation to me! I feel we had this conversation once... ;-)

Hehe, yes i think, about Vaporum i guess ?
Nevertheless 27 February 2019 at 8:07 pm UTC
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Tchey
NeverthelessHaha. This serves as a recommendation to me! I feel we had this conversation once... ;-)

Hehe, yes i think, about Vaporum i guess ?

Yup! :-)
Zaxth 28 February 2019 at 7:44 am UTC
This is quite a nice game that harkens back to Amiga games of old. I bought it during the christmas sale and played it with proton, but area transition didn't work due to a problem with wine. So happy to see this native version, now I can continue my game
Cestarian 28 February 2019 at 4:16 pm UTC
Looks like a wizardry clone, kinda nice if I think about it, is it any good?
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