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Angeldust, a free to play and Early Access sandbox RPG supports Linux

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Angeldust [Steam, Official Site] is a late night discovery after trawling through Steam around midnight last night. It's free to play, looks amusing with the colourful cartoon-like characters so I gave it a go.

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You will need to register here to play, as it seems clicking register in the game causes it to crash to the desktop.

It seems like a game designed for a younger audience, but when I asked how to mine anything as my equipment didn't do anything and the game offered no tutorial the only response I got was "just go to youtube dumbass". I regret trying to talk in an online game once again.

You mine random resources and fight enemies to earn gold, which can be used to unlock other resources from the shop. There doesn't seem to be any in-game purchases, so it at least has that in its favour.

The characters are all 2D, which looked amusing at first, but playing it is just completely weird. It doesn't really make any sense.

The only place I found where I could build, was this tiny plot of land the game gives you. Everything feels terribly limited and poorly designed.

You can play it online or by yourself, so that's nice for people who don't want to play with the instantly idiotic and hostile community I found.

Honestly, apart from the price there's nothing really interesting about the game. Minecraft if you can afford it offers a much better experience.
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Kels 1 December 2016 at 2:28 pm UTC
And Minetest, which is free and native on Linux, also offers a great experience.
SirBaskomWelford 1 December 2016 at 6:04 pm UTC
Trying it out now. liamdawe what did you do in game to allow yourself to play it solo? Checked the electronic device it gives and see only options to join other players.
freelikegnu 1 December 2016 at 9:58 pm UTC
KelsAnd Minetest, which is free and native on Linux, also offers a great experience.
Seriously Liam! How can you forget that Minetest and Terasology exist!?!? I created an account here just to point this out!

http://www.minetest.net/

http://terasology.org/
liamdawe 1 December 2016 at 10:05 pm UTC
freelikegnu
KelsAnd Minetest, which is free and native on Linux, also offers a great experience.
Seriously Liam! How can you forget that Minetest and Terasology exist!?!? I created an account here just to point this out!

http://www.minetest.net/

http://terasology.org/
Just because I don't mention something, doesn't mean I forget them. Minecraft offers a vastly better experience out of the box than both of those. Personal opinion of course. I am well aware of them both. Minetest is just a shell (I know it has plenty of mods, don't force me to download a bunch of mods just to get a basic game experience!) and the last time I look at Terasology it had a long, long way to go as well.
GustyGhost 1 December 2016 at 11:49 pm UTC
GOL just had an article a short while ago about Minetest. BTW Minetest 0.4.15 is lining up for release on December 21st. It may add carts and other amusements.
lidstah 2 December 2016 at 12:03 pm UTC
Have a look at Framasoft's (a french non-profit association promoting Free Software and self-hosting) Framinetest servers, it should download all the needed mods before connecting and it is quite active during evenings: https://framinetest.org/. It's more education-oriented btw, so it should be suitable for a younger audience.

btw, indeed the 2D characters in Angeldust seems a bit weird…
freelikegnu 2 December 2016 at 6:46 pm UTC
liamdaweJust because I don't mention something, doesn't mean I forget them. Minecraft offers a vastly better experience out of the box than both of those. Personal opinion of course. I am well aware of them both. Minetest is just a shell (I know it has plenty of mods, don't force me to download a bunch of mods just to get a basic game experience!) and the last time I look at Terasology it had a long, long way to go as well.

Please, Liam you expect anyone to believe you or anyone else would play Minecraft without mods? Furthermore, "force me to download a bunch of mods" is hyperbole. Folks that play *Minecraft* without mods or dlc in here? The modding of Minetest is what makes Minetest great, same argument is applicable to Minecraft, Skyrim, Quake or any game that can be modded. Who plays any game that is reasonably modable witout any mods!? Would you also say that modding Minecraft is easier than modding Minetest? How do you think the experience would compare then? I suck at modding on my own, but I was able to make a "fun" (as described by others) mod with contributions from others in the community quite easily with Minetest.

That said, I'm glad that you write about Linux gaming and are an active participant in the community. I think you also have a responsibility as a prominent member of our community to consider bias towards commercial games, particularly those that are increasingly unfriendly to us, as Minecraft is, unfair considering the alternatives.

EDIT: as hard as it is for ME to believe that anyone plays Minecraft unmodded, apparently, this is a thing (however many of these listings are ("mostly" or "nearly" vanilla) source: http://minecraft-mp.com/type/vanilla/


Last edited by freelikegnu at 2 December 2016 at 7:45 pm UTC
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