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Enshrouded is the latest open-world hit on Steam - how it runs on Steam Deck / Linux

By Liam Dawe,
Enshrouded is another big Early Access open-world game to arrive on Steam, and it's already doing some big numbers. So how does it run on Steam Deck / Linux? Here's an initial starting report for you.

Palworld is Steam Deck Playable and runs on Desktop Linux with Proton

By Liam Dawe,
Palworld is a new release on Steam in Early Access from Pocketpair. A fusion of Pokémon with monster catching, farming, building and much more. It is Steam Deck Playable and does work on Desktop Linux too.

Vibrant fantasy retro magical FPS 'Wizordum' is a joy to blast through

By Liam Dawe,
Wizordum is a new retro FPS that puts you in the role of a Mage on a quest to track down the source of Chaos. If you adored early first-person shooters, you're going to really enjoy this one.

Zombie survival in your city – Infection Free Zone

By Etienne Mahler,
What would you do if there were zombies right in your neighborhood? Would you maybe head to the closest supermarket you usually shop at, check out the old police station where your uncle used to work for some guns, or even consider hitting up that pharmacy run by the grumpy lady who always gave you the creeps? Well, that's pretty much the deal with Infection Free Zone.

Here's how Starfield runs on Steam Deck and desktop Linux

By Liam Dawe,
Want to know how Starfield runs on Steam Deck? Or desktop Linux? Well, I've given it a run to see what I think of it and here's some early info for you.

Baldur's Gate 3 out now and works on Steam Deck and desktop Linux

By Liam Dawe,
For those interested in the latest big RPG from Larian Studios, here's my quick initial report on Baldur's Gate 3 running on Steam Deck and desktop Linux.

Goodbye free time I have discovered Timberborn

By Liam Dawe,
A city-building colony-sim where a bunch of Beavers are building a society long after us pesky humans died off is not a thing I thought I needed but Timberborn is properly great.

Xenonauts 2 is looking good on desktop Linux and Steam Deck

By Liam Dawe,
The invasion continues. Xenonauts 2 is now in Early Access from Goldhawk Interactive and Hooded Horse and I've taken a look to see how it runs on desktop Linux and Steam Deck.

Starship Troopers: Extermination is a little janky but so much fun

By Liam Dawe,
A little janky in places as expected from an Early Access game but Starship Troopers: Extermination is a lot of fun to play with friends and even complete strangers.

Mechabellum is an auto-battling Supreme Commander - I'm completely hooked

By Liam Dawe,
Mechabellum is a new Early Access release from Game River and Paradox Arc (the publishing arm of Paradox Interactive). It's an auto-battler like say Dota Underlords and Auto Chess, but with big mech units with battles like Supreme Commander.

Swarm Grinder is a very unique horde-game now in Early Access

By Liam Dawe,
If you love anything remotely similar to Vampire Survivors and other horde-style auto-shooters, you might want to take a look at Swarm Grinder.

Arcane Wilds kicks off with some refreshing RTS ideas

By Etienne Mahler,
Have you been someone who loved playing games like Starcraft and Age of Empires primarily in multiplayer mode with your friends, or do you still play them? Then I might have something for you that could make your competitive RTS heart beat faster and bring some fresh ideas.

GB Operator is a fun gadget for Game Boy fans tested on Steam Deck

By Liam Dawe,
Recently I mentioned GB Operator a little USB gadget that reads cartridges of the Game Boy, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance. After giving it a go myself, I'm impressed and a little in love.

The Wandering Village is absolutely mesmerizing

By Liam Dawe,
The Wandering Village from Stray Fawn Studio, a game about building a village on the back of a massive moving creature has just entered Early Access with Native Linux support.

Boneraiser Minions is probably my next 100 hour indie obsession

By Liam Dawe,
Stop me if you've heard this before, but I've discovered another game that takes elements from Vampire Survivors and makes it nicely unique again. Enter the world of Boneraiser Minions.

20 Minutes Till Dawn is like Vampire Survivors with guns — goodbye free time

By Liam Dawe,
20 Minutes Till Dawn is what you get when you take the basic action-survival idea that Vampire Survivors made popular again, makes it really dark and puts a gun in your hand.

Initial thoughts on the HP Dev One laptop with Pop!_OS

By Liam Dawe,
HP and System76 teamed up for the HP Dev One, and for a little while now I’ve been using it as my main machine for everything possible for GamingOnLinux related and otherwise. Here's my initial thoughts, with more to come when I've had more time.

Golfie mixes together minigolf with a deck-builder

By Liam Dawe,
We've seen a few attempts to spice-up Golf like Golf with Your Friends which is great but how about blending it together with a deck-building card game? Golfie is the answer to that.

Peglin turns Peggle into a Slay the Spire styled roguelike

By Liam Dawe,
It may be a little rough around the edges since it's brand new and in Early Access but Peglin might be another game I end up sinking 100s of hours into.

The Planet Crafter is a great start to a open-world terraforming game

By Liam Dawe,
The Planet Crafter is a lonely and chilled-out open-world survival game about terraforming a hostile planet.
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