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Category: Initial Thoughts

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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.

Crown of Pain could turn into the next great match-3 RPG

By Liam Dawe,
Do you like Match 3 games? Well, I do! Crown of Pain mixes together the idea of matching tiles but blends in turn-based RPG battles too.

Steam Deck desktop mode plus other stores — Epic Games Store

By Liam Dawe,
You have your shiny new Steam Deck, which I’ve gone over in an initial look on — but what about desktop mode apps and other stores? I’ve also been testing that with the Epic Games Store.

The Steam Deck has released, here's my initial review

By Liam Dawe,
The Steam Deck has arrived and Valve were kind enough to ship GamingOnLinux a review unit — here’s my own initial thoughts after spending a couple weeks with it.

Draft of Darkness is a deckbuilder like nothing else with a horror theme

By Liam Dawe,
Could this be your next 100 hour deckbuilder? Draft of Darkness has freshly released into Early Access on Steam.

Rolled Out! is a wonderful spiritual successor to Super Monkey Ball

By Liam Dawe,
While Rolled Out! from Polarbyte Games / Skymap Games is currently in Early Access so it's not finished, it clearly has an excellent setup ready for you to get rolling.

Retro game streaming service Piepacker is quite impressive and works well on Linux

By Liam Dawe,
We've seen numerous game streaming services now like Stadia, GeForce Now, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Amazon Luna and probably more to come. They all focus on the new and shiny but what about old games? Piepacker is going to be a hit for that.

Building and management sim Voxel Tycoon arrives on Steam and it's fantastic

By Liam Dawe,
Are you a fan of OpenTTD or the Transport Fever series? You should look at Voxel Tycoon, a brand new Early Access release on Steam that comes with Linux support and it's looking very good.

Valheim is just an incredible experience you need to play

By Liam Dawe,
Why is Valheim so popular? People have asked. Well, how we feel about games is always highly subjective and here's my own initial thoughts on it after many hours lost inside its world.

Hadean Tactics, a realtime auto-battler with deck building, launches today

By scaine,
What happens when Slay the Spire has a baby with DOTA Underlords? We're about to find out in Hadean Tactics.

Viking open-world survival game Valheim enters Early Access

By Liam Dawe,
After a promising Alpha release on itch.io back in 2018, the day has finally come to enter purgatory in Valheim.

Rogue-lite dungeon crawler Tallowmere 2 is over the top and ridiculously fun

By Liam Dawe,
Tallowmere 2 could easily be a contender for my own personal Early Access GOTY as developer Chris McFarland has managed to craft an absolutely brilliant game here.

First-person magic-shooting rogue-lite 'Ziggurat 2' enters Early Access

By Liam Dawe,
Ziggurat 2 from Milkstone Studios has arrived in Early Access, letting you jump into the shoes of a mage and blast through some freaky creatures with all sorts of wands and staffs in gorgeous first-person action.

My experiences of Valve's VR on Linux

By scaine,
As the proud and excited owner of a shiny new Valve Index kit to go with my almost-new all-AMD rig, I thought I’d outline the journey to getting it all working, exclusively on Linux.

Firefighting game Embr is Stadia's first Early Access title, it's good fun

By Liam Dawe,
Out today on Stadia is Embr, an amusing game that makes a bit of a joke of the gig economy by letting anyone be a firefighter.

Meal making automation in the Zach-like 'Neon Noodles' feels great

By Liam Dawe,
Neon Noodles released into Early Access a few months ago and since then, I've been directing my robotic chefs around madly trying to improve on their speed and it's quite engrossing.

A Long Way Down blends together Slay the Spire card combat with maze building - now in Early Access

By Liam Dawe,
One thing is for sure, Slay the Spire truly has kicked off a deck-building indie game revolution of sorts. More and more are releasing with deck-building and A Long Way Down seems like one of the better ones so far.

Some early thoughts on The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters from Devespresso Games

By Liam Dawe,
Devespresso Games have returned to their roots with The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters, so I took a little look at what to expect from this in-development atmospheric, story-driven horror.

Some early first impressions of Google Stadia played on Linux

By Liam Dawe,
Stadia has launched if you have the Founder Edition, our unit and code came a little late but it's here and surprisingly it all seems to be working well.
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