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Another game goes completely DRM-free on GOG, with developer COWCAT putting up Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure along with the Linux version. Note: Copy provided by GOG.

Bjorn Thonen, a slob of an antique dealer living in Paris, is robbed one night after coming home drunk. Forced to conduct his own investigation with the help of his neighbor Sandra, he ends up involved in a murky, mysterious affair. Will these unlikely heroes be able to rise up and discover ancient secrets?

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  • A long, varied, standalone adventure (8 to 12 hours of gameplay)
  • The Point & Click and Visual Novel genres mixed together!
  • Over 15,000 lines of dialog
  • Hand drawn art in Full HD
  • A high level of interactivity
  • Fun mini-games throughout the story
  • Search for hidden cookies on every screen for optional puzzle hints!
  • Gamepad support

Not a new game by any stretch, not even for Linux. After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter back in 2015, it released with Linux support in 2016. Quite a strange story to it, but if you like simple childish and quite crude humour, then it's something that's likely worth your time. An acquired taste I would say, probably quite easy to bounce off it if the first hour isn't your thing the rest of the game likely isn't either. I did like it though, some of the scenes are quite amusing. No issues at all on Manjaro, everything worked great.

For a little extra info, the developer did a post-mortem on Gamasutra back in 2018. In this article, the developer mentioned the low sales for the Linux version but they still thought it was important to support their audience and it sounds like it took really little effort to do. Additionally, it turns out GOG originally rejected it, nice to see they changed their mind on it.

Want to pick up a copy? Now you can find it on GOG, in addition to itch.io and Steam.

This was missing from our dedicated Crowdfunding Page, it has now been added.

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MrNilsson 23 July 2019 at 10:21 am UTC
Phlebiac
MrNilssonIf you're up you can tell me some must plays on Linux. Doesn't have to be only point-and-click adventures.

Doesn't have to be, but will be for my list, lol!

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Thanks for your list. I knew a few games already but I didn't play any of it yet. SOMA was already on my Steam Wishlist Thanks for the recommendations.

soulsourceI'm still sad that the English translation "Longstockings" has such a cumbersome word-melody. As an Austrian I grew up with the German version, "Langstrumpf", which is pretty close to the Swedish original "Långstrump", both having a much smoother sound to them.
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If you want something still funny, but more serious, have a look at The Whispered World.

Yeah, I know what you mean, I'm German. I don't like the "Longstockings" either, it doesn't feel right. Thanks for the game recommendation.

soulsourceI had the same experience with the Dutch translation, which is "Langkous". Which has a very different sound to the second half, but it's still a two syllable word which flows nicely. (note that the ou sounds close to the o in "now")

There are tons of point and clicks that made it onto Linux. I'm now playing the new "Irony Curtain" one, which is fantastic. Also don't forget that there is a remaster of the classic "Day of the Tentancle". There's also a remaster of the old Full Throttle, but that one didn't really appeal to me.

As for this game, it doesn't really look like it is the best one, but for the price I may actually give it a go.
I like the Dutch translation. I put a lot of classics on my wishlist on GOG now, thanks for the other game recommendations.

Btw Demetrios is fun so far. But you have to like the type of humor in this game.
MrNilsson 23 July 2019 at 10:31 am UTC
EikeWe once made a list, it's outdated, but here's it with Steam links:
https://ein-eike.de/linux-games-worth-your-bucks/

Thanks for your list here and on your blog. I saved both and I'll have a look on them later this day.
Eike 23 July 2019 at 10:37 am UTC
MrNilssonThanks for your list here and on your blog. I saved both and I'll have a look on them later this day.

The recommendations I listed in my post here are my personal ones.
Every single one is a great game in its respective genre in my humble opinion.


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Rooster 23 July 2019 at 10:39 am UTC
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MrNilssonI haven't played a point-and-click adventure for ages.
Just by reading the article, I'd wager there are better candidates worthy of your attention :-). P&C Adventures had a pretty fruitful phase over the past couple years, and more hot stuff in the pipeline.

EikeINHO, sorry to the devs, there are lots of better alteratives if you don't fancy a... simple humour. If you tell about your preferences, I'm sure we'll find recommendations.

Well I think the last one I played was Grim Fandango or a Leisure Suit Larry game. The last few years I just played the Counter Strike games, Rainbow Six Siege and some Fortnite on the PC and sport & adventure games on the PS4. If you're up you can tell me some must plays on Linux. Doesn't have to be only point-and-click adventures. But it would be nice if the games were native Linux games. I just want to explore Linux games at the moment as I'm new to Linux.

From Point and Click games I can definitely recommend Pillars of Earth. The gameplay is not much to write home about, but the story is excelent. You can also give Port Valley Free Demo a try. I played it and it's.. alright. If 4th wall breaking is your thing, you will probably enjoy it.

My personal favourites among native Linux games:

Mount and Blade: Warband - a 1st/3th person RPG. It's sort of similar to Total War Games the way it plays except it is an RPG. You have your tactical map where you decide your moves within the realm. Then for battles, it switches to 1st/3th person view to give you control over your characters, but you also use F1-F5 keys to command your troops. If you ever felt like wanting to be a lord in Westeros from Game of Thrones, this is the game to play. It even has a great Game of Thrones mod.

Day of Infamy - Best tactical shooter I've played since Battlefield 1942. It's something between Counter Strike and Battlefield

Pyre - a mix between sports game and choose-your-adventure visual novel. It is sort of a magical basketball/rugby tournament with story implemented into it.

Distance - crazy racing platformer (just watch the trailer for it to get an idea what the game is)


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MrNilsson 23 July 2019 at 4:03 pm UTC
RoosterFrom Point and Click games I can definitely recommend Pillars of Earth. The gameplay is not much to write home about, but the story is excelent. You can also give Port Valley Free Demo a try. I played it and it's.. alright. If 4th wall breaking is your thing, you will probably enjoy it.

My personal favourites among native Linux games:

Mount and Blade: Warband - a 1st/3th person RPG. It's sort of similar to Total War Games the way it plays except it is an RPG. You have your tactical map where you decide your moves within the realm. Then for battles, it switches to 1st/3th person view to give you control over your characters, but you also use F1-F5 keys to command your troops. If you ever felt like wanting to be a lord in Westeros from Game of Thrones, this is the game to play. It even has a great Game of Thrones mod.

Day of Infamy - Best tactical shooter I've played since Battlefield 1942. It's something between Counter Strike and Battlefield

Pyre - a mix between sports game and choose-your-adventure visual novel. It is sort of a magical basketball/rugby tournament with story implemented into it.

Distance - crazy racing platformer (just watch the trailer for it to get an idea what the game is)

Thanks for your recommendations. I will have a look on the games. I haven't played Day of Infamy about 1 1/2 years. Maybe I should give it another chance.
Purple Library Guy 23 July 2019 at 4:39 pm UTC
soulsourceI'm still sad that the English translation "Longstockings" has such a cumbersome word-melody. As an Austrian I grew up with the German version, "Langstrumpf", which is pretty close to the Swedish original "Långstrump", both having a much smoother sound to them.
(also: in the Bavarian dialect, which is spoken in most of Austria, it'd be "Långstrumpf")
Could be worse. That's nothing compared to what happened to Kalle Blomkvist in English. Although at least I suppose Bill Bergson rolls off the tongue pretty easily.

I don't have much to contribute in terms of recommendations here--I kind of like point-and-clicks in theory, but in practice I seem to somehow manage to suck horribly at them. I just somehow manage to miss stuff I should be clicking on, or my mind works totally in the opposite direction from the puzzles, or something. I'm more a big-ish strategy kind of guy, like Stellaris or Civ, plus turn-based things like Shadowrun and stuff.
kaiman 23 July 2019 at 6:39 pm UTC
MrNilssonWell I think the last one I played was Grim Fandango or a Leisure Suit Larry game. The last few years I just played the Counter Strike games, Rainbow Six Siege and some Fortnite on the PC and sport & adventure games on the PS4. If you're up you can tell me some must plays on Linux. Doesn't have to be only point-and-click adventures. But it would be nice if the games were native Linux games. I just want to explore Linux games at the moment as I'm new to Linux.
Since I kind of started this, I'll throw in my favorites as well (though I spotted some of them already). As per request, native Linux games only.

As far as P&C adventures (and adventure/narrative games in general) are concerned:

  • The Deponia series makes the top of the list. In my book, it's the Monkey Island of this decade, if perhaps a bit less innocent (not to say: more controversial). As you should be playing the original German version, quality of writing and voice work will be excellent. I really liked how a lot of your actions will bring about small and large catastrophes, and doubly so when I didn't see them coming :-).
  • The premise behind Thimbleweed Park is that it looks and feels like a long-lost LucasArts adventure, and it's executed brilliantly. No wonder, as it was made by the people behind the original Maniac Mansion (and Monkey Island). Very good puzzles, decent story, even though it develops in a somewhat unexpected direction.
  • Firewatch is a purely narrative game, and one of the best I played. In my view, it features the most natural sounding dialog I encountered in a game so far, and its down-to-earth story resonated with me quite well. And while the graphics aren't quite AAA quality, it manages to set a very beautiful mood, further enhanced by an excellent soundtrack.
  • State of Mind is more focused on the narrative, with some lighter puzzles. The story is set in a near-future dystopian Berlin and quite thought-provoking. Luckily, some decisions are left in the hand of the player, so it never feels patronizing. As it meshed well with my own worries and hopes for the future, I found playing it a fairly pleasant experience.
  • Broken Age is made by Tim Shafer, the guy behind Grim Fandango. Not quite in the same league, but it's a fun and relaxing P&C adventure, with an artsy look to it. I find the story pretty tranquil, and a perfect escape from the troubles of the real world.
  • I really liked the looks of Unforeseen Incidents, and it's a decent enough P&C adventure too. It's your typical conspiracy plot, with the typical foreseeable twists, but characters are lovable and puzzles not too bad. Did I mention the very distinctive and in my view fantastic graphics?


Outside the adventure genre, it really depends what you're after. Again, some of my favorites:

  • Divinity: Original Sin (Enhanced Edition) was the first RPG from Larian I played, and it had me mightily impressed. I love the vibrant art style, the wacky humor and the turn-based combat. In my book, it's far better than the sequel.
  • AER: Memories of Old is very, very relaxing, with some light platforming. The best (bird)-flight mechanics I've ever experienced, and I also like the visuals.
  • For the King is best described as board game meets Rogue-like, and I found it fairly addictive. Linux version isn't on GOG, though, just on Steam.
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera is the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, and while it (naturally) fails to live up to the greatness of PS:T, it's an interesting RPG in its own right, with very little combat and lots of text instead.
  • Else Heart.Break() is quite unusual, as it has you writing code to reach your objectives. Otherwise, it comes across as a kind of adventure game, except that there are no traditional puzzles.


If you're more after a AAA experience, it might make sense to check out the Linux catalogue of Aspyr or Feral respectively. Personally, I've played Civilization VI, Civilization: Beyond Earth and a bit of F1 2017, with no complaints. Don't think any of those are on GOG though. You'd have to get them on Steam.
Phlebiac 24 July 2019 at 12:44 am UTC
EikeThe Journey Down

Oh, how did I forget that? FYI, there are 3 parts to that one.

One of these days, I'll get around to Thimbleweed Park; made by a former LucasArts developer, so I'm sure it's good. ;)
MrNilsson 24 July 2019 at 2:26 am UTC
kaimanSince I kind of started this, I'll throw in my favorites as well (though I spotted some of them already). As per request, native Linux games only.

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Thanks for your detailed recommendations. I put the most games on my wishlist.

Wow I didn't know there are offered so many good (native) titles on Linux already.
Phlebiac 24 July 2019 at 5:12 am UTC
MrNilssonThanks for your detailed recommendations. I put the most games on my wishlist.

If you are interested in a Steam key for Deponia: the Complete Journey (essentially the first 3 games rolled together), send me a PM.

On a side note, I wish there were an easier way to trade Steam keys; steamtrades.com seems so cumbersome. At least steamgifts.com is easy...
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