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I’ve spoken with the Gnomoria developer a few times over the past couple years, and I’m pleased to say the Gnomoria Linux version is now live!

The game was ported by famed Linux porter “Ethan “flibitijibibo” Lee”, and you can see his announcement post on it here.

About the game (Official)
Gnomoria is a sandbox village management game where you help lead a small group of gnomes, who have set out on their own, to thrive into a bustling kingdom! Anything you see can be broken down and rebuilt elsewhere. Craft items, build structures, set traps and dig deep underground in search of precious resources to help your gnomes survive the harsh lands. Build your kingdom and stockpile wealth to attract wandering gnomads to your cause, but be wary of also attracting enemies!

Initial thoughts
It’s an Early Access title, so it is unfinished. As a result we will cover it again in future to be fair on it.

First important note: Prepare to learn, as the game will thrust you into the world without so much as even a brief explanation. It seems to be a lot like Towns, only the developer is still working on it, so it’s much more worth investing time and money into Gnomoria.

It did take me a good while to get into it, but it does seem like it’s an okay game as far as sandbox experiences go. The lack of character animations is noticeable though, as I was hoping to see them interact with the environment a bit more. For example: When cutting a tree, you hear them do it, but they just stand on the tree. It would be much more satisfying to see even a simple cutting animation happen.

The lack of a tutorial does get annoying! I’ve had to google many multiples of simple things just to get a grip on what’s going on. Take farming wheat for example, I planted it and expected to have to build some sort of farmhouse or mill for it, but no, only farmland. The wheat is then sent directly to a kitchen to be made into Bread. It’s many simple things like that which do need explaining. I fear because of this, many people will be turned off by the sheer complexity and learning curve of it.

The music, dear lord the music, I turned it off very quickly. The repetition grated on my nerves rather quickly, luckily you don’t need it. I would be surprised if anyone kept it on!

Final thoughts: It feels a little rough around the edges, and the lack of a basic tutorial is frustrating. If you have time to spare, and like building a town then this may be for you. Once it’s a little more fleshed out, it’s probably going to be awesome though.

Check out Gnomoria on Steam now. It’s also in the Humble Weekly Sale right now. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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OZSeaford 23 July 2015 at 11:15 pm UTC
I wonder how it compares to Dwarf fortress.

It does seem like a nice take on it, even thought the Ascii goodness is something I keep going back to.
Noven 24 July 2015 at 1:36 am UTC
Awesome! I love this game and now I can play it without wine.
WorMzy 24 July 2015 at 8:49 am UTC
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OZSeafordI wonder how it compares to Dwarf fortress.

This was my first thought. I look forward to playing it.
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