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Fans of the beautiful game might be happy to know that we've had our first football (soccer for you Yanks out there) game available on Linux for a few months now. Well, first one that's more about the matches than the management side of things. Kopanito is a diverse and fast-paced game that looks pretty fun.

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I'm not really what you'd call a football fan but I've played my fair share of football games over the years. I'm not dedicated enough to reliably play simulations like Football Manager but I've had tons of fun playing games like PES or FIFA with friends. The sport itself is about teamwork and so it's a natural fit for both coop and competitive experiences. Kopanito seems to understand that and allows up to five players to play a fast and loose version of football that's more about fun than rules and minutiae.

This is a game with super moves and slow-motion shots. So realism takes a back seat. Judging from gameplay videos, it's a slick and dynamic experience that's probably best shared with friends. There's a strong single-player component with AI opponents and tournaments too. The game is still in Early Access but it's already mod-friendly and looking good.

It may be a long time yet before big-name football games make it to Linux, so it's nice to get games that fill that niche. I'm especially attracted to the claims that it's skill-based gameplay despite the looks and I look forward to following the game as it comes along. This became a top candidate for a party game next time I have friends over.

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Play football your way, slide tackle often and shoot using slow-motion with ultra swerve. Playable with only 2 buttons! No referee, no off-sides, lots of national teams and local multi-player, so you can kick your friend's ass.

You can grab Kopanito All-Stars Soccer on Steam. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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jakejw93 23 Jan, 2016
Was looking at this when it first came out on Steam, according to reviews the controller support is broken
coolbober 23 Jan, 2016
I was playing it with controller without problems.
gomera 23 Jan, 2016
It reminds me a little bit to Goal 3 from NES :D
melkemind 23 Jan, 2016
I've been playing it for a while. Xinput controllers work fine. The Steam Controller support is broken, but the workaround is to hold a button while the game is starting; then it works. The main problem is that Steam Overlay doesn't work, but since it's still Early Access, it might still get fixed. It's a very fun game, especially with friends.
sigz 23 Jan, 2016
This game is a Mario Striker like (special kicks, hard tackles, no fouls, no offsides). Controller works fine (played it with xbox controller + xpad).


Last edited by sigz on 23 January 2016 at 4:23 pm UTC
elbuglione 23 Jan, 2016
we really need FIFA or PES
coolbober 23 Jan, 2016
Quoting: elbuglionewe really need FIFA or PES
agreed
adolson 24 Jan, 2016
Isn't this a browser game?

Also, it's not the first soccer game on Linux. http://store.steampowered.com/app/280830/ and there might be more.
sigz 24 Jan, 2016
Quoting: adolsonIsn't this a browser game?

it's not
adolson 25 Jan, 2016
Quoting: sigz
Quoting: adolsonIsn't this a browser game?

it's not

What engine is it using? I thought it was using Chrome.
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