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Turns out we missed some rather interesting DRM-free releases over GOG recently. Not only do they continue adding new and interesting indie games, they're also getting more classics revived too.

Firstly, the really fun Lair of the Clockwork God from Size Five Games that mixes together a platformer with a point and click adventure as you play with two very different characters is now available on GOG.com. I've had a huge amount of fun with it, the comedy is definitely on-point and quite self-aware to the point that it's repeatedly made me laugh. You also get Devil's Kiss, the prequel Visual Novel with it free.

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Ziggurat Interactive also appeared on GOG recently, bringing with them a bunch of classics games. Thankfully, some of them have been nicely packed up by GOG to make playing them on Linux super easy, part of why I think GOG are great!

These titles include Darklands, a fantasy role-playing game from 1992 which was quite highly rated by a few critics back in the day and had one of the earliest open-world like implementations. It was on GOG before but then got removed, due to a change in publisher so it's back! The other is NAM which is properly new to GOG, a 1998 first-person shooter set during the Vietnam War but that did not review well back in the day.

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kaiman 23 March 2020 at 12:14 pm UTC
I already wondered why Darklands showed up as new, because if I'm not totally mistaken it has been on GOG for quite some time. Being a DOS game, running it on Linux shouldn't have been an issue either, but nice to see explicit support.

That said, for a brief moment I was tempted once more to buy it, because boy was I looking forward to this game in 1992! Unfortunately, the Amiga version was cancelled, and I never got the chance to play when it was fresh. Nowadays, just looking at those low-fidelity graphics and barely legible font, I am not sure if it would live up to my expectation. Though I don't think any of the games published by MicroProse ever disappointed.

But no, unless someone convinces me otherwise, Darklands will always remain one of those great games I've never played.
Liam Dawe 23 March 2020 at 1:52 pm UTC
Darklands was removed due to publisher change, which is why it's back now with more.
axredneck 23 March 2020 at 2:38 pm UTC
You can play NAM with EDuke32/Rednukem/Raze natively. This game is literally a Duke Nukem 3D mod.


Last edited by axredneck on 23 March 2020 at 2:38 pm UTC
PopeRigby 23 March 2020 at 10:36 pm UTC
kaimanI already wondered why Darklands showed up as new, because if I'm not totally mistaken it has been on GOG for quite some time. Being a DOS game, running it on Linux shouldn't have been an issue either, but nice to see explicit support.

That said, for a brief moment I was tempted once more to buy it, because boy was I looking forward to this game in 1992! Unfortunately, the Amiga version was cancelled, and I never got the chance to play when it was fresh. Nowadays, just looking at those low-fidelity graphics and barely legible font, I am not sure if it would live up to my expectation. Though I don't think any of the games published by MicroProse ever disappointed.

But no, unless someone convinces me otherwise, Darklands will always remain one of those great games I've never played.

The top review definitely convinced me to buy it at one point.
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