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Retro themed city-builder 'TheoTown' has now added Linux support

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TheoTown, developed by blueflower is a city-builder with a retro style that looks to be inspired by the classic Sim City 2000 and it's now available on Steam for Linux.

Released on Steam earlier this month, TheoTown is also available on mobile but the PC version is a full and proper game with no in-app purchase nonsense. On Android at least, the game is very highly rated and I imagine a number of readers have played it there so now you can pick it up again on your Linux PC and continue building the city of your dreams. So far, the Steam user reviews are also giving it a good overall picture.

While it doesn't have Steam Workshop support, it does have its own plugin system built into the game so you can mod-away. Looks like it pulls the mods from the official site for the built-in downloader, although you can also add them manually into the plugins folder.

Note: It requires you to have Java installed, I've mentioned to the developer about including it to make it easier. However, it works perfectly with OpenJDK 11.

I've not had much time with it myself other than to check it works but it seems quite nice. Seems a lot more basic when compared to games like Cities: Skylines but that's to be expected of a much smaller developer.

You can find TheoTown on Steam.

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razing32 25 June 2019 at 10:38 am UTC
Very Sim City like vibe.
madpinger 25 June 2019 at 10:47 am UTC
Have to say I'm interested, but the mention of android, java, and so on sorta makes me want to turn away from it.

Is there nothing to be said about what sort of depth there is to it, or any actual details ? It's nice being made away of an option that'll run on linux far as games go, but this is hardly much to go on ?


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TheSHEEEP 25 June 2019 at 11:46 am UTC
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madpingerHave to say I'm interested, but the mention of android, java, and so on sorta makes me want to turn away from it.

Is there nothing to be said about what sort of depth there is to it, or any actual details ? It's nice being made away of an option that'll run on linux far as games go, but this is hardly much to go on ?
Most compare it to SimCity 2000, both because of the art style and depth.

So, if you want Skylines complexity, it won't be for you, but if you want something a bit more simple, it might be right up your alley.
I don't think every game should try to aim for Skylines complexity - I even feel that Skylines is sometimes just too much, especially with the traffic management which I wish you could mostly just disable...

Also, the Steam page of the game does NOT show linux in the requirements. So I guess many will think it't not available on linux if they catch a glance of it.


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STiAT 25 June 2019 at 1:09 pm UTC
Oh nice :-). And it got a proper price tag. Wish they had that option on Android too (buy it and have no micro transactions). Will buy it once I get home.
Dedale 25 June 2019 at 1:41 pm UTC
Looks nice. I just checked and i see hardware requirements for Linux.
TheSHEEEP 25 June 2019 at 1:58 pm UTC
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DedaleLooks nice. I just checked and i see hardware requirements for Linux.
Same for me now. Guess they added it very quickly after seeing it's not there.
Hori 25 June 2019 at 2:57 pm UTC
TheSHEEEP(...) is sometimes just too much, especially with the traffic management which I wish you could mostly just disable...(...)
said every real life city planner ever ))


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TheSHEEEP 25 June 2019 at 3:13 pm UTC
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Hori
TheSHEEEP(...) is sometimes just too much, especially with the traffic management which I wish you could mostly just disable...(...)
said every real life city planner ever ))
I'm not one, I swear it!

Sounds convincing, though. At least in Skylines you can just destroy everying around a street if you need a roundabout there without the citizens rallying in protests against you ;)
Arehandoro 25 June 2019 at 5:54 pm UTC
I didn’t know those inclined towers from Madrid were so famous as to appear on a videogame.
liamdawe 25 June 2019 at 8:00 pm UTC
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DedaleLooks nice. I just checked and i see hardware requirements for Linux.
Same for me now. Guess they added it very quickly after seeing it's not there.
I emailed them and mentioned it was missing
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