You can sign up to get a daily email of our articles, see the Mailing List page!
Support us on Patreon to keep GamingOnLinux alive. This ensures we have no timed articles and no paywalls. Just good, fresh content! Alternatively, you can donate through Paypal, Flattr and Liberapay.!

Squally, a 2D game which has you hack it will be on Linux, demo available

Posted by , | Views: 3,007

I'm always curious to see how hacking mechanics make it into games and Squally seems like it could be an interesting attempt to teach a little. It was partially funded on Kickstarter, where the developer gained over $5K in funding. 

Here's what they say about it:

Squally is a 2D puzzle RPG game that teaches video game hacking -- WITHOUT boring lessons, lectures, nor the need for prior experience. Instead, Squally teaches hacking through fun engaging puzzles where learning is a by-product.

This is not crappy education software masquerading as a game. Entertainment and education are equally important, and this game won't disappoint.

A 12 year old should be able to complete the main storyline in this game. For the more hardcore players, there will be more challenging side content. Topics such as data types, data structures, bin/dec/hex, and x86 assembly are gradually introduced through puzzles and gameplay.

In other words: this game teaches you the hardest parts of computer science in the coolest way possible.

YouTube videos require cookies, you must accept their cookies to view. View cookie preferences.
Show & Accept Cookies   Direct Link

Note: You can also see a story trailer here.

Their current plan is to release it in stages of various mini-games along with chapters of a story mode. Doesn't seem like they have a set date yet other than soon, as they seem to be waiting on approvals from Valve for their Early Access release. Once out, they plan to remain in Early Access for at least a year.

Find the Steam page here along with a demo to try out here which ran perfectly on Ubuntu 18.10, the demo only currently includes their mini-game Hexus which is supposed to "teach Binary/Hex".

11 Likes, Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG and Humble Store. See more information here.
Pikolo 19 October 2018 at 3:29 pm UTC
It looks extremly cool, especially Binary Gwent:
imageimage
Images from kickstarter


Last edited by Pikolo at 19 October 2018 at 3:30 pm UTC
minaka14c 19 October 2018 at 4:28 pm UTC
This looks very interesting. I need to find some time to try out the demo.

On a side note, there was a 3D game with a very similar mechanic, but I can't remember the name. Dose anyone know it?
flesk 19 October 2018 at 5:13 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Contributing Editor
  • Supporter
minaka14cOn a side note, there was a 3D game with a very similar mechanic, but I can't remember the name. Dose anyone know it?

Maybe you're thinking of Hack 'n' Slash or else Heart.Break()?

- http://www.hacknslashthegame.com/
- http://elseheartbreak.com/

Both were very good games, and this one looks very interesting too.
minaka14c 19 October 2018 at 5:29 pm UTC
flesk
minaka14cOn a side note, there was a 3D game with a very similar mechanic, but I can't remember the name. Dose anyone know it?

Maybe you're thinking of Hack 'n' Slash or else Heart.Break()?

- http://www.hacknslashthegame.com/
- http://elseheartbreak.com/

Both were very good games, and this one looks very interesting too.

No, it was first person. Thank you for the recommendations though. I'll add these to "Da' List"
liamdawe 19 October 2018 at 6:40 pm UTC
minaka14c
flesk
minaka14cOn a side note, there was a 3D game with a very similar mechanic, but I can't remember the name. Dose anyone know it?

Maybe you're thinking of Hack 'n' Slash or else Heart.Break()?

- http://www.hacknslashthegame.com/
- http://elseheartbreak.com/

Both were very good games, and this one looks very interesting too.

No, it was first person. Thank you for the recommendations though. I'll add these to "Da' List"
That would be Glitchspace, which is now free: https://store.steampowered.com/app/290060/Glitchspace/
scaine 20 October 2018 at 11:25 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Contributing Editor
  • Supporter
liamdawe
minaka14c
flesk
minaka14cOn a side note, there was a 3D game with a very similar mechanic, but I can't remember the name. Dose anyone know it?

Maybe you're thinking of Hack 'n' Slash or else Heart.Break()?

- http://www.hacknslashthegame.com/
- http://elseheartbreak.com/

Both were very good games, and this one looks very interesting too.

No, it was first person. Thank you for the recommendations though. I'll add these to "Da' List"
That would be Glitchspace, which is now free: https://store.steampowered.com/app/290060/Glitchspace/

Unless it's this one, that I was thinking of when I watched that trailer:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/323380/The_Magic_Circle/

Dunno if it's really worth £15, but I really enjoyed the game. Recommended.
elmapul 23 October 2018 at 11:03 am UTC
the concept looks good, i hope they improve the art direction, the current assets looks terrible for some parts of the game (like the repeated tileset on the floor, too much detail and repeated detail)
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on Patreon or Liberapay. We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

We also accept Paypal donations and subscriptions! If you already are, thank you!

Due to spam you need to Register and Login to comment.


Or login with...

Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams
  • MMOre Fun: „World of Warcraft“ (via Wine/DXVK)
  • Date:
See more!
Popular this week
View by Category
Contact
Latest Comments
Latest Forum Posts