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Sunday Mag: Linux gaming news odds and ends and a quick look at what’s on sale

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Another week has flown by and it’s been a pretty good one, here’s a roundup of some odds and ends that we didn’t fit in this week plus a quick look over some good deals.

First up, the open source racing game ‘Yorg’ has a release candidate available for testing, which includes a new track, improved multiplayer, a new camera, an improved driving model and more.

Developer Leslaw Sliwko is working on a revamp of the original Age of Fear named “Age of Fear: The Undead King GOLD”. With the original being around 7 years old, it’s a good time to modernise it a bit. Find out more on the Steam page, no release date set yet.

GOG recently released ADOM (Ancient Domains Of Mystery) with a Linux version, this rather successful roguelike is pretty engrossing and well worth a look if you mainly stick to GOG for your gaming needs.

The recent Prison Architect alpha update that brings in multiplayer is now on Linux. Initially when released back in early September it was only for Windows. You can grab it from Humble Store, GOG (I’ve personally checked, GOG have the multiplayer build for Linux) and Steam.

As for some fun Linux games on sale:

  • Humble Monthly has HITMAN, Hollow Knight and 7 Days to Die as early unlocks—amazing deal.
  • The Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle 2 has 9 days left with some great Linux titles too.
  • Total War: WARHAMMER is 75% off on Steam which is another great deal.
  • Shadow of Mordor is 50% off on the Feral Store, a good chance to support Feral’s continued Linux ports directly.
  • GOG also have a bunch of Linux games on sale, as well as some bundles for their 10 year celebration, which ends later tonight so act fast if you were planning to get some.

Parkitect, the theme park building game that’s currently in Early Access released Beta 11, which includes a brand new buildable ride, new statues, a new operating profit scenario goal, guests can now take photos and more. It can be found on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

Knights of Tartarus, a rather retro looking 2D RPG that’s currently in Early Access recently added Linux support. It doesn’t have many reviews, but early thoughts from users seems positive enough. Have a look on Steam.

Varion, a local multiplayer arcade-action game is now aiming to release on November 8th with Linux support. The gameplay seems pretty amusing, with you bouncing shots off the walls of enclosed arenas to take down your opponents. From the trailer, it looks like it could get pretty manic! Find out more on their Steam page.

Jupiter Hell, the modern sci-fi roguelike from the creator of DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) that was crowdfunded on Kickstarter has released a Beta, which has Linux support! The developer has provided me with an early key, so once it hits Early Access we should have some thoughts up. They also now have a Steam page live.

Also, on the Crate and Crowbar podcast the developer of Gunpoint and Heat Signature comments on Steam Play’s Proton system. This link should take you to the exact point. The laughs the “no tux no bux” comment got says it all, I’ve never particularly liked that saying and I’ve said numerous times before how it means nothing to developers—I think they proved my point. That aside, they sound pretty positive about it.

Additionally, I had a quick chat on the Destination Linux podcast on Friday night (episode release later this week). They asked me to come back each month, so that's going to be fun.

Finally: What have you been playing this week? Tell us what you think about it! I’ve been playing a lot (understatement) of Rocket League, to the point that I even had a dream about it…

See you all tomorrow for another week of awesome Linux gaming news, plenty still to cover.

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Colombo 8 October 2018 at 9:01 am UTC
What I am playing? Well, I will be a bit boring.

Dominions 5 and Skyrim.

Less boring, I tried the Orwell thing and it is kind of fun. Last month I was also playing Surviving Mars and Airships: Conquer the Skies.
Ehvis 8 October 2018 at 9:08 am UTC
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As it turned out, my weekend was Shenzen I/O, Left 4 Dead 2, Graveyard Keeper, Nimbatus and Two Point Hospital. How uncharacteristically native.
MayeulC 5 years 8 October 2018 at 9:38 am UTC
Bought the humble bundle for Opus Magnus.

I spent a great deal of time on Maia this week-end. The dev is quite reactive and it's awesome to have a chat with him on Discord, even though he mostly updates Windows dev builds.

Then I tried a few proton games that finished downloading. Did a bit of Dishonored, Deus Ex: Human revolution, The witness. Tried a few others that didn't work (Rage, No man's sky, spacemarine, to name a few). Eagerly awaiting the next mesa release to improve compatibility with the OGL 4.5 compat profile, and a few fixes.

And then I launched about 500 GB of downloads on Steam... this will last me a while
Dunc 8 October 2018 at 3:58 pm UTC
ColomboLess boring, I tried the Orwell thing and it is kind of fun.
Oh yes, I played it a few weeks ago. It's not what you expect, is it? I thought it would be a preachy polemic about surveillance and terrorism, but it's actually an excellent little detective story. Yes, it makes you think about digital surveillance - especially the twist at the end (I won't give it away) - but it never rams it down your throat or lets the message get in the way of the gameplay.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, much to my surprise. The only disappointment was that there isn't more of it.
fabertawe 8 October 2018 at 4:07 pm UTC
WorMzyI have been playing:
Streets of Rogue - nearly unlocked all characters now. Very fun game, although the cop lock down mutator is annoying, I always get it when I'm trying to be pacifist. :/

I have only been playing Streets of Rogue, I'm finding it incredibly addictive I stopped halfway through DOOM (2016) to try it and haven't been back!

I've only got the Wolf and the Gangster to unlock now, the Ninja took me the longest. I've disabled about half of the disaster mutators but have kept the cop lockdown. Anyway, I've spent enough time nattering, I must get back to it
Eike 8 October 2018 at 5:14 pm UTC
DuncI thoroughly enjoyed it, much to my surprise. The only disappointment was that there isn't more of it.

You did see "Orwell: Ignorance is Strength"?
Dunc 8 October 2018 at 7:29 pm UTC
DuncI thoroughly enjoyed it, much to my surprise. The only disappointment was that there isn't more of it.

You did see "Orwell: Ignorance is Strength"?
I knew the orignal was episodic, and didn't realise that was a whole new game. One of the perils of releasing episodic content, I suppose. I'll have to check it out.
HexDSL 9 October 2018 at 7:56 am UTC
I have been playing A LOT of CrossCode. such a great game!
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