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Tacoma [GOG, Steam, Official Site, itch.io], the sci-fi narrative adventure from the developer of Gone Home has officially launched. It includes day-1 Linux support so I took a look.


Please be aware this may contain spoilers, I’ve done my best not to give much away.

Note: The game does not have a SteamOS/Linux icon on Steam, but it can be downloaded and played it’s just not advertised yet. The game has some technical issue with SteamOS directly, which is preventing it being listed. See more info on that here.

Disclosure: Both GOG and the developer sent over keys.

Tacoma is set in the near future of 2088, as a contractor you’ve been sent to investigate the space station Tacoma, which has been abandoned. You’re tasked with piecing together information played out through Augmented Reality, to find out why everyone left. The AR system is like a futuristic “black box” where you literally retrace the exact steps people took.

The AR mechanic where you playback recordings of conversations from the crew is pretty weird at first, but I grew to love it. It’s strange, since some conversations sound a little private and you end up a little like a voyeur peeping into the lives of these people. I mean, it seems to record everything they do, including going to the toilet (not the we see that, but it’s implied).

What made me truly appreciate it, was that I could fast forward and rewind as many times as I wanted to while it was playing. I often thought I misheard something, so a quick key-tap and I would go back a little. It really made it an enjoyable experience, since I’m admittedly a little slow on the uptake at times.

These recorded conversation often happen between multiple groups of people, each having a different conversation. So you will be stopping, walking into another room, rewinding and listening in again. It so weird and unique, but it can end up feeling a little messy. There’s also times you need to interact with other systems while it’s playing, to recover more lost content, like private conversations between crew or or their families.

It’s a very interesting narrative-driven "walking simulator" game, where a lot of it will be spent just standing around and listening to the wireframe characters talk. It’s quite short too, but memorable and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It’s almost like actually being inside a film, with you piecing together the story bit by bit.

I appreciated the diverse cast they had for the game, both in terms of race and sexuality. I'm very open minded when it comes to everything and I thought what they had done with the characters was fantastic. Learning about some of their backstory from their private conversations was a good touch too, especially a certain joke about sunglasses, which I will leave you to discover.

For me, the ending came too soon. I was really getting into the atmosphere of the game, feeling more and more connected with the characters and I feared the worst as the conclusion to their story drew near. The ending though — wow, didn't see that coming!

Very rare for me to play an entire game through in one sitting. Not really a game with huge replay value, given how linear it is. While you go at your own pace and listen in to who you want in any order, the outcome is the same. Still, I found it to be an absolutely fascinating experience overall.

As for the Linux version: It seems the Linux port was done by Aaron Melcher of Knockout Games, who also ported other Linux titles including Darkest Dungeon, Sunless Sea, SOMA and more. He was even listed in the ending credits, which was really nice to see.

The game completely locked up on me twice in my play-through. The developer has been sent a log file, hopefully it helps. Each time my progress was saved just before, so it wasn't really an issue.

There’s also an AR cat you might find in some funny places.
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puppieshatecapitalism 3 August 2017 at 12:33 am UTC
Yes, please do add an ignore button. Better yet, give us a way to automatically block anyone who uses "SJW" as a slur.
Swiftpaw 3 August 2017 at 1:30 am UTC
Maybe troll, but yes, attacking a game for daring to have homosexual content in it, then trying to hide that bigotry behind a claim the creator is somehow anti-heterosexual or that by having some homosexual characters in the game they are "beating everyone over the head with it" or some other silly excuse without justification or evidence to back that up would all be hilarious if it weren't for the fact they seem to actually believe what they're saying.

Gone Home was an awesome game in so many ways. The mystery got deeper as you went along, unveiling more and more possibilities as to what might be going on, eventually suggesting all sorts of creepy and crazy possibilities (not going to give spoilers) which added to the scares and mystery further, until finally you got to the twist at the end which I felt wrapped up the game in a 100% appropriate and believable way given everything you read and discover along the way. I was blown away by its excellent story-telling even though the game wasn't as beautiful as some other games. Tacoma looks like they took their graphics to the next level and if the story and/or gameplay is a notch above Gone Home like it appears to be and if they managed to pull off another similar or better experience, I'll be very much in love with this new game and recommend it as well!


Last edited by Swiftpaw at 3 August 2017 at 1:36 am UTC. Edited 4 times.
GustyGhost 3 August 2017 at 2:10 am UTC
Oop, sorry guys. Almost stepped out of line with my independent opinion there...
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Eike 3 August 2017 at 2:23 am UTC
Yeah, they're after you. *yawn*

You were using "social justice" as something negative, which is, sorry to say, plain stupid.
Social is good and important, justice is good and important.

And no, "independent" doesn't make anything better (or worse).


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Swiftpaw 3 August 2017 at 4:51 am UTC
AnxiousInfusionstepped out of line with my bigoted opinion there...

FTFY, let me remind you what you said because it sounds like you need it.

Quote...if <the devs> can provide a strong narrative-only game that doesn't preach social justice-y trash

I played the game, and I think the only possible thing you could be referring to in the game by your cryptic bashing is the fact there are some gay characters in it. Otherwise, put up or shut up, tell us why you're saying what you are about the game, give us a legitimate reason why you think something in the game is bad if I'm wrong and it's not just because the game contains some gay characters.

If I'm correct though, and you don't want to play games that, zomg, include some non-straight characters because it must be so painful for you knowing other people don't like the same things you like (just guessing at your reason), then play a different game. No one wants to hear your anti-gay bigotry, though, and before you might even think about saying it, calling a game "trash" because it has gay characters is bashing. There is a massive difference between "I didn't care for this game because I'm not into X" and "this game is trash because it has the gays".


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Swiftpaw 3 August 2017 at 5:01 am UTC
EikeYeah, they're after you. *yawn*

You were using "social justice" as something negative, which is, sorry to say, plain stupid.
Social is good and important, justice is good and important.

And no, "independent" doesn't make anything better (or worse).

To be fair, that term has come to refer to those who are bigoted while purporting to be anti-bigoted, but of course it often gets used by bigots to mud sling against anyone who is actually anti-bigotry which may or may not be the case here.

I'm trying to keep things on topic though. If someone has a legitimate complaint about Gone Home, go ahead, I'm all ears. But saying "this game is trash because <some obscure thing that I won't directly state>" is a cop out and either veiled bigotry, stupidity for using a term that doesn't even apply, trolling, or blind flag waiving / cheer-leading. I encountered someone on Reddit like this, and after asking them specifically what the hell their talking about and what exactly about the game they didn't like, for them it came down to "because I heard someone say it" when they'd never even played the game.

It makes it all extremely ironic and laughable. Here the supposed suggestion is "I hate people on bandwagons pushing agendas", and they themselves are on a bandwagon pushing agendas without even playing the game.

I hope my above short description of the game helped anyone on the fence about playing Gone Home though, it really is a great game. ^n.n^


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Eike 3 August 2017 at 7:28 am UTC
Swiftpaw
EikeYou were using "social justice" as something negative, which is, sorry to say, plain stupid.
Social is good and important, justice is good and important.

To be fair, that term has come to refer to those who are bigoted while purporting to be anti-bigoted, but of course it often gets used by bigots to mud sling against anyone who is actually anti-bigotry which may or may not be the case here.

We should not let them get through with giving "social justice" a new, bad meaning. It's something inherently good, and if they are to point out bigotry or something else bad, they should call it like this. (Which in the course, as you pointed out, would make it much harder to apply the word to Gone Home).

Funnily enough, social justice is often blamed not by people who would suffer from more social justice, but by ordinary people who could actually benefit from what they are debasing.


Last edited by Eike at 3 August 2017 at 7:28 am UTC
Boldos 3 August 2017 at 8:18 am UTC
Yep, I'm missing a Linux/SteamOS icon too in the Steam client, so not released for Linux yet?
Eike 3 August 2017 at 8:44 am UTC
BoldosYep, I'm missing a Linux/SteamOS icon too in the Steam client, so not released for Linux yet?

How dare you talking about the actual game in question?

It's available for Linux, but as they've got launch problems on SteamOS, they didn't yet mark it as such:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/343860/discussions/0/1458455461499293622/

(Didn't see that in the article. If I didn't just miss it, it should be added.)
tuubi 3 August 2017 at 8:56 am UTC
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EikeIt's available for Linux, but as they've got launch problems on SteamOS, they didn't yet mark it as such:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/343860/discussions/0/1458455461499293622/

(Didn't see that in the article. If I didn't just miss it, it should be added.)
Right below the trailer:
QuoteNote: The game does not have a SteamOS/Linux icon on Steam, but it can be downloaded and played it’s just not advertised yet. The game has some technical issue with SteamOS directly, which is preventing it being listed. See more info on that here.
Reading between the lines is a useful skill, but there's something to be said for reading the actual lines as well.
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