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Good things come to those who wait, as today the Linux version of the action RPG Moonlighter is now officially available.

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About the game:

During a long-passed archaeological excavation, a set of Gates were discovered. People quickly realized that these ancient passages lead to different realms and dimensions – providing brave and reckless adventurers with treasures beyond measure. Rynoka, a small commercial village, was founded near the excavation site providing refuge and a place for adventurers to sell their hard-earned riches.

Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero.

I have to say, I'm quite impressed with it so far! The art style and animations are simply wonderful. The actual dungeon crawling element seems to be designed a fair bit like The Binding of Isaac with small enclosed rooms, with some leading to other rooms that could be filled with enemies and loot.

There's multiple different dungeons to explore, all of which seems to have a boss that will provide a key. These dungeons are apparently not what they seem…

The shopkeeping element is also quite interesting and keeps it feeling quite fresh. When you go through a dungeon, you like in many games you will collect various items—which you then sell yourself in your own little shop. Each item can be sold at a price of your choosing, but you need to watch the reactions of your shoppers to see if you're giving it a good price. It's not exactly in-depth, but it's a nice change mix-up of game mechanics to have you doing both sides.

Performance seems to be really smooth and the Steam Controller works. It's not all perfection though, there are issues to be aware of. If you're using a keyboard, it seems to have that Unity input bug, where if you hold down a button like J to sleep it will act like you're tapping it constantly—so you can't do it.

Also, at one point while I was alt-tabbed and typing in Discord, the game switched over to keyboard input and wouldn't detect my Steam Controller again. That was a bit of a nuisance with the keyboard input issue noted above. So until they sort that issue, use a gamepad and you should be good to go.

Grab it on Humble Store or Steam. It's also on GOG, but no linux build there yet.

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9 comments

MKN-dev-LINUX 16 Aug, 2018
Wonderful!! I was hoping this title would come our way. Insta-buy!
Liam Dawe 16 Aug, 2018
Updated: It has the Unity input bug with keyboard input.
linuxjacques 16 Aug, 2018
Quote'Moonlighter' is now on Linux
Yes!!!!

Quoting: liamdaweUpdated: It has the Unity input bug with keyboard input.
Noooooooooo!!!! :'(
Ehvis 16 Aug, 2018
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Does the game need the keyboard?
Liam Dawe 16 Aug, 2018
Quoting: EhvisDoes the game need the keyboard?
Not if your gamepad works. Although if it somehow loses connection it might be a bit tricky, second time my SC lost connection it seemed to detect it fine (edit: fine once i turned it back on again).


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 16 August 2018 at 10:42 pm UTC
cc2600 16 Aug, 2018
Quoting: liamdaweUpdated: It has the Unity input bug with keyboard input.

Can you go into more detail / provide a link about this? Does it prevent you from playing with your keyboard?

edit: nevermind, I missed that part of the article and just saw your comment.


Last edited by cc2600 on 17 August 2018 at 12:49 am UTC
recioalex 17 Aug, 2018
It seems that the Linux version has been removed....

I can't download it, only windows and Mac binaries are available.
Liam Dawe 17 Aug, 2018
Quoting: recioalexIt seems that the Linux version has been removed....

I can't download it, only windows and Mac binaries are available.
You need to report that to them, I see nothing to indicate it being removed. All of it's still fully public and released.
melkemind 18 Aug, 2018
This game looks good, but what does "rogue-lite" mean? I tend not to like "rogue-like" games, but I'm assuming this isn't full rogue-like in every way. Is this one of those games where you have to die over and over?
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