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Typoman: Revised [Steam, Official Site], an award winning surreal word game is bringing up Linux support and they need some testers.

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From their message sent directly to us, including their address on how to apply:

QuoteimageTook us quite a while - but we're almost there! If everything goes well, we'll be releasing Typoman for SteamOS + Linux on February 10th!
We tested the game thoroughly on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS and latest SteamOS. We're not expecting any major bugs, but would appreciate your help in polishing the game before we release it in February!
Would you like to play the game for free on your system? Should work on any Linux distribution that's greater than Ubuntu 12.xx.xx or compatible.
Please apply for beta testing via studio@brainseed-factory.com asap!
Your Brainseed Factory


About the Game (Official description)
Inspired by the life of devoted writers Typoman takes you on a journey to explore the power of words in the everlasting battle between good and evil. You slip into the role of a character made of letters, struggling to make your way through a dark and hostile world. Despite your small stature you have a powerful gift: You can craft words which will have an effect on the environment. But you'll have to choose your words wisely - they can either be a blessing ...or a curse!

Features
- Wield the power of altering the world by creating, changing or destroying words
- Solve ingenious and challenging puzzles with a unique aesthetic mix of typography and pen & ink graphics
- Captivating, carefully drafted, on-the-fly told story using witty word puzzles and puns
- Surreal, atmospheric game world
- Featuring Steam Trading Cards, Badges, Leaderboards and Achievements
- Distinct soundtrack specifically composed for the game

The game has actually won a bunch of awards too, so it must be something good.

Thanks to brainseed-factory for letting us know! Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Guppy 30 Jan, 2017
Looks quite interesting.

Tough to be honest 'elevator pitch' needs a bit of work "Inspired by the life of devoted writers ..." was enough that I almost didn't bother watching the video, I'm glad I did as it looks like a well crafted and interesting game mechanic.
dascandy 30 Jan, 2017
Looks great. How do I register as a candidate beta tester? Professional software engineer running Ubuntu 16.10 on a NVidia laptop.
Liam Dawe 30 Jan, 2017
Quoting: dascandyLooks great. How do I register as a candidate beta tester? Professional software engineer running Ubuntu 16.10 on a NVidia laptop.
Read the quoted text.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 30 Jan, 2017
I'd be happy to test the game on Manjaro Linux x64. How do I register?

Edit: Sorry, I re-read the text and registered.


Last edited by cRaZy-bisCuiT on 30 January 2017 at 10:57 am UTC
chimpy 30 Jan, 2017
Agreed, at first I thought it was a typing game, but after watching the video it's actually a really cool/interesting 2d platformer.
Gobo 30 Jan, 2017
It looks very interesting indeed, but I doubt non native speakers will get the most out of it. Some challenges seem to be done under time constraints and some words could be hard to grok. And I somehow doubt such a game can be seamlessly localized.

On the other hand, it offered a rare opportunity to use the word "grok" :)
Gets on my "watch playthoughs on youtube/twitch" list.
Salvatos 31 Jan, 2017
Quoting: GoboIt looks very interesting indeed, but I doubt non native speakers will get the most out of it. Some challenges seem to be done under time constraints and some words could be hard to grok. And I somehow doubt such a game can be seamlessly localized.
I disagree on the first count. In one video I watched I immediately saw the anagram for "down" while the reviewer had to think about it for a couple seconds. I think it would be a more accurate assessment to just say you need a certain level of proficiency with English, as with any word game.

Now localizing a game like this, that would be quite the challenge. Imagine the added difficulty of dealing with languages that use different alphabets, when even some of the environment relies on letters (for instance the spike traps made of A's), not to mention the protagonist's body.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 31 Jan, 2017
Essentially localisation would mean to almost create a new game.

Thanks for the beta participation by the way, that was fast! (:
Cimeryd 31 Jan, 2017
Looks to me like the most interesting platformer since Valiant Hearts:The Great War.
stan 31 Jan, 2017
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It looks great! Too bad it’s not localized indeed. I’ll still buy the DRM-free version if they release one.
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