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After three years in Early Access, Unturned [Steam, Official Site] has now officially released on Steam with Linux support. This free to play blocky survival seems to be incredibly popular.

I'm actually in shock at just how popular it is, with over thirty thousand players on right now it seems to be quite the little hit. Smartly Dressed Games must be pretty pleased with themselves after their hard work seems to be paying off, with user reviews currently being "Very Positive" with over two hundred thousand reviews―wow! It's actually one of the most popular games on Steam right now, so it's great that we have it too.

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I will start off with a warning: Keep the Render Mode on Legacy, their Deferred is broken for me giving me a black screen with some colourful crap everywhere.

I also had some issues with the game repeatedly crashing the first few times, unsure what caused it. I reset my graphical settings and since then it's been fine.

As for the game itself, it's a lot like Rust, ARK, 7 days to die and *insert survival game here*. Obviously the graphics are much lower in quality compared with those titles (ARK is debatable, since it looks like crap on Linux), but it has a certain charm to it.

It's as unforgiving as any of the others, finding yourself running around a corner to see a bunch of zombies before you've managed to find a weapon―dead. It has mod support, massive maps, vehicles, crafting (items and buildings) and tons I can't fit in here. What amuses me is that you don't have to kill other players, you can handcuff and blindfold them and put them into a makeshift prison if you wish.

Like most survival games it has a learning curve at the start. You will die early and often, but it seems like a game that could actually be quite engrossing due to the vast array of features it has. You will need to stock up on food, drink, weapons and more if you want to survive. Zombies might be menacing, players might kill on sight, but hunger and thirst can end up being the real problem. Although it's not been a problem so far since every time I try and start off on my adventure, a bunch of zombies end up munching down on me.

I do suggest looking up some sort of beginners guide. The tutorial was fine for the basic controls, but not how to actually survive in any way.

If you try it out, or if you're already a regular player do tell us your thoughts in the comments. Article taken from
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TheRiddick 10 Jul, 2017
It took a game like this to finally add in the minigun as a weapon for defense. LOL
manokara 10 Jul, 2017
I see a lot of negative reviews (at least in my language) saying the game has a lot of frame drops and crashes after the latest update. I have a relatively crappy setup (mostly because of my CPU bottlenecking my GPU), so maybe the game will run at 2 fps, lol. Let's see.
TheRiddick 10 Jul, 2017
They must have put some real effort into the game to make those few square polygons choke a system down...
RTheren 10 Jul, 2017
Unturned GOL server? Pretty please? :D
gabber 10 Jul, 2017
Quoting: RTherenUnturned GOL server? Pretty please? :D
Stebs 10 Jul, 2017
Quoting: HoriAh, how I would have loved it a few years ago... (back then I didn't have a Windows partition and it didn't work in WINE either)
Strange, few years ago (2-3?) I played this with WINE perfectly well.
In fact, it was one of the rare cases where a Game ran faster with WINE than on Windows 7 on same PC...

Last edited by Stebs on 10 July 2017 at 4:38 pm UTC
KrystianoXPL 10 Jul, 2017
Linux version of this game has been around a year now, and It's still really broken on linux like the deffered mode, frequent crashes, and mouse appearing over the game sometimes and not so good perfomance but it's still playable. I really like this game though becuase of posiblities it gives. But yeah it would be better if the Linux version was more polished.

Also, if you have problem with icons not appearing in inventory add

LANG=C %command%

to launch options in unturned.
g000h 10 Jul, 2017
First started back in 2014 by a 16 year old Canadian - Nelson Sexton

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Impressive game for one very young person to build.
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