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Vagante, a nifty-looking platformer with permadeath, available on Linux

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Fans of challenging platformers with the trendy roguelite appellation might be interested to know that there's something new that they can sink their teeth into. Vagante promises countless hours of procedurally generated fun alone or with friends.

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There's no shortage of 2d platformers on Steam. The genre is in something of a boom cycle right now and it's somewhat difficult for individual titles to stand out. Even titles with twists such as procedural generation and RPG elements are altogether too common.

Vagante is all of that. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. The game is in Early Access and, as of last month, has a Linux version available. What makes this game stand out above others is both the fair but testing difficultly it promises as well as the ability to play cooperatively with up to 4 people. Its particular pixel art style also looks good and fluid and the various classes and customization reminds me a little bit of the rather fun Rogue Legacy.

This is a game that I'll definitely be keeping an eye on as the developers seem very active and it looks like it's shaping up into something rather enjoyable. There's a demo of an old build of the game on their official website but, unfortunately, it's Windows-only. For those interested in learning more, there's a FAQ by the devs detailing their vision.

Official About (Steam)
Vagante is an adventure set in a dark fantasy world filled with monsters, demons, and crooks. Despite these dangers, adventurers commonly travel these unforgiving lands questing for fame, riches, and power.

A recent rumor has it that a certain cave at the edge of the woods guards an unfathomable treasure. While a handful of intrepid adventurers have ventured into the cave already, none have returned. Undeterred by the potential danger, you set out by caravan to investigate...

You can buy Vagante on Steam. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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adomas 24 January 2016 at 6:57 pm UTC
What do you mean by "with permadeath"? If I die in game, I have to buy game again to play it?
Liam Dawe 24 January 2016 at 7:31 pm UTC
adomasWhat do you mean by "with permadeath"? If I die in game, I have to buy game again to play it?

Was that a genuine question? It means you have to start all over again.
adomas 24 January 2016 at 8:20 pm UTC
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adomasWhat do you mean by "with permadeath"? If I die in game, I have to buy game again to play it?

Was that a genuine question? It means you have to start all over again.

What do you mean "genuine question"? If you start all over again, it is not permadeath IMO you should not be able to play after you fail. Now that would be a permadeath... This I would call "lack of save function"
adolson 25 January 2016 at 1:41 am UTC
Would be great if this game properly supported fullscreen in GNOME3. This is the only game that shows me the GNOME bar and pushes the game down some. And it doesn't even work with the Steam Controller for some reason. I'm not too happy I bought it.
scaine 25 January 2016 at 1:25 pm UTC
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adomas
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adomasWhat do you mean by "with permadeath"? If I die in game, I have to buy game again to play it?

Was that a genuine question? It means you have to start all over again.

What do you mean "genuine question"? If you start all over again, it is not permadeath IMO you should not be able to play after you fail. Now that would be a permadeath... This I would call "lack of save function"

You must just be new to Rogue-like games, maybe? Permadeath is a well established term. In permadeath games, your character only has one life and while you can save your progress in the game from session to session, you can't create "backup" saves. If you die, you start again with a new character.

Popular permadeath games - FTL, Tales of Maj'Eyal (although it supports a non-permadeath mode too), Teleglitch, Don't Starve, Binding of Isaac. And some games offer permadeath modes too, such as XCom.
adomas 25 January 2016 at 1:36 pm UTC
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adomas
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adomasWhat do you mean by "with permadeath"? If I die in game, I have to buy game again to play it?

Was that a genuine question? It means you have to start all over again.

What do you mean "genuine question"? If you start all over again, it is not permadeath IMO you should not be able to play after you fail. Now that would be a permadeath... This I would call "lack of save function"

You must just be new to Rogue-like games, maybe? Permadeath is a well established term. In permadeath games, your character only has one life and while you can save your progress in the game from session to session, you can't create "backup" saves. If you die, you start again with a new character.

Popular permadeath games - FTL, Tales of Maj'Eyal (although it supports a non-permadeath mode too), Teleglitch, Don't Starve, Binding of Isaac. And some games offer permadeath modes too, such as XCom.

Thank you for explaining. I first time encountered this term "permadeath" I did not play any of the games you mentioned. I am more of a First/Third-Person Shooter, Strategy, Racing genre person but I played XCOM Enemy Unknown and as I remember it did not have this kind of feature. This "permadeath" reminds me old Atari 7800, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games, where you was unable to save game
scaine 25 January 2016 at 5:20 pm UTC
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I think in XCom it was called Iron Man mode or something like that. I had a friend who played the whole game in this mode, losing only one character from his squad throughout, until he got to the final battle and lost the whole squad. He was slightly traumatised!
adolson 26 January 2016 at 2:19 am UTC
^^ That is making me consider starting over, haha. I'm not too far in, but I had not considered the possibility of not being able to finish the game due to a full squad wipe out.
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