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Vangers A Very Weird Game From The Past Released On Steam For Linux

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Vangers was originally release in 1998 and it's now on Steam for Linux with a reworked edition. It has a complex story-line and is all-out weird.

I watched that entire trailer and I have no idea what is going on at anytime, did any of you? I am all for retro-games.

Vangers was originally released in 1998 and now we present you with the special reworked edition of the game with improved performance on modern operating systems. Game still runs in 800x600 resolution though, as it was intended to do.

Vangers is a mixture of various, yet consistent gameplay components. The player enters the strange world of the future, emerged as a result of the clash between humankind and another intelligent race of creatures, and now living according to its own rules. The world challenges for the quest.

- Vast Sandbox world - do whatever you like, just don’t get caught without Rubbox.
- Non-linear story with multiple endings - choose who would you like to save - world, yourself or somebody else?
- 30 mechoses (armored vehicles) - drive, assemble and steal whichever you like.
- 70+ items to equip your mechos - big guns, big fun.
- 10 unique worlds to explore - and die for!
- Oldschool game from 1998 with epic hardcore gameplay and no help whatsoever.

The original IGN review sums it up:
QuoteBottom line? Vangers is a product for those looking for something weird and unexpected, but the driving and shooting aspect isn't enough payoff to wade through the complexity of the game's storyline.

Grab it on Steam.
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killx_den 25 April 2014 at 10:37 am UTC
I think I can still remember this game but i didn't play it back then.
Guest 25 April 2014 at 1:37 pm UTC
I didn't recognise it initially when I saw it pop up on Steam; however after saying the name Vangers several times and then watching the video, it all comes back to me now.

I have no idea what was going on in the trailer, I also had no idea what was going on when I played it back in my Windows 95 days. However, it does still evoke many fond memories.

Will have to buy it again, just for nostalgias sake.
Linas 25 April 2014 at 5:39 pm UTC
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I remember this one. Probably still have the CD somewhere at my moms, if I did not throw it out at some point. Never got into it, because I could not figure out what it is all about.

If I had to define the game in two words it would be ugly and confusing. For the price they are asking, I really think there are better things to choose from.

Wonder if it is Wine-based or native, though?
Guest 25 April 2014 at 6:24 pm UTC
LinasWonder if it is Wine-based or native, though?

As far as I can tell, it's native (with a 32 and 64 bit build). Seems to have all three platforms in one though.

Vangers/bin/linux directory looks like this (only other relevant directory is Vangers/data):

├── lib32
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│   ├──
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   └──
├── lib64
│   ├──
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│   ├──
│   ├──
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├── vangers32
├── vangers32.bin
├── vangers64
└── vangers64.bin
JIghtuse 26 April 2014 at 6:18 am UTC
It is a native port. Man with a nickname stalkerg spends tons of time to port it to SDL2. Original version has some code on ASM to render graphics and ugly-looking C code. He also said this game was a milestone in the Russian gamedev community. He takes source code from the devs and ports it to Linux/FreeBSD/etc. One of the problems was with a rights on a game, it was held by Buka, who does nothing with it. stalkerg wrote about it on Russian IT-resource, habrahabr. He also appears on Vangers' Steam Community Hub:

Also, world of Vangers is the same world that appears in another famous game from K-D Lab, Perimeter: It will not be ported probably, because rights on it still held by Buka.

Both Vangers and Perimeter has a huge community in Russia, these game are legendary.
MrTennessee17 28 April 2014 at 12:13 am UTC

Seeing those .55 files makes me wish that Caesar 3 would get a (native) Linux port. That game needs to not be chained by wine!
stan 4 May 2014 at 3:50 pm UTC
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Ugly and confusing, exactly… No idea what’s going on in the trailer. Maybe some other time.
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