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Volgarr The Viking In Open Beta For Linux

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After collecting more than twice of their goal on Kickstarter in 2012, the retro action platformer was released for Windows in September last year but is now available for Linux for the first time in an open beta on Steam.

Volgarr was 1 of 10 nominees for Destructoid's best platformer of 2013 and though it lost the election to Super Mario 3D World it made a good impression on their reviewer:

QuoteLike a drill sergeant, Volgarr the Viking is here to yank us out of our comfort zone and put us through hell unending. If you survive, you'll feel like the biggest badass of all time.

It also ranked fifth in the community poll, which is not at all bad considering the competition from console hits such as the mentioned Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends and Tearaway. Readers pitched it just behind the indie hit Guacamelee! and ahead of a mix of notable indie and AAA platformers.

On Friday the developer announced the Mac and Linux beta on Steam and are looking for feedback from owners of the game. The game is built on an in-house engine and responses from Linux users in the thread so far indicates that it works great:

QuoteSeems to be a great port so far, thanks! 360 controller works perfectly.

QuoteI'm on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit and its working great for me so far!

QuotePlays flawlessly so far on my setup running Fedora 20 64-bit with GNOME.

QuoteI've had no issues (besides me being clumsy with the keyboard controls) on Debian Testing.

QuoteI've only had two issues yet, and neither are game braking. Very playable on linux!

QuoteWorking perfectly on my opensuse 13.1 64bits machine with a Nvidia 430 card.

Official About

Remember when games were tough? Return to the Golden Age of arcades with an all-NEW hardcore action experience that pulls no punches. Volgarr the Viking possesses all the hallmarks of the true classics - simple controls, high challenge, and meticulous design - combined with hand-made pixel animation, an epic soundtrack, and buckets of blood. Flex your gaming muscles and step into the arena with Volgarr the Viking. We dare you.

Key Features
  • Classic hardcore arcade action!
  • Seven worlds to explore across 30+ maps
  • 40+ unique traps and enemies, including screen-filling bosses
  • Thousands of frames of handcrafted pixel animation
  • Orchestrated soundtrack
  • Meticulous control design with full customization
  • Dinput and Xinput support for controllers
  • Steam achievements and leaderboards
  • Multiple paths through the game and multiple endings
  • Awesome retro-style game manual!

The game is available on Steam and DRM free via Humble Widget. The beta is limited to Steam, but buying the DRM free version also nets you a Steam key.

If you get a chance to play the beta, let us know how it works in the comments. Make sure to also post in the thread on Steam and show appreciation for the work put into the port. Article taken from
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The comments on this article are closed.
Shmerl 27 October 2014 at 9:14 pm UTC
Also on GOG DRM-free (no Linux beta there though):
Guest 28 October 2014 at 2:31 pm UTC
I bought it after I saw this article. Holy ballmonkeys, it's brutal. Make progress -> die. Make more progress -> die. Feels a lot like Demon's Souls (and to a lesser extent, Dark Souls).

The first two levels each took me roughly an hour. I've made it halfway through the third level, but haven't gotten to the boss yet.
Supay 31 January 2015 at 9:02 pm UTC
I think I'm going to pick this up, looks a fun game for sitting on the couch and playing. I was also sold by the news announcement I just saw for it being released on Linux a while back.

QuoteMac and Linux Versions Live
Did you know that the vikings actually favored UNIX-based operating systems? To honor their ancient traditions, Crazy Viking Studios bring you Mac and Linux compatibility!

To celebrate, we're permanently dropping the price of Volgarr. Tell your friends!

Now get out there, pick your preferred platform, and slay away.


I like the idea of Vikings powered by Linux.
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