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The legendary company is back to Linux!
gbudny 19 Jan

In 1996, we had Simcity and the unofficial version of Doom for Linux that required the CD with the DOS version. In the same year, Dave Taylor ported to Linux the unofficial version of Quake. Later, he founded Crack dot Com, which ported Abuse for Linux. I started to use Linux in 2004, so I can't witness these pivotal events personally. However, Linux users didn't have too many options back then.

In 1996, a team of brilliant programmers started to develop Inner worlds on Linux. They ported it to DOS, and they were the first company that decided to publish a Linux version on the CD. The game wasn't a huge success. I think the most important is a fact that they decided to give Linux a chance.

I was able to play it on the old computer with Suse 9.0. It requires ancient libraries like libc5. In this case, I had to boot into a safe mode and log in as a root to run it.

Inner worlds is a challenging platform game with awesome music. Playing the werewolf Nikita gives us two characters having different abilities necessary to finish every level. In every world, we will have to fight with different creatures.

I had gotten to a final boss, and I still tried to figure out how to beat him. I didn't notice any serious issues in the Linux version. However, finding a location where you can save the game make it more complicated.

For many years, Sleepless Inc. didn't release any games. I have no idea how I missed this exciting news. This legendary company decided to publish new games for Linux!

In 2019 they released Wrecker, and year later, Pocoman for Linux on Steam. In 2020 they released a DLCs for Pocoman: Classic Hintbook - Easy Mode. In 2022, they added another DLC for this game: PocoMan - Green Machine Level Pack.

I hope that Sleepless will release the new version of Inner worlds for Linux. I'm glad that they came back to releasing games for our favorite operating system.

Last edited by gbudny on 19 January 2023 at 9:20 pm UTC
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