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Skul: The Hero Slayer is a delightful repeatable head-swapping action rogue-lite out now

Friday 22nd of January 2021 10:29:45 PM

After being in Early Access since February 2020, SouthPAW Games have now released their head-swapping rogue-lite action platformer Skul: The Hero Slayer.

Taking place in a world where it seems that things are a bit backwards. The heroes appear to be going on a rampage, enslaving other creatures to help with their dirty work and destroy the demons once and for all. Everyone has been taken prisoner, except for you, a little little Skul. With action comparable to the likes of Dead Cells which I adore, and Hollow Knight, this is a rogue-lite you're going to want to keep on playing.

You're no ordinary fighter though, as you can swap your regular boring old skul with another. When you do this, you gain some pretty impressive abilities and there's quite a lot of different skul's to find. This makes it quite unique because it can end up being very different on each run.

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Like a lot of games that work on repetition, it can get a little…repetitive. It all depends on how much you enjoy jumping around platforms, and slicing through every enemy possible while also unleashing some admittedly awesome abilities. At times you feel ridiculously overpowered, others it's like you're an ant and they're just a big shoe waiting to step on you. RNG can be an issue here though, as it can often depend on what skull you can find to help you progress.

The good news is that for all the repetition needed, the combat is absolutely brilliant mechanically. It feels so good! Swapping between heads which gives you an instant ability firing off (great in a pinch), and then unleash some abilities while you wait to be able to switch back. So much fun to the action and it's not bad looking either, some of the pixel-art that went into Skul is really pretty with lots of little details.

I should note that the current build on Linux has an issue of a black screen instead of the main menu, although all it does it get you to click a button to load back into the game which does work so it's not a big problem. I've let the developer know.

Overall though if you're up for a challenge and you love your pixel-art, rogue-lite action-platforming with plenty of character variation with all the skulls then it's an easy recommendation to go and pick up.

You can buy Skul: The Hero Slayer on Humble Store and Steam.

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Tencent now own majority stake in Don't Starve and Oxygen Not Included creator Klei

Friday 22nd of January 2021 08:58:32 PM

More game industry news coming at you following the Team17 buying up Golf With Your Friends and YoYo Games being acquired by Opera we now have Klei Entertainment agreeing for Tencent to take a majority stake in them.

Speaking in a forum post, studio head Jamie Cheng mentioned they've "agreed to deal for Tencent to purchase a majority stake in Klei Entertainment" and that "Klei retains full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, and more".

Klei have actually been working with Tencent since 2016, as Tencent helped Klei distribute games through China on the WeGame platform and more recently a mobile Don't Starve game. Cheng also mentioned how a "large proportion" of their players are actually from China.

Tencent have invested in a lot of different companies including Riot Games, Epic Games, Funcom, Supercell, Bluehole (PUBG) and many many more. 

Pictured - Don't Starve Together

Klei have been good to Linux for games giving us the likes of Don't Starve, Don't Starve Together, Oxygen Not Included, Invisible, Inc. and Mark of the Ninja. Hopefully more to come with creative control remaining with the current Klei head.

This trend of companies pulling together lots under their banner is a little worrying, too many eggs in one basket.

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Interested in Godot Engine and games made with it? GodotCon is up on January 23

Friday 22nd of January 2021 06:26:14 PM

Tomorrow, January 23 there's going to be an online GodotCon that's going live on YouTube. This is a chance for anyone interested to learn more about the free and open source game engine Godot Engine.

Interestingly, it won't be live. The talks are pre-recorded according to the announcement. However, to help with that and so you can chat with the Godot team and other users and developers using Godot, the team has now set up their own dedicated social chat area using

Schedules available as a PDF and Google Sheet. Looking over it, some of the talks are quite exciting! Lead developer Juan Linietsky for example, will be giving a talk on the new rendering coming with Vulkan in Godot 4.

It's happening between 8:45 UTC to 16:00 UTC. You can watch it right here! The livestream is embed below:

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See the full announcement here.

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Quirky comedy action-adventure Skellboy Refractured is out now

Friday 22nd of January 2021 05:45:07 PM

Skellboy Refractured, the new and fresh release from UmaikiGames is out with Linux support as an expanded version to the game that originally released for the Nintendo Switch. Note: key provided by the developer.

"Sometimes, when there is nobody up to the task, old heroes have to rise from the grave to save the day! Crush your enemies and make good use of their guts - literally, as you can augment Skippy with your foe's body parts and weapons! Help Skippy, the cubic skeleton, to fight off Squaruman's endless forces of undead and vicious foes in this rectangular action packed cardboard adventure!"

A very charming game, and very silly too. What really sells it is the graphical style with the perspective. The world is 3D and you move around in a 3D space but the characters look flat and 2D. It's been done before (what hasn't?) but how they've done it here does look fantastic.

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I had a lot of fun play through different bits of this one, with some quite surprising scenes. It's supposed to be family friendly too, and with local co-op support it could be a good one to play with a significant other or a younger gamer wanting something a little different.

This is an action-RPG through and through, with you running across hacking and slashing your way through various different enemies. The fun part is switching between different body parts including you legs and skull on top of the weapon you're using. All of them have different effects so it's however you feel like playing. Some equipment, or body parts, have active abilities too like blocking projectiles or firing a seed at enemies (it gets weird) which makes it all the more interesting and often amusing. The description on some of the items was rather on-point too.

There's even boss fights, which I don't want to overly spoil but even they are a genuine delight in difficulty, design and weirdness. The first one for example, which happens quite early on, makes you fight off a strange creature that needs you to jab it in its many eyes.

Not particularly difficult, it even has a little platform on its back to help you jump up to it but it's so well designed like most parts of the game it's just lovely.

Feature Highlight:

  • An expansive singleplayer experience across the interconnected Kingdom of Cubold full of square charming characters and edgy villains!
  • A true action-rpg adventure that will test your skill and rewards exploration!
  • Swap your bones for 100+ different body parts and items of friends and foes with (more or less) useful effects!
  • 5 unique weapon types to clobber any foes you face!
  • Special enemies and bosses that will truly test your mettle!
  • A Vibrant 2d pixelart style that comes to life in a 3d world!
  • Includes some rocking chiptune tracks and sounds!

As far as I could tell, the Linux version runs great.

You can buy Skellboy Refractured on Steam.

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Plasma 5.21 Beta is out and it's a thing of beauty, towards first-class Wayland support

Friday 22nd of January 2021 04:49:09 PM

Plasma, the desktop environment from the KDE team has a big new upgrade coming with the release of Plasma 5.21 Beta and it's looking to be a thing of beauty.

Their current aim with Plasma 5.21 is to finely polish the experience overall, with the KDE team saying it pulls in "many improvements into Plasma’s design, utilities and themes, with the aim of providing end users with a more pleasant and accessible environment".

Plasma 5.21 will bring with it a redesigned application launcher, theme improvements, a brand new UI for the Plasma System Monitor, Plasma Firewall settings added to the overall system settings to let you configure both UFW and firewalld, plenty of UI cleaning done on system settings and much more.

It's big in many areas, not just design tweaks, with a big plan in progress to have KDE push for first-class Wayland support with KWin. They say that Plasma 5.21 "makes great headway to reach that goal". KWin, the compositor, has been "extensively refactored" and so you should see reduced latency throughout the entire stack.

Also available are mixed refresh rate setups with Wayland and Plasma 5.21. So now you can have one set at 144HZ and another at 60Hz and things won't bug out on you, and they say that early support for "multiple GPUs was also added on Wayland". Other Wayland interactions got improved too like virtual keyboard supporting GTK apps, along with many other Plasma components and KDE apps being more ready for Wayland.

Love a mix of dark and light themes? They have you covered there too with the introduction of Breeze Twilight as an official theme. It will give a dark theme for Plasma directly while mixing in light styles for applications. I must admit, it does look pretty good in they shot they showed off:

See the release announcement here.

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Return to Castle Monkey Ball might be the weirdest mashup ever

Friday 22nd of January 2021 04:37:37 PM

Combining elements of the Wolfenstein 3D classic first-person shooter with the rolling gameplay of Super Monkey Ball, what could go wrong? Return to Castle Monkey Ball is quite hilarious. Pointed out by a reader earlier this week, it's a web game you can play on right in your browser so there's no downloading and the idea actually works quite well. Amusingly so and it's pretty challenging too.

The idea here is that you're rolling your way through some cramped hallways, while soldiers are trying their best to shoot you. Smash into them to hurt them, keep rolling and collect bananas to boost your score and hopefully make it out alive. Probably one of the most unique mashups I've seen lately. Check out their trailer:

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"Fight your way through eight procedurally generated floors to escape the fortress! Collect bananas and treasure to maximize your score and defeat guards for time bonuses! Just get to the end before the timer runs out! Lose all three of your lives and it's game over for you.

Are you tough enough to take on this challenge and break free from the grips of your captors?"

The developer mentioned they're taking no money from it and it shall remain free.

Do give it a go on if you need a good laugh.

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TUXEDO announce the InfinityBook S 15 with Intel Xe

Friday 22nd of January 2021 01:34:29 PM

If System76 aren't your preferred Linux hardware vendor we also have TUXEDO who just recently announced the TUXEDO InfinityBook S 15 powered by the latest Intel hardware.

This new system actually sounds very familiar, and if you're feeling a bit of déjà vu you would be absolutely right - you've pretty much seen this before with the System76 Darter Pro. In fact, they're mostly the same. The main advantage is probably shipping, since System76 are based in the USA with TUXEDO in Germany and also support times / returns depending on where you are.

With a base configuration of the TUXEDO InfinityBook S 15 coming with a Full HD IPS display, Intel Core i5-1135G7 with Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM, and a 250 GB Samsung 860 EVO. Their starting price is €937 EUR, compared with the $1,099 USD from System76.

With TUXEDO, you also get access to their fancy custom-built TUXEDO Control Center which allows you to get a full slick dashboard of your computer specifications. From here you can adjust performance profiles, fan tables and more depending on the model you buy from them. You also get their sweet looking backlit TUX super-key to replace the Windows logo you usually see from other vendors.

Here's some of the options you can get with it:

Screen Full-HD (1920 x 1080) IPS non-glare | 100% sRGB RAM 8 GB (1x 8GB) 3200Mhz CL22 Samsung
up to
64 GB (2x 32GB) 3200MHz CL22 Samsung ( +260,00 EUR) Processor + GPU

Intel Core i5-1135G7 (28W TDP) + Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EUs)
Intel Core i7-1165G7 (28W TDP) + Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs ( +120,00 EUR)

Storage 250 GB Samsung 860 EVO (M.2 SATAIII)
up to
2x 2000 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus (NVMe PCIe) (+312,00 EUR for each)

Operating system options are: TUXEDO_OS 20.04 LTS 64Bit (based on Ubuntu), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 64bit or openSUSE 15.2 which you can pick between desktop environments for across KDE, Gnome and Xfce.

They said that the first deliveries will start at the end of February 2021 with pre-orders are available now. If you're interested you can take a full look at the TUXEDO InfinityBook S 15 here.

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Ballsy! World Cup 2020 is a wonderful throwback to Sensible Soccer

Friday 22nd of January 2021 12:36:17 PM

Remember the classic Sensible World of Soccer or the original Sensible Soccer? Classics from the 90s and Ballsy! World Cup 2020 is a wonderful take on it. Note: key provided by the developer.

I have seriously fond memories of SWOS, playing endless hours on the Amiga a long time ago. Ballsy really does feel like it both mechanically and visually although naturally it's more modern and looks a lot cleaner. After originally releasing in October 2020, the developer decided to port it in December 2020 to Linux.

"Tired of these sluggish, scripted modern football games? Still like some physics momentum in your retro footy game? Search no longer! Ballsy! offers that fluent feel for flowing football fans. The European football, that is, so, not handegg. Though truth be told, the term 'soccer' was actually invented by the English, so it doesn't deserve all the hate it gets."

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A genuine surprise that it feels so great, if you've been after a simple pick up and play retro Football game, this is easily worth picking up. Play against AI, friends / family in local multiplayer and it also supports Steam Remote Play Together.

You can find Ballsy! World Cup 2020 on and Steam.

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Sci-fi adventure taking place on an abandoned Earth, Mutropolis launching Feb 18

Friday 22nd of January 2021 11:19:08 AM

Ready for a new adventure? Set in the far future on an abandoned planet Earth, Mutropolis is now confirmed to be launching on February 18.

"It is the year 5000, and the greatest achievements in human history are forgotten. The pyramids, the Mona Lisa, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – forgotten.
Forgotten by everyone except Henry Dijon and his ragtag team of archaeologists. They left Mars to dig up lost treasures on the wild and inhospitable Planet Earth. Life is sweet, until Henry’s professor is kidnapped, and thing start to get... weird."

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This is the debut game from Madrid-based artists Beatriz Gascón and Juan Pablo González who make up Pirita Studio. Mutropolis will combine together classic point and click adventuring, with a modern interface.

Feature Highlight:

  • 50+ hand-drawn scenes, crammed with cute, weird characters.
  • Full voice over in English, text localizations in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
  • Archaeological puzzles with a sci-fi twist.

At release on February 19 it will be available on GOG and Steam. There's also a demo up on Steam until January 25 for the Big Adventure Event.

Note: the Steam page currently for me says February 19 but the publisher mentioned February 18 as the confirmed date on Twitter.

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The Big Adventure Event is live on Steam with plenty of demos to try until Jan 25

Thursday 21st of January 2021 09:50:58 PM

Got a slow weekend ahead? Well now it might be a little busier as there's a good few developers participating in The Big Adventure Event which is now live on Steam.

What's this all about then? Organised with help from indie developer and publisher Hitcents, it's a celebration of the classic adventure game genre. They've packed the event with demos, new games, livestreams and more. The event takes place from now January 21 until January 25.

It's a genuinely good event too, looking over there's a fair few titles I had totally forgotten about or had just never seen before. Plenty have a Linux demo too, which is wonderful to see.

Here's a few random upcoming picks of what to take a look at that I'm excited for:

Born Punk - "A former combat hacker, a corporate CEO and a malfunctioning android get possessed by mysterious, otherworldly entities and must band together to save themselves and uncover the entities' origins. Talk, puzzle and explore your way through this (often humorous) cyberpunk thriller."

Growbot - "A point-and-click adventure about a robot saving her home from a dark crystalline force. Set upon a biopunk space station bursting with fantastic plants and aliens."

Kathy Rain: Director's Cut (only just announced today!) - "Award-winning adventure Kathy Rain returns in the Director’s Cut, featuring an extended story with more puzzles to solve and new areas to explore. Witness the rise of an iconic detective as you uncover a dark and sinister truth hiding behind the calm exterior of a small rural town."

One Dreamer - "Help Frank, a burnt out indie game developer, rediscover his love for video games while struggling to release his debut title. Reprogram objects, fix bugs and solve coding puzzles as you journey through the English voiced story of One Dreamer."

Rosewater - "Rosewater is a thrilling Western adventure set in an alternate 19th century. Harley Leger and her ragtag posse embark on a harrowing journey across Western Vespuccia, encountering bandits, rebels, visionaries, eccentrics, and many more friends and foes on their quest for fame and riches."

Slender Threads - "Slender Threads is a point-and-click thriller adventure where unseen forces bind the fate of an unremarkable traveling salesman to the peculiar town he one day arrives in."

The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark - "Delouse your room with sage and pack up your travel-sized ouija board, it’s time to enter Twin Lakes - America’s 34th most haunted city. Join Detective McQueen as he puzzles his way through six chilling cases, risking life and pixelated limb to solve the macabre mysteries that plague this poor town."

The Drifter - "A Pulp Adventure Thriller - A drifter, murdered, finds himself alive again seconds before his death. Struggling to maintain his sanity, can he unravel the conspiracy surrounding his condition and those hunting him?"

See the full event page here.

Be sure to comment on anything you play that's worth a look to let your fellow GOL readers know.

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System76 reveal the brand new Darter Pro with Intel Xe graphics and their open firmware

Thursday 21st of January 2021 09:34:00 PM

Looking to power up your Linux computing on the go or for around the house? System76 have refreshed the Darter Pro with a brand new build powered by the latest tech.

Just like a lot of their recent hardware, it's coming filled with some great open source software too. System76 hooked up their new Darter Pro with their Open Firmware. This gives you coreboot and the EDK bootloader with System76 Firmware Apps. So say hello to fast boot times, better security and easy firmware updates from within the operating system.

"The Darter Pro has long been a customer favorite," says Sam Mondlick, VP of Sales. "We’re excited to reintroduce our users to this extremely versatile laptop with features that make it noticeably better than its already fantastic predecessor."

System76 claim it's a highly versatile machine for working on the go, with up to 9 hours battery life. Reasonably light too for moving around at 3.84 lbs / 1.74 kg. If you choose the option with Pop!_OS, the Linux distribution made by System76 then you also get all their built-in enhancements like the fun Auto-Tiling.

Here's some of the fancy tech specs for you:

Operating System

Pop!_OS 20.10 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)


11th Gen Intel® Core i5-1135G7: Up to 4.2 GHz - 8MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads

11th Gen Intel® Core i7-1165G7: Up to 4.7 GHz - 12MB Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads


15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD, Matte Finish


Intel® Iris Xe Graphics


Up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4 @ 3200MHz


2 x M.2 SSD (1x PCIe gen4 + 1x PCIe gen3 or SATA). Up to 4TB total.


1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C / Thunderbolt™ 4, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 × USB 2.0 Type-A, MicroSD Card Reader


Multitouch Touchpad, Backlit Chiclet US QWERTY Keyboard


Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Dual Band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5

Video Ports

HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C w/ DisplayPort 1.2


Stereo Speakers, 1× Headphone/Microphone Combo


1.0M 720p HD Webcam


Kensington® Lock


Li-Ion - 73 Wh


65 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz, DC-out 19V, 3.42A, USB Type-C Charging Compatible

Pricing starts at $1,099 and you can find the Darter Pro here

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Kathy Rain: Director's Cut announced and will support Linux

Thursday 21st of January 2021 05:42:08 PM

Kathy Rain: Director's Cut is the upcoming expanded and improved enhancement over the original that launched in 2016 and the developer has confirmed Linux support too.

"Set in the 90's, Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who must come to terms with her troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently departed grandfather. Armed with her motorcycle, a pack of cigs, and a notepad, Kathy delves into a local mystery surrounding her hometown that will take her on a harrowing journey of emotional and personal turmoil."

Check out the announcement teaser trailer:

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Speaking about the announcement, Clifftop Games mentioned this was created from the ground-up in a modern up-to-date game engine so it's not simply a patch disguised as a new edition. It's going to be quite big too, with lots of new features and improvements. The original was quite highly rated too!

What to expect from this:

  • Extended storyline with a prolonged ending, hundreds of lines of additional dialogue, and multiple new areas to explore.
  • Several new major puzzle chains along with many small additions and tweaks of existing puzzles.
  • Enlarged game environments to fill up the entire screen without any black bars on the sides.
  • Countless visual improvements, such as more character animations, better lighting/shadows and extra weather effects.
  • Streamlined mouse controls with an intuitive single click interface.
  • Controller support done right. Lean back in your chair and take smooth direct control of Kathy, with no messy cursor getting in the way.
  • Expanded and remixed soundtrack by the original composer, Daniel Kobylarz.
  • Five brand new motorcycle designs to unlock and customize the Katmobile with.

No exact date yet but we do also know there should be a discount if you owned the original.

You can wishlist / follow Kathy Rain: Director's Cut on Steam

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Stadia has games free to try this weekend for Stadia Pro, 'Project Hailstorm' is teased

Thursday 21st of January 2021 04:50:41 PM

More new games, free games to try out on Stadia Pro from now until the end of the weekend and some super secret projects currently in the works for Stadia.

Let's get the facts out of the way first shall we? Games and more of them. Available now are HITMAN 3 with the brand new Stadia State Share feature, and also Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Complete Edition. Interestingly, if you have Stadia Pro you can also still claim HITMAN and HITMAN 2 which have both been given this State Share feature on Stadia now too.

Also announced is the wonderful quirky Pikuniku, which will released for Stadia on February 2.

This weekend until January 25, 5PM UTC if you're a subscriber of Stadia Pro you can try out WWE 2K Battlegrounds and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint for as long as you like. Much like the Free Weekends we see up on Steam. Both of them are also on a big discount too, with Breakpoint having a huge cut from £59.99 down to £7.79.

If you own an LG TV, they're also getting dedicated built-in Stadia in the second half of 2021 which is on top of Stadia being supported on Google TV this year too.

Curiously 9to5Google take apart the APK file for the Android Stadia app, and they end up finding some pretty interesting upcoming features. The latest teardown shows up something called "Project Hailstorm":

A Hailstorm is coming soon.

Introducing Project Hailstorm from Stadia

What the heck do you think that's going to be? A new exclusive Stadia game? A big new feature? Would love to read your thoughts in the comments.

You can play Stadia using a Chromium / Chrome browser on Linux.

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Jumpala is an intense score-fighting highly competitive action-platformer out now

Thursday 21st of January 2021 04:29:45 PM

Jump across platforms to turn them your colour, use abilities to mess with your opponents and try to keep platforms your colour as they fall off the screen to score - Jumpala is a lot of fun.

Developed by Yokereba Games, this is a "first-class" Linux game developed by a long time Linux user who mentioned how they "consider it a Linux-first game since most of my testing was done on my main machine".

The main game mechanic is actually much the same as Spryjinx, a DOS game from the 90s. They took that basic idea, made it a whole lot prettier and threw in multiple unique characters each with their own ability. The result of this is a game that's really easy to pick up and play, while also very difficult to master. Check out the release trailer:

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Feature Highlight:

  • 4-player competitive action. Compete with your friends in fast-paced free for alls, or team up in 2v2 matches. No friends? Go up against challenging CPUs, or compete against others in online 1v1s.
  • Easy to learn, tough to master. If you want to be the best, you'll have to plan your routes, practice your timing, and perfect your positioning—all while being mindful of your opponents.
  • A wide variety of stages. Each stage has unique features and hazards to watch out for.
  • Original set of characters. Each character has their own unique abilities and playstyle.

Jumpala is another great local and online multiplayer game for when you don't have a lot of time to spare. Easy to play a few matches when you want to, and also easy to get sucked right into it and play for an hour solid as you try to beat the menacing AI. Great fun overall playing against both other people and CPU players.

It gives off a unique feel not found often, comparable to the likes of the competitive intensity found in games like SpeedRunners. You don't need to be as maddeningly quick in Jumpala though, although you do need to be somewhat quick on your toes to react to the movements of other players. This can be tricky, and with the layout of the maps and the way the platforms flow in you need to find ways to outmaneuver each other.

Frantic, works well and a lot of fun.

You can buy Jumpala on Steam plus there's also a demo available.

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Team17 have acquired the full rights to Golf With Your Friends

Thursday 21st of January 2021 04:19:26 PM

Seems January is the time for acquisitions! Following the news recently of YoYo Games (GameMaker Studio) being acquired by Opera, we now have Team17 buying the full rights to Golf With Your Friends ("GWYF"). This was made public today, January 21, in Team17's latest investor announcement.

Golf With Your Friends is a fun take on Miniature / Crazy Golf that can be played in solo, local multiplayer or online with a bunch of others. Released out of Early Access in May 2020. Team17 were the publisher with Blacklight Interactive developing it at the time. Now though, as per the financial statement, Team17 now control "all rights and assets for GWYF" and it mentions plans to extend the game including with DLC and mentions potential sequels. The game rights were purchased for £12 million and will be paid entirely in cash with £9m right away and another £3m within 12 months.

For an indie developer, £12m is a rather nice sum to be thrown at you after finishing your game.

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About the purchase Debbie Bestwick, Chief Executive Officer of Team17 Group PLC, mentioned "We are also delighted to start 2021 with the announcement that we have acquired GWYF and see great potential in this IP. Over the last two years, GWYF has shown strong consumer demand and mass market appeal, doubling its owner base and achieving success on multiple gaming platforms. GWYF is the type of IP we believe is right for ownership, it is successful and proven but still at the start of its journey. The team at Blacklight Interactive can be assured that we will take great care of this amazing IP"

Pick up Golf With Your Friends on Humble Store and Steam.

Seems we have a lot more publishers over the last 2-3 years taking on more and more direct rights themselves. What do you think to Team17 taking it over?

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Space Otter Charlie looks like a truly charming upcoming Zero-G puzzle platformer

Thursday 21st of January 2021 01:48:49 PM

Space Otter Charlie is a Zero-G platformer puzzler with cute characters and visuals, odd weapons and it looks thoroughly charming. It's due out later in this year.

Currently in development by Wayward Distractions, a group of game development veterans from the likes of PopCap Studios who you might know from titles like Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies. They've teamed up with The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild for publishing now too.

"With humanity gone, it’s up to the otters to save animal-kind from an inhospitable Earth. Join Charlie and his ragtag crew of critters on a daring mission through Otter Space as they search for a new planet to call home. Explore derelict space stations, battle unhinged robots, and enjoy some otterly terrific puns as you jump, float, and fly through over a dozen levels of furry fun."

Have a look at the early preview below:

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Here's what studio head, Ed Allard, said about developing Space Otter Charlie:

“While I was playing around with zero-g prototypes, the fluid motion reminded me of Feeding Frenzy, which was the first game I created like a hundred years ago. I’m not the first person to realize this connection - NASA trains astronauts for spacewalks under water. I started thinking that sea creatures could probably adapt more quickly to the strangeness of Zero-G than humans could. Blend that realization with a zero-g game prototype and a long time love of sea otters, and you’ve got Space Otter Charlie.”

Feature Highlight:

  • Zero-G Platforming - Turn your brain upside down as you jump, float, and rocket your way through physics-fueled levels.
  • Cool Gear and Upgrades - Craft new gear and unlock new space otter skills from parts you find along the way. Pull out your Reflector Ray to ricochet your shots around corners or leave a path of destruction as you slide through enemies with the Electric Slide. From Jetpacks to missile launchers, Charlie’s got all the coolest toys.
  • Wacky Space Suits - Sure, an otter’s gotta wear a suit to survive the deadly vacuum of space, but he can still look great (and CUTE) doing it! Plans for new suits are hidden through the game - each with a fun new look and its own unique and powerful weapon! Want to see an otter wearing a shark suit? Charlie’s got you covered.
  • Action-Packed Multiplayer - Looking for more action? Battle your friends in frantic 4-player arenas. Fight for food supremacy in So Urchin mode, or just let the fur fly in a Furry Fury deathmatch.
  • Become an Otternaut - Just how many hairs are in a square inch of sea otter fur? Dazzle your friends with this knowledge and more as you uncover all kinds of fun facts about sea otters hidden throughout the game.
  • Fun for Everyone - packed with action, puzzles, and a healthy dose of cute, Space Otter Charlie is designed for all ages to enjoy.

We spoke with The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, who confirmed that "SOC will be supporting Linux on release! The Steam page is a little spartan as we have other platforms to announce in the coming weeks.".

You can follow Space Otter Charlie on Steam.

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Valve have multiple games in development they will announce says Gabe Newell

Wednesday 20th of January 2021 09:44:22 PM

Gabe Newell of Valve Software (Steam) recently spoke to 1 NEWS in New Zealand about everything that has been going on and teased a few fun details. For those who didn't know, Newell has been staying in New Zealand since early 2020 and decided to stay after a holiday when COVID-19 got much worse.

Newell continues to talk very highly of New Zealand, even somewhat jokingly mentioning that some Valve staffers appear to strongly want to move their work over there now too. Newell mentioned why there's no reason other game companies couldn't move to New Zealand, and joked how they're a producer of "not-stupidium" seemingly referring to how well New Zealand has dealt with COVID-19.

The real juicy details though come when, as expected, questions were asked about upcoming games. Newell said very clearly "We definitely have games in development that we're going to be announcing — it's fun to ship games," and that "Alyx was great — to be back doing single-player games, that created a lot of momentum inside of the company to do more of that.".

When asked about Half-Life 3 and the other usuals, joking about Valve being afraid of the number 3, Newell said directly "I've successfully not spoken about those things for a long time and I hope to continue to not talk about them until they are moot questions. Then we'll move on to a new set of questions," and that the "nice thing is, by not answering those questions, I avoid the community coming up with new, equally-difficult-to-answer questions.".

It's good to know that the game development fire has been lit under Valve once again. Nice to see they continue to keep Linux in their sights for games too with all their recent games (Artifact, Underlords and Half-Life: Alyx) all having Linux builds, although Alyx is not directly mentioned on the store page for Linux it is available.

What are you hoping their next game announcement will be?

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Vietnam joins Civilization VI in the next DLC for the New Frontier Pass on January 28

Wednesday 20th of January 2021 09:15:26 PM

Firaxis has confirmed the next DLC that forms part of the New Frontier Pass for Civilization VI will be releasing on January 28. Here's some highlights of what's to come.

While the full details are yet to be released, Firaxis did a developer update video to tease some of it. There's going to be a new civilization with Vietnam joining the world, two new leaders for existing civilizations (China and Mongolia), a new "Monopolies and Corporations" game mode with expanded economic options which sounds really quite interesting.

The new mode enables you to create an industry around duplicate resources. Industries will provide buffs to cities and as you get more resources you can level up your industry into a corporation, to further increase the buffs and then you can create products. You then have a Stock Exchange added to the Great Works system, to allow you to add in products to share buffs between cities and you can even create a monopoly on something which brings in vast amounts of tourism. Here's the full video if you wish to hear it all:

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Once they do release the full patch info and DLC details, we will let you know.

What's to come next for Civilization VI? They officially have planned one more free update, and then the final DLC in March as part of the New Frontier Pass. After that, we have no idea.

You can buy Civilization VI with Linux support from Humble Store and Steam.

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Linux on the Apple M1 takes another step closer with Ubuntu working thanks to Corellium

Wednesday 20th of January 2021 07:54:39 PM

ARM virtualization company Corellium has managed to get Ubuntu Linux running on the next-generation Apple M1.

The news comes from Corellium CEO, Chris Wade, who mentioned on Twitter that:

Linux is now completely usable on the Mac mini M1. Booting from USB a full Ubuntu desktop (rpi). Network works via a USB c dongle. Update includes support for USB, I2C, DART. We will push changes to our GitHub and a tutorial later today.

Impressive, speedy work and a separate project to the recently revealed Asahi Linux which is also aiming to do the same thing. Two heads are better than one, as they say. The Corellium team mentioned on Twitter they fully back the Asahi project too, so it's wonderful to see true cooperation.

Right now this effort doesn't appear to have full GPU acceleration so it's doing software rendering, making it less suitable for a daily driver but work is ongoing towards that. Eventually everything will be in place, and it's taking far less time than I personally expected to see it running on such brand new hardware from Apple.

The thing is, as we noted in our article about the Asahi project, even Linux creator Linus Torvalds previously said in 2020 "I'd absolutely love to have one, if it just ran Linux" when talking about the new Apple M1 laptops.

You can see the code from Corellium up on GitHub.

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Play the charming co-op construction game Unrailed! free for a few days plus big sale

Wednesday 20th of January 2021 03:58:44 PM

Unrailed! from Daedalic Entertainment and Indoor Astronaut released back in September 2020 and now you have a chance to play for free to end your week. Don't pass up on it either from now until January 25 you can download and play the full game on Steam, and there's a 50% discount if you decide you like it enough to keep it.

What do you actually do in Unrailed! and is it fun? You and up to three others need to keep a train going for as long as possible, by constantly building a track. It's pure chaos once it gets going and an absolute riot to play with friends. Plenty of communication breakdowns, shouting and laughing all bundled in together. The train will get faster as you go too, plus you can upgrade it with new carriages and all sorts.

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Feature Highlight:

  • An intense and chaotic railroad construction experience
  • Online and local couch co-op multiplayer (also mixing both possible)
  • Procedurally generated worlds with 4 different difficulty levels
  • Dynamic weather system & day and night cycle
  • Game modes: Endless, Quick, Sandbox (up to 4 players) and Versus (2 vs 2 players)
  • Distinct biomes (5+)
  • A bunch of upgradable wagons (10+) to modify your train in Endless mode
  • Unlockable characters
  • A replay system
  • Online highscores with replays
  • Simple controls & split keyboard and split controller mode

Find it and play free until January 25 on Steam.

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today's howtos

  • Install Oracle Virtualbox 6.1.18 in Ubuntu 20.04 / CentOS 8 & Fedora

    Virtualbox an open-source application for running operating systems virtually in our base system and this application available for multiple operating systems (ie) Windows, Linux, and macOS. It has a large number of features, high performing software used in enterprise-level and licensed under General Public License (GPL). It is developed by a community based on a dedicated company. This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.18 in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 19.10, CentOS 8 / Redhat 8, and Fedora.

  • How To Install Docker on Linux Mint 20

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Docker on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, Docker is an open-source project that automates the deployment of the application inside the software container. The container allows the developer to package up all project resources such as libraries, dependencies, assets, etc. Docker is written in a Go Programming language and is developed by Dot cloud. It is basically a container engine that uses the Linux Kernel features like namespaces and control groups to create containers on top of an operating system and automates the application deployment on the container. This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of Docker on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).

  • How to Secure Email Server Against Hacking with VPN (CentOS/RHEL)

    In this tutorial, I’m going to share with you my tips and tricks to secure CentOS/RHEL email servers against hacking with a self-hosted VPN server. Many spammers are trying to hack into other people’s email servers. If successful, they would use the hacked email server to send large volumes of spam or steal valuable data. Why do we use a self-hosted VPN server? Because it allows you to enable whitelisting, so only trusted users connected to the VPN server can access your mail server.

  • Fixed compile of libvdpau-va-gl in OE

    I posted yesterday about the problem in OpenEmbedded when the compile of a package requires execution of a binary: This problem does not occur if the build-architecture and target-architectures are the same. The problem occurs with a cross-compile. Today I had the same problem, with package 'libvdpau-va-gl'. I had previously compiled this in OE, but now the build-arch is x86_64 and the target-arch is aarch64.

KDE: Kate and Konsole

  • The Kate Text Editor - January 2021

    It not only got some nice visual refresh but a much better fuzzy matching algorithm. The fuzzy matching algorithm is on its way to be upstream to KCoreAddons to be used by more parts of the KDE universe. Praise to Waqar Ahmed for implementing this and pushing it to upstream. And thanks to Forrest Smith for allowing us to use his matching algorithm under LGPLv2+! [...] As you can see on our team page a lot of new people helped out in the scope of the last year. I hope to see more people showing up there as new contributors. It is a pleasure that Waqar Ahmed & Jan Paul Batrina now have full KDE developer accounts! Especially Waqar came up with a lot of nifty ideas what could be fixed/improved/added and he did already do a lot of work to actually get these things done! I actually wanted to write earlier about what cool new stuff is there, but had too much review requests to look after. Great! ;=) No I can read review request instead of light novels in the evening.

  • Contributing to Konsole

    I never thought I could contribute with Open Source, or even imagined I could change my workspace, in my mind doing it was beyond my programming skills. I was a Windows user for a long time, until one day I couldn’t stand anymore how the system was so slow, it was not a top computer, but it was a reasonable one to be that slow. So I changed to Debian and used it for a time until change to other distros, but I was amazed how fast it was, of course I couldn’t use all of the same programs I used to work with but I did learn new ones.

GNU: GNU Binutils 2.36, GCC 11, and GTK 4.0

  • GNU Binutils 2.36 Released With Support For Intel AMX, AVX VNNI, Key Locker - Phoronix

    GNU Binutils 2.36 is out today as the latest version of this collection of binary utilities for Linux/open-source systems. As usual the x86_64 space for today's Binutils update is fairly eventful around supporting new CPU instructions. There is now support for AVX VNNI, HRESET, UINTR, TDX, AMX and Intel Key Locker instructions. All these additions are fairly notable for new and upcoming CPUs, especially the likes of the Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX) and AVX (non-AVX-512) VNNI. Intel's open-source developers continue doing a good job on ensuring timely support for new CPU features in the Linux space.

  • gcc 11: libgccjit is no longer 'alpha'
  • GCC's JIT Library Is No Longer Considered "Alpha" Quality - Phoronix

    With the upcoming GCC 11 compiler release the GNU compiler's just-in-time (JIT) library is no longer considered to be of alpha quality. Libgccjit is considered production quality with GCC 11. GCC 5 was released nearly six years ago already and with that release came the introduction of this GCC JIT library initially developed by Red Hat's compiler experts. It was initially written as an embed-friendly library, to be used by bytecode interpreters and other potential use-cases with there even having been an experimental Python compiler.

  • GTK4 Toolkit Seeing More Improvements To Its OpenGL Renderer - Phoronix

    While GTK 4.0 has been released, there still is major work to look forward to with future GTK4 releases. One area seeing recent and ongoing improvements is with the toolkit's OpenGL renderer. Even though GTK4 has a Vulkan renderer, the OpenGL renderer is still of interest for cross-platform support particularly for macOS where Vulkan doesn't exist unless employing MoltenVK. There is also still legacy and other cases like the Nouveau driver stack where Vulkan isn't available, thus in 2021 working on the OpenGL renderer still pays off.

openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2021/03

Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers, Shame on me for giving you the information about the changes in Tumbleweed during this week only now, but at least technically this is still the review of Week 03. Since the last weekly review, there have been 6 snapshots published (0114, 0115, 0118, 0119, 0120, and 0121). Read more