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Games: Hack Grid, Godot Engine, StereoKit, Mirrored Pawns

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  • Hack Grid is a clever brain-twisting DOS inspired puzzle game out now

    Created as a love letter to the retro charm provided by the days of DOS, Hack Grid has you throw around coloured pieces on a board until only one is left and it might melt your brain.

    Another wonderful addition to the puzzle genre with easy to understand mechanics. However, it's totally deceptive. Simple to look at and understand, sure but not easy to actually get through. You move pieces around a board across set lines until only one is left, but pieces need to hit a different colour to remove them. There's other rules it gradually sprinkles in and it does get complicated.

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    Also another title made with Godot Engine, lovely to see more being built with it!

  • Godot Engine team grows with another developer now working on rendering | GamingOnLinux

    Godot Engine is definitely going places and the more we hear about this free and open source game engine the more we love it. The team now has another member hired to work on rendering.

    Being free and open source means that developments aren't suddenly going to see a monthly bill increase to use it, or royalties suddenly increasing or anything of the sorts - as Godot has none of that. Entirely free to use, plus with the source open developers can help improve it.

    Joan Fons is the latest hire, who is now a full-time Godot Engine developer! Fons started contributing three years ago at university, then consulting with a company called Prehensile Tales and now they're contributing big time to Godot with features like the new CPU lightmapper, which will be landing with the 3.2.4 release. Fons showed off an example of the difference it can make and said it "should make lightmaps a viable option for 3.2"

  • Open source mixed reality library StereoKit adds Linux support

    The XR (VR/AR) space continues to evolve and one of the promising projects there is called StereoKit, an open source mixed reality library and a new release is out now adding in Linux support.

  • Puzzle game Mirrored Pawns challenges your spatial reasoning with opposite movements

    In the new game Mirrored Pawns from Firebelley (Sword Slinger, Cryptographer) it challenges your spatial reasoning as you simultaneously control two characters that move in opposite directions.

    Supposed to be relaxing but that will depend on how you approach such puzzle games. All you have to do across each level is move your two paws to specific tiles by hopping around. One pawn needs to be on each, and with every movement being opposites for them it actually does get quite difficult.

    "When either vertical or horizontal symmetry is active, the non-player pawn will move in the opposite vertical or horizontal direction, respectively. You will need to be careful in your movements and use the puzzle board's characteristics to your advantage."

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