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Games: Mad Experiments: Escape Room, Conglomerate 451, Cyber Knights: Flashpoint

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  • Mad Experiments: Escape Room - an upcoming co-op escape room puzzler has a demo out

    PlayTogether Studio have announced their multiplayer escape room puzzle game, Mad Experiments: Escape Room, is going to releasing in April and you can try an early build now.

    You can try it solo and online with up to 6 people total, however there's no matchmaking you need the name of a hosted room so gather a few friends if you wish to try the co-op. The developer said that "The rooms are filled with riddles, clues, and mysteries to uncover. Almost every items can be interacted with and examined in details, explore!".

  • Cyberpunk RPG dungeon crawler 'Conglomerate 451' looks like it may come to Linux

    RuneHeads and 1C Entertainment may soon launch a new Linux game, with the cyberpunk RPG dungeon crawler Conglomerate 451.

    Currently in Early Access and due to fully launch in a few days, on the official Steam forum they developer mentioned in a reply posted in a Linux request topic that they're "99.9% yes" and they "need to fix a couple of issues". So not only are they planning it, they've actually been working on it.

  • Cyber Knights: Flashpoint from Trese Brothers is becoming a big Kickstarter success

    Trese Brothers Games (Star Traders: Frontiers) have a bit of a hit on their hands here, as Cyber Knights: Flashpoint is smashing through goals on Kickstarter.

    With an original goal of $50,000 they managed to get funded in less than 12 hours. That's pretty incredible and good for Linux gaming fans too, since Trese Brothers continue to support Linux with Cyber Knights just like they did with Star Traders: Frontiers and Templar Battleforce.

Games: Stoneshard, Turbo Boom, Trailer Trashers, Shotgun Farmers and Almost Epic Adventures: Neverlooted Dungeon

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  • Open-world turn-based RPG 'Stoneshard' coming to Linux in 'the near future'

    While the free Stoneshard: Prologue is already available on Linux, the Early Access build of the proper game Stoneshard is currently not.

    It was supposed to launch at the same time as Windows on Steam, however they've been encountering some issues blocking the Linux version. They have mentioned this a few times on their Steam forum so thankfully they've been keeping people informed. I

  • Try out the Alpha testing build of the obstacle course racer Turbo Boom! - coming to Steam

    Race around tracks, avoid obstacles and attempt to get the best time in the racing game Turbo Boom! that's coming to Steam.

    Turbo Boom! reminds me of some classic racers, giving you a simple setup that has you drive as fast and accurately as you can. You will be avoiding all sorts of obstacles like spikes, boxes and things that quite literally make you go—boom. It's a high-score chaser as you fight for positions on a leaderboard against friends and the world.

  • Twin-stick multiplayer party game 'Trailer Trashers' looks absolutely mad

    Releasing on Steam on March 10, Trailer Trashers has up to four people in local multiplayer go crazy as you bounce bullets around various cramped arenas.

    There's going to be five game modes like last person standing, team death-match, shotgun soccer and more. They made a little joke about an 'imaginary friend mode' so possibly some AI in there if you don't manage to get someone to play with. However, with Steam Remote Play local-only games aren't such a problem they once were.

  • Shotgun Farmers has a 'Very Berry' update with a new 'Strawbowry' weapon

    Continuing to be possibly the most unique first-person shooter on Steam in terms of weaponry, Shotgun Farmers has a pretty fun new update out.

    In Shotgun Farmers, all the weapons are inspired by fruit and vegetables. Not just inspired in the name and style, if your bullets miss your enemy and hit the ground they grow a new weapon right there. It's amusing! A very sweet game that continues getting better, it really deserves more attention.

  • First-person adventure-exploration 'Almost Epic Adventures: Neverlooted Dungeon' coming to Linux

    That's quite a mouthful isn't it, Almost Epic Adventures: Neverlooted Dungeon is a first-person adventure and exploration game from Wild Mage Games and the first trailer is up.

    Wild Mage Games were originally working on Almost Epic Adventures: The Goblin's Week, however that's currently on pause due to a lack of current resources so instead of cutting it up they decided to go with an intermediate project focusing on 'trapped dungeon exploration' with Neverlooted Dungeon.

Thanks to Linux, I just installed a pro-level video editor on my Chromebook

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We’re constantly looking around for new tricks to make our Chromebooks even more capable than they’ve already become over the past couple of years. Every day, there are fewer use-cases where a Windows or Mac device is a necessity and we truly believe that Chrome OS will eventually offer comparable alternatives to that narrowing space. If there is one product, in particular, that Chrome OS will need to figure out, it’s video editing. Sure, there are great online products like WeVideo for lightweight projects and you can even find some pretty good video editing platforms in the Google Play Store but what we’re talking about is serious, high-octane editing that’s worthy of a Hollywood studio. (Well, a low-budget studio maybe.)

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Games: Aquamarine, Humble Store, Paradox

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  • Do a little quiet ocean exploration in the new 'Aquamarine' demo

    Now fully funded on Kickstarter with 8 days to go, Aquamarine has a demo out so you can have a go at this quiet survival adventure about perception and discovery in an alien ocean.

    A small-scale, story-driven game inspired largely by the psychedelic sci-fi of the '70s and '80s, Aquamarine combines old-school roguelikes and the survival genre with the exploration and puzzle solving of classic point-and-click adventures.

  • Humble Store has a big sale going on some top indie games

    Another week, another sale begins. Humble Store are running a third edition of their Indie Hits Sale with some really popular titles with big discounts.

  • Paradox have updated their handy launcher - should help Linux gamers too

    Paradox have released a new version of their game launcher, the screen that appears when you load most of their modern games to give a few little handy features.

    Not to be confused with the standalone Paradox Launcher you can download from their store (Paradox need a better naming scheme…), this is the application you see when you load up Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Prison Architect and so on. Today "2020.2 - The Palindromic Version" was released.

Games: Vintage Story, RimWorld, Julius, Faeria, Hive Time

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  • The latest update and brand new trailer for 'Vintage Story' look fantastic

    With a survival experience that's so crammed full of features you're likely to get lost for weeks, Vintage Story has always looked pretty good. Recently though? They turned it up a notch or two.

    Version 1.12 went out this month as a major update focused on adding more visual flair including new animations, more reflective surfaces, a new personal-damage overlay effect, a rework of clouds (and they sure do look pretty), cold regions will see an aurora borealis effect, armour stands, performance improvements and various other tweaks to really make it something quite special.

  • If you think you were done with RimWorld think again - the 1.1 update is in Beta

    Adding in a ton of new content, adjustments and fixed - RimWorld 1.1 is now available in Beta to suck you back into building a colony. While RimWorld was done and released in full back in 2018, they're clearly not done with it.

    One big improvement will be for players that have high resolution monitors, as the UI should now look good even at 4K. There's a new Quests tab to give you info on available, active and previous quests as well to help you not get lost. Modding sees improvements too with "a new data-driven quests generation and management system" so apparently modders can add or change quests "without programming" and there's also improvements done to clean up the mod management interface.

  • Open source modern Caesar III game engine 'Julius' has a fresh release up

    Get ready to build a city with the classic Caesar III, as the developer behind the open source game engine Julius tagged a big new release.

    Some nice new features were added this time with a new full-city screenshot feature set to Ctrl+F12, it will be a big file of course but it's such a fun feature. A good way to show off all that time you spent. You can also now enable a monthly auto-save, to ensure no lost progress.

  • Unique deck-builder 'Faeria' has a huge patch out with gamepad support

    A few bits of interesting news to talk about for Faeria, a deck-builder with a unique board-building mechanic as it just got a huge update.

    One of the major new systems introduced is a player reporting mechanic, so you can report naughty people. You will find this as an option in-game in the friends list, as recent players appear there. There's also new music, a dynamic music system was added so during battles music will change depending on what's happening too which is quite cool and spices it up a little. There's also in-game leaderboards, new special PvP maps, in-game DLC display and controller support.

  • Bee-themed management sim 'Hive Time' has a new amusing trailer

    Released back in December, Hive Time is the rather sweet Bee hive building and management sim from our contributor Cheeseness and it has a new trailer out.

    Telling a short tale of a busy hive while introducing a worker Bee named Penelope, it's actually quite an amusing little trailer that would have sold me on the game if I wasn't already enjoying it.

Games: Edgar - Bokbok in Boulzac, Iris and the Giant, The Farlanders and Westmark Manor

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  • Comedy cosmic horror adventure 'Edgar - Bokbok in Boulzac' releasing on February 26

    Mixing comedy with cosmic horror might seem a little weird and it is, Edgar - Bokbok in Boulzac is releasing with Linux support on February 26.

    The first game from French studio La Poule Noire, Edgar - Bokbok in Boulzac has you play as the eccentric outcast Edgar whose best friend is a Chicken. Unfortunately, a sudden disaster forces you out of your shack and towards the bright lights of the big city, Boulzac, where an 800 year old fire rages beneath the surface, and weird things are afoot.

  • Fusing a deck-builder and a narrative adventure 'Iris and the Giant' releases February 27 - demo up

    Developer Louis Rigaud and publisher Goblinz Studio have announced their fusion of a deck-builder with a narrative adventure and turn-based battles, Iris and the Giant, is going to release on February 27.

    They say it mixes together "a collectible card game with RPG and roguelike elements", with you playing a Iris who must brave her fears in her imaginary world. Behind the game's unique minimalist art style players will explore a touching story of a young woman facing her inner demons and soothing the raging giant inside.

  • Martian city-builder 'The Farlanders' has a big new release up with a Happiness system

    Sweet small city-builder The Farlanders is evolving into a bigger game, with a new release now up introducing some fresh game mechanics.

    A game covered here briefly last year, as a promising up-and-coming city-builder that was aiming to do things a little bit differently and that feeling continues with this new build. Version 0.3.0 introduces a Happiness system, there's new types of terrain and terraforming options, new building types and the game has gone through an overhaul on the balance.

  • Explore a dark mansion in the survival horror 'Westmark Manor' releasing this year

    Sometime later this Summer, Westmark Manor will take you on a journey into the occult and the developer Nodbrim Interactive is planning to get it on Linux too.

    It's a mixture of gameplay elements here with exploration, puzzle solving and survival and it sounds like plenty of inventory management too as you acquire the tools needed to progress through different rooms in a mansion. Two days ago they put up a reveal trailer and while a bit dark (visually), it gives an interesting look into the horrifying things you will get up to in Westmark Manor.

Games: Urtuk: The Desolation, Bite the Bullet, Barkour, Things I Hate About Linux Gaming

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  • Tactical turn-based RPG 'Urtuk: The Desolation' now on Steam for Linux

    With a low-fantasy setting, Urtuk: The Desolation has now jumped from itch.io to Steam to give Early Access turn-based tactics to a wider audience.

    You take on the role of Urtuk, an escapee from a facility that conducts experiments on people and during your stay you suffered some kind of "severe" mutation from being exposed to Life Essence extracted from long extinct ancient Giants. Every day your health gets worse and you wander the world for a cure. Definitely a setting that grabs your attention.

  • Get ready to eat your enemies in Bite the Bullet - releasing on March 27

    We have it confirmed now that the crazy action-platformer RPG 'Bite the Bullet' where you quite literally eat your enemies is releasing in March.

    A mix of rogue-lite randomness with the action you would expect from a shooter, plus some RPG elements thrown in for good measure. Bite the Bullet is certainly attention grabbing, especially since the headline feature is gameplay driven by what your character eats. It's weird I know—and Mega Cat Studios have now confirmed March 27 is the date and Linux support is online and ready.

  • Simple pleasures - bouncing and barking my way to victory in Barkour

    Sometimes it really is the simplest things that you need to make you laugh. Taking away from all the seriousness of the gaming industry we have Barkour.

    It's a small 2D indie platformer where you play as some sort of robotic dog with a powered jump ability. You need to find your way across an obstacle course, one that's designed to be difficult and it will take you some time to do. Get a gamepad ready for this one, you're going to need it.

  • 5 Things I Hate About Linux Gaming

    5 Things I Hate About Linux Gaming We did Linux and now it is time to go over the things I hate about Gaming on Linux.

Free From Epic Games Exclusivity, ‘Metro Exodus’ Is Coming To Linux

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First the good news. As of Valentine’s Day 2020, Metro Exodus has been liberated from its Epic Games exclusivity agreement and is now available to purchase on Steam. And now the great news, especially for my regular readers: it looks like Deep Silver and developer 4A Games are working on bringing the post-apocalyptic shooter to Linux.

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Games: Black Mesa, Space Impossible, MangoHud, Aeolis Tournament, Relow, Black Powder Red Earth, BATTLETECH and BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION

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  • Crowbar Collective want you to break Black Mesa and test the 1.0 build

    The final release of Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life is coming close and Crowbar Collective want as many people as possible to test out the latest Beta build.

    Most important for them are game breaking bugs as they want it to be "as smooth and enjoyable as possible". However, they said it's been "very stable" in their own testing but we all know how this type of thing goes when more people get access. They also want to know about spikes in the difficulty with the upgraded AI, if any part of the game is unclear and to make sure the achievements works as there's now 50 of them.

  • Space Impossible has a huge new release out for you to get building a starship

    Explore space in a fully customizable and destructible spaceship in Space Impossible, which just had a massive update as they bring it into Beta.

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    Coming in hot with a brand new tutorial too, well sort-of anyway. The first star system you get is now a bit more hand-crafted and get a brief walk-through to get you going. It's simple and effective, giving you a short intro to at least tell you the basics. Masses of other changes including a new ore system. You now mine specific ores to then refine them into other materials for building and trading.

  • Vulkan overlay layer 'MangoHud' continues advancing quickly with a big new release

    MangoHud enables you to quickly and easily monitor FPS, temperatures, RAM, VRAM and do a little benchmarking too with Vulkan games (native and Wine/Proton). A fresh release was just today put up.

    This big new release brings in some exciting features to make it a true all-in-one tool. You can now limit the FPS, force VSync, display RAM & VRAM, show the current time, add a crosshair and it adds support for Zorin OS and Pop!_OS with the build script.

  • 8-player mayhem is coming with 'Aeolis Tournament' successfully funded and on the way to Linux

    Chaotic 8-player action is coming to Linux later this year, as Beyond Fun Studio have managed to get successfully funded on Kickstarter for their amusing looking game Aeolis Tournament.

    With physics-based gameplay, a tournament mode and local and online cross-platform multiplayer play it sure does look like it's going to be a huge amount of fun.

  • Relow is a ridiculously fast FPS with procedurally generated arenas coming soon

    I absolutely love first-person shooters, it's often a sort-of safety net comfort zone when I just want to jump into something quick for a while and it looks like Relow might be a good choice for that.

    Arriving in Early Access on February 26, the developer has announced it will fully support Linux and there's a number of reasons why I think Relow could be interesting. For starters, maps are generated so you've always got something a little fresh. I've played numerous smaller shooters before that end up too stale with too few maps so my curiosity has been piqued here. Not just that it will also have crazy dual-wielding weapons, character customization and a promise of no micro transactions.

  • Urban turn-based tactics arrives on Linux with Black Powder Red Earth

    Black Powder Red Earth, a new minute-to-minute turn-based tactics game set in a proxy war between the dictatorship of a failing petrostate and a brutal jihadist insurgency from Echelon Software has released for Linux with the latest update.

    Currently in Early Access, it's only been available since December last year and they plan to remain in Early Access for at least 12-16 months yet to finish it.

  • BATTLETECH considered complete with one last patch coming, Harebrained moving on

    That's it, it's done, finished. Harebrained Schemes have announced that their turn-based mech strategy game BATTLETECH is done, with a last patch coming this month.

    After many patches and three big expansions across, the BATTLETECH saga is coming to a close nearly two years after the full release. Speaking in a fresh update on their Kickstarter, they said "Now, with our season pass at an end, HBS is going to focus on two brand new non-BattleTech projects. Our last free update, BATTLETECH Update 1.9, will release in late February. After that, BATTLETECH will continue to maintain customer support.".

  • BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION looks incredible and planned for Linux once they ensure it's solid

    2D isometric adventure, BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION, has been announced for release this month and the good news is THE BROTHERHOOD will be bringing it to Linux.

    They previously made the point-and-click sci-fi horror adventure 'STASIS' and another isometric horror game with 'CAYNE', both games have Linux builds too (although STASIS is classed as a Beta). As for BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION, it's releasing for Windows on February 26 and they confirmed to us on Twitter that they "will be supporting other platforms with a solid and stable build" and although there's no set date to "rest assured - it’s on our roadmap".

Games: Ninja Pizza Girl, Serious Sam Collection & Panzer Dragoon, Librem 5 Game Development

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  • Delivering the goods with "Ninja Pizza Girl" on Linux and Steam

    Like me, you probably have a bunch of games in your Steam library that you picked up at some point, but have never played. Such is the case for Ninja Pizza Girl which I probably got through a Humble Bundle, however long ago.

  • Serious Sam Collection & Panzer Dragoon announced for Stadia plus some timed exclusives

    It might still be rough but Google's Stadia game streaming service is starting to pull in more games, with a bunch being announced today that look interesting.

    Firstly and perhaps unsurprisingly, The Serious Sam Collection which will blend Serious Sam 1-3 into a single experience was announced for Stadia. Not surprising since Croteam spent a lot of time getting Vulkan support in with Serious Sam Fusion, plus Alen Ladavac co-founder of Croteam went over to Stadia. No exact date yet for The Serious Sam Collection.

  • Librem 5 Game Development

    Many people learn to code through making games for their computer or phone. One of the things I love most about the Librem 5 is that it’s a full computer in your pocket that isn’t locked-down like Android and iOS. This means you get access to more programming languages, tools, frameworks and engines than they do. In this post I’ll showcase popular free and open source game frameworks and engines running on, or building games for, the Librem 5. I’ll be continuously testing new projects and adding them to the list, so if you have a favorite that’s not here yet let us know and I will get to it.

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