Ankh: Heart of Osiris Now Available

January 5th, 2008 by duglambier

Thanks to duglambier for letting us know that the adventure game Ankh: Heart of Osiris is now available at the online retail stores Tux Games and ixsoft for $42 US and 39.95 € respectively. Ankh: Heart of Osiris and its predecessor were ported to Linux by RuneSoft.

Here’s the feature rundown:

  • Classic adventure game style
  • A zany story in strange locations
  • New characters and familiar faces
  • Graphics with dynamic light, shadow and glow effects
  • Cinematic full-motion sequences
  • Pitch-black humor

A demo should be released on the 18th of January.

Ankh: Heart of Osiris

Ankh: Heart of Osiris coming to Linux!

December 5th, 2007 by thomassteiding

RuneSoft sent in the following press release:

ANKH II coming to Linux!

The Adventures of young Assil will continue soon for Linux players. With a little luck they may even start before this year is over.

The new game will take players through many scenes set in ancient Egypt, half of which are completely new, while the other half have been overhauled from Ankh. Familiar faces will be back, including Assil, Thara, and the Pharaoh, along with new additions to an already-quirky cast, including a burning bush that thinks it is God.


  • Classic adventure game in the Monkey Island style
  • Even more gameplay than the previous version
  • A brand new exciting story
  • Get to know new characters and familiar faces
  • Improved graphics and supreme voice acting

Ankh II: Heart of Osiris for Linux can be preordered from our partners at Tuxgames, IXsoft and Novatux.

Ankh II

You can also order the first Ankh game (actually the second in the series) from RuneSoft’s online store, or the online retailers listed above.

Ankh 2 @ Tux Games

October 31st, 2007 by Crusader

A reader let us know that following the pre-order campaign at, Ankh 2: Heart of Osiris is also available at the online Linux game retailer Tux Games for pre-order. The port’s developer, RuneSoft, has stated they would need at least 250 pre-orders to make the project viable; as of this writing there are 68 pre-orders at ixSoft.

Edit: A reader pointed out the pre-order figure hasn’t been updated since October 20th, so there’s probably a great deal more than that by now.

Ankh: Heart of Osiris Pre-Orders Needed

October 17th, 2007 by Crusader

A reader pointed out that ixsoft, a German online Linux retailer that has long supported gaming, is now taking pre-orders for a port of Ankh: Heart of Osiris, a sequel to the adventure game Ankh. Ankh was ported to Linux by RuneSoft, and ixsoft reports that RuneSoft will need at least 250 pre-orders for a port of Ankh: Heart of Osiris to be considered viable. My machine-assisted German is poor (Lightkey, help!), but I think the article states pre-orders will be taken through the end of the month, and if all goes well, the port could then be completed around Christmas of this year.

You can order the first Ankh game (actually the second in the series) from RuneSoft’s online store, ixsoft, or from Tux Games.

Ankh Patch

April 12th, 2007 by Crusader

RuneSoft has released a patch for Ankh, a 3D adventure game released for Linux recently. Features include endearingly animated characters, classic point and click navigation, black humor, scores of items, and challenging puzzles/riddles. Ankh can be purchased from RuneSoft’s online store or from TuxGames.

Screenshots: [ View ] Patch Download: [ ]

Ankh officially announced for Linux

December 25th, 2006 by Lightkey

RuneSoft announced the 3D adventure game Ankh to be in final testing stages and ready for shipment in 2006^H7, thanks to the successfull pre-order campaign.

The system requirements were announced as well:
Linux x86 with X11 installed and glibc 2.2 or better.
Minimum: 1 GHz processor, nVIDIA GeForce 4 series or Radeon 8×00/9×00, 256 MB RAM, 900 MB HDD.
Recommended: 2 GHz processor, nVIDIA GeForce FX series or better, Radeon 9500 or better, 512 MB RAM, 900 MB HDD.

Ankh is now also available for international pre-orders at Tux Games.

Well what do you know? According to comments over at Holarse Ankh shipped already on December 22. Although quite buggy.

Ankh for Linux?

December 2nd, 2006 by Crusader

A reader let us know that RuneSoft has announced that they would be willing to release a native Linux version of the adventure game Ankh.

Ankh is an award winning adventure game in the spirit of Simon The Sorcerer or the classic LucasArts adventure games. Due to the disappointing sale numbers of past native Linux ports, they require at least 200 pre-orders to make it happen. This announcentment was made on the website of the German Linux software shop ixsoft (the site is in German, but they accept international orders).

Jack Keane shipping to Linux users

July 29th, 2008 by thomassteiding

Jack Keane shipping for Linux

Runesoft has started shipping the Linux version of Jack Keane today.

Just drop a secret agent off on a mysterious island? Sounds good, thought Jack. After all, no-one said
anything about fighting a mad scientist and other horrifying dangers! Just Jack’s bad luck when his
ship shatters on that mysterious island’s cliffs, ushering in a sudden turn of fate…

The latest point and click adventure by the ANKH developers Deck 13 is now ready to set sail to Linux equipped computers. Runesoft has started shipping the Linux version of 10Tacle Studios highly decorated adventure game.

About Jack Keane

Colonial England. Under a certain amount of… duress… Jack takes on a job which will not only cause him a great deal of trouble, but also bring to light the answer to a mystery out of his distant past. A lack of money leads Jack to accept a charter to take a British secret agent to mysterious “Tooth Island”. When Jack’s ship shatters on the mysterious island’s cliffs on arrival and the secret agent quickly becomes a meal for a monster in the jungle, Jack is soon left to cope with the situation on his own.

“Tooth Island” is ruled by the strange Doctor T, who is cultivating man-eating plants and has his own dastardly plans for the British Empire. And why does he seem to know Jack, who can’t remember ever having been on Tooth Island? What are Doctor T’s plans? And what does he know about Jack’s past?

And then there’s the young and naive Amanda, who is filled by an almost fanatical drive to prove her worth. In the beginning the young lady is employed by Doctor T, and part of her task is to track Jack down and take him prisoner. It doesn’t take long before she begins to wonder if she is really on the right side, or if she shouldn’t join her opponent, the charming Captain Jack, instead.

A hair-raising hunt across the length and breadth of the dangerous island finally airs the mystery surrounding Jack’s past and leads to a spectacular showdown with a dark and deadly enemy and his nefarious henchmen.

Key Features

* The Funniest adventure game in the footsteps of Monkey Island
* Enthralling story including many allusions to famous movies, videos and computer games
* More than 40 funny characters
* An abundance of cinematic movies and cut-scenes
* Countless locations stuffed with interactions
* Suited for both beginners and, due to increasing difficulty levels, advance players
* Two playable characters: The very ironic, slightly clumsy daredevil Jack Keane, plus the
attractive and adventuresome lady, Amanda
* 3-D levels presented in a classic adventure atmosphere
* Plenty of diverse locations such as London, the high seas, Cape Town and the Indian jungle

This post was submitted by thomassteiding.

Jack Keane pre-orders needed

April 28th, 2008 by Lightkey

ixsoft announced another pre-order campaign as part of their collaboration with RuneSoft to release more games for Linux.

Jack Keane is an adventure game by German developer Deck13 again, who made the Ankh series and likewise it uses the portable OGRE engine.
The game plays in a setting similar to Monkey Island, you go searching for precious booty, arr! A sequel is in the works.

Jack Keane cover

As usual, RuneSoft will do a port if at least 200 pre-orders for Jack Keane accumulate. You can do so at either Tux Games (English), Novatux (French) or ixsoft (German).

Linux Games Podcast 7: New LGP Game Announcement!

January 7th, 2007 by TimeDoctor

The latest Linux Games Podcast episode is up. Podcast 7 brings you another informal interview with Michael Simms. Including a special new game announcement from LGP! As a special bonus for Ogg Vorbis fans, this episode is encoded straight from the source file.

Joining myself on this episode are: Micks, and Marv! Remember to send your advertisements for free-as-in-either-beer-or-speech games to

URL dump from this episode:

iTunes users can click the iTunes Only link below, or drag and drop the feed link to iTunes, or click Advanced – Subscribe to Podcast and copy the feed url there, or just hit update if you’ve already subscribed. The podcast is also in the iTunes Music Store. For any other podcasting programs, you’ll need to insert the feed url into it.

Enjoy, leave feedback here, in the new forum, on iTunes, digg it, and tell your friends!

Linux Games Podcast 7 Download: [ iTunes Only | MP3 RSS Feed | Straight MP3 | Straight Ogg]