Other mirrors will be added shortly; watch the EUS demo page for additional download sites when they appear.
Lee Anderson has written a review of Linux Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire for Ext2. Anderson has included screenshots of the new card game port from Loki, and examines the customizability, music, graphics (the omnipresent weasel getting considerable mention), and card gameplay. You can still order EUS from Loki here.
- Fixed the command line handling. –nosound now works.
- Fixed a bug in Calculation where the second card thrown to the top discard pile would corrupt masking for the duration of that run of EUS.
- Fixed a bug where users could not add their own midi files.
- Pressing the shift key highlights the currently available moves, as advertised.
- Menu accelerators are now saved, for each user, between EUS runs.
- EUS now releases /dev/dsp if sound has been turned off.
- Dialog enhancements:
- Added a progress bar to the “Choose Backgrounds” dialog.
- File operations now work in the file selection dialogs.
- Added stricter file checking support for save and challenge games.
- Menu accelerators are disabled while dialogs are displayed.
- Many other minor enhancements…
- Window position now saved between EUS runs.
- Fixed the rare occasion where the mouse cursor would not change, reflecting the state EUS was in.
- Fixed the window sizing code so that:
- Buttons now appear after a window resize.
- the original window size is restored if cancel was pressed.
- Fixed sound on newer Macs.
- General binary size reduction.
The latest Linux Games Podcast episode is up. Podcast 6 brings you an informal interview with Michael Simms.
Joining myself (and my poorly aimed mic which sounds horrible) on this episode are: Dustin “Crusader” Reyes, and Fabio “Lightkey” Till. As on the last episode, we have Love Invaders advertising. Remember to send your advertisements for free-as-in-either-beer-or-speech games to firstname.lastname@example.org.
URL dump from this episode:
- id Software
- Linux Game Publishing
- Ryan Gordon
- Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (flash heavy)
- Tux Games
- Cold War
- Jagged Alliance 2
- Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire
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, and tell your friends!
Linux Games Podcast 5 Download: [ iTunes Only | MP3 RSS Feed | Straight MP3 | Straight Ogg]
Also, Tux Games still has several Loki titlesin stock and should have enough for the forseeable future; however, Civilization: Call to Poweris sold out and is now an unavailable game as Loki cannot replace their stock before operations cease.
- Place your orders on the Loki webstore by December 7 to ensure arrival by Christmas.
- Act now and get the Rune/Halls of Valhalla bundle for the special price $49.95.
- Buy Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2, and blow your mind with its immersive storyline and 3D special effects. This dimension-altering title has the low SRP of only $29.95.
- For a limited time only, make any purchase from our webstore, and we’ll offer the following items to you at these special prices:
- The official Loki Demo CD for only 99 cents!
- The Learning Debian GNU/Linux book with CD for only $9.99. This book retails elsewhere on the net for $34.95!
- Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire for only $9.99. This classic title runs not just on Pentium systems, but PPC, Alpha and even Sparc!
- Purchase a multimedia system from QliTech by December 12 and receive a free copy of Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns. Kohan is the extremely well-received real-time strategy and fantasy game for Linux. Visit the QliTech website at www.qlilinux.com for details on this promotion. [ Or take a look at our previous news item. -Al ]
Loki Entertainment Software fired in the following press release:
Loki Shipping PowerPlant
New Linux Development Suite from theKompany.com
Tustin, California — July 6, 2000 — Loki Software, the leadingpublisher of best-selling games for the Linux operating system, todayannounces an agreement with theKompany.com to distribute PowerPlant, a powerful suite of developer tools and software for Linux.
Developers may use PowerPlant to create a variety of applications, fromproductivity software to 3D games. The package features over 150 OpenSource tools, including compilers for BASIC, Pascal, Python, Java, Perl,Scheme and C++ as well as tools for 3D graphics, sound, interface and Webdevelopment.
PowerPlant is bundled with a fully-licensed version of the MySQL database system (a $170 value). While MySQL is Open Source, this license enables PowerPlant customers to embed MySQL in commercial applications. For the developer in need of a break, PowerPlant also includes a full version of Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire from Loki Software (a $19.95 value).
“PowerPlant provides solutions to several Linux development queries, andcan save developers time and frustrations by providing the tools and the answers in a complete and easy-to-use package,” said Scott Draeker, President of Loki Software.
PowerPlant runs on all major Linux distributions for Intel Pentium-compatible processors. It has a suggested retail price of $49.95,and includes installation and developer support.
The PowerPlant Developer Network, a subscription service that allowsusers to automatically check for and download updates of selectedsoftware packages, is available for $39.95 a year. Customers of thisservice will also receive an updated PowerPlant package each year. Formore information on PowerPlant and the PowerPlant Developer Network visithttp;//www.thekompany.com.
About Loki Software, Inc.
Founded in 1998, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers anddevelopers to port their best-selling PC titles to Linux. Titles fromLoki include Quake III Arena, SimCity 3000 Unlimited and Sid Meier’sAlpha Centauri with the Alien Crossfire expansion pack. In addition tothis arsenal of games, Loki supports several Open Source developmentprojects and distributes Debian GNU/Linux. For more information visit http://www.lokigames.com.
theKompany.com is a California-based company with developer teams inNorth America and Europe. theKompany.com fills a need in the Linuxcommunity for mass-marketed, quality Linux software by producingdeveloper tools like its flagship product, PowerPlant. theKompany.com’sproducts are marketed both online and through B&M channels. For moreinformation visit http://www.thekompany.com.
Michael Wong has written another review for 32BitsOnline, this time covering Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire. The review covers an overview of the game and its history, the printed documentation, multiplayer capabilities, the solitaire variations included, statistics, game options, and sounds. It concludes by giving the game a 7/10.
- Linux World‘s review Mech mania earns the pole review postition because of the subtitle: Heavy Gear II, from installation to mass destruction. It covers installation, mech controls, weapons, team play, graphics, and sound.
- The HG2 review from Canux gets the second slot today just because I like Canada and they used the word “plethora” in the first paragraph. This review has some screenshots and and overview of the game. It also covers training missions, Instant Action mode, Campaign mode, and game controls. The review concludes giving HG2 an overall score of 7/10.
- The third HG2 review comes from Tucows Linux. It covers the enimy AI, single player modes, mech options, and game control. This review gave a 5/5 score, just like every other Loki game they’re reviewed :)
- The fourth and final review is from Maximum Linux and covers Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire. Since this is a print-only magazine you will have to pick up the April/May edition to check it out.
- Civilization: Call To Power
- Heroes of Might and Magic III
- Myth 2: Soulblighter
- Railroad Tycoon II
- Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire
You can order your copy from here for $1.95 US plus shipping.
Some morning items for ya’ll (yes I’m Texan):
- The ClanLib Game SDK site has undergone a redesign to allow visitors to receive more feedback with regards to current development.
- David Pfitzner wrote in to the Freeciv mailing list with word that LinuxFocus was running an article on the open-source Civilization clone; the LinuxFocus page appears down at the moment, but when it comes back up be sure to give the article a read.
- Jonathan A. George had compiled a list of commercial titles already available or coming to the Linux platform; here’s the list updated with this week’s announcements:
Soldier of Fortune – Soon
Heroes of Might and Magic – Soon
Hopkins FBI – Now – Requires XFree 3.3
Quake 1 – Now – Requires Mesa 2.4
Quake 2 – Now – Requires Mesa 3.0
Quake 3 – November – Requires Mesa 3.1 or XFree 4.0
Unreal Tournament – November – Requires Glide 2.53
BFRIS – Now – Requires Mesa
Descent 3 – Unsupported – Soon – Requires Mesa 3.0
Kingpin – Unsupported – Now – Requires Mesa 3.0
Ultima Online – Unsupported – Requires XFree 3.3
Civilization CTP – Now – Require XFree 3.3
Myth 2 – Now – Requires XFree 3.3 (Mesa 3.0 support soon)
Railroad Tycoon – Now – Requires XFree 3.3
Heretic 2 – December – Requires Mesa 3.1
Heavy Gear 2 – January – Requires Mesa 3.1
Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire – October – Requires XFree 3.3
Abuse – Free – Now
Descent 1 – Now
Doom/Doom 2 – Free – Now
Heretic 1 – Free – Now – Requires XFree 3.3
Hexen 1 – Free – Now
Battlecruiser 3020AD/Millenium – 2000
Neverwinter Nights – 2000
Terminus – 2000
If there’s anything missing that should be there, let me know.
Linux Games Coming to the PowerPC
Loveland, CO July 14, 1999 Terra Soft Solutions and LokiEntertainment Software announce a strategic alliance to bringbest-selling PC games to Linux on PowerPC computers — in some casesbefore those same games are available for the MacOS.
Loki Entertainment Software has become a strong force in the gamingindustry, licensing MacOS and Windows games and porting them to the Linuxoperating system. Terra Soft Solutions has quickly established itself asa leader in the Linux for PowerPC arena. Through the partnership, Lokiand Terra Soft will combine their efforts to bring Linux games to PowerPCcomputers.
Linux is compatible with a wide-variety of computer hardware, includingi386-based hardware manufactured by Intel, AMD and Cyrix, andPowerPC-based hardware such as Apple Computer’s iMac. Through this newalliance, Loki will continue to license and port PC games to the LinuxOS. Terra Soft will work with Loki to develop PPC-compatible versionsbased on Loki’s source code.
“We are thrilled to work with Terra Soft to expand the universe ofapplications for Linux on the PowerPC, states Loki President ScottDraeker. “This partnership ensures that PowerPC users who install Linuxwill have access to the best games that the PC world has to offer.”
“This is a challenging opportunity. One that will keep us quite busy,”notes Stephen Edie, Software Engineer for Terra Soft. “My personalbackground and one might say my ‘passion’ is with gaming. Through mywork on porting the CMD 646 IDE driver for the Blue & Whites and ongoingwork on the graphical installer for Gone Home, I have become quitefamiliar with the PowerPC architecture. I believe that Terra Soft’sexperience with the PowerPC coupled with Loki’s background is anincredible combination. It allows each of us to do what we do best andprovide games that may not otherwise be made available on the PowerPC.”
In addition to working with Loki to bring Linux games to the PowerPC, Terra Soft will soon offer game bundles with its Yellow Dog Linux Gone Home distribution. Retail versions of Loki’s games, which will include both the i386 and PPC versions, will be available as stand alone productsfor sale directly from Loki, Terra Soft and other software retailers.
Loki plans to bring a wide variety of games to Linux, including the mostpopular action, adventure, and educational titles. Loki’s current productline includes Civilization: Call to Power, Myth II: Soulblighter,Railroad Tycoon II Gold Edition, and Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire. A totalof 8 titles are planned for release in 1999. Today’s announcement ensuresthat all of Loki’s titles will be available for both i386 and PowerPC.
About Loki Entertainment Software
Based in Tustin, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers to porttheir best-selling PC and Macintosh titles to the Linux platform. Lokimeets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported,shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels. Formore information about Loki Entertainment Software, visit their websiteat www.lokigames.com.
Loki Contact: Kathryn Sorhaindo, 714-585-4359, email@example.com.
About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
Based in Loveland, CO, Terra Soft is the developer of Yellow Dog Linux for Apple Macintosh G3 and PPC computers. Champion Server, their flagshipproduct, is a highly professional distribution geared toward a wide rangeof network applications such as ISPs, corporate intra/extranets, web and network servers. Terra Soft recently introduced Black Lab Linux, a parallel computing system for research and development facilities. Formore information about Terra Soft Solutions, visit their website atwww.terrasoft solutions.com.
Terra Soft Contact: Kai Staats, 970-278-9243, firstname.lastname@example.org
Just announced on Loki Entertainment Software’s main page is the three new games they will be porting to Linux: Myth II: Soulblighter by Bungie Software, Railroad Tycoon II and the expansion pak: “The Second Century” by PopTop Software and finally, Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire by Delta Tao Software.Check out the full press release for more details.
An anonymous reader pointed out that EBgames.comis now offering additional Loki Software titlesfor $9.99 US, includingSimCity 3000 Unlimited (which is onback order) andHeavy Gear 2. Furthermore, they’re offeringEric’sUltimate Solitaire for only $4.99 US, so be sure to order if you’re a card game fan.