Chicago 1930 To Be Ported By Runesoft

August 24th, 2006 by micks

You may have noticed that the new revamped Runesoft‘s website suddenly started listing Spellbound StudiosChicago 1930, a tactical Mafia game from the Prohibition era, under ongoing Linux projects, while previously only a Mac port was announced.
We took the liberty of contacting Runesoft’s Peter Mulholland who worked on several of their Linux ports in the past and let him shed some light on the matter; Peter also revealed some interesting facts about upcoming updates to their port of Robin Hood:

“[there’s another programmer] doing a Mac port, but the game uses the same library code as Robin Hood did, so hopefully when he’s done porting it to the Mac, I can do a Linux build. I must stress I haven’t been asked to do this yet, but undoubtedly I will as it should be an easy quick job.

We are also planning to sort out RH as you may have noticed, the installer is rather bad and there’s a few other glitches I’ve been told, especially if you use a newer build of SDL. They were found by aguy who is working on a LinuxPPC port of the game, so when he’s ready with that, we should be sorting out a better installer etc for the game.”

This still doesn’t count as officially confirmed, but the current odds seem to be we’ll see the game ported — and it’s also very good to hear about more QA for Runesoft’s Linux ports.

9 Responses to “Chicago 1930 To Be Ported By Runesoft”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Can’t wait to buy it :)

  2. Anonymous Says:

    But doesn’t this game suck?

  3. crossmr Says:

    It looks like it does suck. Maybe thats the only way they could get the rights to port it, it was cheap, or possibly even free. It might be nice if they worked on some fresher stuff… like say Gangland (which looks like a more advanced version of this from the screenshots) or Silent Storm which is a stellar squad game with decent graphics and gameplay.

  4. neekooni Says:

    Regardless of the quality of the title, there’s no reason to whine about it being ported. It just makes you look ungrateful to any developers that might look at these responses.

    I mean, seriously. There are a lot (relative to A titles) of B-games ported to Linux and everytime they get announced here there’s a ton of people slamming it and claiming it’s a waste of time to port, blah, blah, blah.

    How do you think that reflects you? Eh? Pretty fucking poorly, that’s how. What ever happened to “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”?

    PERSONALLY, I think the game looks interesting. Does it have top of the line graphics? No. Does it appeal to me to play a gangster RTS _natively_ on my OS of choice? Yeah! I’ll be keeping an eye out for more news on this port, even if it’s not “omfg this is teh best game evar teh game has 10000000000000 polys on screen at a time and super shaders and omfg ur dumb if u don’t like it”

  5. Anonymous Says:

    that make’s us two

  6. Anonymous Says:

    If it’s got good gameplay, I’d say the graphics are servicable. I’d pay $20 for it. But I’d not pay $40 for something unless it’s an A title with A graphics. I don’t know how much this will cost.

  7. kccricket Says:

    “But I’d not pay $40 for something unless it’s an A title with A graphics.”

    I take it you haven’t bought Majesty? Sure it’s got 10-year-old “graphics”, but it’s one hell of a fun game.

  8. bobcat Says:

    Actually, I bought Majesty.

  9. Lightkey Says:

    The port has been canceled according to ixsoft, just to make a Schlussstrich here.

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