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Trace Vector Released

August 19th, 2014 by TimeDoctor

Trace Vector

High-speed action-arcade game Trace Vector has been released on Steam:

Trace Vector is a high speed action arcade game with puzzle elements. Featuring a modern take on vector style graphics, Trace Vector plays like an easy to learn, hard to master, game of the golden age of the 80′s video arcades. Race your space ship through each geometric level grabbing extra fuel cells along the way. Reach a viable goal to shatter the networks’ hold on your ship and increase your speed. Simple controls keep you focused on navigating the increasingly complex webs at ever increasing speeds. Collect fuel cells and warp time to assist in the precision maneuvering needed to ace a level! Warping time quickly exhausts precious fuel. If you deplete your fuel and crash it’s game over.

Hyperspace networks have hazards at every turn. Dead end paths, barriers, and worm holes that can send you back in time and space increase the danger; forcing you to think ahead and be prepared to deal with your previous route through the network. Hyperspace is a strange place. Go forth brave pilot. Keep your wits in order, escape the neon labyrinths, and scavenge enough fuel to return home safely.

Trace Vector on Steam

GOG.com and Linux

July 27th, 2014 by Crusader

GOG.com announced this week that they now offer Linux game titles!

A while ago, we’ve announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We’ve put much time and effort into this project and now we’ve found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We’re still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we’ve decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It’s not about them, after all, it’s about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

The first 50+ titles we’ve have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we’ve got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That’s over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like FlatOut&Flatout 2, , Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we’ve personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That’s already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!

Now, for the recent titles. We’ve got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux, CLARC – a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog: Gods Will Be Watching (coming in a couple of hours) and Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there’s a Linux version of a title we’re releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let’s talk about the games.

The full list of currently available titles can be found in the announcement post.

Frozen Cortex Beta

July 27th, 2014 by Crusader

Mode 7, the developers of Frozen Synapse, have released a beta of their latest title Frozen Cortex for Linux:

Civilization: Beyond Earth Previews

July 27th, 2014 by Crusader

Two previews of the Alpha Centauri-inspired and Civ5 sequel Civilization: Beyond Earth were posted this week:

Kerbal Space Program: First Contract

July 20th, 2014 by Crusader

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My beloved Kerbal Space Program has been updated to version 0.24, dubbed “First Contract” because of an enhanced Career mode:

Players will now have the opportunity to take on Contracts, manage Funds, a new in-game currency that allows players to buy rocket and plane parts, and earn Reputation for their efforts. Reputation is raised for completed contracts and bringing Kerbals back in one piece. Failing missions, or gasp, blowing them up lowers Reputation.

Squad has also posted a FAQ to address the most common questions.

Nightmare Cooperative

July 20th, 2014 by Crusader

The Verge posted a look at The Nightmare Cooperative as an intro to the usually uncompromisingly sadistic roguelike genre:

At the outset, you control a single explorer, moving one square at a time through a series of rooms. The turn-based structure means that speed isn’t important, but every time you make a move your enemies will do the same, forcing you to plan ahead accordingly. Where things get especially tricky is that your party will grow as you meet other explorers along the way — and you’ll control the entire group at the same time.

This is the first I’ve heard of it, and it looks neat:

Steamy Sokobond

July 20th, 2014 by Crusader

The acclaimed chemistry-themed puzzler Sokobond will be available via Steam on Monday July 21st:

Battlepaths Released

July 16th, 2014 by TimeDoctor

Key12 Games’ RPG Battlepaths has been released, here’s their announcement:

The Linux Version of Battlepaths is now available on the store! Hundreds of thousands of Linux users will finally be able to save the world from the evil Chaos Overlord, fighting their way through the realms and testing their might in the Halls of Challenge.

Battlepaths on Steam

MouseCraft

July 14th, 2014 by Crusader

MouseCraft – drop mice, solve puzzles:

It’s available via Steam or direct from the devs.

Monday Miscellany

July 14th, 2014 by Crusader
  • Dwarf Fortress 0.40, the first major release in quite some time, was made available. Changes have been delineated on the official forums.
  • RPS pointed out BANG! BANG! BANG! a multiplayer Western-themed standoff game.
  • Polygon has a guide to starting DOTA 2.

Wine 1.7.22

July 11th, 2014 by Marv

A new development release of Wine has been released. New items in this release include:

  • Support for Unicode bracketing pairs.
  • Improved Internet cookie support.
  • OS X CoreAudio driver uses AUHAL instead of AudioQueue.
  • Initial support for geographical information.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.7.22 ]

BeagleSNES Emulator Appliance Updated with Snapshots & More

July 8th, 2014 by TimeDoctor

Andrew Henderson’s BeagleSNES emulator appliance now supports save snapshots and a variety of other new features, fixes and optimizations.

Get your downloads for supported platforms and docs to make your own Super Nintendo emulation machine at BeagleSNES.org

Weekend Roundup 7/5

July 5th, 2014 by Crusader

Quick notes on occurrences from the last few days:

Woo!

Games I’m Looking Forward To…

July 1st, 2014 by Crusader

…or rather, side-scrolling platforming games I’m looking forward to. With new footage. I guess this is narrower than the headline implied:

Mighty No. 9

Shovel Knight

Lately I’ve been playing Shadowrun tho.

Goat Simulator Released

June 27th, 2014 by TimeDoctor

Previously you’ve been able to escape as a goat, but did you know that you can’t escape being a goat? That’s right, in Goat Simulator by Coffee Stain Studios you are the goat as you thrash about a town looking for things to lick and bleat and kick at.

Even though the game’s official website doesn’t reflect the newly available port you can download it through Steam. I’m not kidding.

Goat Dash Simulator Dot Com

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Released

June 19th, 2014 by TimeDoctor

Firaxis and Feral interactive have released the turn-based alien hunting strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Linux on Steam:

Since its inception, the XCOM Project has scoured the globe in search of the best and brightest military and scientific personnel to defend Earth from the alien invasion.

Today marks the availability of a new technology that will enable even more world-class recruits to join the fight, as XCOM: Enemy Unknown is released for Linux.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a SteamPlay title that runs on Ubuntu 14.04 and Valve’s SteamOS. The base game and all the add-on content, including the explosive expansion pack XCOM: Enemy Within, are available now from Steam.

All of the DLC expansions are also available through Steam, and XCOM is on sale for the next 48 hours.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V Released

June 10th, 2014 by TimeDoctor

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Aspyr, “The Greatest Mac Publisher on Earth, ever” has shipped their first game for Linux. Civilization V and the various DLC expando-packs are now available on Steam. The system requirements for the game’s Steam listing and the announcement post both mention that this release is specifically targeting Steam OS rather than Steam for Linux on Ubuntu.

Civ V is also 75% off for the next 20 hours.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V on Steam

Towerfall Ascension

June 1st, 2014 by Crusader

TowerFall Ascension, a multiplayer game that emphasizes local area competition, was released for Linux:

For another 23 hours (as of this writing), you can also get it for 33% off the usual price.

Steam Machines Delayed to 2015

May 28th, 2014 by TimeDoctor

 

Steam Controller Sketch

Citing developmental delays with the Steam Controller, which has now gone wireless, Valve has moved their estimates of when the first Steam Machines will launch to 2015:

We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It’s generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we’ll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it’s also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.

Steam Machines Update

Metro 2033 & Last Light Redux Coming This Summer

May 23rd, 2014 by TimeDoctor

Metro 2033 Redux

If you’d like to live underground and use bullets for currency in a post-apocalyptic FPS, you’re going to get that chance this summer when Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are re-released with upgrades. Though it seems like 2033 will see the largest upgrade by getting upgraded to the engine that 4A Games used in Last Light, there is a significant amount (10 hours) of additional DLC included in the Redux version of Last Light that you might have missed. This will also be the first time we get to play Metro 2033 under Linux. If you already own Last Light you can get a 50% discount on a pre-purchase of the new edition.

Metro 2033 Redux on Steam
Metro: Last Light Redux on Steam

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