Secret Maryo Chronicles, an enhanced clone of a popular Nintendo side scroller game, has been updated to release 0.99.2. This version has optimized levels, various bug fixes, level camera limits which can limit the area which the camera can show, and falling goldpiece animations for enemies hit by a fireball.
Screenshots: [ View ]Download: [ Secret Maryo Chronicles 0.99.2 ]
Although it was previously indicated there would be no more Premium Modules for Neverwinter Nights after Infinite Dungeons, and those already planned would be released for free, Bioware has today surprisingly announced the availability of DLA‘s Wyvern Crown of Cormyr, a strictly single player adventure providing 18-20 hours of gameplay and many exclusive features including rideable horses, floating cloaks (which also made their way into the latest 1.68 NWN patch), two new tile-sets and a new Purple Dragon Knight prestige class.
The module requires the original Neverwinter Nights and both expansions (Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark) to play, as well as the 1.68 patch and internet connection for verification. The Linux version comes as a 359 MB zipped archive download at $11.99 and can be bought from the Bioware Store.
Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix, has been updated to release 0.9.21. This release incudes the following changes
- OpenGL restructurations.
- The usual assortment of MSI improvements.
- Several Richedit fixes.
- WCMD Winelib app renamed to CMD for compatibility.
- Many improvements to the Wintrust DLL.
- Some code cleanups.
- Lots of bug fixes.
Download: [ Wine 0.9.21 ]
Freedoom 0.5, an open source IWAD companion to open source doom engines, has been released. This version has a lot of new sprites and some touched-up textures, plus more sensible placeholders for the monsters we haven’t completed yet. It is also the first release to feature FreeDM, the deathmatch sub-project, and the build system as a source tarball.
Screenshots: [ View ]Download: [ Freedoom 0.5 ]
Release 2.1 of Nexuiz, a deathmatch game which uses the Darkplaces engine, an advanced Quake1 engine, has been announced.After the successful 2.0 release, this release fixes some problems that were encountered and adds some of the features that were requested by their community.
Download: [ Nexuiz 2.1 Full Version ] [ Nexuiz 2.0 - 2.1 Patch ]
The latest Linux Games Podcast episode is up. Podcast 3 brings you an informal interview with Andrew “hendersa” Henderson.
My thanks again to Alkini for doing the music on this episode, which doesn’t play for too long in the beginning as it did in the last episode. Please stop hating on his music and give constructive criticism in the comments here. My thanks also to micks for doing another great job as co-host.
URL dump from this episode:
- Apolyton forums
- CTP2 Subversion access
- Cold War
- Tux Games
- Time Gate Studios
- Kohan (Linux native)
- Linux Game Publishing
- Ryan Gordon
- Chicago: 1930
- Serious Sam 2 (warning, full of flash)
- Linux EXPRES magazine (Not in English)
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Update (by jvm): Ogg version now available. Enjoy your freedom.
*SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (September 8, 2006)* – Linden Lab reported todaythat it is notifying its community of a database breach, whichpotentially exposed customer data including the unencrypted names andaddresses, and the encrypted passwords and encrypted paymentinformation of all Second Life users. Unencrypted credit cardinformation, which is stored on a separate database, was notcompromised.
The breach was discovered on September 6, 2006 and promptly repaired.The company then launched a detailed investigation that revealed anintruder was able to access the Second Life databases utilizing a”Zero-Day Exploit” through third-party software utilized on SecondLife servers. Due to the nature of the attack, the company cannotdetermine which individual data were exposed. The company’s technicalinvestigation is ongoing.
“We’re taking a very conservative approach and assuming passwords werecompromised and therefore we’re requiring users to change their SecondLife passwords immediately,” said Cory Ondrejka, CTO of Linden Lab.”While we realize this is an inconvenience for residents, we believeit’s the safest course of action. We place the highest priority onprotecting customer data and will continue to take aggressive measuresto protect the privacy and security of the community.”
Linden Lab advises all users to take appropriate precautions againstmisuse of personal information. To reduce the risk of fraud, LindenLab will not contact individuals by phone or any other method askingfor private information unless it is in response to an inquiry fromthe individual user.
Version 1.9 of Tiltilation has been released. In Tiltilation, you tilt the board to guide your ball through the maze to the exit collecting the gold tokens as you play. The full version of this game can be purchased for $6.99 which will give you 64 levels and 6 unlockable balls.
Download: [ Tiltilation ]
Previously a shareware game, Helherron, has been updated to version 2.04. This game is similar in lines to the older Ultimas and Nahlakh games. Changes in this release include:
- Linux version for i386 processors is also available now
- Helherron should now work quite a lot faster on slower machines (<500 MHz)
- Fixed a million bugs, improved stability…
- A new character class: Shaman. They’re able to cast both Magic and Prayer spells and they’re very good at casting summoning spells.
- A new skill debuts: Backstabbing.
- Added some new *great* looking player character images (thanks to Tony Castleberry)
- Now you can change the image of your player characters (Ctrl+I).
- Detect skill now detects secret doors (but don’t trust this too much. You are still going to miss most of the secret doors unless you search for them manually).
- Firing a crossbow no longer requires 8 movement points. 6 is enough.
- A new quest along with 4 new levels of dungeons.
Name/Version: Conquest 8.2
Summary: Conquest is a real-time, multi-player space warfare game. This version represents a major update to Conquest, primarily in the GL client, conquestgl.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ Conquest 8.2 ]
Name/Version: LBreakout 1.2beta-12
Summary: LBreakout is a breakout-style arcade game in the manner of Arkanoid. Use your paddle to aim a ball at bricks until all bricks are destroyed. Lots of power-ups will help you with that task: extra balls, energy balls, extra lifes, weapons, glue, bonus floors, paddle expansion and extra score. Your best results are saved in a highscore chart.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ LBreakout 1.2beta-12 ]
Name/Version: pychess SVN Release
Summary: Chess game written using pygtk. Should be able to do most things xboard does, but in a nicer gtk/svg enviroment.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ pychess SVN Release ]
Name/Version: Sturmbahnfahrer 1.3
Summary: A simulated obstacle course for automobiles
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ Sturmbahnfahrer 1.3 ]
Name/Version: Untahris Common Playground 1.0 Beta
Summary: In the Untahris Common Playground, you can play several classic fun, simple arcade games. Games includes: Snake, Utron, Thruster, UTetris, Pad, Castle
Download [ Untahris Common Playground 1.0 Beta ]
Name/Version: Yabause 0.7.1
Summary: Yabause is a Sega Saturn emulator under GNU GPL.
Screenshots [ View ] Download [ Yabause 0.7.1 ]
All friends of eye candy weep while all excellent fantasy turn-based strategy games aficionados rejoice at the news that Dominions 3 by Illwinter Game Design has recently gone gold. The game has been available for preorders from Shrapnel Games for some time now and is currently expected to ship on October 2nd.
The listed system requirements for Linux are as follows:
- 600 MHz Pentium II or Power PC processor
- Libc > = 2.1.92
- X-windows with OpenGL support
Despite the rather hefty $54.95 price tag Shrapnel Games warn all gamers to preorder quickly unless they want to get stuck waiting for a new print run. The game offers insane number of playable races, units (1500+), spells (600+), magic items (300+) and other content to make up for its unattractive looks. Dominions 3 game CD comes shrinkwrapped and bundled with an extremely thick manual which reportedly slightly reduces the number of years necessary to grasp all of the game’s tactical possibilities.
Savage: The Battle for Newerth, a real-time strategy shooter from S2 Games, has been liberated for both Windows and GNU/Linux. While S2 Games provides Windows installation instructions on the S2 Games Download page, you can find the GNU/Linux installation file links and instructions in this post at the Evolved Clan Community forums.
S2 Games actively supported GNU/Linux with Savage and has announced GNU/Linux support for the sequel, Savage 2: A Tortured Soul. Savage 2 is scheduled to launch during Fall 2006 and is currently available for pre-order for $29.99.
Download and installation instructions: [ Savage: The Battle for Newerth ]
The latest Linux Games Podcast episode is up. Podcast 2 brings you an informal interview with Ryan “Bread & Circus Clowns” Gordon!
Joining myself on this second podcast are Marv, Micks as well. The free as in “free love” Ogg Vorbis file is now also up, courtesy of our in-house goa.., err, oggmaster.
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. It is in the iTunes Music Store. For any other podcasting programs, you’ll need to insert the feed url into it.
Edit (by jvm): The full, uncensored podcast is only available in Ogg format. Freedom forever! Sorry, MP3 and iTunes dudes.
Edit (by zakk) What jvm means is that the ogg vorbis episode has three fewer uncensored swear words than the MP3. So that iTunes doesn’t get pissy with us, I replaced the mp3 earlier today with a slightly more edited version (just bleeped out three curses.). You can resume trolling as usual.
New version of Blob And Conquer is now available. Changes in this release include:
- Fixed collision detection routine to remove random crashes
- Added extra configuration options
- Fixed Enemy Base 2, part 3 so it does not loop around on itself on completion
- Fixed other collision detection issues
- Added in music for time limits
- Added in more music
- Added in item supply crates
- Blobs can no longer use switches that require special items
- Added some more sound effects
- Possible fixes for 64 bit and non x86 chips (needs to be road tested by players)
- Lots of misc little fixes
Version 2.7.3 of Lost Labyrinth, a roguelike computer roleplaying game, has been released. This release has the following changes and bug fixes:
- When we get robbed the message tells us what we are missing now
- Skill menu scrolls one column only when we press the right/left buttons (this way we can display any amount of skills)
- Bug fixes: Unobservant works correctly, Hardened Walls displayed correctly, Merchant sells no summoned arrows anymore, Ghosthunter working again, breaking an ice block leaves water behind instead of a rock, Lighting a torch/lamp costs one charge, K Key for climbing working again, Destroy button displays description correctly, Cost of skills in cinfo screen displayed correctly, Monstereye does not explain invisible monsters