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LGP Blog Entries; Price Drop

December 20th, 2009 by Crusader

There’s been some interesting entries of late at the Linux Game Publishing blog:

There’s also this notice:

…we have permanently reduced the price of all of our games more than one year old by 10%. This includes favorites such as Majesty, Postal 2 and Cold War. The exception is X2: The Threat, as we just dropped the price of that by 30% a few weeks ago!

ScummVM 1.0

December 19th, 2009 by Crusader

Missed this, like, a month ago, but it’s important: ScummVM, a virtual machine for games which utilized the SCUMM engine, reached 1.0!

We worked very hard on stability in this release, and in addition to all that goodness available since our 1.0.0rc1, we added a new set of ports for Motorola Linux-based phones (those on MotoEZX and MotoMAGX platforms) and fixed just a few hundred bugs.

The release is available from the usual place, and the full list of changes can be found right here in the NEWS file.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ scummvm.org ]

Privateer Gemini Gold 1.03

December 19th, 2009 by Crusader

Privateer Gemini Gold version 1.03 was just released (thanks johnc):

Many of us experienced Privateer in the early 90′s. The game that captured us with a world of space piracy and trading, with challenging missions and mysteries to explore.

With this new release, we’re introducing full speech support for the additional Rightous Fire campaign, better graphics and major bugfixes.

Like in the original, you start poor; with an old scout class ship in a sparsely populated system located the Gemini Sector. As usual, you have to try to get money through various missions. With your new earned money you can purchase upgrades or better ships. It’s your choice how you explore Gemini and align with the various factions. Earn money as a merchant, bounty hunter, traitor or pirate. Meet Sandoval in a bar on New Detroit and talk to him to trigger the original campaign and the newer Righteous fire expansion.

Screenshots: [ View ] Download: [ sourceforge.net ]

Wine 1.1.35

December 19th, 2009 by Marv

A new development release of Wine has been announced. This release has the following new items:

  • Support for OLE transacted storage.
  • Better certificate checking on secure connections.
  • More progress on the 16-bit separation.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 DRM really supported now.
  • MSI performance improvements.
  • 64-bit fixes in debugger support.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.1.35 ]

Amanita Design Holiday Sale

December 19th, 2009 by Crusader

The Amanita Design blog mentions that they are selling a Christmas Pack that includes their adventure games Machinarium and Samorost 2, the soundtracks, and art.

It can be purchased online for $10 US.

Altitude

December 18th, 2009 by Crusader

Thanks to zakk for letting us know about Altitude, an online multiplayer 2D aircraft action game. Features include perks and various game modes.

Download: [ altitudegame.com ]

Irukandji

December 17th, 2009 by Crusader

Charlie’s Games has released Irukandji for Linux:

Irukandji is a fun score attack shooter, set in an abstract underwater trench. You fly your ship against the flow of hundreds of amazing procedurally animated sea monsters, blasting your way to the final showdown – a Giant Enemy Crab!

A free demo version is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. The full version costs just a small $1+ donation, and entitles you to a copy for each platform.

Charlie is also porting his other games to Linux!

Demo Download: [ charliesgames.com ]

Brukkon

December 17th, 2009 by Crusader

Brukkon is a 3D puzzle game where the player has to guide a little robot to its spare parts by moving platforms and steering the robot. The game has 30 challenging levels and online high scores.

Brukkon Screenshot

With the new year challenge 93-interactive is offering $300 to the player who first had the best score on January 1st. 2010 at 00:00:00 o’clock EST in Brukkon level 27.

Brukkon can be ordered for $14 from the games homepage at http://brukkon-puzzle-game.com

Big Machine Games

December 17th, 2009 by Crusader

Koonsolo Games has announced that their new lineup of games will put you in control of bulldozers, dump trucks, excavators and other heavy equipment: Big Machine Games.

Toy cranes, dump trucks and other machines are very popular among young boys. Even adults have fond memories of them. But strangely enough there aren’t many video games that feature them. The few that do, are realistic simulations lacking any form of gameplay. Koonsolo Games is therefore going to put some fun and refreshing gameplay elements into their Big Machine Games. It will be the perfect excuse to relive the fun you had as a kid, but this time packaged in a challenging game.

The first game that is scheduled for this series will be called ‘Big Bulldozer Game‘. And just as Koonsolo’s previous game, it will be completely developed in Linux using Open Source tools.

The Christmas BOH Under The Tree

December 17th, 2009 by Crusader

We received the following press release from the developers of BOH:

Campobasso, Italy – December 14, 2009

A week after the beginning of The Christmas BOH Under The Tree offer, given the requests received from less lucky countries, given the way sales have increased and given the fact that EDITEL snc wants more and more customers to be able to enjoy the full, physical product, the offer is pushed even further: the price of the boxed version of BOH is set to exactly that of the digital version – a shockingly low EUR 7.50*! – and who bought the digital version will be entitled to receive the physical package at home by paying just the postal expenses*!
Getting BOH has never been and will never be so convenient: hurry up, the offer will last only until January 6, 2010!

*VAT excluded

About BOH:

BOH is an original, retro-flavoured game of exploration and action.
You move in claustrophobic, traps-packed, mind-boggling battlefields searching for the Evil Masters, who throw countless enemies at you until you discover and face them in the final battle. Although your quests are made slightly less hard by the bonuses and power-ups scattered all around, carrying out the missions demands lots of concentration and quick reflexes.
With BOH the fun never ends: new missions can be added anytime and you can even create your own! And, as if that was not enough, you can also customize entirely its audio-visual aspect!
BOH has been created with lots of passion and care to offer, with its oldschool style, a fascinatingly different videogaming experience.

To learn more about BOH, please surf to the official website at www.bohthegame.com.


EDITEL snc
via Trento, 20 – 86100 Campobasso (CB) – Italy
VAT no.: IT00814390704

BentBend

December 17th, 2009 by Crusader

NiVi Games has announced that BentBend, a new brain teaser puzzle game, is now available for Linux.

Connect colored cubes two by two to get a rich bonus. Your connections must not cross. BentBend has good music and nice graphics letting you enjoy the game for hours. Go through all the 100 increasingly challenging levels, become a winner and set a new record at high scores.

Screenshot: [ View ] Download: [ nivigames.com ]

Mangler

December 17th, 2009 by Crusader

Mangler is an open source VOIP client capable of connecting to Ventrilo 3.x servers. It is capable of performing almost all standard user functionality found in a Windows Ventrilo client.

There are 100% open source alternatives to Ventrilo. We highly recommend Mumble for those that are looking into setting up this type of server. Mangler exists to bridge the gap for people who don’t have that choice. Ventrilo is the de facto standard for guild/clan conversation and Linux doesn’t have an implementation. The official Ventrilo client for Linux has been “in development” since 2005. Since it seems they have no intention of releasing a Linux client, we have taken up the task.

Download: [ mangler.org ]

GNU Robbo 0.64

December 17th, 2009 by Crusader

The GNU Robbo team has released GNU Robbo 0.64, a free open source reimplementation of Janusz Pelc’s Robbo for the Atari XE/XL which was distributed by LK Avalon in 1989.

Amongst other improvements, this release adds sound support and 19 additional level packs converted from Robbo and Robbo Konstructor games.

Changes :

  • Modified some objects to be more similar to Atari Robbo
  • Added 19 level packs
  • Added preliminary music support
  • Added sound and sound-skin support
  • Added support for tiled level background images
  • Added Oily graphical skin
  • Added support for Robbo Millenium objects
  • Added Playstation PSP support
  • Added Russian translation by Alexander Voikov
  • Added an in-game pointer control pad and toolbar
  • Added extensive pointer support for menus and game

Download: [ sourceforge.net ]

Grappling Hook

December 14th, 2009 by Crusader

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Thanks to the many readers who pointed out that Grappling Hook, a first-person puzzle/platforming game, is available for Linux. You can read a brief review of the title at IndieGames.com.

A demo is available; the full version can be purchased for $14.95.

Demo Download: [ speedrungames.com ]

Aquaria Open Beta

December 14th, 2009 by Crusader

aquaria

Ryan “icculus” Gordon, Linux game porter extraordinaire, has announced that the award-winning action game Aquaria has just gone into open beta:

Aquaria, the indie hit from game makers Bit Blot is now available for Linux as an open beta.

This build features the full game, and is playable until mid-January.

Bug reports can be sent to i.o’s Bugzilla and the discussion list is here.

So go grab the Linux installer and have fun!

Mudlet 1.0

December 11th, 2009 by Crusader

Thanks to vadi for letting us know that Mudlet is out of beta, a free, cross-platform and open-source MUD client.

It’s fast, user-friendly, and features Lua as the scripting language of choice. The UI is also very powerful and allows extensive customization.

Christmas BOH

December 9th, 2009 by Crusader

We received the following press release:

Campobasso, Italy – December 7, 2009

The Christmas season brings good news to who’d smile at the idea of finding a copy of BOH under the tree: in fact, from December 8 through January 6, the boxed game will come at just EUR 10.00 and the digital version at just EUR 7.50 (prices do not include VAT 20%)!

But that’s not all, as there’s a little surprise also for current users: update8 is available right now!
It is a minor service release that:
* fixes the handling of sparks colors (did not take into account the platform pixel format, so on some machines colors could look wrong);
* fixes the disappearance of enemies when hit (happened only in the MacOS version, due to a missing assignment);
* fixes a few errors in the Spanish translation;
* makes some minor changes to the user’s manual.

The update can be downloaded for free from the DOWNLOADS page of the official website.
The demos have been updated to reflect the changes.

About BOH:

BOH is an original, retro-flavoured game of exploration and action.
You move in claustrophobic, traps-packed, mind-boggling battlefields searching for the Evil Masters, who throw countless enemies at you until you discover and face them in the final battle. Although your quests are made slightly less hard by the bonuses and power-ups scattered all around, carrying out the missions demands lots of concentration and quick reflexes.
With BOH the fun never ends: new missions can be added anytime and you can even create your own! And, as if that was not enough, you can also customize entirely its audio-visual aspect!
BOH has been created with lots of passion and care to offer, with its oldschool style, a fascinatingly different videogaming experience.

To learn more about BOH, please surf to the official website at www.bohthegame.com.


EDITEL snc
via Trento, 20 – 86100 Campobasso (CB) – Italy
VAT no.: IT00814390704

Mad Skills Motocross

December 9th, 2009 by Crusader

Mad Skills Motocross has been released on Archive Games for Linux. The game focuses on “pure, simple fun as players try to complete courses while performing death-defying stunts”. The physics-sporting game features 52 tracks and challenges and a level editor for creating your own tracks.

To celebrate its release on Archive Games, it is available at a 30% discount this week.

Brukkon

December 9th, 2009 by Crusader

Brukkon is a 3D puzzle game for Linux, where you have to bring a little robot to its spare parts. The final game will feature 30+ levels and internet high score. The developers let us know that there is an early access sale with 15 levels, with update access, available for $10 US. The final version, which will be available on December 14th 2009, will cost $14.

Blood Frontier Beta 2!

December 9th, 2009 by Crusader

We received the following press release recently:

EmblemAfter many months of development, and massive amounts of input from the public, we are proud to present you with the new release of Blood Frontier, v0.85 (Beta 2). This new version totally redefines and improves the game in many ways, creating a whole new style that makes it almost nothing like its predecessor.

We hope that you enjoy this new release, which contains more bug fixes, feature additions, and improvements, than I could ever list. The previous “Beta 1″ package saw us gain a huge increase in contributors and players, which has in turn afforded us more resources to create a better polished Blood Frontier.

New improvements include:

  • Enhancements to the impulsing (double jump) system; sprint for more speed, run along walls, or kick off them.
  • Fun new secondary fire modes for all weapons; stick grenades to walls, or liquefy your enemies with a big blue ball of death.
  • New and improved maps from the community; enjoy a wider range of playing environments and settings.
  • Refined and increased HUD visibility; always know what’s happening and what you’re looking at.
  • More variables than ever; tailor gameplay to your tastes with more options than you could ever play with.
  • Story mode concept; take the precursor to coop campaigns out for a spin with bots or online.
  • Refinements and polish; gameplay flows easier, visual elements look better.

Special thanks go out to those who enjoyed the game enough to come and offer their help, you should all know that it is very much appreciated; without the advice and opinions you offer, Blood Frontier would not be nearly half as polished as it feels now. Be sure to pop by our chat and leave your own feedback!

Don’t forget to spread the word, invite your friends, have fun, and maybe even donate a little to help us keep the project going. Without you we would not exist today.

Blood Frontier, It’s Bloody Fun!

Download, Learn More, or Get Help today.

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