Wargame: European Escalation now available for Linux

February 28th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Wargame euroescal

Christopher May-Townsend on our Facebook page let us know that Wargame: European Escalation is now available for Linux through Steam. Here’s the details:

2 sides, 8 nations, and one battlefield: Europe!

Wargame: European Escalation is an intense and spectacular Real Time Strategy game, where realism and strategy are brought to the front lines.

With a phenomenal range of vehicles and units (over 350 different models), build your army and enter a huge military campaign across Europe of the 80’s, as the Cold War is about to become World War 3.

With the powerful IRISZOOM ™, Wargame offers breathtaking graphics and battles as spectacular as they are strategic. Prepare to bring hundreds of units of all kinds–tanks, helicopters, squad Infantry, etc.–under your command in intense battles on gigantic maps stretching up to 60 square miles!

Online service EugenNet© provides a full multiplayer experience with creation of clans, organizing games, and world rankings where up to 8 players can compete simultaneously in massive battles involving hundreds of units!

Sounds like fun. The news post on the developer’s website notes that the multiplayer is cross-platform with a recently released patch.

The Hate Combinator

February 28th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

The Hate Combinator

King_DuckZ wrote in to let us know about The Hate Combinator:

A game made in 3 days for FuckThisJam, a game development jam where you had to create a game in a genre you hate. Since I hate puzzle games, here is mine, where you have to destroy hateable stuff (from Hitler to Silvio B) to get points and combos.

Download: [ The Hate Combinator ]

This post was submitted by King_DuckZ.

UnReal World RPG v3.16 (beta)

February 25th, 2013 by TimeDoctor


illuusio let us know about UnReal World, a RPG/survival game that takes place in my ancestral homeland of Finland:

UnReal World, or UrW, is a unique graphical roguelike RPG taking place in the Far North long, long ago. It brings you a realistic game world rich with historical atmosphere in which northern folklore, knowledge and way of life play an important part. The atmosphere and game features are highly original and compelling. The world of the game is based on the ancient Finland in the late Iron Age.

Here are the changes in the latest beta, 3.16:

  • Some bugs fixed, and balanced Njerpez war camps spawning.
  • A completely new item selection dialog which allows easy selection of multiple items, item filtering and listing also non-player items in groups.
  • Commands for hauling items, filling containers, eating, drinking and various other tasks are also made quicker and smoother to use.
  • Hunger is implemented for animals. You have to feed your dogs. And carnivores will hunt, kill and eat their prey.

Download: [ UnReal World RPG v3.16 (beta) ]


This post was submitted by illuusio.


February 23rd, 2013 by Crusader

Luminesca is now available for Linu (edit: x) with access to alpha builds for everuone who pre-orders:

Race the Sun Tech Demo

February 23rd, 2013 by Crusader

On the go so this will be a quick one (apologies!):

Aaron San Filippo @AeornFlippout
@linuxgames Hey heads up! We just released a linux “tech demo” for Race the Sun:

Wine 1.5.24

February 18th, 2013 by Marv

A new development release of Wine has been announced. Changes in this version include

  • Keyboard and mouse wheel support in the Mac driver.
  • Regular expression support in VB Script.
  • Many RichEdit code cleanups.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.5.24 ]

Steam’s Launch Party

February 14th, 2013 by Crusader


Valve Software has announced that Steam for Linux is now officially available for use, with a sale!

Best experienced on Ubuntu

Feb 14, 2013–Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the release of its Steam for Linux client. In celebration of the release, over 50 Linux titles are now 50-75% off until Thursday, February 21st at 10 AM PST.

The Steam client is now available to download for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. Ubuntu is the most popular distribution of Linux used by millions of people globally and known for its well-designed, easy-to-use customer experience.

“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers,” said David Pitkin, Director of Consumer Applications at Canonical. “We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam.”

“We’re huge fans of Linux. It’s like the indie OS–a perfect home for our indie game,” said Alen Ladavac, CTO of Croteam, creator of the Serious Sam franchise of games. “And who better to lead the charge into Linux gaming than Valve? With Steam distribution on Windows, Mac OS, and now Linux, plus the buy-once, play-anywhere promise of Steam Play, our games are available to everyone, regardless what type of computer they’re running. That’s huge.”

Team Fortress 2, the Free to Play game, is also now available on Steam for Linux. For a limited time, Steam users who play the game on Linux will automatically receive a free, exclusive in-game item: Tux, the Linux mascot, can be carried by any of the game’s classes and traded between players. Additional Valve titles available on Steam for Linux include Half-Life, Counter-Strike 1.6, and Counter-Strike: Source.

In addition to games, the Steam for Linux client includes Big Picture, the new mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and game controller. With Steam for Linux and Big Picture mode, Valve anticipates a growing number of gamers will use Steam in the living room.

Steam is a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC and Mac games with over 50 million accounts around the world and over 2,000 titles offered. More details regarding Steam for Linux, including community discussion, official announcements and syndicated news can all be tracked on the Steam for Linux Community Hub at


Race the Sun!

February 14th, 2013 by Crusader

Delayed this way too long: Aaron Filippo let us know that a Kickstarter has been launched for the indie game Race the Sun:

Hey all, indie developer here. Wanted to tell you about our game called Race The Sun, which we’ve just launched a Kickstarter for. You could say it’s like a mashup of “StarFox” and “Temple Run” – but we’re also planning some community-focused features that we feel make it pretty special. And today, we announced Linux support.

Check it out here:

Also on greenlight:

Wine 1.5.23

February 6th, 2013 by Marv

A new development release of Wine 1.5.23 has been announced. Changes in this release include:

  • HTTPS support no longer dependent on OpenSSL.
  • Support for event handling in the Mac driver.
  • A functional Netstat built-in application.
  • A bunch of C++ runtime math functions.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: [ Wine 1.5.23 ]

See you soon Cyber-Cowboy…

February 6th, 2013 by Crusader

When you have a top-of-the-line hacking deck armed with a 56.6k modem and a staggering 256k RAM, it means just one thing: you answer only to the highest bidder.

Blendo Games, the developers of Atom Zombie Smasher, has an upcoming game that’s TURBO-RAD looking, Quadilateral Cowboy. Set in an alternate 20th century, the game uses the Doom 3 engine to create it’s hacker mercenary narrative. The venerable Rock, Paper, Shotgun interviewed Blendo’s Brendon Chung about the title last year:

As for why I chose to make Quadrilateral Cowboy, a lot of games have hacking minigames where you match colors together or whatever. But I’ve always wanted to just type commands into a terminal. That’s a very risky and niche design choice, so it’s understandable why people don’t do that. But I figured that I can do what I want, so I might as well give it a shot.

Second reason is that I felt like there hasn’t really been a game that really, really deep dives into pure cyberpunk. I mean, you have Deus Ex with really strong cyberpunk themes and tones, but I wanted to make a game based completely on cyberpunk [activities].

I can’t wait to punch deck.


February 6th, 2013 by Crusader

Anodyne, a retro-themed top-down adventure game which received praise from various quarters, including the IGF, has been released:

Anodyne is an adventure game that focuses on immersing the player through a combination of 16-bit era visual and audio aesthetics, Zelda-esque action/adventure gameplay mechanics, and exploration of the human Young’s dream world, which contains urban, natural, and abstract themed areas.

You can also vote for the game’s inclusion on Steam at Greenlight.

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods

February 5th, 2013 by Crusader

Paradox Interactive has announced another expansion for Crusader Kings II:

NEW YORK — February 4, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and a proponent of all religions, and Paradox Development Studio, today announced a new expansion to the world of Crusader Kings II, the critically acclaimed RPG strategy title. The forthcoming expansion, titled Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, will add a number of widely requested features to the game, including the ability to play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, expanding empires through war, pillaging, and ruthless brutality. Players will also be able to begin their in-game reign as far back as the year 867 AD, making The Old Gods officially the Paradox title that spans the longest period in history.

The base game and its current expansions/DLC are available for Linux on Steam.

Morning Miscellany

February 5th, 2013 by Crusader


  • Vendetta Online has launched a campaign Greenlight to bring the game to Steam; head over to give your support if you want the space combat MMO to be able to integrate the community and achievement features from the platform.
  • TTimo has posted his thoughts on his last years at id Software, Linux support, and Wine over at Reddit.
  • I really need to play Crusader Kings 2.
  • Heroes of Newerth has hit version 3.0!

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