Expeditions: Conquistador Released on Steam

May 30th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Expeditions Conquistador screenshot

Turn-based strategy RPG Expeditions: Conquistador has been released on Steam and sounds pretty sick:

Conquer the New world: In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers and soldiers reached the shores of America. The search for gold, fame, and adventure drove these travelers into a treacherous wilderness where they faced hunger, disease, and dangerous predators. In their wake, the Aztec Empires lay in ruins.

Re-write the history of the Conquistadors: Forge diplomatic alliances with the natives… or crush the savages and bring civilization to the pagan tribes! Create an expedition of individual characters: Choose your followers wisely from over 30 characters, but be careful – they each have their own traits, opinions and moral standards.

Hunt for unimaginable riches and fight intense battles in the unforgiving jungle. In this turn based strategy RPG, a cunning plan is as vital as thoughtful resource management. Expeditions: Conquistador offers a rich storyline separated into two campaigns, challenging players throughout 25+ hours of gameplay. Strategy veterans as well as newbies will find their turn-based El Dorado!

Well then.

Expeditions: Conquistador on Steam.

Humble Indie Bundle 8 Released

May 28th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Humble Indie Bundle 8

The latest pay-what-you-will Humble Indie Bundle has been released with a few amazing games we haven’t seen before running on Linux. Included in this bunch:

  • Hotline Miami
  • Proteus
  • Little Inferno
  • Awesomenauts
  • Capsized
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Dear Esther

Hotline Miami and Dear Esther are two of my all-time favorite games. Unfortunately Dear Esther (review) is only available in a non-native, pretendulated, version as Jeffrey Rosen notes:

The Dear Esther Linux build on your download page was made by CodeWeavers, which means that it is based on a custom-tailored version of Wine (a re-implementation of the Windows API under Linux). While it is not a “genuine native port”, it should run great on Linux machines and is professionally supported. CodeWeavers will promptly address and fix bugs as they are discovered.

During the making of Humble Indie Bundle 8, the version of the Source engine, which Dear Esther is based on, came to Linux natively. This made it possible for us to commission Ryan Gordon to create a fully-native version of Dear Esther, as well.

While I was hoping to be able to announce that we are running the world’s nerdiest taste test, and pit CodeWeavers’ Wine based port versus the native port, the native port is not quite ready yet.

The native port is planned to come soon to Humble Indie Bundle 8 customers (without an ETA) and also, expect a few last minute fixes to CodeWeavers’ version soon.

Rise of the Heavy Gears (and UE4 Support)

May 28th, 2013 by Crusader

Resurrecting a series not unfamiliar to Linux gamers, Heavy Gear Assault promises both singleplayer and free-to-play multiplayer action for backers.

The developers, Stompy Bot Productions, also had this message in a recent blog update:

As one of the first games being developed with Linux support in mind, utilizing Unreal Engine 4, we plan to back port our work back to Epic for future Linux support. Our team plans to provide recent versions of our source code updates to Epic so the Linux Gaming community can benefit through our efforts. This way our revisions can be used by future developers of UE4 to also support Linux. We hope our Linux backers on Kickstarter will appreciate all the consideration we’ve put into our Linux build.

The post also mentions that they’re looking for Linux testers (resume required), so shoot them a note if you have the background and interest!

Game Dev Tycoon

May 28th, 2013 by Crusader

Game Dev Tycoon, a game development company sim from Greenheart Games, was released for Linux recently:

Genres, systems, hiring, and budgets are all included as factors to consider while creating the next gaming masterpiece. Game Dev Tycoon can be ordered now online; it will also be on Steam later this year.

Project Zomboid 008b

May 28th, 2013 by Crusader

Project Zomboid has hit version 008b, a new milestone for the zombie apocalypse survival sim currently in alpha testing. 008b brings improved memory usage and other fixes.

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The Most Dangerous Cheerio

May 26th, 2013 by Crusader

Big Robot, an independent developer founded by Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Jim Rossignol, is currently working on Sir, You Are Being Hunted, a first-person survival game with a unique premise:

Yes, Big Robot is going to make a game featuring robots. It’s called Sir, You Are Being Hunted, and it taps into a rich seam of tweed-loving British science fiction to conjure a sinister reality where artificial gentlemen hunt humans for sport.
Hunted is set in a recognisably British landscape. Its inhabitants are a mockery of the aristocratic country gent and his ecosystem. Robots that ape tea-drinking, poachers that lurk in reed-beds, and red-eyed hounds that patrol the moor: these are the things you will be dealing with as you fight for survival. The game gathers up elements of my favourite things: exploration, AI interaction, survival, robots, hot drinks, and blends them into a rich pixelly pulp. (A “British indie S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” might have been something we said in the design meetings…)

The developers recently posted a gameplay preview set in a mountain biome:

and you can pre-order via the Humble Store here.

Rise of the Ravager Launches

May 26th, 2013 by Crusader

Thanks to Gentleman Squid Studio for letting us know that the Rise of the Ravager is now available for Linux! To celebrate, it can be purchased for 40% off on the Desura platform:

rise of the ravager desura

Rise of the Ravager is an arcade-style shooter with color-based combat mechanics (“Guitar Hero meets Missile Command”) and boss fights as you strive to prevent the end of time.

OpenXcom 0.9

May 22nd, 2013 by Crusader

OpenXcom, the effort to create an open-source clone of the original UFO: Enemy Unknown / X-COM: UFO Defense, is now fully playable with the release of version 0.9! You’ll still need the assets from the original game, but those are easy to come by since it’s available on Steam.


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Icculus on Oculus Rift

May 18th, 2013 by Crusader

Linux luminary Ryan “icculus” Gordon has made a public Google Plus post describing his initial experiences with the Oculus Rift VR headset, for which Linux support is forthcoming:

The Oculus Rift is not better than that headset. But truthfully, it’s not really measurably worse, and only costs a few hundred dollars. In that sense, it’s a total game changer, because whether Oculus or a competitor drives VR forward, they’re doing it at consumer prices now.

In that way, it feels a lot like how it felt to put a Voodoo card in your machine in the late 90’s. You immediately understood it was only a simple start to GPU tech–something good enough and cheap enough–but that a lot was going to happen really fast now.

BeagleSNES Updates with BeagleBone Black Support

May 18th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Andrew Henderson’s BeagleSNES emulator appliance now supports the BeagleBone Black in addition to the BeagleBoard XM. The Black is a cheaper alternative to the XM ($45 USD vs  $149 USD for the XM) with different specifications and a smaller physical footprint designed to compete with the Raspberry PI.

Version 0.3 of BeagleSNES also resolves a few issues with GUIs and SRAM saves.

Development tools are included in the image if you’d like to modify BeagleSNES.

You can get source, pre-built images ready to place onto an SD card in your BeagleBone Black or XM from

Anomaly 2 Released

May 15th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

Anomaly 2 Screenshot

Anomaly Warzone Earth‘s reverse-tower defense gameplay tasked players with moving their units safely through a barrage of defense towers. Anomaly 2, just released on Steam expands the gameplay with online tower defense vs tower offense multiplayer and other new features.

Anomaly 2 is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Anomaly Warzone Earth. Maintaining the core elements of the original, Anomaly 2 adds new features to the single-player campaign and finally puts your skills to a test in a completely unique experience: the dynamic tower defense vs. tower offense multiplayer mode!

In the years following the invasion of Earth in 2018, the planet is overrun by alien machines. Humankind is on the verge of extinction. Banded together in huge convoys, they search the frozen tundra for food and supplies. Since the war, the roles have been reversed: now our species seems to be the Anomaly on a machine-controlled planet. Your convoy, Commander, is called Yukon.

Anomaly 2 takes the RTS tower-offense concept from Anomaly Warzone Earth to a new level. The core elements of the original – tactical planning and the on-field Commander to support troops in combat – are spiced up by a number of important new features.

Defend yourself.

X3 Series Updated on Steam to Support Linux

May 15th, 2013 by TimeDoctor


X3 Gold Box

The X3 series of space hustling sims from Egosoft have received updates on Steam to support Linux. Although previous X-titles were brought to Linux by Linux Game Publishing, these releases are now direct from the developer.

You can get each game in the series individually or all together in a temporarily discounted bundle until May 22nd. If you need a reminder of what these games are about, here’s one:

The X games hurl you into the most detailed universe ever created, right into the middle of an epic, intergalactic story filled with twists and turns at every jump gate. Become the hero once more as you TRADE, FIGHT, BUILD, and THINK your way to victory.

Immerse yourself in a living, breathing universe where all your actions have consequences.

TRADE to make money or upgrade your ship, FIGHT epic battles or capture enemy ships, BUILD your own stations and produce goods in your own factories, and of course always THINK about the consequences of your actions in the realistic simulated universe and dynamic real-time economy.


Humble Double Fine Bundle

May 7th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

The Humble Bundle folks have announced the Humble Double Fine Bundle. Available right now, this time you’ve got two weeks to pay whatever you want for a bundle containing DRM-free copies of the following:

  • Costume Quest
  • Psychonauts
  • Stacking

These games are all pretty great, but Stacking is my personal favorite, it is super charming. If you pay more than the average price which is currently $8.31 USD you’ll also get Brutal Legend. Paying upwards of $35 gets you Double Fine’s upcoming point-and-click adventure game, Broken Age, when it is released.

All games will net you Steam codes if you pay more than $1. As almost always you can choose to give some or all of your payment to the EFF and Child’s Play charities.

Jack Lumber Released on Steam

May 6th, 2013 by TimeDoctor

The action-strategy game Jack Lumber by Owlchemy Labs has been released for Linux through Steam. Video above is from a live stream of the game.

A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the supernatural lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees, and boy does he have an axe to grind.

Use the supernatural powers of Jack Lumber to massacre the forest in this time-warping, line-drawing, log-slicing, pun-filled lumberjacking mashup! Bust out your flannel to muster the strength and burlyness to solve the skill and logic puzzles (flannel not actually required).

Fight the forest and make Granny proud! Eff trees!

Click here if you’re a Lumberjack (or Lumberjill) and that’s OK.

Maple finish!

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