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    Free top-down action game Steelbreakers gets a bunch of new maps / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 10:05 · 1 minute

Love local multiplayer action games? Do check out Steelbreakers, a free 2D top-down multiplayer arena fighter.

In Steelbreakers you hack, slash, shoot and run to defeat your opponents and emerge victorious, or team up to defeat monsters and survive. Inspired by many different retro games it features different game modes and various maps to fight through.


With the latest release there's new maps to check out including:

  • Snow Day
    • A snow-themed map with little snowmen you can push around and pick up, as well as a drawbridge across a small lake that divides the lower portion of themap.
  • Volcanic Depths
    • A fiery map with many traps littered throughout the ground and some gates you can open and close with switches.
  • Remote Oasis
    • A desert map with many hills scattered throughout that slow you down. Also has a small building you can access with a golden key in the opposite corner.
  • Wokako Wood
    • A jungle map with many pressure plate arrow traps scattered around. As you destroy the obstacles around the map, you are more likely to get hit by these sneaky shooters!

You will also find new lighting effects in older maps, new music and some other minor adjustments.

It's pretty fun to run around with a friend, although it is local multiplayer only.

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    Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance re-release is out now with Linux support / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 16:14 · 1 minute

Only a day after we mentioned that Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance would be getting a new PC release and it's here already, along with Linux support! Your chance to relive another classic thanks to Interplay Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast.

"This revival of the original Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance puts the ‘action’ back into the action-RPG genre, plunging players into the heart of Faerûn. As well as looting and leveling, players must actively defend against and dodge attacks, evade deadly traps, and fight hordes of monsters ranging from swarming kobolds to the iconic and all-consuming Gelatinous Cube.

Featuring three customizable heroes, this epic adventure spans dozens of locations across three massive acts, through the dungeons beneath the city of Baldur’s Gate, to the peak of Burning Eye mountain, deep into the Underdark and beyond."

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Feature Highlight:

  • A re-release of the beloved console classic
  • Three race and class combinations. Play as a dwarven fighter (Kromlech), a human archer (Vahn) or an elven sorceress (Adrianna).
  • 11 vividly rendered spells, including Magic Missile, Otuluk’s Icy Sphere, and Mordenkainen’s Sword.
  • More than 40 different types of monsters and boss villains.
  • Over 25 active and passive skills to buff your adventurer’s ability to deal and take damage.
  • Varied environments, from the sewers beneath the city of Baldur’s Gate, to the Sunset Mountains, to the Marshes of Chelimber.
  • Four difficulty levels to challenge even the hardiest adventurer; "Easy", "Normal", "Hard" and "Extreme".
  • Fully voice-acted by an all-star cast.
  • Local co-op support!

The press release mentioned that the Steam version has been tested working nicely with Remote Play Together too, so you can team up with a friend anywhere.

Available on and Steam with day-1 Linux support.

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    Death Carnival shows off the absolutely insane PvP mode / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 16 December, 2021 - 20:07 · 1 minute

Death Carnival (previously known as BulletRage) is still in progress and a new trailer has just been shown off giving a little look into the PvP mode it will have. This is a game that has stuck with me for some time, after playing through their older demo when it was BulletRage it was pretty immense.

What is it? A fast-paced arcade shooter with extreme weapons, wall-dashing and intense mid-air combat in online multiplayer action format like never before. Use the environment to discover new ways to destroy your enemies, and customize load-outs with the weapon socket system. Choose from over a dozen characters each with unique attacks and story campaigns. Enjoy the adrenaline-fuelled combat in single player, online co-op, or competitive PvP.

In a future world, broken by war, humanity survives in a few overcrowded cities. To escape their bleak reality, many turn to televised blood sports, the most popular being Death Carnival. In this deadly game show, contestants must battle against hordes of enemies and machines for fame and fortune on live TV.

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Speaking about the new video above, Herbert Yung the Director at Furyion Games said "We wanted to create something that had the depth of first-person shooters, ramped up freedom of movement, and translated to a style of gameplay that was extremely easy to pick up and play. Whether you're a casual player, or a top competitive gamer, the easy controls and game mechanics will feel intuitive.

In the trailer you will see some players who are new testers, but were able to quickly jump in and get the hang of the game quickly. They were able to perform incredible feats of destruction like dashing up a ramp, flying through the air, and shooting at unsuspecting enemies below. I hope you will enjoy this trailer, as much as we have loved pouring our heart and soul into the project."

Game Features:

  • Multiple exciting PvP game modes
  • Easy arcade-style controls with fast-paced combat
  • 10+ characters and classes to choose from
  • Weapon Socket System to customize weapons with collected loot
  • Story campaign solo or 4 players couch/online co-op
  • Spanning multiple worlds and arenas
  • Giant boss fights and plenty of endgame replay
  • Cross-platform, cross-progression, will be available on most platforms

You can follow / wishlist on Steam .

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    HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed dev answer a few questions for their Steam Deck support / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 15 December, 2021 - 11:49 · 2 minutes

Somewhat recently, developer Digital Cybercherries mentioned that HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed will have great support for the Steam Deck, so we had a few burning questions. Thankfully, they were happy to have a chat about it!

What is it? Hypercharge: Unboxed is a classic-style third and first-person shooter inspired by Toy Story and Small Soldiers. It focuses on wave-based shooting with defense building mechanics. You must complete the mission of Sgt. Max Ammo and prevent the HYPER-CORE from being destroyed.


GOL: First it’s the obvious question: how did you find supporting Linux / Steam Deck with HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed? What specific things did you have to change for it?

"Supporting Linux was easy. We already had a sizeable chunk of the game working and tested on Linux for our dedicated servers, so development was mostly focused on the visual and input side of things. Supporting the Steam Deck has been a slight challenge at the moment due to it being new technology and having to learn the quirks of a new platform and how we test/develop the game with code debugging, game performance debugging and shader output. We have not had to change much about the game to support Linux and Steam Deck offers similar controls to the Nintendo Switch, so support was easy."

GOL: Since HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed has online play, have you tested it working cross-platform?

"Yes, cross platform between Windows and Switch has always been supported for our Server, so the networking cross-platform side is well tested already."

GOL: Will you be supporting it on Linux before the Steam Deck releases? Or will you be waiting for it?

"We are still deciding when to release the Linux build, it may come with one of the future large updates/patches."

GOL: Do you expect the Steam Deck to help sales of HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed?

"More players and more support are always welcome, but for us, the primary aim is to ensure as many people on as many platforms as possible can play our game. It works so well on the Switch already that the Steam Deck version will be the best hand-held way to play the game."

GOL: Do you think the Steam Deck will really change PC gaming? It may be a handheld console, but it’s usable just like a PC when hooked up.

"Yes, we hope it will have an impact. Our experience with the Devkit has been incredibly positive, and I think there is always room for more 'open' consoles."

GOL: Anything you want to tell our readers about HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed?

"There are not enough split-screen co-operative shooters, especially on Linux, and I hope we can help fix that."

Thanks to Digital Cybercherries for answering our few quick-questions! This is one game I'm personally looking forward to playing whenever we manage to get a Steam Deck after the delay.

You can find HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed on Steam .

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    Last Epoch gets improved controller support and a first dungeon / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 13 December, 2021 - 10:46

Combining together time travel with an action RPG full of dungeon crawling and lots of replay value, Last Epoch continues showing off its promise with the Eternal Legends update.

Firstly, as we will no doubt see plenty more games do over the next couple of months for the Steam Deck, Eleventh Hour Games have improved controller support with this update to make more of the UI easily accessible with it. There's also been a number of parts optimized for better performance like the minimap, enemy / minion movement and attack animations and so on.

As for content, there's quite a lot including a rework of the Druid to including new models, skills and new final form. The big one though is the inclusion of the Temporal Sanctum, the first actual dungeon for Last Epoch which they say is the first of many and it comes with a special ability allowing you to do some time travelling which sounds interesting.

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    Wounds of Eventide brings the final chapter for Blasphemous out now / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 13 December, 2021 - 10:37 · 1 minute

Blasphemous has a fresh update out with Wounds of Eventide, which brings overall the story to a close.

Coming as part of a series of updates that began with Stir of Dawn in 2020, this free upgrade provides us with the usual assortment of new levels, bosses, items and allows you to unearth "secrets that will unlock another fate for Cvstodia – leading into the events of the Blasphemous sequel (launching in 2023)". The developer did say that late-game saves may not be able to access all of the content "but you will get clues on what to do when you replay the game".

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Game Features:

  • Explore a Non-Linear World: Overcome fearsome enemies and deadly traps as you venture through a variety of different landscapes, and search for redemption in the dark gothic world of Cvstodia.
  • Brutal Combat: Release the power of Mea Culpa, a sword born from guilt itself, to slaughter your foes. Acquire devastating new combos and special moves as you purge all in your path.
  • Executions: Unleash your wrath and relish in the gory dismemberment of your adversaries - all in beautifully rendered, pixel-perfect execution animations.
  • Customise Your Build: Discover and equip Relics, Rosary Beads, Prayers and Sword Hearts to give you the new abilities and stat boosts you need to survive. Experiment with different combinations to suit your playstyle.
  • Intense Boss Battles: Hordes of gigantic, twisted creatures stand between you and your goal. Learn how they move, survive their devastating attacks and emerge victorious.
  • Unlock the Mysteries of Cvstodia: The world is full of tormented souls. Some offer you aid, some may ask for something in return. Uncover the stories and fates of these tortured characters to gain rewards and a deeper understanding of the dark world you inhabit.

You can buy Blasphemous from Humble Store and Steam for a key, sadly the Linux build is still not available on GOG .

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    Real-time explosive tower defense arrives in Sky Fleet on December 17 / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 25 November, 2021 - 15:28 · 1 minute

Build up an army and speed around the skies in your air ship in Sky Fleet, the action-based tower defense game arriving on Steam on December 17.

You build up your squad, place down various defences and engage in fast-paced real-time shoot-outs, while speeding around various floating islands. At the same time you need to deal with resources, so it plays out quite like an RTS, as you and enemies compete for them to try and assault their stronghold.

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Expansion takes hard work through the construction of farms to sustain resources, ammo factories to restock weaponry, and dozens of turrets to protect the city from kill-seeking drones. Mine base-reinforcing resources like Uridium and Duraphyte to upgrade the fleet and improve defences across the floating geography. Embark on this mission alone or band together with friends in online and local co-op game modes. Become an unstoppable force that will squash all who dare challenge the power of the Sky Fleet.

"Sky Fleet takes solid classic tower defense strategy with friends into the clouds,” said Dan Phillips, Founder, Enno Games. “Adapt and experience the co-op mode with anyone in the world who thinks they can outplay you. Suit up and make your buddy put his airship where their mouth is!

You can follow it on Steam . At release we've been told it will be $14.99 with a 35% off launch discount.

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    Dead Cells gets a crossover with multiple indie games / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 - 16:49 · 1 minute

Motion Twin / Evil Empire have released a big free upgrade for Dead Cells, bringing with it a number of items taken from other popular indie gems. This crossover takes the form of new weapons and outfits for your character, although you do need to hunt for clues and go find them to actually use them.

"As we wanted to make this year's Christmas special, our gift itself needed to be special. Something great, something more, something you've never seen before... something literally out of this world.

And that's why we decided to snoop around the world of indie games, and bring you crossover items from six of your favorite licenses, with one outfit and one weapon each!"

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Here's all that you can get:

  • Blasphemous
    New weapon: Face Flask - They say this was supposed to heal you, but it doesn't seem to work that well... Eh, who cares, it looks cool as heck.
    New outfit: Penitent's Outfit
  • Curse of the Dead Gods
    New weapon: Machete and Pistol - Slash, slash, bang. But like, big strong bang. Basically.
    New outfit: Explorer's Outfit
  • Guacamelee
    New weapon: Pollo Power - Unleash your inner chicken and bring wrath to your enemies, as you lay egg-bombs all over the island.
    New outfit: Luchador's Outfit
  • Hollow Knight
    New weapon: Pure Nail - Looks like Blobespierre has finally learnt that he's not obliged to stop running everytime he wants to take a swing.
    New outfit: Vessel's Oufit
  • Hyper Light Drifter
    New weapon: Hard Light Sword / Hard Light Gun - Shoot with one to mark your enemy, hit with the other to get your ammo back.
    New outfit: The Magician's Outfit
  • Skul
    New weapon: Bone - One swing, two swings, one uncontrollable whirlwind... You know the deal.
    New outfit: Little Bone's Outfit

To actually find them though, you need to seek out special rooms that have been added to the game during your run. The developer said to look out for a hints book that you can find in the Prisoners' Quarters, that might help you on your journey to get 'em all.

At some point we expect to also hear more Dead Cells related news, as they're clearly not done with it just yet.

You can pick up Dead Cells from Humble Store , GOG and Steam . Absolutely recommended, it's a fantastic game!

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