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    Not Actually A DOS Game looks like a retro delight

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 3 January, 2022 - 15:14 · 1 minute

Do you love retro games (or just retro-styled) and you're a fan of dungeon crawling? Check out the recent release of Not Actually A DOS Game for your latest fix.

Taking the visuals of classics like Rogue, it spices things up a bit to make the style a little more approachable with a slightly more modern interface and some small effects. The result is a game that should appeal to classic roguelike fans while giving some nice quality-of-life adjustments like tooltips, stat comparisons and more. Overall it certainly seems like a solid entry.

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Game Features:

  • A core of classic roguelike gameplay. Descend the dungeon, collect items and kill monsters and bosses.
  • Kill enemies or explore the dungeon to gain floor progress.  Filling up the progress meter spawns a portal to the next floor.
  • 37 pieces of equipment for 13 equipment slots with tooltips and stat comparisons.
  • 11 Spells with multiple combo chains, gained through leveling and new equipment.
  • Discover campfires in the dungeon to cook higher quality foods and upgrade stats.
  • 3 dungeon tile sets.  Forest, Desert and Tundra.
  • A graveyard which grows as the number of your deaths do.

Available to buy on itch.io .

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    Roguelite FPS dungeon crawler Ziggurat 2 has left Early Access

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 1 November, 2021 - 11:13 · 2 minutes

Ziggurat 2 from Milkstone Studios is a fast-paced roguelite FPS dungeon crawler and the 1.0 release is out now. Another that has native Linux support, continuing like their previous releases.

Featuring a mix of wands, magic and a few other weapons - Ziggurat 2 has some pretty fantastic combat that ends up feeling quite a bit like classic arena shooters. Not going to bury the lead on this one with our thoughts, it's genuinely brilliant and a huge amount of fun to blast through. A game that's easy to pick up and play but it will also give you a true and thorough challenge when you start getting a bit further into it. If you've been holding off while it was in Early Access, it's something we can happily suggest you go take a look at now.

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Features:

  • Evil lurks in the depths - As a member of the most powerful magic order, your task is to protect humanity from the forces of evil. Face hordes of enemies and fearsome Guardians in epic and dynamic combats. Keep an eye on elemental resistances and vulnerabilities to maximize your efficiency, and earn experience to level up and learn useful perks that will help you reach the end of the dungeon in one piece.
  • First Person Shooting at its finest - Ziggurat 2 focuses on fast paced combat and constant movement, in which mistakes are paid dearly. You'll need dexterity, reflexes and resource management skills to have a chance of survival against the dangers hiding in the shadows, and manage to come back safe and sound.
  • No two plays are the same - Following the line of its predecessor, in Ziggurat 2 dungeons are randomly generated, full of dangers and treasure for the bold wizards daring to enter them. Going a step further, dungeons now have more verticality and variety, and more compact rooms, for quicker fights and easier exploration.
  • Back to the Citadel - In the Citadel, home of the Brotherhood, you'll be able to recruit new and old allies, as well as improve your equipment and skills, before deciding which mission to perform next. With dozens of unlockable weapons with different natures and behaviors, preparation before a mission is crucial and may be the difference between an overwhelming victory and the bitter taste of defeat.
  • Improved formula - Ziggurat 2 has been redesigned from the ground up with the goal of improving over the original in all areas, and offer an even smoother and faster experience, with quicker, more intense sessions, and more interactive and fulfilling progression.

You can buy it on Steam .

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    Helms of Fury is an action rogue-lite with a focus on collecting abilities and fast combat

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 21 October, 2021 - 14:12

After a new fast-paced action dungeon crawler? Helms of Fury built with Godot Engine looks like a lot of fun and worth keeping an eye on. The developer has just put up a Kickstarter campaign with plans to offer native Linux support. They're hoping to raise CA$15,000 by November 20 with a release planned for 2023.

Designed to offer plenty of freedom with the ability to create some insanely powerful character builds, there's a lot to love about the design. Mixing together tons of items to collect across different rarities, with a system that allows you to power up further using a mixtures of attunements and runes to buff you up.

Check out the trailer:

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With three very different Knights to choose from including the lightning-charged Storm Knight; the powerful and explosive Mecha Knight; or the bow-wielding, pet-summoning Wild Knight. There's also going to be a two-player mode.

You can back it on Kickstarter and follow on Steam .

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    Uh oh, looks like Despot's Game: Dystopian Army Builder is going to suck all my time away

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 15 October, 2021 - 12:32 · 2 minutes

Despot's Game: Dystopian Army Builder is a brand new release from Konfa Games and tinybuild that sees you command a bunch of naked people and send them through a strange post-apocalyptic labyrinth. Note: personal purchase.

Like it Loop Hero, you have no direct control during combat you just watch it play out and hope for the best. Here though you're running through some kind of maze-like dungeon full of strange machines, with multiple people you need to look after. They'll likely die a lot though, don't get too attached, you can buy more naked people. Eventually you might come across the nefarious d’Spot who runs the show and perhaps destroy them to earn your freedom.

It blends together quite a few different genres and it feels totally unique. The structure is a bit like The Binding of Isaac with you going from room to room, it's also a strategy game with you buying people and equipping them with various weapons you buy from shops spread throughout the maze and then there's the fusion of auto battling so you can sit back and watch the mess unfold.

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With some epic music and really great pixel-art, this is one you absolutely need to take a good look at. There's so much to love about it. Crazy battles, lots of army customization, random events, the UI is nice and clear with plenty of tooltips on hover so you don't get lost. Oh, that big army of yours? They need to eat too. Each time you move it reduces your food stock but you can sacrifice some of your crew to feed the rest too. A little gross but hey it's dungeon life.

It's in Early Access right now with a plan to remain there for around one year. Some of what they have planned includes a multiplayer mode, new bosses, an "endless" PvE mode, full gamepad support, more items, secret rooms and the list goes on for a while. For an Early Access release though, it's ridiculously good. If you don't hear from me for a week, this might just be why. I do not want to put it down.

The weapon and character types you can get are just hilarious, it really has a bit of everything here. A squad I had earlier mixed in an American Footballer, someone wielding Excalibur stuck in the stone, a Charmed Ring that made another float, a Ninja, a Chef with a large Pretzel and of course a Healer too — it's complete chaos and I want more.

You can buy it on Humble Store and Steam .

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    Techland continue expanding the Hellraid DLC as they try to improve reviews

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 15 October, 2021 - 11:43

When Techland released the Hellraid DLC in August 2020 inspired by their unreleased dark fantasy slasher Hellraid the reviews were not kind, as it was very basic but they've kept at it and another big update is out now.

"The aura on the other side of the portal is changing… As Lucius’ lost ancient power was flowing through Hellraid, awaiting an adventurer who could tame it, it has found a new vessel. Prove your dedication and mastery of your skills to get hold of that raw magic, and you’ll grasp might beyond understanding. Are you worthy of holding the Fire Wand, the weapon allowing you to command flames themselves? Enter the hellish dungeon, and face the trial."

This fresh free upgrade brings with it a new map section to explore, a new skill that gives you a Fire Wand, three new potions and you will also be able to access an armoury when you finish the imprisonment quest. They also list "minor tweaks and bug fixes".

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You can buy Dying Light on Humble Store and Steam .

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    Minecraft Dungeons arrives on Steam and works well on Linux with Proton GE

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 23 September, 2021 - 07:05 · 1 minute

Minecraft Dungeons, the co-op dungeon crawler spin-off of the classic Minecraft has today officially released on Steam and thanks to that it's easy to get it working on Linux with Steam Play Proton - although you need the community built Proton GE. If you're not clear on what Proton and Steam Play are, be sure to check out our constantly updated dedicated page .

While it doesn't support Linux officially, I've tested it worked nicely. You can't currently use the official Valve-provided Proton though, as it's missing all the movies and you end up seeing some nice test videos as it's likely using Media Foundation which the official Proton doesn't yet work with.

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How to install Proton GE? Here's a quick how-to:

  1. Download the Proton-6.16-GE-1.tar.gz file from the release notes .
  2. If this folder does not exist, create it: ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/
  3. Extract the archive downloaded in Step 1, and place the contents into the above directory.
  4. Restart Steam if it's open which refreshes the Steam Play list for Proton-6.16-GE-1 to show up.
  5. Right click on your game, go to Properties, Compatibility and ensure the box is ticked named "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" then select Proton-6.16-GE-1 from the dropdown box that appears.

Once done, you can load up Minecraft Dungeons on Steam and have it happily work on Linux.

Here's a quick look at it running on Linux:


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    Brutal Orchestra has a fantastic trailer, plus the game sounds both brutal and intriguing

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 9 September, 2021 - 10:48

Coming from the same designer behind Swallow the Sea and Perfect Vermin , two fantastically weird games we have their biggest yet with Brutal Orchestra and it's a little on the dark side once again.

The developer says it's a mix of a "Turn-Based Roguelike Strategy game with resource management and deck-building elements". You died, you've gone to purgatory and you've done a deal with the devil to eventually exact your revenge on whoever killed you when they eventually come along to purgatory too. Until then, you're exploring and combatting a bunch of otherworldly horrors.

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No release date yet other than "soonish". I'm sold already though, what an awesome trailer.

You can wishlist / follow Brutal Orchestra on Steam .

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    Get a taste of dungeon crawling tower defense in Dwerve: Prologue out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 6 September, 2021 - 06:26 · 1 minute

Dwerve mixes together elements of a dungeon crawling RPG with tower defense and you can now try it out with the new release of the Dwerve: Prologue. Funded on Kickstarter back in 2020, Dwerve is a very promising upcoming indie game you should be keeping an eye on.

The Prologue is very similar to the older demo except it's gone through some more QA with "bug fixes, better balancing, design improvements, new HUD art, full controller support (including menus), difficulty options, graphics settings, new dialogues and other improvements". Check out the new trailer:

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"Dwerve tells the story of a young dwarven tinkerer that adventures into dwarven ruins to unearth the lost technologies of the ancient warsmiths: turrets and traps, the only weapons that can protect the dwarves from Witch Queen Vandra the Wicked and her army of bloodthirsty trolls and monstrous creatures. This prologue includes the events that take place before Dwerve descends into the dangerous dungeons of Mount Crowcrest. It features a handful of the turrets and enemies, and introduces many of the main characters."

Key Features:

  • Tactical turret-based combat involves making strategic decisions about which turrets and traps to build and where.
  • Upgrade your arsenal with over a dozen turrets and traps, each with it's own unique upgrade tree.
  • Discover powerful artifacts: an arrow-blocking shield, dashing boots, a bouncing boomerang, a ground-shaking hammer, and more!
  • Story-based campaign. Unravel the history of the dwarves and the trolls in a story that features diverse characters and an unpredictable plot!
  • Explore ancient dungeons in multiple biomes, each with hidden secrets, mysterious puzzles, and interesting lore!
  • Fully dynamic lighting. Adventure through dimly lit dungeons that come to life with dynamic lights and shadows!

Try it free on Steam .

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