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    Remnants of the Precursors is a modern take on Master of Orion out now / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 11:54 · 1 minute

Developed as a modern reincarnation of the original Master of Orion, the free and open source Remnants of the Precursors is officially out now. It's been in development for somewhere around 6 years, with the big 1.0 landing on December 25.

Master of Orion is an absolute classic, and the sequel is one of the games that firmly cemented my absolute love of video games so seeing the genre live on in such a way is awesome. According to the developer "ROTP takes that original award-winning formula and adds high quality artwork, writing, graphical design and AI development to recreate the authentic experience of the original game. There is arguably more quality artwork and writing in ROTP than in almost any space 4X game currently on the market".

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The developer further mentioned that "Each of the ten races has personalized dialogue that aligns with their racial tendencies to bring them to life in a way not possible in MOO1. Which race you choose to play really makes a difference in your tactics, and knowing who your neighbors are and what they care about is an important part of playing well." — and also that — "The technology tree is variable each game and has a real effect on how you design your ships. You can't research every tech, so you will often need to resort to diplomacy, espionage or even war to acquire technologies you desire. Ship combat is turn-based, allowing you to directly command your fleet against the enemy or some of the dangerous space monsters. There is no "blob vs blob" ship combat in ROTP".

Sounds like a huge amount of effort and attention to detail went into this.

Available free / pay what you want from and the source is up on GitHub . There's a few different licenses depending on the code / artwork but it's looking good.

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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.

Free / pay what you want on .

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    Hypnagonia is an upcoming open source "spire-like" deckbuilder / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 4 January, 2022 - 12:55

Do you love games like Slay the Spire? I sure do and so seeing a new free and open source game appear that's inspired by it has me a little excited. This is Hypnagonia. It's currently in development, although playable, it has plenty of work to be done to flesh it out into a full complete experience. Even so, you can easily see that the promise is there.

In Hypnagonia you are asleep, a dreamer and you've been somehow captured and pulled into a nightmare realm. It's a fun sounding idea and you lose if you wake up. The idea is that you're facing "Torments", which are a manifestation of things causing your nightmares. You attack by inspecting them, to try and understand them, while they cause you stress that builds up as anxiety until you wake up.


Built with Godot Engine, the developer is looking for other developers to join in to build it into something special.

You can try it in your browser on although I do recommend downloading for better performance. The source code is available on GitHub .

Hat tip to aD.

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    Classic open source platformer SuperTux is coming to Steam / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 4 January, 2022 - 09:38 · 1 minute

One we don't cover or hear about too often is SuperTux, a free and open source platformer that's been around for some time now and it's getting a Steam release.

"Run and jump through SuperTux, the sidescrolling 2D platformer starring Tux, the Linux mascot. Squish and knock out enemies, collect powerups, and solve platforming puzzles throughout the Icy Island and the Rooted Forest, as Tux tries to save his beloved Penny from her kidnapper, Nolok!"

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Game Features:

  • Platforming gameplay similar to original Super Mario games, with some unique abilities such as backflipping and dynamic swimming
  • Lovingly hand-crafted graphics contributed by a variety of artists, alongside engaging and catchy music
  • Engaging levels designed with casual gameplay, puzzling and speedrunning in mind
  • Weird, quirky and some not-so-adorable enemies that might be too cute to kill
  • Two full worlds packed with unique and challenging levels, castles, and boss fights
  • Other contrib levels, including seasonal worlds, storyless bonus islands, and downloadable Add-ons, which feature new and unique stories and levels
  • Simple, flexible Level Editor, which allows for the creation and sharing of levels of any complexity

Follow on Steam or grab it from the official site / Flathub .

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    GOG have one last free game during their sale with Iratus: Lord of the Dead / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 3 January, 2022 - 15:01 · 1 minute

While the GOG Winter Sale shall be ending soon, they have one last freebie for you with the rather good turn-based tactical roguelike RPG Iratus: Lord of the Dead .

How to claim the latest free game: head to the website and scroll down a bit to find the giveaway banner. The giveaway ends January 5th at 2 PM UTC.

As a reminder of some of the big lists GOG have for their Winter Sale:

GOG also have a TVGHF Support Pack containing Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate and Darklands, with purchases going towards helping the Video Game History Foundation . They're a non-profit with an aim to preserve, celebrate and teach the history of video games. Sounds like a cause I can get in with.

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    Get I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream free on GOG for 48 hours / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 14:22

During the GOG Winter Sale they have another game giveaway and so you can grab the classic I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream for free right now. The giveaway lasts until December 25th at 2 PM UTC.

This is part of their Throwback Thursday series, for which they have a dedicated list of other retro delights you might want to take a look at.

As a reminder of some of the big lists GOG have for their Winter Sale:

If you've picked up anything good in the GOG sale, do give over your recommendations in the comments. There's been a number of new deals added since we originally wrote about it for the first giveaway. GOG are also doing Flash Sales every 24 hours on their homepage.

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    The classic Naev, a free and open source space sim version 0.9 released / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 09:50

Time to explore space once again? Naev is an absolute classic. It's free, open source and it continues to mature with some more modern features available in the new 0.9 release. A space trading, combat and exploration game inspired by the likes of the Escape Velocity series.

Check out their new trailer:

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Release 0.9 highlights include:

  • Electronic warfare revamp with stealth and illegal cargo and outfits
  • Systems have patrol routes for dominating factions
  • Visual novel system for new missions with support for mini-games
  • Complete rebalance and overhaul of most outfits that can have complex behaviours now
  • Rehauled backgrounds, new trails, and other graphical improvements
  • Lots of new content including 40 new missions

You can grab Naev free from , Steam the official site as an AppImage and Flathub (outdated at the moment).

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    Experimental Vulkan support is here for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 15 December, 2021 - 11:33 · 1 minute

As we suggested it would be , Valve has announced that experimental Vulkan support for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) has landed and can be tried out right now. This is available only for Linux too.

Coming in a small update on December 14, the only other change was a fix for "input delay after closing radial menu".

You don't need to opt into any Beta, as it's in the main game client. All you need to do is add -vulkan as a Steam launch option for the game. Do so by right click -> properties and then enter it in the text box.

This is of course preparation for the Steam Deck, to hopefully bring the performance up to a level that makes it as smooth as possible. The same was done before with Portal 2 , Left 4 Dead 2 and Half-Life 2 .


You will probably find it stutters a fair bit initially, like Valve's other games that added in DXVK-Native and Windows games played with Steam Play Proton it needs to build up a shader cache. Over time, Valve will usually gather it all up and offer it all as a download like they do for other games, to have it processed before starting. In my own testing, the stuttering was really bad. Still, experimental, and hopefully more optimizations to come.

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