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    Tiny Life is an upcoming pixel-art take on experiences like The Sims / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 7 January, 2022 - 13:07 · 1 minute

Tiny Life is an upcoming game trying to capture the essence of games like The Sims, but in an isometric pixelart style. If you've played The Sims before, you mostly know sort-of what to expect from it. Build a house, have a family and take care of all their needs - or totally mess with them. You're basically god watching over a few select people.

Tiny Life's creator, the solo indie developer Ellpeck, has always loved casual life simulation games like The Sims, Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley. For multiple years, he deemed the prospect of making a complex life simulation game similar to The Sims too difficult, until he started working on Tiny Life and realized that it is, indeed, quite the task. Nevertheless, he has been working on the game regularly for over a year and considers it his passion project.

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Game Features:

  • Create your own characters with unique personalities and skills and dress them however you like
  • Build houses and community spaces like parks and cafés and watch households inhabit them
  • Control your household and tell your characters what to do, from cooking food to learning complex skills like programming and painting
  • Have your characters interact, build relationships, grow families and live unique lives
  • Share your creations with the community by exporting lots and households from your game
  • Create additional content through the game's built-in C# modding API

I have to admit I've not played The Sims since probably the second one released back in 2004. Some fond memories though, there's not much out there like it and so it's quite fun to see someone else do a take on it.

Want to try it out? There's a free Alpha on and you can wishlist on Steam .

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    Relic Space shows off its very satisfying space roguelike gameplay in a demo / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 6 January, 2022 - 15:23 · 1 minute

Love space sci-fi and roguelikes? Relic Space blends them together and it's really beginning to look like a game that's going to steal endless hours away from me.

Relic Space is a turn-based, roguelike RPG in which you help rebuild civilisation following a galactic catastrophe. Through varied missions as a single starship pilot you will engage in deeply simulated, hex-based combat with an innovative, fluid feel - all set within an epic sci-fi narrative that you help construct through your choices. A bit like Jupiter Hell, the movement is so fluid you often don't remember it's taking a turn each time.

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The developer put up a public demo recently and it's really come along, with a couple of hours gameplay available it gives a great look into the game. Heavily inspired by traditional roguelikes, the developer mentions they wish to "break new ground with the variety and complexity of randomly generated missions, and their associated subplots". While it will have a main story campaign, it sounds like there's going to be a lot you can replay through and have it all be different each time.

You can check out the new demo on and follow on Steam .

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    ΔV: Rings of Saturn continues to be popular with Linux gamers / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 15:08

It seems that Kodera Software continue to impressed by the level of Linux sales on Steam for their space mining sim ΔV: Rings of Saturn. Be sure to also check out our previous interview with the developer.

What is it? A physics-based mining sim, set in the thickest debris field in Sol. Every action has a reaction, lasers are invisible without a medium, and your thrust is a potent weapon. Find trade, adapt your equipment to your playstyle, hire a crew to help. Unravel the mysteries of the rings, or just get rich.

Developed with Godot Engine , the developer has announced a few times how sales have been going across different platforms and they recently gave another update on Twitter to see if things had changed. They included a chart showing some pretty reasonable looking sales for Linux:


According to the Twitter post, the game has had a recently surge in popularity so it's really interesting to see that the Linux numbers have held up for it.

You can buy ΔV: Rings of Saturn on Steam and .

Never seen it? Check out some recent gameplay below:

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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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    Not Actually A DOS Game looks like a retro delight / 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 .

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    The Winter Sale is now live with plenty of indies / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 22 December, 2021 - 11:44

Ready to pick up some more games to stay warm with this Winter? If you enjoy indie games then it may be worth take a look over on with their Winter Sale. Live now until January 3, 2022.

One of the really interesting things about is that developers set their own revenue share with the store, it can even be 0% if they really wanted to. There's also the ability to pay more if you really like the game with various funding options. They also have an open source app .

Going over their big list, here's a few good deals on interesting games:

You can see all Linux games on sale here , plus be sure to check out my own curated list of some of the best titles for Linux on

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    Cute Bee management game Hive Time sees a new trailer and free update / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 16 December, 2021 - 12:11 · 1 minute

Celebrating two years since the release, the chilled-out Bee management game Hive Time has a new update out and there's also a new trailer with a few random quotes from people who enjoyed it. Developed by Cheeseness, who has contributed articles to GamingOnLinux in the past.

In Hive Time you're responsible for ensuring these vital creatures are well cared for. Harvest resources, grow your hive, and produce a new Queen before the current one dies. You need to manage different roles for bees, send out foragers, make various choices that affect how your play-through goes and there's even a wasp attack or two to deal with and maybe some outlaw slugs.

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With this new update the focus was on "Defence and Foraging management", including a newly upgraded Map Room that gives a foraging priority slider to switch between more pollen or nectar making it all more useful for how you want to play. Sounds like deployment defender Bees is also a lot more simpler and less micromanagement needed.

There's also optimizations, an upgrade of the Godot Engine version used and more. You can read all about what's new in the update post .

Available free / pay what you want from . You also might own it if you previously picked up a bundle from itch.

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