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    Blast through a comic book online in the latest Fury Unleashed update / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 16 November, 2021 - 17:23 · 1 minute

Fury Unleashed, a modern action-platformer that has an awesome style to it recently had a huge upgrade finally bringing with it online co-op support. Taking inspiration from other rogue-lite platformers including Dead Cells and Rogue Legacy with a little explosive flair from Contra and Metal Slug it certainly delivers.

One of the key points of interest in Fury Unleashed is how you're playing through a living comic book, with ink being your main valuable resource. Each room you blast through is a different panel from this comic.

Release at the end of October was the big free online co-op upgrade for the game. Trailer is below:

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Other fixes that came with the update include:

  • Addition of the controller vibration with different preset modes included. Try it out, it's awesome!
  • The Save & Quit feature can now be used in every game mode, that includes Online Co-Op.
  • In co-op modes, combo time is now increased by 50% while both players are alive.
  • Difficulty spike reduction tweaks for the second and third page of the first comic-book world.
  • The shield of enemies that wield it, can now be pierced, blocking 60% of damage (from 100%).
  • More improvements to translations, with support for the new online-related lines.
  • Another set of minor improvements and bug-fixes to both co-op modes.

Available on Humble Store and Steam . The GOG release does not support online on Linux, due to it needing GOG Galaxy.

On top of that, they've begun working on their next game. They haven't formally announced it or even said what it's called but they did give us a little teaser:

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    Roguelite FPS dungeon crawler Ziggurat 2 has left Early Access / 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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  • 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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    Atmospheric rogue-lite RPG Himno - The Silent Melody is now in Early Access / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 21 October, 2021 - 14:50 · 2 minutes

Developer David Moralejo Sánchez has taken the popular mechanics from the first peaceful Himno, and adapted them into a much bigger game in Himno - The Silent Melody. This time around it's not a peaceful experience, there's dangers lurking in the dark.

"You play as Fash, an intrepid Guardian Explorer who has seen this world fall. Now after hundreds of years, Fash must bring together the other guardians and restore that world of light and color.

Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange machines, beautiful procedurally generated maps, and surprises. Craft powerful gear, find other explorers and save this old world."

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Game Features:

  • Silent World Exploration:
    • No instructions. No words. At your own pace, explore, craft, fight (or not), research and discover the secrets this world awaits you.
  • Emotional Soundtracks and Vibrant Visuals:
    • A perfect mixture of darkness, colors, and lights to highlight this odd and unique 2D world.
  • Randomly Generated Biomes:
    • Each Biome is generated as you teleport down. With exotic creatures, hostile machines, and unique ores and vegetation, each biome provides a different experience and challenge that will test your skill and knowledge of Himno.
  • Melodic & Smooth Combat:
    • Although it is not necessary to fight, thanks to a large number of movements as wall-jumps, slides, dashes and unique weapons and runes, combats are smooth and satisfactory. Enjoyable by a wide variety of player skill.
  • Build Your Arsenal:
    • Create your way of moving and fighting. Craft hundreds of weapons & items using loot gathered from the environment and from slaying enemies like bows, swords, grappling hooks, essence weapons, boomerangs, spears, throwable weapons like bombs and much more!
  • Build Mode:
    • Customize your camp to your liking, grow plants from different biomes to create unique potions and equipment, or create homes for rescued NPCs.
  • NPCs & Lore:
    • Unlock new explorers and the secrets behind this silent world. The more NPCs you save, the more knowledge you'll acquire about the Himno's mysterious history. Who designed you? What is your purpose to exist?

I've managed to play a little bit of it myself before release and it is absolutely gorgeous. Mixing together some simple (but quite nice) pixel-art with fancy lighting really does give it a great look. All the atmosphere and feel of the original is there it's just a whole lot more of it with many new feature additions.

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 / 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.

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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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    2D side-scrolling action rogue-lite Helvetii shows off new trailer with a demo due soon / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 22 September, 2021 - 12:17

Helvetii is an action rogue-lite set in ancient Gaul that was crowdfunded on Kickstarter back in 2019. Team KwaKwa have a new trailer to show the progress and a demo is due soon. The developer emailed to mention the demo will go live next week, ready for Steam Next Fest and it will support Linux out of the box along with being supported for the full release.

"An ever-changing rot threatens to overtake ancient Gaul unless an unlikely trio of fighters can band together and stop it. Initially debuting as a part of the BitSummit event, this new trailer for Helvetii showcases the three playable characters together for the first time with the addition of the exiled druid, Nammeios. From the helpful (but somewhat profiteering) merchant Bob, to the gods that may lend the characters their powers for a price more permanent than coin—the trailer also gives players a taste of some of the random elements they will encounter during their time in Helvetii."

The full launch is planned for 2022 and you can follow it on Steam .

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    Deck-building meets big metal mechs in Jupiter Moons: Mecha with a new trailer / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 27 August, 2021 - 09:03 · 1 minute

Another coming out of Gamescom 2021 is a brand new short trailer for Jupiter Moons: Mecha, a deck-builder that puts you in the pilot seat of a big powerful mech unit.

It combines many of my favourite things: replayable gameplay, deck-building and big customizable mechs. What's not to love about that? The new trailer that appeared during Gamescom isn't particularly long, more of a teaser but it does show plenty of neon-soaked visuals, lots of lasers and plenty more to be excited about. Check it out:

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Game Features:

Build the Perfect Mech - Choose your Mech frame. Every pilot approaches combat differently, choose from the melee-oriented assault frame, the stealth sniper frame, or just opt-in for raw laser firepower.
An Endless Loop of Mecha Glory - Jupiter Moons: Mecha is a true roguelite. Missions, enemies, and items are procedurally generated, making each piloting adventure feel different.
Build Your Perfect Deck - Collect weapons, shields, and equipment by destroying your opponents in battle. Victory serves you with new 'toys' for your mech, swapping out parts will adjust your combat deck.
Every Mech Needs a Powerful Pilot - Earn pilot skill points to level abilities that synergise with your deck - what's the point of having a kick-ass mech if you're not a kick-ass pilot?!

  • 30+ different weapon types. All weapons and items drop randomly in classic ARPG style.
  • 20+ support item types.
  • 200+ unique cards.
  • 20+ enemy Mechs and their corrupted variants.
  • 6+ unique bosses and their corrupted variants.

You can follow it on Steam , and try the demo for the upcoming Prologue .

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    Dungeon crawling action adventure UnderMine gets a big update for the end-game / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 9 August, 2021 - 12:47 · 1 minute

Have you completed UnderMine? Might be time to jump back into this dungeon crawling action adventure as the 1.2 update is out now to celebrate a year since release. See also : our original thoughts .

A big focus for this update was on the end game, with a new character named Camilla appearing who replaces Arkanos (the old mage you meet first). Camilla gives you access to a daily-run mode that pits peasants in head-to-head competition on the leaderboard. Each of these runs has a fresh set of hexes, items, and a familiar to play with. Your best score for each day is recorded and if you score 100K or more on a run you get a special alternate skin for your familiar, with alternate familiar skins also being a new feature.


The developer also added a log that acts like a journal of your run attempts. So you can see the seed, and other details about how you did. Pretty useful if you find a particular seed was a good one and want to try it again. All runs will also see new items to find including multiple new relics to hold, new potions, curses, hexes and two new familiars too.

Lots more is new with balance changes, bug fixes and other improvements. For a free patch celebrating one year, it's quite a good one.

You can buy UnderMine on Humble Store and Steam . It's 50% off until August 14 and well worth picking up.

Trailer below if you've not seen it or need a refresher:

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    Minesweeper inspired game DemonCrawl gets an auto-sweeping online Arena mode / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 5 July, 2021 - 10:37 · 1 minute

It's Minesweeper, but not as you know it. DemonCrawl was already unique with the roguelite dungeon-crawling styled placed on top of the classic Minesweeper gameplay and now it's got a brand new mode.

With the Arena mode, it plays out a bit like Dota Underlords and other auto-battle games. You sit back and watch as the AI explores for you, while you pick up coins, chests for items and more. Although you can select to do it manually too. It's quite peculiar and also terribly addictive.

The two different modes of Arena make it quite accessible too. With the auto-battle version you get to focus on item management and whatever strategy you can come up with, while the manual mode makes it that much more competitive since you each have absolute control.

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There's also a big Summer Event going until July 15 which includes:

  • Complete the holiday questline to earn 4 new avatars and a new inventory skin
  • 11 additional avatars are available through Prizeboxes
  • Participate in summer tournaments to earn a ton of Tokens
  • Each run, you will encounter one of three summer afflictions
  • The Shopkeeper has stocked up on summer items
  • The Shopkeeper's handing out free water, what a cool guy
  • Added unique holiday stage
  • Reskinned menu graphics
  • Added Summer Special Chest
  • New holiday Mythic Emblem
  • New seasonal boss: Trixie -
    "Play Beach Ball like your life depends on it, because it does."

You can buy DemonCrawl on Steam .

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