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    Send help as I have discovered Bloons TD 6

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 5 January, 2022 - 10:21 · 2 minutes

Stepping slightly out of my comfort zone recently to try something different, I picked up a copy of Bloons TD 6 and I think I now may need help to tear myself away from it. Note: played with Steam Play Proton .

I'm a huge fan of strategy games but I usually go for the more base-building RTS types, with Tower Defense not something I go for often. Based on how it looks, Bloons TD 6 is a game I would say you could easily pass up and not think anything of it. I honestly thought it looked a bit, dare I say it, overly childish. Oh how I was wrong. Bloons TD 6 is a monster of a game but family friendly for sure.

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Bloons TD 6 is, in a word, fantastic. It's not a new game, released originally back in December 2018 and so I'm a bit late to the game on this one but gosh it's good. Who would have thought that Monkeys popping balloons would make for a good Tower Defense game? I didn't, obviously. However, I can't be the only one who enjoys the simple pleasure of popping balloons in real life? Bloons TD 6 offers that in the hundreds and thousands of wow it sure is satisfying watching hundreds of balloons float around getting popped.

Not only can you blast through hundreds of hours by yourself but you can bring a friend too - or a few, as it has 4 player co-op. So I did and cross-platform multiplayer works exceptionally well even between a Linux machine running it through Proton and someone else on Windows (tested both joining / hosting). Simply beautiful.

There is only a small learning curve to Bloons TD 6 too, mainly requiring you to pay attention to the types of balloons coming and keeping an eye on the wave number, to be ready for special Bloons that appear on later waves that you need a few special upgraded Monkeys to overcome.

The only part I'm not keen on are the micro-transactions. However, you can get everything simply by paying and it's not even remotely difficult to unlock things (which you do constantly) so it has a reasonable balance there overall.

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If you enjoy Tower Defense games, go grab it. Bloons TD 6 might possibly be one of the best TD games ever made. Steam reviews back it up too with well over 100,000 user reviews and an Overwhelmingly Positive rating, so you really don't need to just take my word for it. Constant updates too that add new features, new Monkeys, new maps and more.

The developer was also quite responsive when an issue appeared with Proton, submitting their own bug report to Valve that ended up getting fixed.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    Fast-paced strategic action in Sky Fleet is out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 20 December, 2021 - 13:59

Melding together elements of a fast-paced action game with the tactics of a tower defence game, Sky Fleet is officially out now. Taking place in the clouds, you speed around various floating islands as you battle for supremacy while also grabbing some resources.

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"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!"

It's a solid entry into the competitive strategy market that's absolutely worth a look if you're a fan of real-time strategy games. Having direct control over one main upgradable unit is a nice touch, that does help to keep it feeling very different from any traditional RTS or tower defence game. It plays out much more like a top-down shooter, with a few strategy elements to keep your mind ticking constantly.

Available to buy on Steam .

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    Real-time explosive tower defense arrives in Sky Fleet on December 17

    news.movim.eu / 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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    JARS is a new take on Tower Defense with puzzles and a Gothic style

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 22 October, 2021 - 12:39 · 1 minute

The first PC release from Mousetrap Games is JARS, a blending of a Tower Defense game with puzzles to solve and a pretty great looking gothic style.

JARS tells the story of Victor, who is asked to get a jar of pickles from the cellar for his mother. After he discovers a mysterious sarcophagus, crawly creatures emerge from the other jars in the basement, and Victor has to fight them in order to protect his ominous find. In this strategic tower defense game, Victor makes use of minions and items to break all jars and defeat their inhabitants. Not only that but it seems Dracula is hiding in the basement too so he needs to find out why, figure out why some pages are missing from a mysterious book and hopefully not get grounded by his mother.

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Features:

  • A strategy game featuring puzzles and elements of tower defense: Break all the jars and protect the Sarcophagus – that's your main goal!
  • A distinct art style inspired by spooky and funny classics: Hand-drawn mouldy horror with a dose of humour
  • Randomization and adaption: You can never be certain what is inside a jar, therefore you have to adapt to new mechanics and situations.

Available from GOG , Humble Store and Steam .

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    The surprisingly varied Tower Defense game Warstone TD is now available for Linux

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 11 October, 2021 - 12:00 · 1 minute

With maps that advance and grow as you play through allowing you to place down more towers and change your tactics, Warstone TD from Battlecruiser Games is now available natively on Linux. The developer said that they're providing a Linux version now as "a lot people asked for it".

One feature that makes it quite interesting is how you place your towers. Initially you're not given a lot of stones to place defence down but more can appear as the level goes on and from defeating enemies, so eventually you get a lot more space to place your towers. There's also a class system to give you new abilities, plus the mission types are varied too that enables you to use other unit types. Quite a lot to like about this one and since release in 2018 it seems to have reviewed well from users on Steam.

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Game Features:

  • 7 basic units, with a further 15 available as upgrades!
  • Intriguing story with beautifully drawn artwork.
  • 3 Vastly different Classes for you to choose from: Warlord, Sorcerer, and Treasurer. Over 70 different skills in all!
  • Diverse array of spells: Firewall, Lightning, Meteor Shower, Titan's Fist, Summon Elemental, Poisonous Cloud, Transmutation, and more! Only 4 spells can be brought into battle though, so choose wisely!
  • Multiple different game modes: Classic, Challenge, Survival, Maze, Hero Defense, Attack/Defend (Also used in PvP,) and Co-op missions.
  • Upgrade Defenders in the workshop! Multiple upgrades with several tiers for each defender. More upgrades become available as you build and improve your town.

You can buy it from Humble Store and Steam .

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    Bugvasion is a quirky comedy Tower Defense game out now for Linux

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 5 October, 2021 - 13:11 · 1 minute

Aliens have come to the Earth but they’re tiny so they’ve brainwashed various bugs to invade your home, so it’s time to step up and build some towers. Note: the developer sent over a key.

This is the first game from developer Full Screen Games that originally released back in February, however they’ve ported it to Linux just recently with it releasing a native build back in late September.

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The developer mentioned they went for the welcoming cartoon-like style of early Micro Machines with the Tower Defense genre to give a rather unique look in the genre. Similar to a lot of other TD games mechanically with you facing waves from a few different locations in each level. This is not a game to just sit back and relax while your towers do the work though, as some of them require manual interaction to keep working. There’s a poison sprayer for example which gradually runs out, so you need to keep an eye on it to reload it.

In between missions you also get to unlock new towers, upgrade towers to be stronger and also unlock various special abilities. You start off with two of these abilities that enable you to do things like squish bugs with your fist or shoes, with you also being able to supercharge your abilities to get more out of them.

Each level also has a special environmental feature too. Since each is set in a small part of your home, these little bugs are running through and you get a few household items to use against them like glue to slow them or what looks like a Pez launcher to block them. It’s thoroughly quirky and that’s why I liked it.

Not particularly long or challenging but good overall. You can buy it on Steam .

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    Subterranean survival shooter Lumencraft will have you dig deep

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 24 September, 2021 - 13:08 · 1 minute

Lumencraft has been announced from 2Dynamic Games and Star Drifters that promises quite an unusual blend of survival and tower defense while you dig through the terrain.

The first game from 2Dynamic, they say it has "strands of Alien Breed in its DNA, as well as nods to Darkwood, but with a tactical and survival spin to it" and it will present you with an "unprecedented level of environment interaction, along with fully destructible terrain and dynamic lighting system".

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Story:

"The year is 2221. The planet's surface became uninhabitable over a century ago. Today the remains of humanity struggle to survive without electricity and light. Dreams of a better future had withered a long time ago, but a recently discovered mineral brought a spark of hope. Lumen, a crystal of high energy potency, can be the last chance for the struggling civilization. This mineral can drastically increase humanity's odds of survival.

A team of Scouts, highly specialized miners, has ventured deep below the ground. It’s almost impossible to survive there. They established a settlement near the estimated deposits of Lumen. Their mission objective is seemingly simple: excavate and collect the precious mineral. However, getting back with it to the surface alive is another story altogether. And no one has lived to tell that tale yet… Impossibly hostile caverns have proven to be a nearly impenetrable barrier so far, but they hold the key to rejuvenate the fading civilization."

Planned Features:

  • Defending an underground settlement by direct combat and the use of a wide array of turrets.
  • Highly efficient and immensely satisfying digging mechanics.
  • Explosive weapons.
  • Dynamic lights and pixel-perfect interaction with the fully destructible terrain.
  • Atmosphere of dread created through the impactful sound design and a unique 2Dynamic lighting system.
  • Tech tree that gives you a strong feeling of progression.
  • Realistic physics simulations (just look at the lava!).

From what we've been told they will have a Linux native build available at the Early Access release but not for the upcoming demo for Steam Next Fest. No exact date is being given for the release yet.

You can follow Lumencraft on Steam .

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    Couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp is officially out now

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 - 10:53 · 1 minute

Good fun to play with friends that becomes manic fast, the couch co-op tower defense game D-Corp has now left Early Access as a full game ready for you to jump in.

This isn't your usual tower defense game. You're not sat with a fancy map placing down towers and watching lines of enemies come through. Instead, you and multiple friends (4 players total) run around in a proper 3D environment. It gets truly chaotic as it's a game about micro-management with lots of running around. Resource gathering, maintaining your towers and reload them and much more. If you love the franticness found in the likes of Overcooked, you'll likely feel right at home playing D-Corp.

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Game Features:

  • 2-, 3-, or 4-player co-op through local play or via Steam Remote Play
  • Avoid dangerous cacti and stop them from overrunning your base
  • Experiment with different defense plans!
  • Scrap all resources and carry them back to your recycler
  • Throw your friend into deadly acid pool!
  • Reload, maintain and relocate a variety of turrets to protect your operation
  • Find, unlock, and wear dozens of shiny hats!
  • Fetch ammo in time before the turrets run out -- throw it if you have to!
  • This game was designed to be played with gamepads.

You can buy D-Corp on Steam . There's also a demo available.

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