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Games: Space Mercs, Nimbatus, Screeps Arena, MineRalph, Mind Trap, X4: Split Vendetta

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  • The extreme arcade space-shooter Space Mercs is now available on itch.io, plus some sales info

    Space Mercs from Bearded Giant Games who develop their games entirely on Linux, released on Steam recently and now you can also catch it on itch.io.

    Haven't picked it up yet and want to know what to expect? It's a retro 3D arcade space shooter, designed primarily as a quick pick up and play experience. The developer said to think of it like a coffee-break game, only a bit more intense when some of it can be like a bullet-hell.

  • Space drone construction game Nimbatus just had a massive update to the campaign

    Nimbatus is all about piecing together blocks in the hope of creating a drone that's not terrible, with the ability to make them autonomous or have direct control of everything it's a very cool game.

    A few days ago the released the Campaign Update (0.7.3) and it's huge. Before this, the campaign mode was pretty simplistic but it has been expanded quite a bit now with different captains, progression through unlocking drone parts, travel events, asteroid fields, drone skins and more.

  • Screeps Arena, an upcoming strategy game where you program your units with JavaScript

    Screeps Arena is a game for programming enthusiasts, as you get to design your own AI using JavaScript to have 1 on 1 battles.

    If this sounds a bit familiar, it's because this same developer also made the game Screeps, an MMO RTS sandbox (some of it is open source too) which has all the same basic ideas. However, Screeps Arena has a much smaller and refined focus on simpler battles. This will likely make it a more manageable game and probably easier for a bigger audience to get into.

  • Reaction-based physics-platformer MineRalph is now out

    If you don't get frustrated easily and you enjoy a challenge, perhaps also a bit of speedrunning, MineRalph is probably a game you will enjoy.

    The developer, Chop Chop Games, say it pays homage to classic difficult games. With gameplay that's a sort-of mashup of "Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Meat Boy - with the level design of Super Mario... and the control scheme of Angry Birds". Quite a simple game mechanically but it's by no means easy.

  • Need some new games? Come and look at all the deals going on

    I haven't given a little overview of Linux games on sale for a while, so here's a fresh look ahead of another weekend for those of you looking to pick up something new.

  • Mind Trap, a four episode psychological thriller series inspired by the Twilight Zone is coming to Linux

    Gear Worx Productions are currently working on Mind Trap, a four episode psychological thriller series and they've got in touch to mention that it's coming to Linux. Tagging us in a post on Twitter, they made it very clear that Linux will be supported.

  • Egosoft have revealed the first big expansion to X4: Foundations with X4: Split Vendetta

    X4: Split Vendetta is going to expand the size of X4: Foundations quite a lot, along with the upcoming big 3.0 update.

    They're not currently giving out a lot of details on what exactly will be in the expansion or the update. The Steam page as well as the announcement sent out was pretty light. Egosoft did say it will increase the size of the universe, while also introducing "two new Split family clans" including new ships, weapons and station modules.

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