I’m a sucker when it comes to racing games. Not so much the simulation type, but more so the arcade-y racers with weapons. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, PocketCars, and GRIP are just a few examples. It’s thrilling action that’s almost akin to fighting games. The Wipeout series is another example. It was certainly an excellent IP at its’ core. Anit-gravity racing machines loaded with turrets, mines, EMPs, the whole nine yards, set in a futuristic era.
Project Heartbeat Gets Big Update, Adds New Song, Audio Improvements, and Project DIVA Mega Mix+ Loader
Good stuff just keeps on coming to the anime rhythm game. Update 0.16 gets plenty of features and bug fixes, ranging from an updated audio engine to support of the songs from Project DIVA Mega Mix+. Here’s the list of updates: new song: Confession, by Takanashi Koubou updated audio engine, which “achieves higher levels of memory safety and performance while using less memory” (should produce a 10% improvement in memory consumption and faster loading times, maybe this will increase the Deck’s battery life as well?
Remember that point-and-click game Splittown that I had talked about a couple of months ago? The Linux port of that game is becoming more and more of a reality. Someone had asked in the Steam forums what the status is as far as Linux support. A developer of the game responded: We’re using Visionaire Studio, which supports Linux porting, so it’s very much a possibility, but we haven’t explored that very much as of yet, since we’re still putting the game together.
Well, this is perhaps one of the strangest games that I’ve ever come across. It’s the year 2000. You play as Jaska, who goes on vacation to a little island known as Muhvijärvi in Finland. You’ve apparently crashed your car into a moose, and someone has robbed your summer cottage. Now you’ll have to find some way to regain your peace of mind, while helping your neighbors “have a nice midsummer festival.
I have been informed of a bundle of games on Steam that are all available natively for Linux. It’s called the Linux & Chill bundle. It consists of six titles, ranging from a Chess-like game to unraveling colorful, abstract designs one color at a time. Seems like it mostly consists of puzzle-like games. Per the description from the Steam store page: A bundle for those who are often forgotten. From developers who care for Linux users and want them to chill while playing a variety of relaxing games.
I have been informed yesterday by the developer of Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack that it will be coming to Linux day one when the game launches later this month, on the 23rd. It’s a point & click adventure that’s apparently set in the 90’s, where there’s time travel and robots. Per the description from the Steam store page: A cozy 2D Point & Click adventure featuring multiple playable characters and plenty of silliness.
Ever wanted to enhance the game of Chess with new elements? That’s where SokoChess comes in. It combines Chess with Sokoban – the latter of which involves pushing crates to their proper destination. You have Chess pieces to move, but your goal is to push the black pieces to their destination, without them overtaking yours. The game is made with the awesome open-source Godot engine, and there’s a native Linux version available that plays great!
Luxtorpeda is a Steam Play compatibility tool for allowing a certain set of games on Steam (mostly pertinent to older titles) to run using a native Linux engine, rather than having to use Proton for a Windows-only game. For instance, Ocean’s Heart has a Windows-only icon on the Steam store page. But with Luxtorpeda, we can force the game to use the native Linux version of Solarus, the engine that powers the game.
Someone had emailed me this morning regarding an upcoming point-and-click adventure called Splittown. According to the official site, you play as the character Leonard Nimby. Nimby is a former “top agent of IM5” who’s on the move to find the person responsible for stealing his shrink gun…right on the day before an election. Seems like a pretty interesting premise. It also has that nice 90s aesthetic to it, reminiscent of the SNES/Genesis days.
Them’s Fightin’ Herds – a fighting game featuring adorable animals – has finally received an update. The last update was shipped in February. But we’ve got some great things to look forward to with the 3.0 update. Probably the biggest thing is the introduction of level 3 supers (have a look at the trailer; they’re pretty flashy). This will certainly change the meta of the game, for sure. All characters have been adjusted, whether cosmetic features have been added as part of their moveset, some of their moves have been balanced, and/or received bug fixes.