Fraymakers Launches January 18th

Fraymakers Launches January 18th
Fraymakers is a game that I’ve been following closely. It’s basically a pixel-art platform fighter with mechanics that are akin to the Smash Brothers series. The team behind it is McLeodGaming, who also made Super Smash Flash and Super Smash Flash 2. This was originally slated to be released in Early Access on Steam back in August. It’s been pushed back and now we’ve finally got a release date: January 18th.
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Force Native Linux Clients with Steam Play None

Force Native Linux Clients with Steam Play None
Though this is rare, there might be a game or two in your Steam library which – even though it may have a native Linux version – will force the use of Proton when you run it. For instance, when running CrossCode, your Steam Deck (or Linux desktop) will prefer Proton over the native version, because Steam apparently thinks Proton is better. Maybe you don’t want to use Proton and play the game as is, natively.
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Return to Monkey Island - Linux Version Now Available as Beta!

Return to Monkey Island - Linux Version Now Available as Beta!
Less than a month after the arrival of the point & click adventure Return to Monkey Island, the game now has native Linux support. This is available as a public beta. The Tweet that Ron Gilbert sent out contains a link to the instructions on how to opt-in to the beta…but the link to the guide is dead if you’re not logged into Steam and you have the game in your account.
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The Vaults of Minos - A Retro-Styled Roguelike Platformer

The Vaults of Minos - A Retro-Styled Roguelike Platformer
Professor Nimroder, your former teacher, has gone mad and is attempting to wake the cursed King Minos. Your goal, as the player, is to enter the trapped Vaults of Minos and to stop him. Per the press documentation, The Vaults of Minos, developed and published by Thunder Perfect Witchcraft, “is a fluid arcade jump n’ run with procedural generation” and rogue-like elements. Every run that you make, the traps, the level design, and the bosses will all be different.
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Flashout 3: Does It Scratch the Wipeout Itch?

Flashout 3: Does It Scratch the Wipeout Itch?
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.
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Project Heartbeat Gets Big Update, Adds New Song, Audio Improvements, and Project DIVA Mega Mix+ Loader

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?
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Splittown Linux Port ‘Very Much a Possibility’

Splittown Linux Port 'Very Much a Possibility'
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.
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Horror Sauna Simulator Sauna2000 Coming to Linux

Horror Sauna Simulator Sauna2000 Coming to Linux
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.
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Linux & Chill Bundle Now Available on Steam

Linux & Chill Bundle Now Available on Steam
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.
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Upcoming Point And Click Adventure Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack Coming to Linux

Upcoming Point And Click Adventure Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack Coming to Linux
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.
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