Apr 212011

Hey All,

Everyone’s probably heard of Minecraft, but for those who haven’t its a game where you can build your own world.
You start off with nothing but your fists, and have to build up your inventory and arsenal so you can explore the world, build castles and mines, and fend off the creatures of the wild.
At the moment, you can buy Minecraft for €14.95, and afterwards you can download the launcher and the launcher will download the necessary files to launch the game. It works the same in Linux and Windows.

A new version recently came out, so that will be the one I will have a look at here.
Minecraft 1.5 has brought in a few extra functions over the older versions, namely Achievements and Stats.
The recent updates have also brought in new blocks, recipes, and critters both hostile and neutral.
Stay tuned for more updates !

Apr 202011

Hey All,
I got to (re-)playing Osmos last night and got past a few levels.Nice and cruisy game for the casual gamer, bit of a challenge on some levels as well.

Starting off, it was very easy to install, the developers provided a deb file for the Debian / Debian based crowd. Install was as easy as downloading the file and installing it via your favourite package manager. In my case, it was dpkg.
sudo dpkg -i Osmos_1.6.1.deb
After installation, I got to the menu screen.
An original menu
And off I went to wreak some nano-havoc.
There are set goals for the levels, some which involve absorbing a different type of blob, or some which are simply a be as big as you can type of level.
I started off with the latter type.
That's a lot of red
Thats a lot of red against me, so I’ll go around and absorb it all.
You can absorb any blobs that are smaller than you by running into them, but anything bigger than you will absorb you if you hit them.
Only me now.
Mmmm yummy blobs. I feel a bit like Unicron !

You control your blob using just your mouse, clicking when you want your blob to fire off some of it’s mass to propel it in the opposite direction, the more mass you fire though, the smaller you become, the smaller you become the faster you can move around. The more you absorb, the more your mass will increase, which will also make you bulkier and harder to move around so it will take you longer to slow down and change directions.
The physics of the game is what makes the game fun, it also gives the game a bit of a strategic slant as you will need to plot your course through the minefield of bigger blobs or you will get eaten and end up like this.


All in all a very fun game to play for the casual gamer. The later levels gets interesting with different goals and difficulties, often ending with the above screen for myself.
May not appeal too much to the gamers who prefer fast action and big guns, but for everyone else this should occupy at least a couple of hours of your time a week.

Apr 192011

Hi All,

Seeing as a new Humble Bundle is coming out, thought I would enlighten you as to what you can play on Linux natively.

The Humble Indie Bundle website shows you what games are available, all DRM free, and all can be played on Linux though Windows versions are available.
You can choose where the money goes when you buy the games whether you want more to go to the developers or less, and how much goes to the Humble Bundle guys, and how much you donate to charity.

The games included are :
In Humble Bundle #1
– World of Goo
– Aquaria
– Gish
– Lugaru HD
– Penumbra Overture
– Samorost 2
In Humble Bundle #2
– Braid
– Cortex Command
– Machinarium
– Osmos
– Revenge of the Titans

Here’s a wiki link too !

I haven’t actually gotten to play many of them yet, but one of the ones that came with the previous bundle is Osmos where you run around as a little blot and absorb other blots to become the bigger one and in some cases achieve a certain goal.

An addictive game for sure with a nice soundtrack to boot too !

I’ll keep updating as I work through all the games as I haven’t had much time on my hands as of late.

Apr 132011

Just thought I’d make a quick post regarding gaming on Linux, a topic full of myths and unfounded beliefs that Linux is not good for gaming.

Which is blatantly untrue.

Now I’m a bit behind in gaming trends but I’m still able to entertain myself for hours with games on Linux.

One of the main things that people underestimate is the fact that the built-in repositories already have a huge amount of games in them, all for free, and some of them are of a very high quality and finish.

Depending on whether your a simulation nut or a killer in disguise, there are sure to be games to suit your taste. A few are actually released by the developers, for example Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament Series are all supported natively on Linux running on OpenGL.

A few examples to start off with are :

  1. OpenTTD – If anyone has played Transport Tycoon, GET THIS !!!!. An Open Source version of Transport Tycoon with extra features but may still need the original files if you want to play like the original.
  2. Nexuiz – A shooter based off the Quake 3 engine.
  3. Tremulous – Another shooter based off the Quake 3 engine.
  4. Minecraft – a non-free sandbox type game which is proving very popular at the moment.
  5. Globulation 2 – an entertaining strategy game.

These are just a few games that can be found on Linux, all of which are very playable and very entertaining.

For those that want to keep up to date with gaming on Linux, I have provided this link : Linux Gamers which provides a rich source of information about games and games related news for Linux.
Update :
Just thought I’d add more Linux gaming sites.
Linux Games
Linux Games Database

For everyone else, I’ll see you on a server sometime 🙂