American Truck Simulator: New Mexico DLC And Update 1.29 Released!

SCS, the developers of the awesome Truck Simulators “Euro Truck Simulator 2” (Steam) and “American truck Simulator” (Steam) released the very anticipated DLC “New Mexico” to their “American truck Simulator” Game.

MAIN NEW MEXICO DLC FEATURES:

  • Over 4,000 miles of new in-game roads
  • 14 major cities, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Roswell
  • 11 custom rest/truck stops for parking and refueling
  • More than 600 completely new 3D assets
  • Complex and realistic custom-built junctions and Interstate interchanges
  • 8 new company docks and industries
  • Unique landmarks both natural and man-made
  • New Mexico achievements to unlock

 

Screenshots:

Also SCS released a free 1.29 update for American truck Simulator, which includes:

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Map improvements (over 600 miles of new roads) – look for US-101 (CA), I-15, US-93 (AZ), CA-190 and few more.
  • Road events
  • Complete overhaul of navigation algorithms (direction aware, multiple modes)
  • Environmental lighting rebalance
  • Two new trailers (food tank and mobile barrier)

MINOR CHANGES:

  • New road signs (like sign historic Route 66)
  • Time zones support (will be handy in the future!)
  • 4 roads connecting the future expansion to New Mexico
  • reworked/new police cars (including strobe lights)
  • Basic engine and transmission info in quick job truck tooltip.
  • Trailers with state-specific legal restrictions are towed only to services in given states.
  • AI traffic improvements
  • Many many hundreds of small map bug fixes – visual glitches, and speed limits

 

 

 

 

 

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13 November

Bolt Riley – A Reggae Adventure Game On Kickstarter

Bolt Riley – Chapter 1 is a reggae point and click adventure game for GNU/Linux.
This is the second attempt to fund the game trough kickstarter and this time with 35 hours left and 8k to gather, it looks like they might make it! (crossed fingers).
So we need your help to make this game a reality.
The music is just awesome and the graphics is top quality.
There is even a GNU/Linux aplha demo.

About the game
You play as Bolt Riley, a poor boy from Trenchtown, Jamaica, on his pathway to stardom.

Bolt is struggling to survive and has to deal with a gang of Rude Boys. You go through a journey of self discovery, of love, friendship, and inspiration, where you are introduced to Reggae music, you have to form your band, get inspiration, write and produce your songs and then perform them. The story consists of three parts each focusing on a different aspect of Bolt Riley’s passage into becoming a Reggae legend.

This is the true story of the underdog who breaks out and becomes a worldwide sensation.
Bolt Riley performing for the first time in front of an audience Bolt Riley performing for the first time in front of an audience

“Bolt Riley – Chapter 1” is complete game that’s part of a trilogy series. It has a self sustained story that should last a few hours of gameplay, all depends on whether you click every little thing on the screen or not, and how fast you solve the puzzles, and if you listen to every dialog line in the conversations… Getting a full indie game with hours of unique gameplay and dialog, for only $10, is not that bad.

 

There are only 35 hours left to fund their kickstarter campaign, so make haste!

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8 August

Resurrect ROTC: Ethernet As Open-Source Project – One Week Left!

Revenge Of The Cats: Ethernet is a free experimental online multiplayer FPS with unique gameplay: Alternate between the pure energy “ether form” and the physical manifestation called “CAT”.
Capture territory and defeat enemies using a multitude of weapons, grenades, and target-seeking discs that can be deflected and steered around corners.

The IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to resurrect the game as a proper open-source project by re-creating it with a modern cross-platform engine already raised over $1000!
Only $452 are missing right now, and with just one week left, the creator of the game would like to encourage everyone to spread the word about the campaign, so that Revenge Of The Cats: Ethernet can join the ranks of open-source GNU/Linux games.

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25 January

0A.D Is The Winner Of The Project Of The Month For January!

There were not as much votes as we had hoped for, and maybe some will say it was predictable, but the popular RTS game 0A.D won this month.

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0 A.D.  is a free, open-source, historical Real Time Strategy (RTS) game currently under development by Wildfire Games, a global group of volunteer game developers. As the leader of an ancient civilization, you must gather the resources you need to raise a military force and dominate your enemies.

“0 A.D.” is a time period that never actually existed: In the usual calendar, one goes from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. and skips zero. This reflects the historical fiction in the game: Who would have won if all the factions were pitted against each other when each of them was at its prime?

We intend to portray some of the major civilizations over the millennium of 500 B.C. to 500 A.D. (Hence the midpoint, zero.) That is an ambitious prospect, so in the first edition of 0 A.D. we focus on the last five centuries B.C. Perhaps in future expansion packs, more civilizations will be added, along with additional gameplay features.

We put a strong emphasis on historical accuracy while developing 0 A.D. We plan all our units and all our buildings based on reconstructions of how the units and the buildings might have looked like in the ancient world. We even name them in the original languages, such as Greek and Latin. But it’s worth remembering that any game should be fun to play, so, in many cases, we preferred playability over historical accuracy.

0 A.D. is completely downloadable at no cost and always will be. No “freemium” model, no in-game advertising, no catch. This is our iron-clad guarantee.

Although you might find some people selling copies of 0 A.D. on physical media, remember, you will always have the option to download 0 A.D. gratis on the internet, directly from the developers.

0 A.D. is freely licensed software, because we believe everyone should have access to great games, and that everyone can learn from developing them. You can redistribute and modify the game as long as you abide by the GPL. And you can even use parts of the art and sound for your own projects as long as you abide by CC BY-SA.

 

Work on 0 A.D. began in 2001, first as a mod concept for Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. In 2003 development moved to a standalone game with its own engine, Pyrogenesis. In 2009-2010, the game was released as free, open-source software and and much of the codebase was rewritten.

As of October 2013, 0 A.D. is still in alpha phase, which means an early experimental phase. It is playable, and you can already download and test the game, but some features are still missing. When will 0 A.D. be released? It is very hard to predict. Even after we are done implementing all the features, we will want to conduct extensive beta testing, which can take a while. Information about release dates will be released at the appropriate time.

 

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2 January

Linux Game Awards Featuring – Project Of The Month!

The Project of the Month is back!

 

Only two days left to vote!!!

Announcement:

 

The Project of the Month was (re)created to raise awareness for individual free game projects and for the the free gaming community in general. Several websites teamed up to make this happen. The supporters of the award are:
Freegamer, Linux Game Database, Rootgamer, Gamin On Linux, Linux Gaming News and Portable Linux Games.
The prize for the Project of the Month is one month promotion provided by the supporting websites. Eligible are free Linux game projects. The voting process and everything else is described in more detail at the Project of the Month page.
In short it consist of two stages:

 

  • nomination stage
    where 10 game projects are nominated by one of the award supporters and a
  • voting stage
    where the winner is decided by approval vote by the community

Every one that has an account at the Linux Game Awards can vote! Go register!

 

The first award will be Project of the Month January 2014! And the short list of 10 nominees is currently created by Freegamer. The online vote for all registered users will be opened 25th of November 2013.

 

The way the Project of the Month will be promoted by the award supporters will follow shortly. Stay tuned.

 

The Linux Game Awards team

 

If you want to support the Project of the Month award or have any other questions you can contact us at: mail at linuxgameawards dot org

 

10 games were nominated for the project of the month, you can vote till the 24th and the winning project will get free ads on the participating GNU/Linux gaming websites (including LGN).

Here is the list:

  • Stunt Rally
  • SuperTuxKart
  • 0 A.D.
  • The Dark Mod
  • Flare
  • Pioneer
  • Simutrans
  • Zero-K
  • Megaglest
  • Hedgewars

So go VOTE!

 

 

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22 December

4 Days Left To Fund GamingOnLinux Hosting!

GamingOnLinux aka GOL is an excellent source of news about GNU/Linux gaming and got an active forum and an editable wiki!
This website was recently updated and looking better than ever.

GOL is run by one men named Liam Dawe who sadly is currently unemployed and not sadly, a young and proud father!
Also a big thanks to the contributors and editors for making GOL great.
About a month ago Liam Dawe started a campaign on Indiegogo to fund hosting space for GOL and have only 4 days left.

He is aiming for 600 GBP (British Pounds) and already got 170 (which is something)
600 GBP will enable him to host GOL for more than two years, and as Indiegogo is not kickstarter – Liam can choose to keep the contributions even if it’s not fully funded – so every penny counts!

If you enjoy this excellent website as much as I do, please contribute to it’s continued existence.

From the Indiegogo campaign page:

 

Who are we?
GamingOnLinux.com is one of the main Linux gaming websites that is updated daily by the editors and the community. In the past we have run competitions for people to win games, we review games, interview game developers and so on.

We also run a Wiki open to anyone to edit about mainly crowdfunding games that offer Linux support (the only one of it’s kind currently!).

What We Need & What You Get
£600 would cover just over two years worth of hosting so that rather than worrying about the bill we can worry about the website content to give you more of what you want to hear about!

This is for our own Private Server so we aren’t on a server with hundreds of other websites. It also means we can host other people’s projects without issues as well.
We are currently in the process of revamping the website as well out of our own time and pocket to make it much easier to use and less javascript heavy! So it will load faster and look better.

The Impact
By contributing you will be securing the future of GamingOnLinux.com to continue to break awesome Linux gaming news to you!

Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t contribute don’t worry! We accept help in many other ways like spreading the word on social networking websites and even just submitting articles to us, it all helps!

We have G+, Twitter and Facebook pages so please let everyone know about them.
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28 January

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Coming To GNU/Linux Soon!

SCS Software the developers of Euro Truck Simulator 2 recently posted on their blog about the GNU/Linux client and added some screenshots.

Finally today we see the light at the end of the tunnel – Euro Truck Simulator 2 GNU/Linux port is almost finished. Very soon we should be able to start beta testing it.

About the game

Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and many more, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits. If you’ve got what it takes to be part of an elite trucking force, get behind the wheel and prove it!

 

Game info

  • Transport a vast variety of cargo across more than 60 European cities.
  • Run your own business which continues to grow even as you complete your freight deliveries.
  • Build your own fleet of trucks, buy garages, hire drivers, manage your company for maximum profits.
  • A varied amount of truck tuning that range from performance to cosmetic changes.
  • Customize your vehicles with optional lights, bars, horns, beacons, smoke exhausts, and more.
  • Thousands of miles of real road networks with hundreds of famous landmarks and structures.
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13 January

Anima – Gate of Memories Funded! 33 Hours To Go And New Stretch Goals!

Anima – Gate of Memories which I’ve posted about earlier was funded with 33 hours to go and new stretch goals.
Currently ~93,000 was raised, so we can still make it to at least the 1st stretch goal.

We still have a time to make our stretch goals possible.
Here you have a list of our objectives:

 $100.000

-10 new skills and powers for each of the characters, including the psy skills trees.

-A new enemy type; Solomon Golems.

-The Wake, An endgame additional dungeon that will serve as a survival mode for players.

-New cutscenes and dialog lines.

-An additional Messenger, Malekith, the Lord of Nightmares, as a boss enemy with its own area, the city of Graven.

 $120.000

-10 additional new skills and powers for each of the characters, including divine gifts.

-Four new additional enemy types; elemental lords.

-A high detailed new zone to explore; the city of Archangel.

-A vocal main theme and ending melody.

-New sub-quest missions and additional events.

 

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13 January

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded And Fester Mudd: The Curse Of The Gold, Are Coming To GNU/Linux!

Kevin Kettler of Replay Games let me know that their upcoming two games Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded and Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold, are coming to GNU/Linux, probably even at the same day of the original release.

“Hello,

Replay Games is trying to get the word out on two popular titles coming to Linux! As you probably know, Replay has been hard at work on the remake of Leisure Suit Larry which had a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Leisure Suit Larry is one of the most iconic characters in the history of computer gaming. The game follows the life of Larry Laffer, a loveable loser who is a balding, dorky, double entendre-speaking, leisure suit-wearing “lady’s man”. The new Larry game is going to be expanded and enhanced in every detail and ready for mobile devices, PCs, and LINUX!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=111450196

Replay will also be releasing a new retro style adventure game called Fester Mudd. Fester Mudd: The Curse of the Gold, is due in January 2013 on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android. The game is a throwback to the old school adventure games that dominated gaming in the 80’s and 90’s. With a western theme and strong comedic elements, Fester Mudd will be Replay’s first original intellectual property adventure title. Al Lowe, famed creator of the Leisure Suit Larry series, raved about the game, “I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. Actually, that crying part is a lie. Fester is a good ol’ timey adventure game in the true spirit of Sierra’s best games!”

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=108161841

Kevin Kettler,

Replay Games”

 

“Fester Mudd will definitely be coming to Linux at the same time we release for windows.”

 

For those who didn’t want to pledge to  Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded because no GNU/Linux client was confirmed at the time, you can still pledge here!

 

 

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12 January

Noctemis Platform Horror-Adventure On Kickstarter

Noctemis is a mix of adventure classics like Megaman and the legend of Zelda with a unique art style and story driven horror-adventure experience.

What is Noctemis? 

Noctemis is a side-scrolling platformer Video Game for the PC, Mac, Linux and eventually the Xbox, OUYA, and PS3 target markets.

Backstory:

Noctemis takes place during the late 1800’s, on a small island slightly north of mainland Europe, in the modest town of Horrow-Brook. Horrow-Brook was once a beautiful and bright city of opportunity and life. However for over a decade a curse has plagued the city of Horrow-Brook. This curse causes those who fall asleep to drift into a comatose state and release horrifying dream spirits into the world around them. This curse has slowly caused the entire population of Horrow-Brook to slip into a state of horror and deprivation.

Spirit Example (Dholl)
Spirit Example (Dholl)

The people of Horrow-Brook were panicking as more and more people fell into their deep sleeps and released these nightmarish creations into the world around them. Just as all hope seemed lost, a powerful and frightening figure, known only as Mon. Sr., brought the people of Horrow-Brook together and gave them the tools necessary to fight against these spirits. These tools consisted of specially designed weaponry and armor meant to combat the spirits. The most potent weaponry that Mon. Sr. brought to the people of Horrow-Brook was known as Syrum S.

Syrum S is a liquid concoction that prevents those who inject it from dreaming in their sleep, and therefore they become incapable of releasing these “evil spirits” into the world around them.

Witch Spirit (Dholl)
Witch Spirit (Dholl)

Just as with any drug, humans eventually become more tolerant to it and therefore need increasingly high dosages in order to benefit from the effect. This increased dependency on Syrum S would normally not be a problem, but unfortunately Syrum S is very expensive.

Due to the high cost of Syrum S the people of Horrow-Brook have stopped spending their money on the other necessities of life such as repairs to their homes, the purchasing of toys for their children, and even simple things such as the care of their clothing. Due to these circumstances the city of Horrow-Brook is in a state of disrepair. Buildings are missing doors, have broken windows, leaking rooftops, and the city bell tower hangs to one side as if ready to fall onto the cobblestone street below.

Not only has the general economy been devastated by the need for Syrum S, but the Order requires gratuitous amounts of time from any healthy, strong, able bodied man to fight for the order against the spirits of nightmare. This has left no time for the youth to work the fields, fish the ponds, cut the trees, or repair the buildings.

Fears of the Sea bring about horrific sea creature nightmare spirits. (Dholl)
Fears of the Sea bring about horrific sea creature nightmare spirits. (Dholl)

As time has gone on more people cannot afford their dosage of Syrum S and therefore risk the chance of releasing dark spirits from their dreams.

In the beginning, with the release of the first dark spirit, the ocean began to swell, the sky grew dark, the trees started to die, and a darkness began to crawl towards the island from the distant horizon as if attempting to slowly swallow the city of Horrow-Brook in eternal darkness. No ships have visited the island of Horrow-Brook since that day, and no contact has been made with anyone outside of the island since that day other than Horrow-Brook’s savior, Mon. Sr. , leader of the Order.

Mon Sr. (Dholl)
Mon Sr. (Dholl)

 

Current Setting(Where the game starts):

It has now been over a decade since the first spirit was released from a dreamer, and over a decade since Horrow-Brook has been cut off from the rest of the world. The people of Horrow-Brook now worship the Order in a cult-like fashion. This is done in order to stave off the paranoia they all suffer from as they fear each other’s desire for Syrum S as well as each other’s ability to release these evil spirits if not given the appropriate dosage of Syrum S.

Some spirits even burrow under the ground. (Dholl)
Some spirits even burrow under the ground. (Dholl)

No one knows how the curse came to be. Many people blame the sightings of the spirits of the dead in the graveyard on the edge of town, others question the eerie light that comes from the abandoned lighthouse, some even say it is a gypsy who brought the curse over from the mainland. Whatever the case, the horrors of this world have been spilled onto Horrow-Brook in the form of evil spirits, and there are few capable of taking up the challenge of solving the mysteries of Horrow-Brook as well fighting their way through hordes of evil creatures.

You play as the intelligent scientist Eldwin Kershner:

Eldwin Kershner (Dholl)
Eldwin Kershner (Dholl)

 

Main Character & Character Options:

Eldwin is a scientist who has dedicated the past ten years of his life working for the Order in order to create weaponry to fight the evil spirits who inhabit Horrow-Brook.

Your character will develop new skills and become adapted to his environment as you play the role of a scientist with the ability to create weaponry to fight against the spirits as well as create useful gadgets to assist you against any obstacles that get in your way.

The picture below is an example of an armor set you can create in-game for your character in order to combat the nightmarish creatures in the game.

Eldwin Spirit Hunter (Dholl)
Eldwin Spirit Hunter (Dholl)

After defeating spirits Eldwin can bottle their energies and release them to summon powerful spirits to fight for him. Very similar to summoning creatures in Final Fantasy only they stick around until they run out of energy.

Fulgrous: The Hound of Cruelty. (Summon Spirit) (Jared Sandall)
Fulgrous: The Hound of Cruelty. (Summon Spirit) (Jared Sandall)

 

What is the world of Noctemis?

The world of Noctemis is a dark and Horrific place.  Spirits Haunt the houses of those who have become “dreamers”, the dead walk the earth, and terrible nightmarish apparitions stalk the outskirts of roads, chapels, and the shoreline.

The people of Horrow-Brook are distant, as if appearing to be here in body, but not in mind. Darkness clouds the sky at all times of day and night, and a crawling darkness threatens to envelop the city of Horrow-Brook as it approaches in a thick, cloud-like substance from the distance.

Imagine your worst nightmares come to life, your childhood terrors become a reality, as you experience this dark, alternate version of the world around you.

Your nightmares become reality. (Dholl)
Your nightmares become reality. (Dholl)

No matter your personal fears, fantastic whims, or curiosities, Noctemis is sure to be an encompassing and enjoyable experience for anyone who likes a deep and enthralling storyline mixed with fast-paced gameplay and a rich environment as well as a unique art style.

Gameplay Details?

Noctemis rewards skill as well as creativity.

There are a plethora of unique items to choose from, as well as a great upgrade and creation system that really tries to strike home the idea that your character is a skilled scientist and mechanic.

Even the armor your character adorns changes your movement, the toughness and speed of your character, and the ability to climb, jump and maneuver about the world around you. Collect resources and gadgets and implement them on your workbench to create cool and unique weapon combinations.

Noctemis is a sidescrolling, 2D, action-horror, platformer with a lot of cool and developed puzzle mechanics. The overall gameplay is very akin to a mix of other popular titles such as: super meat boy, n+, binding of isaac, and the Zelda Titles.

Noctemis is truly a unique experience that draws inspiration from many other games, but delivers them in a way that hasn’t been this involved in the way the player’s choice of play-style and overall personal choice have a direct effect on the gameplay.

Fear Causing Crow Caller (Jared Sandall)
Fear Causing Crow Caller (Jared Sandall)

You fight large, small, frightening, and sometimes even deceivingly cute creatures with a HUGE selection of weapons that only grows as the player decides how they want their weapons to react and be used on the enemies they face.

Deceivingly Cute.  (Jared Sandall)
Deceivingly Cute. (Jared Sandall)

In game Screenshots?

Dungeon Room
Dungeon Room
Great Hall
Great Hall
Demo Main Menu
Demo Main Menu
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8 January