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      Pick up lots of kids games in the Humble Humongous Back To School Bundle

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Saturday, 4 September, 2021 - 10:16

    If you have younger children and want to get some family-friendly games for them, take a look at the Humble Humongous Back To School Bundle that's filled full. Quite a good bundle this one, and I can approve of multiple titles in this that my own mini-me played through years ago. Almost all of them have Linux builds available too.

    The bundle includes 37 items across different tiers:

    • Pajama Sam's Sock Works
    • Pajama Sam 2
    • Pajama Sam 3
    • Pajama Sam 4
    • Freddi Fish 3
    • Freddi Fish 4
    • Freddi Fish 5
    • Freddi Fish Maze Madness
    • Spy Fox 3
    • Spy Fox 3
    • Putt-Putt Joins the Circus
    • Putt-Putt Enters the Race
    • Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon
    • And lots more!

    See the full Humble Humongous Back To School Bundle if interested.

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      Quirky family-friendly animal racing game Slide releasing February 2021

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 14 December, 2020 - 09:56 · 1 minute

    Enjoy your family-friendly kart-racing styled arcade games? Slide was pretty good from the demo we tried back in September, and it now has a release date.  French indie developer Oneiric Worlds announced it's going to release February, 17th 2021 for Linux, macOS and Windows.

    In Slide, Animal Race, you can play with up to 8 total players, as you each ride cute and colourful animals in vibrant environments. Jump to avoid obstacles, use bonuses and master the diving mechanics on the crazy tracks to outrun the horde! Or you can just take a tour and enjoy the view, while listening to the sympho-ethnic soundtrack. That's up to you. The game is family-friendly and accessible to beginners and kids thanks to autopilot options; but to win the race, you'll truly have to master all the game mechanics.

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    Originally developed as a mini-game for their upcoming 3D adventure A Thief's Melody, it ended up growing enough to be considered a game by itself. Both games will share the same world and the same contemplative atmosphere, as well as a focus on animals and nature.

    Slide will have local multiplayer and full support of Steam Remote Play with 6 tracks and 6 different playable animals at release.

    You can follow Slide on Steam .

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      #AkiRobots is a clever puzzle-platformer where you control multiple robots simultaneously

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 7 December, 2020 - 14:18 · 1 minute

    Spread across 100 levels that increasingly test your ability to think about movement for multiple characters, #AkiRobots is an absolutely charming puzzle-platformer out now. Note : key provided by the developer to our Steam Curator .

    It looks easy, it starts simple enough and then when you get further into it the whole idea really comes together to melt your brain. #AkiRobots is a fine example of how to make a single simple design idea and do it perfectly. The levels are all quite small too, and it keeps everything easy to understand but it's what they do with this compact style that really is impressive and a joy for a puzzle game fan.


    You're not just moving characters in AkiRobots, which is what makes it interesting and unique. The environment reacts to every step with these weird robotic moving platforms with faces going up and down, left and right. You move, something else moves. It's not about timing though, it's all about the correct movement order. Before you know it you're controlling a robot, 5 or 6 platforms that are pushing various blocks around and more all at once just to get that little robot to the circuit.

    Check out their trailer:

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    While the game is quite sweet, the icing on the cake is that it also has a built in level editor. You can remix the included levels or entirely make your own and then share them.

    Feature Highlight:

    • A unique simple-to-grasp game mechanic that anybody can understand
    • 100 increasingly mind-bending levels
    • Ability to remix existing levels or create entirely new ones via the level editor
    • Cross platform level sharing via the level code system

    An easy recommendation for lovely family-friendly puzzling.

    You can buy #AkiRobots on Steam .

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      Hunt down other players in the competitive local multiplayer game Unspottable out now

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 22 October, 2020 - 16:24 · 1 minute

    Unspottable has you and friends all blended together amongst a crowd, and you each need to find the other to take them down. It's highly amusing and out now. Note : our key was provided to us by the developer on our Steam Curator .

    Spread across 12 varied levels, each with their own unique differences the idea is always the same. Figure out who your friends are, watch movements carefully and give them a punch if you think it's them. If not, hope you can quickly merge back in and become…unspottable.

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    We played the demo of Unspottable here for a while and got sucked in easily, and since trying out the full game we've been completely sold on it. Unspottable very quickly entered our regular gaming sessions because it's just good silly fun that anyone can get into easily. The controls are ridiculously simple, and it takes no effort to play which is what makes it so good as a party game.

    Some of the levels have a little side-quest you can do to win, as long as you're not spotted and punched-out by another player. There's a supermarket where you each need to grab a couple items, and the same for a sushi restaurant. Once you have all the items, you can then run towards the exit. Other levels have environment hazards that can smash you into the floor, or the AI might run around punching at random too. The variety here is great and really makes it unique and seriously funny when you get into it.

    It's local multiplayer only, however with services like Steam Remote Play you can play online with others and you only need one copy of the game to do so.

    As a game it's enjoyable for anyone, family friendly and well worth picking up. You can buy Unspottable from and Steam .

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      Petal Crash is an absolutely beautiful block-smashing match puzzler out now

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 13 October, 2020 - 12:36 · 1 minute

    Built like the arcade action-puzzlers of the mid-90s, Petal Crash is a very welcome addition to the block matching genre and is a joy to play. Released with Linux support on October 12 following a successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2019 the idea is great.

    Petal Crash will be real familiar to anyone who has played a block-matching game, anything similar to Match-3 style and you know mostly what you're getting into here. However, it's not as simple as just matching tiles. You're not simply swapping spaces, you're actually throwing these coloured petals around the board to try and match the colours together. If they smash into another single block of the same colour, they explode and push away any other blocks attached.


    The result of that is a seriously satisfying gameplay loop, one that allows you setup some ridiculous combinations. You could wipe out almost the entire board with a few well-placed blocks, although difficult it's doable. In my own time blasting through the timed mode, I've managed to set off some pretty big chains and it's so fun to watch it happen.

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    This block-smashing idea works so well that there's even a versus mode, which really shows off just how great it is. You can play against another player locally or versus the AI in a few different modes (or customise the rules to your liking). I'm a big fan of the Tug of War mode, which sees each player compete on their own board to clear as many as possible and fill up a bar along the bottom to launch an attack. Each attack in this mode reduces the opponents hearts by one, and when all three are gone you win.

    Petal Crash offers up a fantastic spin on the matching genre, allowing you to often sit back and watch the fireworks as blocks keep pushing each other around and explode everywhere. It's a lot of fun. The only downside is that it doesn't appear to have online leaderboards, so you can't show off your matching skill against others online. Other than that, it's simply wonderful.

    You can buy Petal Crash on and Steam and I absolutely recommend it.

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      Unrailed! is a brilliant and often incredibly frantic co-op game - out now

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 24 September, 2020 - 12:48 · 3 minutes

    Unrailed! from Indoor Astronaut and Daedalic Entertainment has now left Early Access as a finished and highly entertaining co-op experience all about keeping a train going as long as you can.

    Chop trees, mine for iron and get building. Simple mechanics but it quickly becomes absolute chaos. As you progress and stop at each station for a quick breather and upgrade, the train will then set off slightly quicker than your last run. The train will catch fire, llamas will come along and drink all your water, a thief will steal your resources and so much more. Unrailed! is a game of constant movement and it really is hilarious.

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    It's certainly not as simple as it might sound. Unrailed! is a game about communication, and how a lack of it can lead to some pretty amusing situations and a total train-wreck. While it is a co-op game you can play it with an AI bot, which actually does the job quite well. Ridiculously well at times actually, the bot can be really fast but it does need your constant directions with a little emoji-style menu. Even playing with just a bot, it's surprisingly good and feels like a different game. However, it's nowhere near as fun without a partner to chat with and yell at. I absolutely adore it.

    There's plenty of obstacles in your way including water that will need a bridge built across, mountains you cannot mine through and plenty more. There's a day and night cycle too, which makes things difficult when you can't see very far and if your train is moving quickly - thinking speed here is critical. Thankfully, there's plenty of upgrades to help a long the way. At each station you can buy new wagons like a light, an auto-miner, a better engine and so on. It can get quite repetitive though, since you're largely doing the same thing without too much variation in the basics. Even so, it's thoroughly entertaining to do it.

    You need a good rhythm going and to stick to it. Know what your place is and what each member of your team is going to be responsible for. That's really the key to getting further into it. Thankfully, the Easy mode really is quite Easy, even when your partner is terrible at games as the train starts off ridiculously slow.


    With the simple core loop, Unrailed! is whatever you make of it. Thanks to how the game progresses forwards, it's really different each time you play it. You don't know what's going to be in your way, your upgrade choices will affect everything and each biome presents something new on top of that.

    Feature Highlight:

    • An intense and chaotic railroad construction experience
    • Online and local couch co-op multiplayer
    • Procedurally generated worlds with different difficulty levels
    • Dynamic weather system & day and night cycle
    • Game modes: Endless, Quick (up to 4 players) and Versus (2 vs 2 players)
    • Distinct biomes (5+)
    • A bunch of upgradable wagons (10+) to modify your train in Endless mode
    • Unlockable characters

    The big 1.0 release pulls in a new biome to build through, a "Kids" difficulty mode if Easy was still to difficult, an Extreme difficulty mode if you like to be punished, a new wagon to attach to your train, new characters and something that looks like another wagon but they kept it secret so you just have to find out.

    Absolutely brilliant fun. Great for anyone. You can buy Unrailed! on Humble Store and Steam .

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      Amusing co-op game Unrailed! to get 1.0 release on September 23

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 24 August, 2020 - 11:16

    Unrailed!, the brilliant bit of co-op train-track building fun from Indoor Astronaut and Daedalic Entertainment now has an actual release date.

    After entering Early Access in September 2019, they've put in a lot of major upgrades that added saves and checkpoints, additional wagons to add to your trains, new characters, a sandbox mode, a single-player mode, achievements, Linux and macOS support and lots more. They also mentioned that more is to come yet.

    They also have a new trailer, which although is for the Switch because it's releasing there too, it's still more up to date than the last PC trailer and the gameplay is exactly the same:

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    As they mentioned recently , the price has (as of a few days ago) gone up as a result of the impending full release. So you're now looking at £15.99 / $19.99 / €19.99.

    You can pick Unrailed! up from Humble Store and Steam . Highly recommended, super fun.

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      Completely adorable puzzle game TaniNani gets a big content upgrade

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 19 August, 2020 - 12:54 · 1 minute

    TaniNani is a rather sweet puzzle experience that was released in early 2020 and now it's quite a lot bigger.

    You've played plenty of platforming puzzlers by now I'm sure but what about when you control the platforms, not the characters? It's not a game mechanic that's done often and even less often done well. TaniNani is great though. As challenging as it is cute. You have two squishy little characters trying to meet, and it's your job to move tiles around to allow them to do so.


    It was already packed full of levels with 120 originally, now it's a bit of a monster. Here's what's new:

    • 36 new levels
    • 6 new unlockable outfits
    • Chapter 1 & 2 are re-designed
    • Updated Challenge UI

    Since the full release I briefly wrote about , it also added Mouse support making it even nicer, allowing one-handed play making it far more accessible than ever before.

    If you're after a family-friendly puzzle game, with a simply charming idea full of levels then you definitely need to go back and take a look at TaniNani. With such a great game mechanic, it's so easy to get into but it really does make you think. Each level has a small set of challenges to do and getting them in the right order is difficult. I absolutely love it. TaniNani is on Steam . It's also 20% off until August 24.

    Release trailer if you want a quick look:

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