LinuxGameCast Weekly EP32 — The Humble Puzzle

Coming up on this LinuxGamecast Weekly. The Humble Weekly deal goes full Windows. Happy penguin closes for good, and Unreal Engine 3 lands on Firefox. Then We throw some chairs at Tiny & Big Grandpas Leftovers and the Cave. All that plus your feedback, let’s go.

Key: Venn Jordan Pedro







PSA: Hey Linux gamers, I finished FSGamer v0.1.1


Steam News :

New Gear Up Update somehow makes things worse. Impressive.

  • Now the aiming controls have stupid lagg. Yeah, like a full second behind. At least the choppy version was playable.

  • Added a new (because FK you that’s why) crash feature after loading a level.

    • Yep!


SteamLUG beta launches

  • List of upcoming group gaming events hosted by the SteamLUG community.

  • Several (empty) servers including TF2, Condition Zero, and HL2 DM

  • I was playing with friend of the show, swordfischer, during the HL2DM event.


Dungeon Defenders on Steam.

  • Crashes about 2 seconds after I opened the Steam Overlay (shift+tab).

  • The Unreal Engine 3 isn’t particularly light on my 5650HD but it’s playable on High definition graphics.

  • Can’t remap controls… Goddamnit people!

    • I think you can. Remap everything. No empty slots.

      • I simply can’t click to edit any of the options.

  • Played Dungeon Defenders for a bit back in the day, never really caught my fancy.



Happy penguin closes for good

  • After months of being on/off it’s going for good.

  • The code driving this site, written by a novice web developer in 1999, is sorely out of date.

  • A a dump of the Game Tome games database (minus user information) will be made available.


AMD Catalyst™ 13.3 Beta 3 for Linux

  • No noticeable difference from 13.1 on my 5650 HD.

    • Then again I never had any issues with Serious Sam 3 or TF2 either, so…


Wesnoth 1.11.2: Development Release5

  • RTS, Pedro will pass.

    • Although, we do have Wesnoth 1.8.6 on the Fuduntu repos.

      • Because you stole it from the Fedora repos!


Unreal Engine 3 Ported to the Web

  • Certainly broadens the scope for the FirefoxOS to stand a chance in the mobile world.

  • Not just that.  It opens up some intriguing possibilities for cross platform support with minimal upfront investment for future games


Humble Weekly Bundle Windows only

  • For the second time Humble releases for Windows.

  • This sets a worrying precedent for future weekly bundles.

  • I think its more because they have all those THQ keys that they can sell


Humble Mobile Bundle

  • Android only!

  • Seems the Hums is getting away from cross-platform releases.


Ethan (fliibitilijibiiibbo) Lee : No last minute ports.


Grand theft stallman

  • The fine folks over at /g/ are working on a GTA inspired top-down where you play as RMS.

  • Team up with Richard Greenblatt, Tom Knight, Bill Gosper, Eric S. Raymond and, Linus Torvalds and fight the evil Corps like Microshaft and, Crapple.

  • Calling this a working prototype is generous. 


– Nooope

– Check it out

– Shutupandtakemymonies

Games :

Tiny & Big Grandpas Leftovers


Released on Jun 19, 2012 by Black Pants Studios. It’s a comic styled jump and slice platformer with the unique ability to shape a whole world at your will. I.E. you cut sh*t up with a friggin “laser”


Core2duo / Athlon X2 with at least 2.4 GHz

GeForce 8800 series / Radeon 2900 series or better.

Linux:Tested on Ubuntu, Mint and SUSE, 32 or 64 bit. Please install the packages for OpenAL and SDL using your distribution’s packaging system.

Available for $9.99 on Steam / GOG / Gamersgate | Amazon boxed copy $9.99.


Makes with the working







Shiny / Sounds


  • I really dig the art style. The graphics are nothing impressive but the textures are clean and the animation smooth. Really gives you the feel of being in a massive world. Hip little soundtrack; but gets repetitive at times. The “voice acting” is a series of grunts and squeaks forcing the player to read the dialogue.



  • The graphics are pretty good, the soundtrack is alright.    For a linux game it definitely looks better than some of the competition, but nothing phenomenal.



  • I love the songs and if you explore extensively you can find plenty of tapes to keep the repetitiveness to a minimum. The Graphics, unlike the RC Monster Minis thing actually find the perfect balance between stylized and realistic and I love that. Awesome sauce!



Control / fun


  • They cocked up the intro. You spend ten minutes sorting the gameboy themed tutorial and BAM! The first level walks you through the same thing. That said, the controls are tight (for the most part) and carving up the gameworld is hella neat. At $10, Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers is worth it for anyone looking for a proper distractotron.



  • The Controls are pretty good.  At first I was using my keyboard, but quickly realized that my logitech controller worked out of the box.  I had fun slicing shit up and blowing it away with rockets, but I got pretty bored fast.



  • Couldn’t get my Dual Shock 2 to work with this game. Not that I would have played with it, but I like to know whether or not the option was there. Other than that, it’s really awesome, the environments are reminiscent of Uru: Ages Beyond Myst although I would have loved Uru if I had an all powerful laser to cut through walls and make bridges out of the chunks. The Watercooler factor also ensures no one will have the same experience and most people will have found the weirdest ways to get through the puzzles.






The Cave


Released on Jan 23, 2013 by Double Fine Productions. The Cave is a new adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert. Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities and stories, then descend into the The Cave


OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated

Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics

Open GL: 2.1

Hard Drive: 1.5 GB HD space

Available for $14.99 on Steam

Makes with the working







Shiny / Sounds


  • Looks fantastic but has random stutters during large pans (falling). I love the voice work but sometimes the humor can be excessively campy.






Control / fun


  • Lack of controller support kills the experience. After the initial o_0 of playing a new Double Fine game wears off I found myself missing several easy jumps. Then the fatigue of platforming with a keyboard and wireless gerbil kicked in.


  • Lack of controller support makes me a bit hesitant to give it a 3.  However, its got that double fine sense of humour that we’ve all come to know and love, so thats a plus


  • I don’t mind platforming with a mouse and keyboard. The game is a lot of fun and every character has a dark “past” and every single one of the character origin levels are hilarious. It might lose its fun factor if you’re one of those boring people who want to get 100% of what the game offers. Thankfully, I’m not one of those people.






About that Nvidia MOD

  • That extra $800 you’re paying brings you effe all warranty. It broke? They’ll send you another one.


S*it! They called us on it

  • The timing was a little too coincidental to be a simple mistake, in Pedro’s opinion

  • They did pull our review from their site

  • And they didn’t care too much until we called them out on that

  • Assuming it’s true they did pull those 25 hundred keys from another retailer, what kind of company doesn’t keep track of which keys went where


1 Comment
  1. Humble INDIE bundles have always been cross platform. Everything else has been up for grabs. I can cheerfully ignore the occasional bundle I have no interest in, as long as we continue to get Linux ports of games we haven’t been able to play before. I view the THQ bundle as an aberration, not a sign of the End of Times.

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