Psychonauts: Classic Xbox Platformer Now Available For Linux

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Humble Indie Bundle V

Courtesy of the newly released Humble Indie Bundle V is a very special gift.  A gift that you might not have been expecting.  Psychonauts

Remember Psychonauts?  Once regaled in glowing reviews and positive reception from press outlets, the now classic Psychonauts has made its way, unexpectedly, to Linux.  The game, designed by influential point-and-click pioneer Tim Schaffer, was nothing short of a mid-decade masterpiece that breathed much needed air into the lungs of the original Xbox.  Now, when you hear the phrase “mid-decade masterpiece”, you might be thinking Resident Evil 4, or even God Of War.  While not having the worldwide regard of both of those franchises, or the budget behind them, Psychonauts uniqueness shined among the swath of un-optimized multi-platform games available for the Xbox near the end of its life.

From Humble Bundle:

Pay what you want for PsychonautsLIMBOAmnesia: The Dark Descent, andSuperbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. If you choose to pay more than the average price, you will also receive Bastion! Each game comes with its soundtrack in both lossless (FLAC) and MP3 formats.

Each of these DRM-free games works on Mac, Windows, and Linux, and can optionally be redeemed on Steam if you choose more than $1. Bundle buyers can also benefit the Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, non-profits doing excellent work in the name of gamers worldwide.

Is It Really Real

Now, the real question is whether or not this is a real Linux port.  Many of you are probably already aware of the Linux version of Fall-out.  You probably weren’t fooled into thinking that the effort was put into bringing that title to Linux proper, but if you were, this might fool you too.  Either way, we should all be thrilled to have this title available to us, regardless of how it’s been constructed.  It looks like this Bundle is shaping up to be a little less disappointing for Linux users than the last one.

 


Dean Howell

Dean Howell has over a decade of experience with Linux and nearly 2 decades of experience with computers in general. Currently, Dean is Editor-in-chief of The Powerbase and also works for one of the world's largest providers of Linux-based NVRs.

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  • Rusty Broomhandle

    It is really real. I installed it, port done by Icculus.

    • Rusty Broomhandle

      Oh, and why not mention the rest of the bundle? It contains some of the best games of the past year and a bit.

      • http://www.digifail.com/ Tom Nardi

        This is certainly one of the best bundles they’ve done yet.

        • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

          I installed Amnesia last night. I was actually completely blown away. Much more than I expected. Hey you know what? I think I know a guy who can plagiarize a review of it. Whad’ya think?

      • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

        Normally I would mention the whole bundle, but I thought I’d take a different approach and highlight the one that took me by surprise. Humble Bundle gets enough press and we like to stand out a little ways from the crowd.

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