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HD Remastered Games for Linux that Never had a Linux Release Earlier

Many game developers and publishers are coming up with HD remaster of old games to extend the life of franchise, please fans requesting compatibility with modern hardware and of course, to make a profit.  Linux has its own share of these remastered games. This article will specifically list games that never had a Linux release back in the day, but a got a HD remaster version in recent times.

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

Original Game: Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit is a cinematic action adventure game featuring interactive and narrative oriented story and gameplay. Originally released in 2005, the game features motion captured animation, branching storylines and split screen view gameplay.  The main highlights of the remastered version are new and updated visuals, restoration of content previously cut in regional releases, steam achievements, steam trading cards and full gamepad support.

Broken Sword: Director’s Cut

Original Game: Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars

Broken Sword, the Shadow of the Templars: The Director’s Cut or simply Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is an enhanced remaster and director’s cut release of the classic 1996 point and click adventure game Broken Sword I. The original version was never released for Linux.  Remastered version of the game has added two hours of additional story and gameplay, new first person perspective minigames, new facial expressions, a new help system and enhanced music tracks and voiceover audio.

Infinity Engine Games

Including Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition

Original Games: Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Icewind Dale, Planescape: Torment

Infinity engine games are a series of party based role playing games based on Dungeons & Dragons rulesets. These games were developed and published originally by Black Isle Studios, Interplay Entertainment and BioWare game studios. They were hailed as genre defining computer role playing games (CRPG), akin to what the Final Fantasy series is to Japanese role playing games (JRPG). All these games were released between 1998 and 2000. Remastered versions of these games were released for Linux between 2014 and 2017. The enhancements are too many to list but here are some highlights of these remastered games: new quests, new characters, new voice sets, support for high-resolution widescreen displays, improved multiplayer support with connectivity between all platforms, new spells and items, improved interface and hundreds of bug fixes and improvements to the original games.

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Original Game: Day of the Tentacle

Day of the Tentacle (also known as Maniac Mansion II) is a point and click adventure game that was originally released by LucasArts in 1993. The player takes control of a trio of characters to solve puzzles while using time travel mechanics. Double Fine Productions, the studio behind both original and re-release of the game, has updated the remastered version with high resolution graphics, new hand drawn artwork preserving the original game style, enhanced music and sound effects.

Full Throttle Remastered

Original Game: Full Throttle

Full Throttle is a point and click adventure game first released on April 20, 1995. The game’s plot is mainly about Ben, a leader of a biker gang, who is framed for the murder and seeks to clear his and his gang’s names. The remastered version has been updated with new high resolution graphics, crisp hand drawn visuals, enhanced sound effects, remastered music tracks and a cinematic audio experience.

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty!

Original Game: Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is an adventure and platformer game released in 1997. In the game, the player takes control of the character Abe, solving puzzles and avoiding enemies. The remastered version is built from scratch from the ground up with new visuals, enhanced audio, improved gameplay, revamped controls, new areas, new gameplay mechanics and new secrets.

Grim Fandango Remastered

Original Game: Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango is a point and click adventure game released by LucasArts in 1998 for Windows. Like most of the other point and click games, the core gameplay in Grim Fandango revolves around exploration and solving puzzles using various items collected during the gameplay.

The remastered edition has been updated with dynamic lighting effects, high resolution graphics, completely recreated audio tracks by an orchestra, insightful developer commentary and an original concept art viewer.

Painkiller Painkiller Hell & Damnation

Original Game: Painkiller

Painkiller is a first-person shooter game that was released in 2004. Its core gameplay involves killing large numbers of monsters, very similar to other run and gun games Serious Sam and DOOM. The game featured robust multiplayer and innovative physics for that time.Painkiller Hell & Damnation is a full modern remake (not a remaster) of the original game, released for Linux around 2013.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

Original Game: Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is a first person shooter game originally released for the Nintendo 64 console in 1998 and for Windows in 1999. The game features fast paced combat and its main objective is to destroy a powerful alien entity. An enhanced edition of the first game “Turok: Dinosaur Hunter” has been released for Linux as well. The remastered version features new quest levels, a new multiplayer mode, improved graphics, updated game engine, new user interface, improved player mobility, improved enemy AI, instant travel and ability to save and load anywhere.

Conclusion

These are the major HD remaster games released for Linux. There have been other games as well and this list is not exhaustive. It does look pretty small compared to other platforms, but Linux gaming (on Steam) has been mostly getting new games in existing franchises and indie games.

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Nitesh Kumar

Nitesh Kumar

I am a freelancer software developer and content writer who loves Linux, open source software and the free software community. I maintain a blog that lists new Android deals everyday.