February 1, 2003

GarageGames Launches Marble Blast for Linux

Anonymous Reader writes "GarageGames announced today the release of the Linux version of their highly acclaimed 3D game, Marble Blast." The Linux demo features five playable levels and access to several of the game's power up items. The full version of Marble Blast, available at www.garagegames.com for $14.95, includes 72 levels, a variety of power up bonuses and additional hazards.

Produced by GarageGames in cooperation with Monster Studios, Marble Blast (http://www.garagegames.com/pg/product/view.php?id =3) is the first title to use the Torque Game Engine. The arcade-style action game has players racing against time as they navigate their marbles through moving platforms and dangerous hazards, collecting treasure along the way.

âLinux is a platform that we have always been passionate about creating games for, not just a network server solution to host our multiplayer games on,â comments Jeff Tunnell, President of GarageGames. âWe've seen Marble Blast which can be considered a casual game, addicting even hardcore gamers. Having our first game appeal to both the casual Linux desktop users as well as Linux geeks like ourselves is really exciting,â

âBringing the Linux version out just six weeks after our initial launch of Marble Blast is the result of extensive work on the Torque Game Engine over the last few years,â comments John Quigley GarageGames Associate. âWe also tuned Marble Blast for high performance and compatibility with a wide variety of Linux systems.â

Marble Blast works on a wide variety of distributions supporting kernel 2.4 and glibc 2.2 including: Lindows 3.0, Redhat 7.1+, SuSE 7.1+, Mandrake 8.x+, Debian 3.0+. To see if your favorite distribution is compatible check www.distrowatch.com. System requirements: Pentium 400, 128 MB RAM, NVIDIA TNT2, ATI Radeon 8500 or better 3D Graphics Accelerator, Linux-supported sound card and XFree86 4.0 or newer with hardware accelerated OpenGL drivers.

The Linux demo is available widely at download sites including Linux Games, 3ddownload.com, Gamershell, Simply Gaming, FileShack, Worth Playing, PC Gameworld and File Planet. Marble Blast is available currently for the Windows, Mac and now Linux platforms for $14.95 from www.garagegames.com and our ignition system allows players to purchase one license and be able to install and play the game on any platform available for that title.

About GarageGames:
Located in Eugene, Oregon, GarageGames (http://www.garagegames.com) is a pioneering on-line game publisher. Their mission is to provide independent game makers with tools, technology, education, team-building... and, even the markets they need to sell great games. GarageGames is most famous for bringing the Torque Game Engine, the technology behind "Tribes 2," to Independent developers for only $100."

Link: www.garagegames.com

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