The Hand of Merlin turn-based roguelite RPG has a Linux build with Mac and Windows PC support in Early Access. According to details from independent developer Room C Games. Which is now available via Steam and Humble Store. GOG only offers Window PC support.
The roguelite RPG game The Hand of Merlin is available today in Early Access. However there is also a Linux build lurking about. This is confirmed in a recent Discussions post. A good sign for Linux support but this is NOT an official build. It’s more for testing and ironing out issues. Apparently some people are having success too.
The Hand of Merlin is a turn-based roguelite RPG. Where Arthurian legend clashes with sci-fi horror. Players recruit three mortal heroes on a desperate journey from Albion to Jerusalem. Due to explore richly imagined medieval lands on the brink of apocalypse. Which is then assaulted by an otherworldly evil. Written by Jonas Kyratzes (The Talos Principle, Serious Sam 4) and Verena Kyratzes (The Lands of Dream, Serious Sam 4). The Hand of Merlin is a story taking inspiration from Arthurian legend. While offering an unusual twist that introduces a wholly unique sci fi element to its story telling.
Utilizing squad-based and turn-based combat. This is where players can use tactical cunning to use cover, create ambushes and coordinate attacks. Doing so with ranged, melee and spell casting combat. All due to conquer both human and demonic foes looking to do them harm. On top of this, players can utilise relics they purchase or are rewarded. Some of which are imbued with magical power. These abilities will be important as players weigh the risk and reward for the paths they choose.
The Hand of Merlin – Official Launch Trailer
In The Hand of Merlin choices are permanent depending on the decisions players make as they carve a path across the lands of Albion, Marca Hispanica and Al-Andalus. Combat is inevitable and mastering the tactics of squad-style and turn-based combat. This is essential to survive in a world where evil never rests. Players can seek out towns to improve their arms and armor, or trade with hermit artisans in the wild. Renown is the backbone of progression and can be usefull when leveling up party Heroes. Players can choose between a randomized set of new skills or improved attributes to balance out the combat prowess of their party to improve their chances.
What to expect in gameplay:
With The Hand of Merlin having a large focus on exploration and encounters. Mortality is the outcome of existence in human form. While even in defeat, players retain collected arcane knowledge. Doing so as they jump from one parallel dimension to the next. No two worlds are ever quite the same, and each journey will be unique. Defeat is not the end in this realm, only a new beginning.
There are as many worlds as there are stars in the sky. In each stands Camelot; in each there is a Grail. But there is only one Merlin, and his eternal burden is to stand against the horror from beyond. Each world that is saved is saved forever. Each world that is lost is lost for good.
Also due note, the Linux build for The Hand of Merlin is still in QA testing. Myself personally, I’m not able to run the Early Access build at all, either natively or via Proton. So be weary if making a purchase, the games in testing.
The Hand of Merlin turn-based roguelite RPG is available via Steam Early Access and Humble Store. Priced $24.99 USD / £18.99 / €22.49 for the Standard Edition with a Deluxe Edition priced at $29.99 USD / £22.49/ €26.99. There is also a 20% discount until May 18th. A soundtrack of the game is also available for $7.99 USD/ £5.99 / €6.99.