The 50 best games released in 2017 on Linux.

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Once again, 2017 has been a great year for video games, we have selected the 50 best games released in 2017. The games may have been available on other platforms before, but if you only play on Linux here is the best 50 games that you could play this year.

1# Thimbleweed Park - 2017

Review88Score

A haunted hotel, an abandoned circus, a burnt-out pillow factory, a dead body pixelating under the bridge, toilets that run on vacuum tubes. By the end of a long, strange night in Thimbleweed Park, all of this will be answered -- and youll question everything you thought you knew.

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Price: $5-$15

2# Torment: Tides of Numenera - 2017

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Torment: Tides of Numenera is a game set in the world of Monte Cook's new tabletop RPG setting, Numenera. Torment continues the thematic legacy of Planescape: Torment, the critically acclaimed role-playing game from 1999 that's considered by many to be a hallmark for storytelling in computer RPGs. With Torment, we're creating a rich role-playing experience that explores similar deep, personal themes.

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3# Prey - 2017

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In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities.

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4# Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap - 2017

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Boasting beautiful, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack, the cult classic returns with a unique blend of exploration, action, and adventure! The only way you can return to human form is to find the Salamander Cross, a magical item with the power to remove curses... Enjoy 3 difficulty levels catering to players of all types, and switch from modern graphics and sound to 8-bit graphics/audio at any time - even during gameplay!

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Price: $15-$25

5# Night in the Woods - 2017

Review90Score

NIGHT IN THE WOODS is an adventure game focused on exploration, story, and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world.

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6# Yooka-Laylee - 2017

Review73Score

INTRODUCING OUR NEW BUDDY DUO: Yooka and Laylee boast an awesome arsenal of abilities built for platforming fun and unlocked with added freedom from the serpent salesman Trowzer. CARVE YOUR OWN PATH: Purchase and unlock moves with freedom, choose to expand your favourite worlds into even larger, more complex playgrounds and equip unique Tonic gameplay modifiers to customise your play style. A COLLECT-EM-UP FOR THE MODERN ERA: Seek out a roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core (as well as other, more valuable materials), such as the dual action Butterfly Energy or tricky Ghost Writers!

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Price: $25-$40

7# Life is Strange - 2017

Review81Score

You are Max, a photography senior who saves her old friend Chloe by discovering she can rewind time. The pair soon find themselves exposed to the darker side of Arcadia Bay as they uncover the disturbing truth behind the sudden disappearance of a fellow student. Features - A beautifully written modern adventure game - Rewind time to change the course of events - Multiple endings depending on the choices you make - Striking, hand-painted visuals - Distinct, licensed indie soundtrack

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Price: Free

8# Pyre - 2017

Review85Score

Pyre is a party-based RPG from the creators of Bastion and Transistor. Lead your band of exiles to freedom through a series of mystical competitions in the Campaign, or challenge a friend to a fast-paced ritual showdown in the head-to-head Versus Mode.

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Price: $15-$25

9# Tacoma - 2017

Review78Score

As you go about your mission, you'll explore every detail of how the station's crew lived and worked, finding the clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster. A Richly Layered Story Experience: Six crewmembers lived and worked on space station Tacoma, forming relationships, experiencing love and loss, and facing crisis together. Unlock doors and drawers to find meaningful objects, notes, and physical artifacts, while simultaneously exploring extensive records of the crew's digital communications and personal thoughts.

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10# RUINER - 2017

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A wired sociopath lashes out against a corrupt system to retrieve his kidnapped brother and uncover the truth under the guidance of a secretive Hacker friend. Sophisticated & Brutal Combat: Become the boss of the battlefield acquiring deadly supplies, enhancing your tactical senses and mastering other mind-breaking skills and gadgets that will leave your foes confused and powerless. Story-Driven Action: Violent confrontation is a means to an end and trust is a devalued currency in Rengkok as you navigate a senseless world and dismantle the corporate titans of virtuality dealers at HEAVEN.

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Price: $5-$15

11# F1 2017 - 2017

Review85Score

MAKE HISTORY - Win the 2017 World Championship, break every record in the fastest ever F1™ cars, and race some of the most iconic F1 cars of the last 30 years.

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Price: Free

12# Battle Chasers: Nightwar - 2017

Review81Score

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and a rich story driven by exploration of the world.

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13# The Escapists 2 - 2017

Review78Score

Your prison escape antics will take you from the frosty Fort Tundra, to a train hurtling through the desert, and even to the final frontier! Steal forks from the cafeteria to chip a tunnel in your room, and craft a poster from magazines and duct tape to hide the evidence. Youll have to block and tie together chains of attacks whilst strafing around your locked on targets to gain the upper hand in combat.

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Price: $15-$25

15# Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III - 2017

Review78Score

In Dawn of War III you will have no choice but to face your foes when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron. With war raging and the planet under siege by the armies of greedy Ork warlord Gorgutz, ambitious Eldar seer Macha, and mighty Space Marine commander Gabriel Angelos, supremacy must ultimately be suspended for survival.

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16# West of Loathing - 2017

Review89Score

West of Loathing — a slapstick comedy stick-figure wild west adventure role-playing game.

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17# Battle Chef Brigade - 2017

Review85Score

"Battle Chef Brigade features fantasy chefs, including Orcs, Elves, and Humans, who need to hunt dangerous monsters for ingredients. With those ingredients, before the critical eye of the judges, the chefs create culinary masterpieces in an intense tournament. Battle Chef Brigade pairs one part combo-based action hunting and one part puzzle-based cooking, all as the round clock ticks down."

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18# Football Manager 2018 - 2017

Review80Score

Football Manager 2018 is the latest release in the best-selling, smash-hit series. Putting you in the hot seat of any soccer club in more than 50 countries across the world, Football Manager 2018 is the closest thing to doing the job for real.

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19# EVERSPACE - 2017

Review81Score

EVERSPACE is an action-focused single-player space shooter, combining roguelike elements with top-notch visuals and a captivating story. Your skills, experience, and talent for improvisation will be tested continuously as you piece together the puzzle of your existence through encounters with interesting characters, each having their own unique part of the story to tell. * Single-player roguelike space shooter with persistent progression * Captivating fully voice-acted story featuring interesting and thoughtfully designed characters * Three unique player ships, each with different capabilities and starting gear to choose from * In-depth crafting and damage system * Dynamic, functional cockpit displays for all player ships

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Price: $25-$40

20# Reigns: Her Majesty - 2017

Review87Score

Maintain the balance between the kingdoms most powerful factions, use mystical items from your inventory, and navigate the increasingly complex politics and personal relationships of your dynasty. Nerial and Friends: Reigns: Her Majesty is a collaboration between Franois Alliot (design/programming), Arnaud de Bock (art), Jim Guthrie (music), and Leigh Alexander (narrative director).

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21# Hand of Fate 2 - 2017

Review84Score

Hand of Fate 2 brings a host of new mechanics to the table, and improves on every element of it's hit predecessor. Companions will fight at your side, new challenges will test your skills, and a swathe of new opponents will fight against you.

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22# Outlast 2 - 2017

Review77Score

Outlast 2 introduces you to Sullivan Knoth and his followers, who left our wicked world behind to give birth to Temple Gate, a town, deep in the wilderness and hidden from civilization. Knoth and his flock are preparing for the tribulations of the end of times and you’re right in the thick of it.

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23# JYDGE - 2017

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Create your own play-style by augmenting your JYDGE, modifying your Gavel rifle, and choosing fearless companions to suit the tasks at hand. - Deal ruthless Jystice with lead, rockets, lasers, electricity, and other deadly tools of the law.

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24# Crawl - 2017

Review83Score

Crawl is the local multiplayer dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters! Battle through dungeons and power up your hero - if a friend kills you they take your place and it’s their turn to crawl. It's a race to gain enough XP and loot to take on the hulking final boss!

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Price: $5-$15

25# Asura - 2017

Review75Score

"Asura is an indie top-down hack 'n' slash game based on a fantasy setting inspired by Indian mythology. It features heavy rogue-like elements and a procedural skill tree which changes on every play through. Take on the roll as the demon incarnate and obliterate your way through the randomly generated fortress of the Daeva empire. Equip weapons from a wide variety of arsenal and carefully craft your character using the ever changing skill tree. The game can be brutal but is always fair. Can you rise from the ashes? Can you defeat the Daeva empire?"

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Price: $5-$15

26# Layers - 2017

Review73Score

Layers is a puzzle platformer that has a unique twist. A level is made of up the 2 different layers which can interact with each other in certain ways. Use this interaction to solve the puzzles and get all the characters to the exit doors.

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27# Full Throttle Remastered - 2017

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Originally released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle; butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats, who gets caught up in a tale of Motorcycles, Mayhem and Murder.

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28# Absolver - 2017

Review72Score

Absolver is an online multiplayer combat game where players are placed behind the mask of a Prospect under control of the Guides, the new rulers of the fallen Adal Empire, who will determine your worth in joining their elite corps of Absolvers.

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29# Hidden Folks - 2017

Review87Score

Search for hidden folks in hand-drawn, interactive, miniature landscapes. Unfurl tent flaps, cut through bushes, slam doors, and poke some crocodiles!

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30# Immortal Redneck - 2017

Review80Score

"Lost. Furious. Immortal! When a redneck awakes bandaged in the Ancient Egypt with the only company of his most beloved weapons… The bloodbath starts! Use a ton of different weapons to kill bizarre enemies (from blue dinosaurs to flying skulls) and finish off some of the biggest bosses you’ve ever seen!! Unleash the power of the Gods! Receive the blessing of Apis, Sekhmet and more: each one will give you its own weapons and abilities. Also, you can get new skills in the scrolls that you’ll find in the dungeons… And buy new ones in the skill tree! Each time you play, the game will be DIFFERENT! Procedural dungeons filled with bad monsters wait for you to enter and discover the secrets of the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt. Blood, bullets, evil monsters, big bosses and a ton of fun: Take your gun and let the craziness begin!"

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31# Sky Rogue - 2017

Review91Score

Sky Rogue is a fwooshy rogue-lite action flight simulator! Blow things up over land, sea, and air, on an infinite number of procedurally-generated islands. Go toe-to-toe with enemy aces or assault giant flying aircraft carriers, but watch out for volleys of missiles; when you die, you're dead.

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32# Game Dev Tycoon - 2017

Review74Score

Start your own game development company and replay the history of gaming in this business simulation game. Start your business in a garage in the 80s. Research new technologies and create best selling games. Hire and train staff. Move into bigger offices and unlock secret labs. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.

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33# Observer - 2017

Review79Score

You are Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer, and part of a corporate-funded police unit whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects minds. When you receive a mysterious message from your estranged son, a high-level engineer for the almighty Chiron Corporation, you journey to the seedy Class C slums of Krakow to investigate. Developed by Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear, >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game meant for mature audiences.

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34# Mr. Shifty - 2017

Review73Score

Quit creeping through shadows, stop surveilling security patterns, and ditch the fancy toys. An expert thief and master of infiltration, Mr. Shifty can get inside any place he wants with just the power of his fists…okay, teleporting helps. A speed-stealth, kung-fu brawler about a teleporting thief, Mr. Shifty combines fast top-down gameplay with the ferocity of '90s Hong Kong action cinema, coming to PC (Win/Mac), PS4, and Xbox One in 2017. Pummel your way through 75 levels of heists, rescue missions, boss battles, and down-'n'-dirty brawls. Outsmart your opponents by luring them into traps and tricking them into shooting each other. Activate slow-motion to dodge when the gunfire gets too thick, and watch your back, because it only takes one bullet to bring you down. Newly announced from indie publisher tinyBuild GAMES, Mr. Shifty is the debut title from Team Shifty; a close-knit group of four developers from Brisbane, Australia, who previously worked as a team at Halfbrick for over five years and have collectively shipped 21 games for consoles and handheld.

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35# A Boy and His Blob - 2017

Review76Score

A Boy and His Blob is a platform-puzzle video game developed by WayForward Technologies and published by Majesco Entertainment. It is a re-imagining of the 1989 video game, A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, which was originally developed by Imagineering for the NES. A Boy and His Blob's art direction has received widespread critical acclaim and praise, and was utilized by the developers, in addition to a minimalistic story, in order to create a "heartwarming...and friendly game" accessible to a wide audience. The boy can feed the blob a variety of jellybeans, which are unlocked as the game progresses and vary depending on the level, which transforms it into one of fifteen different objects that can be used to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.

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36# The Myth Seekers: The Legacy of Vulcan - 2017

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As the 1920's draws to a close, political tensions run high in Italy. When a member of the top-secret Myth Seekers agency goes missing, you're called in to discover the truth. Can you recover the Hammer of Vulcan before havoc is unleashed by the ancient gods? Explore picturesque locations across modern Italy and solve challenging puzzles as you clash with the deadly foe of the Myth Seekers!

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37# Danganronpa 1-2 Reload - 2017

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Get two of the best murder-mystery adventures in one! Whether trapped in school in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, or stranded on an island in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, there's bound to be thrills, chills, and kills! In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, enter Hope's Peak Academy, a prestigious high school reserved for the nation's "ultimate" students. Things get a bit twisted when the academy's students find themselves trapped inside with Monokuma, a maniacal bear who has taken them all prisoner to play his game of despair. Continue the adventure in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair with a brand new cast of Ultimates. Mysteriously trapped on Jabberwock Island in their own life-or-death game, having fun in the sun with this twisted teddy requires more than a bit of wit to survive. Two Mystery Adventures in One! - For the first time ever, experience two of the greatest visual novel adventures in one package for the PlayStation® 4! Monokuma's His Name, Murder's His Game - Face the twisted challenges of this maniacal bear and piece together the clues to uncover the truth fueling his deadly games. Hope and Despair - Meet memorable characters, solve mysterious murders, and complete games of logic all culminating in life-or-death decisions in the ultimate battle of hope and despair!

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38# The End Is Nigh - 2017

Review82Score

"The End Is Nigh is a sprawling adventure platformer where the player takes control over Ash, one of few “things” that have “survived” the “end of the world”. Follow Ash as he flops his way through a future of pain and suffering. Feel his stress levels rise as you throw him into an endless swarm of decaying, mutant animal-like creatures and help aid his final epic quest… to simply make a friend (out of pieces of people he finds along his journey). Oh, also you collect video game cartridges and tumors! if that does anything for ya. Features: - 600+ levels! - 12+ explorable chapters! - 20+ collectible and fully playable mini game cartridges! (each with their own tiny achievements!) - 80+ achievements that will make you feel good about yourself - 100s of collectible little squishy tumors! - loads of hidden extras and endings that you will probably see someone else find before you do! - and stress!"

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40# Bridge Constructor Portal - 2017

Review81Score

Enter the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and experience Bridge Constructor Portal – the unique merging of the classic Portal™ and Bridge Constructor™ games.

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42# World to the West - 2017

Review75Score

World to the West is a standalone followup of Teslagrad, the indie hit that sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide. A vast world of blue skies and dark caves awaits you in this 3D action adventure, as you try to unveil the mysteries of an ancient prophecy.

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43# Flinthook - 2017

Review77Score

Flinthook is a fast action-platformer with “roguelike” elements. Become space’s greatest pirate with your hookshot, pistol and slowmo powers!

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44# ARK: Survival Evolved - 2017

Review72Score

Early Access

Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate... and escape! Bring rare items to special Summon locations to awaken the ARKs mythical creatures, who arrive ready for battle. Level-Up your survivor by gaining experience through in-game actions to learn new crafting Engrams, or find higher level item Blueprints in the most dangerous parts of the ARK.

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Price: Free

45# Bleed 2 - 2017

Review86Score

Bleed 2 is a relentless arcade action game featuring air-dodging, bullet-reflecting, and tons of bosses.

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46# Frost - 2017

Review92Score

Frost is a Survival solo Card game. Inspired by deck-building board games like Dominion, Ascension and the like, it's an unique take on the genre as it puts you in charge of a group of people struggling against a restless, lethal storm.

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47# Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder - 2017

Review81Score

The greatest “giant rocks rolling through historical/artistic ages” tower defense game is back with Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder. Just like the title says, Bigger and Boulder cranks up the surrealism and gameplay with to be, well… BIGGER AND BOULDER. With an emphasis on the chaotic new 2-vs-2 multiplayer, new time periods, and improved graphics, physics, and destructibility powered by Unreal Engine 4, players will need to be ready for some intense rocking and rolling.

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48# The Long Dark - 2017

Review79Score

The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness. Monitor your Condition, search for life-saving supplies, and master survival skills like fire-building, maintaining your gear, hunting, fishing, and landmark-based navigation. There are no zombies -- only you, the cold, and everything Mother Nature can throw at you.

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Price: $25-$40

50# Hollow Knight - 2017

Review90Score

"Currently under development, Hollow Knight is the first game by Team Cherry, an indie games team comprised of 3 people based in South Australia. Hollow Knight is a challenging, beautiful action adventure game set in the vast, inter-connected underground kingdom of Hallownest. A 2D action game with an emphasis on skill and exploration, Hollow Knight has you fighting a fearsome host of deadly creatures, avoiding intricate traps and solving ancient mysteries as you make your own way through fungal wastes, forests of bone, and ruined underground cities. The atmosphere is eerie and sometimes unnerving, but there is a good-hearted core of humour and levity in there too, especially when conversing with all of the weird and wonderful NPCs you’ll find along the way. Hollow Knight has beautiful traditional art, fluid and responsive action, challenging but fair gameplay, and an incredible, bizarre insect world begging to be explored and conquered. Features - A beautiful, eerie world of insects and heroes. - Traditional 2D animation brings creatures and characters to life. - Challenging gameplay that can be difficult but always fair. - Fluid and responsive action allows you to flow through combat like water. - A collection of challenging “feats” the most skilled players can strive for. - Find powerful new abilities and spells on your adventure to grow stronger and open new paths. - Speak with a weird, intriguing cast of characters. - Explore a vast, connected underground world. - Scour the world for hidden secrets – powerful artifacts, piles of riches, and surprising encounters. - Go Dream Diving! Venture into the minds of friends and enemies and discover the strange worlds that await within. - Head to town to seek advice, purchase new items, and chat with quirky townsfolk. - Hidden areas full of the toughest challenges and battles, for expert players. - Ancient mysteries hidden about the world waiting to be solved by the most observant investigators."

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