Is there any game with similar gameplay to Diablo II/III that is playable on linux? My preliminary google search yielded no results and on steam I didnt find any game similar to diablo.. I thought i found one (strife) but it turned out to be a moba that had a diablo like intro...

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    Note that this question doesn't meet the requirements for the software-recommendation tag. Most of the questions intended for that tag really should be on softwarerecs.stackexchange.com anyway. – NH. Oct 10 '17 at 15:42
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    Diablo. Most isometric Blizzard games are, reportedly, well supported by Wine and can thus run under Linux. – Tobia Tesan Oct 10 '17 at 17:11
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    Looking at some of the recs given in the answers, I agree with @NH. - this could do with some more description of what "Diablo-esque" means, in the question body. Path of Exile? Yep, definitely. Pillars of Eternity? Ehhh, kinda, maybe. Wesnoth? great game, but no. – Soron Oct 10 '17 at 19:12
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    @papajo would I be correct in guessing that action-oriented (or realtime) gameplay is important? I can think of several non-realtime games that are pretty similar to Diablo on most other things that I'd consider core features, but I'm also assuming that you want action-oriented rather than turn-based game. – Soron Oct 10 '17 at 19:19
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    @NH. I thought there was enough to add the tag. Diablo is (and has remained) a very particular type of game, both in how it looks, what you do and the story arcing within the game. It may not be easy to describe in other words but that does not mean it is unanswerable or that there are too many answers. People who have played the Diablo games (not a small number) have all the information they need to base a good recommendation upon. And please note that the post you're linking to isn't law here. There are higher-voted answers in that thread that don't go that far. – Oli Oct 11 '17 at 8:36

I think the closest games to Diablo are Torchlight 1 (Humble Bundle Store) and its successor Torchlight 2 (Humble Bundle Store or on GoG). In fact, part of the developers of these games, were inside the Diablo development team.

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  • That one looks good, have not played but only 2 seems to be on Linux? – Mark Kirby Oct 10 '17 at 15:01
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    I think it exists a linux port of the first one. I bought the game as a part of a humble bundle. – S.Ith Oct 10 '17 at 15:02
  • @S.Ith: I added links to Humble Bundle and GoG which sell Linux ports of one or both games. – David Foerster Oct 10 '17 at 18:16
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    @MarkKirby: Humble Bundle claims to carry a Linux port (see my edit to the answer). Could be a Wine bundle, though that means the developer/publisher feels confident enough in the stability of the Wine wrapper at least with the redistributed Wine version. – David Foerster Oct 10 '17 at 18:17
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    @DavidFoerster I have the humble bundle Linux version. It's a native game, but last time I checked it had some pretty daunting glitches such as the character's face not showing up. Part of the reason that version has never made it to Steam, I guess. On the upside though it has the ferret pet, which is an otherwise limited edition retail box exclusive thing. – undercat applauds Monica Oct 11 '17 at 3:27

If you have a system with enough muscle (mine is a Core2Quad 2.7 GHz, 4 GB RAM when I played the game regularly ), I've found that the free1 game Path of Exile runs reasonably well (instructions are available for installing with Wine or PlayOnLinux).

Compared to Diablo, it's like moving up from Tic-Tac-Toe to four-player Pente -- it's a MMO isometric, with seven character classes, ten acts, huge numbers of item drops, maps, and it's "live" -- that is, new material is still being added on a regular basis, as one might expect for an MMO.

1 “free” as in “free beer”. It’s not open source software. The game development is (supposedly well) funded through purchasable player and weapon skins, a sales strategy dubbed “pay-to-shine”.

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    (Commenting with a level 90 SSF exile idling in the background.) Worth noting that PoE is, at the high end, much more difficult than Diablo or Diablo II (I could not tolerate D3 long enough to try its high-level content). On a personal level, frustratingly so. I love the game, but the high-end stuff is just obnoxious. This character is my first, and almost-certainly last, to hit 90. – KRyan Oct 11 '17 at 1:52
  • That might be because you played SSF... Come join us in Harbinger Hardcore and play as a team, and you'll find yourself at 92 and not even realise what happened. – Adam Barnes Oct 11 '17 at 12:08
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    @AdamBarnes I certainly would notice, because I would have to coordinate and schedule my mindless monster killing around other people, utterly ruining the fun of the game for me. I am SSF solely because I do not want to have to spend time interacting with random other people while playing. (And hardcore is just so many kinds of not my cup of tea; even the “mere” 10% penalty loss on softcore death had me ready to break something while trying to get from 89 to 90.) – KRyan Oct 11 '17 at 16:35
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    @KRyan The game is not balanced for solo self-found. You'll never find all the items you need alone in reasonable time, the basic idea of that game is that you should trade for them. High-level play goes a lot smoother if you trade, at least occasionally. – Federico Poloni Oct 12 '17 at 6:23
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    @FedericoPoloni I am aware. I consider that a failure in the game’s design, and frankly, a dereliction of duty on the part of GGG to rely on trading to fix the problems with their balance and drop systems. – KRyan Oct 12 '17 at 13:01

Just to help you find stuff yourself, I'd categorise Diablo as an isometric action RPG.

There are probably a few options here but in the non-free camp:

  • Freeablo is an engine reimplementation of Diablo 1
  • Wine can be used to play the Windows clients. For example, Diablo 3 does work quite well (with caveats).
  • Victor Vran is very similar in gameplay and tone to Diablo. Again, non-free. (I honestly hadn't seen the comment on the head post! Thought this independently when I saw the recommendation for Torchlight)
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FLARE is pretty much word-for-word what you asked for: Diablo-like, runs on Linux, free. It's been a few versions since I played it, so I don't know how much depth there is to it nowadays, but it was good for a couple of hours' hacking and slashing even back when I first discovered it.

It may be worth noting that FLARE is both an engine (the name stands for Free/Libre Action Roleplaying Engine) and the included game built on it; it seems like maybe the preferred capitalisation for the game is Flare?

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    Plus it's available via the repositories: sudo apt install flare – dessert Oct 11 '17 at 11:46

Some (arguably most) of the Soldak Entertainment games are similar to Diablo, such as Din's Curse or Zombasite.

Both are isometric action RPGs where gameplay consists primarily of an isometric action-RPG dungeon crawl where you acquire random loot and build up your character. Soldak games do tend to add some additional quirks, though (such as procedurally generated quests).

I've gone with Steam links, due to personal preference. The games are also available from the developer's website directly.

Other games from the studio may also be worth looking into, such as Drox Operative (a Soldak-style diablo-like "in space!", as it were).

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Tales of Maj'Eyal aka TOME.


free as in freedom. dungeon crawling roguelike.

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  • Diablo is not rogue-like. Its early concepts intended it to be a turn-based rogue-like but the developers opted for a real-time action game instead. – David Foerster Oct 17 '17 at 21:41

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