“Blade Runner is a point-and-click adventure, a genre that was still very popular on PCs at the time of its release. Games like Beneath a Steel Sky had already used the format to tell Blade Runner-inspired cyberpunk stories. Given the usual state of movie adaptations, a Blade Runner adventure game wouldn’t necessarily have been anything to get excited about.‘Blade Runner’ really does make you feel like a detective
What Westwood did with the license, however, was inspired. The game isn’t a straight retelling of the movie. (Harrison Ford’s Deckard is nowhere to be seen.) You play a detective named Ray McCoy on the tail of replicants linked to vicious animal murders. While the story takes place at the same time as the movie and involves some of the same locations and characters, it plays out in parallel without intersecting too strongly. This was a great decision for a narrative adventure, allowing the game to evoke the movie without feeling predictable.-Sam Byford, “The resurrected Blade Runner game is a genuine classic.” The Verge. December 18, 2019.
Blade Runner is currently on sale for $8.99 until January 2nd, 2020, at 2 PM UTC. And, if you are into free (as in beer!) games, and who isn’t, you could also download the previously mentioned Beneath a Steel Sky for nothing.
But, there’s a catch. GOG doesn’t provide much help getting these games installed on a Linux system. I didn’t see any instructions, but let me save you some time. I documented what I did to get it to work, and now, you have the very instructions that should be on the GOG website, but are somehow, inexplicably, not there. We’re going to use Blade Runner as our example, but while I was looking into how to get this thing running, it was apparent that these problems happen on the Linux platform with many of GOG’s games.
Installing & Getting the Games to Work
Before starting, let’s make life easy for ourselves and get an outdated audio library that is needed in order for the game to launch.
- Go to the Debian Package website, so you know what you are installing: https://debian.pkgs.org/9/debian-main-amd64/libsndio6.1_1.1.0-3_amd64.deb.html
- Download the binary package: http://ftp.br.debian.org/debian/pool/main/s/sndio/libsndio6.1_1.1.0-3_amd64.deb
- Install it by either (1) opening it with Software Install, assuming you are on Ubuntu or another Debian-flavor of Linux that uses it, or save it to your Download directory, then:
$ dpkg -i libsndio6.1_1.1.0-3_amd64.deb
You’re also going to need Simple DirectMedia Layer 2, which you can install the standard way, through the repository:
$ sudo apt-get install libsdl2-net-2.0-0
Now, with those preliminaries out of the way, let’s get to the task at hand, shall we? Download the Blade Runner file from the GOG website. Open a terminal:
$ cd Downloads $ chmod +x blade_runner_1_0_varies.sh $ ./blade_runner_1_0_varies.sh
After installation, it should be in your Show Applications, which is in the bottom right corner for people using the standard Gnome window manager, and then, select the game you’ve just installed, if it isn’t Blade Runner.
Or, maybe you’ve learned to love the terminal, you could launch the game from the command line by opening a terminal:
$ cd GOG\ Games/Blade\ Runner/ $ ./start.sh
The game should launch from this point. If not, contact GOG and …Good Luck!