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#1 2012-04-19 20:53:32

mike4ca
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Caution: Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle needs AIR

I bought and downloaded the Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle (www.humblebundle.com) before reading that the main game,  Botanicula, needs Adobe AIR to run.  They provide a link for an old version of AIR (note, Adobe stopped supporting AIR for Linux).  I had problems installing the binary they provided.  Not sure if I really want to get it to work, but I found an outated AUR package for an even older version of AIR and found someone on the Arch forums that actually got the game to run.  I asked that member how he/she got AIR installed.  See https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=139939.


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#2 2012-04-19 21:10:28

mike4ca
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Re: Caution: Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle needs AIR

So found the current AUR of the outdated Adobe AIR here: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=25633. Note it is the whole SDK so it is big for playing a game.  Arch wiki page here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Adobe_AIR.

There is also info on the game creator's forum here: http://amanita-design.net/forum/index.p … ,24.0.html.  Still not sure if I will got through the effort for the game.


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#3 2012-04-21 09:29:40

mike4ca
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Re: Caution: Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle needs AIR

I got a reply from the Humble Bundle group

First, let me apologize for the problem. We’ve received a number of complaints about AIR from our Linux community. In response, Amanita is looking into releasing a native Linux package for the game (or at least one that is properly supported/secure); if and when they do, we will of course replace the existing version in the Bundle with the fixed one.

In my opinion, Adobe is missing out on an opportunity.  From what I recall, they dropped Linux support apparently because there were so few Linux downloads.  Of course we usually get our software through package managers so the actual download count from Adobe's site would be low.  Now I am seeing more cross-platform gaming and AIR is no longer supported.  So companies like the Amanita have to decide on including Linux, or using something else to get their cross-platform game to work.


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#4 2012-04-22 05:48:27

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Re: Caution: Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle needs AIR

Thanks for the info, I'm in the same boat here and quite frankly didn't plan on jumping through hoops just to play the game.

Didn't expect it to need AIR (clearly I didn't read up before purchasing), but it was a shock because if I remember correctly, the other Amanita games are flash based and simple to get going.

If anyone finds an easy way to play Botanicula on Arch I will give it a go, but messing around with out of date AIR versions sounds like a pain...

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#5 2012-04-29 17:46:12

mike4ca
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Re: Caution: Humble Botanicula Debut Bundle needs AIR

There is a package in the AUR for the Botanicula game here: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=58649.  It will ask you for the location of the botanicula.air file during the install (if it does not find it).  It handles the AIR sdk and other dependencies and creates a .desktop file as well.  One of the issues I had was getting the multilib versions of some packages installed.  I found it easier to install gcc-libs-multilib, binutils-multilib, and gcc-multilib directly with pacman as they conflict with the non-multilib versions and pacman will want you confirm that you want to remove the other version.

Then I could not get packer to build the game package itself because I did not have a big enough tmpfs.  See this topic http://bbs.archbang.org/viewtopic.php?pid=13762#p13762

For sound I needed to install lib32-libcanberra as mention in the notes on the AUR page.

Was it worth it?  I have to admit yes.  If you ever played Machinarium and liked it, you should like this one as well.  I like games where you a more focused on figuring out what you need to do than who to shoot.


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