Get Early Access To Secrets of Rætikon

Secrets of Rætikon was released for early access today on Steam for Linux and is already looking very different and very awesome!


Secrets of Rætikon is an action-focussed exploration game with an open world. Fly through the savage mountains of the Alps and collect parts of ancient machines. The world is rich in interactivity. Trees, rocks, plants and animals – everything is physics based and can be grabbed and dragged around.

Hostile animals protect their habitats and interact with you as well as each other. Use this ecosystem to your advantage: drag a bird of prey to another predator and they attack each other; grab a robin and feed it to a buzzard – it will attack the poor bird instead of you; defend yourself by wielding spiked plants or by pushing foes into thornbushes.

Secrets of Rætikon sports a full-featured level editor. You can edit every level that comes with the game or create all new levels. Levels can be shared over Steam Workshop. There is a physics sandbox that allows you to build toys or even new games. This is the same editor we use to build the game itself. It will be continuously developed for as long as we work on the game.

In the current version, there are bugs and inconsistencies but the main campaign is fully playable. The grand finale of the main campaign is not included yet. The finished game will be released in early 2014.

The visuals in this game are what attracts me the most, it looks very different and interesting and I’m looking forward to trying it for myself a bit later. It’s early access so it will undoubtedly have a bug or two but I’m sure with help from the community these will be ironed out before the final release.


Recent Updates

Alpha 10


  • Completely reworked tutorial.
  • Replaced the thunderstorm level with a fun diving challenge.
  • New platforms: native Linux 64 bit and OSX 10.6!
  • Re-worked water behaviour – now more realistic than in real life!
  • Animals are now able to swim (but cannot drown … yet).
  • Improved lynx attack and defence patterns, as well as overall movement.
  • Improved buzzard movement and attack patterns. It can actually fight lynx now!
  • Buzzards pauses at nest after being hatched.
  • Lots of new plants to uproot and trees to break apart.
  • Made the robin statue parts a bit harder to find.
  • Fixed daw king wings.
  • Fixed game end.
  • Fixed runes hud (partially).
  • Fixed gamepad support on Linux.
  • Enabling the system cursor again when pausing the game.

Edtor Updates:

  • Ginked: Lots of fixes and improvements.

Current features of Secrets of Rætikon

  • Single player campaign
  • Seven different kinds of animals
  • An emergent ecosystem influenced by your actions
  • A living, breathing world where everything is physical
  • An epic story told in Raetic runes
  • Huge animal kings and ancient contraptions
  • Play creatively and solve puzzles the way you want
  • The full game is editable via the built-in level editor

Planned features of Secrets of Rætikon

  • More animals, more challenges, more dangers
  • The hidden cave of the gods
  • Achievements and Stats
  • Easily share your self-designed levels via Steam Workshop
  • A mind-blowing ending that is the secret of Rætikon

System Requirements

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (or above) or Chosen Distro
  • Processor: 2 GHz
  • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
  • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space




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Author: Kereltis View all posts by
Linux advocate, born in Liverpool, grew up in Cork City Ireland and currently living in Corvallis, Oregon. I love all things Linux, my favorite distro being Ubuntu followed closely by Kubuntu and Linux Mint (Cinnamon and KDE). As far as I'm concerned Linux is the future of gaming. Lets make the world as open and transparent as we can!

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