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How to play Volcanoids on Linux

Volcanoids is a base-building open-world survival game developed and published by Volcanoid. It was released for Windows and Linux.  Here’s how you can play Volcanoids on your Linux PC.

Getting Volcanoids working on Linux

Volcanoids is a native Linux video game.  Only the Windows version is available on Steam. Luckily, thanks to Proton and Steam, it is possible to get it working.

To play Volcanoids on Linux, you’ll need to install the Linux Steam client. Then, open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

With the terminal window open, the installation can begin. Follow the instructions below to get Steam working on your Linux operating system of choice.


To install Steam on Ubuntu, enter the apt install command below.

sudo apt install steam


If you use Debian, you’ll need to download the Steam DEB package to your computer. Then, run the following wget command below.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After downloading the Steam DEB package to your computer, you’ll need to install it on your Debian system. You can install Steam on Debian by running the following dpkg command.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once the package is installed, use the apt-get install command to correct any dependencies required to use Steam on Debian.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

To use Steam on Arch Linux, open up the /etc/pacman.conf file in a text editor (as root) and find the “multilib” line. First, remove the # symbol from in front. Then, remove the # symbol from the line directly below. Once done, save the editor and exit.

Run the pacman -Syy command to sync Arch Linux with the official Arch Linux servers.

sudo pacman -Syy

Finally, install the Steam app using pacman -S.

sudo pacman -S steam


If you use Fedora or OpenSUSE Linux, you’ll be able to install the Steam app using the software sources included with your operating system. However, we suggest using the Flatpak version, as it tends to work better on these OSes.


If you wish to install Steam as a Flatpak, you’ll need first to enable the Flatpak runtime. To allow the runtime, follow our guide on how to do it. Once it is installed, enter the commands below to install the Steam app on your computer.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

After installing Steam on your Linux PC, open up the app. Once it is open, log into your Steam account using your user credentials. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Volcanoids working on Linux.

Step 1: Find the “Steam” menu inside the Steam app and click on it with the mouse. Once you select it with the mouse, look for the “Settings” option and select it with the mouse.

Inside the settings area, find “Steam Play” and check both boxes on the page. These boxes are “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.”

Step 2: Find the “Store” button inside Steam and click on it with the mouse. Then, find the search box, and click on it—type in “Volcanoids” and press Enter to view the search results.

Look through the search results for “Volcanoids.” Once found, select it with the mouse to go to the game’s Steam store page.

Step 3: On the Volcanoids Steam store page, find the green “Add to cart” button and select it with the mouse to add the game to your Steam cart. Once the game is in your Steam cart, purchase it.

Step 4: After buying Volcanoids, find the “Library” button inside the Steam app and click on it with the mouse. Then, locate the game in your Steam library. Once you’ve found it, right-click on it and select “Properties.”

Step 5: In the “Properties” window, find the “Compatibility” area and click on it with the mouse. Select “Force the use of a specific compatibility tool.” Finally, set it to “Proton Experimental.”

Step 6: Find the “Blue” INSTALL” button inside of the Volcanoids game page on Steam. Select the “INSTALL” button to download and install the game to your computer.

Step 7: Once Volcanoids is done downloading to your computer, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select the green “PLAY” button to start the game on your Linux PC.

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