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The Room is a puzzle game developed by Fireproof Games. In the game, the player is challenged to figure out how to open each locked room through a series of puzzles. Here’s how to play The Room on your Linux PC.

How to get The Room working on Linux

The Room isn’t a Linux game, but it does work on Linux, thanks to Valve’s excellent Steam Play feature. However, this feature is only available to users through the official Steam for Linux client. So, we must demonstrate how to install Steam on your Linux PC before setting up the game.

Install Steam

To get Steam working on your Linux PC, you’ll need to open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. You can open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Alternatively, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

With the terminal window open and ready to use, the installation of Steam can begin. Using the installation instructions down below that corresponds with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Steam app is straightforward to get working by using the apt install command below.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

Those on Debian Linux can install Steam but must download the Steam DEB package directly from Valve. To get your hands on the latest Steam DEB package, use the wget download command below.

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

After downloading the latest Steam DEB package to your computer, you’ll be able to install it. Using the dpkg -i command below, install Steam on Debian.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With Steam installed on Debian, finish up the installation by correcting any missing dependencies using the apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

The Steam app is available for Arch Linux users. However, you will only be able to install it by enabling the “Multilib” software repository. Start by opening up /etc/pacman.conf in your favorite text editor (as root) to enable this repo. 

Once the file is open in the text editor, look for “multilib” and remove the # symbol from in front of the line. Also, remove this symbol from the lines directly below. Then, save the edits and re-sync Arch with the command below.

sudo pacman -Syy

Finally, install Steam on your computer using the command below.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

Steam does work on Fedora and OpenSUSE, and users can install the software out of the box with software repositories included with these operating systems. That being said, the Flatpak release of Steam tends to work better on these operating systems, so we suggest following those instructions instead.

Flatpak

If you’d like to get Steam working on Linux via a Flatpak, you’ll need to start by adding the Flatpak runtime to your computer. Follow our guide to set up the latest Flatpak runtime on your computer. 

With the Flatpak runtime configured on your system, you’ll be ready to install Steam. Using the two commands below, get Steam up and running on your system.    

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install The Room on Linux

Now that Steam is installed launch it on your computer. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get The Room working on Linux!

Step 1: Open up the “Steam” menu and select it with the mouse. Once inside the “Steam” menu, select the “Settings” button to access the Steam settings. Then, click on the “Steam Play” button to access Steam Play settings.

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Inside of the Steam Play settings, check both the box that says “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and the “Enable Steam Play for all other titles” box. Click “OK” to confirm.

Step 2: Find the “Store” button and click on it with the mouse. When you select this button, you’ll be brought to the Steam store. From here, locate the search box, and click on it with the mouse. Type in “The Room” and press the Enter key to view the results.

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Step 3: Look through the search results for “The Room” and select it. When you click on “The Room” in the search results, you’ll be taken to the game’s Steam store page. From here, locate the green “Add to cart” button and click on it to purchase the game and add it to your account.

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Step 4: Find the “Library” button, and select it with the mouse. When you select this button, you’ll be brought to your Steam library. From here, find “The Room” in your collection and select it.

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Step 5: After selecting “The Room” in your games library inside of Steam, locate the blue “INSTALL” button, and select it with the mouse to start installing the game. When the installation process is complete, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select it to start the game.

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