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I tried unsuccessfully to get a usb Xbox controller to work with this game recently on ubuntu. Never found a workaround to get it to be recognized as a controller or keyboard. I do love this game though!

I highly recommend a Wiimote if you have one lying around. Super easy setup on Linux (couldn’t figure it out for the life of me on Windows, but that probably has more to do with me than the OS), the gyroscope works, vibration works, and overall it’s quite a lot of fun. I think I got a maximum of four simultaneously connected.

I'm not sure about Linux, but on OS X there was a fantastic utility you could use to do really advanced stuff (AppleScript / Automator integration, for two), but the really cool thing was that you could ise up to eight WiiMotes at once- the last four were the same indicators, but the lights were inverted.

Not sure if you can do it with the current set of utilities for Linux, but the WiiMotes themselves support going up to at least eight.

Did you try antimicro? It's what I use it to play Unepic using a controller to send keyboard presses. The game is supposed to have controller support, doesn't seem to work but it works flawlessly with antimicro, though the controller doesn't provide quite enough buttons for all the hotkeys in that game.

You could try AntiMicro or any of the alternatives, though it will mean no analog control: https://alternativeto.net/software/antimicro/?platform=linux

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