Hearts of Iron 2 Complete

On May 2, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.21+  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

Submitted by: Chjacobsen

Works like a charm. A very good game, and if you haven’t played it, I strongly recommend it.

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP + d3dx9, though I don’t think it’s needed

RUNNING THE GAME:
Running in a virtual desktop is not necessary, but helps prevent the desktop configuration from looking weird.

Problems noted:
Sound dies, but this can be solved by running emulated sound. Crashes occasionally, but I don’t think this is specific to wine.

Not tested:
Multiplayer

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Trine 2

On April 28, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Versions: 1.4  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

 

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP – Installed Tine 2 into clean wineprefix using ‘winetricks steam’

GAME SETTINGS:
I set anti-alias to medium and set other graphical settings on very high without issues.

RUNNING THE GAME:
Trine 2 installed Microsoft Direct X and ran very well with no major issues

Problems noted:
I noticed the cursor control accuracy was a little off and jerky – though posed no major issue when playing under Linux. Some settings tweaks may make the game run better.

Not tested:
Online / Local Co-op / 3D mode

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Been awhile…

On April 14, 2012, in news, by Necron99

Hi all – it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to add more games to the site = been flat out with work and family holidays!

I have quite a few user submitted games to add, about 12 or so – and will be adding them ASAP.

I’ve also changed the specs of my Linux gaming PC as my main work machine is now on RAID 0 and for some reason Linux doesn’t want to install or recognise the array.

Will update the testing system specs as well. 

Do keep submitting working Steam games as I will eventually get to adding them!

Until then, have fun and game on!

 

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

On March 11, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Versions: 1.3.37  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

 

Submitted by:  ben100691

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP + D3DX10 / PlayonLinux

GAME SETTINGS:
Works without any configuration

RUNNING THE GAME:
GTA Vice City runs fine with and without virtual desktop, whole game has been finished.

Problems noted:
Crashed twice when changing island but has worked perfectly otherwise

Not tested:
Mods & Multiplayer

 

Realm of the Mad God

On February 26, 2012, in broken games, by Necron99

STATUS: broken
Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.3.28 | 1.4  
Virtual-Desktop: n/a Full-screen: n/a

Running the game notes:
Game starts, but says version loading error.

The non-Steam browser based version works fine http://www.realmofthemadgod.com/

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Dear Esther

On February 23, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.4  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

This is a Source Engine game so it should, and does, run well on Linux.  Dear Esther is a casual adventure game, and it looks and sounds absolutely brilliant! The more I play this game the more I appreciate the concept and raw talent infused into this release. The music is reminiscent of Arcanum, and suits the scenery very well. Of course this type of game is not for everyone, but if you like to read books and like the idea of an interactive movie – give this one a go.

The only drawback so far is the world is not that interactive – 5 minutes into the game and I already miss being able to jump and interact with objects – even if it’s simply to chuck a can of paint over a cliff. I can understand, given this is an “interactive story”, there needs to be some limitations put on the player… and I’m sure the developer has good reasons for this… but still = I want to be able to pick up and chuck stuff around if I feel like it…

Another little issue I had with this game is the lack of the ability to save / load while in a “Chapter”. This makes for a lot of replaying of the same game areas if you don’t have the time to complete a whole chapter before quiting. The saving graces here are the “random elements” that appear in each chapter – adding variety to “re-reading / re-playing the chapter”. No doubt this was the intention of the creator in leaving out the save / load functions… as re-playing of chapters seems a little bit necessary to become more acquainted with the narrative and story itself.

That said, I haven’t yet played out the whole game, though can say the writing is cool and well voice read so far…

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP – no library overrides are needed to launch and play Dear Esther

GAME SETTINGS:
I ran the game full-screen – with all game settings on high including anti-aliasing turned on. I did turn down some settings like AA and texture size in the end – but if you have a better system than mine you shouldn’t have too much of a problem.

RUNNING THE GAME:
Dear Esther launches and plays well on my system – with only some frame stuttering when the game needs to load new areas.

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Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus

On February 22, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.4  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

This is a classic old-school platformer that was way ahead of it’s time in terms of game-play.  It takes a little getting used to – and your patience will be rewarded. For $2.50 you can’t go wrong!

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP – no library overrides were required to play Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus.

GAME SETTINGS:
I ran the game full-screen – though suggest a Virtual Desktop as the graphics look better when smaller.

RUNNING THE GAME:
The game plays fine and haven’t noticed any problems at all.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

On February 20, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Versions: 1.4  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP – no library overrides were required to run GTAIV.  NOTE: you should install this in it’s own WinePrefix as after I installed Episodes from Vice City on the same prefix the game refused to let me play in off-line mode and would not authenticate for multi-player.

GAME SETTINGS:
You will need to turn off Games for Windows Live by copying this xlive.dll into the Steam GTAIV folder – [DOWNLOAD]

RUNNING THE GAME:
GTA4 runs ok and is playable – though you may need to turn down some graphics settings as the framerates are pretty bad. With everything on High on my GTX 460 the game benchmark was 16FPS

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The Binding of Isaac

On February 19, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Versions: 1.4  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP – no library overrides were required to run The Binding of Isaac game.

GAME SETTINGS:
I set everything to high settings and played in windowed mode.

RUNNING THE GAME:
The Binding of Isaac launches and plays fine in both windowed and full-screen modes.

SUBMITTED BY: noti peppas

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Tomb Raider: Legend

On February 19, 2012, in playable games, by Necron99

STATUS: playable Steam Store Page: click here
Wine Version: 1.4  
Virtual-Desktop: yes Full-screen: yes

WINE SETTINGS:
Windows XP – no library overrides required to play the game.

GAME SETTINGS:
I ran Tomb Raider: Legend at full-screen 1920×180 with all effects + Anti-Aliasing turned on

RUNNING THE GAME:
The game appears to run fine – with some minor issues such as a few stutters when loading cut-scenes etc. 

OTHER PROBLEMS NOTED:

  • stuttering during cut-scene movies
  • graphics artifacting – though turning on Anti-Aliasing fixed this problem for me
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