Play Heroes of Might and Magic V on Linux

Heroes of Might and Magic is one of my favorite game in old times (I’m still young though). This game is a strategy game and it’s very addictive, I mean, REALLY ADDICTIVE.  Countless nights I spent in battlefield, thanks to this game.  We have to pick one of the race, build an army, and capture enemy castles. We can spend most of our time just to play this game. One of the best strategy game I have ever played indeed!  Heroes of Might and Magic V is latest installment of the game series.

The question is last time I play in DOS and Windows 98 environments, and Heroes V is also a Windows game. How to run this game on linux, especially Ubuntu? To do it I bet my luck on Wine.  Wine is not just good to play game but also to drink.  🙂

I use Wine 1.2.2 to install Heroes Might and Magic V on my Ubuntu 10.04. The installation run smoothly. I run the game. My screen resolution changed according to the game resolution. An introduction showed a story how the war starts. After the introduction, the game leads me to a main menu screen. The problem happened when I tried to click a menu. The screen shifted little bit to the right. The more I click to the screen the more the screen shifted to the right. In short I could not play the game.
After a little bit of research I would be able to run the game if I emulate a virtual window for all application run under Wine. It has to be set on Wine Configuration (winecfg).

Wine Configuration

Wine Configuration

After setting the virtual window I’m able to play the game perfectly, feels like I’m playing in Windows environtment… 🙂  See here, Bill. Your platform is not the only one anymore!!

Heroes of Might and Magic V on Wine

Heroes of Might and Magic V on Wine

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Play Romance of The Three Kingdoms XI in Linux

A few weeks ago I got a copy of “Romance of The Three Kingdoms XI” PC game. I tried install it on my Linux Mint Felicia machine, of course with Wine installed first. The installation process was fine. Nothing is unusual. But, when I tried to play the game, the 3D graphic was badly rendered. I barely saw any object in the game. Everything messed up. Although, the gameplay was working fine, because I was still able to move the army in the game and built city’s facilities.

Then, I searched in Google. I found out that the newer Wine version is able to solve this problem (check this link). I followed the instruction in the website to install the newer Wine version directly from Wine repository and not from Ubuntu repository. I ran these in the Terminal:

wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –
sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/intrepid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

I tried to run the game again, and this time the game display was better, actually it was perfect. 😀 The only problem is there is no sound in the game, but that’s secondary, I still can play without the sound. Upto today, I already played for more than 2 weeks, and I’ve never encountered any problem. And, you know what, it is a great game, I like this game so much… Thanks, Koei.

Screenshot-ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XI

Articles Collection of May’09

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in May 2009:

  1. 3 Ways to Record Your Linux Desktop
  2. How to set the date in Linux
  3. How to securely clean up data on a hard disk on Linux
  4. 20 Ubuntu Derivatives You Should Know About
  5. Store passwords with pwsafe
  6. Beyond Firefox: 10 Other Great Linux Browsers
  7. 7 E17 Linux & BSD Distributions
  8. 8 Beautiful Conky Desktop Monitor Setup
  9. 10 handy Firefox about:config hacks
  10. 10 Steps for Basic Linux Desktop Security
  11. 10 Free Linux Ebooks For Beginners
  12. Best Linux distros for power users, gamers, newbies and more
  13. 10 Awesome Icon Sets for Ubuntu/GNOME Desktop
  14. 10 Games That Will Turn your Linux into a WarMachine
  15. 5 Easy Wine Front-ends for Linux
  16. Nixie’s Linux Haxor Quickie: Setting up File Sharing in Linux with Samba!
  17. 12 Worthy Alternative Browsers for Linux
  18. Using the Bash complete Command
  19. 10 Free Apps that Turn your Ubuntu into Video Studio
  20. Ubuntu Softwares – Not Just Another Top 5 List
  21. How To Convert Any Video File Format Under Linux
  22. 8 Essential OpenOffice Extensions
  23. 9 Ways to Make Linux More Secure
  24. 15+ programs you don’t have to miss when you switch to Linux
  25. 100 open source gems – part 1
  26. 100 open source gems – part 2
  27. Access Remote GUI Programs Using SSH Forwarding
  28. EarCandy 0.4 rules !
  29. Install Windows Games in Linux with PlayOnLinux …
  30. Project that should be integrated into the Gnome Desktop
  31. How to Import Data From Spreadsheet into OpenOffice.org Database
  32. Portable VirtualBox
  33. Install any linux on USB flash drive
  34. Gnome desktop overhaul guide
  35. How to Create a Multi Part Tar File with Linux
  36. Use an ISO as if it were a real CD
  37. How to: add features to Firefox with Mozilla’s new Jetpack
  38. Getting to know Gnote
  39. 15 Beautiful KDM Themes
  40. Introduction to fstab
  41. Another superb collection of Linux games
  42. Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience

Articles Collection of Jul’08

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in Jul 2008:

  1. Turn Your Ubuntu Hardy to Mac OSX Leopard
  2. Introduction to Linux
  3. Introduction to Linux: Desktop Environments
  4. How To Move Linux to a New Hard Drive
  5. Wine @ Work: Running MS Office and IE on Linux
  6. 10 Cool Open Source Easter Eggs
  7. 5 Reasons to Choose Debian Linux Over Ubuntu Linux