Category: Main Games Free Realms

Free Realms

Free Realms is a children and teen orientated browser based Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) from Sony Online Entertainment. This game relies on the SOE Installer plugin that is installed by the Free Realms installation program.

Application Details:

Developer: Sony Online Entertainment Inc.

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VersionDescriptionLatest RatingLatest Wine version testedTest resultsComments
1.3The latest client as of March 2010Gold1.1.4110
Release (1.63)The client version as of April 30, 2009.Silver1.1.3160

Setup Wine

1. Make sure you are using at least version 1.1.30 of Wine

2. Go to Terminal and run regedit to get to the Wine registry editor.

3. On the left expand the tree at HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Wine.

4. If you do not have a key called Direct3D right click the Wine folder and choose New Key then give it the name Direct3D.

5. Right click the Direct3D key and choose to add New String Value and give it the name OffscreenRenderingMode

6. Double click the new String value and in the Value box use backbuffer.

7. You also need to use winetricks to setup additional programs under wine. Go to  to see how to get winetricks onto your computer

8. Once you have winetricks go to a terminal and to the same directory where you have winetricks installed and enter:

sh winetricks d3dx9 vcrun2005

9. Follow any prompts from the installation of these packages and wait till they are completed.

Setup Firefox

1. You can go to and make sure that you download FIrefox 3.5 but the WINDOWS version.

2. Run the Installer with wine and it should install no problem.

3. Run the Windows Firefox (Applications > Wine > Programs > Mozilla Firefox) and go to  and follow directions to install Flash Player as if you were in Windows.

Get into Free Realms

1. Go to the Free Realms site, and log in as normal.

2. You might get a prompt from Firefox to allow the site to install an addon. Accept this as normal and it will restart Firefox when done.

3. You should now see the game client downloading and installing as normal.

4. Once downloaded and installed click the "Play Now" button and it will open Free Realms.

5. If you use KDE (eg Kubuntu), you may notice that you cannot run continuously. Open System Settings, go to the Keyboard applet and disable Keyboard Repeat while you play and all will be well.

 Exiting Free Realms

Please be aware that there seems to be a bug with Free Realms that once you exit the process doesn't exit properly and you need to go to the System Monitor (Ctrl+Esc in KDE) and kill the process manually.


Turn off all desktop effects. In Kubuntu hold Alt+Shift and press F12. In Ubuntu go to System > Preferences > Appearance > Visual Effects tab and choose "None".

Also, if you would like to get more attention for this game click the "Vote" link in the App description at the top to add more votes and we may get more Wine Developer interest to get this game running.