"Full Install" from a freshly made cdrdao BIN/TOC dump of my childhood v1.0 Age of Empires CD, mounted via CDEmu.
Starting a single-player skirmish and playing for a few minutes
Changing the game resolution to its maximum of 1024x768
(with a 32-bit wineprefix)
What does not
Age of Empires is not compatible with modern Windows versions and the
installer will refuse to compiete when Wine is on its default setting
of Windows 7.
Using winecfg to set the version to Windows XP results in an otherwise platinum experience.
(In other words, Wine's analogue to needing to set the compatibility mode on actual Windows.)
What was not tested
Completing a match
There are two things that aren't Wine's fault that you may want to work around:
1. X11 window managers are prone to treating all resolution changes as permanent and moving your windows to fit them into the resulting 640x480 space, so you may want to set Wine to present a virtual desktop so the game can't change your actual resolution.
2. Age of Empires will only play CD audio from the first CD drive, it stores the drive letter it expects in the registry, and deleting drives in winecfg doesn't delete the :: symlinks used for CD audio access, so you'll want to go into the dosdevices folder in your wineprefix and make sure that the symlinks refer to the right drive.
(eg. I renamed g: and g:: to d: and d:: so CDEmu was the first optical drive, not the third.)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 01 2022||7.11||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Stephan Sokolow|
|Show||AntiX Linux 19 i686 (Debian Stable)||Dec 05 2020||6.0-rc1-staging||Yes||No||No||Garbage||Alexander|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64||Jan 01 2021||5.0.3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||John W|
|Show||Fedora 24 x86_64||Nov 17 2016||1.9.22||Yes||Yes||Gold||Federico Guerra|
|Show||Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64||Aug 23 2014||1.7.24||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|1830||Multiplayer problem in age of empires (All versions)||NEW||View|
|3548||.lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon...||NEW||View|
|4066||Online Play Doesn't Work (DirectPlay)||NEW||View|
|17682||AoE Help graphics immediately whitened, no text||NEW||View|
|34166||Fullscreen flickering on Mac||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
To prevent installer windows from being hidden, change Wine's settings so that the window manager is not allowed to control Wine applications (can be done with winecfg).
In Wine versions prior to 0.9.17, elements such as taskbars designed to cover other applications are not hidden when Age of Empires II is run in full-screen. This can be fixed by not allowing the window manager to control Wine applications (can be changed in winecfg), or by changing the taskbar's options so that windows are allowed to cover it.
If the game does not recognice your CD, use a crack. This may or may not be legal, depending on where you live.