The game is playable.
What does not
-The sound studders from time to time, and so might the game. -The fonts are black when they should be white, and it makes reading the scenario instructions basically impossible.
What was not tested
When I tried to run the game 'normally' by the desktop icon or by typing: wine "C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Games\\Age of Empires\\empires.exe" I would get a DirectDraw error message. I found that if you cd into the directory containing empires.exe and just run: wine empires.exe then everything seemed to work fine.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|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|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 28 2012||1.5.15||Yes||Yes||Gold||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.