Everything I've tried, if you use software rendering. You can play the tutorial and the game (at least through level 6, that's as far as I've gotten so far).
What does not
On my system, Direct 3D ends up scrambling the colors. The game is semi-playable, but not pretty.
What was not tested
Online play, levels > 7.
I had problems with the installer. When I run setup.exe, it says estimated file size is 666kb. If you click next, it will give a divide by zero error and exit. However, if you click "Custom Install" then re-click "Standard Install", the correct file size estimate is restored, and the game will install.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Sep 29 2013||1.7.3||Yes||Yes||Gold||Fiku Miku Foo Foo Foo|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 14 2012||1.5.15||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Daniel Williams|
|Show||Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 05 2011||1.3.34||No, but has workaround||Yes||Gold||Ezequiel Ferriol|
|Show||Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 10 2011||1.3.21||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 03 2010||1.1.42||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|4730||Application hang when using alsa - and stutters when using esd||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|8354||Mouse is constantly recentered is some games||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|16119||Mouse is not mapped correctly in Populous: the Beginning||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|20554||Populous 3 fails to start||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|32822||Populous 3: moving mouse cursor to edge of screen causes the game itself to move off-screen||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|34984||Original War: intense screen flickering||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|35067||Populous: The Beginning crashes on start in D3D mode||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|40126||Populous 3: Screen refreshes only when mouse pointer moves||CLOSED||NOTOURBUG||View|
This game works with Wine 1.1.29, but not with the newer versions until 1.3.32, which works even better!
Additional infor for 1.1.29:
Mouse override is not needed anymore!
I suggest to play the game inside a wine desktop due to low resolution supported by the game, however fullscreen should works too