The last of the cardinal Ultima series, finishing the storyline of the Avatar. By default the game includes SafeDisc protection, but a fan-made patch (1.19) removes the SafeDisc protection without needing an actual No CD crack. The game is playable under Wine, but suffers from black/silent movie playback (either move the movie directory or wait for their allotted duration to elapse).
Tutorial at Avatar's house, Tarot reading, entering Moongate through brittania, combat, casting spells.
In short: Playing the game (until exit from the hold in Brittania).
What does not
No Text in Books, unreadable dialog (black on dark background).
16 Bit Textures.
There were some sound hangers which went away after restarting the game.
MultiPassChromakey=0 is still needed (see previous comments).
Also some 3D settings work well, others don't.
What was not tested
Did not try to play the whole game (yet... not sure if I will).
Fan-made dialog patch works (highly recommended for veteran Ultima players, but maybe play the tutorial without the patch first).
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 30 2018||3.16-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Friedrich Delgado Friedrichs|
|Show||Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"||Feb 01 2011||1.3.12||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny" x86_64||Mar 07 2010||1.1.40||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Oct 18 2008||1.1.6||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|13683||Ultima IX: Mouse pointer missing when reading books, under inventory||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|21531||Ultima IX crashes on start (Safedisc v1.35 secdrv.sys doesn't support WinVer > Win2000)||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|35491||Switching to fullscreen works inconsistently||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|35515||Ultima IX movie playback crashes game||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|37064||Ultima IX sometimes crashes on exit||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
Install the game as normal
Open the "Options.ini" file inside the program directory
Scroll to the Subsection marked [Game]
Locate the paramter "MultiPassChromakey"
Change the value to 0 (The default is 2)
This should make all the in-game text/speech, item descriptions, inventory, tool belt/HUD and Spellbook/Books/Journal render properly.
The game occasionally will corrupt the default savegame (Which is always the last game you saved). This symptoms of this are the game crashing immediately upon launch once you have already saved once in the game.
The best way to avoid this is to constantly save as new files. If the game begins crashing at launch, delete the last savegame you created from inside the Save directory. It can result in the game behaving like you have launched it for the first time, at which point you can retrieve the Journal and reload from a previous save.