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).
Basic controls, movement, looking around, combat
Subtitles, audio playback (including music)
What does not
No pop-up tooltips when cursor is over items
No cursor displayed at all when books are open, including the journal (main in-game menu interface)
Cursor slides beneath toolbelt and backpacks, preventing targeting of carried items
What was not tested
Gameplay beyond starting house
On a hunch, I tried a glide emulator, however this unfortunately still had the overlay issues. The inability to use books prevented the use of the in-game options menu, and no tool-tips were displayed when the cursor was over objects, which prevented normal gameplay.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||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|
|Current||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.