Physicus - Save the World with Science

This game is not labeled with any version numbers. It comes in a two disk set which is labeled "Copyright 1999", however that may have been the year of the original German release. The file time stamps on the CD-ROM range as late as August 2001.

Application Details:

Version: No version number
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.0.1

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Test Results

Old test results
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Selected Test Results

What works

Nearly everything works.  Game installs and runs.  All "laptop" lessons work, including interactive ones.  Game state can be saved and loaded correctly.

What does not causes two problems, both of which can be worked around.

First, when installing QuickTime the entire desktop is overdrawn with black and not refreshed.  The interface is still usable and QuickTime does install correctly.

Second, at one point in the game, a QuickTime animation is embedded in a TV screen with VCR controls.  When the animation loads up, the entire screen gets overwritten with black, so the control to press "PLAY" is not visible.  Even when stepping away from the TV screen, the frame which includes the laptop is not redrawn.   The workaround is to hover the mouse over the lower left corner of the screen until the green "ON" button of the laptop lights up.  When that is pressed twice, the screen will refresh.

A minor problem, which may be specific to my machine, is that the audio sometimes jitters.  I did find that downloading QuickTime 7.1.5 instead of the versions of QuickTime (3 & 4) included with Physicus, did seem to make playing the introductory movie a tad smoother.


What was not tested

I have only solved the first few puzzles so far.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I expect that once Bug #1347 (direct draw screen corruption) is closed, this application's rating can be raised to Platinum (runs flawlessly out of the box).

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"Oct 19 20081.0.1Yes Yes NoSilverB. Wong 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
1347 Screen is wiped/blanked on usage of DirectDraw (black screen/desktop) CLOSED FIXED View

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