Heroes of Might and Magic IV

The original release with updates applied.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0-3.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.13

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Test Results

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What works

Everything that was tested: installation, the game itself, the map editor. However, the performance is not good for such game nor compared to Windows. Even though it's not a very resource-demanding game, it still constantly lags.

What does not

Nothing that was tested.


What was not tested

Online play. It's hard to find a match nowadays.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

It took quite a while to understand how to install it. First of all, make sure Wine finds the CD (so it would be in something like E:\, not E:\h4 or anything). Otherwise the autorun will start, but the setup won't. Second, don't try to install it on non-EXT partitions such as FAT32 or NTFS. If you do, the game will install, but it won't run and will give you a segmentation fault. Then, you must not emulate a virtual desktop, at least smaller than 1300x1500 as that way the starting window will be too big to fit and it will close on startup. Other than that, everything works fine, except the before mentioned poor performance. That's why this is silver - it would be unbearable if it was a first person shooter, but as it is a slow turn-based strategy game, it's fine.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowopenSUSE 11.4 x86_64Feb 16 20111.3.13Yes Yes Goldmarc bessieres 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"May 18 20111.2.2Yes Yes Silverfirencombomaster 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 10 20101.2.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 10 20101.2No, but has workaround Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"Jul 27 20091.1.24Yes Yes GoldCùran 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6847 DirectPlay metabug. Implement dplay tcp/ip provider. NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

The game does not run correctly in Wine 0.9.37. Earlier and newer versions work fine

This game requires a crack to work.

Installing the patches is highly recommended, as they provide fixes for serious bugs in the game (not Wine related).

There are different patches for the different versions of the game

UK - various

To get multiplayer working, place dpnsvr.exe and the DLLs in this archive in Wine's windows/system32 directory. Then, start winecfg and add dll overrides (native, builtin) for the following DLLs: dplayx, dpnet, dpnhpast and dpwsockx. Finally, update your registry by running 'wineprefixcreate'.


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