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

  • Installation
  • Starting (see »additional comments« section for details).
  • Playing single playercampaign (no glitches found so far).

What does not



What was not tested

Multi player

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

[First a note: don't install a crack, the game (v3.0) runs fine without! At least don't do it, if the following helps.] To get the game starting, I needed to disable the full screen mode (regedit > »HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\New World Computing\Heroes of Might and Magic IV« > »"full_screen"=dword:00000000«), then the game starts, otherwise it just crashes, see bug #15368. Setting DirectDrawRenderer to »opengl« allowed starting in full screen mode too, but gave me an empty screen with only sound. In the windowed mode HOMM4 is slow (at least in some menus), to get the performance back, just go to the options menu and activate full screen mode (again). The above was tested with an virtual desktop (1400x1120) and an in-game resolution of 1280x1024. To ease the starting (I forget to reset the full screen mode sometimes), write yourself a little script, which loads a registry file with the disabled full screen and then starts the game.

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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 
CurrentDebian 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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