1. Go to the Free Realms site, and log in as normal.
You might get a prompt from Firefox to allow the site to install an
addon. Accept this as normal and it will restart Firefox when done.
3. You should now see the game client downloading and installing as normal.
4. Once downloaded and installed click the "Play Now" button and it will open Free Realms.
5. If you use KDE (eg Kubuntu), you may notice that you cannot run continuously. Open System Settings, go to the Keyboard applet and disable Keyboard Repeat while you play and all will be well.
Exiting Free Realms
Please be aware that there seems to be a bug with Free Realms that once you exit the process doesn't exit properly and you need to go to the System Monitor (Ctrl+Esc in KDE) and kill the process manually.
off all desktop effects. In Kubuntu hold Alt+Shift and press F12. In
Ubuntu go to System > Preferences > Appearance > Visual
Effects tab and choose "None".
Also, if you would like to get more attention
for this game click the "Vote" link in the App description at the top
to add more votes and we may get more Wine Developer interest to get
this game running.
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by Mark H on Sunday May 23rd 2010, 10:07
Starting with the official release of Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), freerealms no longer works, at all. Everything seems to work fine, and all steps were followed as before, but soon after pressing 'Play Now', the freerealms screen appears, the sound starts, then the window vanishes with no trace, I removed pulseaudio and tried again, no change. Same thing happens with WINE 1.2 rc.
Seems to be broken in versions of WINE beyond 1.1.31. And remains broken in 1.1.36.
Tested with Kubuntu/Ubuntu 32/64 bit, same result, clicking 'play now' on the website starts 'freerealms.exe' as usual, but soon after it starts it immediately freezes (greys out). I did get lucky when I re-tried multiple times, can take a while, but it does sometimes start. It seems like as soon as the theme tune plays it freezes, but I've tried with different sound servers, and with no sound in WINE, same result. When, after many tries, it does start in WINE versions 1.1.32+, it behaves well, and closes normally with no errors.
Got it working somewhat.
by Marcus Krueger on Tuesday June 16th 2009, 12:59
I have gotten it to work somewhat. It launches but freezes right after.
I had to get IEs4Linux (www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page) and use that to download the game. No problems at all. I went to play the game, that is when I had the trouble. I pressed the Play button and the client launched but then before any content was displayed (other than buttons in the task bar) it freeze the screen. It seems it encounters and application error, but because it is frozen, I can not read that error.
I have to Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow to switch desktops and kill the processes.
If we can get past that application error, we might get somewhere. I will look into it more and let you know the progress.