Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter

Current release from Steam

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.1

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Test Results

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What works

The game works fairly well.

What does not

Some graphics are strange, but I am not sure it is indeed a problem: some explosions are completely white. And in the desert dunes there are some completely black zones that disappear when going near. Probably it is a failed mirage effect. The worst problem (and hence the Gold rating) is that the game seldom starts completely black: the engine is running and you can see the HUD including menus and the crosshair that marks walls correctly. But you cannot see anything in the 3d world, you cannot even see the Netrisca previews (like the rotating image of the knife) or the color settings previews. I could solve the problem just changing from full-screen to windows and vice versa. Annoying, but it works.


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Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Maybe the graphics problems are related to my video card. It gives this OpenGL renderer string: GeForce GTS 250/PCI/SSE2. The nvidia module version is 256.53.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Feb 10 20161.9.1Yes Yes GoldRoman Hargrave 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jul 24 20131.6Yes Yes GoldHAARP 
ShowFedora 16 x86_64Mar 08 20121.4Yes Yes PlatinumJohn P Sims 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 11 20121.4-rc6Yes Yes Platinummr.The 
CurrentArch LinuxOct 13 20101.3.4Yes Yes Goldezzetabi 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
12182 Multiple games need X3DAudio1_1.dll (Supreme Commander) CLOSED FIXED View
20736 Left 4 Dead 2 needs imagehlp/ImageAddCertificate() to complete installation CLOSED FIXED View
22268 SWKOTOR: Fails to detect installed graphic drivers CLOSED ABANDONED View
29079 Serious Sam HD TSE: low performance CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

Use Wine 1.1.34 or newer to install the game

The game can only be installed using Wine 1.1.34 or newer.

However it's recommended to use the latest Wine version to install it without doing anything.

To install the game on older versions you'll have to bypass the "Error 53" problem.

Use the patch from the following link:

Then compile Wine and run the game.


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