Homeworld: Cataclysm

3D real-time space strategy game

Application Details:

Version: 1.01
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.5

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What works

After tweaking the graphics options via command-line and registry, I played the first few missions without any issues.

What does not

Using the "gl" device gives crazy colours and proportions. Use "d3d" as your device. 

(note: I think the game is wrapping d3d calls to opengl underneath, as you still need to choose between rgl.dll and opengl32.dll in the registry. This setting is distinct from the "device" which can be specified on the command-line).

The game crashes if you try to change certain display options, such as selecting the OpenGL render or changing resolution.

The game doesn't like horizontal resolutions greater than 1600 pixels. 

The aspect ratio is incorrect in full-screen without a registry tweak on widescreen displays.

There's significant colour banding on the backdrop if your desktop is only in 16-bit colour. The actual game "screenDepth" setting doesn't seem to matter.

All these issues are present on Windows 7 too.


What was not tested

Full playthrough and multiplayer.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

The game is sensitive to the working directory. Launch from the game directory if you encounter errors of missing files or missing CD. These settings worked best for me in Windowed mode (This is 1600x1080 in decimal): [Software\\Sierra On-Line\\Cataclysm] "glToSelect"="opengl32.dll" "screenHeight"=dword:00000438 "screenWidth"=dword:00000640 wine cataclysm.exe /disableAVI /device d3d /window These settings worked best in fullscreen 16:9 (This is 1600x900@32 in decimal): [Software\\Sierra On-Line\\Cataclysm] "glToSelect"="opengl32.dll" "screenDepth"=dword:00000020 "screenHeight"=dword:00000384 "screenWidth"=dword:00000640 wine cataclysm.exe /disableAVI /device d3d Using the default rgl.dll would fail to enter/exit fullscreen reliably, resulting in a low-res scrolling desktop. The default is more reliable under Windows 7. For a full list of command-line options: wine cataclysm.exe /?

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch LinuxApr 06 20194.5Yes Yes YesGoldMatej Pivec 
CurrentUbuntu 14.10 "Utopic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 30 20151.6.2Yes Yes GoldRob 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 30 20121.4Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowMandriva 2010.0Nov 22 20091.1.33Yes Yes SilverWilliam J May 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64May 03 20091.1.20Yes Yes PlatinumNicole 

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