Wizard 101 is an online, multiplayer, wizard school adventure game with collectible card magic, wizard duels, and far off worlds! The game allows players to create a student wizard in an attempt to save Wizard City and explore many different worlds.
The basic areas are free to play, and advanced content can be unlocked by subscription or a pay-by-area model.
Practically everything. Game is fully playable.
Fullscreen or windowed. Graphics are smooth with moderate settings on a low-end graphics controller.
All models seem to be rendered properly. Data updater works properly.
Unlocking new areas with credits. Explored all of Wizard City and have journeyed to other realms.
Crafting system, mini-games, Pet Pavilion mini-games, etc.
What does not
One area is known to render entirely black. An inconvenient workaround makes this area playable, but has to be turned on for this area, then shut off when leaving the area. (See the how-to.)
What was not tested
Advanced areas of the game (my character's only level 15).
Upgrading from Wine 1.1.42 to 1.2.1 greatly improved graphics performance on my Intel video Thinkpad. Graphics were already smooth on my similarly-powered desktop with low-end Nvidia graphics.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||openSUSE Leap 42.2 x86_64||Jan 07 2018||3.0-rc5||N/A||Yes||No||Silver||Rosanne|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 01 2017||2.2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Jacob Cameron|
|Show||Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" x86_64||Jul 22 2016||1.9.14||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64||Jul 16 2016||1.9.13||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||openSUSE 13.1 x86_64||Dec 14 2015||1.8-rc4||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Rosanne|
(Last edited 2015-11-01)
Black Wall in Ravenwood/Multi-color Splash in The Commons
The problems of a black "wall" just inside the entrance to Ravenwood and a multicolor "splash" in the Commons are not Wine issues: both problems have been reported by Windows users on the Wizard101 Message Board. https://www.wizard101.com/posts/list/21857.ftl.
Beginning with Wine 1.5.28, GnuTLS is used for secure connections rather than OpenSSL. On systems with older versions of libgcrypt, the launcher will throw up an error dialog when trying to load the Ravenwood News, and console output will contain the line
ient/BankA/WizardLauncher.exe: ath.c:193: _gcry_ath_mutex_lock: Assertion `*lock == ((ath_mutex_t) 0)' failed.
This is bug 27036. According to the bug report, this is fixed in newer versions of libgcrypt, so upgrading that library should solve the issue (it did on my system). For users unable to upgrade, simply clicking "No" will close the dialog and the game will load and play normally.
The platinum-rated test reports above are for a non-legacy Nvidia card running the proprietary driver. Problems have been reported with older Intel GPUs.