Sid Meier's Civilization III

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete from Steam. Featuring the Play the World and Conquests expansion packs.

Application Details:

Version: Complete edition (Steam)
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.0.1

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

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What works

  • New Game creation
  • Quick Start
  • Conquests
  • Civ-Content
  • Saving a game
  • Retirement screens
  • Credits
  • Preferences
  • Hall of Fame
  • Loading a game (NOTE: The dialog defaulted to $HOME, and didn't show all of the folders in there including the $WINEPREFIX I was using. Manually finding the save and moving it to a folder that showed up in the load dialog (like $HOME) allowed me to select and load it)

What does not

The intro videos before the game menu show up as a black screen, although sound can be heard. These can be skipped with a mouse click, however.

While there is sound during the intro videos, there is no sound at the menu or in-game. I was unable to find a fix for this.

Some content in the Civ-Conquests is missing (such as non-standard civilizations) and the game simply alerts you that it is missing and exits when you try to select them.


What was not tested

  • Multiplayer

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

The panel from my Budgie DE showed up when the game launched into fullscreen. Keypunching "Allow the window manager to control the windows" under Graphics in winecfg got rid of it.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowmacOS 10.12 "Sierra"Jun 28 20172.0.1Yes Yes BronzeYana Luna-Terra 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jan 11 20172.0-rc4Yes Yes SilverAlden Davidson 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 27 20161.9.8Yes Yes PlatinumAlex Cooper 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 07 20141.7.13Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20131.4Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
17726 Multiple games require IDirectPlay8Peer Host implementation for multi-player mode (Civilization III Play the World, Railroad Tycoon 3) NEW View
25233 SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition : graphical issues CLOSED FIXED View
30309 Civilization III Complete Edition fails to start CLOSED FIXED View
30669 Civilization 3 game display fully corruption CLOSED FIXED View
36100 Civilization III Complete (Steam) crashes if OSMesa support was compiled in CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
41930 Civilization III Complete shows black terrain (Wine compiled with OSMesa support) NEW View
50273 Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete crashes on start CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes


2015-08-19 Admin note: the following was extracted from a user comment made in 2014 and may not be relevant to current Wine.

To disable the annoying looping bird sound rename ~/.wine/dosdevices/c:/Program Files (x86)/Firaxis Games/Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete/Sounds/Ambience Sfx/Hawk.wav to Hawk_orig.wav and create a new empty file named Hawk.wav

This is the most frequent sound which is buggy, for the other sounds disable sound FX and enable it again as mentioned before.


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Fix for black terrain issue
by cyberbaud on Tuesday October 22nd 2019, 17:42
A quick fix without re-compiling wine is to hexedit like so:

Using hexedit, search (ctrl+s) for the 3rd instance of 0x6383 in gdi32.dll and change it to 0x0114 and the black terrain issue is fixed (should work for any variant of civ3).
Black background while running
by Mateusz Jędrasik on Thursday September 5th 2019, 0:40
If you experience a black background when attempting to play the game (as described here: ), try running:

(after obtaining winetricks,

winetricks d3dx11_43 dotnet452 vcrun2010

If you get errors during the winetricks run, try deleting the temp directories contents (for me being in ~/.cache/winetricks and ~/.wine/dosdevices/c\:/windows/temp/) and running the winetricks command again!

Note this requires access to the internet as it downloads extra files for installation.
RE: Black background while running
by Mateusz Jędrasik on Thursday September 5th 2019, 0:52
Scratch that. The bug remains. :|