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

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Test Results

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What works

  • single-player
  • saving/loading
  • conquests

What does not

  • intro + game menu (intro has to be disabled)
  • music, sound effects (see explanation below)


What was not tested

  • multiplayer

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

MacBook Air 13" Mid-2013, Mac driver (not X11). Doesn't work out of the box: intro plays just fine, but after it ends (or when it's skipped) screen resizes and freezes, see: I've added "PlayIntro=0" to the bottom of steamapps/Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete/Conquests/conquests.ini file, which has solved this issue. However, sound is off. Infinite loops, stuttering, sometimes music just stops playing. Couldn't figure out how to fix that.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentmacOS 10.12 "Sierra"Jun 28 20172.0.1Yes Yes NoBronzeYana Luna-Terra 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 11 20172.0-rc4Yes Yes NoSilverAlden Davidson 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 27 20161.9.8Yes Yes NoPlatinumAlex Cooper 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 07 20141.7.13Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20131.4Yes Yes NoGoldan 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
41930 Civilization III Complete shows black terrain (Wine compiled with OSMesa support) NEW 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. :|