Category: Main Games Alien Swarm Steam

Alien Swarm

The version available on Steam.

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Free to use
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works


What does not

Very bad performance


Disable Multithreaded Rendering in settings

What was not tested

Everything was tested

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentmacOS 10.13 "High Sierra"Mar 01 20183.0Yes Yes YesGoldRostyslav Lesovyi 
ShowFedora 26 x86_64Aug 02 20172.13-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumDesperalaw 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 14 20121.5.8Yes Yes NoPlatinum_xo_ 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 14 20111.3.34N/A Yes NoPlatinumFrozen Fox 
ShowLinux Mint 11 "Katya" x86_64May 22 20111.3.20Yes Yes NoPlatinumXpander 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
24684 Multiple Source engine based games (Steam): out-of-order rendering, bloom effect and lights are visible through walls when multicore rendering is enabled NEW View

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Requires CPU with SSE2 Capability
by wineo on Monday January 28th 2013, 20:26
As per the title, Alien Swarm requires a CPU with SSE2 capability, which means no running dedicated servers on Pentium 3 computers...
No keyboard input.
by Paul The Tall on Wednesday May 18th 2011, 8:57
Game runs/starts fine. However, no input.....i can shoot, but not walk or something...Got a IMac, snowleopard 10.6.6. Nvidia 9400m Graphics.
RE: No keyboard input.
by Mark Sutherland on Tuesday June 28th 2011, 12:25
Yep, same issue on my '08 iMac. I believe that Half-Life: Source also had this issue.
ati sucks
by Dániel Várnai on Thursday September 16th 2010, 14:46
the 3d part of the game is upside-down since catalyst 10.9

fuckyeah amd
D3d could not be created.
by Laramy Black on Tuesday September 14th 2010, 13:51
Hai guise, I am on Mac osx and I'm trying to launch Alien Swarm, but whenever I do, it says d3d device could not be created blah blah blah. I installed Wine through Fink.
Somebody mind helping me out on this one?
works, but black screen
by Chris Spaeth on Friday August 27th 2010, 11:11
Hi, I am attempting to run Alien Swarm on 2.4 GHz Compaq desktop with 2 GB RAM, an Intel card and Ubuntu 9.10. It launches fine, I hear the menu music and have a mouse cursor, but the screen is black. It seems like I can interact with the menus by feel, but no picture. I didn't attempt to install anything in WineTricks, just running default Steam under Wine 1.2.
multi-core rendering option greyed out
by Thomas Edwards on Saturday August 7th 2010, 5:53
It won't let me select multi-core rendering in the advanced options. The option is available when I run alien swarm in windows, but not under wine in ubuntu where the framerate is much lower. How do I fix this problem?

Ubuntu 10.04
Wine 1.2
HP Pavilion dv9560ea

Processor: 1.80 GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T7100 featuring Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile processor technology
by Angus Hedger on Thursday July 22nd 2010, 22:54
I have been having a rather large problem with this under wine 1.2, It loads up fine, but wherever i click on the screen it always selects Create Match, I have tried remaking the prefix, adding dx9 etc but I still cant get it to work correctly.

Any advice would help.

Wine 1.2
PlayonLinux v3.7.6

Debian Squeeze x86_64

nvidia GTX260 BE on 256.35
Gameplay video
by Dániel Várnai on Thursday July 22nd 2010, 15:47
Gameplay video
by Jake ward on Thursday July 22nd 2010, 3:50

The game running in wine 1.2, It should run better than in the video but not that much! Make sure you use the settings I point out!
Game still works after "graphic node out of date"
by rufiopan on Wednesday July 21st 2010, 16:22
I also experienced the "Graphic Node Out of Date" message, and the game did lock up at the character setup screen. However, after a minute or so, the game again became responsive. It doesn't seem to be a show-stopper.
by Jake ward on Wednesday July 21st 2010, 5:44
Okay so I tried those settings and not loads of luck so i messed around a bit and got to the point where everything is on Low and multi core rendering is on AND v-sync is on ( double or triple makes barely any difference ) and i was running the game in windowed and it runs SO much better
About the sound dissapearing
by Daniel on Wednesday July 21st 2010, 3:46
I forgot to mention in my review to those who have the problem with sound disappearing, this is a common issue with Source games on Wine, but you can easily fix it (well to get the sound back temporarily) by going to Options -> Audio and then configurating what kind of speakers you are using.

For example I'm using headphones and when the sound dissapears for some reason the game has changed to "2 Speakers" so what I do is to change it back to "Headphones" and everything works perfectly.

This is an issue I get in all source games really and this is the only temporary fix I know, if someone is aware of a permanent fix then please post it.
RE: About the sound dissapearing
by Anthony on Wednesday October 13th 2010, 4:13
I think there's something to this, but haven't isolated the cause either.

The sounds stops working in Steam games, even though the Gnome desktop apps are still making sounds. I tried your method of switching the audio options between headphones/speakers/etc., but in the end I had to logout and login to the desktop again before sound returned.

$ uname -a
Linux router 2.6.32-25-generic #44-Ubuntu SMP Fri Sep 17 20:26:08 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
$ wine --version
by Jake ward on Tuesday July 20th 2010, 17:37
Okay so i downloaded the game today, Everything ran great apart from performance, I mean its playable but I'm getting low frame rates even on the lowest of settings, anyone else experiencing the same problems?
RE: Lag
by Luke Bratch on Wednesday July 21st 2010, 5:07
I got nice performance with everything on low except, except for multicore rendering being enabled and heap size set to High.
RE: Lag
by rufiopan on Wednesday July 21st 2010, 16:16
You should try a Wine home directory that doesn't have DX9 installed (i.e. dx9 installed via winetricks). I had the same problem and then recreated the Wine home dir and now the game runs flawlessly.
RE: Lag
by Benjamin Xiao on Tuesday August 10th 2010, 12:55
The new Wine 1.3 seems to run the game a bit better.