Sid Meier's Civilization III

Civilization III + Civilization III : Play The World

Application Details:

Version: Play The World
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.16

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What works

Single player gameplay

What does not



Expansion packs.  Haven't found a no-cd crack for them yet.


What was not tested

Did not play an entire game yet.

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Additional Comments

Here is how I got it working. 1. Copy the contents of all three discs to a single directory in order (disc 1, then disc 2, then disc 3). There will be a few minor conflicts. Do not overwrite. 2. On the command line, do winecfg. Configure a virtual drive to point to the directory you created above. 3. On the command line, do wine autorun.exe in the above directory. 4. Follow the installer. 5. Change directory to the Civilization III install directory. For example mine is ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Firaxis Games/Civilization III Complete. Copy LSANS.TTF to LSANS.fot. Change permissions to read only for owner, group, and other. Then change owner to root to be completely assured these will not be tampered with. 6. Find a no-cd crack and replace Civilization3.exe with it in the Civilization III install directory. (should be identical filename). I found one at as of August 27, 2011. 7. In the Civilization III install directory, run wine Civilization3.exe 8. I then ran winecfg again and enabled the virtual desktop. If I didn't my resolution changed and the menu was cropped funky. 9. ENJOY!!! This will give you the basic game without the expansion packs. Just need a no-cd crack for the expansion executables. Note: If you change your resolution to 1024x768 before launching the game, it will be full screen.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 04 20121.5.16Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
CurrentGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 27 20111.3.26No, but has workaround Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 03 20101.2-rc4Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 21 20101.1.36N/A Yes SilverAdam A. Zajac 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Apr 30 20091.1.20N/A Yes SilverAdam A. Zajac 

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

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Multiplayer Mode
by Michael Mizer on Wednesday March 4th 2009, 14:42
I have version 1.1.16 of Wine installed. Single player works perfectly fine for PTW, but I cannot get any multiplayer mode to work (i.e. Hot Seat, Play By Email, etc). As far as playing online is concerned, I can find other hosted games, but once I join wine crashes. When trying to set up a Hot Seat game, I can't even get the pull down menus to work. Why am I having these issues?