Age of Empires II

Gold Edtion: Latest version of Age of Empires II (Age of Kings) and it's expansion, The Conquerors

Application Details:

Version: Gold Edition
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.0.1

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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

-Campaign scenarios

-Random maps

What does not

Nothing so far


What was not tested


Scenario editor

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

It installs correctly under 64-bit versions of Ubuntu (Tested using the Lubuntu flavor). However when attempting to run the game it'll crash, the workaround found for this was to create a prefix of wine using 32bit architecture and install it and run the game using that along with Windows 2000 mode, after which it installed and functioned properly. To create a wine prefix that utilizes Win32 architecture you can attempt the following commands in your terminal: WINEPREFIX="$HOME/32bitprefix" WINEARCH=win32 wine wineboot This should create a 32bit architecture prefix in your home directory with the name "32bitprefix", you may change this to whatever you prefer. Then you should open the winecfg of that particular prefix by running the command: WINEPREFIX="$HOME/32bitprefix" WINEARCH=win32 winecfg After which you must select the default OS mode to be Windows 2000. (There may be other settings that work as well, but i was advised to utilize Win2000) After this, to install the game run this command: WINEPREFIX="$HOME/32bitprefix" WINEARCH=win32 wine /path/to/installer Where "/path/to/installer" will be the path to your AoE2 installation executable. After installation is complete you can run the game utilizing the following command: WINEPREFIX="$HOME/32bitprefix" WINEARCH=win32 wine /path/to/game Where '/path/to/game' will be the path where the actual game executable is located, You may find this file inside "$HOME/32bitprefix/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Age of Empires II/" After this the game should be working... hopefully!

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 05 20172.0.1Yes Yes GoldRocky 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 13 20161.9.14Yes Yes Platinumu312302109381290 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 18 20161.9.12Yes Yes Platinumu312302109381290 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 12 20161.9.3Yes Yes Platinumu312302109381290 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 26 20151.9.0Yes Yes Platinumu312302109381290 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


To get multiplayer working you have to use by now the directplay libraries from microsoft, still (since 2006) no open source libraries for direct play that include libraries to open sockets and close to play games, so install winetricks:

(in ubuntu/debian) sudo apt-get install winetricks

and then exec:
winetricks directplay

It will download the directplay libraries from microsoft and install them, that's all, tcp/ip will work with direct connect.

Black screen issues

If you get only a black screen upon starting a game


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Not Running
by John on Wednesday June 20th 2018, 3:55
I have installed Aoe2 Gold edition and put a no-cd patch but when i try running empires2.exe nothing happens. I tried opening the game for the terminal ("wine empires2.exe") but it gives me this error ----> "0009:err:module:import_dll Library DPLAYX.dll (which is needed by L"Z:\\home\\john\\Games\\Age of Empires II\\empires2.exe") not found
0009:err:module:attach_dlls Importing dlls for L"Z:\\home\\john\\Games\\Age of Empires II\\empires2.exe" failed, status c0000135"
RE: Not Running
by John on Wednesday June 20th 2018, 4:04
After running the command "winetricks directplay" everything was working. The game is working now.
RE: Not Running
by azrdev on Wednesday June 20th 2018, 6:55
cool that this solved your issue! do you mind filing a test result?
by Jacob Cameron on Thursday January 5th 2017, 15:48
Whenever I install direct-play on the admin account on my system it never works on other accounts. Is there a fix for this?
RE: Directplay
by u312302109381290 on Wednesday June 7th 2017, 4:13
Do you mean you installed it as root? If so it won't work, as each user has it's own wine prefix (by default) and also using WINE as root is dangerous.
RE: Directplay
by Jacob Cameron on Thursday June 8th 2017, 19:24
Yes I did and I figured it wouldn't work( I ended up figuring everything else out wine related.) As that was more than three months ago. Thanks for your speedy and yet helpful response.