Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive

Desperados - Wanted Dead or Alive is the first strategy game ever to combine a movie-based and-story driven atmosphere of an adventure game with the intellectual challenge of a real time tactic game.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 7
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.21-staging

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What works

The game itself and the cursor (with MouseWarpOverride=disable - see usefuly registry keys), it's in most cases nearly native speed, but it slows down extremely when displaying the enemy's field of vision.

What does not

The interface is invisible (or mostly invisible) and the feature of displaying the enemy's field of vision is really slow.


What was not tested

The setup, but I think this should be no problem.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

This game is really the worst case of a DirectDraw game: It uses screen locking and GetDC in addition with 16-Bit color depth. According to this is really the worst case one can imagine, because using OpenGL as DirectDrawRenderer will decrease performance because of GetDC, using GDI will decrease performance due to color conversions. The only solution I found is switching the X color depth to 16 Bits and using GDI. The mouse problem is avoided by using MouseWarpOverride=disable (see usefuly registry keys). Altogether I managed to play the game, but you should go without displaying the enemy's field of vision, because this will reduce the performance to about one FPS (I don't know why and changing the ingame settings didn't help).

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Nov 14 20205.21-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumsajad mns 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1 "Serena" x86_64Jun 14 20205.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldLukas Bockel 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 04 20183.0Yes Yes NoSilverpsofiterol 
ShowDebian GNU/kFreeBSD Unstable "Sid"Dec 03 20161.9.24Yes Yes SilverJ V 
ShowFedora 22 x86_64Sep 18 20151.7.51Yes Yes PlatinumElia Devito 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
39513 Desperados: input lag after resuming from pause NEW View

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