Heroes of Might and Magic III

A package containing the original and all expansions.

Application Details:

Version: Complete: 4.0
License: Retail
Votes: 3
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.21

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Test Results

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What works

To make the game work i have done as follows

- i used the latest wine version 1.3.3 

- created a clean wine env:  env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-heroes3 wine winecfg

- used winetricks: env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-heroes3 sh winetricks and installed directx9, vcrun2005, ddr=opengl, glsl-enable, orm=fbo

- installed the game under env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-heroes3 and after that i suggest you play the game under a wine desktop 800x600 so that way you can see the output

In older wine versions the game crashed randomly during/or after the game intro, or if i where "lucky" after starting a single scenario game and creating a random map, with sound enabled. Just to be sure i have played the game single player-single scenarios-random map and the game did not crashed; all went well even with the game and starting a campaign.

According to my test the intro to the game and the single player mode both works

What does not

Not the case.


What was not tested

The rest of the campaigns and the multi player mode.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

The game test was run under a PC that has an Nvidia GeForce 9400GT GPU with 1024mb of memory and using the driver 256.44, linux kernel version Maintainer note: DirectX9 and VCRUN are not needed, but if they work for you - it's fine.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 16 20161.9.21Yes Yes GoldEryk Zaplata 
ShowRosa Desktop Fresh R6 (2014.1)Dec 06 20151.8-rc3Yes Yes PlatinumGiovanni Mariani 
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"Nov 22 20151.6.2Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64May 31 20131.5.31N/A Yes GoldDheart 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 10 20121.5.19Yes Yes SilverSerge Hooge 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
27419 Mouse problem in Heroes of Might and Magic 3 NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


To get multiplayer working, you need native directplay dlls. The old howto had a link pointing to outdated directplay dlls which cause problems with wine and generally don't work as expected. However with the latest dplay from DirectX 9.0c multiplayer is (almost - see note for details) flawless.
In the wine wiki is described how to get native direct play dlls.
Personally I would recommend using winetricks directplay which installs dplay dlls and sets overwrite in winecfg, however you may choose do install manually those files in which case you need to:

  1. Place the following dplayx.dll, dpnet.dll, dpnhpast.dll, dpwockx.dll, dplaysvr.exe in your .wine/drive_c/windows/system32
  2. Set those files to overwrite (native, builtin) in winecfg

NOTES: The game always freezes when exiting a multiplayer game.
Sometimes when you host a TCP/IP game, no one is able to connect (any client trying receives an "IP address not found" error.) In this case just rehost and the problem will be gone.


NOTE: Heroes3HD and HD+

You can now play Heroes 3 in HD, utilizing the full size of your screen, thanks to Heroes3HD mod. It doesn't change anything gameplay wise.

With recent Wine releases, Wine prefixes are set to Windows 7. Currently, it causes rendering issues when HD or HD+ mod are installed.

Running winecfg and setting the Windows version to Windows XP solves the rendering issues.


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