Age of Empires II

The HD update from Hidden Path Entertainment.

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 9
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.9

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

  • Solo (standard, scenarios, campaigns)
  • Multiplayer
  • Map editor
  • All menus (both ingame and in main menu)
  • Everything in game (played several games with different setups without encoutering any bug)
  • Music, sound
  • Steam mods (both graphical and gameplay)
  • Achievements

What does not


Scrolling is stuck after alt-tab if the mouse is in the border of the screen after going back in the game window (see bug #30814)


Launcher does not work. To fix it, I replaced the Launcher.exe file with the AoK HD.exe file to bypass it.

What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

Text is blinking in chatbox

Tests done with all available DLC, latest version (5.7)

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jun 11 20183.9Yes Yes YesGoldEmeraude 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 07 20183.3Yes Yes YesGoldEmeraude 
ShowDebian 9 (Stretch)Nov 20 20172.20-stagingYes Yes NoSilverTom Rodr 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jul 12 20172.11-stagingYes Yes GoldQuentin Santos 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1 "Serena" x86_64May 04 20172.6Yes Yes GoldKevin Schnepf 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
29384 Multiple applications expect correct handling of WRITECOPY memory protection (Voobly fails to launch Age of Empires II, MSYS2) STAGED View
30814 Age of Empires II scrolling gets stuck after Alt-Tab away and back NEW View
35215 Age of empires II HD Steam version: no video at start UNCONFIRMED View
36062 Age of empires 2 - Forgotten empires does not work with Nvidia drivers but it does with noveau. UNCONFIRMED View
38784 Age of Empires II: wine 1.7.x series do not work with the external monitor as the primary output UNCONFIRMED View
42435 Age of Empires 2 HD Steam has a dimmed down interface and the ingame main screen is just white with an intel 945gm gpu UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

White Screen (Main Map)

This is a known problem with older Intel GPUs. Try to use Wine 2.1. In most of case solve Direct3D glitch.

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.

Multiplayer not working?
by ingreenheaven on Tuesday July 18th 2017, 23:59
Are you able to connect to the multiplayer games since the recent crashes/fix?
Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by Zach on Wednesday April 19th 2017, 1:06
After the Steam's AOE2 update on April 18th, the game no longer launches with Wine 2.0
RE: Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by Riley on Sunday April 23rd 2017, 8:17
Seems to be my problem... what wine do you use now? I'm bad at this.
RE: Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by Zach on Sunday April 23rd 2017, 10:03
Unfortunately, I haven't found one that works yet.
RE: Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by Andrea Orru on Saturday May 6th 2017, 12:05
Easy fix:
winetricks vcrun2005
RE: Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by Andrea Orru on Saturday May 6th 2017, 12:06
Sorry. I meant vcrun2015.
RE: Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by Jose G. López on Sunday May 7th 2017, 3:30
Thanks Andrea, it works!
RE: Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by ingreenheaven on Tuesday July 18th 2017, 11:17
Are you able to connect to the multiplayer games?
RE: Wine version 2.0 doesn't work with Steam's Age of Empires II
by sofie on Saturday July 1st 2017, 16:40
Urm, sorry, could you perhaps explain that solution a bit more idiotproof for me?
How do make it work? ...I'm not a computer wizzard, just a sentimental AoE junkie...
Thanks a million!!
VCRUN2012 needed again?
by Patrick Maloney on Wednesday March 11th 2015, 15:10
I saw an update come down and now it's complaining about those two dlls. Won't run.
Compatibility with other WINE users
by Cody on Tuesday February 3rd 2015, 23:00
I can play the game with only a few minor bugs with other AOE2 players with Windows but when I try to play with friends we can't voice chat over steam or play online together. It gets stuck on the loading screen
by Andramos on Wednesday December 17th 2014, 18:16
Any chance to make possible to use keyboard on age?
Mouse issues
by pauli on Thursday April 11th 2013, 6:35
The game initially seems to work without any issues. Just setting -nostartup seemed to work with the current version of the game, but I might have all kinds of overrides from other Steam games.

However, upon building more units, buildings and/or exploring the map the game slowly chokes, but it only seems to affect selecting things with the mouse.

The selection rectangle initially just gets a bit choppy but later can lag behind as much as 10 seconds. Same thing with clicking on buildings or even the game menu button, the game might react 10 seconds later. The game is, understandably, unplayable at that point. Mouse scrolling on the other hand remains instant when the cursor reaches the edge.

There are some odd timing related things in the game anyway, so how much of this really has to do with Wine is unclear.
laggy game
by marcel on Thursday April 11th 2013, 1:32
Hi, when i run the game it starts normally but it;s laggy as hell. When i move with mouse the latency is like 10000ms. When i get mouse onto icon like "single player" it takesfor ever to be framed and after that i can click. Click is fast. When i started game it was same. Horrible latency. What can I do to change it? I don;t see anyone with this type of trouble.
Mouse issues scrolling edge
by Andre on Wednesday April 10th 2013, 14:57
Did someone recognize mouse issues too.

For me it is like if I point my cursor in any direction close to the edge, but not so far that it should start scrolling, the map is scrolled a tiny bit in that particular direction. After that tiny bit it stops.

After that pointing even more far to an edge, to actually scroll, it works just fine.
Visual C++ 2012 Runtime no longer needed
by Nell Hardcastle on Wednesday April 10th 2013, 3:33
There was a comment about installing msvcp110.dll and mfc110.dll. These both belong to the VC++ 2012 runtime and was a requirement of the game before build 58061. That was also causing problems on Windows XP, so the developers built against VC++ 2010 (winetricks vcrun2010) only.

This also means both bugs linked (17273 and 31487) no longer apply.
Update to the above
by Tobias Feldballe Petersen on Wednesday April 10th 2013, 3:13
Multiplayer does work too, flawlessly :P