Age of Empires III

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Age of Empires III complete collection available on steam:

Application Details:

Version: Steam version
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.8-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works


launch game with several workarounds

What does not

insert key (but there is a workaround)


What was not tested

I didn't finish the game yet

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

First install directxfull with winetricks. At first launch, the game ask you the key, but after entered it, it says it is not a valid key (Bug 35212). --> install mfc42 dll with winetricks. Then the game ask for the Copy the in /home/your_profile_name/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/ and execute this command line in a terminal: regsvr32 /home/your_profile_name/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/ However, this step is not essential, the game can operate without this dll. For the music you have to install quartz with winetricks. If the game crashes at start: in wine config, choose "Windows XP", not "Windows 7" Config: Ubuntu 13.10 64 bits wine 1.7.8 32 bits NVIDIA GX770, drivers version 331.20 Processor Intel i5-3570 3,4 Ghz

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowRosa Fresh 2016.1May 12 20194.8-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumGiovanni Mariani 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Sep 20 20183.16Yes Yes YesGoldLe Gluon du Net 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 13 20183.3Yes Yes YesGoldEmeraude 
ShowUbuntu 17.10 "Artful" i386 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 23 20182.0.4Yes Yes YesGoldRiki 
ShowAntergos x86_64Jul 26 20161.9.14Yes Yes Goldmanero666 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
657 Many games and applications need 'mfc42.dll' ('winetricks -q mfc42' is a workaround) NEW View
20456 Multiple applications have text rendering issues with 'Courier New' font using distro provided Liberation fonts (cut off/partial text display)(FEAR, AoE 3, Supreme Commander, fasmw 1.x) STAGED View
32355 Graphic Bug with Age of Empires III CLOSED ABANDONED View
34565 Setting shadows detail to medium or higher in Age Of Empires III creates a lot of colorfull artifacts UNCONFIRMED View
34622 Multiple games need DMO Wrapper Filter, 'qasf.dll' (Neocron, Age of empires III Steam, .NET XNA 3.x/4.x games using Media classes) (`winetricks qasf` is a workaround) NEW View
35212 Age of empires III (Steam): CD key validation fails (installed pidgen.dll needs MFC42.dll) CLOSED DUPLICATE View

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CD Key
by ZleNaes on Thursday June 28th 2018, 9:16
Hello, I've tried to install Age of Empires 3 with Steam and started with a 32bit WinXP Prefix. I've installed everything which was needed
(winetricks --force corefonts dsound l3codecx quartz, winetricks -q mfc42 ,winetricks d3dx9, winetricks dotnet20), but the CD Key input doesnt work properly. I can't write all 25 numbers but just 24 or less.
Im using Ubuntu 16.04. Any Idea how to solve this problem?
RE: CD Key
by BumbaGET on Tuesday October 30th 2018, 13:35
corefonts should do the trick, it worked with wine-3.19