Latest version distributed by Good Old Games (GOG).
What does not
What was not tested
Overriding quartz.dll is needed for error-free installation. Disabling the intro in the settings is needed to be able to start the game. Overriding DirectPlay DLLs is needed for multi player gaming.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 23 2019||4.2-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Adrian Kalla|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 27 2015||1.7.55||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Adrian Kalla|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 08 2015||1.7.54||Yes||Yes||Gold||Adrian Kalla|
|Current||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 11 2014||1.7.28||Yes||Yes||Gold||Adrian Kalla|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|4066||Online Play Doesn't Work (DirectPlay)||NEW||View|
|32478||The Settlers III heavy performance issue on multicore cpus||NEW||View|
|37048||Apps using JavaFX fail to show the GUI||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|38169||The Settlers 3 eats a full CPU core, even on a Intel Core i7||UNCONFIRMED||View|
To get multiplayer (LAN and/or Internet) working in general do:
winetricks -q directplay
As of the end of September, 2011, the BlueByte Settlers 3 Multiplayer Lobby is offline. The "unofficial" replacement for online play is the "aLobby". The current aLobby version works flawlessly under Wine after installing the following:
winetricks -q corefonts vcrun2010 vcrun2013 vcrun2017 quartz
You need to configure Wine to "Emulate a virtual desktop" for the alobby.exe, as otherwise it will not work properly.
If you want to play using the aLobby VPN, you need to have the native (Linux/OSX) 'openvpn' package (the 'openvpn' binary needs to be in your PATH) installed. You will also need either 'kdesudo' or 'gksu' package if your system does not support 'pkexec'.
sudo apt-get install openvpn gksu
Additionally: to play using the aLobby VPN outgoing connections from the S3.exe, S3_alobby.exe (and S3_multi.exe) on port 1900 UDP must be blocked - otherwise joining or hosting games may be impossible! For example you can use the 'Gufw' firewall UI to do that.
Only in case you want to play over the Internet (so not via VPN or in a LAN environment):
The ports that need to be forwarded on your router for Internet-gaming are:
More detailed instructions for your router model can be found here.
If entering an Internet-multiplayer game is not possible, then something must be wrong with your port-forwarding settings or the LAN-router. It is not a Linux/Wine problem for sure.
The Settlers 3 works without major issues with all the current Wine versions.
Below is a list of versions with known major problems:
This game requires much more processing power than it should, so unless you are using a relatively fast computer, it may run slowly (Bug 32478).
The used graphics card may also be of importance here: with NVIDIA (binary driver) the game is the fastest on Linux, with INTEL the slowest.
A workaround which makes at least the lag occurring every few seconds go away, is to start Settlers 3 on 1 CPU only with:
taskset -c 0 wine S3.EXE
If you want to play online using the aLobby, you have to start the aLobby the same way:
taskset -c 0 wine alobby.exe
Wine 1.7 packages from the ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa <1.7.34 are affected by the following bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/wine/+bug/1393196. Because of that it is *strongly* recommended, to update to 1.7.34 or newer, when using that PPA.
Wine packages from other sources and self-compiled builds from the official Wine sources are not affected by this bug. Wine versions <= 1.6.2 Ubuntu packages are also not affected.