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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Update to original game from Firaxis.

Application Details:

Version: 4.0
License:
URL: http://www.firaxis.com/smac/
Votes: 8
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.5

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What works

Installation and splash screen works.  That's it.

What does not

Game does not run at all.  I get the Choose Your World splash screen (I have the Planetary Pack edition CD).  I clicked on Alien Crossfire, then I get the wine error screen that says, "The program terranx.exe has encountered a serious problem and needs to close.  We are sorry for the inconvenience."

Here is what I did:

I am running wine 1.3.10 on ubuntu 10.04.  I didn't use playonlinux to install the game, though, because it just uses wine anyway.  I'm not sure, but I think wine 1.3.10 already comes with the DIB engine implemented.

I put the install CD in and ran setup.exe through wine.  The game installed perfectly.

I followed the posted advice on adjusting the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 and did that and I also chose wine to run Win 2000.  I also enabled OSS.

Then I tried to run the game.  It gave me the wine error.

So, I went to look for my Alpha Centauri.ini file in the wine Browse C: Drive menu.  Go under C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.  I did not find it there after searching for files.  So, I created one right there in the Programs menu.  You just make sure you are in that file and right click to create a new file and then open it up with wine notepad and copy and paste the previous person's Alpha Centauri.ini information.

It looks like this:

[Alpha Centauri]
#DirectDraw=0
#Video Mode=800
MainFontSize=16
InterludeFontSize=16
Prefs Format=11
Difficulty=5
Map Type=0
Top Menu=3
Faction=1
Preferences=1110000000010000101010100001011
More Preferences=10110100101111010100000101
Semaphore=00000000
Announce=111111111011111111
Rules=1101000001110
Customize=2
Custom World=2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1,
Time Controls=1
Latest Save=C:\Alpha_Centauri\saves\Deirdre of the Gaians2
Latest Scenario=
WinsFileBox=0
ds3d=0
eax=0
FastUnitAnim=0
SmoothUnitAnim=0
DisableOpeningMovie=1
Gamma Correction=100
Main Volume=127
Voice Volume=127
Music Volume=127
SFX Volume=127
WindowsFileBox=0
Faction 1=CYBORG
Faction 2=PIRATES
Faction 3=DRONE
Faction 4=ANGELS
Faction 5=FUNGBOY
Faction 6=CARETAKE
Faction 7=USURPER
[PREFERENCES]
ForceOldVoxelAlgorithm=1

This is a good Alpha Centauri.ini file and you have to change it to this even if you are running a Windows machine.

After I did this, I tried running the game again and it gave me the same wine error.

Not sure what's causing this.

Workarounds

What was not tested

Installation works fine.  Game does not play at all.  I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't even give me a game screen.  Normally it will give you a game screen a crash not long after, but it wouldn't even do that for me.

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

This game will install with wine, but it will not run at all for me. If others can get this working, then that is great, but this is a very problematic game even on a Windows machine.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"Apr 26 20172.5Yes Yes GoldJames 
ShowFreeBSD 9.0Jul 26 20131.6-rc5Yes Yes SilverGreen Dog 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 27 20121.4Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jul 25 20111.3.25Yes Yes BronzeIvan Yurasov 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 07 20111.3.21Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

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