Dungeon Keeper 2

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Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 9
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.3-staging

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What works

  • Installation
  • Maximum graphics and resolution settings
  • Single-player campaign
  • What does not

    Nothing which I experienced.


    What was not tested

  • Network play
  • Hardware tested


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    • Driver:

    Additional Comments

    This rating applies to the "Silver" edition of the game, which is pre-patched to 1.7. I installed it in a clean Wine prefix with no hacks or extra libraries. The pointer-related bug found in earlier versions of Wine are no more; no patches are needed to play this game exactly as if it was native.

    selected in Test Results table below
    Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
    ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Mar 09 20205.3-stagingYes Yes YesGoldSki-lleR 
    ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Feb 24 20151.7.37Yes Yes GoldLyn 
    ShowFedora 20 x86_64May 23 20141.7.19No Not installable GarbagePatrick 
    ShowLinux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" x86-64Jun 16 20151.6.2Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
    ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 01 20131.5.31Yes Yes PlatinumLuis Alvarado 

    Known Bugs

    Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
    14340 Dungeon Keeper 2 crashes randomly during gameplay with unhandled page fault NEW View
    45896 Dungeon Keeper 2 - Patched v1.8 - doesn't start UNCONFIRMED View
    51988 Dungeon Keeper 2 (Retail, German) crashes on startup due to SafeDisc DRM Version 1.11.000 UNCONFIRMED View

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    HowTo / Notes


    For those wondering, the reason DK2 fails to work and/or crash is due to the SafeDisc issue in WINE. Once this is solved, this game will function. At this time it has no safedisc support. A few fixes have been posted.

    The fix is to get a crack, follow the 'HowTo' below!



    Insert your Dungeon Keeper 2 disc, and change into its directory:

    wine Setup.exe

    Install the game, but do not choose to run the game at the end. We must patch the game first:

    wine Dk2Update130to170_English.exe

    To avoid safedisc issues (bug 219), your only option is to find a crack. This is illegal in some countries, so you should investigate the legal issues before you to do this.

    If you have now obtained a crack in a zip file, simply extract it into the program directory (ensure this is the correct path for you):


    To avoid mouse warp issues, you will need to use the MouseWarpOverride key as described at UsefulRegistryKeys. Make sure you have at the latest version of Wine (at least Wine 1.1.3), otherwise this will not work.


    Navigate to HKCU / Software / Wine. Create the DirectInput folder/key and create the MouseWarpOverride string value and modify the data to 'disable'.

    If you do not understand these instructions, make sure you read UsefulRegistryKeys. If the mouse is warping in the game menu, you haven't done it right.

    No native dlls are required anymore for the proper operation of this game.


    You must run the game from the crack (Dkii.exe) rather than the original executable (DKII.exe). You may do this by changing the properties of the desktop icon, or by using this command to start the game:

    wine "C:\Program Files\Bullfrog\Dungeon Keeper 2\Dkii.exe"


    Cursor sticks/warps to centre of screen: This is bug 8354. You must apply the MouseWarpOverride UsefulRegistryKey as described above.

    Mouse hits invisible corner: Move your mouse to the opposite corner of the screen.

    Cursor surrounded by strange black box: Disable Hardware Rendering from the graphics options in-game. Warning: This may cause crashes.

    Game does not start / blank screen for 1s: Make sure you use the Windows formatted command for starting the game (wine "C:\Program Files\Bullfrog\Dungeon Keeper 2\Dkii.exe"). Do not directly specify the executable.

    Sound issues: Try visiting the Audio options in winecfg and switching between ALSA and OSS, as well as reducing their settings to lower values.

    Patch does not finish installing: First run the patch in its own empty wineprefix, then try patching the game again.