The Advanced Interstellar Strategy Game - an old Win16 game, played in a variable-sized galaxy.

Application Details:

Version: 2.6j
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.1

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Test Results

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What works

After the workaround from, it runs fine. I have some issues getting it to use my serial. It takes it fine, but then every turn accuses me of being a usurper.

What does not

I haven't yet found a convenient workaround for the serial # problem. It appears that Stars! has a strange copy protection scheme and it thinks that the hardware is changing constantly when run with through Wine. More info at . Also, it doesn't work out of the box on Ubuntu Natty, but that's due to Ubuntu bugs.


What was not tested

A lot of the game. I'm trying to sort out the copy protection issues first.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" x86_64May 04 20194.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumDavid Nicholson 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 24 20111.3.26Yes Yes GoldDavid Nicholson 
CurrentUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 17 20111.3.26N/A Yes SilverSean 
ShowMandriva 2010.1 x86_64Nov 19 20101.3.7N/A Yes PlatinumGiovanni Mariani 
ShowMandriva 2008Feb 21 20080.9.55.N/A Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
1477 err:wave:OSS_AddRingMessage buffer overflow !? CLOSED ABANDONED View
24084 Stars! fails to start with "Unhandled exception: denormal float operand in 32-bit code" CLOSED INVALID View

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Ubuntu Natty Bug
by Sean on Wednesday August 17th 2011, 10:10
fontconfig is broken in Natty. See for workarounds.
Full program download
by Giovanni Mariani on Friday November 19th 2010, 8:30
The program is abandoware, so you can find it on Abandonia:!.html
Demo download site
by Dan Kegel on Sunday August 22nd 2010, 18:54
There seems to be a demo available at
Can't create new game
by Luke Swanson on Saturday April 10th 2010, 22:34
I was able to install the game and start it, and it opens up the title screen, but when I select "new game" an alert pops up telling me that WineVDM.exe has experienced a problem and needs to close, and I am stuck without my game. Is there a fix for this?

P.S. I am running mac OSX
RE: Can't create new game
by Luke Swanson on Monday May 10th 2010, 22:18
Never mind, I have 2.6j, not 2.6i, and wine 1.1.42 fixed the problem. Thank you Wine programmers!