Planetarian ~The Reverie of a Little Planet~

This is the online retail edition that was released in Japan.

Application Details:

Version: Online Edition
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.0.1

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What works

The installer works fine and installs properly, but will not display Japanese fonts. The game for the most part runs fine. When you start the program, WINE will give an error about a UI problem. Other than that, the game will work smoothly, and at full speed. The music and sound effects works fine. The save and load functions works fine. When text appears, WINE may open another window asking for what font you want to use. Select one, and the game will use that font. When you press escape, a menu will open. Surprisingly, this menu display Japanese words correctly.

What does not

As of right now, there are currently no problems running Planetarian under WINE. However, as mentioned above, there may be a few little bugs, but will not crash the game.


What was not tested

As of right now, everything has been tested.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 22 20091.0.1Yes Yes GoldPretamrin 
ShowArch LinuxOct 12 20081.1.5Yes Yes GoldPretamrin 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 22 20080.9.59.Yes Yes GoldJon Shek 
CurrentUbuntu 5.10 "Breezy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 26 20050.9.1.Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO: Display Japanese characters

Japanese applications in general have certain Japanese words that will not display properly out of the box with Wine. In order to be able to view the Japanese characters that don't work, you must have Wine call out the Japanese locales on your computer. Go to a terminal and type in "LC_ALL=ja_JP wine" and then the path to your program. That is usually all it takes to make the Japanese characters work properly.

However, even with this method, the program may not still display the words correctly. That means that your computer probably does not have the proper locales enabled, so the result will be the same. Here are instructions on how to fix that.

In Ubuntu / Ubuntu-based Distribution:

Go to a terminal and type in "sudo nano (or your preferred text editor) /var/lib/locales/supported.d/ja". It should be a new file since there isn't a file called "ja" yet. Type in the following entries:

ja_JP.UTF-8 UTF-8

Please make sure to press the Enter key after typing this in to start a new line. Thanks to Jordan M. for pointing this out.

Save the file, and type in this command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

In Arch Linux:

Go to your perferred terminal and login as root:

su - (enter your password when it tells you to)

Use your text editor to edit the following file:

nano (or your preferred text editor) /etc/locale.gen

Look for these two entries and uncomment them:

ja_JP.UTF-8 UTF-8

Save the text file, exit the editor, and then type in locale-gen in the terminal.

Try using the "LC_ALL=ja_JP wine" method. It should work this time. If it still doesn't work, you may not have the fonts that Wine needs to correctly display the Japanese characters.

Please note that this HOWTO is designed for Ubuntu, Ubuntu-based distributions, and Arch Linux. Other distribution may have slightly different methods.

HOWTO: Display Japanese characters (cont.)

NOTE - For new versions of Wine, all that you need to do to get the other Japanese characters to work is to store the Japanese fonts in your ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts directory. Use the "LC_ALL=ja_JP wine" command to run Japanese games or applications.

This HOWTO is still here for those who still can't get the characters to display properly.

If you've followed the first part of the HOWTO, you are already set to use Japanese programs that display the words properly. However, there are some applications that still have problems displaying them properly. These usually occur in a right-click menu, or when certain messages pop-up in a window. The reason for this is because some fonts need to be replaced with vaild japanese fonts in order for situations like this to work.

Here is how to fix this problem:

First, open up a text editor and save it as "ja_JP.reg". We will be creating a registry that Wine can use to determine which fonts to use when Japanese words do not work.

Next, copy and paste the following to the file:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontSubstitutes]
"System"="MS Shell Dlg"
"Arial"="MS UI Gothic"
"Fixedsys"="MS Gothic"
"MS Gothic"="MS Gothic"
"MS Mincho"="MS Mincho"
"MS PGothic"="MS Gothic"
"MS PMincho"="MS Mincho"
"MS Sans Serif"="MS Gothic"
"MS Shell Dlg"="MS Gothic"
"MS Shell Dlg 2"="MS Gothic"
"MS UI Gothic"="MS UI Gothic"
"Tahoma"="MS UI Gothic"
"Terminal"="MS Gothic"

As you can see from the entry, MS Gothic, MS UI Gothic, and MS Mincho are used. Make sure that these fonts are placed in your ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts directory. If you don't have these fonts, you can use different Japanese fonts in place of these and put them in your /windows/fonts directory.

Save the file, and enter this command in the terminal:

regedit ~/ja_JP.reg

This will put all the entries in the Wine registry. Use the "LC_ALL=ja_JP wine" command to run the Japanese program in question. I have a provided a screenshot of Planetarian that has the right-click menu displayed properly. You can view it in the screenshot gallery.


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