American McGee's Alice

A teenage Alice fights to regain her sanity in a macabre Wonderland.

Tactical and adventure third-person shooter (TPS) perspective. The weapon types and aiming that feel more first-person shooter (FPS)
2000 Oct 6
Game engine
Ritual Entertainment's Heavy Metal FAKK2 engine, which is in turn a modified Quake 3 engine

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.1

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works


What does not

Game audio crackles occasionally during NPC dialogue


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

The current how-to notes on Alice's WineHQ page still apply in 2018.  It takes a little tinkering to get the resolution set properly, and sometimes applying changes to the audio settings in-game will reset the game resolution.  I've been unable to find a fix for the crackling audio, but it isn't a major issue.  The game works well otherwise.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentSolusFeb 18 20183.1Yes Yes NoSilverAdam C 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1 "Serena" x86_64May 30 20172.0.1N/A Yes NoPlatinumParadox 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 04 20141.7.22Yes Yes NoGoldLuis Alvarado 
ShowFedora 20 x86_64Dec 22 20131.7.5Yes Yes NoSilverBaggypants 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 06 20111.3.21Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Rodriguez 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
30155 SafeDisc v2.05.030 fails due to driver dispatch routine status and irp.IoStatus.u.Status differing (Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation How To: Demo Version

2015-01-31 Admin note: the instructions below are extremely old and may not apply to current Wine. Follow at your own risk.

This guide is written using Wine version 0.9.40.

  1. Install Wine
  2. Configure Wine. I tested using the ALSA driver.
  3. Download the demo, then save the file to disk, for example to
  4. Run the demo's installer. In a terminal enter
    wine /tmp/alice_demo_beta7a.exe
  5. When an install window appears, click "Unzip", then wait the the installaiton to finish. When the demo is done installing it automatically starts the game.
  6. In a terminal enter
    echo "seta in_mouse -1" >> "$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EA GAMES/American McGee's Alice Demo/demo/config.cfg"
    This will disable use of "Direct Input" for mouse events, which allows the game know the absolute position of the mouse, which avoids a wine bug. If you skip this step, depending on your Wine version, Alice won't be able to turn clockwise or counter-clockwise more than one rotation (360°). For example, Alice wouldn't be able to circle strafe. Or, the game won't know the positon of the mouse and will, for example, leave the mouse pointing to the middle of the screen even if you keep moving the mouse to the right. This is very noticeable when the game starts and you try to move the mouse around the main menu screen.
  7. Run the game. One at a time, enter in a terminal each of the below commands, until one of them runs the game successfully. In the future, to start the game again, re-run the command that worked.
    1. cd "$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EA GAMES/American McGee's Alice Demo/" && wine "alice.exe"
      As of Wine version 0.9.40, the first time you run this command, Wine might try many different video modes. The video mode scan takes up to 7 minutes, during which time your display will go black and flicker often.
    2. xrandr -s 640x480 ; cd "$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EA GAMES/American McGee's Alice Demo/" && wine "alice.exe" '+set r_mode 3'
      Once the game has started, you can use change the game's display resolution. In the game's main menu click "Settings", then click "Video (1)", then click the left or right arrows under "Resolution" to set the new game resolution. When done click the "Apply" button.
    3. cd "$HOME/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EA GAMES/American McGee's Alice Demo/" && wine explorer /desktop=Alice,1024x768 "alice.exe"
      If you use this command, you may wish to configure your window manager to not put boarders on the window so the game can use your entire screen. Note: you may have to change "1024x768" to whichever resolution you wish to play the game. To find your current display resolution, enter in a terminal
      xdpyinfo | grep 'dimensions:'
  8. If you trouble with sound, configure Wine to use the OSS driver.
  9. Optional: If you have a wide screen display, follow the instructions at this link.

Custom resolutions

(The following info was extracted from a user comment made in January, 2014.)

If you wish to use a native widescreen resolution you can follow these steps suggested by MarcusRaven

1. Enable the console in the Game Options menu.
2. Open said console.
3. Type the following commands, pressing enter after each one:

seta r_customwidth #
seta r_custonheight #
seta r_mode -1

The game will remember the custom resolution so you only have to do it once.

Make game have a more First-Person Shooter perspective
If you want your view to be more from behind Alice's eyes, do the following:
  1. From the game's main menu, select "Settings", then select "Game Options" (number 4 on the head).
  2. At the bottom of the settings page enable "Console".
  3. While playing, show the game console by pressing the "~" key.
  4. In the console enter "cg_cameradist 45".
  5. Press the "~" key again to hide the console again.
  6. To return to the normal perspective, in the game console enter "cg_cameradist 128"


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