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Distant Worlds: Universe GOG

Application Details:

Version: Universe GOG
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0.1

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Tutorials, starting default game.

What does not

Could not run intro video.

Crashes after some time (out of memory). Seems workaroundable by autosaving at first glance.


See :

export WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-dwu

export WINEARCH=win32'

winecfg # select Win XP

winetricks winxp vd=1920x1080 grabfullscreen=y

#get a recent version of winetricks to avoid checksum errors in the following, I installed that script just manually in ~/bin under different name

winetricks vcrun2010
winetricks ie6
winetricks dotnet35sp1
winetricks dotnet40
winetricks xna40
winetricks gdiplus
winetricks wmp9 #close MediaPlayer manually

winetricks d3dx9

Then: download DirectX 2010 Feb/June and install manually, I found:

Install it (the download is just an unpacker, run wine on the extracted DXSETUP.exe )

maybe backup this bottle now

install the game in a _different_, temporay bottle (e.g. in other console   export WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-temp); copy it to the target bottle - this prevents the game's installer to overwrite the installation above, then copy/move the game to the target bottle in same C: dir.

Additionall, I had to disable the video in Startup.ini (playmovie 0).

Now, running it (via autorun or exe) should yield the loading screen with "forming nebulae".

remark: this process can probably be uncluttered / streamlined if someone cares enough.

What was not tested

Most of the gameplay, but I do not really expect more considerable problems.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

For a game of that time and resource demands, it feels relatively slow (starting up, loading)/sluggish.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 18 20216.0.1Yes Yes YesBronzeaxm 

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