Age of Empires

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The demo version of the original game.

Application Details:

Version: Demo
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.22

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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

  • Installation of the demo version in a clean wine prefix
  • Acceptance of the EULA
  • Playing the demo (first mission of first campaign could be completed)

What does not

  • Sound stutters a little but I have been advised in the output log to upgrade my ALSA


What was not tested

  • Just played the first mission
  • Didn't have anyone to play an online game with the demo but a window popped up asking for an IP-address.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Requires directplay to be installed with withwricks, without this the application installs fine but doesn't open the game itself.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentCentOS 6.5Jul 20 20141.7.22Yes Yes GoldMaik Wagner 
ShowopenSUSE 12.3 x86Oct 05 20131.7.3Yes Yes GarbageMaik Wagner 
ShowMandriva 2010.2Apr 12 20111.3.17N/A Yes SilverMaik Wagner 
ShowMandriva 2010.2Mar 04 20111.3.12Yes Yes SilverMaik Wagner 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 09 20091.1.21Yes Yes SilverJasmine Iwanek 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
421 Implement a DIB engine CLOSED FIXED View
2666 Text color lost CLOSED FIXED View
5534 DirectPlay games hang when exiting multiplayer CLOSED FIXED View
7863 worms armageddon frontend can't set screen resolution setting CLOSED FIXED View
34668 Age of Empires Trial version only gives a black screen CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

Use Wine version 0.9.36 or newer (version 0.9.31 or earlier also work)

To prevent installer windows from being hidden, change Wine's settings so that the window manager is not allowed to control Wine applications (can be done with winecfg).

In Wine versions prior to 0.9.17, elements such as taskbars designed to cover other applications are not hidden when Age of Empires II is run in full-screen. This can be fixed by not allowing the window manager to control Wine applications (can be changed in winecfg), or by changing the taskbar's options so that windows are allowed to cover it.

To get multiplayer working, place the following DLLs in Wine's windows/system32 directory,  then start winecfg and add dll overrides (native, builtin) for them: dplayx, dpnet, dpnhpast and dpwsockx.
NOTE: the game freezes when exiting a multiplayer game.


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