Thief: The Dark Project

Original & Gold editions

Application Details:

Version: 1.0-1.33
License: Retail
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.20-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Installing, but I had to set compatibility mode to "Windows 98".


Playing in a level briefly until it freezes, sometimes, when the level would load up instead of just getting a black screen.

What does not

Completing a level.  Would freeze up at various points in the training mission.

Switching back and forth between the game and menu, i.e. hitting "escape" while in-game to go back to the option screen.  The option screen is sometimes there and functional though in the background, behind the 3D image left on your screen, and hitting escape again can bring you back to the game if you're lucky.  This happened with Compiz/compositing turned both on and off.

Audio would intermittently work.  Turning the sample rate to 48000, or turn hardware acceleration to "emulation" seemed to perhaps help a little bit.


What was not tested

Completing a level due to it freezing.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

This game behaved very erratically. Sometimes the 1st level would not even load, leaving me at a black screen, but upon a restart of the entire game the level would load, but freeze later on. Sometimes there would be audio, sometimes not. Sometimes it would freeze sooner, sometimes later. Interestingly enough, sometimes when there would be no audio but the game would load up (this happened only while leaving audio settings at their default values), the game would never freeze, but it would also not progress either. I could run around in the training mission all I wanted in the first section, but the small wooden door to the first test would not open, leading me to suspect the audio failed to initialize properly in the game itself, and by preventing the speech also prevented the game event trigger to open the door from occurring. I am happy to note though that the problem with ATI/AMD graphics cards, at least while under the fglrx driver, where it normally runs extremely slowly in software rendering mode, is no longer occurring for me and I'm getting full hardware acceleration.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowopenSUSE Leap 15.3Oct 26 20216.20-stagingN/A Yes NoSilverBen Suttor 
ShowPop!_Os 20.10Feb 10 20216.2-stagingYes Yes YesGoldDylan 
ShowFuntoo Linux AMD64Jul 11 20172.10-stagingYes Yes PlatinumAnonymous Anonymous 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 07 20172.1Yes Yes PlatinumP. Neidhardt 
ShowUbuntu 15.04 "Vivid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 16 20151.7.45No, but has workaround Yes GoldEzequiel Ferriol 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
7585 Thief: the dark project hangs on 'esc' keypress in game if X in 24bpp mode NEW View
52004 Thief Gold and Thief II, NewDark engine, mouse lag UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Hardware compatibility

Thief is an old game that will have problems on modern hardware, Windows or Wine. Therefore you must install TFix to run the game.

TFix might prompt a warning on language settings for the GOG version: you can safely ignore it.


Original setup

  • Launch it with `wine setup.exe -lgntforce` to bypass the DirectX limitation warning.
  • The Intel video codecs proposed at the end of the installation ("iv5codecs.exe") are no longer necessary with recent versions of Wine.
  • Copy the THIEF/MOVIES folder from the disc to the game installation folder in order to play the game cutscene without disc.

GOG setup

It may prompt an error message at the end of the process. Do not confirm or it will revert the install. Kill wine instead.


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