Thief: The Dark Project

Original & Gold editions

Application Details:

Version: 1.0-1.33
License: Retail
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.23

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Test Results

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What works

What works Installation. Play, with recent ddfix multicore fix

What does not

What does not Sound Acceleration without setting to emulation On a multiprocessor machine (dual core here), it hangs with the well known DarkEngine bug. It can be worked around with a (recent, mine is 1.5.5) ddfix and multicore fix. You can configure ddfix graphically if you install dotnet2.0 with winetricks. Don't use imagecfg.exe, it doesn't work on wine, either patching the exe or running a patched exe (it ignores the affinity change). Using taskset or other linux affinity tools on the process wine launched: wine thief.exe & sleep 2 taskset -cp 0 $! appears to work for a while, however the game itself appears to change the affinity after before running the movie of the first mission - it hangs and taskset reports a changed affinity. Only other two solutions i found were setting the affinity on the wine taskmgr clone, or using this utility:


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Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

There is a trick to set winecfg settings to specific executables from the command line (so you don't have to keep the .wine dir). In this case it is: wine reg add "HKCU\\Software\\Wine\\Appdefaults\\THIEF.EXE\\DirectSound" /v "HardwareAcceleration" /t REG_SZ /d "Emulation" Admin note:rating changed to conform to the rating definitions.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowmacOS 12 "Monterey"Feb 16 20226.23No, but has workaround Yes YesGarbageJohn Doe 
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 

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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