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

Everything! I just finished the game and eveything worked flawlessly (but see extra comments below).

What does not installer (see extra comments below).


What was not tested


Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

* The setup application from GOG doesn't finish the installation process, possibly due to some issue registrating the Indeo video codecs this game uses. The problem is that the GOG installer erases ALL the installed data on the very moment it crashes. I tried to force-quit the GOG installer in order to prevent that, as suggested here by other users, but to no avail: the game data was always erased even before force-quitting. Therefore, I installed the game using its original CDs. * The installer from the original CDs refuses to run on Windows XP or newer, invoking some sort of incompatibility. Therefore, I had to tell Wine to emulate Windows 98 in order to install the game. After that, I switched Wine back to Windows XP and the game worked flawlessly. * I had no problems changing the discs on request of the original setup program. * Knowing that the game requires the Indeo video codecs (which are mandatory if you want to watch the game's cutscenes), I installed them previously via Winetricks. For some reason, the cutscenes didn't work that way on my system. So, I installed them again via the game's original setup application. Everything went perfect. * I downloaded and installed TFix 1.12.

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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 NoPlatinumAnonymous Anonymous 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 07 20172.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumP. Neidhardt 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
881 Mouse cursor not blanked CLOSED FIXED View
5823 Thief Direct3D renders VERY slowly, with blocks of colour drawn CLOSED FIXED View
7585 Thief: the dark project hangs on 'esc' keypress in game if X in 24bpp mode CLOSED FIXED View
12722 intel software codecs video not working for thief/system shock CLOSED FIXED View
13954 Only top half of screen visible CLOSED ABANDONED View
15157 Thief the dark project crashes on startup. CLOSED FIXED View
16559 PixelFormat_WineD3DtoDD Can't translate this Pixelformat CLOSED FIXED View
17900 RenderTargetLockMode=disabled required for playable display (ati) CLOSED ABANDONED View
24870 thief gold multiprocessor bug not affected by taskset or schedtool. CLOSED FIXED View
46429 Multiple games need IV50 codec to play videos (Thief Gold, Thief II: The Metal Age, Commandos 2: Men of Courage) CLOSED FIXED 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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