Downloadable demo version.
Although Sierra removed the demo file from their FTP, it
still can be obtained from several major download sites (google for
There are at least two versions of the demo lying around, one released on 2003-09-20 and one on 2003-09-21. They only differ in the install directory name and a slight change in the ReadMe.txt file.
I'm pasting here their MD5 sums for convenience:
Also, since the file is legaly redistributable (as shown by the fact that many major download sites provide it), I'm pasting the corresponding ed2k URLs for both files, which may be useful in case it is removed in the sites that are currently mirroring it.
Basic game play works.
What does not
Buildings don't display properly. They are all black with some white parts (I think the white parts are those that usually correspond to the color of your army, but I'm not sure).
The game run very slow, making it unplayable. This may be due to my 3D chipset (Intel 945GM), can't check on other hardware right now.
What was not tested
Intensive game play.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 11 2008||1.1.0||Yes||Yes||Gold||Athrun|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 25 2008||1.0.0||Yes||Yes||Gold||Athrun|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 20 2008||1.0.0||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Athrun|
|Show||Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 21 2008||1.0-rc1||Yes||No||Garbage||Athrun|
|Current||Debian GNU/Linux 4.x "Etch" x86_64||Jul 27 2007||0.9.42.||N/A||Yes||Gold||Robert Millan|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|3615||wined3d doesn't work with multithreading d3d||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|4790||wotr: FPE during SSE division||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|7663||War Of the Ring Demo aborts silently on startup||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|7671||War of the Ring: segfaults on libgl||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|14018||War of the Ring terrain textures appear and disappear constantly||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
Do not start the game using Un*x paths (e.g. wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/War\ of\ the\ Ring\ Demo/Rings_Demo.exe). These won't work because of bug 7663. Use the win32 form instead.
Additionally, if you have a multi-core CPU, use schedtool to work around thread unsafety issues. The complete command would be:
schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine 'c:\Program Files\War of the Ring Demo\Rings_Demo.exe'
If terrain appears and disappears constantly please check that registry key OffscreenRenderingMode is set to backbuffer.