Homeworld's epic tale begins in the far reaches of the universe. You were the benign lords of a peaceful society located in the center of a lush spiral galaxy. For as long as anyone could remember, no one challenged your peaceful existence. But then came the conquerors, invading with the sole purpose of overtaking your world. Billions died, and the survivors were relocated to a cold, lifeless planet on the edge of the galaxy. Hundreds of years later, all knowledge of your previous existence has been lost. Only vague myths remain, until the discovery of an ancient tablet buried within the ruins of a half-destroyed craft in the great-banded desert. This Guidestone reawakened the knowledge of your ancestry, and set your race on the path home - coordinates leading straight into the heart of the galaxy. Sixty years ago, construction began on the giant Mothership that will carry millions of your people into deep space. Construction is now complete. Your journey to the Homeworld begins here...

Application Details:

Version: 1.05
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.12.1

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What works

Installation, running the game, Sierra's and Relic Studios's adds, everything from graphics to sound, great framerate, multiplayer skirmish, moving ships around, assigning orders... basically every game function except internet play.

What does not

Apparently Homeworld thinks my keyboard is American (and it's not) so for some users this may be a bit confusing at first to find that the "M" key for example, doesn't work but that the comma key does the same thing (for a french keyboard). Changing key bindings is an easy fix ingame.

Internet play:  the server isn't hosting anymore, not sure if that's hardwired and if it can be changed or not

 For sound: other tests note that sound makes the game crash: removing and/or disabling pulseaudio COMPLETELY will do the job (if you're disabling pulseaudio make sure that it's process has died and doesn't come back; killing it doesn't solve the problem), Alsa will then take over and the game doesn't crash. Tried running the game with pulseaudio and got the instant crash, so I'm pretty sure this is the source of the problem.


What was not tested

Singleplayer play: the only problems I can think of is certain mission scripts not running under wine but this is very improbable so the most likely outcome is that singleplayer works as well.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

installed using different wine, generally Homeworld installs with nearly every wine version there is (I think turning sound on is necessary when doing this). As mentioned before do away with pulseaudio before attempting to play this game under wine. Patching homeworld works with other wine versions as well from the patch CD or a patch found on the internet. It is also very probable turning pulseaudio off will solve problems for users of Ubuntu and derivatives (of which Mint is one).

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jul 28 20194.12.1Yes Yes YesGoldJames Edmonds 
ShowMac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"May 24 20151.7.38Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 13.2 x86_64Dec 07 20141.7.32Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 12 "Lisa"Jan 04 20131.5.21Yes Yes GoldBrian Cesar 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 08 20121.5.1Yes Yes GoldNasra 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
23714 Homeworld : Can't change resolution NEW View
38763 Homeworld hangs when changing screen resolution or switching renderer NEW View

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