Category: Main Games Strategy Games Turn-Based Heroes of Might and Magic III The Restoration of Erathia: 1.x

Heroes of Might and Magic III

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All versions (1.0-1.4) of the original Heroes III, without any expansions.

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Version: The Restoration of Erathia: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.9

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I have installed Heroes III yesterday on slackware 12 on a dell inspiron 1501 using the ATI video driver, with the two expansion packs, and it works. Interesting thing is that I have cracked the exe file because I was bored to always insert the cd on an old computer of mine using XP. Copying this cracked version to my new (current) computer without install was working in XP, but not in wine, wine complained about missing files. So what I did was that I have installed the original version (no expansions), and it started ok, then I just deleted the files and copied the cracked version with the expansion packs into the location of the installed version, and it is working great. Admin's explanation: The installer creates registry keys which are necessary to play the game.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 30 20131.7.9Yes Yes GoldMarc Mettke 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 05 20131.4.1Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowFedora 13Oct 18 20101.3.4Yes Yes SilverBrilguaz 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 05 20091.1.32Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Jun 13 20091.1.23Yes Yes GoldNicolarius 

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HowTo / Notes


To get multiplayer working, you need native directplay dlls. The old howto had a link pointing to outdated directplay dlls which cause problems with wine and generally don't work as expected. However with the latest dplay from DirectX 9.0c multiplayer is (almost - see note for details) flawless.
In the wine wiki is described how to get native direct play dlls.
Personally I would recommend using winetricks directplay which installs dplay dlls and sets overwrite in winecfg, however you may choose do install manually those files in which case you need to:

  1. Place the following dplayx.dll, dpnet.dll, dpnhpast.dll, dpwockx.dll, dplaysvr.exe in your .wine/drive_c/windows/system32
  2. Set those files to overwrite (native, builtin) in winecfg

NOTES: The game always freezes when exiting a multiplayer game.
Sometimes when you host a TCP/IP game, no one is able to connect (any client trying receives an "IP address not found" error.) In this case just rehost and the problem will be gone.


NOTE: Heroes3HD and HD+

You can now play Heroes 3 in HD, utilizing the full size of your screen, thanks to Heroes3HD mod. It doesn't change anything gameplay wise.

With recent Wine releases, Wine prefixes are set to Windows 7. Currently, it causes rendering issues when HD or HD+ mod are installed.

Running winecfg and setting the Windows version to Windows XP solves the rendering issues.