Sid Meier's Civilization III

Civilization III

Application Details:

Version: 1.29f
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.16-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Installation, gameplay with no-CD patches.

What does not

.bik movies, foreign advisor screen (lines connecting showing war/peace/alliance and trade statuses).  Does not play at all without no-CD patch.  Sound glitches frequently, and often units make sound when attacking even though sound effects are "off."  Turning sound effects off stops effects from infinitely repeating, however.


What was not tested

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Two tweaks are needed (thanks, Roger Koot): - link or copy LSANS.TTF to LSANS.fot - Remove the .bik files from Arts/Movies You must start Civilization III from the directory in which it was installed. Using "wine /path/to/Civilization\ III.exe" from another directory will cause an error in Wine. Frequently, the initial splash screen is drawn covering about a quarter of the screen (i.e., there is black at the bottom and right sides, obscuring the menu). You can still click the menu options, allowing you to exit the game and try again if you click the right spot. It usually works normally the second and subsequent times. I'm actually using Wine 1.5.3, but that is not listed in the releases menu....

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 13 20172.16-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumRafaÅ‚ 
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 01 20172.15-stagingYes No NoGarbageRafaÅ‚ 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 04 20121.5.16Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentFedora 15 x86_64Jul 01 20121.5.4Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 12.1 x86_64Feb 14 20121.4-rc3Yes Yes GoldRoger Koot 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3498 Civilization 3: needs CreateScalableFontResource implemented CLOSED FIXED View
7018 Civilization3 doesn't start anymore (GLXBadDrawable) CLOSED FIXED View
7460 crashes when running Civilization III setup.exe CLOSED FIXED View
13261 Civilization III Crashes When Starting New Game CLOSED FIXED View
17726 Multiple games require IDirectPlay8Peer Host implementation for multi-player mode (Civilization III Play the World, Railroad Tycoon 3) NEW View
18480 Civilization III 1.29f will not start game. CLOSED FIXED View
30309 Civilization III Complete Edition fails to start CLOSED FIXED View
30669 Civilization 3 game display fully corruption CLOSED FIXED View
41930 Civilization III Complete shows black terrain (Wine compiled with OSMesa support) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

draw-buffer error
copy LSANS.TTF to LSANS.fot­

find your LSANS.ttf file in C:\...\Civilization III folder

(for example. in console type this: cd ~/.wine/drive_c/.../Civilization III )

and copy &; paste your LSANS.ttf file to LSANS.fot.

your error message will goes away :)