Original CD install plus additional patches. It goes up to 1.04 officially.
Intro Videos Main Menu Briefing Screen/Fleet Setup Starting a new Single Player Game Loading a Saved Game
What does not
Shading on 3D models
What was not tested
You need to set your desktop to 16bit color mode and enbale a virtual desktop in Wine before launching the game or otherwise the main menu will not be displayed correctly. As of Wine 1.4 the ingame menu graphics are no longer displayed in weird colors - also the overall main menu performance is much better compared to previous versions. When starting a mission however, the 3D graphics are rendered flat without any lighting and performance deteriorates to the point where the game becomes hard to play. I'm going to file a new bug report on this issue asap.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 09 2020||5.10||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Maquis196|
|Show||Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 10 2017||2.9-staging||Yes||Yes||Silver||Maquis196|
|Current||Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"||Apr 12 2012||1.5.0||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Jackie|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Mar 25 2012||1.5.0||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Maquis196|
|Show||Gentoo Linux x86_64||Aug 27 2011||1.3.26||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Maquis196|
So basically the game needs three things;
Win32 prefix and game set to windows 98 before running installer.
1. Nocd patch
Self explanatory, maybe the CD works, I can't tell, laptop doesn't have a drive anymore
2. Game patched to at least 1.04
The copy I have came with this already, but it fixes bugs so it's fairly important. If you need to patch the game, I found putting the patch inside drive_c helps it run.
3. A lovely DLL workaround for the ancient game being _badly_ coded.
Right, so here is a site where someone has taken the time to recreate ddraw.dll in a way that works on modern systems (last updated 12/16). You need to extract ddra2.dll to the game directory and using a hex editor (bvi for example), you need to find inside the ds9dw.exe file "DDRAW.dll" and change DDRAW to DDRA2.
Then run winecfg and add ddra2 as a native dll.
The game runs perfectly after this from what I can tell.