This is an unofficial version from one of the game developers, with some extra improvements, patches and features released couple of months after 1.01 patch came out. It's an unofficial patch (but it's very stable and generally recommended). This version does not feature Safedisc CD protection and has an experimental feature of realtime shadows (disabled by default, developer warns about it being unstable and extremely slow). You need to patch the game to 1.01 first. Not sure about the license for this patch.

Application Details:

Version: 1.02
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.52

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What works

On an up to date Archlinux, Startopia boots and plays with game functionality working perfectly. There were no visual or audio bugs that I could notice - everything except game speed was pretty much identical compared to running it on Windows XP. Load times even seemed a bit faster.

What does not

Although the game starts out running perfectly smoothly, on all levels after building up a couple rooms and have a dozen aliens on board, intermittent lag started occurring. Changing the graphics and audio settings made very little difference. The game could render complex scenes at full speed at the highest graphics settings, only to suddenly fall down to below 1 FPS - the slowdown was especially prominent when anything started shooting. Saving the game or task switching away restored smooth gameplay for a short time. Might be a bug in a common library call or something.

On Windows XP on my testing system the game did not experience any such slowdown, so it must be Wine-specific.

The game crashes hard when you quit, and you may have to terminate the process manually. It did this on Windows XP as well, annoying but not a huge deal.


What was not tested

Did not test the second half of the game, since the drastic slowdown makes the more intense missions impossible to complete.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Tested using a Radeon HD 8490 with the open source drivers.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 10 20151.7.52Yes Yes GoldKirinn Bunnylin 
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Sep 26 20151.7.51Yes Yes BronzeKirinn Bunnylin 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 30 20131.5.29Yes Yes GoldVanack Sabbadium 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 15 20121.5.8Yes Yes SilverVanack Sabbadium 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 30 20121.5.7Yes Yes SilverVanack Sabbadium 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


When you have performance issues.

Set your audio to lower quality en less sound events.

It seems that wine is not very good with dealing with a lot of sound events and pulse.




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