Escape Velocity: Nova

This is the latest version of EV:Nova available as of May 9 2007.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0.10
License: Shareware
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.21

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What works

Fullscreen mode works great, no graphical problems at all, no mouse or keyboard problems with default Wine settings.

What does not

Windowed mode does not work, it must be forced by using fullscreen with the virtual desktop of 1024x768. Sound does not work without the windows version of quicktime installed under wine. And you must use ALSA. If you still have sound problems, OSS emulated sound with emulated driver works great, but runs slower.


What was not tested

Ingame quicktime movies have not been tested yet.

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Additional Comments

Not a very complex game, but is fun nonetheless.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jul 06 20141.7.21Yes Yes NoGoldMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Oct 01 20111.3.29Yes Yes NoGoldMark 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 06 20101.2-rc6Yes Yes NoGoldJim 
ShowLinux Mint 8 "Helena"Dec 10 20091.1.31Yes Yes NoBronzeboballen55 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 09 20091.1.26Yes Yes NoGoldMark 

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HowTo / Notes

Adding plugins to Nova


So you've downloaded a plugin for EV: Nova. Congratulations. Unfortunately, the EVN we are working with is a Windows port of a Mac game, so most plugins will need to be rewritten with a more windows-freindly architechture. This is the simplist way to do it, based on the procedure Windows users have to go through. Fun to think of Windows users having to jump through hoops, ain't it?

1. Unzipping

If the plugin comes as a .zip file, you're in luck. Unzip and skip to step 2. If it is a .bin file, skip to step two without unzipping. If it is a .rez file, skip to step 3. If it is a .sitx file, follow the directions for .sit, but it likely will not work. If it comes as a .sit file, download and install Stuffit 9 (for windows unless someone knows how to install the linux version, for whick I'd be grateful) from here: Once you do that, open Stuffit, and click Edit>>Application Options>>Cross Platform and select "Encode Data and resource forks of each file together in ManBinary format". Now click the Drop Areas Button. Now Drag the .sit (or .sitx) file into the 'Expand' drop area or click Open, navigate to the .sit file, click on the files in the archive, and hit extract. Your file should now be unzipped.

2. Convert from MacBinary to .rez

Look at the extracted files. If they are .rez files, skip to step 3. Note that some people include both the Mac and converted Windows versions of the plug, and if this is the case delete the .bin file and go to step 3. If there is no .rez file, you have to convert from MacBinary (.bin). Now, bring up the 'run application' box. type in 'wine' and 'click run with file' navigate to the EV: Nova folder and select 'Convert Plugins.exe'. Now, instead of hitting 'Run', click 'run with file' again and select the .bin file. If there is more than one .bin file, click 'run with file' again. This can get iritating with Total Conversions or packs of plugins. When all .bin files are selected, hit 'Run'.

3. Adding the Plugin to Nova

You should now have a .rez file. You should probably right-click>>Properties to make sure that it is not 0kb. If it is, this did not work and I apologize. If it does have a size, drop it in the Plugins Folder in the /userhome/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/EV: Nova/ directory.

I must caution you that many plugins are incompatable with each other. The more a plug does, the more likely it is to interfere with another plug. If you create a file in the EV: Nova folder called debuglog.txt, Nova will save debugging data there when it runs. You can ask for more help regarding plugins at the forums at

If you turn Caps Lock on, the game speed doubles (and a little '2x' icon appears in the top-left corner).


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