Panzer Elite is a true "8-bit" tank simulation made in 1999. Control up to 5 tanks in true WWII campaigns on either Axis or Allied sides. Each tank has realistic physics, recoil and controls as you traverse all kids of terrain in Europe.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Panzer Elite in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Panzer Elite. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 19 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 3.0.3
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 3.0.3 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: panzerelite
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 3.0.3
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
PlayOnLinux Packages (DLLs, Libraries, Components)
Check the following:
Note: All packages should automatically download and install
Click Next again...
Check "I agree to EULA"
Uncheck "Created desktop icons"
Name the shortcut: Panzer Elite
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Note: For graphics settings, make another shortcut to "3D_Control_Center.exe"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "Panzer Elite"
Wine version: 3.0.3
Video Memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Launch Panzer Elite
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Select "Direct3D Support"
- Software Cursor
- Direct Draw Device
- Direct3D Device
- Filtered Textures
- Depth Buffer
- Texture Detail
- View Distance
I was able to crank all the settings to high even though it didn't make a lot of difference in 16-bit color. Panzer Elite is a true retro simulation and has a lot of controls for everything these tanks can accomplish. Any computer or netbook should run it just fine at native resolutions. I was able to play at 1920x1080 which is amazing for such an old game. The only problem I experienced was randomly starting a mission and it immediately ends with failure. For some reason it never loads and I think it is due to screen resolution. Feel free to try using Wine's Virtual Desktop or playing windowed.