Sid Meier's Pirates is an adventurous action strategy game where you pilot your own ship and crew through the dangerous Carribean waters. Fight against the Spanish, English, French and Dutch and plunder the loot from your victory. Dig up treasure, Attack ports, Romance the Governor's daughter and dual with fierce captains.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Sid Meier's Pirates in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the retail version of Sid Meier's Pirates. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
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Mint 16 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Versions: 1.5.18
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
PlayOnLinux will automatically download it
Note: PlayOnLinux may also install the compatible version of Gecko also.
Wine is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: sidmeierspirates
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.5.18
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
Always select 32-bit virtual drive
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop Size: 1024x768
Check the following libraries:
Note: All libraries will automatically download and install
Installing Sid Meier's Pirates!
Select "Select another file"
Navigate to your Sid Meiers Pirates DVD
Name your shortcut: Sid Meier's Pirates!
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Wine version: 1.5.18
Click the + to download other versions of Wine
Click the arrow to select another version of Wine
Click Configure Wine
Type "ms" into text area
Click the arrow and scroll to msvcp71
Now msvcp71 is on your list of libraries
Back to PlayOnLinux Configure
GLSL Support: disable
Select Video Memory Size
This is the amount of Memory your video card/chip has
Launch Sid Meier's Pirates!
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Sid Meier's Pirates!
Note: Clicking Debug will show you output errors and bugs.
Click "Change Your System Options"
Click "Video Settings"
Adjust your resolution to match your Linux desktop
Wine virtual desktop will automatically resize and your game will appear fullscreen
Adjust detail and lighting as needed.
Performance depends on the video card you are using
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
I had a hard time getting Sid Meier's Pirates! to appear fullscreen on my system.
Its an older game and doesn't seem to support all widescreen resolutions. I ended up changing my desktop resolution to 1400x1050 then matching in game resolution to 1400x1050
Then the game appeared fullscreen.
I also had issues with performance as well. It didn't matter how high or low the graphics setters were... I found that Wine 1.5.18 performed well enough, but there was still a game lag when sword fighting. Everything else ran well.