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Spiral Knights Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 31, 2015.

  • by booman, Jul 31, 2015 at 1:48 PM
  • booman

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    Spiral Knights is a free-to-play MMO RPG with a strong emphasis on cooperative game-play. Imagine Torchlight mixed with linear dungeon rogue-like maps, encountering many fantasy enemies like ghosts, blobs, zombies, foxes who drop miscellaneous currency and power-ups. Upgrade weapons, armor and abilities to overcome a variety of bosses.


    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Spiral Knights in Linux

    Note: This guide applies to the Java version of Spiral Knights.

    Tips & Specs:

    Mint 17 64-bit
    Java 1.7.0_79

    Go to www.spiralknights.com
    Click "Play Now!"

    Don't bother playing in the browser
    Click the "click here" at the bottom to download the game

    Save spiral-install.bin to your desktop

    Double-click spiral-install.bin
    Click "Make executable and run"

    Press Space to scroll down the Terms of Service

    Type: yes
    To agree to the license terms

    Press Enter if you already have Java 1.5.0 or newer installed

    Type the path where you want to install Spiral
    Press Enter for the default path

    Press Return to close the window

    A shortcut should have been created and added to your desktop
    Double-click the Spiral Knights shortcut


    Launch Screen

    Login as Guest or use your Registration credentials
    Click Login

    Note: After logging in as guest, when you are finished playing the game will ask if you want to save the account. No email necessary. If you use your Steam account all progress will be lost.


    Click Options
    Click Video Tab
    Adjust Resolution
    Check/UnCheck Fullscreen
    Click Apply spiral14.png

    Click "Edit Advanced"
    • Vertical Sync
    • Compatibility Mode
    • Render Effects
    • Cull Transients
    • Antialiasing

    Click OK

    Spiral Knights ran perfectly on my GeForce 550 Ti. It even ran on my Acer C710 Chromebook with Ubuntu 12.04 and an Intel HD 2000 video chip.

    I experienced a few symptoms when logging in or taking screenshots. Sometimes when I entered my password the cursor would enter repetative text endlessly. I was unable to login, but when I switched to another desktop and back, I was able to delete the text and enter it correctly.
    Another symptom was when taking a PrtScrn screenshot, the game would minimize. Sometimes I would have a hard time maximizing the game and could not navigate in Linux to restore it. Sometimes the only solution was to kill the game with Ctrl+Alt+F1 (TTY).

    Its free, multi-player, cooperative, optimized and runs in free Java. What else could you want?

    Gameplay Video:








    Last edited: Jan 8, 2017
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Rymorem
    Tried this one on my fresh installation of Mint 17.2 and just like Dead Frontier guide, nothing happens. Saved the .bin to my desktop, double clicked and ran as an executable. Nothing happens after I click the button. Fairly sure I'm following the guides directly, though I probably don't know enough to do my own work arounds on Linux.
  2. booman
    If you are using a 64-bit version of Linux, make sure to install the 32-bit libraries.
    Are you able to play any other games in Linux?
    Open your Synaptics Package manager, search for ia32-libs
    Mark it for installation and apply it.
  3. Rymorem
    I actually got SK to finally work by messing around in the terminal. It wouldn't run as an executable, so I had to go the chmod command route to get it to work. It works perfectly now.
  4. booman
    I had to do that on my Chromebook with Ubuntu 12
    But Mint was able to make it executable without the terminal
    Glad you got it working, maybe I'll add those steps to the guide as well
  5. Rymorem
    Yeah, Idk why it wasn't working, but it worked fine once I did it through terminal.
  6. booman
    So you have to use the Terminal to install Spiral Knights? or are you using the Terminal to run it each time?
  7. Rymorem
    I had to use Terminal to install. Once I got it installed, it works perfectly. No problems at all so far.
  8. booman
    Ok, good. I may have to update my guide
    When I first downloaded the .bin file, I double-clicked and Mint asked me if I wanted to make it "executable"
    sudo chmod +x spiral-install.bin
    In Mint you can also right-click the .bin and click the Permissions tab. You can check "make executable"

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