Tomb Raider goes way back to 1996 on the Sega Saturn, Playstation and PC. Several generations later and a few movies, now Lara Croft is stranded on an Island somewhere near the Bermuda Triangle.
Tomb Raider plays like a movie with stunning visual effects chilling action. Lara still does trick jumps, but now she can upgrade her weapons & tools, while trying to survive on this horrid island.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Tomb Raider in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Tomb Raider. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Tomb Raider isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name you virtual drive: tombraider
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.6.2
Select "32 bits windows installation"
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:
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More updating, extracting and installing
When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Tomb Raider
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Tomb Raider (Left Side)
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click "Login to existing account"
Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
Click Steam menu
Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
Click On Library
Find Tomb Raider on the list
Click "I Agree"
Uncheck "Create a start menu shortcut..."
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut to..."
Wait for Tomb Raider to download (11GB)
Adjust Resolution to match your Linux Desktop
Note: Game will appear fullscreen
Adjust Quality, Motion Blur and Screen Effects
Adjust Quality Presets or adjust all the setting to run smoothly on your computer
Rule of thumb:
Higher settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Lower settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
In Game Options
Here you can also adjust the same graphics settings as the launcher.
If it crashes Tomb Raider, I suggest using the launcher instead.
Tomb Raider ran almost perfectly on my GeForce 550 Ti. There are some moments when the mouse refuses to turn Lara all the way around, but if I simply click then the mouse works.
I also noticed some flickering vegetation. Thats about it, all of the weather, shaders, lighting and water effects work beautifully!