Dear Esther is the most graphically beautiful game made in the source engine.
Who is the narrator?
Who is your character on this remote island?
How can such a beautiful place exist?
Explore an abandoned island and cave systems with poetic narration and admire the exquisite landscapes.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Dear Esther in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Dear Esther. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.
To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained
Mint 18.3 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 2.0.3
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 2.0.3 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
Select 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 your virtual drive: dearesther
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 2.0.3
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
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Dear Esther
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes any missing font problems and the Store problem (Windows needs to be set as Windows XP)
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Select Dear Esther
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Go to your Steam Library
Find Dear Esther
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Wait for Dear Esther to download
- Aspect Ratio
- Display Mode
- Laptop Power Savings
- Detail Foliage
- Detail Foliage Draw Distance
- Field of view
Note: Click Advanced for more settings
Rule of thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Initially I tested the native Linux version from Humble Bundle and there were always dependencies missing. I spent over an hour trying to find the right libraries, install them or link to newer one's and it was too confusing. Some of these older libraries are no longer supported and are very difficult to setup. So I decided to try it in PlayOnLinux and it worked perfectly in a 32-bit virtual drive. No problems and great performance.