Gauntlet is one of the most unique arcade classics from the 80s. It was the first co-op multiplayer dungeon game with classes and has several sequels. But in 2014 Gauntlet finally got a sequel to rule-them-all...
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Gauntlet in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Gauntlet. 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.
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Mint 18.1 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 2.12-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 2.12-staging 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: gauntlet
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 2.12-staging
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: Gauntlet
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
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
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Find Gauntlet in your Library
Uncheck "Created desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Click "I Agree"
Wait for Gauntlet to download...
Setting Windowed Mode
Gauntlet will refuse to load due to some screen resolution issue
Open settings.ini in TextEditorCode:/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/gauntlet/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/Common/Gauntlet/content
Scroll down to fullscreen = True
Change it to fullscreen = False
Back to Steam
Now it will launch in Windowed mode and you can change it back to fullscreen
- Decal Amount
- Ambient Occlusion
- Classic Mode
The only bugs I've encountered are keyboard interactivity when launching the game.
The simple fix is to use Alt+Tab out of the window and Alt+Tab back and then it works fine
Another bug is Exiting the game. It will crash each time
Just Alt+Tab to PlayOnLinux
Go to Wine Tab
Click "Kill Processes"
I was amazed that Gauntlet runs now even though it is a Direct X 10/11 game. Wine staging does a great job handling everything and I was able to play with all settings on high on my GeForce GTX 1060 and GTX 950. I was even able to play co-op online as well. It played just as well as in Windows.