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Legend of Grimrock Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 12, 2013.

  • by booman, Jul 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM
  • booman

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    The Legend Of Grimrock is an indie role playing game made with absolutely professional stature. Boasting high quality graphics, close cooridors, exploration, in-your-face action, 4 classes, and all the weapons, spells, monsters your RPG heart could want.
    The unique aspect of Grimrock goes back to the original RPG's of the 80's with grid-like movement & dungeon mazes. In effect its a combination of old skool & modern game engine.


    Naturally I wanted to play The Legend of Grimrock in Linux.
    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing The Legend of Grimock in PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version only. Other downloaded, GOG or retail versions may require additional steps. Not to mention that Grimrock now has a Native port to Linux and you can run it with the native Linux Steam client.

    Tips and Specs

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual:
    PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2
    Wine: 1.4

    Installing Wine with PlayOnLinux

    Installing different versions of Wine is necessary for running different games because one Wine doesn't work for them all. PlayOnLinux makes it possible to download, install and test your game in all the versions of Wine until you find the right one for your speicific game.

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Tools
    Click "Manage Wine Versions"

    Wine versions manager
    Select 1.4.1
    Click the right-arrow

    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Wine wizard
    Click Next




    Thats it! Try downloading newer versions of Wine

    Installing Windows Steam

    Open your internet and browse to www.steampowered.com
    Click "Install Steam" at the top right

    Welcome to Steam

    Note: Don't click "Install Steam Now" because it will automatically install the Linux native Steam client.

    Click "Windows" instead grimrock02.png

    Save "SteamInstall.msi" in your downloads folder
    Click Save

    Setting up PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click "Install"

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Manual Installation
    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

    Name your Virtual Drive: Grimrock
    Click Next

    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.4.1
    Click Next

    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.

    Wine configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check: "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK

    Install some Libraries

    Check: "POL_Install_d3dx9"
    Click Next

    Installing Windows Steam

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next

    Click "Browse"

    Navigate to downloads
    Select "SteamInstall.msi"
    Click Open

    Click Next

    Steam Installation Wizard

    Click Next

    License Agreement
    Select "I accept the license agree..."
    Click Next

    Internet connetion speed
    Select your internet connection speed
    Click Next

    Select your language
    Click Next

    Destination Folder
    Click "Install"

    Click "Finish"

    Steam Updating

    Steam Downloading

    Steam Extracting

    Steam Installing Update

    Steam Login
    Create your new account or login to your existing account

    Enter your login and password
    Click "Login"

    Installing Legend of Grimrock

    Double-click "Legend of Grimrock" to begin installation

    Click Next

    Leave the shortcuts un-checked
    Click Next

    Click "Finish" to start downloading

    Wait for Legend of Grimrock to download

    Note: The full game is less than a Gigabyte of data. My internet connection took about 30 minutes to download all the data

    Installing DirectX

    Installing VC Redist Package

    Close Steam

    Select "Steam.exe"
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut Steam
    Click Next

    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    Every time I click the Steam shortcut in PlayOnLinux I would get a "Couldn't load a PNG image - file is corrupted or not enough memory" error. Just ignore it. Steam still runs properly.

    Grimrock Shortcut

    Open PlayOnLinux
    Click "Configure"
    Select "Grimrock" Virtual Drive
    General Tab: Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"

    Select "grimrock.exe"
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Grimrock
    Click Next

    Select "I don't wnat to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    Launch Grimrock

    Everything ran GREAT in PlayOnLinux and Wine 1.4.1
    Saving, Loading, weapons, spells. I didn't bother configuring the video options because the game looked beautiful and ran perfectly. The whole game takes place in close cooridors so it should run on most computers and laptops.
    This guide should also work with the GOG.com version, just skip all of the Steam installation steps.






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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Nick Fenwick
    Or you can install the Linux version? I bought the game and installed it via steam, and it has worked like a charm with no playonlinux shenanigans. It seems it's available via non-steam channels too: http://www.grimrock.net/buy/
  2. booman
    Thanks for the link.
    Yeah I had originally started the guide before the Linux version was public. Then later it came out. Oh well, I figured just-in-case someone doesn't want to install the Linux version or already has the Windows version installed (dual boot) then this would be a guide to help them.

    Also if they have the GOG.com version... this guide can help them set up libraries and virtual drive accordingly.
  3. Nick Fenwick
    Hey booman, I noticed that you had mentioned the native Linux version in your guide just after I posted, but a bug on this forum prevented me from editing or deleting my post (I have contacted the site admin so hopefully that'll be resolved). You do mention that it's available. It's certainly very helpful to have guides like this available when trying to install other games on PlayOnLinux .. personally I have about a 10% success rate getting things to run, even on a fully updated modern Fedora system, so I've completely given up trying and dual boot for non-native games. I'm very glad Steam is finally out for Linux and more native games are becoming available. If you can, you might want to update the guide where it reads "Unfortunately Legend of Grimrock doesn't run in Linux natively yet." :)
  4. booman
    Yeah, I'll let Gizmo know that you are having problems editing your initial post.
    Check out my success list: GameCave
    I'm experiencing a 90% rate of success! Of course inspired me to start doing these guides. I want everyone to know that games really ARE running in Linux and just requires a few extra steps and some patience.
    I'll definitely update my guide to show that Grimrock now runs natively in Linux.
    Initially I tried using Fedora and PlayOnLinux. I was having a lot of success, but Gnome 3 interface that Fedora uses natively is a little peculiar for most new-to-Linux users. So I went to Mint because it still kinda has an "XP" interface with Cinnamon.

    Two of the major factors in my success has been modern hardware & video card, but also using Mint 32-bit. I'm sure Ubuntu will have just as much success too.
    One thing I found with Fedora is that the 64-bit Operating System doesn't have a single package for installing 32-bit libraries. Instead, you have to find which libraries your game needs and then download them separately.
    In Mint and Ubuntu all you have to do is install "multiarch" libraries and you are read-to-go.
    Were you using a 64-bit Fedora?
  5. dem
    I've got the linux native version (from HUmble bundle) : it's a really great game, working perfectly. The only "issue" is the difficulty of the game if you want to discover everything, especially for someone not very good like me.

    I didn't remembered that old school dungeon games were so hard (I remember especially Black Crypt on my amiga) when I was a teenager !
  6. booman
    Agreed, I should have played it on easy because on "normal" I spent a few hours and then had to give up. Just got way too hard!
    I never figured out how to cure poison or heal my characters. Actually I never figured out how to do any alchemy at all
  7. dem
    You need some alchemy devices (some kind of recipient), some empty bottles and take some herbs in the dungeons, and then find the rolls of receipes. But it's very hard to make a lot of them, since I didn't find that much empty bottles.

    I went relatively far in the game, but apparently I missed a lot of stuff because I finally made something I hate, reading some online solution guides because I was blocked.

    Seeing all the things I missed (like ranged weapons, and stuff like that) I gave up. For now...I 'll probably start the game again, with this time my own heroes.
  8. booman
    Yeah, I'll start over one day too. How do you actually combine the bottle, herbs and recipes?
  9. dem
    You need some kind of pestle (in french, "pilon", not sure of the translation). Then you put the correct herbs in it (drag and drop), a bottle et voilĂ  ;)

    THe recipes just indicate the correct amount of specific herbs.

    But during my journey, I didn't find a lot of bottles...But I missed a lot of things as I said.

    Perhaps a good way to play this game for a poor/average player would be to read a online solution guide once, and then play the game a few weeks later...lol
  10. booman
    I actually got pretty far without alchemy...
    But it would have been nice to heal from poison.
    I think I remember a pestal in the game...
    Grimrock was easy enough to figure out just they way it is... but it would have been nice to include a short tutorial

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