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Panzer Elite Guide

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  • by booman, Dec 15, 2018 at 12:35 PM
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    Panzer Elite is a true "8-bit" tank simulation made in 1999. Control up to 5 tanks in true WWII campaigns on either Axis or Allied sides. Each tank has realistic physics, recoil and controls as you traverse all kids of terrain in Europe.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Panzer Elite in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Panzer Elite. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 19 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.3.3
    Wine: 3.0.3

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 3.0.3
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 3.0.3 is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: panzerelite
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 3.0.3
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (DLLs, Libraries, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages should automatically download and install

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_panzer_elite_2.0.0.3.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again...

    Click Options
    Check "I agree to EULA"
    Uncheck "Created desktop icons"
    Click "Install"
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Panzer_Elite.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Panzer Elite
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Note: For graphics settings, make another shortcut to "3D_Control_Center.exe"

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "Panzer Elite"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 3.0.3
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    Display Tab
    Video Memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launch Panzer Elite
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Display Settings

    Select "Direct3D Support"
    Click Advanced
    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Software Cursor
    • Direct Draw Device
    • Direct3D Device
    • Filtered Textures
    • Fog
    • Depth Buffer
    • Texture Detail
    • View Distance
    Click OK
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    Conclusion:
    I was able to crank all the settings to high even though it didn't make a lot of difference in 16-bit color. Panzer Elite is a true retro simulation and has a lot of controls for everything these tanks can accomplish. Any computer or netbook should run it just fine at native resolutions. I was able to play at 1920x1080 which is amazing for such an old game. The only problem I experienced was randomly starting a mission and it immediately ends with failure. For some reason it never loads and I think it is due to screen resolution. Feel free to try using Wine's Virtual Desktop or playing windowed.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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