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Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

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Game Info

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Game version 1.074
Installer Works, with (possible) minor issues
Game Works, but has some issues described below
Patch Works, no problems
Download patch Mirror 1 (sierra.com)
Demo works unknown
Download demo Mirror 1 (sierra.com)
Requires no-cd patch Yes
Multiplayer works Have not tested
Works with Cedega version(s) 5.2.8, 4.1.1 (best), 4.1
Tested with Cedega version(s) 5.2.8, 4.1.1, 4.1
Supported by TransGaming No
URLs Arcanum -- Official website

Issues

  • No shortcut to the game executable. Edit the Arcanum (Safe Mode) shortcut instead, and remove -no3d from the commandline.
  • The mouse pointer may not show up after the initial cinematics. Click a couple of times, and it appears.
  • Set the winver to winxp, the game won't start with default setting (win98).
  • Upon game start, the game is a bit slow - there is a delay/slowdown when scrolling or doing things in general. The slowdown is greatly reduced in v4.1.1.
  • The graphics messes up, making the game experience less than valuable.

Notes

  • Leave the win version to win98 when running the installer. For some reason, it exits with an unhandled exception if set to winxp.
  • It's possible you'll run into trouble when the installer asks you to change discs. On my system it didn't want to unmount, but I changed to the supermount system, which works flawlessly.
  • Upgrading to Cedega 4.1.1 is highly recommended, as menu speed and ingame speed is significantly better than with 4.1.
  • Graphics corruption is caused by some missing bit-blit transforms, ddraw/dsurface/dib.c [DIB_DirectDrawSurface_Blt] from a recient version of wine can be used to patch winex cvs.
  • Perfomance issues are caused by 16bit → 32bit colour depth transformations, run with the flags -doublebuffer for improve performance a little.
  • Still has graphics corruption with Cedega 5.2.8.
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