Parkan: The Imperial Chronicles Installer MD5s:
9e842b312774640b1184056f3c05003f setup_parkan_the_imperial_chronicles_188.8.131.52.exe WineHQ AppDB link: https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=9631 CodeWeavers link:
Mac OS X El Capitain 10.11.5 Kernel version:
Darwin 15.4.0 (Build 15F34) Graphics card:
Nvidia GeForce 320M / Intel HD 5000 Graphics Graphics driver & version:
OS Default Wine version(s) tested:
WINE 1.9.11 / wine-staging 1.9.12 via Wineskin Install notes: 1. To avoid MCICD errors / crashes on startup:
- locate NAV32.DLL, NGI32.DLL, WALK3D.DLL, and PARKAN.EXE in the game's root folder
- for each of the above four files, do the following:
- open it in TextEdit
- search for "winmm"; in each of the four files, there should only be one instance of that text string
- replace "WINMM.DLL" with "WIN32.DLL"
- locate winmm.dll in the game's root folder
- rename winmm.dll as win32.dll
(Special thanks to herecomesthe2000
for this tip, one of several apparent workarounds for bug #37983
; they originally posted this as a step to enable music in X-Wing '95 and TIE-Fighter '95 under WINE in OS X. Apparently GOG already applied this to X-Wing vs. TIE-Fighter. Special thanks also go to shmerl
for their help in finding the files, and leading me to this solution.) 2. To get movies working:
- install the following, in the order below:
1. msxml3 (winetricks)
2. wmp9 (winetricks)
3. Ligos Indeo Video Codecs (available here: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/indeo_codec.htm
When installing the Ligos Indeo codecs, ask for a Custom install, and disable the web browser plugin option.
(Installing wmp9 first, solves an error in the Ligos Indeo Video installer with regsvr32, where Ivfsrc.ax could not be properly registered; this is an issue I've seen with installations of Indeo Video on other games I've tried in WINE.)
- set ddr=gdi in winetricks How well does it run:
Almost perfectly...Both FPS and space combat seem to work as expected. There's a slight cosmetic glitch with the Exit screen that appears when pressing ESC during the FPS levels, but it's very minor. Details:
The game is hard-locked at 640 x 480; there is an option to play fullscreen without the HUD in the FPS levels, but it's not recommended as you lose the health and environmental information seen with the HUD enabled. There is hardware acceleration support in the game's FPS levels and it did work during my testing. There is also apparently no way to save the game during the FPS levels. (!) On OS X, enabling the Native Mac Driver is recommended as otherwise the mouse cursor may disappear during gameplay.
There is also no way to specify settings or look up controls from within the game; you need to go to the external SETUP.EXE, or consult the manual for controls.