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Return to Castle Wolfenstein for Modern Linux

Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a first-person shooter originally released on November 19, 2001. The game, like many other classic games, is available at GOG.com and costs only US$5.99.

iortcw
Don't bother with old and crusty Linux binaries offered by idsoft; they are problematic and it's painful to use them on a modern Linux. Fortunately for us, there are more modern GPL-licensed Linux binaries available for 32- and 64-bit systems as well as high resolution textures packages. The project at GitHub provides source code that can also be compiled for MS Windows using MinGW.

You can download pre-compiled binaries for 32- and 64-bit Linux, MS Windows and Mac from here. Let's put our files in /usr/local/games/rtcw. As root, extract the downloaded .ZIP file for your architecture to /usr/local/games/rtcw. All we are missing are the game data files. I purchased them from GOG.com.

The game installer downloaded from GOG.com can be unpacked using innoextract, as can most any GOG game. The innoextract website has more details on extracting GOG installers. The only things you will need from the Windows version of the game are the are the *.pk3 files that contain the the game data, plus the autoexec.cfg file and the /scripts sub-directory. They will go in the /main directory of the game. Create symlinks to the mp and sp binaries from the game directory to /usr/local/bin. I keep the standard names, wolfsp and wolfmp.

WINE
If you are going the WINE route, you'll need that game installer from GOG. The game runs well using the GOG installer with WINE, PlayonLinux and Crossover. HOWEVER, you should install the unofficial patch from Knightmare, aka patch 1.42d if you have crashes on startup.

It is also possible to use the iortcw binaries for Windows, especially if you want to use a 64-bit binary.

The Venom Mod
The Venom Mod is an improved game look and feel. You can

Hi-Res Textures
High resolution textures are available at the rtcw.pro website. They provide installation instructions.

If you have already played through the game (or not), you can download a saved game that will unlock all the levels.



RESOURCES

Return to Castle Wolfenstein at Wikipedia

RTCW Linux binaries Download

RTCW hi-res textures

Does this run in WINE?

Saved Games

2010 DirectX Runtime Package

DirectX Web installer

Control/Input Lag? Change VSYNC setting in video driver

Missing DLL Files

Missing Linux Libraries (libMesaGL.so.3)


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