Thursday, July 27, 2017

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 and costs only US$5.99.

Don't bother with old and crusty Linux binaries offered by IDsoft; it is problematic 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.

The game installer downloaded from 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. They will go in the /main directory of the game.

Venom Mod is an improved game engine keeping the original game engine look and feel.

The iortcw project is a modern game engine for Linux, Windows and Mac in active development.

The Return to Castle Wolfenstein v1.42d Patch is available here.

High resolution textures are available at the 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.

The game runs well using GOG installer with WINE, PlayonLinux and Crossover. HOWEVER, you should install the unofficial patch from Knightmare if you have crashes on startup.


Return to Castle Wolfenstein at Wikipedia

RTCW Linux binaries

RTCW hi-res textures

General Resources

Saved Games

2010 DirectX Runtime Package

DirectX Web installer

Control/Input Lag? Change VSYNC setting in video driver

Missing DLL Files

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