In one of our previous articles we told you about the ways of playing your favorite games on Raspberry Pi. And if you’ve read it, you already know that most of the ways allow you to play only very old games. But if you’d like to install some more modern PC games, you will face inevitable troubles. Luckily, there is a simple and convenient way out – ExaGear Desktop. In this case it will work as an emulator and will allow you to play Linux and Windows PC games on your Raspberry Pi.
We already posted 2 tutorials on how to use ExaGear Desktop as a gaming emulator and run some iconic games – Arcanum, Disciples II, Fallout and Heroes of Might and Magic 3, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri and Caesar 3 – on Raspberry Pi. However, we continue testing more games and sharing the info with you.
So in today’s post we will tell you how to use ExaGear Desktop as Might and Magic 6, Stronghold Crusader Extreme HD and Pharaoh and Cleopatra emulator for your Raspberry Pi.
P.S.: keen gamers will probably also like to know that with ExaGear Desktop you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a TeamSpeak 3 Server
Raspberry Pi test stand configuration
Raspberry Pi 3
1 GB RAM
Raspbian Jessie from March 2016
Eltechs ExaGear Desktop for Raspberry Pi 3 v1.5
ExaGear Desktop installation instruction
First of all we need to install Exagear Desktop on Raspberry Pi.
ExaGear Desktop installation is very straightforward:
1. Put ExaGear Desktop archive with installation packages and ExaGear Desktop license key in the same folder. Open Terminal (command line), move to this folder and unpack the archive using the following command:
$ tar -xvzpf exagear-desktop-rpi3.tar.gz
2. Install and activate ExaGear on your Raspberry Pi by running install-exagear.sh script in the directory with deb packages and one license key:
$ sudo ./install-exagear.sh
Now you can launch the guest x86 system on your ARM device:
3. Enter the guest x86 system using the following command:
Starting the shell in the guest image /opt/exagear/images/debian-8
Check that you are in x86 environment by running the ‘arch’ command:
4. It is recommended to update apt-get repositories on the first launch of the guest system:
$ sudo apt-get update
As we are going to launch Windows games, we need to install x86 Wine inside Exagear. This can be done easily:
5. Install Wine:
$ sudo apt-get install wine
6. After installing Wine we recommend to run winecfg:
and enable the “Emulate a virtual desktop” bar. Otherwise you can face issues when the application will try to switch to the full-screen mode.
Now all preparations are finished and you can proceed with installing and running PC games. Below we show some examples.
It’s possible to run a different kind of distros and installers, but in some cases you’ll need to do unobvious tricks to make it work. That’s why we recommend to use DRM-free versions of games from the GOG site, as this is the most straightforward way to launch a game.
More details on Wine for Raspberry Pi here.
Emulate Might and Magic 6 on RPi
We recommend to download Might and Magic 6 from GOG.
To install MaM 6 open Terminal (command line), enter the guest x86 system by running the ‘exagear’ command, enter the folder with the installer (in our case it’s in folder Downloads) and run it with Wine:
$ cd Downloads
$ wine setup_mm6_188.8.131.52.exe
The graphical interface of the game installer will show up:
After installation is finished you can run MaM 6 from your Desktop:
Wait a couple of minutes while MaM 6 is loading, and finally, you will see the start menu.
Now you can play Might and Magic 6 on Raspberry Pi:
Emulate Pharaoh and Cleopatra on Raspberry Pi
We recommend to download the game from from GOG.
To install Pharaoh and Cleopatra open Terminal (command line), enter the guest x86 system by running the ‘exagear’ command, enter the folder with the installer and run it with Wine:
$ cd Downloads
$ wine setup_pharaoh_gold_184.108.40.206.exe
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