Retro Gaming on Odroid

Play favorite PC and Linux retro games on Odroid

 

Games on Odroid

It’s not a secret that retro gaming is now back in style. And after buying some new device true gamers instantly want to download and play their favorite titles on it. And luckily for Odroid owners there is a way to turn their device into a retro-gaming machine - Exagear Desktop. With this software you’ll be able to play your favorite Linux and Windows PC games on your Odroid.

Today we’ll tell you how to run some iconic PC games – Arcanum, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri - on Odroid with Exagear Desktop.

ExaGear Desktop installation instruction

First of all we need to install Exagear Desktop on Odroid.

ExaGear Desktop installation is very straightforward:

1. Put ExaGear Desktop archive with installation packages and ExaGear Desktop license key in the same folder. Open MATE Terminal (command line), move to this folder and unpack the archive using the following command:

$ tar -xvzpf exagear-desktop-odrxu4.tar.gz

2. Install and activate ExaGear on your Odroid by running install-exagear.sh script in the directory with deb packages and one license key:

$ sudo ./install-exagear.sh

That’s it!

Now you can launch the guest x86 system on your ARM device:

3. Enter the guest x86 system using the following command:

$ exagear
Starting the shell in the guest image /opt/exagear/images/ubuntu-1504

You are in x86 environment that can be checked by running the ‘arch’ command:

$ arch
i686

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:

$ winecfg

and enable the “Emulate a virtual desktop” bar. Otherwise you can face issues when application will try to switch to full-screen mode.

Wine configuration vie Winecfg

Now all preparations are finished and you can proceed with installing and running PC games. Below we present some useful examples.

It’s possible to run a different kind of distros and installers, but in some cases you 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.

Arcanum

We recommend to download Arcanum from GOG.

To install Arcanum just run the installer with Wine in MATE Terminal (command line), and the graphical interface of the game installer will show up:

$ exagear
$ wine setup_arcanum_2.0.0.15.exe

Arcanum on Odroid

After installation is finished you can run Arcanum from your desktop.

Wait a couple of minutes while Arcanum is loading, and finally, you will see the start menu.

Arcanum menu

Select your favorite hero and start playing Arcanum on Odroid.

Heroes of Might and Magic 3

We recommend to download HoMM3 from GOG.

To install HoMM3 just run the installer with Wine in MATE Terminal (command line):

$ exagear
$ wine setup_homm3_complete_2.0.0.16.exe

The graphical interface of the game installer will show up and you can proceed with installation. After installation is finished you can run HoMM3 directly from the desktop. Wait until the game is loaded and then you will see the start menu. Now select the map and play Heroes of Might and Magic 3 on Odroid.

HoMM3 on Odroid

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

We recommend to download Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri from GOG.

To install Alpha Centauri open MATE Terminal (command line), enter the guest x86 system by running the ‘exagear’ command and run the installer with Wine:

$ exagear
$ wine setup_sid_meiers_alpha_centauri_2.0.2.23.exe

The graphical interface of the game installer will show up and you can proceed with installation. After installation is finished you can run Alpha Centauri directly from the desktop or from the start menu. You might need to wait until the game is loaded. Then select a faction and start your space colonization:

Alpha Centauri on Odroid

Final notes

Exagear Desktop allows you to run a lot of PC games on your Odroid. In this post we only mentioned 3 of them. We will keep telling you how to run even more of your beloved games on Odroid. So stay tuned!

With ExaGear Desktop you can run many more x86 apps on your Odroid and other ARM-based devices (such as Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, Beagleboard, Cubox, Jetson, Cubieboard etc.). We’ve already covered some of them in our previous posts and will soon post more tutorials on your favorite apps. Stay in touch and explore the capabilities of your Odroid.

Enjoy playing your favorite games with ExaGear Desktop!

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