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StarsWine - Stars in BoxedWine on Windows Fri, 20 April 2018 18:16 Go to previous message
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Here I present another effort at getting Stars! to run better in Windows 64-bit: StarsWine 1.0

Download

https://github.com/stars-4x/starswine/releases

Usage

1. Unzip the download, go into the extracted folder
2. Run 'stars.bat', wait a little bit
3. Enter your serial number
4. Play!

Description

This is an attempt at better integration and performance with Windows 7, 10, etc. 64-bit: starsbox works fine but has mouse issues that I couldn't fix, and it was sometimes very slow.

The technology used is called BoxedWine (http://www.boxedwine.org/). It is basically a bare-bones x86 emulator that runs just enough of Linux 32-bit internally to run WINE (https://www.winehq.org/) and load up old 16-bit games. BoxedWine is still in heavy development so this may be crashy (but I haven't noticed it yet).

Known Issues

* Large download of 48 MB and extracts to about 200 MB. Better than a full VM but worse than StarsBox
* Stars! cursor changes can be a little weird - like the little hand that drags waypoints might be something else
* If the main window loses focus, emulation stops entirely (maybe this is a feature)

Enjoy!

P.S. Please let me know of your experience using it, especially if it is any better or worse than using StarsBox or a full VM


[Updated on: Sat, 21 April 2018 03:36]

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