Raspberry Pi Gaming Emulator

Raspberry Pi gaming is a great way to enjoy retro games and even old PC games on the Pi.

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.

And even using such retro gaming emulators as Rertopie or Emulation Station, will hardly make you happy due to speed issues and retro gaming bundle limitations. You will find only NES or very old computer games in their game lists and roms to download. And if you would like to play more up-to-date ones, like Might and Magic, you’ll certainly face problems…

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 have 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

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

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/debian-8

Check that you are in x86 environment 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 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:

$ exagear
$ cd Downloads
$ wine setup_mm6_2.1.0.42.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:

$ exagear
$ cd Downloads
$ wine setup_pharaoh_gold_2.0.0.12.exe

The graphical interface of the game installer will show up and you can proceed with installation. After installation is finished you can run Pharaoh and Cleopatra directly from Raspbian desktop or from the start menu. You might need to wait until the game is loaded.

Emulate Stronghold Crusader Extreme HD on RPi

We recommend to download Stronghold Crusader Extreme HD from GOG.

To install the game on Raspberry Pi, just enter the guest x86 system by entering the ‘exagear’ command in Terminal, enter the folder with the installer and run it with Wine:

$ exagear
$ cd Downloads
$ wine setup_stronghold_crusader_extreme_hd_2.2.0.8.exe

After installation you can run the game from Raspbian desktop:

Final notes

Exagear Desktop can help you to significantly increase the capabilities of your Raspberry Pi-based gaming console by letting you run Linux and Windows PC games (such as Might and Magic 6, Stronghold Crusader Extreme HD, Pharaoh and Cleopatra, listed in this tutorial, and more games from our previous articles).

Don’t limit yourself — enjoy many more of your favorite games with ExaGear Desktop!


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