Introduction

Emulators allow you to run software designed for another operating system and/or hardware. An obvious application of this is to run popular games. In addition to popular games console emulators, there are compatibility layers like Wine that allow Windows software to be used.

1. Windows Games

Some Windows games can run on Ubuntu, but they need either an emulator or a compatibility layer.

1.1. Windows Emulators

WINE logo

WINE - A completely free compatability layer that works for some games.

  • Cedega - A commercial compatability layer. This costs money, but works for more games than WINE. (No longer available)

  • DOSBox - A x86 emulator with Tandy/Herc/CGA/EGA/VGA/SVGA graphics, sound and DOS, enables playing old DOS games.

  • QEMU - A virtual machine capable of running Windows.

  • PlayOnLinux - A free WINE-based compatibility layer.

  • Crossover Linux Games - A commercial WINE-based program allowing users to run Windows software. This version is tweaked to run Windows games better.

1.2. Windows Game List

Windows games that can be run on Ubuntu with an emulator.

  • Anno 1503: The New World
  • Counter-Strike: Source
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Half-Life - A first-person shooter
  • Half-Life 2
  • Half-Life: Counter-Strike - Describes installation and play using WINE.

  • Port Royale
  • Red Alert 2 - Information detailing installing and playing with WINE.

  • Sacred Underworld
  • Stronghold Crusader
  • Tortuga: Pirates of the New World
  • Warcraft III - A guide to using Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Zone and Defense of the Ancients, a custom scenario for Warcraft III with WINE.

  • World of Warcraft - Describes howto install and play WoW with WINE.

2. Other Emulators

  • ScummVM - free implementation of LucasArts' S.C.U.M.M interpreter, package "scummvm"

  • xmame - An X-Windows frontend for the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator [multiverse]
  • MAMEHub - An open-source extension of MAME & MESS that supports cross-platform netplay

Name

Package Name

Emulates

Repository

Homepage

Status

MAME

mame

Multiple Arcade Machines

Universe

http://mamedev.org/

Active

Hatari

hatari

Atari ST, STE, TT, and Falcon

Universe

http://hatari.tuxfamily.org/

Active

Gngb

gngb

Nintendo Gameboy Color

Universe

http://m.peponas.free.fr/gngb/

Active

DeSmuME

desmume

Nintendo DS

Universe

http://desmume.org/

Active

Yabause

yabause

Sega Saturn

Universe

http://yabause.org/

Inactive

Atari800

atari800

Atari 800, 800XL, 130XE and 5200

Multiverse

http://atari800.sourceforge.net/

Active

DGen

dgen

Sega Genesis/MegaDrive

Multiverse

http://tamentis.com/projects/dgen/

Inactive

VBA-M

visualboyadvance

Nintendo Game Boy Advance

Universe

http://vba-m.com/

Active

FCEUX

fceux

Nintendo NES/Famicom (8-bit): NTSC and PAL

Universe

http://fceux.com/web/home.html

Active

Stella

stella

Atari 2600

Universe

http://stella.sourceforge.net/

Active

Mednafen

mednafen

Nintendo NES, GameBoy Advance, Atari Lynx, PC Engine

Universe

http://mednafen.sourceforge.net/

Active

KDE All Machine Emulator Frontend for Unix

kamefu

Nintendo NES, GameBoy, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, SNES, MAME

Universe

http://kamefu.pwsp.net/

Inactive

UAE: The Ubiquitous Amiga Emulator

uae

Commodore Amiga 500/1000/2000

Multiverse

http://www.amigaemulator.org/

Inactive

  • Emulator - Wikipedia's emulator page.

  • Spectrum Emulators - Unix emulators of the classic Spectrum machines from World of Spectrum.


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Games/Emulators (last edited 2014-09-27 14:36:27 by t-ramsvik)