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Play Descent 1 & 2 with DXX-Rebirth on the Raspberry Pi

Jose CerrejonAbout 1 minRaspberry PIRaspberry PI

Play Descent 1 & 2 with DXX-Rebirth on the Raspberry Pi


I've added Descent to PiKISSopen in new window long time ago (commented here), but I didn't have the oportunity to write about it. Now I've recompiled the latest version 0.60 Beta 2 available for your Raspberry Pi.

Descent is a 3D first person shooter that takes place in the distant future...

[ The game ]


The Post Terran Mining Corporation owns a lot of mines, spread all over planets in our solar system. Somehow all the mining robots become infected with a computer virus and took the human workers hostage. Your job is to infiltrate the mines, clean out the robots, rescue any hostages you find, and lastly destroy the infected mines by destroying its reactor.

Descent was developed back in 1995 by Parallax Software and published by Interplay. Interplay released one of my favourite RPG in the same year, a game called Stone Keep (watch some videos at Youtubeopen in new window).

[ Installation ]

I've compiled it on the latest version of Raspbian. The source code compiled was dxx-rebirth_v0.60-weekly-04-14-18-src.tar.gz, but when you launch the game, it appears 0.59.100 (ignore it). You need some extra packages you can install with the next command:

sudo apt install -y libphysfs1
tar -xzvf dxx-rebirth.tar.gz

Now download the shareware version, get the full game or you can use my PiKISS script at the link below with some interesting addonsopen in new window.

Remember to copy the data files from the share or full version on path /.d1x-rebirth/Data & /.d2x-rebirth/Data

[ Performance on the Pi ]

You need to modify /boot/config.txt:


The game with some specific tweaks runs flawlessly, even with high resolutions. We have Descent 1 & 2 thanks to the project called DXX-Rebirthopen in new window that introduced new features like effects like Transparency, Colored lighting, Texture Filtering, FSAA, etc... This version fixed old glitches and cleaned up a lot of the old code, too.

Remember you can donate some bucks to the developers 😉


Download: dxx-rebirth.tar.gzopen in new window

Link: PiKISS > descent.shopen in new window