I seem to have finally gotten Quest working in Wine on Linux, thanks in no small part due to helpful tidbits that were dropped in the bug report viewable at https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43408 .
Below are the commands (with some portability tweaks) that I used; it's assumed that:
cd ~/Games WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/Games/Quest" winetricks -q windowscodecs gdiplus corefonts dotnet40 vb6run speechsdk WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/Games/Quest" winecfg # at this point, a winecfg window will pop up # you will need to set the emulated Windows version to something more recent than XP # if you don't, the installer will complain in the next step; Windows 7 worked for me WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX="/home/$USER/Games/Quest" wine ../Downloads/quest580.exe
There might be a winetricks package or two that isn't strictly necessary, but the speechsdk package /does/ appear to be strictly necessary, and since the speechsdk package only supports 32 bit Wine prefixes, the WINEARCH=win32 environment is necessary.
The compatibility may not necessarily be perfect, but so far, Quest running in Wine /does/ appear to run games as expected for me (based on my rather limited testing). I hope this walkthrough is able to help those of you who have been unable to play Quest games due to using Linux systems.
You are awesome!!!
This works in Arch Linux with all the stuff installed normally via the Pacman package manager.
I hereby award you a star for the day!!!
This thread might get moved to Libraries and Code Samples.