Install Descent 1 on Raspberry Pi

Descent 1

D1X-Rebirth - source port of Descent: First Strike from 1995
This package installs the shareware version, if you own the full game you can copy the game data to ~/.d1x-rebirth directory (replacing existing files).
To run: Menu -> Games -> Descent 1
To run in a terminal: ~/.d1x-rebirth/d1x-rebirth-rpi -hogdir ~/.d1x-rebirth
To exit: select "Quit" in the game's main menu.

Fortunately, Descent 1 is very easy to install on your Raspberry Pi in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install Descent 1.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
Descent 1 will only run on PiOS 32-bit. Pi-Apps will not let you install Descent 1 on PiOS 64-bit.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install Descent 1

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Descent 1.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Games category.

Now scroll down to find Descent 1 in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Descent 1 for you!

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