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OK. I just tried running the game via the Wine compatibility layer, with and without those flags, and interestingly the choppy fonts still appear. So to me this suggests something pretty low level? I also tried running it in a Windows 7 virtual machine, and there the text appeared correctly! Unfortunately its performance was really bad and the game crashed upon generating a new map... Not sure if any of the above is a hint as to what's causing the problem.

There might be other machines I can try this on and I'll do so when I get a chance. I'd rather not give up yet, and I'd love to support your work keeping this wonderful game alive!
That said, considering there's such a lively community. It'll be great to open source the entire game so everyone can help make it better, which will also be profitable for you!

Anyway, thanks for the detailed replies. I'll keep trying for a bit more!

Well, keep in contact about it and let me know how it is going. As I think on it, I suspect the memory of the card is an issue. 384 is not a lot. 

I finally got a chance to try the game on a Linux system with an Intel® Core™ i5-4690 Processor with Intel® HD Graphics 4600 and a whopping 20GB of RAM. The fonts appear OK this time but the game is super laggy and slows the entire system (not just the game) to a crawl...

Looking at the screenshots, EDCE doesn't look like a game that's very taxing on the system. I wonder why the performance is so bad???

If we still can't get it to work then I might have to take up your refund offer...

did you run with the forcegl option?  If you did I would try without and see if it behaves differently. (or visa versa)

Hello again. I tried to start the game with and without the -force-opengl option, and either way my entire system slows to a crawl once the game starts...

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It possible Manjaro is the culprit.  Is that the only OS you are using? 

EDIT: Culprit meaning that the Manjaro driver for On-Board Intel video cards does not play well with Unity.

Hi! Sorry I wasn't clear before. The first machine I tried (the one with the old Intel graphics) was running Manjaro Linux with kernel 4.14. The other one I tried (with 20GB RAM) where the entire system slows down is running RedHat Enterprise Linux with kernel version 3.10. So no Manjaro is not the only Linux I'm running...