How to install Scratchin' Melodii - Christmas SAGE on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Scratchin' Melodii (Christmas SAGE) on your Chromebook. This fun rhythm game brings a festive twist to the classic gameplay style, making it perfect for holiday entertainment. We'll provide step-by-step instructions and explain each command to ensure a smooth installation process.

System Requirements

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps (Crostini). Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with an ARM64 architecture CPU. If you're unsure about your Chromebook's compatibility, you can check our list of all currently supported Chromebooks with Linux Apps support.

Installation Process

Follow these steps carefully to install Scratchin' Melodii on your Chromebook:

  1. First, we need to add 32-bit architecture support:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
  2. Next, we'll add the WineHQ repository key:
    wget -nc && sudo apt-key add winehq.key
  3. Now, let's add the WineHQ repository:
    echo "deb bookworm main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wine_chrome_os_made_simple.list
  4. Update the package list:
    sudo apt update
  5. Install Wine and Winbind:
    sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable winbind
  6. Configure Wine:
  7. Unzip the Scratchin' Melodii demo:
  8. Finally, run the game:
    cd Scratchin\'\ Melodii\ \(Demo\) && wine Scratchin\'\ Melodii\ \(Demo\).exe

Understanding the Process

Let's break down what each step does:

  • Steps 1-3 prepare your system to install Wine, which is a compatibility layer that allows Windows applications to run on Linux systems.
  • Steps 4-5 actually install Wine and its dependencies.
  • Step 6 runs the Wine configuration tool, which sets up the Wine environment.
  • Steps 7-8 extract and run the game itself using Wine.

Wine is crucial for running Windows applications on Linux-based systems like your Chromebook. It translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, allowing you to run Windows software without needing Windows itself.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up to date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation process.
  • If Wine fails to install, try rebooting your Chromebook and attempting the installation again.
  • If the game doesn't run, make sure you've allowed Linux to access your Downloads folder, where the game files are likely stored.

Additional Resources

For more information about the game, visit the official Scratchin' Melodii page.

To learn more about Wine, the software we used to run this Windows application on Linux, visit the official Wine website.

For a more detailed look at the commands used in this tutorial, check out our Google Doc.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide of this process, check out our video tutorial above. It provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the installation process.


Installing Windows applications on a Chromebook might seem daunting at first, but with tools like Wine and clear instructions, it becomes a manageable task. We hope this guide has helped you successfully install Scratchin' Melodii on your Chromebook. Enjoy the festive rhythms and have fun gaming!

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