Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 36
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.8

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

installation playing

What does not

when not in menus, eg. when playing game in premordial soup redraw of the object doesn't work as it should: it leaves trails behind (all moving objects do that). othervise works ok playing past premordial soup ( it crashes to desktop


What was not tested

online features

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

used NoCD patch

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 21.04 "Hirsute" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 20 20216.8Yes Yes YesSilverClocks 
ShowUbuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 11 20194.0.2Yes Yes NoPlatinumFranco 
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 16 20172.14-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20172.2Yes Yes NoPlatinumJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 04 20172.0Yes Yes NoSilverJacob Cameron 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
13988 Spore Creature Creator Trial: Interface not rendered CLOSED FIXED View
13990 Spore Creature Creature: Failed to connect to license server CLOSED FIXED View
14921 Spore Creature Creator Trial: Incorrect rendering of creatures CLOSED FIXED View
15138 Spore crashes after the first stage of life CLOSED FIXED View
15149 Spore: many rendering issues CLOSED FIXED View
15173 Spore crashes when attempting to play music to another tribe CLOSED DUPLICATE View
15205 Spore: "river"-like artifacts scaring the landscape CLOSED ABANDONED View
15260 objects in spore leave trails CLOSED FIXED View
15349 Spore crashes when leaving water CLOSED FIXED View
15380 Games Only Showing Mouse CLOSED INVALID View
15456 Spore: "ERROR: Graphics Card is below min spec, The game will not run" CLOSED INVALID View
15579 Spore always crashes when going into Civilisation mode CLOSED ABANDONED View
15719 Spore keeps asking for registration code after install CLOSED ABANDONED View
16128 Spore crashes before startup on Ubuntu 8.10 CLOSED ABANDONED View
16305 Spore doesn't start because my graphic card is below min spec CLOSED ABANDONED View
18878 SPORE does not install CLOSED ABANDONED View
18948 Spore, Sims 3: Only sound and cursor, no graphics, with intel cards CLOSED DUPLICATE View
22066 installshield installers terminate CLOSED FIXED View
22182 Spore: Does not install from DVD CLOSED DUPLICATE View
23273 Spore doesn't start CLOSED FIXED View
25568 spore fails to start with kernel 2.6.32-26-generic or newer in kubuntu CLOSED ABANDONED View
43708 Major terrain glitching on SPORE UNCONFIRMED View
51848 Multiple applications have very poor performance after 4261369e5d8 (Secondhand Lands, SPORE) CLOSED FIXED View
52840 Vulkan fails to initialize for 32-bit processes due to ENOMEM while trying to map shared libraries NEW View
53063 SPORE crashes at launch CLOSED DUPLICATE View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO: Play Spore with minimal problems

The easiest way to play Spore without problems in Wine:

  • Make sure youre using wine version 1.1.26 or greater.
  • Start Spore using the -safe flag, e.g.

    ­­wine Sporebin/Sporebin.exe -safe
  • If you have problems: In the Settings menu, in Graphics, set the Lighting to the lowest possible quality. This is a useful workaround for almost all in-game crashes.
  • Also: Turning off shadows allows paint mode to work properly.
  • Enjoy.

If you experience problems:

  • Make sure the current working directory you run this from is the SPORE folder, not the Sporebin folder - it'll spin forever looking for the data folder otherwise.
  • If it hangs on start-up then try to rename DMCmdPortalClient.dll(also a problem on Windows):

    mv Sporebin/DMCmdPortalClient.dll Sporebin/DMCmdPortalClient.dll.bak

  • Make sure you're passing the -safe flag.
  • If you are using PulseAudio: this is not officially supported by Wine, but some users have reported success using the ESD or OSS audio driver instead of the ALSA driver. This is configurable in winecfg. It is recommended that you do not use PulseAudio with Wine.
WARNING: Common pitfalls

If you experience graphical problems, please try to run your copy with the -safe flag, then file a bug with whether it works differently or not.

If you have problems with reaching the license server, please build from GIT or use this patch.

Experimenting with Offscreen Rendering mode (AKA: fbo vs backbuffer vs pbuffer)
If you're experiencing terrible performance, then playing with the OffscreenRendering key might be something you should try. Go to the key in the registry (use regedit) - lists the useful Wine registry keys, where they are, and how to edit them.
Works for NVIDIA
I noticed that the game works perfectly in NVIDIA video cards with closed-source driver installed. However, users using an Intel card with open-source driver may experience missing textures and more problems - not playable.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Spore won't work
by Brad on Saturday March 24th 2018, 8:10
When I run spore from the steam library I get "The program SporeApp.exe" has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience". I didn't do anything to it. I just installed it today and it gives me this. Any solutions?
Stuttering sound & its fix
by C�leste Wouters on Sunday February 4th 2018, 4:04
If you experience stuttering sound (in the whole game; in my case using PulseAudio as the sound backend) in a non-clean wineprefix, use winecfg to override the `dsound` DLL to Wine **builtin**.
not found:gl 5626
by Jon Paul Sapsford on Saturday February 28th 2015, 20:38
Installed the game just fine, no issues whatsoever. When I run it (either from the menu or in terminal with the -safe flag) it sits there for like 2 minutes and then pops up a menu that says not found:gl 5626

After some googling I found that the error occurs in Windows a lot when the user's registry is borked up. Can't seem to find anything about fixing it for WINE.

I'm assuming that I need to install something via winetricks, but can't figure out exactly what and don't want to just install stuff for the heck of it.

Any tips would be awesome!