Everything except the stuff noted below.
I checked out the wine sources and compiled it myself, after applying a patch. This was on Saturday, September 06 2008, I followed the instructions here: http://ericbetts.org/node/91
Running the compiled version (with the patch) took care of the traces (in stage 1) and most z sorting errors. But I got no sound. Running winecfg showed that alsa was not detected, but after switching to oss, sound works like a charm.
What does not
So now to the bad stuff. When building a creature, and switching to the color mode, the creature is covered in a black silhouette (i think its the base it stands on while creating it). And when "testrunning" the creature, a black silhouette of the creature can be seen from above in the middle of the screen at all times.
Also, as most have reported, at the end of stage one, the game crashes. Although stage 2 is unlocked despite the crash and Im free to start a new game on that stage.
What was not tested
Everything from stage 3 and onwards. Nothing related to the online part of the game.
This was with Reloadeds no-cd crack. Also note that Im not running a standard release of wine, a patch was applied (see above). Im tempted to give this a gold rating, but there are two (nonbreaking) rendering issues, and still quite a critical crash. But other than that, Im able to fully enjoy Spore.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 11 2019||4.0.2||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Franco|
|Show||Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 16 2017||2.14-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Jacob Cameron|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 01 2017||2.2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Jacob Cameron|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 04 2017||2.0||Yes||Yes||Silver||Jacob Cameron|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 07 2017||1.9.24||Yes||Yes||Silver||Jacob Cameron|
The easiest way to play Spore without problems in Wine:
If you experience problems:
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.