Spore 1.x

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Wine Version1.7.34
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Version 1.x
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What works

The game installation
The  game patch installation
The Game - civilization stage

What does not
space stage

What was not tested
Playing with the original EXE
Installing the patch through "EA-Download Manager"

Additional Comments

The water is black (bug?).

The game stuck when you finish the space stage tutorial.

There is also some graphic glitches.
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 23 20151.7.34 Yes Yes Bronze Antoni Marczak 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Jun 23 20141.7.20 Yes Yes Bronze Dick Thomas 
ShowopenSUSE 12.3 x86_64Sep 20 20131.7.2 Yes Yes Platinum Dima 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 05 20131.6 Yes Yes Bronze Zen Clark 
ShowPardus 2011 32bitSep 12 20111.3.23 Yes Yes Bronze makiftasova 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected

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.


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by Dick Thomas on Monday June 23rd 2014, 16:17
it seems to be any use of the keyboard (e.g skipping intro movie) :(

Not found a work around yet

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Spore through Steam
by Dr. Wes Snyder V on Tuesday February 18th 2014, 9:47

I installed Steam per the appdb entry and it works as it should. I then installed Spore through Steam. The install went well and the opening screen opens (had to add the -safe switch). However, when I try to logon it locks up. I can Ctrl-Alt-Del and kill Wine to regain my computer.

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Wine 1.7.12. Any thoughts?

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