Portal is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.
The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.
Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.
-Basically everything once setup correctly.
What does not
-Sound skips on some files.
-Portals do not render perfectly.
-Requires several work-arounds in order to run.
-End-game text is not mono-spaced and the ASCII art does not render properly.
What was not tested
-Bonus maps in all modes (least time, least portals, etc.).
-Directx 7 mode.
In order to setup I had to do the following: (from fresh install:) -Set the permissions so I had write access to all files in my wine folder. (fixes bug where you can play but not save games) -Set sound to ALSA -Set ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Valve/Steam/steamapps/$USER/portal/hl2.exe to run in Windows 98 mode in winecfg (fixes bug where the game freezes when portals open) -disable "Steam Community In-Game" File->Settings->In-Game uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game" (fixes bug where the game just won't load) -start steam while playing an mp3 (work-around for Steam locking the sound device, disabling all sound) also in-game I set the portal render depth to 2 (mine was 1). Options->portals "Portal Render Depth" 
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 28 2018||3.0.3||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||User|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Aug 12 2014||1.7.19||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Feb 16 2013||1.5.22||Yes||Yes||Gold||William J May|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Feb 11 2013||1.5.22||Yes||Yes||Gold||William J May|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 01 2012||1.5.9||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|10841||Restore display resolution when focus is lost or on exit||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|22912||Half Life 2 and Portal subtitles unreadable||NEW||View|
|24684||Multiple Source engine based games (Steam): out-of-order rendering, bloom effect and lights are visible through walls when multicore rendering is enabled||NEW||View|
wine steam -silent -applaunch 400 -window -novid -dxlevel 80 -width 1024 -height 768
Note, the above options can also be added from within Steam by right-clicking the game, choosing 'Properties' and choosing 'Set launch options...'. Obviously, there is no need for the '-applaunch 400' option when changing options in this way.
Some people reported setting hl2.exe to win98 in winecfg fixes any other crashes. Most of these crashes are fixed in wine-0.9.49 or newer