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.
- Runs well, no crashes, graphics *almost* perfect
- Sound perfect
- Able to buy the game using Steam
What does not
- Occasionally hit the registry-in-use bug
- Performance choppy at some points, but generally pretty good
- Shadows become square when modifying detail settings (leaving alone shadow settings), but return to normal after starting the game again
- Portals not always rendered correctly (distortion happens at extreme angles, sometimes the portal seems to render the opposite direction it should)
- Was not able to click on steam:// links in Steam, had to copy/paste the purchase link from the native browser and run steam from the command line, then do the paypal payment in the native browser and copy the link back again to the command line again.
What was not tested
- More than the first few levels
Given the puzzles are all based on using portals, I think to receive a gold/platinum, portals need to always be rendered perfectly, rather than most of the time. It's *very* close to working perfectly though.
|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