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rizlmilk Feb 11, 2013 @ 2:02pm
Skip Spectraball on Linux
I bought Spectraball because it was discounted. Unfortunately, it is broken.

The first problem I found was changing the video settings beyond "Fast" resulted in a crash. I have a 550 so I'd assume it can run the game on max/near max settings, but maybe not because of Linux drivers etc.

The game was playable in windowed mode, but now that it defaults to full screen it is no longer playable. Once the Steam "Shift+Tab" notification pops up the screen turns black and never comes back. So now I can't do anything, even blindly shuffling through the menu to try to change it back to windowed mode is impossible...Even when I could play in windowed mode it suffered from terrible frame rates and a lot of other graphical problems.

Hopefully the graphical issues with the Steam notifications get fixed soon because a lot of games either black out or have odd graphic problems while the notifications are up.

All of this shouldn't be a surprise anyway because these are the growing pains of gaming in Linux. Fortunately, I only paid two or three dollars so I'm not too disappointed but it does make me double guess buying more games if they flat out don't work.
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Bons Feb 16, 2013 @ 4:00pm 
I am running this game on my nvidia 550 TI on its max game specs, if you are using a nvidia card, maybe if you not have done this upgrade to the latest experimental driver (313.18)

With this driver the game runs fine :)

I am running this game on Kubuntu, i have heard that if you are running exempale Unity that you can have some FPS drops.
rizlmilk Feb 16, 2013 @ 9:25pm 
I'm using XFCE so maybe I should look into changing my driver...which I'm sure will be very easy and seamless lol
Bons Feb 17, 2013 @ 3:10am 
The latest driver can make a huge difference, if you are running a ubuntu based distro you can get the latest nvidia drivers from: https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa

Add this ppa ¨sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa¨ then ¨sudo apt-get update¨ and select the latest exeperimental driver in your software sources control panel and your are done :)

Last edited by Bons; Feb 17, 2013 @ 3:11am
Izzmir Feb 17, 2013 @ 9:47am 
Disable the Steam Community In-Game by right click the game and deselect "Enable Steam Community In-Game". Then it might work.
AndAkavA Feb 17, 2013 @ 11:35am 
works great for me until it crashes my entire Xorg session after a while.
kaaching Feb 17, 2013 @ 1:11pm 
GTX680 here, game speed is ok, but there are all kinds of oddities that I'm sure the game's authors didn't meant to happen: doors that lock, balls that get stuck in weird places, camera's that show the insides of rocks. Bad bad quality.
Bluforce Feb 17, 2013 @ 1:29pm 
Men, I have an AMD video card, and this game do not work on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I want my money back.
mruuh Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:43pm 
Works great on Debian, with Nvidia GTX260 card - 313.18 drivers, of course.
Bluforce Feb 20, 2013 @ 1:50am 
So, now I have 1,74 Euro on my wallet instead of Spectraball.

Maybe now I'll invest that money on Amnesia.
wyattmeister Feb 21, 2013 @ 8:34am 
Bluforce, how did you get your money back? When I get to the tropical room, everything is just black, then the game terminates. My graphics card is quite old (GeForce Go 7200), but was newer than the card mentioned in the minimum requirements, with better specs.. I'm guessing maybe my card is too old for this game. I also tried the latest experimental drivers as mentioned here, but it made no difference.

Anyway, the game has other bugs e.g. ball kept getting stuck, and doors would lock and I'd have to restart the game to actually get anywhere. Really sucky. The ball got stuck three times, and the doors locked and would not open twice, all in the first few rooms in the game!

Spectraball. More like Spectraball-ache.
Last edited by wyattmeister; Feb 21, 2013 @ 8:37am
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