[Solved] Steam: Unity game: Party Panic - Game runs but screen is all glitchy

Edit: Cleaned up title and post. Figure I would update it on the off chance it could help some one too. Also marked the topic as solved since it now works. And thanks to everyone who replied, your help is very much appreciated.

I hope this is the right place to post this and sorry for the title, couldn't figure out a better way to word it. I am contacting the official support, but figure I will ask here and see if any one has any suggestions.

Recently got a game from steam, "Party Panic". The game will start and I can hear the audio playing fine but the screen is all glitchy. No graphics, just crazy colorful jagged random boxes and zigzags of random colors flash all over the screen, I can't take a screenshot, cause when I try the screenshot is just black. Now I have many other 3D games that play just fine, plus this game does have Linux support, so I don't know. I did a Google search but nothing helpful really came up. It does appear to be a unity game, and I have had problems with unity games before. Any help, suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

One thing that did work to get the game to run was to add
β€œ-screen-fullscreen 0”
to the launch options in Steam (In Steam, in your library, right click on the game and click properties, in the window that opens, inside the "general" tab, click "set launch options", and add "-screen-fullscreen 0" without the quotes). This worked for me, no promises it will work for everyone.

While this did get the game to run, performance was questionable. However, I have been in communication with the developer and he has been working on the issue. Already he has released updates in beta that you can opt into. And last time I tried, the game was working much better and the performance was good too (user results may vary). If I were to guess, I would say the problem was with unity more than anything else.

inxi output---->Dump your "inxi -Fxxxza --no-host" here and bookmark it

What does glinfo return? And just for grins, if you run glxgears do you see the 3 gears spinning? What is the FPS you get?

thank you for the reply.

glinfo returns this

GL_VERSION: 3.0 Mesa 17.3.0
GL_RENDERER: Radeon RX 580 Series (POLARIS10 / DRM 3.23.0 / 4.15.0-1-MANJARO, LLVM 5.0.0)
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GLU_EXTENSIONS: GLU_EXT_nurbs_tessellator GLU_EXT_object_space_tess 

glxgears shows the 3 gears spinning nice and sturdy like, running at a constant 60fps.

The more I think about it, it seems like its just a problem with unity games(and unreal games too), even when they have linux support, other games have done the same thing as well(I'm sure I am wrong about all this though). Or its a problem with unity games and unreal games with manjaro and certain drivers? maybe, I don't know. some unity games do play though (gang beasts for example) but have an occasion graphical glitch here and there(nothing game breaking).

I was hoping that the GL driver was messed up or a lower version...but Mesa 17.3 supports OpenGL 4.5 and the game only needs 3.2...so you are good there.

Unfortunately my machine with a Radeon graphics card is at work, so I won't have access to it till Tuesday. Could you open the Manjaro Settings Manager, double click on on Hardware Configuration and post a screen shot of that window? I want to see what options you have for the display controller.

here you go, hope I got the right one.


Yep, that's what I wanted, and it looks fine :confused: I thought there were more options...but I guess not.

As far as I can tell you video system is all hooked up correctly. The only think I can think of now is trying to going back to the LTS kernel 4.14 if possible.

Thank you for the reply, time and help. I will try another kernel in the morning, though I have a feeling I will be requesting a refund for this game. Perhaps in the future things will get better, since there are other games that do the same thing, linux games and windows through wine games, for quite awhile now, maybe its just because its arch linux?. anywho, my hands are tied up at the moment but when I get a chance I will try 4.14 and see if it changes any thing and report back.

yeah.. dont try a Development Kernel. Always stay at stable kernels if you want a working system.

Lets hope switching to a stable kernel will aready do the trick

Just tried it a little while ago, and sadly changing kernels does not make a difference. :disappointed:
One reason I was using the latest kernel, is I was told some time ago that it supports audio over HDMI, and I wanted to test it to make sure everything is stable, cause I will be visiting some family, and I was going to bring my PC to play some couch games. As a side note, with kernel 4.15, it also almost cleared up a boot problem I have been having(assuming its even kernel related, maybe it was another components update that helped, not sure). Not completely, it still happens but very rarely now. I have been meaning to make a topic to get help with it but I have not had time yet(between work and procrastination). Perhaps next week I will. I did contact the developers, will probably be a while till I get a reply though. I am guessing its a problem with the game it self as other games still work fine, but I dunno. Was just hoping to have another couch game for family time. No big deal if I can't get it working, there are other options, still would be nice if it did work(seems other Linux users can play it just fine on other ditros). Any way, I'm kind of rambling here. Thank you all for your time and help, I really appreciate it, if the developer has nothing, I'm thinking I will just refund it, time will tell.

p.s. the game does have a log file, if any one does not mind, I can post it here? I don't know if it has helpful info, I skimmed through it, buts its over my head at the moment.

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If there is a log nobody would say no :smiley: Maybe it helps somehow

I can't answer for a Radeon card but . audio through HDMI works just fine with an Nvidia card and kernel 4.14 .

There's quite a number of games that have updated recently after rebuilding with a new Unity3D version to fix graphical glitches; if other games work fine I suspect this one could do with being rebuilt too.

HDMI Audio will come to amdgpu with 4.15 (and DC enabled). He's right with that.

What a long day, any way, if any one is interested, I posted the log file on pastebin. I had to split it in half since I'm not a pro member on pastebin, I'm sure there's better options for posting files but none come to me at the moment.


If the developer responds back, I will certainly ask this.

I gotta see if my other topic is still active about this and post it there(edit: nope, locked some time ago, oh well, no biggie), but on an unrelated note, the HDMI audio still would not work unless I changed the refresh rate from auto (which I am assuming is 60 Hz) to 59.94 Hz, under the "Display and Monitor" in system settings. This may be an issue with the reciever I have the HDMI going to, not sure, it was just a happy accedent I found this out.

And as always, thank you all for your kind help and time and replys, much appreciated.

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This definitely look like an issue with the game rather than Manjaro.

Well, so far the developer has been very helpful, its rare to see someone go out of their way to help their customers like he seems to. Though the game still wont run, but he said he will be updating unity soon, hopfully that will help. here's one of the e-mails he sent.

using β€œ-screen-fullscreen 0” did get the game to start but it keeps freezing(edit: no longer freezes, might have been something with manjaro, setting this command in launch options in steam did help the game run). Nothing else seemed to help however. Guess I will just wait and see what happens when he updates unity.

Thank you for your time looking into this, I appreciate it. Perhaps that is similar to what the developer was talking about with the issue with full screen.

Well I will wait and see, thank you all for your time and help.
Edit: updated 1st post, game now works much better, more or less.

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