World of Goo – Crashing and/or No Audio

As part of the Humble Bundle, I got World of Goo for both Windows and Linux.

On Windows, it ran fine.

On Ubuntu Linux, it kept crashing.


Issue:
Game crashes, with ~/.WordOfGoo/WorldOfGoo.log ending with “glxinfo not found”.

Fix:
Install Mesa!

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils

Issue:
Game crashes on launch and/or game loads but without sound and/or game loads and sound is crackling and distorted.

Cause:
Old/outdated audio libraries and the wrong sound driver detected by the game.

Work-around:
Extract the below zip file to your World of Goo directory (which was /opt/WorldOfGoo in the version I got with Humble Bundle).

It includes newer audio libraries and updated game config set to use ALSA audio.

wog-ubuntu.zip