Archive for August 2020

Big Sur OS 10.16, don’t update yet!!

Big Sur OS 10.16, don't update yet!!

Yeah, I am sorry for quite a late reply regarding the Mac OS 10.16 – Big Sur update. Normally I am quit early regarding Mac OS updates, but I was not able to react yet on this subject. But now we are, I can tell you that Big Sur has some challenges, also with Rosetta and such. We want to be fully certain, that things work properly in Big Sur.

Because of all the changes Apple makes lately it is extreme hard to follow-up, especially while we are a team doing this in our freetime. We all have jobs, and wives/children and or girlfriends which consumes a lot of time. So also for Catalina OS 10.15 we were (although we had a “workaround” solution with SIP disabled) a year behind. Because now we have finally a solution for Catalina to have it SIP enabled (with Porting Kit 4.0 where the beta will be released very soon), Big Sur arrives again with it’s own challenges. Then we have soon another problem because Apple drops Intel chips and starts with its own chips….(yeah challenge after challenge). About that part we don’t have a solution yet….luckily we are a year further when this starts to be a big concern. So lets hope in the meantime we will get a solution for that and we eagerly look at Codeweavers to do magic for that matter.

Summed up, don’t update to Big Sur yet, if you have access for preview versions and such. We are very busy with PK 4.0 which will be a must have with all the new enhancements, especially for Catalina OS 10.15 (SIP enabled), and Dean (Wineskin) will be testing a new CX engine in Big Sur, to have Wineskin and Porting Kit Running in there.

We keep you posted in this. Meanwhile enjoy Porting Kit on Mac OS Catalina 10.15 and below :)

Serious Sam – 1st Encounter free for 48 hours + 1500+ deals with up to 91% discount!

Serious Sam - 1st Encounter free for 48 hours + 1500+ deals with up to 91% discount!

Great news! Serious Sam – 1st encounter is temporairly free (48 hours) on on GOG.com! And while you there anyways, if you have some games on your wishlist and want to buy those cheap, check out the discount for you games, because there is a good change that it has a high discount at the moment in the 1500+ deals sale which is going on at GOG.com.

When you grabbed the free Serious Sam – 1st encounter, use porting kit to install the game on your Mac and play this classic. Oh, and when you have an issue with one of the games in the database on Catalina OS 10.15.x, always let me know so I can take a look and fix the issue.

Go to the GOG.com page to check out the sale up here…

Eschalon book 2 for Mac OS Catalina 10.15.x+

Another classic has been added to Porting Kit! Eschalon book 2! The game works already on 10.14.x or lower, but not on Catalina. So that’s why I made this port available for Catalina users. If you own the game already and moved to Catalina 10.15.x, then you can use the port as well to play it (again).

Still For Catalina users (not long anymore): Make sure SIP is disabled and that the Porting Kit app is located in your Apps/Application folder. If you want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now for the time being.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download Portingkit if you don’t have it already!
2. Download the Eschalon book 2 “offline backup setup” file(s) into your (root) download folder.
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
A new chapter unfolds in the grand role playing saga! The time has come to return to the realm of Eschalon! A new menace threatens Mistfell and the northern provinces, and evidence of your mysterious past come to light which will make you question everything you know about yourself. Don’t miss this thrilling sequel to 2007’s award-winning Eschalon: Book I! With old-school feel, isometric graphics, large open-ended world, and classic cRPG gameplay mechanics this title was custom-tailored for the long-time role-playing fans!

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Tex Murphy – Under a Killing Moon for Mac OS 10.15.x Catalina+

Tex Murphy - Under a Killing Moon for Mac OS 10.15.x Catalina+

On Request! I am starting to port the Tex Murphy series for Mac OS Catalina 10.15.x+. This time I ported Tex Murphy – Under a Killing Moon. The game works already on 10.14.x or lower, but not on Catalina. So that’s why I made this port available for Catalina users. If you own the game already and moved to Catalina, then you can use the port as well to play it (again).

Still For Catalina users (not long anymore): Make sure SIP is disabled and that the Porting Kit app is located in your Apps/Application folder. If you want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now for the time being.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download Portingkit if you don’t have it already!
2. Download the Tex Murphy – Under a Killing Moon “offline backup setup” file(s) into your (root) download folder.
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
Enter the Virtual World of Under a Killing Moon, where it is December 2042 and you as Tex Murphy, must stop the forces of evil before they destroy mankind and rob you of your next unemployment check. This thrilling and hilarious adventure will make you feel like you’ve actually walked through the screen and become the main character in a rich, intriguing mystery movie.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

New Porting Kit 3.x install and usage video tutorial + Sneakpeak Porting Kit 4.0!

Here a new video tutorial with the old Paulthetall.com in and outro about how to install games (GOG.com and Steam) in Porting Kit with Porting Kit 3.x. It also gives a sneakpeak of Porting Kit 4.0 which is coming very soon as Beta. Porting Kit 4.0 does not need SIP disabled and is notorised and signed, so Catalina security ready :). Besides that Porting Kit 4.0 will be more stable and will have way more possibilities.

This video tutorial has been especially created because of the recent extra step of selecting the setup file which is recently required to prevent bugs of Catalina security. Enjoy the tutorial!

Porting Kit website…
Porting Kit help page….

Tales of Monkey Island for Mac

Tales of Monkey Island for Mac

We have already all Monkey Island games in Porting Kit (except for Monkey Island 3 – Curse of Monkey Island because that one is native for Mac, also for Catalina). Now to make the whole Monkey Island Series complete we added now the GOG.com version of Tales of Monkey Island to Porting Kit!  The game works great on Catalina 10.15.x as well :) have fun!

Still For Catalina users (not long anymore): Make sure SIP is disabled and that the Porting Kit app is located in your Apps/Application folder. If you want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now for the time being.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download Portingkit if you don’t have it already!
2. Download the Tales of Monkey Island “offline backup setup” file(s) into your (root) download folder.
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
Who can Guybrush trust? Where can he turn? Everything you think you know will be challenged as Tales of Monkey Island builds to its unexpected finale. Witness how one of the most cherished adventure gameworlds comes back to life in this modern point-and-click classic!

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Little Inferno for mac

Little Inferno for mac

Another nice game which was not compatible with Catalina 10.15.x but now is with Porting Kit: Little Inferno! I tested the game port and works great on Catalina :) SO if you own the game and it does not run for you on Catalina, then use this Port to play it on your Mac with Catalina 10.15.x+! Porting Kit makes it possible to play over 2000 Windows games on Mac and even on Catalina 10.15.x+.

Still For Catalina users (not long anymore): Make sure SIP is disabled and that the Porting Kit app is located in your Apps/Application folder. If you want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now for the time being.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download Portingkit if you don’t have it already!
2. Download the Little Inferno “offline backup setup” file(s) into your (root) download folder.
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
Congratulations on your new Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace! Throw your toys into your fire, and play with them as they burn. Stay warm in there. It’s getting cold outside! Burn flaming logs, screaming robots, credit cards, batteries, exploding fish, unstable nuclear devices, and tiny galaxies. An adventure that takes place almost entirely in front of a fireplace – about looking up up up out of the chimney, and the cold world just on the other side of the wall.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Broken Sword DC for Mac

Broken Sword DC for Mac

As you may know the Broken Sword 2 port was added recently to Porting Kit because the Native Mac game didn’t work on Catalina anymore. So now I added the first Broken Sword – Directors Cut to Porting Kit as well!  Yes, Broken Sword DC runs great, even on Catalina :). So if you love the Broken Sword Series, then this classic can’t be missed.

Still For Catalina users (not long anymore): Make sure SIP is disabled and that the Porting Kit app is located in your Apps/Application folder. If you want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now for the time being.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download Portingkit if you don’t have it already!
2. Download the Broken Sword – Directors Cut “offline backup setup” file(s) into your (root) download folder.
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game description:
Uncover the identity of a jester assassin. Unlock the legend of the Knights Templar. Unravel a plot as twisted as the catacombs you’re about to prowl. As George Stobbart, an American in Paris, you find it odd when an accordion-playing clown darts out of a cafe clutching a briefcase. Moments later, you’re sent flying, violently thrown through the air by the force of a massive explosion, right into a sinister, global intrigue. The coveted contents of that briefcase? A fiercely guarded manuscript penned by a clandestine medieval order – the Knights Templar. Reveal the truth behind a secret conspiracy and save the world from the Templars’ evil plan.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…