Archive for April 2022

Heros Hour for Mac

Another Port has been added to Porting Kit. A new game from Goblinz Studio: Heros Hour for Mac. While exploring the overworld and developing your town and army are both turn-based, giving you time to think and plan out your next moves, in battles your units will do the best to fight for themselves in real time – all hundreds of them. Cast spells and give attack orders to swing the tide of battle – or just sit back and watch as your might unfolds. I tested the game on my M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air without issues so far.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Heros Hour “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
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:
All is definitely not well in the world of Arkose. The islands are falling into chaos caused by ‘shadow madness’, a plague of unknown origin and dire consequence! Who can possibly help before it’s too late? The disease has no known cure and has no warning symptoms, making the result particularly fearsome. It turns its victims into hideous creatures that bare no resemblance to their former selves. You are the only chance that Arkose has.

Go to the game page of the game on Porting Kit up here…

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Imperialism fixed for M1 Apple Silicon.

A quick heads up for Imperialism which is now compatible with M1 Apple Silicon Macs. I got an email about a resolution bug which appeared on M1 Apple Silicon chip Macs, so I updated the engine which fixed the issue. Enjoy!

Fixed:
– Apple Silicon compatible.

If you own the game on GOG.com, then download the “Offline backup setup file and search the game in the porting kit library database and click install.

Don’t you have Porting Kit yet? Download it quickly from the Porting Kit website here…

Performance boost for Skyrim SE, Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt and Fallout 4 ports!

We added a performance boost ((Almost) no lag at all anymore) in a few (non multiplayer) DXVK games: Skyrim SE, Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt and Fallout 4 (last one not tested). The reason why not on multiplayer games, is that you might be banned because of the “async” which is used for it. Test results are quite impressive (although in the video below not always visible because of the video capture). I tested Witcher 3 and I experienced in a quick test no lag at all on my M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air and Intel Macbook Pro with AMD Radeon GFX card!! Then I tested Skyrim SE, with similar results on medium settings.

These boosts seems to work for AMD Radeon Macs and Apple Silicon. If you have intel Iris, then this update might bring glitches and might not be that interesting.

If you have AMD Radeon or Apple silicon, its really worth it to delete your old port and reinstall it :) Have fun with the amateurish video testing below :P

Porting Kit 5.1.3 released!

An important update with fix has been released today! PK updated to 5.1.3! Besides the important DVXK fix which fixes some very popular games, like Skyrim SE, Age of Empires 2 DE, Age of Empires 3 DE, Freedom Fighters, Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Besides that the Porting Kit pages in the app, will have 2 extra tabs with FAQ and a direct link to the specific game forum. See further fixes and improvements below.

Changes Porting Kit from 5.013 to 5.1.3 (20/04/2022):

  • Updating server config version
  • Recovering support to older Wineskin versions
  • ‘Install DXVK’ step renamed to ‘Install MoltenVK’
  • Library loading should place trailer and buttons behind the loading spinner
  • FAQ description should be editable by developer
  • Updating master wrapper related paths to fit with the latest version
  • Library buttons should be properly selectable again
  • It should be possible to pick a video card manually, if desired
  • Fixing new folder locations for Wineskin
  • Added possibility to enable/disable analytics from Preferences window
  • If an invalid pattern is used as filename, PK should just don’t match with any file
  • The /tmp folder needs to be writable for Wineskin to work
  • Adding FAQ Description for apps

Heroes Might and Magic 3 works now on M1 Apple Silicon Macs!

Great news! Thanks to the tip of a user who found this out, is that the crash in Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is caused somehow because of a page fault of the music. How and what, no idea, but when you turn off the “music” then the game won’t crash for the M1 Apple Silicon Mac!

Alright, now practical: Launch the game and start a campaign and when the game launched, go to the settings and slide the music to all the left, so there is no music. The FX can stay the same, which still makes the game very enjoyable. When the sound is turned off, you can go back to the game menu and start whatever quest/campaign you want. Have fun!

you don’t have the game yet? Get it on GOG.com (download the 2 “offline back setup files”) and search the game in the PK database and install the game and play!

Find the game page up here…

MoltenVK bug fix in experimental mode

There is an issue for the MoltenVK based games below in the Production branch of PortingKit 5.0.13. That’s fixed in the Experimental PK 5.1.0. The issue has to do with the old wineskin version and is fixed in the new Version. This new version is pushed in the experimental version. But because it still needs testing, it’s still not in production mode. So if you want to install the games below, make sure for now the Experimental mode is turned on.

You can do that by: going to the Porting Kit preferences in top top bar Porting Kit menu –> select the “Experimental mode” checkbox and restart Porting Kit. Wait until PK is updated and then restart Porting Kit which in that case is updated to 5.1.0. Then install one of your MoltenVK game below without issues.

We will update production branch as soon we are sure there are no problems with the new Wineskin update.

(Steam) – Age of Empires  – Definitive Ed. (Yeah! nieuw!)
(Steam) – Age of Empires 2 – Definitive Ed.
(Steam) – Age of Empires 3 – Definitive Ed.
(GOG) – Carcassonne Tiles and Tactics
(Steam) – Enemy Front
(Steam) – Fallout 4
(GOG) – Highrisers
(GOG) – Patron
(GOG) – Sacred 2
(Steam) – Steambuild 64bit/D3d11
(Steam) – Stronghold 2
(Steam) – The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim SE
(GOG) – The Escapists 2
(GOG) – The Sexy Brutale
(GOG) – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(GOG) – Unto The End
(GOG) – YS IX Monstrum Nox

Shadow Madness for Mac

New Port has been added to Porting Kit: another golden oldie: Shadow Madness for Mac. With intricate battle scenarios involving magic, 6 heroes to choose from and many hours of engrossing gameplay, you can’t help but want to fight. Shadow Madness is a race against time and the deadliest enemy of all, the enemy.  I tested the game on my M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air without issues so far. It plays the best (in my opinion) with full screen + “stretch” (and no “artwork”). Enjoy this classic!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Shadow Madness “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
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:
All is definitely not well in the world of Arkose. The islands are falling into chaos caused by ‘shadow madness’, a plague of unknown origin and dire consequence! Who can possibly help before it’s too late? The disease has no known cure and has no warning symptoms, making the result particularly fearsome. It turns its victims into hideous creatures that bare no resemblance to their former selves. You are the only chance that Arkose has.

Go to the game page of the game on Porting Kit up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Porting Kit update 5.0.13 released!

An important release of Porting Kit with an important fix when adding the port to the PK local library. In previous version the ports regularly weren’t added causing justified confusing where the port was. This has now been addressed and working properly again. The update has been done last week, but check to be sure if you have version 5.0.13.

Changes 5.0.13 (31/03/2022):

  • Removing error report if failed to prepare context menu
  • Opening the description of a server app shouldn’t break the local library
  • WSI editor window should be closable again
  • Minor adjust when recovering app name
  • New apps should be added to the local library properly
  • Registry entries shouldn’t have quotes in the name field, but if they do, PK will handle them properly
  • Now it should be possible to launch multiple WSI editors at once
  • The folder where the installers are looked for now can be changed in the userData.json file

When your PK somehow doesn’t update after a while, then re-download Porting Kit from the porting Kit website up here…

 

More M1 Apple Silicon Port fixes!

We have 5 more fixed games for Apple Silicon :) I fixed it and tested them on my “low-end ” M1 Apple Silicon Macbook air, and they works just fine here. MOst of the fixes were most of the time start up fixes (wouldn’t launch with the old engines) so one of the latest ones made it work again for M1 Apple silicon.

Fixed Ports:
Railroad Tycoon 2
Age of Wonders 2 
Age of Wonders Shadow Magic
Populous 3 
Railroad Tycoon 3 

Tested games on M1 Apple Silicon which already worked:
Settlers IV (Runs fine)
Settlers 2 10th Anniversary (Runs fine)
Sid Meiers Railroads (runs fine)

Enjoy the games!

Steam Community :: Railroad Tycoon 2: Platinum

Total Annihilation – Kingdoms + Iron Plague for Mac

On request, Total Annihilation Kingdoms + Iron Plague port has been reinstated into Porting Kit. There was a native Mac version in the past, but that one stopped working in Catalina 15.x and up. This port will make it possible again to make it run on the latest Mac OS 12 Monterey. Tested and works great! Have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Total Annihilation Kingdoms + Iron Plague “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
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:
Massive armies will clash. Forests and cities will burn. Tremendous magical forces will level entire castles in the blink of an eye. Four immortal sibling monarchs are locked in a massive campaign to rule the land of Darien. Build your armies, hone your magic skills and gather resources to wage war on an epic field of battle. The balance of power lies in your arms.
Pack includes: “Total Annihilation: Kingdoms” and the “Iron Plague” expansion

Go to the game page of the game on Porting Kit up here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

Total Annihilation: Kingdoms (1999) - PC Gameplay / Win 10 - YouTube