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News regarding Apple Silicon (M1 chips) Macs with Porting Kit and Big Sur.

News regarding Apple Silicon (M1 chips) Macs with Porting Kit and Big Sur.

This post will clear up some clouds about the recently developed situation with Apple Silicon (Macs with a M1 Chip/Non-intel). Last week Apple released their new line with Mac’s with the new M1 chips and since last week available in the Apple Store/Mac resellers. So many people bought these Macs because of their performance and other benefits. However! The raising question is, will Porting Kit and the games work these Macs with Apple M1 chip? 

The answer is “no” at the moment, and “yes” in the near future with the coming WS11WineCX20.0.2 Engine and Big Sur 11.1 (read 11.1 and not the active 11.0.1). How everything will work on these chips still needs be tested. What we do know is that Crossover will support it and while we are using the open source engines of it, it will work on Porting Kit too, but only with Big Sur 11.1. So if you have the 11.1 Beta, then only the WS11WineCX20.0.2 or higher engine is required. Due to some issues with the Basic WS11Wine20.0.0 Engines at crossover itself, we haven’t created an CX20 engine yet for the Porting Kit but WS11WineCX20.0.2 will be created for sure if not only for the Apple M1 Silicon Macs. This engine will be released soon. About the performance of the games on these Macs with M1 chips, we still need to test thoroughly, we do not know how every game will react on it using the Rosetta 2 emulation built into Big Sur.

If we read the report of Codeweavers, then it looks very promising, but not everything is “Alleluia” yet. Games may “Lag” and Codeweavers is working on finetuning the process. We from the Porting Kit Team will purchase an Mac Mini M1 Silicon Mac to test the games as well. We hope starting the testing within a few weeks because the Mac still needs to be ordered and we also need the CX20.0.2 Engine to be able to test it on Big Sur 11.1. We will start testing with the most popular games. We want to remind you all that playing all games on Apple M1 Silicon Macs is still a long road to go and if you were planning  to buy a new Mac and want to be certain to play your games, maybe buying an Intel Mac to get through the coming years (while we work on supporting Apple Silicon in Porting Kit), isn’t the worst idea.

Eventually Apple will also drop support for “Rosetta 2” within a few years, and then Codeweavers need to find a different solution which is most likely the Hangover project which seems to be on it’s way, but still a lot of work in process.

Conclusion, yes a lot is going on, and we might be a bit optimistic, but there is a lot of work which still needs to be done. Stay tuned on the paulthetall.com blog for updates about this and the release of the WS11WineCX20.0.2 engine.

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 for Mac

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 has been Native for Mac up til Mojave. After that, it’s not compatible does the tale ends there? No, the tale just gets started! Tested the game on even Big Sur and works fine in my tests :) The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is available on GOG.com and can be installed in Porting Kit using the instructions below! Enjoy this one!

We always recommend having besides Porting Kit also Crossover as alternative. Crossover is more advanced, supports DX11 and has phone support other features. Crossover makes Porting Kit possible and when purchasing Crossover using the links here you support us with out work with Porting Kit. Get it here…

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download Portingkit if you don’t have it already!
2. Download the The Book of Unwritten Tales 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:
Legend foretold it. Prophecies predicted it. Chosen ones chose to believe in it. Now the adventure saga continues. Join Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter in another classic point-and-click adventure in the wicked world of Aventásia. Help them fulfill their destiny. A destiny as yet unwritten.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 for Mac

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 for Mac

Updated list tested games on Mac OS Big Sur 10.16

Updated list tested games on Mac OS Big Sur 10.16

Updated list of tested games in Big Sur! Last week  I managed to test 16 more games and are working in Big Sur!

New games added in the Big Sur tested games list since last week:
Rayman Forever
Rayman 2 (Catalina + Big Sur Fix)
Rayman 3
Rayman – Raving Rabbits (+ mousefix)
Neverwinter Nights 2

Check out the complete list of all games tested in Big Sur up here… 

Updated list tested games on Mac OS Big Sur 10.16

Updated list tested games on Mac OS Big Sur 10.16

Updated list of tested games in Big Sur! Last week  I managed to test 16 more games and are working in Big Sur!

New games added in the Big Sur tested games list since last week:
Worms United
Worms 2
Worms Forts Under Siege
Thief Gold
Thief 2 – Metal Age
Thief 3 Shadows
Quest of Glory
Quest of Glory II
Quest of Glory III
Quest of Glory IV
Metal Gear Solid
Konami Collection – Castlevania and Contra
Giants – Citizen Kabuto
Evil Genius
Beyond Good and Evil
Around the World in 80 days

Check out the complete list of all games tested in Big Sur up here… 

Updated list tested games on Mac OS Big Sur 10.16

Updated list tested games on Mac OS Big Sur 10.16

As mentioned last week, i am doing a weekly post of newly tested games in Big Sur, and the games below were tested and working last week. For now it still counts, if it worked in Catalina then it works also in Big Sur. We past over 100 most popular games which are tested on Big Sur now, and beside testing, I also fixed a bunch of them which seems to had new install paths or had bugs which prevent them to work on Catalina and Big Sur, but now are Catalina/Big Sur compatible. I never had to change to test all games for Catalina because of the 32/64bit troubles that time, but now I am driven to do way more testing now we are quite on schedule.

New games added in the Big Sur tested games list since last week:
Mount and Blade
Mount and Blade – Fire and Sword
Mount and Blade – Warband
Return to Zork
Star Wars – Rebellion
The Temple of Elemental Evil
YS I
YS II
YS Origin (fixed for Catalina and Big Sur)
Zork Nemesis
Zork Grand Inquisitor

Check out the complete list of all games tested in Big Sur up here… 

Some new Wrapper fixes!

Some new Wrapper fixes!

When testing games for Big Sur, I ran into a bunch of games which seems to have some issues with Catalina/Big Sur which I haven’t tested with Catalina yet and fixed them. If you see a game below which you tried on Catalina before and didn’t work, please try again with the updated port. This is also a call to everyone, if you have Catalina and a game in the database is not working, please teport them so I can try to fix them.

Fixed games for Catalina/Big Sur (and sometimes for all 10.11+ Mac OS versions):
Far Cry 2 (fixed path to game)
Oddworld – Abe’s Oddyssee (Made Catalina and Big Sur Compatible + path fix)
Oddworld – Abe’s Exodus (Made Catalina and Big Sur Compatible + path fix)
World of Conflict (fixed startup issue)
Sins of a Solar Empire – Rebellion (fixed crash on startup)
Titan Quest Aniversary edition (Legacy version only works)
Orcs Must Die (fixed steam black screen)
Orcs Must Die 2  (fixed steam black screen)
The Elder Scrolls 1 – Arena (fixed laggg/slowness)
Mass Effect 2 (fixed steam black screen)

New games added in the Big Sur tested games list.

New games added in the Big Sur tested games list.

As mentioned last week, i am doing a weekly post of newly tested games in Big Sur, and the games below were tested and working last week. For now it still counts, if it worked in Catalina then it works also in Big Sur. We past over 100 most popular games which are tested on Big Sur now, and beside testing, I also fixed a bunch of them which seems to had new install paths or had bugs which prevent them to work on Catalina and Big Sur, but now are Catalina/Big Sur compatible. I never had to change to test all games for Catalina because of the 32/64bit troubles that time, but now I am driven to do way more testing now we are quite on schedule.

New games added in the Big Sur tested games list:
Age of Mythology – HD
Age of Empires 3 Complete
Another World (25th Anniversary)
Bully
Children of the Nile
Dragon Age Origin Ultimate
Emperor Rise of the Middle Kingdom
Empire Earth + The Art of Conquest
FAR CRY
FAR CRY 2 – FORTUNE EDITION
Oddworld Abes Exodus
Oddworld Abe’s Oddyssee
Orcs Must Die
Orcs Must Die 2
Re-volt
Sid Meier’s Civilization III
Sid Meier’s Civilization IV
Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion
Star Wars – Battlefront Classic
Star Wars – Battlefront 2 Classic
Star Wars – Galactic Battleground
Steambuild 1
Steambuild 2
Steambuild 64bit
Steambuild 1b
Steambuild GLSL
The Elder Scrolls 1 – Arena
The Elder Scrolls – Battlespire (change your laptop resolution to 1024×768) before starting the game.
The Elder Scrolls 2 – Daggerfall
The Elder Scrolls 3 – Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls 4 – Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
World in Conflict

Check out the complete list of all games tested in Big Sur up here… 

New tested ports for Big Sur!

New tested ports for Big Sur!

I will update the tested games on Big Sur list on one place, to avoid outdated lists. I have tested now 70 of the most populaire games and on counting. I will update that list weekly so you can check how many and which games are tested for Big Sur. At the moment the list contains 70 tested and working games. I will start with the most populair ones of course and then work to the less populair ones.

New added to the list:
Anno 1404
Anno 1503
Anno 1602
Anno 1701
Banished
Commandos – Behind Enemy Lines
Commandos – Beyond the call of Duty
Commandos 2
Commandos 3
Fallout – New Vegas
Fallout Tactics (videos lag)
Fallout 3 – GOTY
Grand Theft Auto 2 (GTA 2) + fixed auto installer
Heroes of Might and Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Heroes of Might and Magic 3
Heroes of Might and Magic 4
Heroes of Might and Magic 5
Heroes of Might and Magic 5 – Tribes of the East
Monkey Island SE Monkey Island 2 SE
Monkey Island 4 – Escape from Monkey Island
Men of War (takes 2 minutes to startup)
Mafia
Settlers 2 – 20th Anniversary
Settlers 4
Sim City 3000
Stronghold HD
Stronghold Crusader HD
Stronghold Crusader 2
SWAT 3
SWAT 4
Zeus + Poseidon

Check the complete tested list up here…

Big Sur tested games so far!

Big Sur tested games so far!

Here a quick heads up of games testing in Porting Kit in Big Sur. It looks like that the games perform the same in Big Sur as in Catalina so far. So the fraise we can create is: “If the game works in Catalina, the game will also work in Big Sur”. let’s hope it keeps that way. In the coming months until the official release of Big Sur, I hope to have test most of the games in the database especially the most populair ones. Below the list I tested and working so far the past weeks:

Tested and working in Big Sur/Catalina:
Age of Empires 2 – HD
Age of Mythology – HD
Age of Empires 3 Complete
Another World (25th Anniversary)
Anno 1404
Anno 1503
Anno 1602
Anno 1701
Around the World in 80 days
Arcanum
Arma Gold
Banished
Beyond Good and Evil
Bully
Birds Town
C&C Red Alert 2 (CD)
Caesar 3
Caesar IV
Children of the Nile
Commandos – Behind Enemy Lines
Commandos – Beyond the call of Duty
Commandos 2
Commandos 3
Company of Heroes
Cossacks – Art of War
Cossacks – Back to War
Cossacks – European Wars
Deus Ex GOTY
Deus Ex 2 – Invisible War
Diablo + Hellfire
Dragon Age Origin Ultimate
Dune 2000
Emperor Rise of the Middle Kingdom
Empire Earth + The Art of Conquest
Empire Earth 2
Empire Earth 3
Evil Genius
Dungeon Keeper 2
Fallout – New Vegas
Fallout Tactics (videos lag)
Fallout 3 – GOTY
FAR CRY
FAR CRY 2 – FORTUNE EDITION
Giants – Citizen Kabuto
Grand Theft Auto 2 (GTA 2) + fixed auto installer
Heroes of Might and Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Heroes of Might and Magic 3
Heroes of Might and Magic 4
Heroes of Might and Magic 5
Heroes of Might and Magic 5 – Tribes of the East
Jewel Quest
Konami Collection – Castlevania and Contra
Mafia
Medal of Honor Allied Assault
Men of War (takes 2 minutes to startup)
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2 – Substance
Monkey Island SE
Monkey Island 2 SE
Monkey Island 4 – Escape from Monkey Island
Mount and Blade
Mount and Blade – Fire and Sword
Mount and Blade – Warband
Neverwinter Nights 2
Oddworld Abes Exodus
Oddworld Abe’s Oddysee
Orcs Must Die
Orcs Must Die 2
Pharaoh + Cleopatra
Pinball Space Cadet
Quest of Glory
Quest of Glory II
Quest of Glory III
Quest of Glory IV
Railroad Tycoon 2
Railroad Tycoon 3
Rayman Forever
Rayman 2
Rayman 3
Rayman – Raving Rabbits
Return to Zork
Re-volt
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
Settlers 2 Gold
Settlers 2 – 20th Anniversary
Settlers 4
Settlers 5 – Heritage of Kings
Sid Meier’s Railroad
Sid Meier’s Civilization II
Sid Meier’s Civilization III
Sid Meier’s Civilization IV
Sim City 3000
Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion
Star Wars – Battlefront Classic
Star Wars – Battlefront 2 Classic
Star Wars – Galactic Battleground
Star Wars – Dark Forces
Star Wars – Republic Commando
Star Wars – Rebellion
Steambuild 2
Steambuild 1
Steambuild 64bit
Steambuild 1b
Steambuild GLSL
Stronghold HD
Stronghold Crusader HD
Stronghold Crusader 2
SWAT 3
SWAT 4
Elder Scrolls 1 – Arena
The Elder Scrolls – Battlespire (change your laptop resolution to 1024×768) before starting the game.
The Elder Scrolls 2 – Daggerfall
The Elder Scrolls 3 – Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls 4 – Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls 5 – Skyrim
The Temple of Elemental Evil
Thief Gold
Thief 2 – Metal Age
Thief 3 Shadows
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
Trackmania Nations Forever
Unreal Tournament. (Software renderer)
World in Conflict
Worms United
Worms 2
Worms Forts Under Siege
YS I
YS II
YS Origin
Zeus + Poseidon
Zork Nemesis
Zork Grand Inquisitor

Not Working:
C&C Red Alert 1
Star Wars – Dark Forces 2
C&C 1
Fallout
Fallout 2
The Elder Scrolls Redquard
Tomb Raider III
Tomb Raider IV
Worms Armageddon

Big Sur and Porting Kit 4.0 Beta and Testers!

Here a quick heads up regarding Big Sur and Portingkit 4.0 Beta and testing. Lets handle those subjects in differend parts:

Porting Kit 4.0 News:
We are finally getting to point, that a Beta release will follow within weeks! It will be at first a basic (refined) application without all kind of extra’s then that it can  install games from the database and create custom ports. This app will be really interesting for Catalina and up because of the way it handles security and can be used SIP enabled. Besides that the app will be available for download as a dmg file instead of zip file, where you have to move the app to the apps folder. It’s signed and noterised, so no extra security settings are required to manage. I will put in a new blog post when the Beta is ready for download. We would really urge you when this happen to test it on your systems and give us feedback regarding bugs and issues.

Big Sur News:
Big Sur is coming very soon and we are getting ready for it. I tested about 12 games in one of the latest beta’s and it all seems to work similar as in Catalina so far. So I am positively suprised how it works so far without big issues. Of course there a few small hickups, but not that big that it gives us big headeaches. When the BETA of PK 4.0 arrives we would like to start with beta testers who want to check their games and games from the database on Big Sur, so we have a good picture of the problems in Big Sur regarding games so we can fix them. There will be no need for registering as beta tester, so everyone can help us out :)

 

More news will follow soon…