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Age of Mythology issue fixed regarding older OSX versions!

You may remember it was mentioned in the Port description that Age of Empires Mythology HD was for Mojave and Catalina and did not work on older versions of Mac OS. Well that issue should have been resolved now :) So if you own the game in Steam, then install the Steam wrapper in Porting Kit and login, dowload and play!

Changes:
– Compatible now with Mac OS 10.11.x-10.16.x

Check out the game page 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…

More port fixes and tested and working in Catalina/Big Sur.

More port fixes and tested and working in Catalina/Big Sur.

A good thing of the testing the game ports on Big Sur, is that I find out some unreported bugs. We are always busy to improve and fix ports when this get’s reported, but not always things get reported, and then these cases are present untill I find these problems myself. in this case I found this weekend 4 ports which I tested in Big Sur and fixed as well.  All the issues mentioned below were issues which were happening in all Mac OS versions (so not Catalina/Big Sur related).

Anno 1602 exe fixed:
The path of the game exe has been changed in one of the updates of the game by GOG.com. This caused installation failures. This has now been fixed.

Settlers IV exe fixed:
The path of the game exe has been changed in one of the updates of the game by GOG.com. This caused installation failures. This has now been fixed

Commandos Beyond Call of Duty (sound sturrer fix)
It seems that the last port update a dsound dll was forgotten to be removed which caused stuterring in the sound. This has now been fixed.

Grand Theft Auto 2 (GTA 2) auto install fix.
This port has been updated to a fully automated game install without requiring to manually download the game.

If you own the game and ran into issues with one of these games, then please search the specific game(s) in the Porting Kit database and install the game again (after downloading the offline backup setup file(s) from your GOG.com game library into your download folder). Enjoy the games!

Ports Fixed for Catalina and Big Sur

There are probably a bunch of games which I haven’t tested yet in Catalina yet, and for which I found out while testing for Big Sur it wasn’t working. These games I always try to fix and make them Catalina/Big Sur Compatible. A few I run into and fixed are:

If you tried those in the past to run on Catalina, then please retry now again :)

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:

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
Arcanum
Arma Gold
Banished
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
Dungeon Keeper 2
Fallout – New Vegas
Fallout Tactics (videos lag)
Fallout 3 – GOTY
FAR CRY
FAR CRY 2 – FORTUNE EDITION
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
Mafia
Medal of Honor Allied Assault
Men of War (takes 2 minutes to startup)
Metal Gear Solid 2 – Substance
Monkey Island SE
Monkey Island 2 SE
Monkey Island 4 – Escape from Monkey Island
Oddworld Abes Exodus
Oddworld Abe’s Oddyssee
Orcs Must Die
Orcs Must Die 2
Pharaoh + Cleopatra
Pinball Space Cadet
Railroad Tycoon 2
Railroad Tycoon 3
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
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
Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
Trackmania Nations Forever
Unreal Tournament. (Software renderer)
World in Conflict
Zeus + Poseidon

Not Working:
C&C Red Alert 1
Star Wars – Dark Forces 2
C&C 1
Fallout
Fallout 2
The Elder Scrolls Redquard

Wineskin update issues in Porting Kit –> (Resolved)

Wineskin update issues in Porting Kit  --> (Resolved)

Update: 19:00 – Wineksin verison has been roled back. Everything should be working normally now. If you don’t get a message with an update after restarting Porting Kit, then force the update using “check for updates” using the top bar Portingkit menu. We are working on a workaround to implement Wineskin 2.0.0.7 after all.

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Two days ago a new wineksin version has been pushed 2.9.0.7 which has some nice fixes inside, reducing the CPU usage and fixing the main exe issue with an existing port which was already installed for a while. Unfortunatly the Wineksin update creates a new issue using specific engines causing installation to hang on wrapper “creating wine prefix”.

We are investigating the problem and tonight there will be an forced update to roll back the Wineskin 2.9.0.6, so it prevents any issues. Meanwhile we are investigating what is going wrong with Wineskin 2.9.0.7 and how to fix it.

Bear with us!

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…

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 :)