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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I will update the tested games on Big Sur list on one place, to avoid outdated lists.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:

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

Command HQ for Mac

Another golden oldie has been added to Porting Kit: Command HQ for Mac! Game works fine and tested on Catalina OS 10.15.x. If you like old classic strategy games or this game was one of your favorites in the old days, then you can now enjoy it on your Mac!  You’ll allocate your resources and troops. Gather military intelligence. And assume fingertip control of an awesome military arsenal that includes land, sea and air forces. All while grappling with the harsh realities and risks of nuclear war!

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 Command HQ “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:
The initial release of Command H.Q. was met with great enthusiasm from strategy game fans. In fact, it was voted 1991’s Wargame of the Year by Computer Gaming World. In this fast-paced game of strategic global conquest from award-winning game designer Dan Bunten, you’ll control your own superpower as you attempt to outguess and overcome opposing superpowers in World Wars I, II, III IV, and V!

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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…

Ultima 9 – Ascension for Mac

On many request, it’s added…Ultima 9 – Ascension for Mac! The rest of the series on GOG.com are already native for Mac (DOS ports), but this one was missing in the series. And now with this Porting Kit port, you can complete your Ultima collection on your Mac :) The game is of course also tested and working on Catalina 10.15.x. Enjoy!

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 Ultima 9 – Ascension “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:
The ninth installment of the Ultima series takes a leap into a vivid, detailed 3D environment that adds a whole new level of interaction to the exploration of the realm. Britannia was always one of the most life-like, well-developed, king-sized virtual lands, but this new perspective makes the experience of “living” in it much more immersive. The combination of a story of epic proportions, solid mechanics–true to the classic cRPG spirit, and that achingly familiar Ultima setting, Ultima IX: Ascension a memorable title that all role-players should experience for themselves.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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…