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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. COP and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky wrapper updates.

Someone mentioned to us that there was an issue with the games: STALKER Call of Pripyat  and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky. The games wouldn’t launch anymore after install. After investigation, it seems that the ports had still the Directx9 Winetrick which has been decommissioned, and needed to be replaced with the “d3dx9” and “directmusic” Winetrick. After this had been done the games now run as attended again. So if you have issues with these games recently in the past with Porting Kit, then please reinstall these games again from the database. You will notice the icons contain an “updated” badge (for coming 2 weeks).

Changes:
– Fixed a Winetrick issue with Directx9 (replaced with d3dx9 and directmusic)

Check out the game pages here… and here…

 

Ground Control 2 re-added to Porting Kit

Great news! We re-added Ground Control 2 after Support for Catalina has been dropped. You can play Ground Control 2 back in Porting Kit on Catalina 10.15.x and Big Sur 11.x. Tested it and works great :) Enjoy this classic!

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 Ground Control 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:
The year is now 2741 and you find yourself at the centre of a war between the Northern Star Alliance and the vicious Terran Empire. Having lost the war in space, the NSA retreats to their home world and forces the Terran Empire to engage in a savage war of attrition on the ground. At your disposal are huge combat dropships, battle-hardened infantry, armoured vehicles, powerful tanks and an assortment of air units.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Gemcraft – Frostborn Wrath for Mac

O request! We added Gemcraft – Frostborn Wrath to Porting Kit. Tis tower defense game seems to be popular, so we though adding this to the port collection would be a nice thing. I tested the game on Big Sur with my intel based Macbook pro 2019 and works just fine.

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 Gemcraft – Frostborn Wrath “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:
GemCraft is a dark fantasy, fast-paced, real-time strategy, tower defense game where you can create and combine gems of various properties, combine and upgrade them, construct buildings to house your gems for even more diverse uses, and cast spells to further enhance your gems or strike at the enemy. Level up, unlock skills, and replay levels with battle traits to level up even more and eventually become a wizard of immeasurable power.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Myst V – End of Ages back as port in Porting Kit!

A while back on Mojave, Cyan had released All Myst games for Mac, unfortunately that appeared to be for a very small time. Because after a short time after the release to Mac, Catalina came out and made an end to it for Myst IV revelation, Myst URU Chronicles, and Myst V – End of Ages. Fortunately we managed to port Myst Uru Chronicles and Myst IV- Revelation back to Mac so you could play it also on Catalina and Big Sur. Now we added Myst V- End of Ages as well. When interested to the Mac versions of the first 3 titles, these are still native available on GOG.com using SCUMVM.

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 Myst V – End of Ages “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:
Myst 5: End of Ages brings the marvelous story presented in the series to a very satisfying and definitive end. This is one of those games where you keep the whole end-credits rolling while you submerge yourself in thoughts of what you have just experienced and how incredible it was. It is even a little sad that this is it but every great story has to have an end and this is clearly the conclusion the series deserved. 

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Life is Strange (complete season) for Mac

Another amazing game have been added to Porting Kit! Life is Strange Complete Season for Mac! This game had in the early Days a Mac version, but after Catalina (or even earlier) the game wouldn’t work anymore. Support dropped. But now it’s playable again in Porting Kit! I tested the game on Big Sur 11.0 and it works just fine :) I even made a new video tutorial with a little bit of gameplay! Enjoy!

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 Life is Strange Complete Season “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:
Life is Strange is an award-winning and critically acclaimed episodic adventure game that allows the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future. Follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Runaway 2 – Dream of the Turtle added to Porting Kit.

On request! We already have Runway – a Road Adventure and Runaway 3 – Twist of fate in our game database but because there was a Mac version of Runaway 2 – Dream of the Turtle, that game was still missing. Now the support has been dropped since Catalina 10.15.x, there was an urge to a new port of the game. And here it is! The game port of Runaway 2 – Dream of the Turtle! I tested the game on Big Sur 11.0 and it works just fine :) Enjoy!

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 Runaway 2 – Dream of the Turtle “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:
In Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle, you will travel the world, from Alaska to Hawaii, from the highest reaches of the sky above to the harrowing deeps of the sea below, spooling out the thread of a gripping story. Immerse yourself in this tongue-in-cheek story where you’ll meet a crazy cast of miscreants in order to solve a mystery too weirdly entertaining for words.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

New Porting Kit 4 Beta (4.0.50) release!

As you may know already, we are working hard on Porting Kit 4.0 Beta. We reached now version 4.0.50 and implemented so extra features and fixes. We want to move (copy) the best functionality and tools to Porting Kit 4 which are are already on Porting Kit 3.0. Options like the install mod/patch option, which with this release is added to Porting Kit 4 Beta. Check out the changes below for the full change log. The update will be done automatically from Beta version 4.40. So if you haven’t seen an update notification, please check you Porting Kit version and when your version is below 4.0.40 then redownload the PK 4 Beta from the Porting Kit website… 

Changelog:
– Added extra measure against GOG Galaxy installers
– App icons should be stored in separated files
– Adding CrossOver tab to the header
– Install Patch/Mod option added
– Button replacement to kill processes replaced with prompt
– PK4 shouldn’t randomly crash in case it’s running inside a read-only volume

When you run into bugs or issues contact us using the contact tab from Porting Kit 4.0. Enjoy!

Hotline Miami for Mac OS Catalina 10.15.x and Big Sur 11.0 and up!

Great news! I managed to get Hotline Miami  ported for Catalina OS 10.15x and Big Sur 11+. So if you own the game already then download the offline backup setup file and install it into Porting Kit. Porting Kit 4.0 Beta is advised to use for Catalina and Big Sur users. Have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Hotline Miami “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:
Hotline Miami is a high-octane action game overflowing with raw brutality, hard-boiled gunplay and skull crushing close combat. Set in an alternative 1989 Miami, you will assume the role of a mysterious antihero on a murderous rampage against the shady underworld at the behest of voices on your answering machine. Soon you’ll find yourself struggling to get a grip of what is going on and why you are prone to these acts of violence.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

Cardpocalypse for Mac

We don’t have these much in the Porting Kit, but here it goes: Cardpocalypse for Mac! Yes, another Card action game! From the award-winning indie game studio, Gambrinous, creators of Guild of Dungeoneering, comes an RPG where battles are played with an epic collectible card game. Cardpocalypse takes you back to the 1990’s, a time when computers used floppy disks, and people read magazines for video game cheat codes.  Best of all it’s included free with Cardpocalypse! Game works very nicely and is tested in Big Sur :) Have fun!

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 Cardpocalypse “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:
From the award-winning indie game studio, Gambrinous, creators of Guild of Dungeoneering, comes an RPG where battles are played with an epic collectible card game. Cardpocalypse takes you back to the 1990’s, a time when computers used floppy disks, and people read magazines for video game cheat codes. You will explore Dudsdale Elementary on a mission to build killer card decks in an effort to defeat the mutants. You will have to trade, earn, wager, change rules and permanently alter cards on your way to victory.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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.