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Porting Kit issues when installing games since latest update (PK Version 3.0.13)

Update:
It looks like a bunch of people having the” Error while listing folder contents: Dosdivices doesn’t exist.” issue are Catalina users which haven’t disabled SIP. For those people please follow these instructions:

  • Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
  • Click Restart…
  • Hold down Command-R to reboot into Recovery Mode.
  • Click Utilities.
  • Select Terminal.
  • Type csrutil disable.
  • Press Return or Enter on your keyboard.
  • Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
  • Click Restart…

We hope to get PK working with SIP enabled soon. Untill then, make sure SIP is disabled for using PK. IF you want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now for the time being

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A quick heads up! There has been een issue with one of the latest PK versions causing: ” Error while listing folder contents: Dosdivices doesn’t exist.” Please update to latest version of PK to resolve it, we are still in testing face if it resolves the problems. Please report back when issues still occur with Portingkit version 3.0.18.

Thanks in advance and bear with us. We want resolve it as soon as possible.

Submarine Titans for Mac

Today I announce Submarine Titans for Mac! Porting Kit is for most part Compatible with Catalina now. So I can keep myself occupied with game porting again :)  Submarine Titans (GOG.com version) is now added in Porting Kit app and I also tested it with Catalina (with SIP disabled for now) and works great! The game run very smooth on my end. So really recommend this game when you like strategy games. The game has lots of similarities with games like Red Alert 2 and C&C but then pinpointed to an underwater world.

Game description Submarine Titans for Mac:
In the year 2047.  A massive comet ravages Earth’s surface and the remnants of mankind descend to the bottom of the ocean in order to survive. A century passes, and humans, resilient and enduring, slowly create new life in their cool blue underwater universe. But even in the still of the deep, one truth remains… where man goes, war soon follows. The craddle of civilization has spawned the seeds of man’s destruction and now all the oceans of the world are not big enough for the embattled civilizations of the power-hungry White Sharks, the technologically savvy Black Octopi and the alien Silicons. Deploy armies, research technologies, mine for resources and set in motion a plan to gain control of this spellbinding abyss or find the fate of civilization and mankind dead in the water.

1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Submarine Titans from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Go to the Submarine Titians game page for more info up here…

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Submarine Titans for mac

It’s Official: Porting Kit is Catalina ready now!

It took a long while and thanks to the hard work of Dean alias Gcenx of the unofficial Wineskin, and Vitor from the Portingkit team, and of course many thanks to Codeweavers, who made the 32bit->64bit conversion possible, we finally have something to work with! It’s not perfect yet but, it at least Porting Kit (with the 32-bit games) works now with SIP disabled.

Important:
Existing installed game ports, needs to be re-installed. It needs the WS11 engines now in Catalina! So don’t panic when you launch your installed games, it’s “Normal” that it doesn’t work, (because of the old engine it still contains) it needs to be reinstalled.

I am also proud to introduce Dean alias Gcenx into the Porting Kit team :) With his Wineskin knowledge we can streamline Porting Kit more and more using the Wineskin app. So a big welcome to him!

How it works?
Exact the same as you used to, but you need to have SIP disabled. SIP in Catalina has some enhancements/improvements has been introduced which overlaps and reinforces the filesystem protections that SIP provides. So that causes that Porting Kit SIP enabled worked in Mojave and now not in Catalina. So it needs to be disabled for Porting Kit to work (Yes, your system will still be good protected, but not that tight as when SIP enabled). So you have to disable it using these instructions:

  1. Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
  2. Click Restart…
  3. Hold down Command-R to reboot into Recovery Mode.
  4. Click Utilities.
  5. Select Terminal.
  6. Type csrutil disable.
  7. Press Return or Enter on your keyboard.
  8. Click the Apple symbol in the Menu bar.
  9. Click Restart…

Or check these video instructions…. how to do that.

Some challenges which still needs to be overcome:
– SIP Disabled (needs to be enabled in the end)
– Only 2 Wine Engines available (newest ones) to use
– Some bugs in games (as comes with every new Mac OS)
– Popup of “security input” settings may appear at launch

All challenges which we hope to get fixed through time. At least we have something what works in Catalina when SIP is disabled (for now) of course.

Go to Catalina yes or no?
Thats up to you. You can wait until we fix the issues. Or if you are on Catalina and want SIP to be enabled, I strongly recommend Crossover for now. Not bad to support the people who made the 32bit->64bit technology. If you are already on Catalina, don’t bother SIP, then you can use Porting Kit :)

Close Combat Gateway to Caen and Panthers in the Fog added to Porting Kit!

Its already added more then a week ago, but now the formal announcement of the 2 games added to Porting Kit: Close Combat Gateway to Caen and Close Combat Panthers In The Fog. These classics are a must have for the Close Combat fans! Works great in windowed desktop resolution. 

Game description:
Command your forces on the strategic level, issuing orders to battalion or regimental-sized units to attack or defend, and allocate air or artillery support. Then fight out the resulting engagements in a highly-detailed, real-time simulation of World War II tactical combat. The results of the tactical battle determine who controls each area, and where they can move at the strategic level.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from  Close Combat Gateway to Caen and/or Close Combat Panthers In The Fog  from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Go to the Close Combat game page for more info up here… and here…

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Pizza Connection 2 for Mac

Pizza Connection 2 for Mac has been added to the Porting Kit database!It’s your empire… Take control! The game has it all! the depth of gameplay will have you on the edge of your seat for hours on-end. Build, manage, strategize and conquer the competition with the richest gameplay tycoon product ever offered! Game works great!

Game description:
They all make a difference in the ultimate success of your franchise but watch out, there is evil lurking around every corner and these gangsters want a piece of the pie with shady deals and they aren’t afraid to use blackmail!

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Pizza Connection 2  from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Go to the Pizza Connection 2 game page for more info up here…

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Lighthouse – The Dark Being for Mac

In the Lighthouse – The Dark Being you pass through a shimmering portal into a world teeming with invention, discovery… and evil. An exotic parallel universe is terrorized by a dark being. Alien technology, unearthly treachery, and brain-twisting danger skulk around every craggy cliff and corner. Relive this classic! You can get this DRM free Windows game on GOG.com which you can install in Porting Kit to play it on your Mac. Have fun!

Game description:
Pass through a shimmering portal into a world teeming with invention, discovery… and evil. An exotic parallel universe is terrorized by a dark being. Alien technology, unearthly treachery, and brain-twisting danger skulk around every craggy cliff and corner. You are summoned on a rescue mission; lives and worlds hang in the balance. Do you have the courage and imagination to leave your world and enter the unknown?

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Lighthouse – The Dark Being from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Go to the Lighthouse – The dark being game page for more info up here…

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Heart of China for Mac

You like old school adventures? Heart of China for Mac is in that case good news! From the breathtaking splendor of 1930 Asia, three strangers are about to set forste on and adventure that will span an entire continent. She is daughter of a ruthless American land baron, facing death somewhere in the lush mountains of central China. He is a down-on-his-luck pilot with only three days to rescue her.Relive this classic! You can get this DRM free Windows game on GOG.com which you can install in Porting Kit to play it on your Mac. Have fun!

Game description Heart of China for Mac:
Together they will travel the crowded streets of Hong Kong, cross the blinding snowfields of the Himalayas and ride the fabled Orient Express… all on a journey of life, love and death that could only begin in the Heart of China. Their guide to freedom is a shadowy master of stealth and cunning from a far away land.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Heart of China from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Go to the Heart of China game page for more info up here…

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Heart of China for Mac

Massive update action from Old wrappers from “X11” to “Mac driver”

Massive update action from Old wrappers from "X11" to "Mac driver"

Because of compatibility with Mojave and coming Catalina, there needs to be a Massive update of old ports to newer engines and change from “X11” screen handling to “Mac Driver”. This has some Pro’s and Cons, and that’s why I need to need your input as well. As you may have noticed I Have done the past week a Massive update action with over a 150 ports and I am only half underway, changing the input from x11 to Mac Driver + rechecking the setup file name (if changed) and the description (mentioning the “offline backup setup installer” for GOG.com games).

Where do I need your help?
Because of the massive update of the games database to Mac driver, I cannot test all games again. That would take ages, and my time is already limited. Most games should work just fine with the update or even better (to much better)! But some games will have regressions as well (performance issues or even don’t launch). That part I need to know. If you run into issues (with a new port installation) that the game doesn’t run anymore, or has regressions, please let me know using contact form. Then I can take a look and do an update of that specific game (if I can fix it).

Other news is that we making last changes before a new update of Porting Kit with some fixes. Catalina OS support in Porting Kit is still in Progress and we are waiting for Codeweavers for their Catalina ready public Wine release.

Thanks again making Portingkit a better place.

Dark Devotion for Mac

I came past this game on GOG.com, ported the game and runs great on my AMD Radeon iMac! The only flaw I could found is that you cannot play it full screen (see video below), but you can see the menu bar in the top. But game runs just smooth and nice. Its bin a while as well that I made a game video, so thats nice as well.

Game description:
Would you like to play something with tough puzzles and laughing-out-loud humour? What about something full of funny characters, featuring mind-bending plots and brain-teasing puzzles?
Help the King regain his sanity after he got turned into a raving lunatic, save the kidnapped prince and interview Queen Xina and King Bodd who have been fighting for years. You will be confronted by surprise after surprise and will have to face the most unexpected enemies. Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun for everyone.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Dark Devotion from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Go to the Dark Devotion game page for more info up here…

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Gobliiins pack for Mac

Someone mentioned to me that the Gobliiins trilogy of Gamersgate wasn’t for sale anymore and requested the GOG.com Gobliiins pack version which I also own. So I checked it out and I ported the 3 games in 3 separate games because they have separate installers. So if you buy/own the pack, then you have all 3 games in one sale. The games work all great :) Enjoy Gobliiins pack for Mac!

Game description:
Would you like to play something with tough puzzles and laughing-out-loud humour? What about something full of funny characters, featuring mind-bending plots and brain-teasing puzzles?
Help the King regain his sanity after he got turned into a raving lunatic, save the kidnapped prince and interview Queen Xina and King Bodd who have been fighting for years. You will be confronted by surprise after surprise and will have to face the most unexpected enemies. Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun for everyone.

Install is Simple:
1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then download the GOG.com setup file from Gobliiins pack from GOG (Remember to download the “offline backup setup files” into your download folder.
3. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library –> server tab and click install.
4. After installation of the game, “exit” the GOG installer.
5. Click “Play” to start the game! Have fun!

Go to the game pages here:
Gobliiins
Gobliins 2 – The Prince Buffoon
Goblins Quest 3

Or simply search the games in the Porting Kit database, remember the game names are different, so search for “gobli” and they should appear all :)