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Caesar III port updated to HD remake (compatible with Latest M1/M2 Apple Silicon!)

Great news! Another mod/remake update of an golden oldie city-builder game! This time Caesar 3! I used the “Julius” open source remake project which adds some extra features comparing the original game:

  • Support for widescreen resolutions (important for latest M1/M2 Apple Silicon Macs)
  • Windowed mode support for 32-bit desktops
  • A lot of small in-game quality of life improvements
  • Support for the high-quality MP3 files once provided on the Sierra website

For the people who don’t own the game yet, get Caesar 3 from GOG ASAP and download the “Offline backup setup files” and use the port in Porting Kit to get it running on your Mac using the simple install instructions!

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Locomotion now M1/M2 Apple Silicon Compatible and Widescreen!

As you know, I am in a quest for making loads of older (low resolution = 640×480/800×600/1024×768) games compatible with also the latest M1 Apple Silicon Macs and the M2! This is a time consuming effort, which requires lots of testing, searching and investigation. Therefore it also gives the satisfaction when I finally get it to work :) So hereby the announcement of the updated widescreen port of Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion in 1280×720 resolution (Full screen)! I almost gave up at this one, but a last resort finally worked :D

Check out the screenshot below to get the feeling. For the people who don’t own the game yet, get Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion from GOG ASAP and download the “Offline backup setup files” and use the port in Porting Kit to get it running on your Mac using the simple install instructions!

Don’t you have Porting Kit yet? Download it quickly from the Porting Kit website here…

Love the work we do? Become a Patron… and get extra Tiers! Want to support Porting Kit? Buy also Crossover from Codeweavers! They are mass contributors of Wine development and are the core people making this possible.

People’s General for Mac

GOG, recently added a classic title in their catalog comparing with Panzer General 2 (a port which has been available for ages in Porting Kit): People’s General! The game works great (even on M1 Apple Silicon) and I played for about 30 minutes to check it out and didn’t run into any issues. If you like/love Panzer General 2? Then you will also like People’s General!

The game has now been added into Porting Kit aside the existing Worms Ports in the database. The game is also tested on my M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air and works perfectly :) You like worms and golf and like to play against you family or Friends? Then this game is a recommendation :) Have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the People’s General “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:
People’s General is the sequel to Panzer General II, and the last two dimensional game in the casual war game series. People’s General takes the series into the near future. Over population and dwindling resources have lead China to attempt to take control of all of Asia. NATO stands in their way.

Don’t you have Porting Kit yet? Download it quickly from the Porting Kit website here…

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Age of Empires Definitive Edition for Mac

Many people already found out, but here is the official announcement of the Age of Empires Definitive Edition game port in Porting Kit! Bringing together all of the officially released content with modernized gameplay, all-new visuals and a host of other new features, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is the complete RTS package. Engage in over 40 hours of updated campaign content with new narration and pacing, jump online in up to 8-player battles with new competitive features and modes.

I also made a video tutorial (on my M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air) with some gameplay including the fix for deleting the (intro) content in the video folder of the game to make the game work.

– Works on AMD Radeon (2GB Vram+) and Apple Silicon Macs
– Does not run on Intel Iris/Intel HD.

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions Steam games:
1. Get the cheap steam serial of Age of Empires Definitive Edition here from Kinguin
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. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
7. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Login into the Windows Steam and activate the serial and download and play!!

Don’t you have Porting Kit yet? Download it quickly from the Porting Kit website here…

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Total Annihilation – Kingdoms + Iron Plague for Mac

On request, Total Annihilation Kingdoms + Iron Plague port has been reinstated into Porting Kit. There was a native Mac version in the past, but that one stopped working in Catalina 15.x and up. This port will make it possible again to make it run on the latest Mac OS 12 Monterey. Tested and works great! Have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Total Annihilation Kingdoms + Iron Plague “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:
Massive armies will clash. Forests and cities will burn. Tremendous magical forces will level entire castles in the blink of an eye. Four immortal sibling monarchs are locked in a massive campaign to rule the land of Darien. Build your armies, hone your magic skills and gather resources to wage war on an epic field of battle. The balance of power lies in your arms.
Pack includes: “Total Annihilation: Kingdoms” and the “Iron Plague” expansion

Go to the game page of the game on Porting Kit up here…

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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms (1999) - PC Gameplay / Win 10 - YouTube

Transport Giant for Mac

As promised the Second game of the Giant Bundle has been added to Porting Kit: Transport Giant! The game port works great on my Macbook Pro 2019 system :) You have to establish means of transportation for raw materials, finished goods and for workers and employees to get them to work. Outdo your competitors and make big money in Transport Giant!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Transport Giant “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:
It’s the year 1850 – The world is changing. A new era of mass production and mass transportation has begun. For a smart businessman there are many opportunities. With a little money and good ideas you can establish a business empire. There are new companies founded on every corner. The world is in need of all kinds of goods and the growth of cities is increasing dramatically. But how do the goods get to the customer?

Go to the game page of the game on Porting Kit up here…

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Wrapper update Supreme Commander Forged Alliance (Apple Silicon Compatible)

Quick heads up. We made an update for the port  Supreme Commander – Forged Alliance. The game crashed at startup for M1 Apple Silicon, but it’s fixed in the latest CX21.1.0 engine. So we made this manual update for the game. Enjoy

Changes:
M1 Apple Silicon compatible

Porting Kit game pages are here…

Star Trek – Armada 2 for Mac

Another very nice Star Trek game has been added to Porting kit: Star Trek – Armada 2! I checked the game on my Intel Based Macbook pro 2019 and works very neat! So if you love the Star Trek games series, then this one you should definitely check out! Have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Star Trek – Armada 2 “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:
The Borg are back with an insidious new weapon that threatens the very fabric of the galaxy. Meanwhile, a spatial rift has the mysterious Species 8472 flooding into Federation space. Battle in intense competition over TCP/IP LAN, where the outcome of every encounter depends on your ability to manage your fleets across the galaxy. All-new ship classes, weapons and intense tactical challenges collide in epic 3-D battles.

Go to the game page of the game on Porting Kit up here…

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Total Annihilation – Commander Pack updated and compatible now with M1 Apple Silicon.

Another game tested and updated for the M1 Apple Silicon: Total Annihilation – Commander Pack! The update to the latest CX21.1.0 engine fixed the game for M1 Apple Silicon Macs. Tested the games for about 10 minutes of gameplay without issues comparing with the intel chipset Macs.

For Apple M1 Apple Silicon it might require the latest Mac OS version of Monterey 12.1! So if it doesn’t work and you or on Big Sur, then upgrade to the latest Mac OS version Monterey!

What began as a conflict over the transfer of consciousness from flesh to machine has escalated into a war that has decimated a million worlds. The Core and the Arm have all but exhausted the resources of the entire galaxy in their struggle for domination. Choose your side, build an army, and crush your enemies on huge, three-dimensional battlefields. And remember, there is no such thing as “too many guns”!

Updates:
– Compatible with M1 Apple Silicon now

Porting Kit game pages are here…

C&C Generals + Zero Hour (Origin) for Mac

And here we have the second C&C game I tested and in Origin which works fine (do turn off the in-game Origin in the Origin settings). I tested both the standard Generals and the Zero Hour expansion on my intel Macbook Pro on Mac OS 12.0.1 Monterey. So good news for the C&C generals fans! Have fun!

Origin Client install instructions:

  • Get the C&C Ultimate collection cheap up here…
  • When the install of the origin client starts it gives a white window for about 20 seconds
    before it starts.
  • After the login window appears (also takes about 10 seconds to appear) close it so install can finish properly
  • When after install complete you log into Origin (takes 10 seconds to see the login window), in the settings turn off “in-game origin” (app settings –> more –> in-game origin) before launching a game.
  • Video tutorial you can find here… (for Red Alert 2 (Origin) but works the same way)

 
Game Description:
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 concerns the full-scale invasion of the United States by the Soviet Union. With all-out war taking place in American cities and seven nations to play as, you’ll have to choose which side of the conflict to enter: invader or defender.

Go to the Porting Kit game page up here…

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C&C Generals + Zero Hour (Origin) for Mac