Archive for the Strategy Category

Red Alert 3 and Red Alert 3 Uprising available again in PK. Origin ports replaced by Steam.

As many of you may know, The EA Origin client is suffering big time in Wine after they shutdown support for XP and the old client. This change causes malfunction of some cool games like the C&C Red Alert 2 and C&C Red Alert 3. I tried to solve the issue with the latest Wine engines with no avail. However, hope is not lost. I managed to have it working using an alternative source, named Steam :) They Still have these games in their database, and I bought the Red Alert 3 Steam serials for you guys, in order to have it working as alternative for Origin. When the EA Origin Client through time is working again, I will re-add the Origin sources again.

I will replace where possible (Need for Speed undercover, Need for speed Shift, Need for speed – Hot Pursuit, Burnout Paradise,  C&C 3), with Steam ones. To start with Red Alert 3 + Uprising! Yes, and now both games work! In origin, there was a bug only that Red Alert 3 Uprising was working, but in the Steam version both games work :) Have fun!

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Symmetry for Mac

Symmetry for Mac! Yes, Symmetry is free for 48 hours! And while the GOG.com version has a Mac version for 32-bit Mac OS, I ported it to 64-bit compatible so also Catalina 10.15.x users can play this game. So take your change now it’s free! And if you love simulator games like Space Colony HD, then this one might be something for you. Enjoy!

Game description:
Symmetry is a survival management game set in a retro- futuristic, sci-fi universe. Your main goal is to manage the crash survivors and help them withstand the desolate, extremely cold environment in order to fix their spacecraft and escape. The non- obvious plot is accompanied by an atmospheric musical score and graphic design that sustains the harsh and mysterious ambience.

For Catalina users: 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. Make sure you have downloaded the Portingkit app or use Crossover.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Download the Symmetry “offline backup setup” file into your (root) download folder.
4. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
5. Porting Kit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
6. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
7. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
8. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
9. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
10. Enjoy the game!

Go to the Symmetry for Mac game page for more info up here…

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Symmetry for Mac

Impossible Creatures for Mac

On high demand! Impossible Creatures for Mac! The game is also tested in Catalina OS 10.15.x. tested the first level for the most part with no issues. Runs quite smooth on my 2019 Macbook pro :) The GOG.com version of Impossible Creatures for Mac works just fine when I tested it on Catalina, so that’s good news for Mac OS Catalina users. The game runs awesome and a real recommendation if you like strategy and a fun story. Enjoy!

Game description:
Set in a fantastic 1930s world, “Impossible Creatures” is a 3-D, real-time strategy game by Relic Entertainment the creators of Homeworld, Dawn of War and Company of Heroes that pits the player against an evil villain in a desperate campaign across a chain of remote and diverse islands. Using Earth’s most formidable animals as building blocks, the player must create an army of genetically-altered mutant monsters in a titanic struggle to protect an unsuspecting world.

For Catalina users: 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. Make sure you have downloaded the Portingkit app or use Crossover.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Download the Impossible Creatures “offline backup setup” file into your (root) download folder.
4. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
5. Porting Kit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
6. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
7. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
8. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
9. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
10. Enjoy the game!

Go to the Impossible Creatures for Mac game page for more info up here…

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Age of Mythology Extended Edition for Mac

Age of Mythology Extended Edition for Mac has been added to Porting Kit! I tested the Steam game on Catalina (with SIP disabled) without issues. When using the new launcher you will see just as in Age of Empires 2 HD no test, so you have to click on the first option to launch the game.

Game description:
The classic real time strategy game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortals. Use mythological creatures like Minotaurs and Cyclopes to bolster your armies’ strength. Call upon the gods for assistance in flattening enemy towns with meteors or scatter opposing troops with lightning storms. 

1. Get Porting Kit or Crossover if you don’t have it yet.
2. Then in Porting Kit search the game in the library tab and click install.
3. After installation close the steam installer.
4. Click “Play” to start the Windows Steam and login with your Account.
5. Then if you don’t own the game yet get the steam serial cheap on Kinguin.
6. Download and play the game.

Go to the Age of Mythology HD  game page for more info up here…

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Heroes Might & Magic1 + 2 Gold Massive speed improvement (fix).

Good news. We had complaints of people mentioning that Heroes Might and Magic and Heroes Might and Magic 2 Gold was quite slow (low performance). Well this fix brings light and day difference in the game. So if you own the game already, reinstall and enjoy the game and if you wanna try the games out get the games on GOG.com here… and here… Have fun!

Changes:
– Massive speed/performance improvements.

Tested the games on both Catalina (SIP disabled) and Mojave and High Sierra. All work great.

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

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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Dark Reign and Dark Reign 2 for Mac

We updated the existing Dark Reign for Mac game port and added new the successor: Dark Reign 2 from GOG.com to Porting Kit! Dark Reign 2 works great :) There will until Christmas almost every day a new post or port on the paulthetall.com blog and Porting Kit news tab. An update of Porting Kit with some fixes is on it’s way as well. So much excitement is coming!

Game description:
The Imperium and Freedom Guard war lies in the distant future. Now is the era of another brutal clash between two sword enemies: the wealthy Jovian Detention Authority and the Sprawlers, a ragtag group of revolutionaries. Experience battle from both sides of the bloody front lines. For only then will you know what is it to Reign.

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 Reign + Expansion or Dark Reign 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 Dark Reign + Expansion or Dark Reign 2 game page for more info up here… and here…

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Dark Reign and Dark Reign 2 for Mac

Dark Reign and Dark Reign 2 for Mac

Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac

Yes, finally! The long requested Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac from GOG.com is now available in the Porting Kit database split in 2 game installs: Cossacks 2 – Napoleonic Wars and Cossacks 2 – Battle for Europe. Both game works very nice, although it is required to do a one time action (deselect the “videos” in the in-game settings) before starting your first game. I played a few hours without any issues. It’s a really addictive game.

Game description Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac:
In Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars, lead your 19th century army to glory in this much-anticipated sequel to the internationally acclaimed Cossacks: European Wars. Whether fighting as Napoleon’s highly disciplined “Grande Armée”, the tenacious Russians and their Cossack horseback warriors, the Austrians, Britons, Prussians, or Egyptians, the challenges will be daunting as you master weapons and tactics during a time that redefined modern warfare.

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 Cossacks 2 Anthology 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 Cossacks 2 game pages for more info up here… and here…

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Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac

Cossacks 2 Anthology for Mac

Capitalism 2 for Mac

I have added past 2 weeks more new game ports then in a whole year :)! So I will making blog posts of them almost daily now. Let’s start with Capitalism 2 for Mac. Added this GOG.com game to Porting Kit a few days ago. Works great! We already had the first Capitalism Plus game in the database, but now with the successor added, the serie is complete.

Game description:
Create and control the business empire of your dreams. This in-depth strategy game covers almost every aspect of business that could be encountered in the real world. Use marketing, manufacturing, purchasing, importing, retailing, and more to become a corporate CEO. Capitalism II features two new campaigns – The Capitalist Campaign and the Entrepreneur Campaign – plus an in-depth tutorial to make the most complex business strategy a breeze to learn.

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 Capitalism 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!