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DXVK version de-reversal to fix Intel Iris GFX card issues for Age of Empires 2 DE and Skyrim SE. (Resolved!)

Update: Resolved. MoltenVK version is set back to 1.1.1

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It seems that a MoltenVK version reversal from 1.1.1 to 1.1.0 a couple of weeks back, had more negative impact than good. We did the reversal to fix a “freeze” bug in Witcher 3. But this indirectly caused issues for Intel Iris cards for the 64bit games of Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition and Skyrim Special Edition. So the fix (reversal) did more harm than good. So we gonna de-reverse that change so Intel Iris users won’t have these issues anymore and we will make a workaround for Witcher 3 gamers.

We hope to de-reversal happen today. So check this blog update for the process of the de-reversal so you know when you can reinstall your game. Also good to note is that we are also looking in even a newer version of MoltenVK (1.2.1) but first things first ;)

Alpha Centauri port back in Porting Kit

On request! Alpha Centauri seems not been supported officially for Mac anymore above 10.14.x. So I made the game available again in Porting Kit which makes it compatible again with 10.15.x and higher. I also made 2 shortcuts in the Porting Kit menu where you can choose to launch the main game or the Alien Crossfire expansion. The game works very well as the native of GOG.com does. Enjoy this classic!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Alpha Centauri 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:
Mankind begins its most monumental task – the colonization of space. A crew of internationally renowned scientists and security strategists, with wide-ranging convictions and diverse ethics, embarks on a mission that will change the world. One Planet. Seven unique factions. Which will you lead? Each faction has its own agenda, each leader a final goal. You must play to each strength and exploit each hidden weakness in your quest to rule the future.

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Trine for Mac

Great news for the Trine lovers! We added the 10.15.x and higher supported version of  Trine (Original version) into Porting Kit! This is not the enchanted version, but the Original/classic version which is also included in the GOG.com version of the installation. I tested the game for a while and it works great! So if you own the game from the past and want to give it another go on your recent Mac OS, then Porting Kit is the way to go!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Trine 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:
Trine is a physics-based action game where three characters combine their powers to devise clever solutions to challenges created by hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics where each character’s different abilities and tactics can be used to invent new ways to overcome obstacles and save the kingdom!

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Trine for Mac

Trine for Mac

A few google ads on Paulthetall.com

A few google ads on Paulthetall.com

To keep everything running and financed, we put some google ads on the Paulthetall.com website blog. We try to make it as little intrusive as possible and we will also finetune it the coming time. The ads will only be shown on the paulthetall.com blog and not on the portingkit.com website and will also not be visible in the Porting Kit news tab. So if you want everything add free, read the blog news in the Porting Kit 4 news tab.

We want to make everything as ad free as possible, so please help us finance everything around Porting Kit by becoming a Patron or donate or by buying games using the affiliate links in the port descriptions. We are very grateful for any support.

Nebuchadnezzar for Mac

You loved the old fashioned Pharaoh Gold , Caesar 3,  Zeus + Poseidon and Emperor Rise of the Middle Kingdom (yes we have all of these also in our port database)? Then good news for you! Nebuchadnezzar is a recently released new game with the same kinda gameplay (old fashioned) as those games! Game works great, so really recommend this one if you love the old classics above!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Nebuchadnezzar 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:
Nebuchadnezzar is a classic isometric city builder game inviting players to experience the mysterious history and culture of ancient Mesopotamia. In the campaign, players get to rule over influential historical cities filled with magnificent monuments.

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Nebuchadnezzar for Mac

Nebuchadnezzar for Mac

Latest update issues Porting Kit 4. Update keeps hanging. (resolved)

Update has been reverted. and will now be investigated. So issue resolved for now. Will be tested before new update.

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Another quick heads up. There seems to be something going on with the latest update. It keeps hanging in the update part. Do this work around the issue:

Turn off the wifi/internet then launch Porting Kit, go to the library tab and turn wifi on again. Then refresh. Then you see all the ports and functionality is back again.

We are taking action on this bug asap. Keep an eye on this blog for updates. We are working on top priority for a proper update screen where you can see the process and see all the changes what have been done since the last update. Thanks for bearing with us.

18 Wheels of Steel – Convoy for Mac

A short while ago GOG added the 18 wheels of Steel series in their catalog. For a few games we had already ports, like 18 WOS Haulin, and 18 WOS Extreme Trucker. For those we added the GOG.com source. But we now also add the cool episode of 18 WOS Convoy! Game works awesome!! have fun!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com 18 WOS Convoy 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. Porting Kit 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:
Take the wheel of a fast paced, high intensity trucking business. Start as a one man show, bidding on jobs, then build your fleet into an unstoppable convoy and deliver the goods. Grow your business and your fleet, but beware – your reputation is everything. 10-4 Good Buddy. Bid on lucrative larger jobs and captain the convoys necessary to pull them off. But watch your back – the police are always looking to take a mighty convoy down!

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Carcasonne – Tiles & Tactics for Mac

Very nice game port: Carcassonne Tiles and Tactics for Mac. I did this one, because my wife likes this game as well :P The game has been tested (by my wife) a bunch of times and works pretty neat. Also 4x multiplayer has been tested without any issues. So if you like this strategy board game, then this one is really recommended!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Carcassonne Tiles and Tactics 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:
Carcassonne is a modern classic tile-placement game based on the award wining game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, et cetera.

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Carcasonne - Tiles & Tactics for Mac

Carcasonne – Tiles & Tactics for Mac

DLC installer not implemented yet. Is on High Priority list.

As you all may know, Porting Kit 4 is now the main (only) app which is supported and maintained. Porting Kit 3 has been decommissioned because it was too much work to maintain both Applications in the massive speed things are changing in the Mac environment. With this move to Porting Kit 4, a couple of features has not been implemented yet which were in PK3. The most important one, is the DLC installer (the icons in the database with a green glow). Especially the “Diablo 2 LOD Expansion” is a heavy used DLC where the installation is not going as attended (ends in main exe not found). We are aware of this and have this on the highest priority list to be implemented.

In the meanwhile we have this resolved by using a workaround, using the MOD/patch installer (under the main game port)  which you can access under “more” –> advanced tools –> Mod/patch. When you installed the DLC, you can using the extra custom exe creator, create a shortcut to the Porting Kit library so you can launch it straight from your Porting local library. The custom exe creator can also be found in the “more” –> advanced tools section. We hope to give you a workaround using these steps for the time being until we have implemented the feature in Porting Kit 4.

Commander Keen pack for Mac

Back from the past!  Commander Keen pack for Mac has been added to Porting Kit. Not long ago the game has been added to the GOG.com game database and I was eager to test it and it works pretty well :) So if you want to relive the past, I really can recommend the game :) The pack contains 5 games/episodes to enjoy and you can choose which one (in a menu) if you launch the game port:

  • Episode 1: Marooned on Mars (Dec. 14th 1990)
  • Episode 2: The Earth Explodes (1991)
  • Episode 3: Keen Must Die! (1991)
  • Episode 4: Secret of the Oracle (1991)
  • Episode 5: The Armageddon Machine (1991)

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the GOG.com Commander Keen pack for Mac 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:
Commander Keen’s very first adventure, and the debut of id’s groundbreaking side-scrolling technology. In the game you play the role of Commander Keen: the alter-ego of an eight year-old genius by the name of Billy Blaze. When Billy learns that the Earth is in danger, he dons his brother’s football helmet and his homemade interstellar spaceship to become Commander Keen — Defender of the Earth!

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Commander Keen pack for Mac

Commander Keen pack for Mac