As we all know, Windows is still the king of Games and certainly MMO and MMORPGs. However, lately we have seen many major game titles getting native Mac support at the release day. This trend will most likely continue to grow as more and more people are using macintosh and linux-based computers.
We have all heard the taunts by now, “buy a real computer”, “macbooks are perfect as mousepads” and so on.
Don’t hang your head just yet and certainly don’t go and buy a windows computer. There is still away around this issue with the help of wrappers. Wrappers takes a Windows app and simulates the environment it needs inside a package that the host OS can understand. In some cases a wrapper is so efficient that developers just use it, instead of creating dedicated ports. However, in some cases the quality is not the same. That is why Bootcamp is still a popular option.
There are a few program that let’s you create and use wrappers. Some are open source, some cost money. We will cover them below.
Play Windows Games on Your Mac With Wrappers
TransGaming Technologies has developed a product called Cider which is a popular method among publishers to port games to Mac. Cider’s engine enables publishers and developers to target Mac OS X. It shares much of the same core technology as TransGaming’s Linux Portability Engine, Cedega. Public reception of games ported with Cider is mixed, due to inconsistency of performance between titles; because of this, “Ciderized” games are neither seen as the work of cross-platform development, nor as native, optimized ports. Both Cider and Cedega are based on Wine. Electronic Arts announced their return to the Mac, publishing various titles simultaneously on both Windows and Mac, using Cider.
An open source Wine-based project called Wineskin allows anyone to attempt to port games to Mac OS X since 2010. It uses all open source components and is open source itself. Its technology is very similar to what TransGaming does with Cider, but it is free to use to anyone. Wineskin creates self-contained (“clickable”) Mac Applications out of the installation. The “wrappers” that can be made from this are often shared with friends or others. Legal versions of games can then be installed easily into the shared wrapper and then the final result works like a normal Mac app. Wineskin is mainly only used in “Hobbyist Porting” and not professional porting, but some professional game companies have used it in major releases. Since the end of 2014, there is a PaulTheTall.com app called Porting Kit which automatically creates ready-to-use Wineskin wrappers for some specific games.
CodeWeavers CrossOver products use a compatibility layer to translate Windows application instructions to the native Macintosh operating system, without the need to run Windows. CrossOver is built from the Wine project and adds a graphical frontend to the process of installing and running the Windows applications through Wine. CodeWeavers is an active supporter of Wine and routinely shares programming code and patches back to the project.
PlayOnMac is a free version of the same technology, also based on Wine.
The Portingkit is a Paulthetall.com Mac application, which will port the Windows games in the Portingkit database so you can play it on the Mac as an app! The Portingkit is the replacement of all the individual Wrappers which are scattered around on the game pages on this site. The Portingkit will automatically create the Wrapper and even install it automatically when you use the GOG.com version or Gamersgate version of the game. If the game in the database is a free game, in most cases it will even automatically download the game as well!
Popular Game Wrappers for Mac
Blade & Soul is a 3D fantasy MMORPG with real-time combat system for mixed martial arts. As a Player you are expected to properly time your attacks and at the same time chain combos to maximize your damage potential. Blade & Soul offers beautiful 3D graphics and lush and characteristic environments. Besides the surroundings Blade & Soul truly delivers when it comes to character design.
World of Warships is another military themed MMO arena shooter by wargaming.net makers of the absurdly popular World of Tanks and the previously review World of Warplanes. This time wargaming is brining us out to sea to bring us an armada of classic naval battle ships armed with torpedoe . Putting plenty of cruisers, battle ships, aircraft fleets and destroyers at our disposal.
For more game wrappers check out our Game Wrappers for Mac page.