After seeing Don Luca's guide to turning a PC install of Ut2k4 to a Mac version I started thinking about all the PC games I've amassed over the years, and how many of them have Mac versions. Got me thinking- I know there are quite a few of us out there that (1. Enjoy playing games occasionally (2. Are tired of Windows and (3. Have lots of PC games and don't want to re-buy them for Mac.
---->What this thread is not-<----
-A guide to pirating Mac games
-A list of games that work on Intel Macs- that's available here
-A troubleshooting guide for games on Intel Macs- start a new thread for your specific problem
-A Guide to running PC games under Mac OS- search for WINE or CrossOver
---->What this thread is-<----
A guide to turning Mac demos of games into the full version using data from the PC version you legally own. Both PPC and Universal games are good, as long as they work acceptably on Intel Macs.
I'm leaving it up to the community to get the ball rolling. Please keep things neat; if at all possible edit existing posts instead of creating new ones. Suggestions for games to convert are fine, even if you don't have the resources to do it yourself. Feel free to post personal experiences and suggestions on existing games. When a new game/method is discovered I'll update this thread accordingly.
About the levels of testing-
Games known to work- Games that have worked for EVERYONE
Unconfirmed/Disputed- Games that are either not tested thoroughly enough or have had some failures and some successes
Games tested without success- Games that have worked for NOBODY
Untested games- Self-explainatory. Feel free to suggest games to be added to this list, and if you have the ability please test games on this list!
Games KNOWN able to be converted to full using demo -->Games marked with have Universal Binaries available
Alice- thanks to maximumzero for finding a solution!
Method -Create folder titled "Alice"
- Obtain Mac game app from v 1.1.1 patch download and copy to game folder
- Update with v1.1.2 patch
-Create folder named "base" inside game folder
-Copy contents of "base" folder from a PC install into /Alice/base folder on Mac
Call of Duty- Thanks to AllOutMacsToday for testing this!
Method- Install Mac Demo
- Add/Replace data files from PC install <-- Can someone please confirm which data files need replacing!
- Install v1.5c Patch
Call of Duty 2- Thanks to coolbits for testing this!
Method- Install Mac Demo
- Copy data from PC version
- Install Mac Patch
-Install Demo and v1.3a Patch.
-Copy game data over from PC installer CD's
-Burn copy of game disk 1 titled "Doom 3"- disk must be in drive to launch game
Knights of the Old Republic- Thanks to Prasys for testing this!
Method -Install PC version on Windows install (real or VM)
- Update PC version to v1.03
- Copy PC install over to Mac
- Install Mac update v1.03
-KNOWN ISSUE- You *will* need a No CD patch to play- Google is your friend!
-KNOWN ISSUE- Movies will not play unless they are converted from .bik to .mov
Method-Create folder titled "Quake"
-Create folder inside titled "id1"
-Download Quake Patch v1.1 OR Tenebrae Quake and install according to the Readme
-Obtain "id1" Folder from a PC install and copy contents over to your "id1"
-KNOWN ISSUE- Reflective objects may not appear correctly (OMX-knuckles)
Method -Create folder titled "Quake II"
-Create folders inside titled "action" "baseq2" "ctf" "rouge" and "xatrix"
-Download v1.1 Patch
-Install patch as specified in the readme
-Copy contents of "baseq2" folder from PC install to your Mac "baseq2" folder
-KNOWN ISSUE- Sound may not work (reported by wow)
-KNOWN ISSUE- Lighting on some map objects may not appear correctly (OMX-knuckles)
Quake 3- thanks to Fiendskull for testing!
Method -Create "Quake 3" folde
-Copy "baseq3" folder from PC install
-Copy "Quake3.app" from v1.32c update into Quake 3 folder
Quake 4- thanks to enb14 for testing this!
Method -Create folder titled "Quake 4"
-Obtain "q4base" and "english" (or language of choice) folders from PC install and copy into Quake 4 directory
-Download v1.3 patch and install to your Quake 4 directory
Prey- thanks to Dajiu for testing!
Method -Install Prey Demo
-Install full PC version in Parallels or native Windows
-Delete contents of "Prey Demo/base" in Mac demo
-Under PC install rename "pak000.pk4" in Prey/base to "pak000.pk4.zip"
-Copy the file "mainmenu.gui" to the desktop (just drag it to the desktop - original will not be moved, a copy will be made)
-Rename mainmenu.gui to demo_mainmenu.gui
-Add the demo_mainmenu.gui back to the pak000.pk4.zip file (just drag it into the window where you are browsing pak000.pk4.zip)
-Once the file is added to the zip file, go back to the base directory and rename pak000.pk4.zip to pak000.pk4
-Copy entire contents of /Prey/base on PC to /Prey Demo/base on Mac
-COMMENT- If you have saved games on the PC, copy "My Documents/My Games/Prey/base/savegames" to "Library/Application Support/Prey Demo/base/savegames" and they will work.
Unreal Tournament 2004- Thanks to Don Luca for letting us know about this one! Original Thread
Method- Install Mac demo
-Obtain v3369 Patch and install to the demo folder (you will have to manually choose where to install patch to)
-From here there's two methods for making it a full version
Get Parallels Desktop and install Windows 2000 or XP (You need version 3034 or newer of Parallels)
-Install Coherency tools on Windows
-Install UT2k4 on the Windows VM
-Drag and drop folder *contents* from the Windows install to the corresponding folders on the Mac OS install
-Install UT2k4 on a PC (ANY PC will work, you won't be running the game)
-Copy game data to Mac using dual-layer DVD/external Hard disk/networked shares/etc
-->OVERWRITE EVERYTHING WHEN ASKED EXCEPT DO NOT OVERWRITE ANYTHING IN THE SYSTEM FOLDER<--
-Make a plan text file with your cdkey in the UT System folder. To do this, type your cdkey in a blank document in Textedit and select "make plain text". Save as "cdkey" and make sure to deselect "if no extension is provided use .txt".
-If Unreal gives you a message that your key is invalid, select the cdkey file and go to "Get Information" and "Name and Extension". Make sure there is no extension provided.
-Make sure you rename the application Unreal Tournament 2004.app and rename the executable in /Contents/Mac OS/Unreal Tournament 2004. Failure to remove the "demo" from executables may result in a "This application is damaged" message when trying to launch.
Unconfirmed/Disputed games- these have methods to patch that are sound in theory but for whatever reason are either Not fully tested or Work for some but not others
Battlefield 1942- NOT FULLY TESTED
Method- Install Demo
- Rename game directory to "Battlefield 1942", rename App to "Battlefield 1942" and rename "Demo Data" to "Data"
- Delete all contents of the Data directory EXCEPT for "BF1942.pid" and the "Cache" and "Movies" directories
- Make a duplicate of the Battlefield 1942.app and rename it "Battlefield 1942 The Road to Rome"
- Copy the "Mods" directory from a PC install into the "Data" directory of the Mac install
- Copy "bfdist.vlu" and "lexicon.DS" from the root directory of the PC install to the "Mods" directory in the Mac install
- Download the v1.61d Patch[/u][/b]. You will need to manually point it to your Battlefield 1942 directory
- FAILURE (OMX-knuckles)- Unable to run game for further testing without the correct disks
--> Remember, this method is currently UNTESTED. YMMV <--
Games tested without success but may be possible
Command and Conquer: Generals- Thanks to enb14 for testing this!
-More details needed!
Games that can *not* be converted, period
Black and White No Mac demo available. If someone finds one please share!
Deux Ex No Mac OS X patch was ever made available.
Dungeon Siege No Mac demo available. If someone finds one please share!
Max Payne No Mac demo available. If someone finds one please share!
Oni PC data files are coded differently than Mac data files so Mac executable will not recognize PC data -> Source
Games yet to be tested
The Movies <- No information thus far on engine or presence of Universal Binary
-Medal of Honor: Breakthrough <- Should be possible, uses Quake 3 engine
-Medal of Honour: Spearhead <- Should be possible, uses Quake 3 engine
-Return to Castle Wolfenstien <- Unknown, should be possible. Uses Quake 3 engine
-Jedi Knight II <- May be possible. Uses Quake 3 engine
-Unreal <- May be possible (I have PC version)
Edited by OMX-Knuckles, 01 May 2008 - 06:05 AM.