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How to make Wineskin Games working again on Mac OS X High Sierra

By: GN Team
Published: 20 January 2018, 1:25 pm

Pharaoh, Hercules, Civ 2 don't work anymore? Read this.

As reported by several users, Wineskin does not work on Mac OS X High Sierra. Wineskin is a tool used to "wrap" Windows games so that they can be run on Mac OS X. We have used it to prepare the Mac versions of the Windows games you can find on this site. This means if you have updated your Mac to Hi Sierra, it's possible that you can't play games like Disney's Hercules, Pharaoh, Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure and more. Specifically, when you double-click the icon of the game, you won't see any window opening. So maybe your Mac is elevated now, but you can't play your favorite retro game. Thanks, Apple!

It's possible that this incompatibility will be officially fixed in the future, anyway in the meantime there is a workaround. We will try to update all the packages so that you don't need to fix it manually, but in the meantime, if you want to try, read below to know what to do.

1. Show Package Content and open Wineskin

Find the game icon and right click on it, then select Show Package Content. You will see an icon called Wineskin and two folders (drive_c and Contents). Double-click Wineskin to open it. The main menu of Wineskin has four buttons: Install Software, Set Screen Options, Advanced and Quit. Select Set Screen Options.

2. Uncheck "Auto Detect GPU Info for Direct3D"

With High Sierra the autodetection does not work anymore, so you have to disable it. Be sure that Auto Detect GPU Info for Direct3D is not checked. Then click Done

3. Open and update Winetricks

From the main menu select Advanced, then open the Tools tab. Then select Winetricks. It's the top button in the Utilities column.

Once Winetricks is opened, click the button you will see at the bottom of the window. It says Update Winetricks. You will be asked to confirm, do it.

4. Select a Video memory size in the video settings

On the Winetricks window, search for "video". You will see a few options appearing below. Expand Settings, and then select videomemorysize=2048. This will configure a default video card. Selecting 1024 should also be fine for our needs. Then click the Run button.

A log will appear to tell you the changes that have been made. Don't worry if you see a warning about your version not being supported. It's fine. At the end of the process, you should see a message Winetricks Command Finished. Now you can close everything.

It's possible that when you click the Run button, you will receive an error. This happens if there are some wineskin processes already running. You can solve this easily going back to the Tools menu, and inside Utilities, you can select Kill Wineskin Processes. After that, open Winetricks again and try to change the video memory size.

If you have been able to do all the steps described here, now your game should be running. Try and let us know!

Latest Comments

simonememe - 25 May 2018, 12:02 am
it is not working..
done every thing and screen pops up as well but none of the keys work, can hear the sounds bt nothing on the screen

TECH - 29 October 2018, 5:34 pm
The unchecking of "Auto detect GPU" work in Mojave as well, not just High Sierra, butI downgraded back to high Siera because half of my games weren't working duets deprecating OpenGL/CL., I dunno why some work and some don't if its a Mojave issue. but anyway, they still don't work on HS either.
It is was an OS issue, wouldn't every apple affect, not just certain ones ? I would have thought so

TECH - 29 October 2018, 5:35 pm
I seriously thought about using Crossover... At least that would be better supported, being paid.

ondrahrub - 26 April 2019, 6:07 am
Doesnt work on Mojave, did all steps succesfully and it is still doing the same, the game jumps once and hen quits

Marcelo Gondim - 16 May 2019, 3:28 am
I've tried and all went as explained above. But now it asks for the CD-ROM. how can I run Civilization 2 without CD-ROM using wineskin?

David - 11 January 2020, 8:49 am
I'm using Wineskin Winery for some scientific based programs to process my data and this worked beautifully - thank you!

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