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Offline Aquatic

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Primordia for Mac OSX?
« on: November 20, 2012, 04:29:32 PM »
Are there any plans to create a Mac version of Primordia?  I would love to have the Mac version, particularly if the game comes to Steam.

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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 04:09:30 PM »
No official Mac version yet, but I've been told that our games (which all use the same engine) run well under emulators like WINE.

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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 04:03:57 PM »
I can say that the Primordia demo definitely works well with Wine 1.4.1 under Linux (no idea about OS X).

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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 10:11:05 AM »
No official Mac version yet, but I've been told that our games (which all use the same engine) run well under emulators like WINE.

Resonance worked well under WINE 1.4NoXInput2 emulating Windows 7 (the NoXInput2 is important for this one).  The other Wadjet Eye games ran well on other versions of WINE that I used for them.

I just ran the demo for Primordia last night under WINE 1.4.1NoXInput2, and it runs fine.  I had one glitch which was easily recoverable.  I think the glitch was that something else stole focus from the program, which is an issue with WINE, not Primordia.

If you're new to emulation on OSX, Wineskin is the program that I use, and it's fairly straightforward.

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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 07:58:50 PM »
I got the Primordia Demo work on WS9Wine 1.5.18 fine, no problem. In older Wadjet Eye games graphics get messed up and blinking however. I've tried a couple other Wine engines but found no improvement. Superluser, can you tell which engines have worked with other games?

(I hope this isn't too off topic for this forum, which is devoted to Primordia alone)

1.) If you're not a power user, stay away from the 1.5.x releases if possible.  They are development versions and may be buggy.  I made that mistake a couple of times, judging from the versions below.
2.) I would recommend Wineskin 2.5.8 WS9Wine1.4.1 for all of the games going forward (barring future updates).  I run Mountain Lion.

I started playing Wadjet Eye Games with Gemini Rue, and I was hooked, so the dates and versions start with GR as the earliest and go from there.  I haven't played The Shiva, Downfall, The Adventures of Fatman, To the Moon, Emerald City Confidential or Da New Guys and can't comment on those.

Gemini Rue was Windows XP emulation with Wineskin 2.3 WS7Wine1.3.25.  I seem to recall that that setup was glitchy with the sound, but the game was playable, though (sadly) not as enjoyable as I'd like.

Blackwell Deception was Windows XP emulation with Wineskin 2.5 WS8Wine1.3.34.

Blackwell Unbound was Windows XP emulation with Wineskin 2.5 WS8Wine1.3.34.

Blackwell Legacy was Windows 7 emulation with Wineskin 2.5 WS8Wine1.3.34.

Blackwell Convergence was Windows XP emulation with Wineskin 2.5 WS8Wine1.3.34.

Resonance was Windows 7 emulation with Wineskin 2.5.5 WS9Wine1.5.6.

Primordia is Windows 7 emulation with Wineskin 2.5.8 WS9Wine1.4.1.

On occasion, the program has difficulty starting (i.e. the icon shows in the dock and then disappears), but usually restarting the program makes it work.  I've not had any serious glitches with any of them.

I'd love to see these some of these Wadjet Eye games supported natively on Mac, and if any of the staff wants a beta tester, I'd be willing to help out with both testing and debugging (I've corrected programming errors on cross-platform projects before), but I'm satisfied to see these programs running in emulation.

Edit: I forgot that this was Adventure Game Studio, and as such that the codebase is not something that you can really reprogram.  The offer, such as it is, still stands, though it's rather moot until AGS is in a usable state on other platforms.
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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013, 03:50:18 PM »
Confirmation for WineSkin: Running

I was successful installing Primordia on OS X 10.7.5 (On 13" MacBook Air) using:

Wineskin-Winery-1.7
- Wrapper: Wineskin 2.5.8
- Engine: WS9Wine1.5.23

So far no problems while playing... Cross fingers ;)

Just download and install Wineskin-Winery-1.7, it should be easy to find on the urgesoft website (the other components will be downloaded from within Winery) and follow the steps in the section "Manual". It should be easy even for less experienced users.

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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 01:25:48 AM »
Yes, GOG now has a front-end to run them all on Macs.  It's just another bit of great customer service by those guys!
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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 01:34:52 PM »
I confused "Mac version" with "Wineskin wrapped version" - which to my mind are two separate things. :) We are working on getting Gemini Rue to run natively on Mac and Linux (if only so we can put it on Steam and the Humble Bundle and things). Once we get that working, we'll roll out the other games.

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Re: Primordia for Mac OSX?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2013, 12:42:30 AM »
I hope you all get a decent compensation. Oftentimes they sell games really cheap.
My own view is that I would much rather Primordia sell 100 copies at $2 each, for a total of $200, than sell 25 copies at $10 each for a total of $250.  I'd happily give up 50 bucks so that 175 more people can play the game!
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