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Using Wineskin to Play Windows Deployed RPG Maker Games on MAC OSX
How to Install and Use Wineskin
How to Install and Use Wineskin
If you are reading this tutorial then like me, you are doing most of your work exclusively on a MAC OSX. One of the issues that I have found is that most people who use RPG Maker are using Windows, and hardly any of them have games deployed in a way that can be played on MAC OSX. There are many methods for how you can play Windows games on MAC OSX, but this is one of the easiest methods that I found that is user friendly.
Requirements: You will need admin privileges on your computer to install and operate the software. You will need to download the software from the Wineskin website HERE. You will also need a basic understanding of how to navigate your folders and files on MAC OSX. For the purposes of this tutorial, I am completing the example with MAC OSX El Capitan.
First you will need to go to the Wineskin website HERE. Ensure that it will work with your operating system (it isn't technically set to be functioning with El Capitan, however, is functioning in my tests). Once you download the file it will be compressed in a .zip. MAC OSX will automatically uncompress the file when you double click on it. You will see the Wineskin Winery application dmg. Double click on it to install it on your MAC OSX. It will open the following screen.
You will need to first click on the + symbol next to New Engine(s) available. Not all engines will work with all games, however, all RPG Maker games that I tested so far are currently working with WS9Wine2.22.
Select the version that you want to use (refer to the release notes if you want to use a different version based on compatibilities), and select Download and Install. It will automatically download the needed files you will require to operate the Wineskin application. For the next step you will need to wait until it downloads, and it will return to the previous screen.
From here you will need to update the Wrapper Version. The update button is greyed out once the update is completed, but likely when you first install this you will need to update the wrapper version (to whatever the current version is at that time). Once you have completed both of those steps you are ready to move forward. Click on Create New Blank Wrapper to move to the next step.
Name the wrapper whatever you want it to be called. MyCoolWrapper is the default wrapper naming convention. During the creation of the wrapper Wineskin will need to download installers and install content for .Net applications and HTML based content. You will need to accept both of these and install all needed content for the wrapper to function. This only has to be done on the first wrapper that you create.
After that is finished click on View Wrapper in Finder. If you lose this screen and need to search for the wrapper just search for the name of the wrapper, and you can complete the next step that way as well.
Once you find the wrapper in your finder window right click on the wrapper and select Show Package Contents.
Once you Show Package Contents you will see the Wineskin application wrapper that you created. You will need to double click on the Wineskin application from here to move on to the next step.
You will need to select Install Software to get access to the options to set the RPG Maker Game.exe inside of the wrapper so that you can play the file.
You can choose to Move a Folder Inside and set the game folder inside of the wrapper manually, or you can select Choose Setup Executable to select the game.exe in the game folder wherever you put it in when you downloaded the RPG Maker game.
Once you select the Game.exe the wrapper will load up the game, and you will be able to play!
Make sure that you read the descriptions of Wineskin on the download and description pages to fully understand how the program works. Not all games will function perfectly inside of the wrapper but this is a quick and easy way for those of us using MAC OSX to be able to play, or play test games, without having to have a Windows OS or doing another method of virtually loading a windows game on MAC OSX.