Best OS X to play classic Games on


macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 13, 2013
Of OS 10.1 thru 10.4 Which is the best to play classic os games on?
I currently have OS 10.1. Should I upgrade it to 10.4 or will 10.1 suffice?

Thanks in advance.


macrumors 604
Sep 7, 2006
Texas, unfortunately.
Well, I would think that the "best" OS for the task would depends on which games you're talking about; but that aside for the moment, OS X in general was... not very good until 10.3 or thereabouts, so I would start there.


macrumors 68020
Oct 28, 2006
Alice, TX
I think you'll get the best compatibility with 10.4. It still includes Classic if needed and I'm assuming some of the later games require something above 10.1. I would check your game requirements.

Also you'll get a more stable and efficient OS which will make game play a lot more enjoyable.

Cox Orange

macrumors 68000
Jan 1, 2010
While 10.2 was fine with using OS 9.1 in classic mode, 10,4 (Tiger) needs 9.2.2 to run classic good.

Classic is the name of the emulation environment, that lets OS 9 work under 10.4 (no reboot necessary), but if your Mac is still capable of Dual boot, you should use OS 9 directly for OS 9 games.
On an ibook G4 with 1,33GHz I get a stuttering mouse in Master of Orion (strategy game, not much action, just calculates where I move the mouse pointer).

Cox Orange

macrumors 68000
Jan 1, 2010
Yes, one of my all time favourites. I stepped in, when it was Version II, I bought Version III for my brother (Windows) some time later, but we did not get very far with that.

Although, if you have played it several times, you know the ways how to get to the end and win and you find yourself from one point on doing the same steps again, I play it still one time in a year, partly for nostalgia reasons. :)


macrumors regular
Dec 23, 2013
Near Detroit, MI. USA
It's the same for me with AMBER: Journeys Beyond and Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. I always play/beat them at least once a year out of nostalgia. Both of course I played first on a Mac. (5400) :)


macrumors 6502
Mar 27, 2010
I still play a lot of games in 10.4.11. Games like Tron 2.0, Undying, MTX MotoTrax and VGP2 are still fun to play in my opinion. They work great in Tiger. A lot of the reason I keep PPC around is for the older games.

T'hain Esh Kelch

macrumors 603
Aug 5, 2001
It was a minority of games that was released for the early OSX's, so I would definitely say 10.4. Even then, I would be surprised at how many games you could find that couldn't run on 10.6.8, so maybe look that up.
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