OS X Homeworld or similar game

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by eeperman, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. eeperman macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2008
    I have many fond memories of playing Homeworld on my PC and I was wondering if there are any similar games (i.e space fleet action with little base building) available to run natively on my Macbook Air 2013. I gather that Homeworld 2 will not work on Intel Macs and, in any case, I do not have a disk drive to load the game. I have played with Gratuitous Space Battles, but found it a little too in depth.

    Any Mac-native suggestions welcomed as I do not have the space for a Bootcamp partition.

    Many thanks.
  2. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    It's not Mac native, but Sins of a Solar Empire is probably your best bet. You can run it in WINE or Crossover. There's also Endless Space, but it's a 4X strategy game, not an RTS, and the combat is very limited in scope.

    Good news is that the Homeworld devs have been picked up by Gearbox to make a new Homeworld, and all Gearbox titles have made it to the Mac. Gearbox is also making HD Re-releases of the originals, so they might get new Mac ports.
  3. eeperman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2008
    Thanks Cougarcat,

    I played SoaSE on my PC many years ago and I very much enjoyed it. I own a digital copy - is it possible to download that and run it through Crossover?
  4. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Haven't tried it myself, but it looks like it. It has a gold rating on their database.
  5. eeperman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2008
    Hi Cougarcat,

    Thanks for the tip. I bought Crossover for $15 as part of the excellent StackSocial bundle, downloaded the Sins installer and it runs perfectly. I had forgotten what a well designed game it it!

    Still, I am looking forward to the HD release of Homeworld next year, lets keep our fingers crossed for a Mac version.
  6. luffytubby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    I love Homeworld.

    I am so stoked for Homeworld 3, and the Homeworld 1 and 2 remakes. Homeworld 2 is one of the best strategy games ever made.

    That game, has such a brilliant art design and music. it really becomes its own.
  7. eeperman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2008
    Hi all

    Having messed about with Crossover a bit more, I have now managed to install Homeworld 1 and 2. There are a few glitches, but both run pretty well and it is great getting to grips with them again. Crossover may be the best fifteen bucks that I ever spent!

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