How to make work an app/game for mountain lion (10.7 or more) on snow leopard (10.6)?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Nikkei, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Nikkei macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    I've encountered some games/apps that won't work on a Mac OS 10.6 because designed for 10.7 or superior.... nevertheless I've heard that you can modify a small text file in the app to make it work still for the 10.6.....but how specifically? do you have other suggestions?

    In the specific I'm interest in making this XCOM game work
    Minimum Requirements
    Processor: 2.0Ghz
    OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5
    RAM: 4.0GB (or 8 if you have an NVIDIA 320m)

    Graphics: 256MB

    On my system:
    Processor: 2.4Ghz
    OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
    RAM: 4.0GB
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M (256MB)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You can't make them work, if there's an application that requires 10.7, you cannot make it work because it expects certain APIs or frameworks to be present (which are there in 10.7 but not in 10.6)
  3. Nikkei thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    I think some app would still work on my system, I just need my mac to read them (to try and maybe fail)
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    It will depend whether they are signed or not. If the application is codesigned you cannot edit any part without breaking the code signing which will stop the OS from even trying to execute. If it is not codesigned you could try editing the Info.plist file within the application package (Google for what you would need to edit: I'm not about to Google for you and re-post the text here) but as noted above most likely this will make absolutely no difference as no developer chooses a base OS version to exclude customers unless they absolutely need to.

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