Macbook:Games that DO work.

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by marmaladeboy, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. marmaladeboy macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hi, I'm a switcher here and a newbie.
    I searched through lots of sites (Include this site. ) and found no topic that put up together the list of games that do work on Macbook. So i think I'll create one.

    *This is for the people who still wonders whether they'll choose MB over MBP like me. Or people who wants to buy game but aren't sure if it'll fit their MB.
    **For the people who say "MB is not for gamers!, Do you really expect other people to waste up another 1k to get a MBP? Money isn't grow on trees. And if you buy a game and find out that this piece of 50$ disc isn't work. Think how you'll feel.

    Ok, here's the list of WORKING games.
    the list contains only new games (That probably says it doesn't support GMA950) [from several sites. Do not trust it 100%]

    + The Sims 2 [Choppy] & it's expansion packs.
    + The Sims life stories series. For notebooks!
    + C&C Tiberium Wars [very choppy] [some says works well.]
    + The Movies (& Stunts) [Quality not proved]
    + Tomb Raider Anniversary [Proved works]
    + WoW [A bit choppy]
    + HL2 [Pretty Choppy] - UD: Youtuber post a vid that show decent quality.
    + COD2
    + CIV 3 [just works]
    + CIV 4 [Uncertain, depends]
    + Harry Potter 5 [The apple store rev. says that it works.] [Pretty Choppy]
    + BattleField 2142 [Low settings] - 6/4/08
    + Halo
    + Myst : series [Read once that EP5 doesn't ruin on LP?]
    This is all I recall.

    The game that don't work at all.(Don't waste your time & money.)

    - Tigerwood 08
    - Collin Macrae Rally

    Please leave your experience on gaming with Macbook. I'll update this often.
  2. twombles62 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    These few games have worked for me in BOOTCAMP, XP:

    GTA vice city - runs easily
    Dungeon Siege II - a little laggy but 15+ fps
    Morrowind - blazes through it
    Star Wars KOTOR - Very playable on medium settings, 20-25+ fps
    Baldur's Gate II - Turn everything up, it's ancient.

    Games that DON'T work:

    Star Wars Jedi Academy in OSX 10.5.2
    I just get a buzzing sound when I try to open the program and it closes.

    Neverwinter Nights in Bootcamp
    Crashes before the menu.

    Please help.
  3. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    The only game i have tried on my macbook, is Halo, and it runs perfectly.
  4. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    There is already a thread on this BTW.
    But add Battlefield 2142 to that list.
  5. twombles62 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Macbook... BF2142, I don't think so.

    BF2 doesn't even run on a Macbook.
  6. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Actually C&C3 works well. I ran it at native resolution with most settings on medium and it was playable. Take everything down to lowest and I easily got 30+ FPS.
  7. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    so in order to get halo working you have to run bootcamp?
  8. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Unreal Tournament 2004 works on my MacBook with GMA950, but its choppy.
    KOTOR works in OSX, but its quite buggy so save often
    KOTOR 2 runs in CrossOver Games, but cursor is invisible until you press the mouse button
    Warcraft 3 RoC works in OS X @ full graphics smoothly
    Starcraft (obviously) works but Mac version is horrible on Intel Macs - the game crashes in very often (but not during the match itself, thank god ;) )

    All I can think of atm
  9. capoeirista macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2007
    Nope, there is a Mac version. I bought it on eBay the other week and it is playable on medium settings (see my sig for MB specs). I haven't got too far into it though so it may slowdown if there's too much going on. It's Ok for online multiplayer too. It wasn't cheap however...

    COD2 is also playable in single player mode on medium settings, some slowdown when there are lots of smoke effects. I found online multiplayer an unplayable slideshow unfortunately.
  10. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    There have been a few:
  11. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    Unreal Tournament 2004, which is still tons of fun for me, runs great at high quality settings on my 2.2GHz MacBook (X3100) at full 1280x800 resolution. Was playing a bit earlier tonight. Virtually no choppiness even with 12 bots running around.
  12. pizzadude macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    Diablo II - flawless performance in OS X, with the latest 1.11b update and the LOD expansion for increased resolution (a must)
    Sam & Max series - via bootcamp, runs perfectly, around 25-30fps with all settings on mamimum
    World of Warcraft - works well with medium settings, around 14fps outdoors and 30-35 during instances
  13. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Thanks for the list.

    The problem with the term "games that do work on Macbook" is that it can be little deceiving because this determination is so subjective. I come from a techie / gamer background and would not say that a game really worked on a system if it only installed and ran at the minimum requirements or with poor resolution and performance quality.

    I've tried to run a couple older low requirement games (WarCraft II, etc). on my MacBook and between the high CPU temps, poor game performance and the fan running at break neck speeds, I wouldn't call it an enjoyable experience, but they did "work".

    Perhaps my expectations for games are just really high, but if a game doesn't run well at the native resolution of my LCD monitor on a particular system then I tend not to enjoy the experience and subsequently tend not to play games on that system.

    With that said, I never expected to run games on my MacBook C2D 2.0 GHz, but probably like you I was curious what it could run and how it would perform. :)

    I hear exactly what you are saying about the price points of Mac's that will run games with better performance. What I would like to see from Apple is a moderately priced headless Mac with the ability to add a DIY 3D video card (one already supported by Apple). They could probably price such a system around what the MacBooks go for today. I realize this is a long shot, but I can hope... :D
  14. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    Do you mean WarCraft III? Or is there a way to run WarCraft II on an Intel Mac?

    And if you do mean WarCraft III, the performance is actually quite good on my MacBook. I get about 50 fps (25 in huge battles) with all settings maxed and 1280x800 resolution.
  15. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Opps, sorry. I did mean WarCraft III. Perhaps the difference is I'm playing it on my desktop 19" LCD which is 1280 x 1024 native resolution. I find the MacBook LCD just too small to play these types of games. Too much scrolling.
  16. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    Ok, that would explain it, but WarCraft III does not show you any more of the map on higher resolutions. You see the same amount on 640x480 as you would on 2560x1600.
  17. marmaladeboy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2008

    Hi , I know quite well about how you feel with gaming. I'm someone like that too.
    The reason I started this thread is that to create a list of 'working' games from user's experience, and that will help 'me' and lots of people to decide weather they will buy the game or not.
    For example, I REALLY want to play The Sims 2 on my macbook. It is uncertain that it will run well or not.
    Some says it sucks. After I had watched a youtube video of the game running on a macbook. I decided that 'Hey! I wasn't that bad at all.'
    That's why I use [quality] after my every games on the list.
    *note that it's from people around the net and I don't say to trust it 100%
  18. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    I understand. Even though I did not expect to be able to play games on my MacBook, I went through the same "testing" period with my MacBook and different games and eventually decided the two didn't go together very well. Perhaps it was a self fulfilling prophecy, but that was the conclusion I reached.

    I should point out that my MacBook is older and uses the Intel GMA950 graphics processor. I've read that the Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor in the newer MacBooks provide a considerable improvement running 3D based games and that it provides unified shader processors and hardware vertex shaders where the Intel GMA950 graphics processor has none.

    It would be interesting to compare the experience of someone using a newer MacBook with the Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with these same games.
  19. sawtdk macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    I have macbook with gma 950 and 2 gb ram.
    I have run Half-life 2 in XP perfectly with no choppy graphics. In crossover games its a little choppy, so I run it in dx 7 mode.
    HL2: DM works in dx 7 mode.
    CS:Source works good in low dx 8 settings.
    Half-Life 1 based games works perfectly in Crossover Games and XP.
  20. jimthorn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2003
    Huntington Beach, CA, USA
    Sadly, the Leopard driver for the X3100 is crap. The performance is not nearly as improved as it should be and textures sometimes show artifacts or become corrupted over time. Apple is aware of the issue and is working on a new driver, but for now you're better off with the GMA950.
  21. redsaurus macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2008
    (on an x3100 MacBook)

    Age of Empires II and Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds work if you hold command down while launching and make sure 'don't switch resolution for movies' and '256 colours on OSX' are checked.

    As for Jedi Academy and some other Aspyr-based Quake 3 engine games, the buzzing problem's due to launching fullscreen with the x3100. If you get it to launch in windowed mode, it runs fine. You can achieve this by putting this autoexec.cfg into your game/base folder, so it would end up for example at /Applications/Jedi Academy/base/autoexec.cfg.
  22. micsaund macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2004
    Colorado, USA
    I installed Galactic Civilizations 2 in Fusion 1.1.1 on my MB with GMA950. I enabled the 3D in Fusion and GalCiv2 appears to work fine. I haven't spent any time playing it, but an initial "start game" and moving the ship around worked just fine, so I'm guessing/hoping the rest will work fine as well.

  23. pbbaker123 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    Prey is a good

    Prey ran great on m MB (not MBP), but I turned it down.

    I tried Quake 4. Nope. I tried Enemy Territory. Nope.
  24. tom. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    WoW and WC3:FT i can confirm. Theyre the only games on-the-go
  25. Jedidiah2008 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    Missing 256 color support on OS X 10.5.3 and later :(

    I've got a MacBook with the X3100 and it really isen't that great. As of OS X Leopard 10.5.3 there isen't support for 256 colors wich means that older games like Diablo 2 LOD won't run. Thank God I was able to downgrade the OS to 10.5.2 that came with the mac. I'm not upgrading until Apple trows the 256 colorsuport back in. Where might I complain about this to apple? :)


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