Turn-Based Strategy Games For My Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by duncyboy, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008

    I'm in a bit of a pickle at the moment. One of my all-time favourite games is Age Of Wonders. I just love playing it, always have.

    Problem is I can't get it to work with CrossOver. I don't fancy doing a full Parallels install for just one game, no matter how much I love it.

    So I thought I'd have a look at some alternatives for my real-time/strategy-based fix?

    What games would people recommend? It doesn't necessarily have to be a "Fantasy" game (Orcs, Dragons, Wizards etc) but I do enjoy those. It also doesn't have to be the latest release- Age of Wonders is God knows how old!

    Thanks for any recommendations
  2. Coprolite macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I never played, but a quick search led to this link on Yahoo Answers

    They seem to list a ton of games and the compatible systems. I haven't had much first hand experience, so I don't know which ones are good.
  3. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    I'm kind of surprised Age of Wonders doesn't work in Crossover Games. I have both that game and the most recent Shadow Magic version. I'll have to try loading and running them some time.

    There's a Mac version of Heroes of Might and Magic V that you can get, and it is pretty similar to Age of Wonders. It is really just an Aspyr port to their version of Wine that they use to make specific PC games run on the Mac. I have this game, too, and it runs just fine.

    You may also be able to get Disciples II to work in Crossover Games. The Wine compatibility DB seems to indicate it would work. That is also similar to Age of Wonders. It is available through Steam.

    I am currently playing Civ IV and the 2 expansions that I bought through Steam. It all seems to play just fine in Crossover Games. You can get a Mac version, but it is just an Aspyr port again. The Beyond the Sword expansion is not available for the Mac and probably won't be.

    Some other suggestions for you to try: Star Wars: Empires at War and the expansion, Forces of Corruption, work in Crossover Games. There's a Mac version of the first game, though not the expansion. All versions of Dawn of War seem to work just fine in Crossover Games, too (I have the first 3, and have been told the latest one works, too.)

    If you want to go for an older game, Master of Orion 2 can be made to run on a Mac. I use DOSBox to run it in a DOS compatible window just fine.

    Hope these suggestions help.
  4. coupdetat macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    Civ, but make sure your next 10+ hours are free first.
  5. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Lux Delux is pretty good.

    DiceWars http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/dice/dice.html is another stripped down online version of Risk. Good for a quick strategy fix, but the AI isn't that hot.

    Kdice is an online multiplayer version of the same. Even if you can beat DiceWars 9 times out of 10, the Kdice players will still school you.
  6. mongrol macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2007
  7. duncyboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008
    Nice one! Thanks for the replies, everybody :)

    I'll have a read about all of the above tonight, should keep me out of trouble.

    I've been reading about TinyXP today and I might experiment with an installation of that combined with Age of Wonders 1 & 2- might not actually take up THAT much room... at least, that's what I keep telling myself :D

    Many thanks once again and I'll let you know how I get on.
  8. MentalFabric macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2004
    I concur. Doesn't come much better than wesnoth with free mac games :p

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