Before we can get into some serious retro gaming on MacOS/OSX we first need to install some software. Here at MacRetro we predominantly use four emulators for most of our gaming.
For playing old Windows games we use the PlayOnMac interface that sits on top of WINE. You can download and install the latest release of PlayOnMac direct from the developers here
. The Linux version works in an identical way, and from what we have seen has almost identical software compatibility – Linux users can download here
For playing even older DOS games we use the BoxerApp interface that sits on top of DOSBox. You can download and install the latest release of Boxer direct from the developers here
For playing console games of the 1980s and 1990s on a range of Sega and Nintendo consoles, as well as the Playstation One and many others, We use the OpenEmu App. You can download and install the latest release of OpenEmu direct from the developers here
We also use the FUSE emulator for playing old ZX Spectrum games. You can download and install the latest release of FUSE direct from the developers here
. FUSE is also available on Linux – Linux users can download it here
Security & Privacy Settings
Users of more recent versions of MacOS/OSX (Sierra onwards) by default are only allowed to open downloaded applications from the App Store, or from identified developers. To run your emulators for the first time you will need to disable this. Open up terminal, in our version (Sierra) the necessary code to enter to override this setting is:
sudo spctl --master-disable
followed by the return key, and then by your password at the prompt. After which you will then be able to authorise each emulator in the Security & Privacy settings section of System Preferences. You only need to do this this first time you launch each emulator.