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Older Games on Mac

We started making our games for both PC and Mac with Game #22 Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister. At this time, HeR Interactive is developing all of our new games for the Mac, as well as PC. I wish we had more games available for the Mac, but as we are a small company, the cost of converting our older games is prohibitive. However, I can assure you that ALL future games will be Mac compatible.

In addition, if you would like to try playing the older ND games on your Mac, we have heard that some of our fans have successfully used a product named “Virtual PC” to play our titles, as well as one called Wineskin. You may also want to try a program put out by Apple called Boot Camp which you can find on Apple’s website. While we don’t officially support this, you may find that it will work well for you too.

While we cannot guarantee its success as we did not develop this software, below is a method of installation using Wineskin that has been successful for many of our fans in the past.

 

For Physical Discs:

  1. Download Wineskin Winery here
  2. Create a folder(s) on your desktop and name it the title of your game (e.g. “Secret of the Scarlet Hand”)
    • If your game has two discs, you will need to make three folders (one for each disc, and one to combine the two so that you have one complete game folder). Name these folders the title of your game followed by a 1, 2, and 3 (e.g. “Secret of the Scarlet Hand 1”)
  3. Insert the disc (or the first disc if you have multiple discs) into the disc drive
  4. If nothing immediately happens, double-click on the disc icon that appears on desktop to see the contents of the disc
  5. Select all of the files and folders that are located on the disc and drag and drop them into the folder on your desktop that you created (or the folder for disc 1 if you have multiple discs)
  6. When all of the files/folders have successfully been copied over, remove disc 1
  7. If your game only has one disc, then skip to step 8; otherwise repeat steps 3 through 6 for the second disc, placing these files/folders into the folder for disc 2
    • Once both disc folders contain the contents of each disc, drag both folders into the last folder you created. This will be your complete “game folder” which you will use going forward
  8. Duplicate the game folder on your desktop (it should be named “[Game Title] copy”)
  9. Now open Wineskin
    • You will need version WS8Wine1.3.18 (Or WS8Wine1.3.34 for Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, Danger by Design, and The Creature of Kapu Cave). If not there originally, click the plus (+) button and search for “WS8” in the search bar; find the engine called “WS8Wine1.3.18” from the drop-down menu underneath the search bar, select it, and then click on “Download and Install”
    • You will also need to make sure you have the latest Wrapper Version (currently Wineskin 2.6.2). If you do not see it in the box underneath where it says “Wrapper Version,” click on the “Update” button underneath
  10. Click “Create New Blank Wrapper,” name your wrapper the title of your game, and click “OK”
  11. Next it may say that it could not find Gecko package; if so, click install for Wine Gecko Installer (it may take a little while to install)
    • If you receive a “Program Error” message, exit out of the message window, then exit out of the loading section of the Gecko package installer and wait
  12. Once complete click “View Wrapper in Finder”
  13. Drag and drop the wrapper onto your desktop
  14. Once on your desktop, double click to open the wrapper, and click “Install Software”
  15. Under advanced options click “Move a Folder Inside”
  16. Select the duplicate folder that you just created and click “Choose”
    • If you do not see the folder immediately, make sure you are looking in the correct location (in your “Desktop” folder)
  17. Select the setup file for the game from the drop-down list. The file should be located in “/Program Files/[Game Title] copy/Setup.exe” (It will always end in Setup.exe ). The game should start the installation process
  18. If nothing happens from there, click the third button down labeled “Advanced” on the Wineskin window
  19. In the configuration tab make sure the Windows EXE file displayed is the setup.exe for your game and click “Test Run”
  20. Installation should begin; click “Install [Game Name]”
  21. Once you reach the screen that lets you choose the destination, click “browse” and make the path “C:\” and click “OK”, and then “next”
  22. If you see a window entitled “Direct X optional Installation” click the button saying, “No, I will Install, DirectX myself” and then click “next”
  23. Once the game is finished installing, uncheck the box that says, “Play the game now!” and click “Finish”
    • If you are prompted to restart your computer, click “No, I will restart later” and click “Finish”
  24. Next click “Exit Setup”
  25. Once you are out of the installer the Wineskin advanced window should still be open (if not, click on “Advanced” to open it up again); click “Browse”
  26. Change the Windows EXE file from setup.exe to the file titled “/Game.exe” or “/[Game Title].exe” and click “Test Run”
  27. After this the game should start running
    • If you do not see the game begin to play and then you see a window that says “Test Run Complete,” just click “Cancel” and then wait a few seconds, and then try clicking “Test Run” again
  28. When you are satisfied with your test run, exit out of the game and then click “Cancel” when you see a window that says “Test Run Complete.” You should now be able to click on the wrapper on your desktop to begin playing the game

 

*NOTE: If clicking on “Test Run” does not begin installing/launching your game, or you are running into issues with re-opening your game, the following steps may help correct the issue:
1) Right-click on the game wrapper on your desktop and select “Show Package Contents”
2) Right-click on the Wineskip.app and select “Open”
3) Click on “Set Screen Options”
4) Under “Other Options,” uncheck the box next to “Auto Detect GPU Info for Direct 3D”
5) Click “Done” and exit out

 

 

For Digital Downloads:

  1. Download Wineskin Winery here
  2. Download the game you wish to play from your order and then drag and drop the downloaded file onto your desktop
  3. Now open Wineskin
    • You will need version WS8Wine1.3.18 (Or WS8Wine1.3.34 for Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, Danger by Design, and The Creature of Kapu Cave). If not there originally, click the plus (+) button and search for “WS8” in the search bar; find the engine called “WS8Wine1.3.18” from the drop-down menu underneath the search bar, select it, and then click on “Download and Install”
    • You will also need to make sure you have the latest Wrapper Version (currently Wineskin 2.6.2). If you do not see it in the box underneath where it says “Wrapper Version,” click on the “Update” button underneath
  4. Click “Create New Blank Wrapper,” name your wrapper the title of your game, and click “OK”
  5. Next it may say that it could not find Gecko package; if so, click install for Wine Gecko Installer (it may take a little while to install)
    • If you receive a “Program Error” message, exit out of the message window, then exit out of the loading section of the Gecko package installer and wait
  6. Once complete click “View Wrapper in Finder”
  7. Drag and drop the wrapper onto your desktop
  8. Once on your desktop, double click to open the wrapper. Click “Set Screen Options” and then uncheck the box for “Auto Detect GPU for Direct 3D” and then click “Done.”
  9. Click on “Install Software”
  10. Under advanced options click “Choose Setup Executable”
  11. Select the game file that you downloaded (it will always end in .exe). The game should start the installation process.
  12. Once you reach the screen that lets you choose the destination, click “browse” and make the path “C:\” and click “OK”, and then “next”
  13. If you see a window entitled “Direct X optional Installation” click the button saying, “No, I will Install, DirectX myself” and then click “next”
  14. Once the game is finished installing, if there is a box that says, “Play the game now!” then uncheck it, and then click “Finish”
  15. If prompted to “Choose Executable,” select the option “/Game.exe” or “/[Game Title].exe” from the dropdown menu and click “OK”
  16. Once you are out of the installer the Wineskin advanced window should still be open (if not, click on “Advanced” to open it back up); click “Browse”
  17. Select the file titled “/Game.exe” or “/[Game Title].exe” and click choose, and then click “Test Run”
  18. After this the game should start running
    • If you do not see the game begin to play and then you see a window that says “Test Run Complete,” just click “Cancel” and then wait a few seconds, and then try clicking “Test Run” again
  19. When you are satisfied with your test run, exit out of the game and then click “Cancel” when you see a window that says “Test Run Complete.” You should now be able to click on the wrapper on your desktop to begin playing the game

 

 

 

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