2023 Update: macOS Ventura is confirmed to be included in this change.
Games #22 – #32 with 32-bit programs are no longer supported by 2019 and subsequent Apple versions Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, or later. Game #33 Midnight in Salem is not affected by this change and will run on Apple’s latest OS.
Dear Nancy Drew Fans,
Apple’s latest version of macOS, 10.15 Catalina, and 10.16 Big Sur may look a lot like earlier versions of the operating system, but its vastly different. As you may be aware, the biggest change is that Apple no longer supports older 32-bit apps or games in Apple’s 64-bit operating system. Unfortunately, this means that Catalina and Big Sur will block all older Nancy Drew Mac games (#22 – #32). Please be assured, that we are looking at all possible solutions, and hope to find one that is economically feasible, so that you can continue to enjoy your older Nancy Drew Mac games.
In the meantime, Apple unofficially recommends either that you keep an old Mac on hand that runs a pre-Catalina version of the OS or that you partition your current Mac so that it can start up with an older macOS version as well as Catalina or Big Sur. Additionally, another alternative is to buy a copy of Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion if you don’t already own one. These programs are designed mostly for running Windows on a Mac, but you can also use them to create a virtual machine that runs macOS in a window on your Mac desktop.
We apologize for this inconvenience and as soon as we have any additional information and a path forward, we will be sure to update you. We know and understand that you love replaying these classic games and that this is an important issue to many Mac players.
As always, thank you for supporting HeR Interactive and Nancy Drew Games.
Team HeR Interactive
PS: If you would like to share your concern with Apple, please visit their contact support page here to enter an inquery or concern.
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