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Age of Empires II HD - For Mac OSX

AOE2HD - For Mac OSX

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Purchase

Installing PlayOnMac

  • Click this (or brew cask install playonmac for developers)
  • Open the PlayOnMac.dmg file when it finishes downloading
  • Drag the PlayOnMac.app file onto the Applications folder in the menu that opens
  • Close the menu that opened, and you can delete the PlayOnMac.dmg file

Installing Steam

  • Open your Applications menu and click the PlayOnMac app you just installed
    • Click continue, yes, next, etc. to get through the prompts
  • Copy and paste this into your address bar, then press enter: playonmac://www.playonlinux.com/repository/download.php?id=4
    • Click continue, yes, next, etc. to get through the prompts
    • If it asks how much memory your graphics board has, select 1024
  • Once that is finished installing, select "Steam" and click "Configure" in PlayOnMac
  • Next to "Wine version" click the button with a plus icon on it
  • On the left-hand side, select the latest one, and click the arrow button in the middle
    • Click continue, yes, next, etc. to get through the prompts
  • Close the version picker window
  • In the "Wine version" dropdown, select the latest one
    • Click continue, yes, next, etc. to get through the prompts
  • Close the configuration window

Installing Game

  • Select "Steam" and click "Run" in PlayOnMac
    • Click continue, yes, next, etc. to get through the prompts
    • Steam will take a minute or two to update on first start
  • Log into the steam account you used to buy the game
  • In the left sidebar, select Age of Empires II HD
  • Click the "Install" button in the middle of the page
    • Click continue, yes, next, etc. to get through the prompts

Finishing/Starting Game

  • Right click Age of Empires II HD in the left sidebar
  • Click the "Properties" tab
  • Click the "Set launch options" button
  • Type in NoStartUp and click OK
  • Click the "Browse local files" to open the game files folder
  • Delete "Launcher.exe"
  • Rename "AoK HD.exe" to "Launcher.exe"
  • In Steam, click "Play" for Age of Empires
  • In the future, you just open PlayOnMac to run Steam and start the game
  • Congratulations on installing AOE2HD on a Mac!

Enhancements (optional)

Updating

In the event of an update, the game will break and you won't be able to see other games.

  • Right click the game in Steam and select "Properties"
  • Go to the "Local Files" tab and click "Verify integrity of game files"
  • Once finished, complete the step where you rename the file again

@southpolesteve

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commented Mar 1, 2018

Thank you for this! For anyone looking, I had to use Safari when putting in the playonmac://www.playonlinux.com/repository/download.php?id=4 in the address bar. It did not work with Chrome

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commented Jun 16, 2018

Thanks for this, but I'm getting a error message from Steam when trying to download (content servers unreachable). Any ideas?

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commented Jun 20, 2018

I'm also getting the same error message jod244. I can't figure out what's causing it. I'm able to connect to servers on windows with no issues. I've noticed when using playonmac it keeps defaulting to wine version 2.12 and I can't change it. Is yours doing the same?

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commented Jun 26, 2018


If you are developers or even if you just want to see this project finished soon, help develop it or share it! openage is the way! A clone of the Age of Empires II Genie Engine for UNIX https://github.com/SFTtech/openage.
It runs on my mac but it’s in a very early stage, so it’s not possible to play it (many things are missing, you can check them in the GitHub issues section).

Another way is to download and use SheepShaver. An open source PPC Apple Macintosh emulator. You can install Mac OS (up to 9.0.4) in it and play the original (and beautiful) Age of Empires II Gold Edition. Personally I’m using this method, waiting for openage to be completely developed.

Sheepshaver website: https://www.emaculation.com/doku.php/sheepshaver

Useful links for old Mac OS software and games:
http://macintoshgarden.org/
https://www.macintoshrepository.org/

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commented Jun 28, 2018

Thanks!

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commented Aug 16, 2018

I have managed to reach the step where I login to Steam. After that the Steam logo is there in my Mac launch dock, but nothing seems to be happening. I don't see Steam in PlayOnMac either. Any ideas?

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commented Sep 30, 2018

Thank you so much! I've waited long enough for this!

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commented Oct 13, 2018

You are my savior!

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commented Nov 2, 2018

Stuck at "Downloading fonts", in particular andale32.exe

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commented Dec 8, 2018

Is online play possible with this method?

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commented Dec 30, 2018

how do you play with friends? pressing invite either crashes the game if you have the game overlay enabled, or does nothing

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commented Feb 8, 2019

Thanks it worked great for me, steps need to be carefully followed. I have been playing online with friends since few weeks now (create a public game and manage to invite your friends, reject others...)

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commented Apr 23, 2019

Works like a charm! Thank you.

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commented May 23, 2019

When starting the game with Wine@3.20 can not even connect to steam, with Wine@3.17 I can open the game and play, but when getting into multiplayer the game stuck, any idea?

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commented Jun 17, 2019

so i bought age of the empires on steam, and im trying to download the play on mac thing, but everywhere i go to download it it gives me a error. can some one help me.

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commented Jul 16, 2019

I have a problem logging in to Steam. It appears the message "Steam is having trouble connecting to the Steam servers", and at the same time Steam are sending me an email with "Steam Guard code you need to login to account" but there is no space to put the code, so I cannot log in.

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