So, as you probably know, I wrote a guidebook on the basics of NoLimits to answer the question, "How do I use NoLimits?".
Now, I'm answering a second question - How do you run RCT and RCT2 on Mac OS X? I mean, they're Windows-only applications, so you'd think that they'd only run on Windows, right?
Well, you're half-right.
In this tutorial, I will be using Wineskin to install RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe (RCT1 + expansions) on my Macbook Pro running the latest version of Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" and 10.8 "Mountain Lion".
To install the game correctly, you will need the following things -
- The application Wineskin, explained in the tutorial
- Your RCT or RCT2 install disc
- Moderate knowledge of the operations you're performing
For reference, here's my own personal system configuration -
- Mid-2010 15" Macbook Pro Core i5
- Mac OS X 10.7.4
- Wineskin Winery 2.5.5
I have successfully gotten both games to work with the following Wineskin engines -
Let's get started!
Step 1 - go to the Wineskin website. It is located HERE. Save the window for later.
Step 2 - insert your install disc in your optical drive. It will appear on your desktop.
Step 3 - download the Wineskin Winery. The application will appear in your Downloads folder. For the sake of convenience, you should move it to your Applications folder.
Step 4 - launch the application.
Step 4A - click the plus icon to install an engine to create your application. At the time this was written, the latest engine was 1.5.3. However, as of July 10 2012, the latest engine is 1.5.8.
Step 4B - click Update to update the wrapper used to create the Windows bottle. At this time, it's Wineskin 2.5.5.
Step 4C - when you're all set, click Create Blank Wrapper.
Step 5 - give your new application a name. Since I'm installing RollerCoaster Tycoon, that's what I named it.
Step 6 - don't install a Mono package or a Gecko package. A Mono package is required for applications that use the .NET framework, which RCT and RCT2 do not. A Gecko package is basically Wineskin's version of Internet Explorer to handle applications that use HTML. I'm pretty sure that none of the RCTs need that either.
Step 7 - create your application! After you choose whether or not to install the Gecko package, your application will install on its own.
Keep in mind that your game isn't actually installed yet! Wineskin only created the Mac .app file that you will use to run your game. Right now, you essentially have an application that does absolutely nothing! The application houses the necessary folder structure that your game will use to operate.
The application will appear in a new folder. Keep in mind that the new folder is created in your home Applications folder. So, you have to go to your home folder and go to its Applications directory.
Step 8 - launch your new application.
The application will open in Wineskin. Before we do any software installing, we need to set up how it's displayed on your screen.
Step 9 - make the necessary screen adjustments. In my case, I want RollerCoaster Tycoon to always display in a separate window, so I can move it around. Your experience may vary.
Step 10 - click Install Software. Since the setup application for RollerCoaster Tycoon is on the disc itself and we can browse for it, click Choose Setup Executable.
Step 11 - browse for and select your setup application.
Step 12 - install the game like normal.
NOTE: If you are installing RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, it is highly recommended that you perform a "Full" install. This is done by selecting "Custom" when prompted with three ways to install the game (Typical, Compact, and Custom).
Step 13 - don't create a desktop shortcut or view the readme. You probably already know how to play RCT, and a desktop shortcut would be redundant and useless.
Step 14 - select the EXE that will run the application. For RCT, you'll want RCT.exe. For RCT2, you'll want RCT2.exe.
If for some reason the EXE that you need isn't listed after you install the game, you can manually browse for it by going back and clicking Advanced.
For example, when I installed RCT Deluxe, it didn't find the EXE automatically. So, I needed to browse for it. It was in my home folder > Applications > Wineskin > RollerCoaster Tycoon > Contents > Resources > drive_c > Program Files > Infogrames Interactive > RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe > RCT.exe.
Notice that when you get past the Resources folder, the structure is exactly like it is in Windows.
Before you test run your application, read this! When you launch RCT or RCT2 for the first time, it will go into full screen and become very distorted.
To fix this in RCT, open up a new park/scenario and go to the Options menu. Select Window, and it will go into Window mode and stay there.
RCT2 does not have a Window mode, so you must go into the Wineskin's screen options and select Override and Virtual Desktop.
Step 15 - test run your application! In the advanced menu, click Test Run.
Hooray, it works!
Step 16 - to truly test to make sure your application works, launch it directly from the Finder. Quit Wineskin and Wineskin Winery, and find your new application in the Finder. Double-click it, and see if it launches. You may have to Force Quit it and re-launch it. It's not perfect!
If for some reason the install did not work correctly, you can easily start over from the beginning. Just find your new application in the Finder, and drag it into the Trash! You can then try the install again.
Please note that this does not let you run RCT/RCT2 without the install disc. You'll still need to pop in the disc and then run the application. The only difference is that you will not see the autorun box come up when you put the disc in.
However, because the folder structure is the same as Windows, you can replace the EXE with one from a no-CD patch and run it without the disc. Please only do that if you actually have the disc, because otherwise it's illegal.
I've had some issues in RCT Deluxe with panning the view with a right-click; using the four arrow keys works great.
Like any other application, you can easily change its icon.
At any time, you can adjust the settings of the application in Wineskin. Right-clicking the application and clicking "Show Package Contents" will let you browse in it. Each time you create a new application in Wineskin winery, it creates a separate Wineskin application that keeps track of all the settings. Double-clicking the Wineskin app will let you adjust the settings in the same way that you were able to do right after you installed your game.
If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.
Thanks for reading, and good luck! Your results may vary!