macOS Catalina was released this Monday and has removed support for 32-bit applications. Marble Blast, and by extension, PlatinumQuest, will not run on macOS Catalina. If you want to continue playing Marble Blast on macOS, do not update past macOS Mojave.

Future builds of PlatinumQuest will continue to support the same versions of macOS (10.7 - 10.14) but if you update your computer there are a few alternative ways to play:

  • Install a Windows Virtual Machine and play the Windows version of PlatinumQuest.
  • Install a Linux Virtual Machine and play the Windows version via WinE or Proton.
  • Hopefully in time, CodeWeavers will update WinE on macOS to support running 32-bit programs.

Thanks for playing with us for all these years. We'll let you know if we add support for running PlatinumQuest on macOS Catalina.

- HiGuy

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Nature Freak replied the topic: #1 18 May 2021 16:07
Yeah, as far as I know there's only ever been an Intel version of MBG. I think making an ARM version would either require the source code, which we can't get, or somehow rewriting the entire game which would take too much work. Also, I tried running the Windows version of MBG on an M1 Mac using WINE, but it didn't work—in fact, WINE didn't work at all.

If they end up updating WINE for M1, or future generations of Mac chips, then maybe MBG and PQ could still work that way, but for the moment there's no way to play the game on the new Macs unless something changes.

Another thing you can do, if you have an Intel Mac from early 2019 or earlier, is that you can partition your hard drive and install the version of macOS which came with your Mac on another partition to run Marble Blast there. I have a 2017 MacBook Pro, and my main partition is running macOS 11, which I use for school and just normal computer things, while I have a second, smaller partition running macOS 10.12 where I play Marble Blast. It's a good system, because then I have the good features of the newer OS for my primary partition, and I have the fast performance of the OS that came with my Mac for Marble Blast, which helps with improving performance of the game.
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Josep_Nollette replied the topic: #2 18 May 2021 10:12

Tynator wrote:
use windows 10 on boot camp, might be less convient for people on m1 chip, so youll have to get, like, a raspberry pi or osmething cheap on win10arm (they can get maxed out to 8gb at 70 pounds)

I'm not even sure the Windows version will run on the ARM version of Windows 10 - isn't it geared towards Intel x86?
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OscartheShark-Slayer replied the topic: #3 16 May 2021 12:38
use windows 10 on boot camp, might be less convient for people on m1 chip, so youll have to get, like, a raspberry pi or osmething cheap on win10arm (they can get maxed out to 8gb at 70 pounds)