4 Ways To Play Against The Storm On Mac – Our Experience
How to play Against The Storm on Mac
Against The Storm is a captivating game set in a rain-drenched, mystical world that isn’t directly available for Mac users. But that didn’t stop us from finding ways to play it on our macOS devices. We explored and tested different methods to bring this intriguing city-building game to the Mac platform and our research led us through various solutions, from using software that mimics Windows on a Mac to trying out cloud gaming services. Here, we share our experience and findings in a simple, easy-to-understand manner for fellow Mac gamers who are eager to experience the engaging gameplay of Against The Storm on Mac despite the absence of native support.
Against The Storm Mac Methods That You Should Try
If you’re excited to jump into the world of Against The Storm, worry not, as we’ve gathered all the nifty ways that helped us play it on Mac, conveniently located just below. Each method comes with a simple, step-by-step tutorial, so you can easily get into the action.
CrossOver + the Game Porting Toolkit
Against The Storm on Mac with GeForce Now
When searching for ways to play non-native games on a Mac, our initial destination is often cloud gaming platforms. These platforms provide a workaround that allows us to access and play the game on our web browser through the power of cloud computing, without installing the game or worrying about whether it is compatible with our Mac.
For streaming Against The Storm on Mac through GFN, the service required an internet speed of 25 Mbps, which we covered, therefore, we went straight into the action. Our streaming experience was quite smooth overall, consistently achieving 1080p resolution and 60 FPS, as promised by our chosen plan. However, we noticed that when our internet connection was unstable, GFN would automatically reduce the game’s image quality to keep the gameplay smooth. While this feature is intended to maintain a steady frame rate, we found the decrease in image quality to be a bit too drastic for our liking, so we disabled this option from the GFN app’s settings.
A point to consider with this method is that using GFN does require a subscription. While there’s a free plan available, it limits gaming sessions to one hour and often places you in long queues before you can start playing. Due to these limitations, we opted for the paid subscription to ensure a better gaming experience.
Is Against The Storm for Mac playable with any local gaming solutions?
After we had some fun with the cloud solution, we tested Against The Storm for Mac using Parallels, a popular virtualization software that allows you to run Windows on macOS. Our testing was done on a 2020 MacBook Pro with an M1 chip and, in our experience, the game ran smoothly, with minimal issues. We played at a resolution of 1920×1080, and the game maintained a stable frame rate of around 40-45 FPS on medium settings. However, we did encounter a bug where objects in the game were invisible, which was slightly disorienting but didn’t significantly hinder gameplay. This bug aligns with some user reports on Reddit, confirming that while Against The Storm is playable on Parallels, it might come with some graphical glitches. From what people have shared, the game’s performance on Parallels seems to vary depending on the specific Mac model and the Parallels configuration, but overall, it appears to be a viable option.
Playing Against The Storm for Mac with Crossover
Crossover, another method for running Windows software on macOS, also proved effective for playing Against The Storm on Mac. We tested the game on the same 2020 MacBook Pro with an M1 chip and the game ran quite well, with the main map experiencing some lag, especially when choosing the next location. However, once past this, the rest of the game played smoothly without any major issues. We maintained a similar resolution of 1920×1080 and achieved an average FPS of around 40 on medium settings, which provided a decent gameplay experience.
A user on Reddit mentioned having a positive experience with Against The Storm on Crossover 23.5, noting an initial infinite loading bug that was resolved. This user reported no further issues, suggesting that Crossover can offer a reliable gameplay experience for ‘Against The Storm’ on Mac.
Playing Against The Storm on Intel Macs with Boot Camp
For those with Intel Macs, playing Against The Storm involves a few steps. First, you’ll need to use Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows on your Mac. After setting up Windows, you can download and install the Windows version of the game but it’s important to note that the game’s performance will depend on your Mac’s specifications, as there are no specific MacOS requirements for the game.
To provide a clear picture, we tested the game on a 2018 MacBook Pro with 16 GB RAM with the settings to Low and the resolution to 1080p. This bumped our average FPS to around 50, which made the gameplay smooth. A couple of key points we need to mention here is that playing Against The Storm on Mac using Boot Camp can cause the machine to heat up. Also, remember that setting up Boot Camp can be time-consuming (up to two hours) and requires a fair amount of free disk space (at least 100 GB).