About Crab game on Mac

Yes Crab Game is playable on Mac, but you’d need to jump through several hoops to get it running on your macOS machine. Since Crab Game doesn’t have a Mac version and only a Windows one, you’d first need to get Windows installed on your Mac.

Crab Game is a recently released free First-Person Multiplayer game developed by “Dani” that includes different gameplay modes in which the players need to complete certain tasks in order to win. Another way of looking at it is as a collection of several mini-games that have a common theme and aesthetic. In most of the modes, players do need to fight one another using guns or melee weapons, but each mode has its own different quirks and mechanics that modify the gameplay experience. Some of the modes/  included in Crab Game are “Floor is Lava”, “Tag”, “Hide N Seek”, “Race”, etc.

Being described like this, the game may not sound like anything special, but there are a couple of interesting factors that make it stand out from other titles. For starters, it’s the light-hearted and humorous aesthetic and vibe of the game that has quickly made it as popular as it is right now.

The second factor is that the game is reminiscent of a highly popular South Korean series that everybody’s currently talking about – I’ll let you guess which one.

Thirdly, the game currently offers a total of 13 multiplayer modes, each with its unique mechanic and win condition. All of the mods are both fun and silly on the one hand and highly-engaging and addictive on the other – a perfect combination for a successful multiplayer game.

Is Crab Game on Mac OS Compatible?

Crab Game is currently not on Mac, and it is unlikely that it will receive a macOS version in the foreseeable future, considering it’s a single-developer game. However, you may still be able to play Crab Game on your Mac via a workaround method.

Something that’s quite unique for Grab Game is that it has a single developer, who created the game in about two weeks. Naturally, the game’s budget is minuscule, so it should come as no surprise that there’s no variety in the platforms it can be played on. At the moment of writing, there’s only a Windows PC version for the game and, unless more people join the currently one-person developer team for Crab Game, it’s unlikely that the title will become available for Mac anytime soon, which is a shame, considering it’s a very lightweight game that doesn’t’ take a lot of space and can be played on older machines without a problem.

Although there isn’t an official macOS version of this game, we’ve already shown many times on this site that such an obstacle is not a reason why you shouldn’t be able to play a given game on your Mac. The situation with Crab Game isn’t any different, as you will soon learn. Below, we’ve shown two viable methods that you can try in order to download, install, and run the game on your Mac and join the silly multiplayer fun!

Can you play Crab Game on Mac?

You can play Crab Game on Mac, but you must first install Windows 10 or 11 on your Mac. To install Windows and play Crab Game on your Mac, you can either use Boot Camp Assistant or a virtualization program such as Parallels.

If you are interested in trying out Crab Game, but you only have a Mac and no PC, then you will need to set up a couple of things first, but ultimately, you should still be able to get this game running on your Mac.

There are two main options to play this game on a Mac machine. The first one is to use a virtualization program to create a Windows 11 virtual machine (VM) on your Mac and then play Crab Game from within that virtual machine. We will give you an example of how you can do this using a virtualization software called Parallels. Note, however, that this is a paid program, and so, if you intend to keep using it for gaming, you’d need to purchase it. The good news is that there is a 14-day free trial period, so you can take advantage of it to test whether and how well Crab Game runs from within the Parallels Virtual Machine so that you can eventually decide whether to purchase the full program so that you can keep using it for gaming on your Mac. Of course, you can also use Parallels to play other Windows-exclusive games on your Mac and not only Crab Game.

The second option is to install Windows 10 on your Mac in a separate partition, using the built-in macOS Boot Camp Assistant app. This app, however, is only available in Macs with Intel processors. If your Mac is with an M1 chip and not an Intel CPU, then your only option of playing Crab Game on Mac would be to use virtualization software.

There could potentially be a third option in the future, namely, to use GeForce Now (or another cloud gaming service) if Crab Game receives support there. For the time being, Crab Game isn’t available on any cloud gaming platform, but it may eventually get added to GeForce Now.

How to play Crab Game on Mac?

To play Crab Game on Mac, you must use either Boot Camp Assistant or a VM program (such as Parallels) to get Windows 10 or 11 on your Mac. After that, you should be able to play Crab Game on your Mac through Windows.

Below, we will explain to you how to use Parallels and Boot Camp Assistant to play Crab Game on your Mac. Again, if you have an M1 Mac, you won’t be able to use the Boot Camp Assistant method.

Using Parallels to create a Windows 11 VM for gaming

  1. Open this link to the Windows Insider Program website, scroll down, and click Register under Meet the Windows Insider Program.
  2. On the next page, if you have a Microsoft account, use it to sign in. If not, create one now and sign in with it.
  3. Click Register on the next page and then select Start Flighting/Flight Now.
  4. Now go to this address, and click the Windows Client ARM Insider Preview button to download the ARM ISO file for the VM creation. If you aren’t logged in and don’t see the download button, click the login button from the top-right, sign in with your Microsoft account, and then download the ARM ISO file.
    • This is a large file, and you will need to wait for some time until it downloads.
  5. While waiting for the download to complete, visit the Parallels site and click Download Free Trial.
  6. Click Download Now on the next page to download the installation file for Parallels and then open that file once it downloads (the file should be named Install Parallels Desktop.dmg).
  7. Next, double-click on the big Install Parallels Desktop button.
  8. If your Mac warns you that the program you’re trying to install is from the Internet and macOS can’t confirm it’s safe, give your Admin permission for the installation – Parallels is a legitimate program that’s perfectly safe and won’t put your Mac in any sort of danger.
  9. Wait as the installer downloads the necessary data and then, if required to, enter the log-in password for your Mac to continue.
  10.  Next, give whatever permissions Parallels needs in order to continue.
  11. After that, if you see “Download and Install Windows 10” on the next screen of Parallels, click the Skip button.
  12. After that, click on Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file, and then select Continue.
  13. Before you continue with this step, make sure that the Windows 11 ARM file has been downloaded. Once the download finishes, click on Find Automatically in Parallels and the program should find the file. If it doesn’t find it, click the Select a file button, navigate to the file, and select it for the installation. Alternatively, you can go to its download location and drag-and-drop it into the Parallels Window, where it says Drag an image file here.
  14. Select Continue to start the VM installation.
  15. Next, we recommend choosing the Games Only option if you need the VM solely for gaming, since this will optimize it specifically for that sort of activity.
  16. You can also enable the Customize option, so   you’d be allowed to change the hardware resources distribution between your macOS and the VM in order to get better gaming performance. Since, however, Crab Game is not a demanding video game, this isn’t particularly necessary. However, if you also intend to play more resource-intensive games in the future through the VM, you may want to use the customization options.
  17. Select Create to start the creation of the VM. If you’ve previously selected the Customize option, you will now get a window with settings for the virtual machine that you can customize. It’s recommended to have a general idea of how you need to redistribute the hardware resources of your Mac if you are to make changes to those settings. A good rule of thumb would be to always leave at least ⅓ of the hardware resources allocated to your macOS.
  18. During the installation of the VM, you will be asked to provide various Admin permissions – agree to all of them to continue.
  19. Once the VM installation completes, and you enter Windows 11, your first job is to click on the Windows Start Menu, go to Windows Update, and allow the system to install whatever available updates it finds. After that, use the Start Menu to restart Windows.
  20. After the restart, Parallels Tools should automatically begin to reinstall – wait for it to finish the reinstallation and once it’s done, you can go to Steam, download Crab Game, and start playing. You can find brief installation instructions at the bottom of this post.

Installing Windows 10 using Boot Camp Assistant

  1. Go to this Microsoft webpage, choose the regular Windows 10 version, select Confirm, pick a preferred language, and click the next Confirm button.
  2. Select the 64-bit Download button to download the ISO file for Windows 10 and wait for the file to download.
  3. Once you’ve downloaded the file, go to Finder > Utilities, open the Boot Camp Assistant app, and click Continue.
  4. Click on Choose a Windows 10 ISO file, then click Choose once more, find the file you just downloaded, click on it and then click the Open button.
  5. Now use the dot between the macOS and the Windows partitions to change the storage space distribution if you need to. We recommend that you allocate at least 100 GB of storage to Windows 10, while also making sure that you leave no less than 50 GB of free space to the macOS partition. If your Mac currently doesn’t have enough free space for you to do this, delete some data to free up enough space before you continue.
  6. Once you’ve given both partitions enough free space and have selected the Windows 10 ISO file, click Install.
  7. Wait as your Mac prepares for the installation – once it is ready, enter your password and to begin the installation process.
  8. The computer will restart and then boot into a Windows 10 screen where you must choose a language and location and then select Next.
  9. You will now be asked to enter your product key. If you have such a key, enter it and continue. If you don’t have one, you can still continue with the installation by clicking on I don’t have a product key/Skip option.
  10. If the next screen asks you to select a preferred Windows 10 edition, we recommend picking the Home version. Only choose the Pro edition if you would need any of the more advanced features that come with it.
  11. Finally, click the I Agree button, and then select Next to launch the installation of Windows 10. If your Mac isn’t plugged in to a power outlet, we suggest plugging it in now to ensure its battery doesn’t run dry before the installation completes (as this could lead to pretty unpleasant issues if it happens).
  12. After the installation is over, your Mac will restart again and boot into Windows, but before you can start using the OS, there are a few things left to take care of. First, you will need to choose whether to customize your Windows 10 settings or to use the premade default ones. Choose the option you prefer, but note that it’s typically better to spend a couple of minutes and customize the settings.
  13. Next, choose a username and a password for your new Windows 10 account.
  14. Now, you can choose to activate Cortana (the Windows 10 virtual assistant) and customize its settings, but you can also skip this step for now.
  15. After that, Windows 10 will load, and you should see on its screen an open Boot Camp Assistant window. Click Next in it, then click I Accept, and click Next one more time. Now the app will begin installing important Apple drivers for the Windows 10 OS – you must patiently wait for the installation to finish and provide your Admin permission if you get asked for it at any point during the installation (which will most likely happen).
  16. Once the drivers are installed, click Yes to restart your Mac, and after it restarts, go to the Windows Start Menu (bottom-left), click on Apple Software Update, and make sure that any available updates are installed. As before, you may need to give your Admin approval multiple times during the installation. After the updates are installed, you must restart your Mac once more.
  17. Finally, when your Mac boots up again, open the Start Menu, go to Updates & Security > Windows Update, wait for Windows 10 to install whatever OS updates it finds, and then restart your Mac. After this, everything should be set up for gaming.

Installing Crab Game on Mac

The installation of the game is the easiest part of this whole guide. Regardless of whether you are going to be playing the game through a Parallels VM or in a separate Windows 10 partition on your Mac, installing the game is done in the same way.

  1. Open the Windows 11 VM or restart your Mac into its Windows 10 partition.
  2. Go to Steam and enter your Steam account, or create a new account if you don’t have one.
  3. Go to the Steam client download page, click on Install Steam, and download the Steam installation file for Mac.
  4. Open the downloaded file and install the Steam client by dragging its icon to the icon of your Applications folder.
  5. Open the client app (located in Applications), log in to your Steam account and click on Store.
  6. Search for Crab Game in the search box, click on its title when it appears, and then select Play Game.

  7. Download and install the game and once the download finishes, go to Applications and double-click on its icon to start playing.