6 Ways to play Stumble Guys on Mac: Our Experience
Stumble Guys is one of those fun little games you can play on your lunch break or when your boss isn’t looking, so it’s nice to have it on your Mac for when you feel the need to unwind for a couple of minutes. The thing is that the ways to play it on an Apple Silicon Mac and on an Intel Mac differ, since the game is only supported for M1 and M2 machines.
Wanting to help all our readers have a valid way to play Stumble Guys on their Macs, we decided to look at the different methods to do that and test them ourselves.
Right below, you can find all the available methods and below that, we’ve shared our personal experience after testing each of them.
All the methods to play Stumble Guys on Mac
Native (only for Apple Silicon users)
Boosteroid Cloud Gaming (Recommended method)
CrossOver + the Game Porting Toolkit
Our experience with each method to play Stumble Guys on Mac
As you can already see, there are quite a few ways to have fun with this game on a Mac computer, so it can be a bit confusing while picking the best one for you. Obviously, if you are on an Apple Silicon machine, downloading the game seems like the most straightforward option, but even then there might be reasons to favor one of the other options, so let’s take a look at what each of them has to offer.
Playing Stumble Guys natively on Mac (M1 and M2)
On Apple Silicon machines, all you need to play Stumble Guys is go to the App Store app, look for the game, and install it, which is what we did on our M1 MacBook Air. Since this is a super lightweight game, there were obviously no performance hiccups and everything ran smoothly.
The entire process is really straightforward, and since Stumble Guys is a free game, you don’t even have to pay anything to play it on an Apple Silicon machine.
As said, this method for playing the game will probably be the preferred one for most Mac M1 and M2 users who only want to play this game in particular.
Streaming Stumble Guys with Boosteroid
Boosteroid is a cloud platform which lets you stream a huge selection of games to your Mac, including Stumble Guys. This means that the game will be running on a remote server, but you’ll be playing it on your Mac without needing to have it installed there. This makes Boosteroid the first viable method to play Stumble Guys on an Intel-based Mac, as it circumvents the lack of support for Intel machines.
Furthermore, it can also be a good option even if you are on an M1 or M2 MacBook, in case you want to be able to play other games, which don’t have macOS ports. As we said, Boosteroid has a large games’ library, and all of them can be streamed to your MacBook regardless of whether they are supported for macOS or not.
As for our experience with Stumble Guys while playing it through Boosteroid, it went pretty smoothly and there wasn’t much lag even though the game was getting streamed. Obviously, playing anything through a cloud gaming service does add a bit of delay, but we found that the slight increase in the latency didn’t affect our enjoyment of the game.
It’s also worth noting that we tested with a mediocre wireless Internet, with 25 Mbps speed and around 55 ms average latency. With a better Internet connection, the added delay will be even less noticeable.
Testing Stumble Guys on Mac with Parallels, CrossOver, and Boot Camp
As explained in the methods’ section, each of these three methods allow you to download and play the Windows version of Stumble Guys on a Mac, but they do it in a different way. Parallels lets you run the game in a Windows Virtual machine, CrossOver translates the game’s code into something that macOS can execute, and Boot Camp lets you install Windows in a separate partition, and run the game there.
We recommend using these methods only on Intel Macs, because the native Stumble Guys version for M1/M2 machines and Boosteroid are both much better options for Apple Silicon users for this particular game.
If you are on an Intel Mac, know that each of those methods works well with Stumble Guys even if your machine is older and less powerful. We tested the game with each of the methods on a 2016 MacBook Pro wit 8 GB of RAM, and they all worked fine: smooth performance, no stuttering, and little to no lag.
That said, we recommend using Parallels or CrossOver, as they have a much quicker and easier setup process compared to Boot Camp. Setting up the Boot Camp method took us about two hours and required us to dedicate around 50 gigs of our hard disk space for the entire Windows installation. In our opinion, it’s simply not worth doing this for a small and undemanding game such as Stumble Guys.
Playing Stumble Guys on Mac: Conclusion
Stumble Guys is one of the easier games to play on Mac both because it has a native version for M1 and M2 MacBooks and because there are plenty of workaround methods that can let you play it on an Intel-based machine. Of all the methods we talked about here, the game’s native version and Boosteroid are the most convenient in our opinion and are the ones that we recommend. That said, the other three methods (Parallels, CrossOver, and Boot Camp) are still viable, but require you to spend some time setting them up, especially in the case of Boot Camp, which might simply not be worth it for this particular game.