Is Master Duel on Mac?
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is now free to download and play on PS3, Xbox, and PC. Even though the game isn’t officially on Mac, you can still play Master Duel on Mac – you’ll just need to resort to workaround methods. The best such methods include cloud gaming through Boosteroid, getting Windows with the help of Parallels or Boot Camp, or by emulating the game’s mobile version with the help of BlueStacks. For each method, we’ve prepared detailed instructions that will help you set everything up and enable you to run Master Duel on Mac computers, so be sure to check out our guides and complete the one you think will work best for you.
Table of Contents:
- Our recommended method to play Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel
- Other methods to play Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel
- Mac requirements for Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel
- Mac-related Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel topics
Will there be a YuGiOh Master Duel Mac version?
Despite being a pretty lightweight game that should be easy to port, it’s unlikely that we’ll get a YuGiOh Master Duel Mac version anytime soon. There don’t seem to be any plans to release a macOS port of the game in the near future, so Mac users will have to use one of the workaround methods included in this post. Also, while there may not be a YuGiOh Master Duel Mac version at the moment, the game is supported for iOS, so if you have an iPhone, you can download and play it there. That said, if you still want to experience the game on your Apple computer, you should keep on reading to learn about the best ways you can do that.
Can you download Master Duel on Mac?
To download Master Duel on Mac and be able to play it this way, your Mac will need to have Windows installed on it. Two ways to install Windows and then download the game are to use Parallels or Boot Camp Assistant. A third way to download Master Duel on Mac is using the CrossOver app, which lets you run Yu-Gi-Oh without needing to have Windows, but note that the set-up process here can be a bit lengthy. And, of course, also remember that it’s also possible to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel on Mac without even downloading it if you stream it with the Boosteroid cloud gaming service.
All three of the mentioned download methods are viable, but you are likely to find it easier and more convenient to use the Parallels one. Parallels virtual machines have specific gaming optimization settings and are more up-to-date with today’s technology compared to the Boot Camp and CrossOver methods. However, bear in mind that gaming through Parallels is demanding to the computer, so it won’t work great on weaker and older Macs. This is because, while running the Parallels virtual machine, your Mac will need to support two operating systems at once (macOS and Windows), meaning that only half of its resources would be available for the game.
Yu Gi Oh Master Duel Mac requirements
There aren’t any specific Yu Gi Oh Master Duel Mac requirements, yet we can still make some comparisons. The game requires at least 8 gigs of RAM and an Intel Core i5-7300U CPU, but if you want to play it through Parallels, that would mean your Mac should have 16 GB RAM (virtual memory) and a CPU that’s twice as powerful, such as the Intel Core i7-7920HQ. One model that meets those approximate Yu Gi Oh Master Duel Mac requirements is the 16 GB version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2017. M1 and M2 Macs are also good options but, again, they need to have 16 GB of virtual memory to reliably run this game through Parallels.
On the other hand, if you are on an Intel Mac and want to download and play Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel through Boot Camp, you’ll only need 8 GB of RAM and a CPU that has similar specs as the i5-7300U. An example of a Mac that meets those requirements is the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2017. These same requirements apply if you are running the game through CrossOver.
And how about Master Duel on Mac M1 and M2 models?
You can play Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel on Mac M1 only if you use cloud gaming or if you first install Windows on your Mac. The cloud gaming variant is much easier and more convenient to use, not to mention that it provides equally good performance across all Mac models, regardless of their hardware specs and type of processor. Still, If you want to play Master Duel on Mac M1 by getting the game downloaded locally, there’s a way to do that with the help of Parallels, which enables you to create a virtual machine for Windows within your macOS and then run the game’s PC version inside that VM.
The creators of Parallels have made sure that their program would allow both Intel and M1 Mac users to create Windows VMs on their computers. At the moment, Parallels seems to be the best option to get the Windows experience and functionality on an M1 Mac. The Boot Camp method doesn’t work on the new Mac models that have M1 chips due to a different processor architecture that isn’t compatible with the Boot Camp Assistant app, and it doesn’t seem that Apple would ever do anything to change that.
Of course, if you don’t want to go through the somewhat lengthy process of creating a Windows 11 virtual machine on your M1 Mac, then you can always utilize the Boosteroid cloud-gaming platforms and play Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel with its help.
How to play Master Duel on Mac: Methods
It’s finally time to show you how to play Master Duel on Mac, and, in our opinion, the easiest option to do that is to through our Boosteroid cloud gaming instructions. However, if you want to learn how to locally play Master Duel on Mac, the methods we’ll show you are to use Parallels or Boot Camp and get Windows on your Mac with their help. After that, you’ll be able to download the PC version of the game and run it within a Windows environment. Next, you have CrossOver – a compatibility layer that enables you to run certain Windows apps directly on your Mac. Finally, you can also use BlueStacks to emulate the game’s mobile version.
Play Master Duel with Cloud Gaming using Boosteroid
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GeForce Now is a higher-value alternative, but to achieve better results than Boosteroid, the service wants 6-month payments to subscribe to its highest tier. We recommend starting with Boosteroid, then switching to GFN later if you feel like it.
Methods like Game Porting Toolkit or Crossover will not give you a good experience in general and will drain your battery fast.
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Currently, the only way to play Master Duel with Cloud Gaming is shown below, and it is through a service called Boosteroid, which lets you play the game directly within your browser. Using this service assures NO compatibility issues while playing on your Mac as well as top-notch performance as long as your Internet connection is up to the task. Note that even though Boosteroid can be used with any browser, our tests show that using it through Chrome and Firefox provide the best experience. If you want to learn how to use Boosteroid to play Master Duel with cloud gaming, check out the following instructions.
1. First, you will to register on Boosteroid after clicking the following button.
2. You must now go to your profile (top-right), select the Subscribe option, select the plan you think best suits your needs, and then fill in the required payment details to complete your subscription.
3. Now simply click the search icon from the top and type the name of the game. When you see Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel appear as a result, click the Play button.
4. Finally, accept the prompt that appears and after a brief loading period, enter your Steam username and password to log in and begin playing the game.
Note: If you aren’t getting the best performance while playing through Boosteroid or if the game freezes, and it’s not because of a bad Internet connection, we recommend trying to use Boosteroid through Google Chrome or Firefox – those are the two browsers that typically work best with Boosteroid.
Play Master Duel with Parallels
- Download and install Parallels from the official site of the program.
- Install Parallels on your computer by running the .dmg file and following the directions on the screen.
- Once Parallels has been installed, open it and select the “Install Windows” option to begin the process of creating a Windows VM.
- Create a Parallels profile or sign in to the virtual machine using one of the other available sign-up options.
- Once you enter the VM, download the Steam or the Epic Games client and use it to install the game on the virtual machine.
Play Master Duel with Boot Camp
- Go to Microsoft’s site, open the Windows download section, and download a Windows 10 ISO file.
- Start the Boot Camp Assistant app, load the ISO file in it, give the Windows partition 150 GB or more storage space, and select the Install button.
- Wait for your Mac to restart, then follow the installation prompts, and launch the Windows 10 installation.
- After Windows installs, complete the customization steps, then install the required Apple drivers for Windows, and go to Steam to download the Steam client and then download the game through it.
Play Master Duel on Mac OS with CrossOver
CrossOver is another viable method to play Master Duel on Mac OS as it is less resource-intensive than Parallels, takes considerably less space than Boot Camp, and works on both Intel and M1/M2 models. However, as mentioned earlier, the process to set up CrossOver is quite lengthy and time-consuming, so we’ll directly lead you to a detailed guide of the entire process that you can visit by clicking the button below. Once you install CrossOver on your Mac and get everything ready, you’ll be able to download and play Master Duel on Mac OS without the need to emulate Windows or to have it installed on your Mac.
Play YuGiOh Master Duel on MacBook with BlueStacks
Finally, you can also play YuGiOh Master Duel on MacBook with BlueStacks, which is an emulator app that enables you to run the mobile (Android) version of the game on Apple computers. It’s a free app, and it’s quite easy to set up and use, as you’ll see in our guide. The downside is that it won’t work on all macOS versions and also that it’s currently only compatible with Intel Macs and not with M1/M2 models. So, if you own an Intel-based model, and you want to learn how to play YuGiOh Master Duel on your MacBook, be sure to check out our detailed guide for BlueStacks: