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Friday, April 18, 2008
 
CrossOver Games Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Unofficial Apple Weblog recently posted a hands on review of CodeWeaver's emulation software, CrossOver Games. Through virtualization the software allows users to play some Windows games on their Intel Macs. The review includes screenshots of CrossOver Games in action.

So I'd already installed and played Guild Wars, and yet when I started up CrossOver Games a second time and went to see my installed games (where Guild Wars should had been), it wasn't there. The app said I had nothing installed, despite the fact that I'd been killing monsters just minutes beforehand. Eventually I had to go back to the install screen, select Guild Wars to install, and once it got back into the Windows environment, the game said it had already been installed and asked me if I'd like to play. Which works -- I was able to eventually get back into the game by trying to reinstall it -- but that's hardly easy or simple. And I had the same problems on shutting down and restarting the game. In short, the game is perfectly playable. But using the app to actually get to the game caused me many more problems.

So: Guild Wars installed and was playable, but the CrossOver app itself had problems installing and recognizing the client. Civilization 4 installed just fine, but didn't run for me at all, and the app didn't recognize the installation of that one either, even though I was able to find it in Finder. And F.E.A.R., an unsupported program, didn't work at all -- expected, but a little disappointing. In short, if you want to use CrossOver Games, it's best to use it with an application that's supported directly with the client (fortunately, this includes all the Steam games, so you've got a nice selection there). If you want to play a game that's not included with the client, or is completely unsupported by CrossOver, you're better off switching over to Boot Camp or just playing on a PC or console.

Head over to the site below to read the rest of the review.

TUAW: Hands On With CrossOver Games
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