Play Kero Blaster on a Mac

After thoroughly enjoying Kero Blaster on iOS (despite the on-screen buttons) I was curious about its free, PC-only prequel, Pink Hour. So I did some research and figured out a way to play it on the Mac without resorting to Bootcamp or a full Windows VM. This was tested on OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 on a 15” retina MacBook Pro.

Here we go!

Optional, preliminary step: Create a new standard User account (in System Preferences under Users & Groups). I just called mine “PC”. You might call it “Games”. The name doesn’t matter. None of this software should be harmful, I just didn’t want to clutter up my own User account.

First, download XQuartz (X11) and run the installer. Then download PlayOnMac and copy into your Applications folder. Launch PlayOnMac and go through the one-time Wizard which will download and install some Microsoft fonts. Finally, download the free Pink Hour or buy Kero Blaster from Playism. Unzip and launch the exe.

The PlayOnMac Wizard for automatic installation will appear. It will ask for the name of the application you are launching. It will appear to hang on installation but the game should launch in X11. I was able to use a PS4 controller connected over USB without any configuration or third-party tools.

In X11, go into its Preferences and check “Full-screen mode” under the Output tab. The game window will dissappear. Press command+option+a to toggle fullscreen mode. I haven’t been able to get either game to go “Fullscreen” in its Screen Size settings without crashing but found it playable at “Screen size x2”.

The next time you launch the game, the PlayOnMac Wizard will detect the old settings and offer to use them. Click Yes and you should be able to continue from your last auto-save. Rad.

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