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How to play Age Of Empire 2 Conqueror on a Mac

Nicolas BagesNicolas Bages

Age of Empire 2 Conqueror (AoC) came up in 2000. Since then, I think this is the game I played the most with Starcraft. No need to say I’m not a player but I remember my brother and I playing for our whole holidays 😀

Today we’re going to see how to install this relic on a Mac via Wine.


I do have a licence of AOE2 and the extension Conqueror. I won’t be responsible for yours. By the way, you’ll need a NoCD version 😉


In order to install everything bellow, you’ll need to use the Terminal. You’ll find it in Application/Utilities/Terminal.app.

OSX Terminal

Don’t worry, you’ve done the most difficult part ’til the end. From now, copy and paste the following lines one by one. Always wait for a command to be done before going to the next step.

Be patient, it took me like an hour to download and install everything.

Install XCode

# Install XCode
xcode-select --install

# Agree to the licence
sudo xcrun cc

Install Homebrew

# Install homebrew
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

# Update path
echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile

# Check installation
brew doctor

Install brew packages

# Install these packages
brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask
brew untap caskroom/cask/
brew install caskroom/cask/xquartz
brew install wine

Add LAN support

To get multiplayer working you have to use by now the directplay libraries from microsoft, still (since 2006) no open source libraries for direct play that include libraries to open sockets and close to play games, so install winetricks:

# Install Winetricks
brew install winetricks

# Execute
winetricks directplay

Install AoC

I won’t explain how to install the game here because you will need a NoCD version of it. Feel free to have a look at MegaGame provided by the Wine page of AoC for an English version.

Launch the game

Once you have the folder of your NoCD version ready, place it on your desktop and rename it AoC.

# Go to AoC Folder
cd ~/Desktop/AoC

# Launch the game
wine age2_x1.exe

Enjoy 😀

Final notes

I don’t think you can play on internet since directplay is only for LAN.

After a match, you’ll probably have to “kill” the game because it freezes. Simply hit CMD+Tab, go to the terminal and type CTRL+C until you see a new prompt.

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