How to play Firewatch on Mac

Screenshot of Firewatch

Firewatch is a popular adventure game developed by Campo Santo. It was originally released for Windows, Mac, and Linux on 9 Feb, 2016.

What is Firewatch?

Here's a quick description:

Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

How to play Firewatch using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy Firewatch game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play Firewatch using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play Firewatch not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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3 comments on this post


Jan 20, 2021

good game for lonely people. makes you feel not lonely for like 4 hours.


Aug 4, 2020

This has a better story without killings and blood, just talking and walking and climbing. The conversation with him and his supervisor is awesome actually it feels like you are having conversation with her. you talk about your loneliness with her after i heard his story i felt like I was the one who is lonely. Art direction and music are also fantastic. 10/10


July 13, 2020

You can adopt a turtle. 12/10