How to play Ultimate Doom on Mac

Screenshot of Ultimate Doom

Ultimate Doom is a popular classic game developed by id Software. It was originally released for Windows on 30 Apr, 1995.

You still can't play Ultimate Doom on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play Ultimate Doom on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is Ultimate Doom?

Here's a quick description:

The complete megahit game that set the world afire. Plus All-New Episode IV: Thy Flesh Consumed. The demons came and the marines died. Except one. You are the last defense against these hell-spawned hordes. Prepare for the most intense mutant-laden, blood-splattered action ever!

How to play Ultimate Doom 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 Ultimate Doom 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 Ultimate Doom 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 Ultimate Doom 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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Jan 20, 2021

its doom


Aug 4, 2020

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July 13, 2020

A heartwarming story about a missionary who visits an atheist community to purify them through the power of the Lord Jesus. Great for all the family.In all seriousness, Doom is (potentially) the most revolutionary game ever made. It's a true testament to the game's quality that it's still being played 27 years after the original release. How many games can honestly say that about themselves? The age of this game is as irrelevant as it is unnoticeable. Doom is Eternal, don't you forget that.