How to play Aseprite on Mac

Screenshot of Aseprite

Aseprite is a popular pixel graphics game developed by David Capello. It was originally released for Windows, Mac, and Linux on 22 Feb, 2016.

What is Aseprite?

Here's a quick description:

Aseprite is a pixel-art tool to create 2D animations, sprites, and any kind of graphics for games.

How to play Aseprite 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 Aseprite 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 Aseprite 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 Aseprite 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

it's alright


Aug 4, 2020

It is very beginner friendly for starters who wants to get into pixelart . it is very easy to use and comes in handy when you want to animate something. i can certainly recommend this software , thanks to this software and my interest in pixelart i improved my skills in pixelart over time . if you want to know how to use it properly just look on youtube for "mortmort" tutorial series about this program : worth the small investment


July 13, 2020

it's so fun :-) I am not an artist but making pixel art is quite the nice way to relax