14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2011 8:54 AM by clairebear524
clairebear524 Level 1 (0 points)


I have a macbook pro running on Lion operating system version 10.7.2. I have a pc version of zoo tycoon 2 that I would like to play on my mac because i can't find a mac version anywhere. i've read many articles about download zoo tycoon 2 without a disk but most reference that their download (version 1.0 or 1.0.1 or 1.1.0) will work with mac version 10.2.8 or higher...which leads me to believe that things have changed a bit since then since my mac is many many updates later. basically, what should i do? i really want to get this game to work but i also don't want to download something that it turns out won't work with lion or will mess up my computer..

MacBook Pro, zune songs over to itunes
  • Keith Barkley Level 5 (6,040 points)

    I don't know if it will work on Lion, but there is a Mac version, just not all the expansion packs:

    http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Tycoon-2-Mac/dp/B000BYRINM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324 400692&sr=8-2


    No software can make a PC game run on a Mac, except using Windows in BootCamp or one of the other systems like Parrallels.

  • a brody Level 9 (65,706 points)

    You are correct in assuming the current Zoo Tycoon as far as:


    is not Lion compatible.   To do the PC version, you'll probably need to run Windows in virtualization:




    Unless Zoo Tycoon is updated in the first link.

  • clairebear524 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks keith!! yeah i found a couple like that myself, but im not really looking to spend $150 for a computer game

  • clairebear524 Level 1 (0 points)

    A brody:


    thanks this is really helpful!! which virutalization method do you suggest i use for my computer? apple boot camp? and is apple boot camp really as easy to use as it sounds? (download the software onto a flash drive and plug it in whenever i want to play the game)


    this also might get pricey though, right? sounds like i'd need to buy windows 7 home premium or professional (i don't think our pc runs on either of those)

  • a brody Level 9 (65,706 points)

    I'm not as well versed with Boot Camp as VirtualBox.  VirtualBox from what I know is more flexible as to what releases of Windows it will accept as CDs if you already have a release CD for Windows.  You can enquire in the Boot Camp forum which release of Windows will work with your Mac and Boot Camp version and if you can put it on a Flash drive.   I do know that VirtualBox doesn't require rebooting, and unless it is something exceedingly complicated requiring specific GPUs, or specific RAM, it should handle most anything your processor could handle on a regular Windows box.  I managed with VirtualBox to install a XP SP 3 OEM disc on my iMac 5,1 and my MacBook Pro 3,1 running Mac OS X 10.7.1.

  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    Virtual = VM


    Boot Camp = running Windows natively


    VirtualBox is free and good, but never for games.

  • clairebear524 Level 1 (0 points)

    why is virtualbox not good for games?

  • Keith Barkley Level 5 (6,040 points)

    Because it has to translate Windows OS calls into MacOS calls, which can slow things down.  In bootcamp, you actually boot into windows.  Your computer is 100% IBM PC.


    Sorry I did not check the price, way out of line!

  • a brody Level 9 (65,706 points)

    Keith, Are you sure about that?  I've never seen a problem like that happen when doing a Remote Desktop connection to a PC.  And I connect to a PC through a 7Mbps cable connection, and handle sophisticated software such as ArcGIS & Microstation.   I have to wonder if the issues you might have with virtualbox have more to do with the amount of hard disk and RAM you allocate the VirtualBox program than calls to the Mac operating system.  With the additional pack I was able to address more VRAM among other things.

  • clairebear524 Level 1 (0 points)

    would i have to use bootcamp then? because we dont have windows 7...could i use windows xp with virtualbox for this game or are you saying it pretty much wouldn't work at all, or at least just be really slow?

  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    you are probably in need of Wikipedia and some Google to help with questions.


    Running natively of course you have full hardware access and resources, not a guest OS that shares whatever processor (and cores) your system has, and therefore can handle games and 3D or anything really that is resource intensive.


    And you can run anything, even Windows 95/Me/2K


    Comparison of VMware Fusion Parallels VirtualBox



  • clairebear524 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok so i went ahead and tried virtualbox. It installed fine, with very detailed setup instructions. i pulled out our Window XP profesional disk that our PC runs on and put it in, but the little window says "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change may be the cause." whats the issue here? is xp too old? its from 2006

  • a brody Level 9 (65,706 points)

    The XP might have to be OEM, and not machine manufacturer specific.    I used an OEM XP SP 3 that had no manufacuturer on the CD.   



  • clairebear524 Level 1 (0 points)

    XP professional didn't work for me so i pulled out some other software, xp home edition for use with dell computer. worked with virtualbox!! virtualbox probably works well with other programs, i mean i got the windows window up and running, but my goal is to get zoo tycoon 2 working and there's just too many issues. i'm assuming vbox needs to go through some updates...zoo tycoon 2 needs more graphics or drivers or something that i just couldn't figure out!