Frostpunk on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 5Yes, Frostpunk runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

Frostpunk is unlike any strategy game you have ever played. From the creators of This War of Mine, Frostpunk puts you in charge of the last city in a now frozen world.

Survival will be so hard, you will have to make extremely difficult decisions for the sake of the city and its inhabitants.

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Frostpunk on Mac

Frostpunk sure took its time to launch on macOS. In fact, the game was in closed beta for months, but a few critical bugs prevented developer 11 bit studios from officially releasing.

We are glad, though, that all issues have been ironed out. Frostpunk now features absolutely everything the Windows version of the game does. System requirements are somewhat hefty but make no mistake, you will be playing Frostpunk on Mac in all its glory.

Genre: Strategy 64-Bit Support: Frostpunk on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 6 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer: 11 bit studios API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

Is Frostpunk worth it? The reviews

Frostpunk Mac games 2018 featured

All of 11 bit studios games have been well-received. Their previous game, This War of Mine was particularly liked by fans and critics. Frostpunk is a clear evolution from that, taking that same tense and gripping survival gameplay and bringing it to a full-blown survival game.

And needless to say, Frostpunk has received great reviews so far:

84 Metascore

Frostpunk on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 7 90% Reviews

Frostpunk Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.15
Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M, Radeon Pro 560X or better
Hard Drive: 10 GB
A 64-Bit OS and Metal support are required
The game is supported on the following Macs:
  • All 16” MacBook Pros released since 2019
  • All 21.5” iMacs released since 2019
  • All 27” iMacs released since 2019
  • All 27″ iMac Pros released since 2017
  • All Mac Pros released since 2019

Chat icon Note that according to these system requirements, a Mac with integrated graphics should not be able to run it. But we can confirm it’s possible if you have an M1. More on that below.

Frostpunk M1 Mac support

Frostpunk on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 5Yes, Frostpunk runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: April 16, 2021:

Frostpunk on M1 Mac Apple Silicon

What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.

The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM

As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Frostpunk can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:

Frostpunk on M1 Mac Rosetta 2 support

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • Frostpunk: Version 1.1.1 (20201216.0)

Frostpunk M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Frostpunk M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p Medium Settings & 1440p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)  20 FPS 15 FPS

As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:

  • Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
  • 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
  • 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
  • 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
  • 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.

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