Planet Coaster on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon?

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

While there are plenty of Rollercoaster Tycoon spiritual successors out there, some of them excellent, Planet Coaster is without a doubt the best rollercoaster park simulation game available today.

With tons of realistic and customizable systems and features, Planet Coaster is the most complete attraction park sim you can play on Mac.

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Planet Coaster on Mac Reviews

Coming from Aspyr Media, one of the most experienced Mac porting companies, Planet Coaster on Mac is an extremely solid port. If features absolutely everything the Windows version does and runs well even on Macs with dedicated graphics.

-GameDeveloperGenreAPI64-bitM1 SupportPerformance
Planet Coaster Mac artPlanet CoasterAspyrSimulationMetalPlanet Coaster on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 6

Rosetta

Good

Planet Coaster Mac Gameplay

Bottom line: You can’t go wrong with Planet Coaster, especially if you’re into simulation games and even more so if you’re a fan of the old-school RollerCoaster Tycoon series.

84 Metascore

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


Planet Coaster Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.14
Processor: Intel Core i5
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: Radeon R9 M290, GeForce GTX 775M or better
Hard Drive: 15 GB
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

Planet Coaster M1 Mac support

Planet Coaster on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 8Yes, Planet Coaster runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: June 28, 2021:

Planet Coaster on M1 Mac

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

Planet Coaster M1 using Rosetta 2

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.


Planet Coaster M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Planet Coaster M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

NameMachineResolutionSettingsFPSTester
Planet Coaster💻 M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), 8GB1920x1080High20MrMacRight
Planet Coaster💻 M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), 8GB1920x1080Low60MrMacRight
Planet Coaster💻 M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), 8GB1920x1080Medium30MrMacRight
Planet Coaster💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB1440x900Medium35Mac Gamer HQ
Planet Coaster💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB1440x900Ultra18Mac Gamer HQ
Planet Coaster💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB2560x1600Max22Mac Gamer HQ

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.

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • OS: macOS Big Sur version 11.4
  • Planet Coaster: Build 1. 13.2.69904

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