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, 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.


Planet Coaster on Mac

TEXT – When released for Mac and main differences with Windows

Genre: Simulation 64-Bit Support: Planet Coaster on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon? 6 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer (Mac): Aspyr Media API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

Planet Coaster Mac Gameplay

Is Planet Coaster worth it? The reviews

Both reviewers and users agree: 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

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, especially M1 Macs. More on that below.


Planet Coaster M1 Mac support

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

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2021:

Planet Coaster on M1 Mac

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, Planet Coaster can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:

Planet Coaster M1 using Rosetta 2

Tested versions:

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

More M1 gaming? Visit our M1 Supported Games list for 100+ Mac games we have tested and confirmed as M1-compatible.


Planet Coaster M1 Mac benchmarks

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

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p Ultra Settings & 900p Max Settings & 1600p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020)  35 FPS 18 FPS 22 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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