Yes, Pokemon Quest runs on M1 Macs natively!
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Pokemon Quest on Mac Reviews
The most famous Pokemon games remain exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, still, among the several mobile Pokemon games out there (which can now be played on M1 Macs), Pokemon Quest is one of the better ones.
As can be expected from a mobile free-to-play game, Pokemon Quest’s reviews aren’t stellar. But this is still a solid game that can be tons of fun, especially if you’re a Pokemon fan and have been craving for some Pokemon action on macOS:
Pokemon Quest Mac requirements
As an iOS app that can run on M1 Macs, Pokemon Quest’s Mac system requirements are limited to the following:
|OS:||Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip.|
Pokemon Quest M1 Mac support
Yes, Pokemon Quest runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon natively as a universal app!
Just as Among Us, Pokemon Quest is another great example of all the opportunities Apple Silicon processors can bring to the table. Sharing the same ARM-based architecture as iPhones and iPads, iOS apps and games can indeed run natively on M1 Macs without a problem.
Like virtually any other iOS game out there, Pokemon Quest doesn’t require hacks nor third-party tools to run on M1 Macs. It is supported natively and can therefore be installed and launched as any other Mac app.
iOS games on M1 Macs: iPhone and iPad apps can run on M1 Macs without any modification to the app. There is no porting process involved, meaning iOS run natively and should offer the best performance.
Pokemon Quest M1 Mac benchmarks
The table summarizes our results as well as results from other members of the community:
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 fluid experience for most casual gamers.
Concerning our in-house benchmarks, the game was tested on the following M1 Mac:
- 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM
- OS: macOS Big Sur version 11.4
- Pokemon Quest: 1.0.4 (0)
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