How to Play Age of Empires 2 DE on Mac with Parallels Desktop

Just follow the instructions discussed in this post and you are all set to play Age of Empires 2 DE(Definitive Edition) on Mac with Parallels Desktop.

Parallels Desktop is a third-party application that allows you to run Windows on your Mac.

This means you can play any Windows game or use any Windows application on your Mac.

This method is recommended for playing Age of Empires 2 De on M1, M2, or M3-based Macs not the ones with Intel processors.

Age of Empires 2 De gameplay on Mac using Parallels Desktop.

Instructions for playing Age of Empires 2 DE using Parallels Desktop

Here are the steps:

  1. Download and Install Parallels Desktop on your Macbook Air.
  2. Open the Parallel Desktop App and complete the Windows setup.
  3. Download and Install Steam right there on the Parallels Desktop Virtual Windows.
  4. Open Steam.
  5. Start the Game.

That’s it.


The great thing about Parallels Desktop is that it’s straightforward to set up and use.

Windows will run virtually on your Mac just like any other Mac application.

The latest version available for download is the Parallels Desktop 19, which is better optimized for macOS Sonoma.

The virtual versions of Windows 10, and 11 can runs on the M1,M2 or M3 Macs without any problem.

In addition to that, the performance is also improved in the new update with very few bugs.


The disadvantage of using Parallels desktop is that it only uses half of your system’s memory.

For example, if you have an 8GB RAM Macbook Air and want to use the program at its fullest potential then only 4 GB will be allocated for Parallel Desktop–which isn’t enough when doing gaming or other heavy tasks.

That’s why I recommend Parallel Desktop for Mac with 16 gigs so it can handle everything without slowing down.

Related: How to Play Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition with CrossOver

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