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Written by me@grafxflow

30 Aug, 2015



Install Deus Ex Zodiac with Wineskin on Mac OS X

SAD NOTE: Due to apple dropping support for 32 Bit with the release of macOS 10.15 (Catalina) onwards it will no longer work!

Zodiac is a Deus Ex MOD which is a set of six single player missions for Deus Ex 1. A little rundown on the MOD is that it takes place just after JC Denton leaves Tracer Tong to find clues at the Versalife building in Hong Kong. You play the part of Paul Denton and it takes you to the CIA headquarters in Langley through to Buenos Aires.

If you want to install this, first you need to install Deus Ex (Read the tutorial here). This is just a short post to get it to install and work on a Mac Wineskin installation.

So here is what I used for this...

  1. Deus Ex 1 Wineskin game from above link (Game of the Year / GOTY – Sold Out Software CD).
  2. The Deus Ex Zodiac MOD installer from here.

 Step 1:

Install Deus Ex Zodiac with Wineskin

So lets get started. I would suggest that you copy the Deus Ex 1 Wineskin file from the first installation and rename it 'Deus Ex Zodiac'. Press on the game icon + ctrl key to show the dropdown and then select 'Show Package Contents'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 1

A new window will open, so launch 'Wineskin'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 2

Now select the first option 'Install Software'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 3

Another window will open and select 'Choose Setup Executable'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 4

Now select the 'Zodiac_Full.exe' which you downloaded. All this will be straight forward so start by clicking the 'Next' button.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 5

On the next screen make sure with checkboxes are selected for 'Zodiac Files' and 'Create Zodiac.ini File' and again press the 'Next' button.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 6

The new screen will show the directory as 'c:\DeusEx' – you just need to press the 'Install' button and let all the files get installed. It should be fairly quick.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 7

Once it's all done press the 'Finish' button. A popup will appear asking if you want a game shortcut creating so select 'No'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 8

Now back on the first screen choose the 'Advanced' option.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 9

Now press the 'Browse' button and change the Windows EXE: file from '/DeusEx/System/DeusEx.exe' to '/DeusEx/System/Zodiac.exe'. The 'kentie.net Deus Exe Launcher' will still be the startup file. Also rename the 'Menubar Name:' to 'Deus Ex Zodiac'.

While on this screen you can also choose to change the icon if you wish.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 10

 Step 2:

Make Deus Ex Zodiac the startup game

Now if you try and launch the game the default Deus Ex 1 will startup, so lets sort this problem out.

At first we need the game to create some files for us, so while still in the Wineskin do a 'Test Run'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 11

On the 'kentie.net Deus Exe Launcher' screen choose 'Data Directories'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 12

Checkbox the following '..\ZodiacMap\*.dx' - it doesn't matter what order they are in. Then press the 'OK' button.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 13

Back on the previous screen select 'Configure'.

Deus Ex Configure Button

You may have set these up previously when installing just Deus Ex from the previous post/tutorial, but they will need doing again.

  • Renderer: OpenGL Support (without this set the New Vision textures won't work/appear).
  • Resolution – Common: Choose your screen resolution, so for my example it’s 1440×900.
  • Resolution – Fullscreen: Checked.
  • Quality: 32 bit color.
  • Field of view: 16:10 – this should have automatically changed so no need to select anything.

Then press the 'OK' button.

Deus Ex Configure Screen

This will take you to the previous screen just press the 'Exit' button for now. A popup will appear saying 'Test Run Complete' just press 'Cancel'.

Deus Ex Zodiac Installer 14

Next we need to edit the following files in order for Deus Ex Zodiac to start by default.

1. DeusEx.ini

So open the file here 'drive_c/users/Wineskin/My Documents/Deus Ex/System/DeusEx.ini'. Search for and change the following.




In the same file find:


and add the following line so it looks like this.


2. User.ini

Next open the following file - 'drive_c/users/Wineskin/My Documents/Deus Ex/System/User.ini'. Search for and change:




So now when you launch the 'kentie.net Deus Exe Launcher' and press 'Play' Deus Ex Zodiac should launch and work. Here are some screenshots for examples.

Deus Ex Zodiac Screen 1

Deus Ex Zodiac Screen 2

Hope this has been helpful.

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