How to play Anno 1503: History Edition on Mac


Game summary

Dive into the classic gameplay and long-lost multiplayer mode of 1503 A.D.: The New World and its expansion Treasures, Monsters & Pirates in Anno® 1503 History Edition, updated and optimized to work smoothly on current computers with resolutions of up to 4K. Unlock new scenarios, sandbox games, buildings, and animals with the exciting Treasures, Monsters & Pirates expansion. Discover the long-lost multiplayer mode, released officially for the first time! Enjoy all of the upgrades while continuing your existing game, thanks to full save compatibility. Take advantage of improvements like borderless window mode and improved scrolling. Includes bonus content: Anno® 1503 soundtrack, wallpaper, and company logo for Anno 1800™.
First released: Jun 2020

Play Anno 1503: History Edition on Mac with Parallels (virtualized)

The easiest way to play Anno 1503: History Edition on a Mac is through Parallels, which allows you to virtualize a Windows machine on Macs. The setup is very easy and it works for Apple Silicon Macs as well as for older Intel-based Macs.

Parallels supports the latest version of DirectX and OpenGL, allowing you to play the latest PC games on any Mac. The latest version of DirectX is up to 20% faster.

Our favorite feature of Parallels Desktop is that when you turn off your virtual machine, all the unused disk space gets returned to your main OS, thus minimizing resource waste (which used to be a problem with virtualization).

Anno 1503: History Edition installation steps for Mac

Step 1
Go to and download the latest version of the software.
Step 2
Follow the installation process and make sure you allow Parallels in your Mac’s security preferences (it will prompt you to do so).
Step 3
When prompted, download and install Windows 10. The download is around 5.7GB. Make sure you give it all the permissions that it asks for.
Step 4
Once Windows is done installing, you are ready to go. All that’s left to do is install Anno 1503: History Edition like you would on any PC.
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