How to play BioShock: Limited Edition on Mac

Game summary

Set in the steampunk Objectivist underwater dystopia of Rapture in the 1960's, Bioshock is a first-person shooter wherein the player arms and genetically modifies themselves in order to survive against the city's resident great minds-turned-maddened anomalies and aid a revolutionary leader named Atlas in overthrowing the city's ruling despot, Andrew Ryan. The Limited Collector's Edition includes: - Steelbook case for the Game - 6-inch (150 mm) Big Daddy figurine - DVD: "Making of" - CD: "The Rapture EP" (contains three tracks from the game remixed by Moby and Oscar the Punk: Beyond the Sea, God Bless the Child, Wild Little Sisters)
First released: Aug 2007

Play BioShock: Limited Edition on Mac with Parallels (virtualized)

The easiest way to play BioShock: Limited 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).

BioShock: Limited 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 BioShock: Limited Edition like you would on any PC.