How to play Patapon 2 Remastered on Mac

Game summary

Patapon 2 sees the return of the beloved and innovative, rhythm-based 2D action game remastered in 1080p and dynamic 4K* resolution. In Patapon 2, a follow-up to the original that received critical acclaim, players are tasked with leading the colorful Patapons, a brave and noble tribe now in an unfamiliar land, through a series of epic battles against the opposing army and gigantic monsters. In a distinct gameplay twist, action and rhythm are intertwined as players utilize drumbeats to march, attack, and defend, ultimately leading the Patapon tribe to victory.
First released: Jan 2020

Play Patapon 2 Remastered on Mac with Parallels (virtualized)

The easiest way to play Patapon 2 Remastered 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).

Patapon 2 Remastered 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 Patapon 2 Remastered like you would on any PC.
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🕹 Editor's notes

Is Patapon 2 Remastered better than its predecessor? 

The Patapon 2, released in 2009, now has a remastered version that was in the works for a long time. It is finally here to be played on the Playstation 4 and, by all means, is better than its predecessor in every aspect. 

The strategy/rhythm hybrid game has depth and gone gorgeous with the visuals now, and if you have a PS4 PRO, you can now play it in 4k. For the people wondering what Patapon 2 is, you will be playing as the God of eyeballs of a titular tribe.

You command the black and white warriors into various missions, hitting four drums to the beat to give them orders. This is the basic since most strategy/rhythm games involve catchy music that you hit buttons to in a sequence.

The start of the game involves simple commands, but as you progress, you begin to unlock new ones, and later on, the drum sequence gets quite tricky, and you'll be shuffling with four buttons sequences to make commands.

What sets this game apart from the other rhythm game is that you must build your army and evolve them, making it worth your time. You can also play mini-games to gain materials that help with upgrading.

After you're done upgrading, you go out into battle. However, the downside of the Patapon 2 Remastered is that, on the official release before the remastering process, the game had a multiplayer feature which they took out. 

Even though there is a portion of the game that you can play with three allies controlled by the AI, it is somewhat disappointing because, well, it's not co-op with friends.

But having said that, what the game lacks, they make up for it in terms of beautiful HD graphics, and the game has never been smoother than ever. 

The Verdict

Patapon 2 Remastered is quite the pleaser since they generously reward your grind. The game is addictive with gorgeous visuals and is undoubtedly one of the best strategy/rhythm games today.