Myst Online Uru Live .... again (MOULa)


Many players of MOULa have decided, in recent years, to change their home computer from a Windows PC to an Apple Mac.
For players of MOULa this causes a major headache because MOULa is only available as a Windows-based game and does not run natively on MacOS (Mac's operation system).

But don't dispair, there is  a way to play MOULa on your Mac.
This involves using a small program called a "wrapper" or "virtual disc". Once you create a wrapper that is suitable for MOULa you will have created an app, and you can run the game in the same way as you run any of your other games or apps. The game's icon will appear in Launchpad and an icon for the game can also be added to your dock - just like any other app.


"Help! I'm not very computer savvy"

The great thing about using PlayOnMac to play MOULa is that you don't need to be a computer geek. The program has a very simply, clear user interface that even the newest Mac users will find easy to use and navigate. Yes, it has the ability to do VERY complicated things and therefore has many options within the interface  ... but that's why I have built this page.

This page will lead you through the process of building the app specifically for MOULa.

MacOSX Mojave

The instructions shown here are only for Macs that have MacOSX Mojave or later installed. If you have an earlier version of MacOS, these instruction will not build a wrapper that works for MOULa.
Wrappers are very specific to both the game and your machine's operating system.
This is why we may have to change/update them when Apple updates its operating system.
If you update to a new version of MacOS you may have to update your wrapper .... or even build a new one!

Good news though ... I will always keep this page updated with how to build a wrapper for MOULa for the latest version MacOS. If your game stops working after updating your Mac OS, check back here. You could also send me an email at bob (at) boblishman (dot) com.

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So... let's get to work downloading: 

If you want to try building your own wrapper for MOULa then you need to download the following items:

PlayOnMac (this is a .dmg file)

The MOULa Windows installer (this is the link to the Myst Online Uru Live website run by Cyan Worlds.

A game icon   (to replace the wrapper's default icon - which is not very pretty, and nothing to do with MOULa)


Click on the above links to start their download. Once they have downloaded, move them from your downloads folder onto your desktop.



Installing PlayOnMac:

a) Double click in the PlayonMac dmg file on your desktop.
This will verify the download and then ...



b) A small window will appear that looks like this:

c) Drag the PlayOnMac icon to the left, on top of the "Applications" folder icon. This will copy the PlayOnMac app to your Applications folder. Once it has copied, close this window.

The PlayOnMac App  will now be avaialble in your Launchpad as well as in your "Applications" folder ...

d) Lets get started making  your new MOULa "virtual drive" (app) so, launch PlayOnMac and you will see this:


e) so click on "Install a program".

...and you will see this ....




f) so, click on "Install a non-listed program"

...and this will appear ...


g) click "next"

...and you will see this window...



h) click on the top line (to highlight it) ... and then click  "next"

... and this window appears.


Type in the box "moula" (no quotes) and then click "next"

i) ... and you will see this.


Put ticks in ALL the boxes and click "next"

... you will see this ...

j) click "System" to highlight it (blue) and then click "next"


... and you will see this: 


k) Click to highlight "32 bit.." and click "next


Your basic wrapper has been built.
Note: The wrapper is not in the main "Applications" folder, it is in your personal Applications folder, inside a folder called "Wineskin".

However, it will still appear in Launchpad. (You can move it to the main Applications Folder but I would not recommend it.

If you do, be careful you do not create an "alias".

If you decide to move it, use cut / paste)

Making the wrapper run the MOULa installer:


The wrapper you have does not yet contain the game.
Now we have to make some changes to the wrapper and also put the game inside it.


a) Right click on the new Myst Online Wrapper




b) choose "Show Package Contents"

...and a new window shows this:


c) Double click on the Wineskin icon

... and you will get this small window:

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d) Click on the "Set Screen Options" button

and you will see this screen:

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e) UNTICK the two blue boxes


... and click "Done"



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... which will send you back to the previous screen


f) This time, click Install Software

... and you will see  this screen ....


This is the point where we install the game into the wrapper.


g) Click on "Choose Setup Executable" and navigate to your desktop and select "MOULInstaller.exe"


You will get a "please wait" message ... followed by the Windows install box for Myst Online Uru Live.


Follow the instructions for the MOULa installation. Accept the agreement. Do not change any default options

Keep Clicking "next" until the install is finished. Click "Finish" in the windows installer and you will go back to the wrapper and see this screen .....

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h) click OK and you will get this screen....



You now have the game installed.... click "Test Run" and the game should start and download the MOULa files.
NOTEThe game will tell you that it does not have the correct PhysX installed. This is normal.
When you get this message simply quit the Uru game window and come back to the Wineskin window.


We haven't quite finished ... as we now need to install the correct PhysX that was just downloaded by the game.


Changing the wrapper's icon:

The default wrapper for Wineskin is not pretty, nor has it anything to do with Myst Online Uru Live so we want to change it to reflect the game.


Changing the wrapper icon will also change the game icon in Launchpad.


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a) Open the finder window that contains your Myst Online wrapper ...


b) Right click on your wrapper icon and choose "get Info" ....

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 ... and you will see this window ...


c) Position this window so that you can see both the window and your UruIcon on your desktop ...



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d) click on the icon inside the top left of the "get info" window... and it will become highlighted in blue


e) next, drag the UruIcon from your desktop into the "get info" window and place it on top of the highlighted icon until you see the green "+" cursor (copy), at which point stop dragging ...


... and the icon will change to the new Uru book icon.



Your new wrapper now has the Uru book icon ... and... the icon in Launcher also has this book icon.


We're done making your wrapper!

Time to play !!

If you followed the instructions above you are now ready to play Myst Online Uru Live on your Mac.


Click on Launcher in your dock and look for the Myst Online Uru Live game icon and click it!.


Remember, the first time you play using this wrapper that the game will need to download all new (or updated) files since the game was released. This can take some time depending on your internet speed.


You can use this wrapper to log into your existing account using your account username name and password.




i) We have to tell the wrapper where the new PhysX installer is .... so ... click on the  "Configuration" tab at the top of the window so you have this screen ...

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j) click on the "browse" button and, in the finder window that opens, double-click "Program Files", then double-click on "Uru Live" and then select PhysX_Setup.exe and click on "choose" in the bottom right corner....

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...and you should have this ....

k) now, click on "Test Run" .... and you should see this ....

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l) This is the PhysX 2.6.0 install.
Select "I accept the license agreement and then "next" .....

and the install should continue until you get this screen...

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m) click "finish" and you should be returned to this screen .....


n) click on "browse" and then double-click "Program Files" then double-click "Uru Live" and finally select "UruLauncher.exe" and click the "choose" button. You will be returned to this window...

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Your wrapper is now ready to play Uru Live, so close this window (with the red button, top left)


However, there is one last thing to do ....

NOTE: If you are used to taking in-game screen captures using your Mac's keyboard shortcut (cmd+shift+3) you will find that this does NOT work within the wrapper. However, don't dispair because there IS a workaround:


1) Press (together) cmd+return - this will exit fullscreen and put your Uru game into a window with the same resolution.

2) Press and hold cmd and then press the tab key to scroll through your open apps. Select the FINDER app.

3) Press (together) cmd+shift+4 and then tap the spacebar.

4) Your cursor will change to a camera icon ... move it over to your Uru window and click on it.

5) Your screen capture will appear on your desktop.

6) cmd+tab through until Uru is selected and then press cmd+return to go back into the game in fullscreen.

Mojave, MOULa and PlayOnMac

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Now drag the PlayOnMac "drive" icon from your desktop icon to the trash can...


...and move the PlayOnMac.dmg file to somewhere safe on your hard drive. You will need this again if you want to correctly UNinstall PlayOnMac in the future.

( I have created a folder inside my "Documents" folder called "Uninstaller DMGs" where I keep all my DMG files which have an uninstaller.)

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to be continued ....... (please ignore everything below this line.....