Officially, Minecraft 1.5.2 was the last version playable on any PowerPC Mac, as it was the last version playable on Java 5. The release date of 1.5.2 is May 2nd 2013, around the same time retina MacBook Pros just started shipping. Minecraft 1.8.9 was released December 9th 2015, adding several features and new textures over 1.5.2. I had stumbled upon this sometime in 2022, and wanted to give it a shot on my Power Mac G5 DP 2.0. I’m not entirely sure if I saw it the first time on Reddit, or if I Googled it, nor where exactly I had downloaded my copy of Minecraft 1.8.9 for PowerPC, it’s been a year or so. There is a different version of Minecraft called “Minecraft PowerPC Edition”, which is not reflected in this article, as it uses a different version of Minecraft. Minecraft PowerPC edition is optimized for PowerPC Macs as well, and is worthy of checking out on it’s own. In this article, we will instead be discussing version 1.8.9. I’ll provide some links to sites I stumbled into, share some screenshots, and briefly discuss my thoughts on my experience running this on my own computers. This is basically a port of Minecraft 1.8.9 to Java 5.
Download Minecraft 1.8.9 for PowerPC: https://www.mediafire.com/file/fykczc56i6onp5v/Minecraft_1.8.9_0.zip/file
Reddit post under r/vintageapple: https://www.reddit.com/r/VintageApple/comments/qlkuxu/minecraft_189_plus_special_powerpc_smp_server/
I don’t impose on any specific limitations for this version of Minecraft, but it is better to have a stronger PowerPC computer. Below, are the results for various Macs.
It’s great to know a more modern release of Minecraft is available for use and play on PowerPC Macs, adding yet another game to the arsenal. While performance can be varied, user input with both the hardware and software can improve the experience. To gift this platform such a gem, is to extend the magic of the creativity within the game itself, thus, adding another avenue to the longevity of our Macs.