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Classic Mac Gaming

LoneIgadzraLoneIgadzra Registered User regular
edited March 2009 in Games and Technology
I recently reformatted an old 400 MHz G3 iMac for use exclusively to play old Mac OS 9 (and earlier) games.

Stuff I'm looking forward to revisiting:

SimCity 2000
Total Annihilation
First three Myst games
F/A-18 Hornet/Korea (okay it is kind of crappy these days as flight sims go, but nostalgia you know?)
Escape Velocity (and other old Ambrosia titles such as Ferazel's Wand)
Glider (actually, isn't Glider Pro freeware now?)
X-Wing (maybe)
Descent 3 (hahaha like this will actually run without crashing)
Majesty

A lot of that list of course had Windows versions, but I never owned the Windows versions and I've been locked out of playing my copies of the Mac versions forever due to the march of time.

Two games that I was really looking forward to are Loony Labyrinth and Crystal Caliburn pinball, but the old versions I have (1.02 and 1.03, respectively - off "Games of fame" CD's) freeze when I try to start them up. I remember there being a workaround for this before I formatted this machine, but I can't remember it and I don't feel like re-buying these games (which is what you have to do to get the patched versions).

The whole situation is pretty rough, since Mac software of this era has been so wholly forgotten by the internet. There is no good Mac OS 9 web browser, and there are precious few resources for patches & the like (currently having a lot of trouble getting TA patched up for example, since the latest patch never left beta AFAIK and has now disappeared off the face of the internet).

Anyway, jump in this thread and share your nostalgia!

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    KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    All of my nostalgia is Escape Velocity.

    So play that like 80 times over

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    OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Would your purchase codes for the Littlewing pinball games work for the PC versions? If so, you could just download and unlock them, if you can still find your original email with the codes.

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    ZythonZython Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    One word: Afterlife. God I wish I could still play that game :(

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    FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Fucking Block Out and Beam Wars!

    edit: And Marathon!

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    ArrathArrath Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Games on Mac? Hah!

    In all seriousness, Marathon is an obvious choice. Spaceward Ho! is a series that I enjoyed thoroughly. Nothing quite like getting my brother to give me all his metal, then destroying his homeworld before it knew it was being attacked (The message he recieved was literally "We were suddenly attacked and annihilated before we had a chance to fight back, we don't have a clue what hit us.") with a fleet of dreadnaughts.

    Or moving a massive blob of biological ships around my brother's planets, whereupon they ate ~1 billion people every turn to refuel themselves. Then the next turn his planets had massive baby booms!

    And thats just what I do to my allies!

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    LoneIgadzraLoneIgadzra Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Marathon is already well patched up for modern operating systems, actually. Can go out and download OS X or XP compatible versions of every iteration for free now.

    My pinball games started working magically, so that's all good.

    I lost my license code for Escape Velocity, but every time I've asked for it Ambrosia has sent me a license code for a bunch of other games and some I don't remember buying - but no EV :|

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    ubernekouberneko Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I grew up playing Mac games! I played really old school side scrollers like The Adventures of Cosmo (which had Duke Nukem in it) and other stuff like Command and Conquer, Descent 1 and 2, and the Marathons.

    Does anyone remember a game called Damage Inc. for Mac? You basically led a squad of Marines on a bunch of missions. It was on the Build engine and was pretty gory.

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    FaceballMcDougalFaceballMcDougal Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Myth is fucking great

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    PMAversPMAvers Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    uberneko wrote: »
    Does anyone remember a game called Damage Inc. for Mac? You basically led a squad of Marines on a bunch of missions. It was on the Build engine and was pretty gory.

    Actually, Damage, Inc. was based off the Marathon 2 engine.

    And hell yes.

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    EDIT: Doing some reading into it, I had no idea it had "Mandatory Suicide" mode. (Basically, the earliest version I could think of a "Survival" mode, where it'd drop you into one of the multiplayer maps, and would start throwing tons of enemies at you.)

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    TaramoorTaramoor Storyteller Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    http://www.thefoolandhismoney.com/

    You can download The Fool's Errand and 3 in Three from this site. (Cliff Johnson, the guy who made them, runs the site and put his games up for free, so there you go.)

    Trust me on this one. You will tear your hair out.

    But in a fun way.

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    UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    The whole situation is pretty rough, since Mac software of this era has been so wholly forgotten by the internet.
    Yeah I've had this problem too. Got an old fruity iBook for free. Absolutely nothing on the internet except Glider, it's baffling. You'd think there'd be an archive somewhere with Stunt Copter, or something...

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    WrenWren ninja_bird Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    PMAvers wrote: »
    uberneko wrote: »
    Does anyone remember a game called Damage Inc. for Mac? You basically led a squad of Marines on a bunch of missions. It was on the Build engine and was pretty gory.

    Actually, Damage, Inc. was based off the Marathon 2 engine.

    And hell yes.



    EDIT: Doing some reading into it, I had no idea it had "Mandatory Suicide" mode. (Basically, the earliest version I could think of a "Survival" mode, where it'd drop you into one of the multiplayer maps, and would start throwing tons of enemies at you.)

    is that guy dual wielding mp5's? thats pretty rad

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    FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I was gonna come in here to say Myth, but I see that's already been mentioned.

    I've been trying to remember what Damage Inc. was for fucking years. I remembered what it looked like and playing it on my little beige mac back in the day when I was a kid and it's been eating at me that I couldn't remember the name, then I come in here, and BAM

    There it is.

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    chasehatesbearschasehatesbears Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Majesty.
    MAJESTY!

    I loved that game. I actually found an issue of PC gamer from like, 1998 with a preview for Majesty when I cleaned my room.

    Apparently a sequel is in the works, but I haven't heard much :/

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Dark Castle
    Castles: Siege and Conquest
    Legions

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    LoneIgadzraLoneIgadzra Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Myth is fucking great

    Jesus yes. I've been wanting to do a "game on" of it, but it's not freely available (even though it should be at this point) and I think the community matching services have finally gone offline.

    Also, I would lose interest in a day because goddamn I played Myth 2 with my friends every single time we got together for years. Pretty much best LAN game ever. Hilariously fun, runs on a toaster or a supercomputer with the latest OSes, supports TCP/IP between both Mac and PC versions. Everything else we tried either had no Mac version, wasn't cross-platform-multiplayer, had too high system requirements, etc.

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    ubernekouberneko Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    PMAvers wrote: »
    uberneko wrote: »
    Does anyone remember a game called Damage Inc. for Mac? You basically led a squad of Marines on a bunch of missions. It was on the Build engine and was pretty gory.

    Actually, Damage, Inc. was based off the Marathon 2 engine.

    And hell yes.

    screen3.jpg

    EDIT: Doing some reading into it, I had no idea it had "Mandatory Suicide" mode. (Basically, the earliest version I could think of a "Survival" mode, where it'd drop you into one of the multiplayer maps, and would start throwing tons of enemies at you.)

    That's it! I loved that game, it was so great.

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    DietarySupplementDietarySupplement Still not approved by the FDA Dublin, OHRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    uberneko wrote: »
    PMAvers wrote: »
    uberneko wrote: »
    Does anyone remember a game called Damage Inc. for Mac? You basically led a squad of Marines on a bunch of missions. It was on the Build engine and was pretty gory.

    Actually, Damage, Inc. was based off the Marathon 2 engine.

    And hell yes.

    screen3.jpg

    EDIT: Doing some reading into it, I had no idea it had "Mandatory Suicide" mode. (Basically, the earliest version I could think of a "Survival" mode, where it'd drop you into one of the multiplayer maps, and would start throwing tons of enemies at you.)

    That's it! I loved that game, it was so great.

    Hmm, never played that one... but looking at the bottom, you have a team of people that you can give commands to, and set waypoints for?

    Where have I seen this before (or, more to my point, WOULD see this later on...) Another Mac first!

    edit: Speaking of Mac games: back on my old, old Mac Classic there was a game much in the vein of Star Trek, wherein you had a ship and you flew around, landing on planets and so on. It was overhead view only, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. It was black and white only, but that's where my knowledge stops.

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    ZealotZealot Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I remember playing Warcraft 2 and later Starcraft on Mac. The fact that Blizzard have puplished all of their games on both Mac and Windows is awesome.

    I only played the Demo of Damage Inc. but the fact that you can dual wield shotguns was just full of win.

    Does anyone remember a game called Prime target?

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    OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Hmm, never played that one... but looking at the bottom, you have a team of people that you can give commands to, and set waypoints for?

    Where have I seen this before (or, more to my point, WOULD see this later on...) Another Mac first!

    I think Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri for DOS beat it out.
    edit: Speaking of Mac games: back on my old, old Mac Classic there was a game much in the vein of Star Trek, wherein you had a ship and you flew around, landing on planets and so on. It was overhead view only, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. It was black and white only, but that's where my knowledge stops.

    Maybe Starflight, if the Mac Classic version was black and white only?

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    SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Mac games that I had fun with, off the top of my head:

    3 in Three
    Hellcats Over the Pacific
    Some kind of robot wars game that I can never remember the name of. I wish someone would remind me.

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    DaSniper91DaSniper91 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Zython wrote: »
    One word: Afterlife. God I wish I could still play that game :(

    Got this for .50 at a thrift store a few months back! (windows version though)

    still pretty fun!

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    OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Six wrote: »
    Some kind of robot wars game that I can never remember the name of. I wish someone would remind me.

    RoboSport?

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    SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Orogogus wrote: »
    Six wrote: »
    Some kind of robot wars game that I can never remember the name of. I wish someone would remind me.

    RoboSport?

    Thank you.

    Thank you very much.

    It's literally been bugging me for years.

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    DixonDixon Screwed...possibly doomed CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    uberneko wrote: »
    PMAvers wrote: »
    uberneko wrote: »
    Does anyone remember a game called Damage Inc. for Mac? You basically led a squad of Marines on a bunch of missions. It was on the Build engine and was pretty gory.

    Actually, Damage, Inc. was based off the Marathon 2 engine.

    And hell yes.

    screen3.jpg

    EDIT: Doing some reading into it, I had no idea it had "Mandatory Suicide" mode. (Basically, the earliest version I could think of a "Survival" mode, where it'd drop you into one of the multiplayer maps, and would start throwing tons of enemies at you.)

    That's it! I loved that game, it was so great.

    Hmm, never played that one... but looking at the bottom, you have a team of people that you can give commands to, and set waypoints for?

    Where have I seen this before (or, more to my point, WOULD see this later on...) Another Mac first!

    edit: Speaking of Mac games: back on my old, old Mac Classic there was a game much in the vein of Star Trek, wherein you had a ship and you flew around, landing on planets and so on. It was overhead view only, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. It was black and white only, but that's where my knowledge stops.

    oh damn I played this game two and you could dock at the space stations. It was star trek but I have no idea what it was called.

    Also the one of my favorite RPG games get Realmz...it also has a PC release

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    BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    How classic are we talking? The only Mac gaming I've done was on the Apple 2GS systems.

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    EndaroEndaro Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Growing up, my family only bought Mac's, so my childhood non-console gaming was all Mac games. Sure, I learned later I was missing a lot of great stuff on the PC, but the MAC had its own stuff too.

    I don't really know how many of these also existed on the PC, probably most of them, but an offhand list of the games we used to have...

    Myst
    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
    Any Blizzard Games (Starcraft, Warcraft 1-3, Diablo II, etc..)
    Theme Park
    Syndicate
    Sim Farm
    Sim Ant
    Sim Tower
    Theme Hospitol
    Oregon Trail II
    Amazon Trail
    Odell Down Under
    Jewels of the Oracle (weird puzzle game)
    Eagle Eye mysteries
    ComancheMac
    Pirates! Gold
    The Seventh Guest
    Chuck Yeager's Air Combat (about as lame as it sounds)
    Populous
    Desert Trek
    DinoPark Tycoon
    F/A 18 Hornet
    Mario Teaches Typing

    So, to summarize, a hell of a lot of MECC, Maxis, and Bullfrog games. Brings back some memories...

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    durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I can't imagine what a cool old mac game would be...


    Also though, Spiderweb Software made some great gigantic RPGs. Geneforge and Avernus being their biggies.

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    JonBobJonBob Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    There were a few real gems created with the World Builder framework (which itself was an amazing toy), like Radical Castle.

    The biggies of my youth, off the top of my head:
    - 3 in Three
    - Dark Castle/Beyond Dark Castle
    - Quarterstaff
    - Shadowgate
    - Xyphus
    - Shufflepuck Cafe
    - Crystal Quest
    - A lot of greats from Inline Design

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    Capncrunch7Capncrunch7 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    MDK came with my 1st generation iMac and was probably my favorite game I had ever played.

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    SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ooh, totally forgot Dark Castle.

    Also, Transylvania and Cosmic Osmo.

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    Trojan35Trojan35 I want Too Human 2. Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Escape from Monkey Island
    Spaceward Ho!
    Escape Velocity
    Mars Rising
    Simcity 2000
    X-Wing
    Marathon Durandal
    Warcraft 2

    And boy, did I hate Myst.

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    chasehatesbearschasehatesbears Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Now that I think about it, the first time I played Diablo was on my sister's mac.

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    PMAversPMAvers Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Zealot wrote: »

    Does anyone remember a game called Prime target?

    Edit:
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    Fuck yes. That was the other commercial game that was based off the Marathon 2 engine.

    It was crazy, I remember it involving running around lots of DC government office buildings and building up a body count that'd make Jack Bauer squeamish.
    Myth is fucking great

    Jesus yes. I've been wanting to do a "game on" of it, but it's not freely available (even though it should be at this point) and I think the community matching services have finally gone offline.

    Also, I would lose interest in a day because goddamn I played Myth 2 with my friends every single time we got together for years. Pretty much best LAN game ever. Hilariously fun, runs on a toaster or a supercomputer with the latest OSes, supports TCP/IP between both Mac and PC versions. Everything else we tried either had no Mac version, wasn't cross-platform-multiplayer, had too high system requirements, etc.

    It's not "free", but I remember seeing Myth 2 on Gametap. I'm surprised GoG hasn't gone after it yet.

    The official matchmaking's been down for ages, but Mariusnet's still up.

    EDIT: Scratch Gametap, apparently they've just got Myth III up. D:

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    oh shit,

    The Incredible Machine

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    FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    KalTorak wrote: »
    oh shit,

    The Incredible Machine

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    TIM was just amazing.

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    hellotylerhellotyler Registered User new member
    edited March 2009
    Really great thread! I forgot how groundbreaking and awesome Mac gaming was back in the day. A few other suggestions to add that are absolutely AMAZING games !

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    Rainbow 6
    Rainbow 6 : Rogue Spear
    Day of the Tentacle
    Monkey Island 1 & 2
    The Journeyman Project (like Myst, except you can die! and it had a better story)
    Hero's of Might and Magic II
    Shadow Warrior

    To comment on some of the other great games listed - Damage Inc was goddamn amazing. I'd really kill for an Os X port of this badboy - talk about ahead of it's time! I may come back to this thread as more amazing games come to me. :)

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    HyperAquaBlastHyperAquaBlast Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Spectre Challenger!!

    The game might suck I don't know but I used to love playing back in 95. It was a battlezone ripoff but with 3D objects.

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    DietarySupplementDietarySupplement Still not approved by the FDA Dublin, OHRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    hellotyler wrote: »
    Really great thread! I forgot how groundbreaking and awesome Mac gaming was back in the day. A few other suggestions to add that are absolutely AMAZING games !

    The Digg
    Rainbow 6
    Rainbow 6 : Rogue Spear
    Day of the Tentacle
    Monkey Island 1 & 2
    The Journeyman Project (like Myst, except you can die! and it had a better story)
    Hero's of Might and Magic II
    Shadow Warrior

    Really? Rainbox 6 was "back in the day?"
    The game might suck I don't know but I used to love playing back in 95. It was a battlezone ripoff but with 3D objects.

    That's better. Yes, Spectre was good fun on a Mac. You can call it a battlezone ripoff if you want, but it wasn't just shooting enemies to clear a stage. I was fortunate enough to be able to play this over AppleTalk with 6 other people in our lab in College, late at night when we were done for the day. To this day, I have had few gaming sessions/nights that were as fun as those.

    Also, fuck HK's.

    And I'll third Dark Castle. That is one game I keep my Mac Classic around for. But, I used to have "return to Dark Castle" (or Beyond Dark castle, or something like that), and all I can remember of that one was there was a section where you had a helicopter back-pack thing and you had to fly over some forests... but I can't even get anywhere near screen shots or downloads for it on the web. I must have been imagining it.

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    SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Nobody else played Transylvania? Bummer.

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