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ScarletRed
Jun 29, 2006, 12:48 PM
Know of any?

Must be turn-based (Excludes X2 and Escape Velocity) and Mac native.

srobert
Jun 29, 2006, 01:13 PM
Hmmm…

Master Of Orion II was good but that's an oldie. (OS9)

Eric5h5
Jun 29, 2006, 01:43 PM
Master Of Orion II was good but that's an oldie. (OS9)

Works fine in Classic though. Unfortunately, that's the most recent game that meets the specifications in this case.

--Eric

kumbaya
Jun 29, 2006, 02:40 PM
Not quite the exact specs, but great space strategy games:

Homeworld 2
StarCraft (+Brood War expansion)

Enjoy!

millar876
Jun 29, 2006, 02:41 PM
Starcraft - an oldie but a goodie

build a base
explore the map
combat your enamies

and the online mode is still rather popular and blizzard have released an OSX installer and patch. its mac native but not intel native, but as its origional specs recomended a Power PC (any one will do), system 7.6, 16MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM, 256 colour monitor at 640x480 even roseta can handle it without breaking a sweat

Aegelward
Jun 29, 2006, 02:42 PM
there is master of orion 3... its a bit of a hiccup, but there are some mods that will "retard" its play mechanics to those of master of orion 1/2... however i'm not sure if these mods will work on the mac version

CorvusCamenarum
Jun 29, 2006, 02:56 PM
there is master of orion 3... its a bit of a hiccup, but there are some mods that will "retard" its play mechanics to those of master of orion 1/2... however i'm not sure if these mods will work on the mac version


I couldn't stand MOO3 - too much confusion and complication. I have heard that if you like to macromanage rather than micromanage you'll appreciate MOO3, but I can never seem to trust the computer to do what i think it's supposed to do.

I do miss MOO2. Too bad I don't have Classic.

ScarletRed
Jun 29, 2006, 03:20 PM
Not quite the exact specs, but great space strategy games:

Homeworld 2
StarCraft (+Brood War expansion)

Enjoy!

Unless I am mistaken, these games are not turn-based. Neither is Starcraft. I am not interested in real-time strategy games.

Queso
Jun 29, 2006, 03:37 PM
I couldn't stand MOO3 - too much confusion and complication. I have heard that if you like to macromanage rather than micromanage you'll appreciate MOO3, but I can never seem to trust the computer to do what i think it's supposed to do.

I do miss MOO2. Too bad I don't have Classic.

MOO2 doesn't work fully in Classic. It crashes when the planet combat screen tries to appear. I did get it working in SheepShaver, but it was slow as hell.

If you can find a copy of the PC version, you may be able to get it working in DOSBox.

dan-o-mac
Jun 29, 2006, 06:21 PM
If you can get dosbox to work, you can go here http://www.abandonia.com/index2.php and grab x-com.

tobefirst
Jun 29, 2006, 06:41 PM
I do believe that Spaceward Ho! (http://www.deltatao.com/ho/) fits all the criteria: turn-based, space, exploration, building, combat.

I used to play this game way back in the day...13 years ago or so. I LOVED it. However, it's been updated for OS X since then. GREAT game.

ExoticFish
Jun 29, 2006, 06:46 PM
you should check out Galactica. You can check it out here (http://www.vendornation.com/*ws4d-db-query-QuickShow?ga003).

they have a demo that limits you to 100 turns, but as soon as i hit the limit i had to buy the game cause it was so fun.

Mackilroy
Jun 29, 2006, 08:36 PM
MOO3 is fine –*and you can do micromanaging as well if you like. You could probably find it for pretty cheap at most stores that sell Mac games nowadays.

ScarletRed
Jun 29, 2006, 11:05 PM
If you can get dosbox to work, you can go here http://www.abandonia.com/index2.php and grab x-com.
dosbox?! On a Mac? I love X-COM: UFO Defense. One of my all time favorites. However, the game is full of bugs and suffers from numerous interface issues (i'm talking about the Playstation version).

Spaceward Ho! sounds nice...I think I will check it out. Thanks, dan-o-mac.

Btw, are the games listed on abandonia.com free?

plinden
Jun 29, 2006, 11:41 PM
dosbox?! On a Mac?
Yes. From http://dosbox.sourceforge.net.

However, the download there is not Universal and is very very slow in Rosetta (90% CPU use at the lowest DosBox settings).

However, since it's open source, you can compile it for your Intel Mac. It's much, much faster when you do that.


Btw, are the games listed on abandonia.com free?
Yes, and legal. They've removed games when asked to by copyright owners (for instance Civ2 was free for a long time, but someone bought the rights for it and are now asking for $20)

ScarletRed
Jun 29, 2006, 11:49 PM
Yes. From http://dosbox.sourceforge.net.

However, the download there is not Universal and is very very slow in Rosetta (90% CPU use at the lowest DosBox settings).

However, since it's open source, you can compile it for your Intel Mac. It's much, much faster when you do that.
I don't know a thing about compiling. Do I need a special software to do that? If yes, what is it called and where do I get it?

plinden
Jun 29, 2006, 11:55 PM
I don't know a thing about compiling. Do I need a special software to do that? If yes, what is it called and where do I get it?
Hmm ok ... that might be a problem then. The Mac OS X DVD comes with developer tools but they're not installed by default. If you want to dabble you could install them.

Alternatively, I can send you my copy if you PM me your email address.

WannabeMacUser
Jun 30, 2006, 01:11 AM
Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri

comictimes
Jun 30, 2006, 03:02 AM
Sid Meyer's Alpha Centauri
I was about to say that... reminds me, I should have the cd for it buried somewhere... I ought to go find it, could provide some serious entertainment :D

Damek
Jul 7, 2006, 01:13 PM
Alpha Centauri

Yeah! I don't play many games any more (no time in this busy life!) but when I do, I sit down to a good, long session of Civ 3 or Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (SMAC).

And it should be mentioned that you can get a carbonized version of SMAC, so you don't need to run it in Classic, from one of the developers at http://www.brad-oliver.com:8081/~boliver/blog/archives/000299.html (click the world "build" to download the .SIT). And if you have the Alien Crossfire addon, a carbonized version of that is included in the same archive. (They're beta conversions from 2003, but I've had no trouble using them.)

Queso
Aug 4, 2006, 04:29 PM
MOO2 doesn't work fully in Classic. It crashes when the planet combat screen tries to appear.
I can't believe I finally got round this problem. Instead of using the 1.6 patch, use the 1.51 one and it all works, although it's a little quick in the animation department. So you can play MOO2 in OSX after all :)