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Dharma Logos
May 8, 2007, 04:13 PM
I've been wanting to play a game that my dad had a shareware version of more than 10 years ago called TaskMaker. http://www.greatgamesexperiment.com/game/taskmaker After a lot of Googling I finally found some version of it for download at this link, but I can't play it on OS X because it's not supported by that operating system.

Does anyone know:
1) Where to find a full-length version of this game?
2) How to play it on OS X?

Anyone feel like reminiscing about the old days of playing Taskmaker? I don't remember it too well because it's been a while, but it was always my favorite non-Zelda RPG.



FredAkbar
May 8, 2007, 04:36 PM
Yeah, I always liked TaskMaker. Fun game. I take it you have an Intel Mac, which is why you can't run it in Classic? (I don't remember if it runs well/at all in Classic on OS X PPC or not.)

Try Basilisk II or Sheepshaver. I've had better luck running Basilisk II on the Mac. It runs old non-graphics-intensive apps pretty well. That's how I played TM most recently.

Dharma Logos
May 8, 2007, 07:31 PM
Intel, yeah, it's an iMac. I've never heard of Basilisk II or Sheepshaver. I'll look them up. Thanks.

Is there some kind of emulator or plugin I can get that will let me play old games?

Dharma Logos
May 8, 2007, 07:35 PM
Oh, Basilisk and Sheepshaver are EMULATORS! :-) I thought they were games! Found them. Downloading now.

Dharma Logos
May 8, 2007, 07:51 PM
I can't open Sheepshaver on my system. I got Basilisk II to open, but I can't figure out how to use it to open a file.

kaseydevine
Aug 4, 2009, 11:35 PM
Try BasiliskII and SheepShaver if Classic mode doesn't work (or if you're on Intel). I've gotten them both to work smoothly on my 10.4 G4 laptop somehow.

The Home of the Underdogs (the main site, not the Macintosh Garden) has both TaskMaker (http://www.the-underdogs.info/game.php?gameid=4496) and Tomb of the TaskMaker (http://www.the-underdogs.info/game.php?gameid=4495) available for download. When the company went under, the author or someone with the publisher or something released registration codes onto USENET, which are included in the downloads.


I've got Taskmaker on My Basilisk II emulator, but when I try to open the Taskmaker file I get:

The document "Taskmaker v2.2.3" could not be opened, because the application program that created it could not be found.

Could not find a translation extension whit appropriate translators.

How do I get this working on my Basilisk II? I've got the download, but none of the icons come up, they all just look like the generic pages. Is there some sort of installation protocol that I am missing?

In fact, a lot of my files I tried to put on the emulator's hard drive give this explanation. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

txa1265
Aug 5, 2009, 08:49 AM
Awesome ... just heard about this game recently, and was looking to get some classic gameplay going ... this is it!

kaseydevine
Aug 10, 2009, 12:57 PM
txa1265 - have you got taskmaker working on an emulator somehow?

txa1265
Aug 10, 2009, 04:24 PM
txa1265 - have you got taskmaker working on an emulator somehow?

Yes indeed - Basilisk II ... in color, no less!

kaseydevine
Aug 11, 2009, 09:15 AM
ach. if you wouldn't mind helping me....

I've been trying to get this working for awhile. my basilisk II works fine, but is there a trick to installation or unzipping or anything? I just downloaded the game from storm impact, unzipped the files, and threw them onto my virtual hard drive i set up (and none of them open or do anything). Did you get it from somewhere else or install it from disks or something?

if you just quickly described the procedure you used to from downloading it to installing it, I would be extremely grateful.

txa1265
Aug 14, 2009, 01:21 PM
ach. if you wouldn't mind helping me....

I've been trying to get this working for awhile. my basilisk II works fine, but is there a trick to installation or unzipping or anything? I just downloaded the game from storm impact, unzipped the files, and threw them onto my virtual hard drive i set up (and none of them open or do anything). Did you get it from somewhere else or install it from disks or something?

if you just quickly described the procedure you used to from downloading it to installing it, I would be extremely grateful.

Sorry for the delay!

All I did was download from a site like abandonia or mobey games or another abandonware site ... then unzipped and dropped it into my virtual Mac HD ... and it ran great.