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Apr 2, 2002, 08:25 AM
...continuing from the other thread:

Dark Castle (http://www.inwards.com/~fairway/game_pages/game_boxes_large/dark_castle.jpg) was another fine one. Can't find a screenshot of the orig either. It just wasn't quite the same when they made it color (and lowered the resolution) for other platforms (IIgs version below):


...it seems DeltaTao (http://www.deltatao.com/darkcastle3.html) is still pushing it along (looks nice, released sometime in the future)...


Mr. Anderson
Apr 2, 2002, 08:44 AM
Wow, I remember this. The b/w version was much better. And combat was great, throw rocks to kill the bad guys. Ah, those were the days.

Apr 2, 2002, 08:49 AM
Man, the number of hours I spent playing Dark castle on the Mac Pluses at school... yeah, that has to be one of the greatest games ever!

Mr. Anderson
Apr 2, 2002, 08:59 AM
The sad thing I realized this morning is that there are people who want old software. When ever I've upgraded, moved on to a new machine, I've gotten rid of anything that was obsolete.

Damn, if I could show you the piles of floppies I've tossed. I wish I had known. I still might have one or two interesting things laying around, I'll have to check.

Apr 2, 2002, 09:17 AM
I amazingly (and I was like 12 at the time) threw out about 300 floppies I had for my Apple //c when I sold it. I went to a Mac 128 (and immediately thereafter to an Amiga 1000) and stood on the beach at my house and tossed all of the floppes out to into the water like frisbees. I have no idea what I was thinking. I found floppes here and there all over that region over the next 2 years. No doubt a seagull somewhere withered and died with its head stuck through the hole of one of those 5.25" disks...


Apr 2, 2002, 09:18 AM
MYST still was the most immersive game I've ever played. I solved it in a straight-marathon playing session with my girlfriend at the time. I bought a CD drive for my 486-66 back then to play MYST. It took us 17 hours.

Quite the fine game.


Ensign Paris
Apr 2, 2002, 09:48 AM
The all time best old game is Escape Velocity (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/ev/)

Also Snood, that is one hell of a game!


Mr. Anderson
Apr 2, 2002, 09:56 AM
There is no 'best all time game'. Its all relative. Everyone's going to have their favorite, but there are some games that came along and changed gaming, those are the ones you should honor. Personally, I loved Myst when it came out, couldn't get over the visuals they were so sweet. And I loved Myth, that was a damn cool game. I was really dissappointed with Myth III (Bungie didn't produce it). But what really got me was when Bungie was bought by MS to produce XBox games. They totally redid Halo, which would have been the most amazing game to come out of their studio had they stayed in Chicago and kept the original game design and format. Bungie also did the Marathon series, all Mac games, very cool. I also like Civ as well. But I don't really have much time for games these days.

Apr 2, 2002, 12:22 PM
I have a copy of Photoshop 1.0.7...not from floppy or anything...I found it on the net last year...

anyone want to see what it's all about....well rather what it's not....can let me know... :p

Apr 2, 2002, 12:29 PM
I still play Castle Wolfenstein (original version), Lode Runner, Dig Dug, and a ton of other games on my IIe every once in a while. Its so much fun!

There's just something about those old games that I love.

Any of you guys into emulation?


Apr 2, 2002, 01:36 PM
Some really fine games that I recall throughout the years (and the machine I first played it on):

Conan (Apple II)
Rescue Raiders (Apple II)
Karateka (Apple II)
Airheart (Apple II)
Wishbringer (Infocom, Amiga)
Marble Madness (Amiga)
Defender of the Crown (Amiga)
Time Bandit (Atari ST)
StarGlider (Atari ST)
Airball (Atari ST)
Shadow of the Beast (Amiga) (for the visuals/audio only)

Just off the top of my head.


Apr 2, 2002, 01:41 PM
Originally posted by mrtrumbe
Any of you guys into emulation?


I have Stella....I love the old Atari games... :p

MacMame also works pretty well...

Apr 2, 2002, 01:43 PM
Oh, another fine game that I first played on a Mac II back in 87, I think it was, when the Mac II came out was Crystal Quest (http://www.inwards.com/~fairway/game_pages/crystal_quest.html). I loved that game. I've currently got it on my Apple IIgs (the version described in the link there) and the Amiga. It may have been the first color Mac game. I must get this for the Mac Plus.



Apr 2, 2002, 01:44 PM
I recall a site OldMacGames.com. Sadly it seems to be down. I've found a link to it via archive.org -> here (http://web.archive.org/web/20011128140750/http://www.oldmacgames.com/)


Mr. Anderson
Apr 2, 2002, 03:15 PM
I remember getting a port of Nethack for my old Mac. Now that was good text based animation at its best. And you still can get it at


King Cobra
Apr 2, 2002, 04:39 PM
On System 7 I used to play games such as Artillery 2.0.1, Moria (I think), and PowerPoker. I also used to play a version of Breakout that basically had one level over and over, but it was real neat, so many options you could choose from. However, because these old computers started to get bugged out, my father erased the hard drive, and removed these games!

Well, at least I have my Sigma Chess and Cocothello for OS X.

Apr 2, 2002, 06:31 PM
Speaking of disks, old software and System 7... I still have System 7 on disks. It's sitting on my bookshelf in front of me, boxed, with manuals... damn, why didn't they just put it on a CD? ;)

Actually, something that I've been thinking about is the 5 (yes, [i]five[i]) restore CDs my QAg came with. Why didn't they just put all that on a DVD? I guess because not all the QAgs come with DVD drives, but still...

Apr 2, 2002, 09:38 PM


Apr 4, 2002, 05:59 AM
Well, I managed to get AppleTalk (LocalTalk) going. I installed the Stealth Serial Port in my G4, established a connection between the G4 (under OS 9) and my Apple IIgs. I formatted a HFS floppy under GS/OS (I have the HFS File System Translator) and moved some old Mac games to the IIgs via LocalTalk, wrote them onto the floppy, and threw it into the Mac Plus. (Need some more software to get LocalTalk to the Mac Plus going). The result...



Apr 4, 2002, 06:42 AM
Originally posted by blakespot

Q as in Quick. Ag as in Silver. Shorthand for Quicksilver. :D

Apr 4, 2002, 07:22 AM
the one, the only


Very good!!!:D

Especially Outrun!!!!;)

Apr 12, 2002, 11:06 AM
I still have the disks and package for Hitchikers guide to the galaxy. I am afraid to put the floppy in. Since it is sooooo old.

Mr. Anderson
Apr 12, 2002, 11:35 AM
Originally posted by taliesin
I still have the disks and package for Hitchikers guide to the galaxy. I am afraid to put the floppy in. Since it is sooooo old.

That was a great adventure game. I always had problems getting past the vogons at the beginning. You ever play Adams' Starship Titanic game?

You should try and get the software off the floppies and burn it onto a CD.

Apr 12, 2002, 12:11 PM
go to Mac Abandonware (http://mac.theunderdogs.org) It's got tons of old games and apps, all categorised and downloadable. I had an Atari ST as my home computer until '97 so I was surprised to see how many of the old Atari classics were also out for the mac at the time. Anyone who loves MacMAME and some of the ambrosia remakes of old titles will love this site.

Apr 12, 2002, 02:03 PM
The best site by far is www.emulation.net for all of your mac emulation needs and info. Richard Bannister has done an outstanding job of maintaining this site - he's been running it for as long as I can remember, and it's one of my favourite places to visit...

One thing I promised myself when I bought a powerful Mac last year was to put aside a couple of hundred megabytes solely for emulation, and retro games. I mean, after all - what's a half-a-gig of disk space between friends nowadays, huh?

So - now, I have (under emulation, and, in some cases, carbonised for OSX) these systems on my Cube...

An Amiga
A Sinclair Spectrum 48K
A Sinclair ZX81
A Commodore 64/128
An Atari 1040ST
An Apple IIGS (Karateka never looked so good!)
A Playstation (just insert the disk - and away you go!)
A Nintendo 64
MacMame (The World's best Arcade emulator! At least5000 games!)
And even a Pentium under Windows 98SE (Does Virtual PC 5 count?)

Yes, yes. I know I'm a sad bastard. And I probably can't let go of the past - but it is a great way of reliving old memories.

So, whenever I want to return to those halcyon days of "Peeks" and "Pokes", of "Gosubs" and "Gotos", of Machine Code and Pascal, then all I have to do is launch an emulator (not forgetting of course to run a nice 1980's Compilation CD using iTunes in the background) whilst chanting - "There's no place like home - there's no place like home...".

Kinda hard to do when you're using a nice new LCD display, though.;)

Apr 12, 2002, 02:37 PM
Psst.... hey... anybody remember Enchanted Scepters?

And yes, Crystal Quest is awesome! I have the 68k build still sealed in the original retail box and the IIgs version on an emulator.

Personally I think we should start a thread that is made up of nothing but the name of your favorite old-school game and a screen shot.

Apr 12, 2002, 02:52 PM
Here's a great link:


All are downloadable archives! Enchanted Scepters was released by Silicon Beach Software in 1984 and is the earliest point-and-click adventure for the Macintosh (that I'm aware of).


Mr. Anderson
Apr 12, 2002, 03:03 PM
'A text-graphic-sound adventure game for the Macintosh'

Oh, that's a good one. Do you have a screen shot, I've never seen it.

Apr 12, 2002, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by eyelikeart

I have Stella....I love the old Atari games... :p

MacMame also works pretty well...

There's nothing better than emulating a NES and playing Crystalis for 48 hours straight :)


Apr 12, 2002, 05:08 PM
I used to love those Mindscape point-and-click adventures - Shadowgate, Uninvited, Deja Vu and Lost in Las Vegas. Great when it's miserable outside, and you've a few hours to kill on the old Mac 512KE (You got nice sound FX when you'd smash a mirror - and with comments like "...the mirror shatters into billions of pieces - Carl Sagan would be proud of you...", you couldn't really go wrong, could you?).

I could do Planetfall (that old text adventure) in record time - it helped my typing accuracy no end...

...I couldn't really get into Zork, though. Maybe somebody here did?

Apr 12, 2002, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by dukestreet
'A text-graphic-sound adventure game for the Macintosh'

Oh, that's a good one. Do you have a screen shot, I've never seen it.

Sure thing! I'll get a screen shot as soon as I retrieve the ROM from my Mac Plus so I can run my emulator on my computer. (It's out in storage.)

Oct 18, 2005, 09:18 AM
I still play Castle Wolfenstein (original version), Lode Runner, Dig Dug, and a ton of other games on my IIe every once in a while. Its so much fun!

There's just something about those old games that I love.

Any of you guys into emulation?


Please, please, please. Can someone help me locate the original Castle Wolfenstein. It was my favorite game ever and still is. I have my original computer in my attic just in case I come across one.

Mine somehow came up missing???


Oct 18, 2005, 10:01 AM
Wow, you must have had to dig deep deep in to the archives to find this thread?

Anyway in answer to your question: you can find it to download here:


I manager to find an original boxed copy on ebay, not chep though! It runs great on my Pippin :D