Apple ][ emulation on Mac

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  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

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    Are there any Apple ][ emulators that work on Mac OSX Snow Leopard (preferrably free) and are reasonably uncomplicated to use/set up?

    The ones I've come across either don't work (OSX II seemed promising, but I can't find any system ROMs that work with it -even the ones suggested in the readme file don't work). Other emulators such as Catakig don't seem to work either (the disks don't load) although the system ROMs seem to be accepted.
     
  2. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    It's not free, but I've used Virtual ][ and it works great. Huge amount of features, and it's pretty easy too.
     
  3. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

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    Virtual ][ - Apple II, II+, IIe emulator; has a very refined user interface. Free to try, with a timed nag screen.

    Sweet 16 - Apple IIgs emulator; simple to use user interface; free to use.

    GSport - Apple IIgs emulator; Unix-like user experience on OSX, hand-editing configuration files and all. Open source, free to use.

    All will require you to supply ROM files.
     
  4. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    or how about virtualapple.org which lets you do the same thing (almost) in a browser window...

    hours i tell you, i've wasted hours upon hours there playing old stuff, be careful!
     
  5. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Thanks for this. What a great site! I love their collection of old manuals.
     
  6. macstatic, Jan 26, 2011
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    macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I've tried Virtual II now and it seems to work pretty well although I'm struggling with the keys (I'm trying to play Lode Runner and I find the movement keys (I,J,L,M) cumbersome).
    I tried "Use arrow keys as joystick" but that didn't seem to work consistently for some reason.

    Basically I just want to play Lode Runner in the same way as MAME's Lode runner (arrow keys for movement, ALT and CTRL for digging). I have several mazes I made myself back in the day when I used my own Apple ][ actively, so it would be great to play all that again, but on my Mac of course. What would the simplest solution be for that (Virtual II seems overkill and a waste of money when I'm not going to take more advantage of its features and the fact that its keys can't be remapped, or so it seems.
     
  7. Roderick Usher macrumors regular

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  8. dudefish macrumors newbie

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    Virtual ][

    I also am wanting to play Lode Runner, like I used to on my trusty old Apple IIe. I have downloaded Virtual ][ and the lode runner Roms, but apparently you need to find Apple II system Roms somewhere else so that the emulator will work. I have searched and searched. Where do I get these system roms from?
     
  9. Bwa macrumors 6502

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  10. Yaboze macrumors 6502a

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    I used to use one of the free ones on my old PC back in the day. I have all of my old images, but I just looked at Virtual ][ and it looks amazing. You can even print from it and it supports the Mockingboard. I'm going to check it out later.
     

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