Good Games For iBook 500MHz

chanoc

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With only a 500MHz G3, 8MB VRAM, 384MB SD-RAM, what would be good games this Mac could handle?

I like shooters, strategy, etc.. Any suggestions? :)
 

Blue Velvet

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I like Snood: shooting with strategy.
Shareware, free to download.

www.snood.com

Not anything 3D or fancy but stupidly simple-looking and fiendishly addictive.
 

cluthz

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applemacdude said:
Return to CAstle Wolfenstein
RTCW plays unacceptable on my sawtooth G4 with gf4mx..
Don't think it will run well on the ibook.

The shooters which will run acceptable is:

Quake 3
Unreal Tournament
Rainbow Six (first one)
Aliens vs Predator
 

brap

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Heroes of might and magic 3 should run quite well. If you can still drop into OS9, version 2 will run really quickly too.
 

ricebag

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Indiana
also

American McGee's Alice (although there are a few places in a few levels that start getting horribly choppy)

I'll second Age of Empires II.

Non-graphics intensive games with good storylines like Avernum, Avernum II, etc, Geneforge, pretty much anything from spiderweb software.

Warlords II (in classic) is a good game.

Plus the games that at least used to be on every 500 iBook: Nanosaur, Bugdom, and Cro-Mag Rally are all extremely surprisingly good games that will run well.

Can you tell that I once used a 500 iBook and wanted to get by on a minimum of money too? :)
 

pimentoLoaf

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The SimCity Deli
THE SIMS !!!

Designed for slower older systems, this series works great!

Make sure to install them in the proper order:

  • The Sims
  • Livin' Large
  • House Party
  • Hot Date
  • Vacation
  • Unleashed
  • Superstar
  • Makin' Magic
 

ijimk

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Warcraft 3 would run pretty well with settings on low, it only needs a 400 mhz processor with 16 mb video ram. :)
 

mattmack

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cluthz said:
RTCW plays unacceptable on my sawtooth G4 with gf4mx..
Don't think it will run well on the ibook.

The shooters which will run acceptable is:

Quake 3
Unreal Tournament
Rainbow Six (first one)
Aliens vs Predator
I used to play RTCW on my G4 dual 450 but I had an ATI 8500 in it. It played fairly well online, but some of the more complicated levels slowed down a bit. You could also try Clive Barkers Undying
 

form

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Warcraft 3 wouldn't run very well on it. I have a yosemite g3 400mhz and it's unplayable in busy areas. An extra 100mhz on a laptop isn't going to make it play much better than mine. And your 8mb of vram is going to further limit your options.

The fact is, your ibook will almost exclusively run only generic games or games in a similar age bracket, and perhaps a few slightly newer (d2, wc3 Barely). What you should probably do is go rip some ignorant soul off for about $400+ (sell the ibook) and buy a g4-based tower with the ill gotten gains. Starcraft? it's 6 years old. Age Of Empires II? Almost as ancient.

Otherwise you could go buy a modern console system for $150 or less, and get all the games you want.
 

PismoGuy

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I concur

vraxtus said:
Wrong wrong wrong.

I could barely push 10 FPS on LOWEST settings on my 500 iBook.
It runs poorly on my 500Mhz g3 Powerbook with 256 MB of ram. Given that the updates help significantly, it still runs... well... it gets choppy during the fun parts. Mid to large battles will be unbearable. First few single player missions will be fine. Don't even waste your money on the game unless you have a better computer(with 32 MB mininum graphics card)

As for fun games:
If you don't mind booting into 9 :

Deus Ex (highly recommend, Ureal Graphics ,should run well on ibook, great story)
Starcraft (Mac OS X patch available)
Rainbox Six
Diablo 2 LOD (Mac OS X patch available)
Undying (runs also in mac OS X if i remember correctly. Very freaky game, recommend highly)
Alice (as stated above choppy in a few places; Runs in X)
Unreal Tournament
Age of Empires 2
Summoner
.... the list continues, but these are my favorite as far as the ones that will run on the 500Mhz ibook :D
 

chanoc

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Thank you for all the replies! :)

Downloaded Snood, addictive game, love it!

I used to have an 800MHz G3 ibook with 32MB of VRAM and it played Medal of Honor, but only in the lowest settings.

Will try some of the other suggestions! Unfortunately I have to stay mobile, so I need a laptop. Otherwise I would get a G4 tower, but do not have permanent residence (staying in a hostel).