Lost game of 11+ years ago

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by heroic, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. heroic macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2007
    Missions of Starship Reliant II was one of the finest Mac games ever made and it may be lost to history if it is not archived soon.


    Anyone remember? The design was brilliant and has some gameplay elements that have not been revisted even today!
  2. TheSilencer macrumors regular

    May 27, 2007
  3. heroic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2007
    Thanks for the link, it is good to see that it is still included in a handful of archives. I think I remember this page from 10 years ago actually, hasn't changed at all. I am worried though that most of the links on the page are dead now.

    I am hoping to get the full version of Missions of Reliant hosted somewhere more permanent since the author moved on quite some time ago and cannot be reached at any of his listed contacts. I think this is one of many underrated 680x0 games that didn't sell well enough to secure a place in recorded history.
  4. Rubes macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2007
    Author here...thanks for the kind words, glad to see people still have some interest in it.

    I'm sure it's still available online in various places, and of course I do have it archived myself. Not sure I can go back and release and unprotected version, but I can probably try to generate registration codes for people who still want one.
  5. macrossVFX macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2007

    Is there anyways I can purchase or get the registration code from you, oh great Author :) I am sure this is a dead link now, but I've been looking forward to get the FULL game for a long time.

    I kept an 8500 powermac just so that I can play with this game, rescue!, and REALMZ.

  6. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    and to think at that time 10/11 years ago I was only playing games like diablo, mechwarrior, warcraft 2, etc.

    I do have a soft heart for simple games like this though.
  7. sil3nc3 macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007
    that looks like so much fun, yet i tossed my PPC computer :(
    maybe a universal patch :eek:
  8. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    That would require a rewrite for OS X first; you can't just do a patch. However, there's at least one 68K Mac emulator that runs on Intel Macs, namely Basilisk II.

  9. macrossVFX macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2007
    I used Basilisk II on PC... worked quite well actually.... It also ran rescue! and Mission of Starship Reliant II well.

  10. lightning f57 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
    Thanks for starting this thread, I have been searching for this game for a long while now and would also like to have registration codes to run the game in full. hope to hear from the Author, Id like to buy a full copy.

    Many thanks
  11. Senor360 macrumors regular


    Nov 20, 2007
    How about..

    a PPC emulator? :confused:
  12. aidanpendragon macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2005
    Right??? You'd think, as the all-Intel transition (for installed base) grows ever-nearer, someone would get Sheepshaver up to shape, or have another PPC emu solution. But nooo....
  13. soms macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2007
    Just saw this thread and had to comment on how much the game looks like one of my favorites, Escape Velocity :d
  14. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    What are the odds that you'd both have an account at MacRumors and catch the thread? Cool.
  15. TravisReynolds macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2008
    i kinda remember that game

    You probably wouldn't be able to play it though if you are on an intel mac
  16. lightning f57 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
    Im playing the game on an intel PC I think same emulators can be used for intel macs, I hope the author gets in touch I really want to purchase the other missions and archive the game.
  17. Dizzyqat macrumors newbie

    I LOVE Missions of the Reliant!

    This is very exciting. I loved the demo, and paid to register Missions II all those years ago. Sadly, I no longer have the computer it was installed on. I went to the site recommended and downloaded it again on this Mac. Much to my surprise, it works! It is not perfect, the animation is a little jumpy, and it crashed a couple of times, but the demo version is fully playable on System 9. I think Missions II really is my favorite game of all time. Absolutely nothing else like it.

    If Dr. Rubin is out there, I would LOVE to obtain a code to unlock the full version of the game as mentioned. I will gladly and cheerfully pay for it again.....how can we get in touch to do that.......?
  18. JackAxe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.
    Is this game similar to Star Control 2 or the Starflight series?
  19. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Hello Rube,

    I love classic games. I've never played yours, but I would love to give it a try.

    It looks like you have a strong fan club out there. I can understand you don't want to revisit old code, but perhaps you could consider releasing a universal registration code? Or even release the code, and perhaps a fan might create an updated wrapper to let it be played on modern systems?

    Best wishes
  20. Dizzyqat macrumors newbie

    Where oh where has Michael Rubin gone??

    No. It's not similar to anything that I'm aware of, except maybe those old, old unauthorized strategy type games based on "Star Trek" where you command the Enterprise, patrol the quadrant looking for Klingons. The first one of those I ever played was at a sci-fi con back around 1980, on a computer that used a cassette recorder as a "hard drive"!
    In Missions, you fight a mysterious powerful alien invader, your ship gets damaged, sometimes you narrowly escape, and have to hide out until you can get various systems back on line again, or limp to a starbase for repair.
    The game really wakes up my imagination, and reminds me of when I was a kid, fantasizing about spaceships and such.
  21. JackAxe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.
    My old TI-99 had a tape cassette drive. We also had one on our C64, which we used in its early years. I'm not too old, but I'm a child from the seventies. :)

    Thanks. I'm going to have to try this out now. So more strategy, does it also have any kind of RPG elements? So can the ship be upgraded as an example?

    What I loved about SC2 and the SF games, is that they were open ended sci-fi RPGs. I had the ability to explore the galaxy looking for minerals and artifacts, upgrade my ship, and meet new life-forms. With Starflight I had to pick my crew and set their attributes. There was also an overall story to fallow with a goal to save all life in the galaxy from being wiped out by some EVIL force.
  22. Dizzyqat macrumors newbie

    Now I'm just showing my age!

    Well, Missions II is probably more "tactics" than "strategy", to be more precise.......I loved Star Control also. Yes, in Missions II (Demo and full version) there were upgrades for the ship. No real role-playing elements, I would say. I've never played Starflight, but now I'm interested in checking it out...
  23. JackAxe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.
    Cool. I download a few things, but I don't have OS 7 anymore. I still have my OS 8 discs, so I'm going to have to tinker with these emulators. Blah, I miss my G5...

    Starflight 1 and 2 were the originals, SC2 borrowed heavily from their design, but it really hit the mark and improved on the gameplay. It's still one of my favorites to this day. I had a great time with these games when I was younger and I really miss that whole experience. The closest game I found now days was Mass Effect, but it had some clear differences, which actually gave it less scope than these earlier games.

    Anyways, I've been looking for a good space game for my Touch *hint to the developer*, something like this or an epic sci-fi RPG. Most of the games I've tried have been a miss, or somewhat there, but the controls were awkward.
  24. coolate macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2009
    One of my favorites!

    I would love a copy of the full version! I used to play it all the time!! Please contact me with a code! What projects have you been working on sence then?
  25. chinarider macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008

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