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:p Nope @z970mp I'm moving onto this:



A fantastic remake of Nebulus - an 80s puzzle-action platformer masterpiece that was widely ported and better known outside of the UK under alternate titles including Tower Toppler. Frustratingly and fiendishly difficult but simultaneously compellingly challenging.

I've played this on my G3/500 and to increase the performance, I changed the resolution to 640x480 in System Preferences and then ran the game in full screen mode. It suffers from occasional slow down when the tower's 3D effect is being rotated and the submersible bonus levels crawl along but this shouldn't be a problem on faster machines - particularly G4s and G5s.

You can download the PPC version from here if you'd like to check it out.








 
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Oolite: essentially a remake of the seminal 80s UK epic, Elite. Which needs no introduction, right? I'm running V1.65 on my G3/500. All releases from 1.77 onwards require Intel Macs. You can find the older versions here.





 

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This, I really like. Fast, fun and frenetic. It runs like a champ on my G3.
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I must do a mega UP on this. I think this Pacman variant is better than the original one. I absolutely adore Pac the Man X for Mac, at the point that I have searched all over the web to find a way to run it on Windows, without success. I do not own a Mac by now so I really miss this game.
 

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I must do a mega UP on this. I think this Pacman variant is better than the original one. I absolutely adore Pac the Man X for Mac, at the point that I have searched all over the web to find a way to run it on Windows, without success. I do not own a Mac by now so I really miss this game.
Have you tried the Pac PC games by Jrok? If not, have a look here. They'll need something like DOSBOX. The only downside is that rather than use a full screen playing field, the game scrolls vertically - which means you can't always see the position of the ghosts or remaining dots to be eaten.
 

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On my G3: I had initially tried to use the Level 9 Interpreter but it wouldn't load the actual games from the original releases, even though the documentation states that it can accomplish this and I couldn't find the supposed data files that it mentions online.


 

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Played on my G3/500. A nice tribute to the likes of Montezuma's Revenge from the platforming/puzzle genre.








I couldn't get the HD version to work: it probably requires a more powerful GPU. According to a post on MacGarden, the programmer is not providing the registration codes for the full version when a purchase is made and from what I've seen during a visit to the forum, they do not appear to be active. A shame because this demo is really fun.
 
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Only on a gaming thread could you ever go from DOOM to Bub & Bob 2...

...And then probably back to DOOM. :D
Does this count? :cool:

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BOOM is a Bomberman / DOOM crossover.

BOOM runs on System 7.0 or later and works well on my PowerBook 1400/166. Also, as seen here in the screenshots, it plays perfectly fine in Sheepshaver Mac OS 9.1. :)


A fantastic remake of Nebulus - an 80s puzzle-action platformer masterpiece that was widely ported and better known outside of the UK under alternate titles including Tower Toppler. Frustratingly and fiendishly difficult but simultaneously compellingly challenging.
I remember Nebulus on the Atari ST. I think I was probably playing this in the early 90s :D
 

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Does this count? :cool:

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BOOM is a Bomberman / DOOM crossover.

BOOM runs on System 7.0 or later and works well on my PowerBook 1400/166. Also, as seen here in the screenshots, it plays perfectly fine in Sheepshaver Mac OS 9.1. :)
I shall check that out when I restore the OS 9 partition on my Sawtooth and/or iBook. Classic is no substitute when it involves gaming.

I remember Nebulus on the Atari ST. I think I was probably playing this in the early 90s :D
Likewise for me on the C64 in the late 80s and during the early 2000s, on MS-DOS with the EGA version. I think that I mentioned in another thread that I have quite a few ST's: including the original 1985 model that came with a separate FDD unit. I miss the diversity of computing platforms that we had in the 80s and 90s. Everything nowadays has been consolidated into a handful of hardware choices.
 

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A second - and much more recent Mac remake of Head over Heels that might interest @Alex_K :)

Played on my G3/500, which I've used for much of this thread as a lowest common denominator tester in order to gauge the performance results on modest hardware and in turn an indication of mileage. Anything that works well on this, should be superb on more powerful PPC Macs.

This is the 31st anniversary release and it can be found here.