How to play classic Mac games

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How to play Mac games

Macintosh emulation is quite hard to achieve, you'll have to try and fail a lot, and do a lot of research.

About 1000 Mac games are available on MyAbandonware, from 1980 to 2005. You will need one of these softwares to play them:

  • SheepShaver: games from mid 90s to 2005 (MacOS 8.1 to 9.0.4), follow the download links to the precompiled binaries, made available on E-Maculation forums ;
  • Basilisk II: games from 1991 to 1996 (MacOS 7 to 8.1), follow the download links to the precompiled binaries, made available on E-Maculation forums ;
  • Mini vMac: games from the 80s, although some games were still made for the emulated Mac in th early 90s.

Many old games will work fine in a SheepShaver or Basilisk II, you should only install and configure one emulator first and to run the game in it.

Complete guides for Mac emulation

Making Mac games work is quite complicated compared to DOS games. You'll have to find a Mac computer ROM to emulate a Mac computer. These ROM files are quite annoying to get, you can extract one from a working Mac, or get one for vMac here (archived), or several one with this guide at Redundant Robot. You should then follow these guides:

Mac emulation is more complicated than DOS emulation, but the E-Maculation community is very helful, with tons of guides and tutorials in english. You should also read this page from Macintosh Garden.

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