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1st November 2004, 06:14 PM

I&#39;m probably not looking in the right place, but I&#39;m finding the amount of OS X freeware or shareware games lacking under OS X. Under Classic Mac OS, there was always a heap of fun, small (< 10MB) games, such as Tetrix Max, Glider or Pegleg.

A number of these games have been ported to OS X, such as Glider (http://homepage.mac.com/calhoun/), but I&#39;m still looking for something that&#39;s new and uses the full capabilities of OS X.

What are your favourite freeware or shareware OS X games - please link to them in this thread&#33;


1st November 2004, 06:23 PM
I love Quinn (http://www.stud.tu-ilmenau.de/~siha-in/thesoftware.html#qu), very "mac" game I reckon :)

1st November 2004, 06:25 PM
I don&#39;t know how relevent this is ( Quote "uses the full capabilities of osx" ) but i&#39;ve always thought GLTron was a cool little game

GLTron (http://gltron.org)

1st November 2004, 06:30 PM
"uses the full capabilities of OS X"

... I probably mean it looks classy, is fast and compact size, and isn&#39;t some crap Linux port with a weird UI (GLTron excepted) :)


1st November 2004, 06:37 PM
i was just browsing thru the gltron artpack page, check this out

1st November 2004, 08:36 PM
I downloaded Quinn and glTron, but am yet to try them.

I agree with the original sentiment of this thread however. I remember when I had a mac years ago (System 7.1 (or 7.0.1) then 7.5.5) there were thousands of those tiny little gem games which you could lose yourself in for no reason in particular. I don&#39;t think that culture has translated to os x.

1st November 2004, 08:40 PM
GLTron is fun. Granted I spend all my time looking at the minimap, but fun.

1st November 2004, 08:55 PM

2nd November 2004, 11:17 PM
Look for the games, Space Tripper and Chopper.
Both from the uDev Games competition both Awesome keep you entertained for hours...

3rd November 2004, 06:40 AM
I forget their names, but the people that made AirBurst and the Bush fire.

3rd November 2004, 07:20 AM
Originally posted by Bahamut@Nov 1 2004, 08:55 PM
YES&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; Frozenbubble is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO addictive :D :D :D

3rd November 2004, 08:50 AM
Ambrosia Software have a long history on the Mac platform, they can be found at www.ambrosiasw.com

Cheers :)

11th November 2004, 04:22 PM
My kids love this one.


Drives me absolutely nuts though I gotta say&#33;

11th November 2004, 06:10 PM
Oh my God - that is Dig-Dug underwater. I have been looking for an OS X port of Dig-Dug for aeons. This will do nicely&#33; Thanks Botox&#33; :D

11th November 2004, 06:23 PM
If you are a .Mac subscriber you would have received a bunch of free games from GameHouse and other companies I think.

Alchemy Deluxe
Super GameHouse Solitaire
Super Nisqually
Marble Blast
Freeverse WingNuts

Wingnuts isn&#39;t bad actually - the comments as you play the game are quite whimsical and the game play is OK for a freebie&#33;

BombSquad Mini is a free version of "mine sweeper" from positivespinmedia (http://www.positivespinmedia.com).

This (http://www.phelios.com/mac/freemacgames.html) could also be a good site for you - I have played Snap&#33; and found it quite addictive for a few days&#33;

12th November 2004, 09:46 PM
EV nova, but it&#39;s too big... damn&#33;

Emacs Tetris&#33;
You&#39;ve already got it.

Go into terminal and type emacs
Hit the escape key
Hit the x key
Type tetris
Hit return

soul assasin
12th November 2004, 10:32 PM
Pocket Tanks Deluxe is pretty cool =)

12th November 2004, 11:47 PM
Are there many hidden games in the Mac O.S.?

15th November 2004, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by ajs@Nov 11 2004, 06:10 PM
Oh my God - that is Dig-Dug underwater. I have been looking for an OS X port of Dig-Dug for aeons. This will do nicely&#33; Thanks Botox&#33; :D
oops - I made a mistake. I love Dig-Dug, but I meant to say that underwater game from ambrosia reminds me of Pengo. (still good&#33;) :)

15th November 2004, 02:45 PM
Airburst, Bushfire & Toysight are made by Strange Flavour

Bushfire is now free.

30th November 2004, 12:08 PM
One more for the list, is Chopper (http://www.majicjungle.co.nz/chopper.html) - it&#39;s a freeware arcade game in the vein of ... chopper :D


30th November 2004, 12:26 PM
I am a huge fan of the Escape Velocity series (found at http://www.ambrosiaSW.com/) and have owned EV, EV Overide and EV Nova. :) Gotta love the Polaris: nothing beats a Scarab fully outfitted. :P

22nd June 2008, 07:38 AM
Additionally, if you like first-person shooter games, you could try Sauerbraten (http://sauerbraten.org/), based on the Cube 2 engine using OpenGL for powerful performance. It's also available for PC and Linux and runs on older models such as G3s like mine- be aware though - it is quite a large file!

22nd June 2008, 08:00 AM
Holy thread resurrection, batman!

I think Gerald333 wins the award for bringing up one of the oldest threads on MTAU :eek:

Almost four years this thread has languished in the basement of MacTalk!

22nd June 2008, 08:49 AM
Good lord, I didnt even know it existed!

Having said that, I'll now say this.. for a decent and addictive shareware game... Brickshooter.
BrickShooter Home (http://www.brickshooter.com)

22nd June 2008, 08:55 AM
I didn't know this thread existed either, but I've bookmarked some of the games thanks :)

22nd June 2008, 09:05 AM
It's a little bigger than the "requested target" of 10mb, but enigmo2 (http://pangeasoft.net/enigmo2/index.html) gets it from me!

I love Quinn (http://www.stud.tu-ilmenau.de/~siha-in/thesoftware.html#qu), very "mac" game I reckon :)

Just to update this link, Quinn's here (http://simonhaertel.de/)

22nd June 2008, 09:15 AM
Marble Blast Gold: not free, but fun nevertheless!

Game : Marble Blast Gold :. GarageGames (http://www.garagegames.com/pg/product/view.php?id=15)

22nd June 2008, 01:45 PM
Do not check out Peggle if you value your free time, it's incredibly addictive.

Peggle™ Official Site - PopCap Games - Free Online Games (http://www.popcap.com/games/peggle)

22nd June 2008, 02:00 PM
Airburst, Bushfire & Toysight are made by Strange Flavour
not Indie, just small (http://www.strangeflavour.com/)

Bushfire is now free.

Does anyone have a valid link or sit/dmg file they can send me?

The above link cannot be found on t'interweb...

So much for updating my portfolio today ;-)


22nd June 2008, 02:12 PM
oops - I made a mistake. I love Dig-Dug, but I meant to say that underwater game from ambrosia reminds me of Pengo. (still good!) :)

Ahh, I remember Pengo and other classics from my Atari days. Classic!

It's also worth repeating that you should check MacUpdate Promo - Big discounts on Mac software every day. (http://www.mupromo.com/) every weekend as they usually have Mac games for around 1/2 price on weekends. I've picked up quite a few there. Favourite Mac game is currently Jewel Quest I / II.

22nd June 2008, 02:26 PM
YES!!!!!!!! Frozenbubble is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO addictive :D :D :D

Unfortunately the current version hasn't been ported to Mac OS yet! Cool game though...

22nd June 2008, 03:01 PM
I think they should bring out a new version of Apache Strike for OS X

22nd June 2008, 03:10 PM
i'd love to see a remake of Crystal Quest! damn that was an addictive game from way back

22nd June 2008, 06:27 PM
Whoops - Sauerbraten does kinda break the 10MB limit - I think it's about 300MB to download.
I also like the free game X-Moto - master the power of a motorbike in a 2D environment.

22nd June 2008, 06:34 PM
Bubble Trouble

Kill Monty