Archive for the ‘MacOS Games’ Category

Everyone can play Neverball

Monday, February 12th, 2007


Neverball is a fun game with an odd name. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Neverball can be enjoyed by Mac, Windows, and Linux users alike. This is a game truly trying to build bridges within the gaming community.

At its most basic, Neverball is a game where you roll a ball around obstacles by tilting the floor around it. The game is controlled by either your keyboard or mouse. More than that, though, it's a game of stunning and unusual graphics, as the game seems to take place in some three dimensional alternate universe. The colors are bright, full of reflection and movement. As you try to move your ball around obstacles, you'll encounter coins that you need to collect in order to progress to the next level. There are 75 levels total, so you might be playing this game for the next few years. If you do a web search, you'll find a few sites which keep track of high scores and maintain "The Neverball Hall of Fame".

The Neverball download includes another program called Neverputt, where you use the same principles from Neverball to play miniature golf.

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Play old DOS games with DOSBox

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006


So you like DOS, do you? You really miss all the crackpot memory issues with UMB’s and expanded memory and extended memory and TSR programs? Well, here you go: DOSBox is a DOS/x86 emulator which has been ported to all sorts of systems: Windows, BeOS, Linux, Mac. It also runs 286 or 386 emulation, both in real and protected modes. It includes support for all manner of sound and video cards, such as Tandy and Hercules. Truly the past revisited! It’s true that when we upgrade from one system to the next we likely lose things that worked well and that we’d really like to keep; DOSBox is a solution to those losses, although it was primarily developed so that old games could be executed under more advanced operating systems.

DOSBox was written by four Scandinavian programmers. There is a lively user community hosted on Very Old Games on New Systems and the on-line support is extensive and complete. It’s totally free and is Open Source software.

Really, you’ll either be tickled or turned off by the whole idea of DOSBox. But in defense of those who do like it – there’s no shame in working with what works!


(Almost) Free dance pad for StepMania

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Kraft Dance Pad

I've written about StepMania, the very fun, free Dance Dance Revolution clone, here before. Dance games are fun and are great exercise. Kids love them, and I know adults who have cancelled their gym memberships to play 20 minutes of StepMania each day instead.

To play StepMania the way it was meant to be played, you need a dance pad. It turns out that Kraft is giving away dance pads for free: you just pay $6 for shipping. The pad is intended to be used with the four free games that you can download from Kraft's Active Gaming web site — there's a dance game, a soccer game, a "whack-a-mole"-type game, and a martial arts game. All four of the games are pretty good (for Windows only.)

But the cool part is that the $6 dance pad works perfectly with StepMania — and not just on Windows, but on MacOS X, too. (I haven't tried it with StepMania for Linux, but have no reason do doubt that the pad will work fine with that version too.) The pad has a standard USB connector — just plug it in and it works. All I had to do was configure the pad one time in StepMania's options page.

I received my dance pad about a week after I ordered it. (And although Kraft says there's only one pad per household, I've just ordered a second one, because StepMania has a two-player mode.)


Saturday, March 11th, 2006


Think it's a no-brainer to work in the fast-food industry? How about running the fast food industry? In this highly addictive, easy to learn, but very challenging program, you become the person responsible for all aspects of the McDonald's corporation.

From hiring employees, making sure that customer service is efficent and smooth, making sure land production for cows is available, and marketing the product, deciding whether or not to use genetically modified products, to how you process the beef, this entertaining game allows you to see beyond the fast food counter. It's clear even before you download the game that the makers are not fans of McD's. Despite (or perhaps because of) their bias, it's an interesting game.

This game is available for PC and Mac download, as well as being playable online.

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‘Blowing Them Up’ with Scorched 3D

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Scorched3d_war_gameEven if Playstation and Xbox are the rage, there are still some old-style games that can keep the game adventurer in you more than interested. Scorched3D, a turn-based strategy game based on the DOS game Scorched Earth, is a perfect example.

The objective is the same: blow up the other players who are equally armed. However, this modern day battle takes place in a 3D environment and probably as a sign of the times, a trove of weapons are available at your disposal (after you earn them). While you still can't actually move your tank (a holdover from the game’s DOS origin), Scorched 3D allows some room for strategy. After each successful round, you can purchase new missiles and weaponry with money earned from your battles. To give you a semblance of real battle, you will have to deal with a variety of changing environmental conditions and terrains. Best of all, you have an option of playing the game over a local area network or on the Internet with up to twenty-four other players.

This classic “blast-‘em-up” game is available for both Microsoft Windows and Unix (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Solaris etc.) operating systems, giving you no excuse for not downloading it.

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Classic Arcade Games on your PC

Saturday, September 24th, 2005


Starting today, Friday is Avoiding Work Day at Free Download A Day. We launch Avoiding Work Day with MAME — the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.

Do you remember the first time you played a video game in an arcade? Joust, Time Pilot, Street Fighter … The graphics might have been a bit chunky, but you had a blast. MAME beings back the video games of yesteryear with a free, open source program. The application emulates several different arcade platforms — thousands of games — with just one program. The player is free, but it is important to note that the game ROM files generally aren't. You can get some ROMs for free from MAME's ROM page and Legal Arcade Games. In addition, you can purchase many game ROMs from StarROMs. So if you long for the days of Pac Man and Frogger, look no further than MAME for a dose of nostalgia.


New Angle on a Classic Brick Busting Game

Friday, August 19th, 2005


Do you remember playing Breakout on your Atari or Arkanoid in the arcade? LBreakout 2 is an open-source version of those classics, revved up with a huge array of levels and features. The game seems simple: bounce a ball off of your paddle to break rows of colorful bricks. There are fifty levels to choose from, and the option to create your own levels, too. Every level is full of surprises: watch out for growing bricks and explosive balls, among others. Best of all, you can download level sets and themes designed by other fans of the game, so it never gets old. Windows, Mac and Linux users can enjoy this addictive game: so pull up a chair and prepare to get hooked.

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Step Mania, a free Dance Dance Revolution clone

Thursday, June 30th, 2005


Step games are all the rage, and Step Mania is jumping on the bandwagon — er, dance pad — with both feet. The application supports games similar to Dance Dance Revolution, Pump It Up, EZ 2 Dancer, and Para Para Paradise. You will need a dance pad, and the site offers step-by-step instructions on connecting a variety of different pads to your computer. The application features cool 3D graphics and visualizations, and is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. You can download additional songs, announcers, and graphics to keep the game fresh. Want to start dancing? Step to it!

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An addictive, action-packed space game

Monday, June 20th, 2005


In the mood for an addictive, action-packed space game? How about this: you’re piloting your spaceship through the "Maelstrom" asteroid belt, the "deadliest stretch of space known to mankind." You find yourself surrounded by massive asteroids and pursued by deadly Shinobi fighter patrols. If that's not bad enough, your best friend — as well trained as you are, with the exact same ship as yours and who knows everything about you, including your defense tactics — is piloting a sister ship and decides to fire at your cockpit. Intrigued? The realistic graphics and game intensity will transport you to space.

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A Fun and Fishy 3D Racing Game

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005


Everyone — even hardcore Linux fans — needs a break sometimes. Enter Tux Racer: imagine yourself as a sleek Linux penguin sliding down a steep snow-covered mountain. The objective is to collect as many herrings as possible. This is more fun that it sounds, given different weather options, such as fog at night and high winds. You'll be impressed by Tux Racer's unique 3D courses and realistic physics. Tux Racer is easy to grasp but challenging, making it suitable for all ages — which is good, because what kid wouldn't want to try out being a penguin for a while?

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