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Glider 3.0, designed by John Calhoun for Casady & Greene Inc. ©, was and still is a very popular game for the compact Mac. I tested the game on a 266 MHz iMac, but it played too fast. The game played fine on a System 7 Macintosh LC III and Classic II. It also played on a System 6 Macintosh Plus.
The goal of the game is to direct your paper airplane using the arrow keys through each room until you reach the end. The paper airplane is fragile and has no power of its own. The player must use air currents from vents or candles to give the paper airplane enough lift to keep it moving forward. As it moves forward, it loses altitude. There are light switches and thermostats that complicate things. There are paper airplanes that fly straight at yours and paper helicopters that descend from the ceiling. The ceiling will sometimes drip deadly fluids at seemingly random intervals. Watch out for the candles. They can easily light your airplane on fire and send it burning to the ground. The final and most difficult obstacle is the cat. It sits on the sill of the window that leads to escape, and it seems to know exactly what you are going to do. If you make it out, you join a flock of gliders flying through the night sky.
Don't have a compact Mac? John Calhoun has also made the game available for OS X and OS 9. I haven't completed the new game, but there is a nice Macintosh Plus that you can turn on by hitting the power switch on the wall. Calhoun has made the Glider series games freeware.
The final 68K version of the game is version 4.0. Glider 4.0 is availabe for download on the author's website. He recommends running Glider 4.0 on a 68K machine using System 7.0 or earlier. While Glider 3.0 is strictly a black and white game, version 4.0 will play in color or in black and white. Visit John Calhoun's Website to download version 4.0 or Glider Pro for Mac OS X:
Glider 3.0 is compressed with Stuffit Expander and is a .sit file. It is 84 KB compressed. Use Stuffit Expander or a compatible decompression utility to expand it.