MacGolf 3.0, copyright 1985 Practical Computer Applications, Inc., by Robert Pappas, is a
very good golf simulation game designed to run on black and white compact Macs. Given its
1985 copyright date, the game will probably run on just about any classic compact Mac, but
we have only tested it on the SE running System 7. MacGolf is available for download at the
bottom of this page.
Lunar Phantom 1.0, by Rolf (Rex) Staflin, is an arcade style game where you attempt to fly
through 14 levels of various obstacles and enemies. Lunar Phantom was originally distributed
as shareware for a fee of $10. The game is available for download at the bottom of this page.
Macman Classic 3.0 is a Pac-Man clone by John Butler, copyright 1992 Exit Software. At
first glance, Macman appears to be identical to Pac-Man, obviously minus the color. It is a
lightweight game about 70 KB unstuffed and 36 KB stuffed. This game is available for
downloading at the bottom of this page.
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
Smash Hit Racquetball! from Primera Software is a System 6 game designed exclusively for the Macintosh. It runs great on a System 6 Macintosh Plus. It will run on System 7.1 black and white Macs. I was unable to get it to run on a System 7.5 Macintosh LC III. It also did not run a System 9.1 iMac (Rev. C).
Shufflepuck Cafe, by Broderbund Software, written by Christopher Gross, is a computer game simulation of air hockey. You play shufflepuck against aliens in a space cafe. You are free to play any alien you wish or play in a tournament. Shufflepuck Cafe is one of the truly great games released for the black and white, 68K, compact Macs.
From the useless but true file, Apple’s System 7.5 (Version 7.5.3) Jigsaw Puzzle DA can do more than you may have thought. Let’s be honest, the Jigsaw Puzzle DA is designed for people who want to waste time but haven’t got a copy of Mac Man installed.
Remember all those quarters you spent on this one? The Star Wars arcade game was a smash
hit. The force was with Atari when this one blew away the arcades back in 1983. The game
was truly a marvel of design in its day. Star Wars was part of a long line of Atari arcade
games designed with vector graphics.
When Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh in 1984, he let the computer speak for itself. I have often wondered how they did that on a computer with 128K RAM, an 8 MHz CPU, and a 400K disk drive. I think that I have found the answer.
SplitIt! is a great shareware program that allows you to split a large file into smaller files and to put them back together again. Many collectors face the problem of not being able to get files larger than a 1.4 MB disk (or 800 KB disk) into their 68K compact Macs. SplitIt! is one possible solution to this dilemma.
As a general rule, it is best to us the most recent version of Macintosh system software
recommended for your Macintosh - so you can take advantage of the most advanced features
and enhancements. However, not all versions of system software will work on all classic
Macintosh computers. The following chart shows which version of pre-System 7 software is
compatible with different classic Macs.