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About the Macintosh Garden

The Macintosh Garden is an abandonware games archive, dedicated in particular to supporting the Macintosh computer platform. A notable feature of Macintosh Garden is its emphasis on game emulation, encouraging users to run historical and in some cases genre-defining games on modern systems.

Games featured on the Macintosh Garden have been discontinued by their publishers and are no longer commercially available. The Macintosh Garden aims to preserve these games for future generations, providing documentation and downloads of the original game files. With respect to copyright, non-qualifying games are removed upon request and a link to the game's purchase page is provided.

The website is primarily a wiki, allowing contributors to upload game files and screenshots as well as edit descriptions and other details. Software is categorized by genre, year, author and publisher.

Originally founded in 2001, by 2007 the archive held over 900 games and 6960 user comments. Throughout this time the site was hosted by Home of the Underdogs until late 2008 when the host went bankrupt. The Macintosh Garden has since been relaunched and plans are underway to preserve the archive itself with the University of Portsmouth's KEEP Project.


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Macintosh games have been popular from the early, clunky days until the current high-spec graphics and gameplay we know now and love. Many Mac players enjoy luck-based money games such as roulette (as shown here). For the more discerning Internet Mac player though, skill/strategy games such as poker have become easier with the increase in poker sites offering Mac compatible software.



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by Maedi - 2009, June 25 - 3:14am

@moltm4785, sorry not sure anyone has any other copies?
http://macintoshgarden.org/games/taskmaker

by moltm4785 (not verified) - 2009, June 23 - 1:29am

To the admins of Macintosh Garden is there anyway you can get a good copy of both TaskMaker and Tomb of the Taskmaker up and available for download? I don't believe the current version is good.

by moltm4785 (not verified) - 2009, June 22 - 1:21am

is there a way to uncorrupt it?

by Maedi - 2009, June 21 - 6:00pm

@IIsi 50MHz, not sure why anyone hasn't responded. Please post a forum topic if you wish.

by kataetheweirdo - 2009, June 21 - 6:03pm

@moltm4785:
It appears the .img in the .sit file has gotten corrupt somehow. There's also Shrinkwrap and Disk Copy, but I've yet to test either of those out.

by moltm4785 (not verified) - 2009, June 21 - 5:02pm

Thank you for the link, I have gone there before and i was able to get 7.5.3 up and running but after that I can't get the game Tomb of the Taskmaker, to run on it at all. I'm not sure what I am missing.

by kataetheweirdo - 2009, June 21 - 4:30pm

@moltm4785:
You're going to need Stuff-it Expander for the Macintosh (version 5.5 seems to be the best for more recent versions of the Macintosh like 7.5.3 and higher). File transferring is best done through HFVExplorer. Your best bet to retain the resource forks is to put the .sit file directly into the disk image you want to put it in and extract the file within an emulator.

I think this website could explain it much better than I could.

by moltm4785 (not verified) - 2009, June 21 - 2:43pm

Hello all, if anyone here would be so kind as to help me I would greatly appreciate it. I am trying to get the game Tomb of the TaskMaker to run. I don't care if its on a windows PC or a Mac I own both but I've been trying for months to get it working and nothing I do seems to work. I'm 23 and so this game came out when I was just getting into video games I enjoyed it so much my mom refused to buy the full version as I would never leave the computer. I am looking for full instructions down to the exact program to unpack these items. I will list below a few of the biggest problems I have had but if you could give me full instructions from installing a fresh emulator to acctually playing the game this would be immensely helpful as there is nothing online that I have been able to find that shows after getting an emulator to run (I can do this fine) how to get a game to run on the emulator. If there already is such a tutorial could you point me to it?

* Can't seem to find a proper version of any type of unpacker that will run on any version of mac os from version 7.x to 9.x.

* When I unpack a game and bring it over through the share folder of the emulator all the files are categorized as documents.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, June 19 - 10:57am

Hey guys, I see the server size/upload limit has been increased, this is good news! Now I'm very tempted to add some bigger games to this server. We will see how my connection holds up. I'll start with damage incorporated CD.

Cheers.

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by Agent5 - 2009, June 17 - 10:11am

The increased file limit is absolutely amazing! The new Mac Garden hasn't been around a year and already features that had long remained on wish lists are being seen to. Ah, to have an admin and centralized control. This is all several shades of excellent.

As a quick aside, if anyone here were to contribute a few of these games to MobyGames it would be very much appreciated. The database is lacking in the more classic Mac department...

by Games-n-Apps - 2009, June 16 - 10:34pm

As I have added a few files as zipped archives, they've always undergone a kind of gamma testing, they usually are proven on someone else's Classic (and OSX) systems.
And the zipped files created with a Classic running computer are web-proven, done with DropZip Shareware, StuffIt Lite 6.5.1.
If something I loaded doesn't do - we'll check it.

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by Attila - 2009, June 15 - 5:27pm

I have that problem with Firefox and IE as well. I get around it by using Firefox and going to "views" and "page style" and selecting "no style."

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by bertyboy - 2009, June 14 - 10:23am

Welcome back MG !

Well trying to do my bit, but the game info edit page has issues in latest Firefox v2 (it also crashes Safari v1.3 and OmniWeb).
The Screenshot and Game Manual upload (Browse / Attach) areas have no width, so I can't browse to add screenshots, etc. If I manage to scroll to the right to find the 'Browse..." button I still don't get a file selection dialog box.

Otherwise, excellent to see MG back up and running.

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by grawlix.computing - 2009, June 14 - 1:45am

Maedi wrote:
No need to get a physical copy, though I can burn you one if you wish, and it be helpful if you could pay for postage.

Thanks, I just now spotted your response. I'll work from the online pile.

by IIsi 50MHz (not verified) - 2009, June 14 - 12:03am

Many games and other programmes can frequently be found in thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and St. Vincent de Paul's. Often, many of these are children's educational titles, and sell for about $4 USD (less during "50% Off Everything" sales and such). Many include manuals and cover art.

I don't really know how much demand there is for most of the titles I come across. I don't really know where to put this message, either. Feel free to yell at me if there's a proper place somewhere.

I can currently get:
Arthur's Wilderness Rescue
Backyard Soccer MLS Edition
Clue Finders Third Grade Adventures
Disney's Adventures In Typing With Timon & Puma
Deluxe! Reader Rabbit 1
Freddi Fish 5: The Case of The Creature of Coral Cove [sic]
Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries
Freddi Fish's One-Stop Fun Shop
Land Before Time Kindergarten Adventure
Pajama Sam's Lost & Found
Pixar-Disney Activity Center: Toy Story
Put Put Enters the Race
Put Put Saves the Zoo
Tonka Search & Rescue
Ultimate Spin Doctor (game)
Where In the USA Is Carmen Sandiego (this is here, but not sure if the CD might have any files you're missing)
Wings: Korea To Vietnam (education and reference, which claims to have "flight simulators" (plural) inside)

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by IIGS_User - 2009, June 8 - 7:17pm

Please, move them to offline storage, so peoples do no longer upload the same titles three times, even inadvertently.

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by Balrog - 2009, June 7 - 1:19pm

@Maedi:

I was planning to move some of the games from there [those that are already uploaded to the "new" Macintosh Garden] to offline storage to make room for more. I can't think of any other way to make sufficient free space on the server for growth. Please email me if this is a real problem, or if you have a good alternative...

by Maedi - 2009, June 7 - 1:15am

@grawlix

All the games can now be found here:
http://www.macintoshgarden.org/sites/macintoshgarden.org/uploads/download/

No need to get a physical copy, though I can burn you one if you wish, and it be helpful if you could pay for postage.

All the best,

by watchsmart - 2009, June 4 - 6:11am

I might have a working computer within the week!

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by grawlix.computing - 2009, June 1 - 6:11am

I'm a reinvigorated Mac enthusiast from my undegrad days. (I still have the SE/30 I bought in my junior year, and have been working to restore it. The tantalum caps are on the way.) I would be happy to help in any way that I can, though I lament that I no longer have the 200+ disks collected in that era.

Is to upload around 900 games to this new website. Your help is appreciated, myself and a few others have discs with the old games on them (Or you may have games backed up on your computer already). If you can spare the time and brain power, please ask us for a copy and have a go at uploading a few games.

I guess, I'm asking at this point. What's the next step?

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by MacWise - 2009, May 28 - 8:40pm

@ Balrog:

Yeah you can do that on your OS X box as it is. Shame we didn't had this discussion over the forum. It would have made an excellent threat for future reference.

Well j_damage•69, now you have no excuse to upload all those sweet CD version games! Smile

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by Balrog - 2009, May 28 - 3:31pm

@MacWise:

As long as I can rejoin with Stuffit Expander for OS X, it should be fine. And there is a PC equivalent to MacHacha that's compatible, called 'hacha 3.5' (but you'd have to google that).

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by MacWise - 2009, May 27 - 5:56pm

@Balrog:

I don't have access to an OS X box, but I do have a Windows XP laptop and I'm sure there's a PC equivalent for MacHacha. The reason StuffIt Deluxe is the right tool for the job is because Classic is the common OS among us, and using a Classic application means we're all on the same page.

The two versions of StuffIt Deluxe available over, 4.0 and 5.1.5, work quite well on an emulated environment. However, you only need StuffIt Deluxe to split the file. You can rejoin the segments with the regular version of StuffIt Expander.

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by Balrog - 2009, May 27 - 5:10pm

@IIGS_User:
Yes. The final .sit is the file being divided and later merged.

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by IIGS_User - 2009, May 27 - 3:18pm

For Mac OS 9 (and earlier) games it is recommended to use a Stuffit version inside the emulation to create download packages.
Otherwise, some useless Mac OS X files will be merged into the download file.

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by Balrog - 2009, May 26 - 5:10pm

@MacWise:
I disagree about using Stuffit Deluxe for this. It doesn't work on newer machines (unless I buy the current version) and I don't think it verifies integrity. Also, Stuffit Deluxe (in current versions) is quite terrible.
Do you have access to a computer with Mac OS X? (MacHacha format preserves resource forks and similar data and does extensive integrity checking). I have a fast connection so I should be able to do the rejoining and uploading.

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by MacWise - 2009, May 26 - 4:48am

@Balrog:
That should work. j_damage•69 can upload the segments to a free file hosting site and post the links here or at the forum so you or me or somebody else can do the rest of the job. The only thing I would change about that is using StuffIt Deluxe instead to segment, and rejoin, the files.

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by Balrog - 2009, May 25 - 6:13pm

@MacWise:
You could use a utility like MacHacha to split the archive into segments of a manageable size. Later, we can download all the segments, re-assemble them, and upload them.
Be careful though because the free space on the server is getting low.

by Maedi - 2009, May 20 - 12:56pm

@Marathoner325

You can now add forum topics, look for the link in the forum.

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by Marathoner325 - 2009, May 20 - 2:49am

I see a forum is finally up, but why is it that we aren't able to post new topics?

by kataetheweirdo - 2009, May 19 - 3:06am

to j_damage•69:
I believe it(Raptor) was a top-down shoot-em-up. There's a bit of a postmortem online:
http://www.insidemacgames.com/news/story.php?ArticleID=6767

I think I might have it somewhere, but it's an older version I believe.

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by Dimitris1980 - 2009, May 18 - 11:26am

Can someone give me some information about roland mt32? I have a power mac 7500/100. Can i use a roland on this machine? There are games like the games of sierra that support roland.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 18 - 10:57am

You mean the top-down jet fighter arcade game? I thought that was only for Windows/DOS. Unless theres a Mac version I dont know about. Smile

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by MacWise - 2009, May 18 - 3:54am

Netscape Navigator 3.0 (Standard Edition) is available for anyone interested.

@ Maedi: so you finally got the forum up an running. Nice going! However it says I'm not allowed to post new topics. Care to explain to the people?

by kataetheweirdo - 2009, May 17 - 5:06pm

to IIGS User: Sure thing.

Also, does anyone here have Raptor - Air Superiority Fighter? I checked everywhere I could and I can't find a working download.

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by IIGS_User - 2009, May 17 - 3:51am

Uploading an older version of Acrobat Reader would be a good idea, since the official Adobe site offers such an application for Mac OS X only. This site: http://main.system7today.com/software/acrobat4/acrobat4.html tells, Acrobat Reader 4 is PowerPC only, so either we could add Acrobat Reader 4.x for PowerPC plus Acrobat Reader 3.x for 68k Macintoshes, divided to separate entries. Or even version 3.x alone, which should run on PowerPC, too.

I still have to look on old CD ROMs whether these versions are handy on my CD ROM stuff, but if another person has these versions, please upload.

UPDATE:
Thanks for uploading Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.02 so fast... Smile

by Anonymous (not verified) - 2009, May 16 - 4:06pm

Would there happen to be a pdf viewer for Mac OS 7?

by Maedi - 2009, May 12 - 1:59am

@sshrugg

You can now add 'World Builder' or 'Hypercard' to the 'Engine' text field when editing a game. Hope that helps.

by sshrugg - 2009, May 11 - 2:03pm

I agree that a forum might be in order.

Also, has anybody in charge considered adding World Builder or Hypercard categories? I know that it can be extremely hard to find world builder games online, and I found quite a few here, including:

Drakmyth Castle
Enchanted Scepters
Joshua's Worlds
Lost Crystal
Schmoozer
Space Adventure
Star Trek Game
Swamp Witch

I think I have some more around here somewhere that I can donate...

by Maedi - 2009, May 10 - 11:20am

Hey watchsmart, no worries. I'm beginning to think that we'll need a forum! I'm looking into the options now...

by watchsmart - 2009, May 10 - 10:53am

No updates from me for a few weeks. My home computer has asploded. Gotta send it to the shop. Sad

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by Agent5 - 2009, May 9 - 9:36pm

MacWise has officially made my day. I'm off on a nostalgia trip.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 9 - 3:29am

Anyone here have the old/rare FPS game ice and fire? I have a demo on an old window 95 CD. There is also a mac version.

Heres a review link: http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/iceandfire/index.html

Ta.

by SwedeBear - 2009, May 8 - 8:53pm

@Maedi: I changed the IMG to a Stuffed one (.sit) but first the file was named 'Entomorph_PlagueoftheDark.img' when I uploaded it. When downloading it later, to check if it mounted properly, the name on the file had changed to 'Entomorph_PlagueoftheDark.img_0' and couldn´t be mounted. Since I hadn´t followed the advice to '.sit' anything '.img' I did and reuploaded. This time the downloaded file unstuffed and mounted ok.

by Maedi - 2009, May 8 - 2:58pm

@SwedeBear

The system will automatically add _'s to file extensions for security reasons, It's so people can't upload an app and execute it on the server I believe. Though we might be able to find a solution. Can you point me to the game in question? I'm not sure about the 0...

by SwedeBear - 2009, May 8 - 1:05pm

@maedi: Hi, been struggling to get a good copy up but when dl the file (img) gets a underscore and a zero added. I had adjusted the img-name before upload from containing a space to a underscore a-la-ftp, so it made me wonder if the server acts up on some signs in the filenames?

@MacWise: then I can un-cross my fingers!

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by MacWise - 2009, May 8 - 12:45pm

@SwedeBear: Great! It works! Thanks for everything.

by SwedeBear - 2009, May 8 - 9:16am

@MacWise: heh, didn´t realize there was a floppy version. I only got the CD-ROM version so that´s up now. With the patch. I hope…

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by MacWise - 2009, May 8 - 5:20am

@SwedeBear: Thanks for taking care of the issue so rapidly. However the patched application asks for the CD. Do you have it, the CD? Can you turn it into an image and upload it?

by SwedeBear - 2009, May 7 - 8:46pm

@MacWise: ehrm, I think I must have made a preview and rolled back one step to many not saving all changes, I think.
Anyhow; now the right package is up, unstuffs successfully w Stuffit Expander 5.5. Smile