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


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

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by MacWise - 2009, May 7 - 3:54pm

I thought the news about 3D Realms shutting down was just a rumor--I visited their site just a few days ago--but now I can't connect to What a shame! Despite the endless soap opera behind Duke Nukem Forever, I always liked their titles and looked forward for more--Duke Nukem or not. Now it seems it will be simply not. Sad

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by MacWise - 2009, May 7 - 3:12pm

Hey SwedeBear, you updated the Darkseed page with the message, "Game archive now includes Patch 1.1 with instructions. The patch is said to cure the 'Error 25´-syndrome". When I downloaded it, I got the same old package with 5 disk images that install version 1.0. What's up with that?

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 7 - 9:37am

Thats smallish, perfect size really.. Smile Yeah I got allot of games waiting to be uploaded as well. Im also looking forward to other peoples contributions.

Thanks in advance.

by SwedeBear - 2009, May 7 - 9:13am

mmmmh; 382.2MB to be precise. Sad Well, got a heap of CD-ROM games, mostly adventure, waiting to be upped here. Closest to todays limit is 'Around the World in 80 Days' which runs up to 62 MB.
Patience, and crossed fingers, is the word(s). Wink

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 7 - 8:53am

Hey mate that's rad! Before you upload, make sure its under the 60mb limit. If its well over (which im sure), just wait for the server admin to work stuff out with the upload limit.


by SwedeBear - 2009, May 7 - 8:44am

Yep, both the PC/DOS and Mac. I´m just about to make a NDIF-copy under Tiger to see what result I get. If no good I´ll run a Disk Copy under SS to get a proper resultate. In short I´ve no idea how big this is going to be at th' mo'.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 7 - 1:56am

Anyone have Return to Zork? I know this is a really hard find, and most likely very rare. This was the Zork game I used to play as a kid.

Good luck.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 6 - 8:06am

I see some of these games have been uploaded to the server, they're all freeware and can be all found on this page:

Check em out, some of them are actually quite interesting. I suggest office building gun play and gardyloo golf as my personal faves. Smile


by kataetheweirdo - 2009, May 5 - 1:25am

To Maedi: Thank you. I appreciate it. I have a copy of Gerbils!, but I don't know where to put it.

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by MacWise - 2009, May 4 - 11:03pm

@ j_damage•69: there is something wrong with Quake. Please read my post at that page. Thanks in advance.

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by MacWise - 2009, May 4 - 10:04pm

@ Max Bruschi: Maedi doesn't want splitted files. He's working on increasing the upload limit. We'll just have to wait.

by Max Bruschi (not verified) - 2009, May 4 - 10:50am

Hi everybody, thanks a lot for reviving old software ....
I have flight unlimited but is 119 Mb , any chance to send without split in two parts?
Thanks Max

by matheweis - 2009, May 3 - 11:18pm

System 6 Heaven

They have a pretty good archive of games from the System 6 era

by Maedi - 2009, May 2 - 5:30am


Great stuff. I'll work on upping the limit, and then you can upload a few.

by SwBear (not verified) - 2009, May 1 - 2:25pm

> "Hi all, how to handle updates/patches? Should I put a link in a comment on the game´s page or should I put up a completely new page just for the update/patch?"

I would think it could be merged into the current downloadable file and just re-uploaded to the current entry. Don't want to have a large amount of game entries for the same game just to offer patches.

Better no links, as links are going to be dead later...

Edit: Sorry SwBear, I planned to answer to this your post, but unfortunately I edited it some way.

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by IIGS_User - 2009, May 1 - 5:44am

> VW wrote: "So glad you're back! I'm currently fixing up a 540c for my brother's kids... anyone figure out
how to get Crystal Crazy working yet? I have the files but not the disk images... it needs Disk1!"

The problem occurs if you move the game over to another hard disk location. Then it will ask again. Our version of Crystal Crazy includes a verified game installation which will not ask for Disk 1. Run it from the image only to prevent that askin'.

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by MacWise - 2009, May 1 - 4:58am

I moved two more games from the repository into the new server, Deliverance and Darkseed, and uploaded another one that was long overdue on Mac Garden, Descent (with manual).

@ VW: Thexder was available on the old site and is already available in here (link). It's a shame there's no color version--for the Mac, that is.

Currently on my wanted list: Hoyle Board Games 3. Upload!

by Josh M Dye (not verified) - 2009, May 1 - 4:02am

I liked the old site because the theme was so original. This site looks like every other site

by VW (not verified) - 2009, May 1 - 1:11am

OMG!!! HOTUD-Mac is finally back! The world had turned into a shitty place with you gone!

I DLed almost all of the files on the old Mac-HOTUD when I started realizing it was breaking and in trouble... had to go to the rincewind FTP (or something) eventually and just DL most of the weird filenames without knowing what they were!)

I'm pretty busy these days but the old Mac stuff is just SO NICE to unwind with!
Going to upload THEXDER soon (wasn't available on the old HOTUD)

So glad you're back! I'm currently fixing up a 540c for my brother's kids... anyone figure out
how to get Crystal Crazy working yet? I have the files but not the disk images... it needs Disk1!

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 1 - 12:15am

It would be neat if people could browse through the entire site list and rate the games without having to click them one by one... Smile

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, May 1 - 12:06am

O rly, well at least I know its a sound bug now, not my computer playing up. When the game first came out I always wanted to figure out what triggered it. Shame the music is pretty cool for this game.

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by MacWise - 2009, April 30 - 6:02pm

@ j_damage•69: That's a sound problem. I don't remember which setting I had to turn off--the background music, I believe--to make it go away. A better solution is to avoid big falls altogether Wink

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, April 30 - 2:53am

Be careful when falling off any high ledges in the hexen games, it can cause the computer to crash! :/

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by MacWise - 2009, April 30 - 5:54pm

@ j_damage•69: thanks for the comments. Seems that day will come sooner than expected.

@ Maedi: So we are going to have a forum AND we will be able to upload CD images? :'-) There should be more webmasters like you. Seriously.

@ phreakindee: I forgot to mention that I already tried to apply the patch, but it doesn't goes through. The message window says, "An error prevented the update from completing. Resource has been modified. (dont 1000)." I thought that meant the game came already patched. Does it runs on your machine?

UPDATE: I decompressed the file with StuffIt Expander 5.5 (which I donwloaded from this site) and everything's fine. The first time around I decompressed it with version 7.0.3, so it was an incompatibility problem.

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by phreakindee - 2009, April 29 - 2:48pm


Regarding Duke Nukem 3D Atomic: You must install the 1.2 [k] patch, which is included, in order to play the game once unpacked, otherwise it will ask for the CD.

by Maedi - 2009, April 29 - 1:12pm

Okay, I see we won't be able to escape the need for a forum. I might cook one up, but first on the list will be the 60MB upload limit. Give me a few days on this, and then you will be able to upload larger files.


Welcome, I wouldn't want you to have to split up a file. Looking forward to your future contributions.


by j_damage (not verified) - 2009, April 29 - 6:42am

MacWise, welcome! Thanks for the hexen: death kings expansion... I have been going through my cds and whatever else Ive collected over the years, uploaded a fair bit already. Yeah shame about the 60mb limit eh? There is soo much great stuff out there.

One day, everything will be different... Wink

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by MacWise - 2009, April 29 - 6:31am

@ j_damage•69: that would be a yes!

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by MacWise - 2009, April 29 - 9:36am

Let me introduce myself. The name's MacWise and I'm glad this site is back from the dead. Hope it stays that way.

I moved the Hexen expansion pack Deathkings of the Dark Citadel from the old repository to this server. Enjoy.

I downloaded Duke Nukem 3D, but when I double-clicked on it, I got a message asking for the CD. The file in question is not a CD image, so I'm not sure what to do. Any ideas?

I also want to know if there is a way to work around the 60 MB upload limit, such as splitting a large file into chunks? Most of my stuff won't fit into a 60 MB file.

And finally, yeah, this place needs a forum.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, April 29 - 5:58am

Would you like me to upload the CD version of Quake?


by Director (not verified) - 2009, April 28 - 2:58pm

If anyone has a classic version of Final Draft or another screenwriting app for Mac OS 7.x, please please upload! There are absolutely no screenwriting applications for classic Macs anywhere - not even for sale.

by Mac Football (not verified) - 2009, April 28 - 2:17am

So very glad to see this site back up and running. It is an essential link for any Mac User. I was wondering if someone with be kind enough to upload the classic NFL Challenge for Mac? Many thanks to everyone for sharing their old software.

by Maedi - 2009, April 26 - 9:13am


Thanks so much! You can actually do this already, just hold down Command to select multiple categories.


by matheweis - 2009, April 26 - 9:02am

First, this site is awesome!

Would it be possible to let games be have multiple categories (Glider Pro, for example, is filed under "flight sim"; maybe accurate, maybe not, but it would be nice to find it under both flight and arcade, which is more accurate)

by James from RetroMacCast (not verified) - 2009, April 24 - 12:14pm

Thanks so much for providing such a valuable resource for the many retro Mac fans out there! Congrats on the triumphant return!

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by Attila - 2009, April 22 - 5:18pm

I like the new format. Doesn't look like Mac OS 7, but it should be better for maintenance in the long run. And now that I can upload bigger files, I'll have to see what I've got on my hard drive...

Edit: Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

by watchsmart - 2009, April 20 - 3:04am

@brian: Use an emulator! Check the "guides" section for more info.

by brian (not verified) - 2009, April 20 - 2:02am

best way to run some of these programs on mac os x?

some only show compatibility with os 9, etc...


by Maedi - 2009, April 16 - 1:45pm

Billy, click the 'add game' at the top right of the website.
@ metalfire93, sorry, I couldn't find a copy of 'Smile - The Splattering' or C&C.

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by metalfire93 - 2009, April 15 - 11:06pm

Nice site, glad to see it back for my old mac. Does anybody have a copy of a game called Smile - The Splattering, where you shoot a smiley face with guns, a laser, microwave etc, and Command & Conquer for Macs?

by Billy (not verified) - 2009, April 15 - 10:19pm

If i obtain copies of games such as The Manhole and Myst and stuff. How would i upload them onto this site?

by Maedi - 2009, April 15 - 2:52am

@ Billy - You're in luck, we've got Cosmic Osmo but unfortunately we're missing Worlds Beyond the Mackerel, does anyone have a copy?

@ CaryMG - Thank you so much! We definitely don't want to repeat history. Feel free to give me the low down on past mistakes, and initiatives we can take for the future.

by Billy (not verified) - 2009, April 14 - 11:58pm

Someone PLEASEEEE upload Cosmic Osmo and the Worlds Beyond the Mackerel

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by CaryMG - 2009, April 14 - 7:33pm

What you have looks great so far !

Just one suggestion ....
What killed Macintosh Garden was the disinterest & elitism by the mods.
Please don't do that. lol