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Tristan's picture
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Designing / Making a game

Hello,
The last days I've been wondering if I could make a retro game.
I would like to design a game which is playable from OS7.5 through 9.xx.
I'm looking for a software to do so. I would like 256 colors, the resolution 640x480.
Can you guys help me?

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REALBasic is easy and powerful. To get the hang of things, U could pore over someone else's sourcecode belonging to another game. Or to squeeze the full power out of real hw from that period, write in the C language using CodeWarrior.

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"retro game" is an awful wide target. what kind of game? if you want to make an adventure game, or a cd-rom multimedia/visual novel kind of thing, that is pretty easy with something like director, world builder or hypercard (supercard if you want color). if you want to do something old school arcade-y maybe look at sprite animation toolkit? FPS tools were released for marathon engine. so yeah, tons of options.

also, many books written in the 90s on game development for macintosh can also be bought for pennies these days, if you are just interested in the learning experience.

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And makes hugemungous final applications. Sad

In fact any "easy" option will make overly-large final files and probably have higher system requirements than a simple game should need. The easiest option, depending on the game style, is usually one of the "game maker" applications since all you really do is supply the graphics (although they often come with libraries of those too), the movements, etc. Some are little more than animation applications and don't require any actual programming at all.

If you want small, efficient files, then you need to use a [i]real[/i] programming language. On the Mac that means THINK Pascal, THINK C, or the harder to use CodeWarrior (usually C, although I think there is a Pascal option too) ... but that isn't anywhere near as "easy".

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I love alone in the dark. I'd like to make something similar.

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if you want to make something like "alone in the dark", i would really suggest cheating and doing it in Unity with low poly models and low res textures. you can use the Unity plug-in "Adventure Creator" to handle all the camera and interaction stuff. Unity can output to all modern platforms.

You did say you wanted to target MacOS 7.5-9 but making a game that complicated on an older platform would take a single person several years of full time work. That would be awesome though!

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Is unity available for mac os 9? Cause I've only found it for modern systems.

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no, thats why i suggested it as a "cheat". good luck.