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Looking for a copy of xyphus from penguin software

Help a poor soul find this?..

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it's here: http://macintoshgarden.org/games/xyphus

also here: http://apple2online.com/index.php?p=1_78_Penguin-Software-Polarware

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Is there a way to put this on a 3.5 floppy disc to play on a mac plus? I'm really tech disabled and full of stupid questions. Thanks

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Yes, there is. Smile
There are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.

DiskCopy or DiskDup+ do write .dsk images to floppy on a Mac.
There also is RawWrite for 32bit Windows machines, I did not try writing .dsk however.
xyphus.dsk is a 1,4 MB DiskCopy 6 image, so a floppy will be 1.4MB (HD) too.
Many old Macs could not read 1.4MB floppies. The Mac II needed a hardware upgrade including new Sony floppy drives and the SWIM controller to get there.

For emulators, .dsk images can be mounted by adding them to the emulators GUI or by dropping them onto the running Mac window in case of MiniVMac.
I´ll add a zip file on the xyphus page, so you may try the game with MiniVMac.

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24bit

I don't know if you looked at it, but the second download I posted above (http://apple2online.com/) has two .dsk images in the zip file - xyphus1.dsk, xyphus2.dsk - I have no idea what the difference is (versions? extras?) but you (or somebody) may wish to take a peek

EDIT: fairly certain these are Apple II .dsk files, e.g., need to be opened using Apple II emulator - or otherwise converted

I am not an emulator ninja, but Minivmac did recognize them and SetFType failed

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Thanks for looking into that! I did not DL the Apple II files, as I´m not too familiar with the Apple II.
The DL from the Xyphus page here at MG is a DiskCopy 6 image, Type is DDim (Binary floppy image), Creator is ddsk (DiskCopy)
DiskCopy 6 mounts the image without complaints.

The two images from Apple II online are disk images meant for the Apple II computer - sharing only the .dsk extension with the Mac flavour. The Apple II sported a 8-bit MOS 6502 cpu similar to the Motorola 6800. The Apple II had a colour display.
The Apple II 5,25 flexy disks could hold the astonishing amount of 140k per side - hence the two 140k images.
Back in the days, it was quite common that games for the Apple II were compiled "new" for Macintosh.