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Royal Flush

Does anyone have an emulation setup successfully emulating Royal Flush? If so, please post details: Emulator version, settings, host hardware, host OS, guest OS!

Game is freeware, uploaded most recent version here:

http://macintoshgarden.org/games/royal-flush

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It loads and plays on my Basilisk II set up - Windows XP Core 2 CPU, Win32 port of Basilisk II by Lauri Persenon (none JIT version) Mac Emulation running Mac OS 7.1.1 and display to 256 colours for play. However, the game play is far too slow to be usable. On SheepShaver (same CPU and host) it just crashes trying to choose "play".

FWIW - if you have a Windows PC, I recommend using Visual Pinball-PinMAME for running emulated pinball games. If you haven't tried Visual Pinball before you only need to install the "Visual Install Pack" from the Downloads page, then add any of the pinball tables from the links "1940 - 2003" or any of the other links under "Table Recreations".

Royal Flush can be found by following the "1940 - 1959" link there. Here's a screenshot of the Royal Flush (1957) VP Table. There is also a remake of Royal Flush (1976) here, this one is the same game as which the Mac game was modeled on.

I also recommend the "Air Aces" (1974 Bally) pinball table from the "1970 -1979" link there, it has a similar "simple" look and feel to Royal Flush but is IMO a more enjoyable game. Anyway... there are hundreds of pinball tables for Visual Pinball at irpinball.org, so my guess is that if you like emulated pinball games, you'll find one or two to your liking.

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I experienced exacly the same issue with Basilisk II (slow gameplay) and also had crashes with SheepShaver, OS 7.5.3, 7.6, 8.6, 9.0.4 on Linux, Core i5-2500.

disabling jit in SS avoided the crash, but alas, gameplay is still slow. The jit part made me suspicious so I disabled all but one CPU core in BIOS. Now it doesn't crash anymore with jit enabled. Turns out I can achieve the same effect by limiting the program to 1 CPU using taskset. Adjusting CPU affinity may work the same way in Windows, and I'm sure this insight has other uses as well.

Anyways, Royal Flush emulation is still broken. The slowness is strange, though. Nice idea switching to actual pinball emulation, I might give it a shot Smile

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What I do recall about playing the free Mac version of Royal Flush on actual hardware (Mac Quadra 650) was; it crashed often. I may have played it on PPC hardware too but my memory is fuzzy. I thought that it was crash-prone software to begin with.

Another (freebie) pinball game I played on Mac harware was the Lost Boy's "Roll 'm Up!" pinball, promoting a beer company. Its gameplay is very good on my G4. It supposedly plays well under Mac OS 8.6+ on SheepShaver. I haven't tried this one on SheepShaver as yet... I still have the G4 Smile

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I somewhat got it to work by coincidence. SheepShaver seems to be pretty buggy. Running SheepShaver within Virtualbox not only solved the multi-core problem but also the slowness in Royal Flush. Animation is a bit chunky, but it is playable that way.

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Glad to hear you got it going, korkman. I agree with you on SheepShaver... I get better results with it if I have networking turned off. Haven't tried running it in Virtual box 'tho.

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Yes I also disabled loads of extensions, especially everything networking related. Startup time is much faster that way (OS 7.6 being the fastest, finishing even before the boing chime ends).