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What are your favorite PPC Mac OS X games?

I dusted off my MacBook 2008, it still has Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Rosetta. I'd like to try out some more PPC-only games on it, but nearly all of mine are for classic Mac OS. What are your favorites?

As an example, Bugdom 2 and Age of Empires II are PPC Mac OS X compatible.

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You want them to run in Rosetta emulation, and preferably be Mac-centric titles? Do most games run or will there be a percentage that are incompatible with Rosetta?

The 10.6 might be less compatible, maybe more games work if for example they are for 10.4 PPC and you run them on 10.4 Rosetta or 10.5 Rosetta.

You could start using "SheepShaver" to emulate OS 9 and plug in the Classic collection you already have.

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I was an exclusive Mac user from 1986 until 2012 (except for library computers in college.)
Since switching over to Windows for work, I’ve totally given up on Mac gaming for anything post-Classic. From the late 90s on, and especially after OSX basically all Mac games were available cross-platform, and in fact were in most cases ported to the Mac a year or two after hitting the PC market.

GOG.com and even Steam have made it so easy to play games from that era. I don’t even bother with trying to play the Mac versions.

68k games, Ambrosia games, and old B/W titles? That’s a completely different story.

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I hesitated to respond to your request, epic, because I became aware that I stopped following newer computer games in the OS 9 era, mainly in the Nintendo timeframe, think Legend of Zelda and similar. Most of the games I played hovered between System 7, endless AOL shareware titles (I loved the America Online interface for Mac and AIM was such a novelty) and CD-ROMs like Just Grandma and Me for the kids. I was surrounded by arcade games as a kid, so titles like Street Fighter II were my jam, and still are.

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Wow, some very interesting responses here. I myself ended up in Windows land through the 2000s as Mac OS 9 became more out of date for day to day tasks and back then I didn't care much for Mac OS X. Windows did what I needed, Mac OS X didn't really. I'm kind of surprised to hear I wasn't the only one in this situation.

I remember having bought some new-ish looking Mac OS X-type games sometime ago but I don't have them with me right now. I really should have brought them for the work week. I think in the meantime I will scroll through the games here and see what else is available.

It's not a game but I also have Photoshop CS2 installed on here and it runs very well with Rosetta. It's nice having a quality version of Photoshop with most of the features I like, even on an older Mac like this.

For those here who haven't tried it, Rosetta for Mac OS X 10.6 is really impressive. Even on this plain MacBook 2008 (4,1) with its intel graphics, it can run a PowerPC game like Bugdom 2 at full speed, no issues. The first time I tried it, I was stunned. I've always loved Apple's 68k support in Classic Mac OS for PowerPC processors and Carbon Library for Mac OS 9 for these very reasons. It's sad Apple removed Rosetta from 10.7 and onward.

SkyCapt, I hadn't before considered 10.4 or 5 for Rosetta on an Intel Mac. I had heard before that 10.6 was about as good as it gets for the early days of the Intel Mac. I may have to try that down the road. I have a couple other old MacBooks I could try it with.

I have an older version of SheepShaver on this MacBook and it works fairly well. Pit Droids, Amazon Trail 1 CD version and Age of Empires work surprisingly well given this laptop's specs. I haven't kept up with SheepShaver in years though. Has it been improved in the past 5 years?

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I don't have experience using Rosetta, nor SheepShaver, yet. As long as I have killa native OS 9 and PPC...

Anyway, you want recommendations for games which do NOT have an intel or Universal Binary version, otherwise you'd simply use those versions native to you. And they have to be OS X native for Rosetta, they can't be classic OS games... there are many many, dunno what your tastes are.

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Yep, just OS X PPC binary games so they work in Rosetta. I'm mainly just curious about performance and what the limits are. That and it's nice knowing what all is available, what the gaming options are.

For now, just your favorites would be adequate. Unless, there's a list avaiable somewhere.