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Borrowed Time

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
borrowed-time.img (409.46 KB)
MD5: 195fac7a29fa4181c2a0618c0260567a
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
borrowed-time-img.sit (215.33 KB)
MD5: a4cf674c5921cdb0a9e364e7a568996b
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
This game works with: Mini vMac

Uses the same game engine as Interplay's earlier adventure, Mindshadow.

Copy on the rear of the package:

Danger in the first degree.

Open on a sultry, rather unremarkable big-city afternoon.

Focus on a sweaty, sort of sloppy small-time PI's office.
(Any similarities to run-of-the-mill sleuth stories end here.)

The drowsy detective is rudely jerked back to consciousness by his telephone's nasty jangle:

"Sam, you're a dead man."

Seems things have suddenly gotten very personal. A definitely unsettling how-do-you-do. But who in the world could be the perpetrator? And why?

"Sam, you're a dead man."

There are 20 serious suspects. And, unfortunately for Sam, it seems each one wants to throw the first clump of dirt on his coffin.

"Sam, you're a dead man."

A smart gumshoe will turn his old casefiles—and the city—upside down to find the fiend. A smarter gumshoe will also turn and constantly check his flanks. Seems Sam's been put in the rather precarious position of trying to skin a cat without getting skinned alive.

"Sam, you're a dead man."

And the one man who can help with a few precious clues and tidbits of info just happens to be blind.

"Sam, you're a dead man."

"Sam, you're a dead man."

Guess who's Sam. Have a nice day.

2nd DL: Disk Copy 4.2 disk image (400k single-sided floppy disk) in StuffIt 3.6 ".sit" archive.

Architecture: 68k

The conventional Mini vMac build emulates a 4MB Mac Plus, which is able to play Borrowed Time, albeit with an invisible inventory. Items simply are not drawn to the screen, but the game text can list your current inventory and items you can pick up.

The ideal emulator is the Macintosh 128K build of Mini vMac upgraded with 512k of RAM. Use the Gryphel Project's Variations Service to build this Mac for your platform. With this emulator, item images are drawn to the screen, fully visible in your inventory pane and in the game's scenery.

Do not use the 128k Macintosh build with only 128k of RAM or you will frequently encounter system errors of type 15, which is a segment loader exception. This is either a bug in the original code or a side effect of the copy protection having been removed.

Borrowed Time will start automatically when its disk image is inserted at boot time. Attempting to launch the game from the Finder is not recommended because the disk lacks a proper Desktop file and the program file itself ("Troy P. Worrell") is invisible.


tjlazer's picture
by tjlazer - 2018, April 10 - 6:54pm

Got it to work! Thanks. I used my Powerbook 1400c with MacOS 8.6 to write it back to disk and it booted on my Mac SE/30! Smile

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2018, April 9 - 4:44am

How can we write this .img back to a real disk?

I've created a floppy disk image you can try, 2nd DL above. I tested it as working OK in Mini vMac (running SE FDHD ROM). Caveats apply and are mentioned under "Notes for 2nd disk image above:" and in accompanying ReadMe doc.

tjlazer's picture
by tjlazer - 2018, April 9 - 1:53am

How can we write this .img back to a real disk? I cannot seem to get it recognized with Disk Copy or Disk Dup. I even changed the Res to Type: rohd, Creator: ddsk. The file is 410k and other ones are 400k. Any ideas?

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by jkheiser - 2016, November 9 - 9:53pm

@mrdav: The application is strangely called "Troy P. Worrell" (named for one of Interplay's developers) and has the invisibility bit set, so it does not appear in the Finder. The "repairs" you performed were because the image has an empty Desktop file, which the Finder requires in order to display disk contents. Borrowed Time appears to have shipped this way. There is very little room to spare on its disk, so the Desktop file must have been sacrificed. That's the long answer. Here's the short answer: boot from the disk image. The game will start itself automatically.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2016, November 8 - 10:35pm

Thanks for the upload, jkheiser. However, I think the img file has lost something during transition. It mounts in Mini vMac for me (after repairing the disk) but there is no application showing. Can you please wrap the img file in a StuffIt archive and upload the sit file instead?

jkheiser's picture
by jkheiser - 2016, November 8 - 5:58pm

My old Quadra 605 came back from the dead, so I was able to get hold of the disk image and upload it here. Enjoy!

jkheiser's picture
by jkheiser - 2016, November 7 - 5:19pm

Thanks, Winterlast. I emailed you last Thursday. Let me know if you didn't get it.

baku's picture
by baku - 2016, November 7 - 1:01pm

Looking forward to see this game dumped!

Winterlast's picture
by Winterlast - 2016, November 4 - 1:34am

If you're looking for someone to mail the floppy to for imaging, I'll volunteer.

I have the same user name at gmail dot com.

jkheiser's picture
by jkheiser - 2016, November 1 - 5:49am

I found this on eBay. The disk works. Its contents have been successfully transplanted to another floppy and the copy protection has been neutralized. I just need assistance from another Gardener in reading the floppy into a disk image and getting it uploaded here.