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Castles: Siege and Conquest

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Castles_Siege_and_Conquest.SIT (8.18 MB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
#2
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
castles_siegeconquest.zip (15.81 MB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
#3
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
CastlesSiegeConquest.toast_.sit (511.81 MB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
#4
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
castles-siege-conquest.sit (9.63 MB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
Emulation
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac II

Also known as Castles II: Siege & Conquest on other computers, there are two versions, one that was published on 3.5" floppy disks, and a CD-ROM version with extra movies.

"Can you survive the drama of medieval diplomacy, treachery and power? To win, you must defeat native militias, subjugate the land with castles, feed and maintain the people, forge diplomatic alliances, appease the church and unite the land." --Macintosh Multimedia & Product Registry Volume 9, No.4 - 1996

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#1 Castles_Siege_and_Conquest.SIT

An archive of the installed game program and associated files from the floppy disk version (a "finder copy" of the game after being installed). The game program has already been cracked to disable the copy protection. The game still asks the copy protection questions but accepts any of the possible answers as the correct one.

There are also two saved games and three additional custom castle designs that appear to have been created by a whomever the game was copied from originally. Based on the timestamps they are contemporary with the game itself though.

(The archive also contains a copy of the version 1.0 crack (the patcher program is identical to the copy in the ZIP archive) which neuters the copy protection question. Interestingly, it fails to apply the crack to game copy in this archive if you try it since the executable has already been cracked. But, the executable itself appears to be unique; it's not identical to the version 1.0 file from the floppy disk installers or the version produced by running the cracker on it. It's also not identical to version 1.1 or to the CD version of the executable. Based on the behavior I think it's probably version 1.0 with the crack but with some further unspecified modification. Might be worth digging deeper at some point to see what the actual difference is).

MD5: 91F20C7F498FD0F9DC7509810EFDC332
SHA1: 139C6FA4870BEC0CD4E739D310FDB8C30227DB8A

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#2 castles_siegeconquest.zip

This archive contains raw dumps (DSK images) of all 7 floppy disks. Plus an additional image containing a crack to neuter the copy protection and another with updates to version 1.1. The seven installer floppies are identical to the DiskCopy 4.2 images from castles-siege-conquest.sit when those are converted to a raw dump.

The copy protection crack causes the copy protection questions to still be asked by the game but causes any answer given to be counted as correct. The crack is for version 1.0 of the game only.

Also contains box, floppy, and reference card scans plus some random text documents with various hints and cheats. The original Macintosh version of the manual is missing but it contains a copy of the PC version plus a text document claiming to be the manual. The document version doesn't appear to be original text because it doesn't contain any of the answers to the copy protection questions.

MD5: FCA08203B75501496765A91B8F047A57
SHA1: 5B4B36074844257A398A317510861C41ABBFD3E3

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#3 CastlesSiegeConquest.toast_.sit

Toast image of the CD version, compressed with StuffIt 5.5.

The CD contains a digital manual as a PDF which is easily read with modern software and is very good quality. It also appears to be very useful for answering the copy protection questions on the floppy based version of the game but the page numbers given by the game seem to always be off by one page.

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#4 castles-siege-conquest.sit

DiskCopy 4.2 images of all seven original floppies supplied by themacmeister.

When converted to raw dumps these images are all identical to the DSK images from castles_siegeconquest.zip. I'm not clear on if those DSK images were also from themacmeister's disks. But, if they were not then the two copies are independent and corroborate each other.

MD5: D8292819634960ED33F0690CAF5C7590
SHA1: EB6BBE59945C411F9DFD61D08CF071F416E4016D

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Reviews

If you like strategy games, get this one! Even though it's sort of simple by today's standards, it has a great interface and the background stories really make the game interesting. (I only wish there were more of them.) Best of all, it's the most fun strategy game I've ever played!

C:DOS Abandonware
About This Particular Macintosh

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

Any 256 Color Macintosh
System 6.0.7 or higher
2MB RAM minimum
QuickTime 1.5 or higher

Comments

BootSector's picture
by BootSector - 2019, September 30 - 3:58am
5

I just did a pretty deep analysis of the archives that were already uploaded. From what I've learned, I've updated the description text with a synopsis of each file. Mostly the basic contents of each and how it's the same or different from the others plus anything else note worthy.

I've also replaced all the screenshots with fresh ones since the ones here before were from the DOS version. Also, a good version but not the one we want to see here since there's a noticeable difference in the appearance of each screen between DOS and Mac.

ameath's picture
by ameath - 2018, October 14 - 7:06pm

There is a military function called “policing the realm”. Whenever it is active you can catch saboteurs before they succeed in their mission. If I remember correctly, the more points you allocate to the function, the higher your chances of successfully detecting sabotage attempts.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2018, October 13 - 12:17pm

Does anyone know how I can avoid getting sabotaged all the time? It's really draining my resources ...

ameath's picture
by ameath - 2017, February 19 - 10:19am

Can anyone upload some scans of the original box for the CD release? I have the original CD but lost the box years ago.

I found that this game is prone to random crashing in SheepShaver, but in Mini vMac it is quite stable. The only problem is that the introduction and documentary movies will not always play back properly in Mini vMac due to the incomplete Macintosh II emulation (which has a negative effect on QuickTime in particular).

CalTheOnly's picture
by CalTheOnly - 2014, August 17 - 12:07am
5

If I remember right, patience pays off if you wait for the third marriage offer. Loved that you could build your own castles in this.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2013, June 7 - 2:15pm

I have re-uploaded the CD version that was here once

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2012, October 2 - 4:05am

First, I've uploaded to the site a new archive with disk images from original media and the previously included patch on its own disk image, all together with docs found on the web and taken from what documentation I actually possess. And an updater I found, also on its own disk image.

Second, I've uploaded the CD version to Mediafire (it's too big for the Mac Garden) and included a link in the description field. Personally I'd go with the floppy version.

UPDATE: Had to remove the Mediafire link, but I've updated the floppy version's archive with doc scans of the actual Mac package, etc.

Adrian232's picture
by Adrian232 - 2011, September 7 - 6:50am
5

LOVE this game, and have been looking for the Mac version for a long time.

However, this version doesn't work. All I get is an Internal Error -51 when I try to run it, and even the crack that comes bundled with it complains that the program information is incorrect. I'm using SheepShaver and tried OS 7.5.3 - 9.0, all with the same result.

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2011, May 25 - 7:42pm

Grr, I thought I had uploaded images of the original install media, but appartently this is a Finder copy of the installed version. I suppose that it's cracked too, so there is no security question from the manual.

hunter13's picture
by hunter13 - 2011, May 25 - 3:56pm

Great game. I love it.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, October 17 - 3:59pm

apparently this is Castles II: Siege and Conquest

I thought I edited the game entry to add this information, but it seems i did not. Sad

machspeed5's picture
by machspeed5 - 2009, October 17 - 2:13am
5

apparently this is Castles II: Siege and Conquest, but the mac release was known simply as Castles: Siege and Conquest. I was scratching my head about that for a while. Wink

Use to play this game on my LC 575, but I only had the demo and the music is firmly ingrained in my head. Wink

thanks for the share!