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Descent 3

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Descent3.toast_.sit (500.50 MB)
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For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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D3_Update_1.3.1_Full.sit_.hqx (4.36 MB)
MD5: a38c70681fd3e5ba16478c2e62a76b6e
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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D3_Update_1.3.1_Glide.sit_.hqx (1.52 MB)
MD5: 8de3386c625e02f0a32d2278283eaf69
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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D3_Update_1.3.1_OpenGL.sit_.hqx (1.51 MB)
MD5: 2ecfb33de8389c72e4d87a0a46b7e1d7
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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D3_Update_1.3.1_Online.sit_.hqx (1.43 MB)
MD5: b95a15b3a9546d4908b77b75941cf963
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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Descent_3_Update_1.4.sit (3.58 MB)
MD5: cac5e51ab874ec60c4ef7993b541e1d1
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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DescentMac1.x-1.4.1.sea_.bin (3.35 MB)
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For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
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Descent3_1.4.2OpenGL.sit_.bin (1.01 MB)
MD5: 7924322fb31fb4b4ae44bf9b4e64ea6f
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
Guides on emulating older games

The third installment of the famous 3D shooter Descent. Hop in your Pyro-GX, dive at high speed into the mines and blast hordes of robots without mercy!

Descent³ features the same 360 degrees, three axis action that the players of Descent and Descent II have come to love, but this time the game has far improved 3D graphics, more diversified objectives, more lethal weapons, and 3 different ships you can pilot.

And for the first time in the Descent series, you can actually fly out of the mines and explore outdoor areas.

Descent³ was also designed with multiplayer play in mind, and features a lot of mutiplayer game modes: the classic deathmatch, teamplay, capture the flag, monsterball (a kind of soccer with giant balls) and entropy.


Descent 3 updates - Official webpage

The 1st download is Descent 3.
The 2nd download is Descent 3 Updater 1.3.1 - Full Version.
The 3rd download is Descent 3 Updater 1.3.1 - Glide only.
The 4th download is Descent 3 Updater 1.3.1 - OpenGL only.
The 5th download is Descent 3 Updater 1.3.1 - Online play only.
The 6th download is Descent 3 Updater 1.4
The 7th download is Descent 3 Updater 1.4.1
The 8th download is Descent 3 Updater 1.4.2

See also: Descent and Descent II.

Architecture: PPC

Minimum Requirements

*This game's high graphics requirements prevents it from being played in an emulator. A real classic Mac is needed.


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by Jatoba - 2019, December 10 - 9:03am



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by Quicksilver 2002 - 2019, April 17 - 4:23am

Late to the game Wink Bought old G4 Mini 1.42, removed 2 resistors, now 1.57GHz. I added a 128 SSD and OS9 (Lives!) So revisited Descent, runs like butter at 1024 rez. Have an old 17" KD Trinitron to scale screen down to try some older games that cannot do higher screen rez. Cheers

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by Kitchen2010 - 2016, November 28 - 6:04pm

@mrdav: Can you extract it from the CD and upload it here, please?

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by mrdav - 2016, November 28 - 12:17pm

Update 1.4 is on MacAddict #49 (

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, November 28 - 3:00am

I've managed to find some patches (both official & unofficial) for Descent 3 Mac here:
Unfortunately, I have yet to find an OS X native one. I don't think Interplay released the source to the D3 engine.

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by sfp1954 - 2016, May 12 - 12:18am

Only PPC applications which are "Carbonized" can run under directly OSX. As this application was originally for OS 8.0 it probably predates the Carbon Library.

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, March 19 - 5:41am

Anyone know how to run this in OS X without Classic or Sheep Shaver?

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by baku - 2014, February 5 - 9:37pm

Unfortunately the Mac port has a bug which was never fixed which gives you a choppy framerate no matter what machine you're running on. Yet another example of Mac gamers getting the shaft on ports due to sloppy programming.

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by A Laggy Grunt - 2012, December 9 - 5:57am

Should run smooth as ice with a Voodoo2 on a G3 or late-model 604e. I say should, because it's almost playable on a 603e.

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by moonraker - 2010, June 12 - 9:42pm

does enyone has a clue what extentions it does not like ? exits with error type 2 on a g3 366mhz 576mb

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by MacWise - 2009, November 22 - 10:12pm

I won a copy of the tie-in novel for this game, Descent: Stealing Thunder, from an on-line contest Interplay did when they were promoting it. I didn't think I would win because after I entered the contest, I found out it was only for US and Canada, but they sent it anyway. It wasn't Pulitzer-Prize material, but it wasn't boring neither. It explains what happened to the material defender after his ship jumps to an unknown location at the end of Descent II.

He finds his way back, Dravis tells him his contract isn't over yet and he, along with a romantic interest and a sidekick, engage in the final campaign, which ends with the defeat of the aliens responsible for the virus. They were described as ape-like with arms that reached the floor and glowing red eyes like some sort of Morlocks (the bad guys from The Time Machine). The novel ends just before Descent 3 begins, with the material defender drifting away to his death, but they included the first chapter of Descent: Equinox to imply he survived.

As for the game, it's good but the hardware demands are too high. While Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament run fine on my G4, Descent 3 only gives a good frame rate at the lowest detail level. And even though, performance is still choppy on some areas. I still recommend it, though.