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Descent II

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Download Descent_II_1.1_.sit (20.99 MB)
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
Download (245.70 MB)
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
Download descentii_updaters.toast_.sit (4.85 MB)
For Mac OS 8 - 8.1 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver,

Descent II feels more like an expansion pack than a sequel and that's because it's pretty much the same engine with minor cosmetic enhancements.

CD imaged as a bin-cue pair and compressed with OS X zip. Just unzip and burn with Toast to make a CD that contains both game (version 1.2) and audio partitions.

Download from max1zzz's server

The last download at the top right is an updater.

On the good side, the new weapons are more powerful, the new enemies are cool and the maps are bigger--and now you can go back and revisit secret levels, sometimes from different maps. On the bad side, the Guide-Bot is annoying, the secret levels are for the most part confusing if not frustrating and the ability to destroy lights may look cool but it makes navigation difficult. But all that is nothing compared to the Thief-Bot. This character is so detrimental to gameplay people are still complaining about it in the new millennium (like in this blog post). It would take three years before gamers got the sequel they deserved with Descent 3, but in the meantime Descent II kept the franchise alive and it did a good job at that.

Click here to run the original Descent and Descent II files on modern operating systems.

For a version of this game with hardware acceleration suppport, click here for Mac OS 9 and here for a Mac OS X.

See also Descent and Descent 3.

Architecture: PPC


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by Dimitris1980 - 2013, July 23 - 2:01pm

It is very nice and this is also for the people here in macintosh garden that upload games and programs and generally do their contributions. We really appreciate that. Macintoshgarden is the best abandonware site for Macintosh computers.

by mrdav - 2013, July 23 - 12:05pm

Thank you for expressing your appreciation, Dimitris1980.

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by Dimitris1980 - 2013, July 23 - 11:13am

It is very nice that you do all this with the bin-cue image and we can hear the music while playing the games.

by mrdav - 2013, July 22 - 10:11pm

I have now uploaded a bin-cue image consisting of version 1.2 of the game (originally uploaded here) and an audio partition provided by IIGS User from the copy (version 1.1) described by him below

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by IIGS_User - 2013, July 18 - 2:22pm

To continue my comment below:

Meanwhile I looked at the box. The games come on 2 CD-ROMs, Descent II is on a separate CD.
Still have to put this CD into drive to determine whether it contains Audio partition.

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by IIGS_User - 2013, July 16 - 6:23pm

I own this CD-ROM compilation, which contains Descent II: Macintosh CD-ROM~iPlay (Compilation)~Sim City/Flight/Capitalism/Descent II
Not sure yet if it contains matching Audio partition, thought.

by mrdav - 2013, July 16 - 1:27pm

Has anyone got an original CD of this? If so, it would be good to get a bin/cue image that captures both game and audio partitions.

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by Protocol 7 - 2010, September 8 - 2:18pm

Cybermonkey, would you make a full image of it with SimplyBurns?

I'd REALLY love to have a copy with the CD audio intact (and not mp3-ed.. yuk).

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by CyberMonkey - 2010, September 8 - 12:36pm

I have a legit copy of this game. I couldn't finish it because some of those bosses were pretty damn hard!

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by MacWise - 2009, July 15 - 1:35pm

@j_damage•69: Lucky for us the game can run without it. What would take plenty of space are the movies, but even with those included I think the stuffed file will be under 400 MB.

@Balrog: Really? In my case (Descent 1) Toast only burns one volume at a time. Am I doing something wrong? Now that Toast 5 is up I feel like giving it another shot.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, July 15 - 11:49am

I'm guessing the soundtracks would take up the most space... Although I think the game needs the music to run.

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by Balrog - 2009, July 15 - 11:30am

A toast image preserves the second volume. Hopefully it will fit in the 400MB though ...

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by MacWise - 2009, July 15 - 5:47am

So how are you going to burn them?

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by Balrog - 2009, July 15 - 3:22am

Separate volume. It's missing here.

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by MacWise - 2009, July 15 - 2:23am

The first game also has the soundtrack in this format, but as a separate volume. Does Descent II has this strange arrangement too or is it all in a single volume?

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by Balrog - 2009, July 15 - 1:23am

Great! Though originally this had CDDA audio (basically audio tracks at the end of the disc). The copy I'll post later will have these (if they fit) Smile .

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by Balrog - 2009, July 8 - 11:22pm

Only the following files are damaged. I was able to extract the rest.


I'll see if the PC version (if there is one) uses the same data files.

EDIT: I've located a copy and should have it up within a few days.

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by MacWise - 2009, June 22 - 5:14pm

@ j_damage•69: You posted the message on the wrong page. Besides, the copy of Descent 1 on this server runs fine from the disk image. No need to burn it to a CD.

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, June 23 - 1:19am

I did mean this version.

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by MacWise - 2009, June 22 - 9:08am

There is something wrong with this file. Stuffit Expander 5.5 crashes when extracting alien1.pig. Greg's Browser says the size of this file should be 4.8 MB expanded, yet the file left after the crash is 45.1 MB. Help.