Factory: The Industrial Devolution has you oversee an increasingly complex and chaotic series of assembly lines. An original concept that has yet to see anything on modern systems even remotely like it, the puzzle and strategy aspects leave you with sensations of enjoyment, perplexity and extreme frustration when it all goes horribly wrong.
The ability to edit and create your own 'month' of levels kept the game very fresh and ultimately allowed the game and fanbase to flourish. This is one game that the classic Mac OS user should not miss.
In 1993, Factory was released as a commercial product by Softstream International. Fairly soon after, Softstream went out of business. I think some copies of Factory 1.0 actually were sold, though I never saw a dime of any of it. This was rather discouraging, and I was in college trying to write my thesis. As a result, Factory sat on the shelf gathering dust for a while. Eventually (in the Fall of 1995), I found the fortitude to clean it up a little bit and distribute it myself as Shareware.
— Patrick Calahan
As this forum topic says, version 1.3 changed the sound formats, so although the Factory 1.3 (the first download) does run under System 6, you do not get any sound. The second download above contains version 1.1 which does have sound when running under System 6. The only other difference I can see is that some of the menu options have been moved around.
The same registration code can be used for both versions and is included in the archives. Version 1.1 will open the extra levels ("Months") included in the version 1.3 archive, but some of those are obviously designed for colour displays, so it can be difficult to work out what some of the components are on a black-and-white display.
The game has changed companies a couple of times. Version 1.1 says "presented by 7 O'Clock Software" while version 1.3 says "presented by Roundhouse Software".
Not to be confused with the educational game Factory.Compatibility
Equally at home in System 6 and OS 9.