In a place unseen by living eyes, in a world whose only truth is power, a new form of life is emerging—in a world called Galapagos. Mendel is the first and only of his kind to be manufactured—a synthetic creature engineered with a stolen technology that allows him to adapt and learn, much like a living organism. He has simple infrared and tactile senses and is only moderately resistant to chemical and airborne hazards. Mendel is the prototype to future generations of belligerent, autonomous agents to be used as instruments of dominion, to conquer other worlds for the exploitation of their resources. But Mendel is harmless and alone, trapped by his creators in a cold and violent world. He exists to be studied…to be dissected and tortured…to create a future xenocidal war machine so devastating and prolific that no world will be safe…no world, including your own.
Mendel is a creation of an automated industrial research complex on a remote planetoid that builds and maintains dimensional gates to harvest critical resources from other worlds. The minions of Galapagos accomplish this with a technologically advanced machine that can cut bubbles through space and time. Huge, energy-hungry devices stabilise dimensional rifts for long-term use. Resources are drawn continuously through these gates to feed the expansion of Galapagos. The legions of Galapagos are not alive—they are self-propagating, robotic expressions of some dark and twisted creator. They exist devoid of consciousness or fear. Hundreds of worlds have fallen to their control, the inhabitants destroyed or enslaved. A new era of destruction has dawned. With a single device discovered and stolen from a conquered world and placed in the prototype, Mendel, they stand poised to bring the galaxy to its knees. Mendel must escape from Galapagos!
You must select 'Custom Install' when you launch the installer application then tick the 'full install' box. If you do not do this, the game will ask you to insert a CD-ROM.
Galapagos combines intricate puzzles, beautiful worlds, and revolutionary technology to create a phenomenal game. In five stunning and labyrinthine worlds, Mendel relies on you to adapt and survive. You must manipulate the environment to solve puzzles and coax Mendel through hostile, fantastic, mind-bending worlds. Test your reflexes and your mind as you and Mendel journey through the diverse landscapes of Galapagos.
What is Galapagos?
Galapagos is a new game that uses an advanced form of artificial life technology called Non-Stationary Entropic Reduction Mapping. This is the first game with a character that literally has a mind of its own. Mendel is an artificial organism with the ability to learn, adapt, and interact with his environment and the user.
You must help Mendel escape from the beautiful, but hazardous 3-D texture-mapped worlds found in Galapagos. There are many dangerous and challenging obstacles that will bar Mendel's way and often threaten his survival. You have to work together to solve the puzzles found in each world to successfully escape from Galapagos.
How do I play Galapagos?
Galapagos is a single player game with a third person perspective. You view the worlds of Galapagos through the eyes of a camera. As Mendel moves through the world, the camera follows with sweeping, cinematic movement. This virtual tether between the camera and Mendel creates a dependency upon Mendel's movement through the world.
In order to progress through the strange and exciting worlds found in Galapagos, you must activate objects near Mendel by clicking on them, affecting his environment in different ways. By doing so, you can coax Mendel in the right direction and solve the many puzzles that lie in his path. Of course, Mendel is an independent thinker and may have other ideas.
What is Mendel?
Mendel is a completely synthetic organism with the ability to detect infrared radiation and tactile stimulus. He sees much like a bat, by emitting infrared pulses and measuring the strength of the returning signal. His senses are less acute than a living organism--though he adapts and learns much faster. Mendel will adapt to his environment without your intervention or assistance.
How should I care for Mendel?
Mendel is autonomous and should require no interaction from you to adapt to his environment. However, you can expose him to some very hostile environments, some of which will retard his development. For example, leaving Mendel in an area where he can be harmed over and over, specifically in areas where he is physically incapable of escaping the danger by himself, can lead to a neurotic Mendel. Fortunately, because of Mendel's adaptive brain, such damage is not necessarily permanent. If you can deliver Mendel to a safe, stimulating environment, he will re-adapt with very few long term side effects.
• First game character with a mind of his own
• Advanced adaptive controller technology (NERM™)
• Hostile environments with mind-blowing puzzles
• Real-time 3-D textured, continuous-motion graphics
• Active-panning 3-D stereo sound
• Addictive, non-sequential gameplay
Only runs at 640x480 in 256 colours.
Graphics seem to stutter under Classic if you don't set it to 640x480 in the game settings (you should also set the Dock to hide before you launch the game).
Colours and textures seem low quality compared to the Windows version.
Runs well natively under OS 9.
Minimum System Requirements
• 90 MHz PowerPC
• Mac OS 7 or later
• 16MB System RAM, 10 MB available RAM
• 10 MB hard-drive space
• 640X480, 256 colors