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Hellcats Over the Pacific

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Hellcats_Over_the_Pacific.SIT (411.43 KB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Hellcats_Rescue.sit (2.94 KB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

"Hellcats Over the Pacific is an early 1990's air combat simulator for the Macintosh platform. It features the World War II era Grumman F6F Hellcat in both land and carrier-based missions around the Solomon Islands. Combat scenarios include air-air, air-ground and air-sea missions with both guns and bombs. The player's objectives are to achieve the rank of Captain and collect awards for accomplishing the eight included missions.

Hellcats, programmed by Eric Parker of Parsoft, uses special graphics routines that only redraw parts of the screen that change from frame to frame for better performance. A landmark achievement on the Mac platform, it offers fast 3D polygonal color graphics and a detailed flight model for its day."

"Hellcats Over the Pacific is a flight simulator computer game for the Apple Macintosh computer written by Parsoft Interactive and released by Graphic Simulations in 1991. Hellcats was a major release for the Mac platform, one of the first 3D games to be able to drive a 640 x 480 x 8-bit display at reasonable frame rates. The graphics engine was combined with a simple Mac interface, a set of randomized missions and a number of technical features that greatly enhanced the game's playability and made it a lasting favorite into the mid-1990s. The basic Hellcats engine was later adapted to produce a series of games, including A-10 Attack!, A-10 Cuba, the F-18 Hornet series and early versions of WarBirds."

The second archive (mirrored below) contains the complete contents of Hellcats Over The Pacific and its add-on Missions: Leyte Gulf, with software in disk images and documents in PDF.

External link
Download from Mega.Co.Nz
Architecture: 68k

Minimum requirements: 2MB RAM, System 6.0 or later, 68020 or later processor.


scooby's picture
by scooby - 2010, January 13 - 11:00am


one other question, when you say better off with OS 8.1 do you mean actually on the G4 or with Basilisk? It also looks like you don't have the mac OS from your comment above, does that mean the game will run by just installing basilisk?

sorry so many questions

cheers Wink

scooby's picture
by scooby - 2010, January 13 - 10:54am

Hi there

I have the same experience on a mac G4 running OS 9.2 - did you manage to resolve the problem?


scooby's picture
by scooby - 2010, January 13 - 10:53am

nice one,

thanks, I had toyed with sodtmac this morning but as it requires the rom image and I have a working mac I may go for OS8.1

You are right the engine noise was excellent, been waitng almost 10 years to play this again, can't wait to play again.

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by Euryale - 2010, January 12 - 11:02pm

Yep, it works flawlessly in both Emulators:
Softmac and Basilisk under Windows XP (and Mac OS, I suppose)

In order for the Sound to work in SoftMac you need the very last version of SoftMac,
but since I think is not supported anymore, then use Basilisk better,

BTW I have Softmac running Mac OS 7.6 and Basilisk running Mac OS 8.1
So, if you have a G4 i think you'd be better off with Mac OS 8.1

once again, this game is very entertaining because of its simplicity yet very well done,
and the sound of the plane's engine it's just "hypnotizing"

Edit: Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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by scooby - 2010, January 12 - 10:14pm


used to play this constantly on my performa 5200, way back when. Trying (with no luck) to get it running again. I have the original discs and a G4 running 9.2. Have the same issues as another comment with black screen. I am intrigued with your softmac emulator on XP, can you explain a bit more? Also I could take my G4 back to OS 7.5 with the downloaded system software from apple .com.

any ideas?


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by IIGS_User - 2009, October 9 - 3:11pm

will this run on os x?

Probably, but it would need the Classic Environment, which has been removed with Mac OS X 10.5 at all, has been removed on Intel based Macintoshes for sure.

paulalexc's picture
by paulalexc - 2009, October 8 - 8:45pm

will this run on os x?

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2009, August 25 - 10:15pm

I tested it in the SoftMac Emulator with System7.6, and Basilisk w/ OS 8.1 (under Windows XP)
and Runs great,

I love the lawnmower sound of the engine's plane

Great game, very entertaining.

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by whoopydo - 2009, August 25 - 10:09pm

I loved this game back in the day, so much that I recently reloaded Tiger & Classic on my old Powerbook G4 just so I could try playing it again.

I've set the screen resolution to 640x480 & other resolutions, & 256 colors. I can see the "instrument panel" but I can't see the "scenery." I get the sound OK. Even the little radar blip moves, but it's black as night outside.

Anybody got any ideas or had a similar experience?

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by YYsMG - 2009, August 20 - 8:00am

The game used to make a horrid static noise for me under 7.6

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by Zebonka - 2009, August 17 - 2:10pm

Fantastic. I still play this, simply because this was the zenith of flight simulation on the Mac.

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by Anonymous (not verified) - 2009, July 17 - 5:14am

I am trying to use this in windows xp with the emulator basilisk, when I unstuff the .sit file downloaded from here using stuffit expander inside basilisk it only outputs one 4k file. Has anyone else been able to run this successfully?

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by CaryMG - 2009, July 15 - 3:08pm

This is the opening salvo in Eric Parker's flatshade polygonal World War II flightsimulators.

A TRUE work of genuis & a must play -- download now!