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Heretic II

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Heretic2.dmg (314.08 MB)
MD5: 7215a035fcafa77276335ba28fece9c9
For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
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"Heretic II is a third-person fantasy shooter game with the camera chasing behind the character."

"The perspective is pretty much the only thing that breaks with the tradition of the series. The core gameplay still consists mainly of exploring the large fantasy-themed levels, using medieval weapons (mainly long-ranged) and spells to deal with the plethora of enemies. Despite the third-person view, jumping and environmental puzzles are used as moderately as it is usual in first-person shooters."

See also: Heretic, Hexen, Hexen II.

Architecture: PPC (Carbonized)


HughMungus's picture
by HughMungus - 2020, March 27 - 3:47pm

@MikeTomTom. Game was installed on all iBooks from the retail cd. Well... I'm gonna go ahead and call it a win. The original intention was to hook it up to an external display and I just found out that the 600 mhz iBook (which dual boots to os9) has the same display port as the 1ghz problem child, so I should be able to run my os9 games on a bigger display-good news! Anyway, thanks for the help. cheers

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, March 27 - 4:18am

@Hugh: I don't think it is the OS that's the problem. I was using 10.4.11 too (Mac Mini G4). Did you copy over the game files from another Mac and was loading a saved game? That would probably cause a fault. But otherwise, its working OK for me here on that OS, so can't really put a finger on what is the actual fault with your setup. Good thing it's not your only Mac to choose from Wink

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by HughMungus - 2020, March 27 - 1:43am

Hi again, Mike Tom Tom. I bit the bullet and dug a couple laptops out of storage (yeh, I know, I'm spoiled). Game plays perfectly on a powerbook 1.5 ghz running 10.5.8 and runs fine on an iBook 600 mhz running 10.4 without any updates. The problem iBook runs 10.4.11 so an OS issue i guess? Just curious, what version of tiger did you test this on?

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, March 26 - 10:31pm

@HughMungus: Hello, I had meant with quotes, but as your config file has that setting in place, it's pretty much irrelevant, I think.

The only thing I can think of is perhaps the screen size setting in Heretic's options setup is set to a video resolution not supported by your iBook?

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Heretic II's Video Settings

Check your iBook's display settings in System Preferences for the screen resolutions it supports and see if there is an equivalent rez setting in Heretic II's options.

I've tested this in Tiger, the monitor I'm using is 1920x 1080, - it does support that 1024x768 rez setting in the screenshot above, and plays full screen hiding the menus and Dock.

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by HughMungus - 2020, March 26 - 7:43pm

Hi Mike Tom Tom, thanks for the help. Unfortunately, the console commands I input produced only a pseudo-fullscreen. (game screen covers most of the display but dock, menubar are still visible and desktop cursor is visible as well and is not calibrated to game cursor. Sorry, not experienced at console syntax. Console "~" setting = set vid_fullscreen "1" means just type in set vid_fullscreen 1? (without quotes?).

Also re: config file in base. It already says set vid_fullscreen “1. When I tried to change the text, textedit wouldn’t let me save in simple text but only .rtf under a different name.

That being said, no big deal, the game is playable. albeit with the cursor issue. Just curious what I might be doing wrong. Thanks again.

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, March 22 - 3:32am

Console "~" setting = set vid_fullscreen "1"

Also, the plain text "Default.cfg" file is located in the "base" folder for Heretic II (set vid_fullscreen setting is located in there).

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by HughMungus - 2020, March 22 - 12:27am

Anyone else having trouble getting fullscreen mode? In-game setting doesn't seem to work. Can't seem to access show contents under iBook 1 ghz10.4 to see if there's a config file I can change. Any suggestions? Thanks

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by Axxolute - 2016, July 12 - 2:57am

Somebody knows a Server? Im still playin <3

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by themacmeister - 2014, August 31 - 5:09am

There are good guide online on getting this working under Linux (with new installer from

You need to download a zip file of old Loki dependencies, and then launch with padsp32 (oss-compat?) for sound, with a custom LD_PRELOAD. It is a pain, but ALL loki releases are still installable/playable with modern distros (I was using Mint17-XFCE-64bit) on modern hardware.

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by abasu1979 - 2012, September 6 - 4:39pm

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by WhiteMagicRaven - 2011, August 21 - 12:36pm

It works for me under Mac OSX 10.5.2 without any problems =o

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by gupgup - 2011, August 10 - 2:47pm

great under os 9, forget running in 10.4.11, causes kernel panics [bad] at random intervals during gameplay, will force your ppc to stop everything and displays multi language "you must restart your computer" dialog. awesome game in 9

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by SusanMX5 - 2011, March 24 - 1:13pm

Thank you for this great game!

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by themacmeister - 2010, December 21 - 10:04am

Interesting side note -- this is not available on Linux (to my knowledge) any more. There was a demo released for Linux, and simply replacing the data files with PC full game data files, turned it into a full game (and less buggy one at that!) under Linux.

PS. Have not tried this since Mint Linux 7.0 (Jaunty).

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by themacmeister - 2010, February 18 - 9:07am

Got the .dmg file, and it even plays perfectly on an AMD 10.5.8 Hackintosh - Superb game!!!