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Ishidō: The Way of Stones

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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

"Ishido: The Way of Stones is a puzzle video game released in 1990 by Accolade and developed by Publishing International. It was designed by Michael Feinberg and programmed by Ian Gilman and Michael Sandige. Producer was Brad Fregger, and Brodie Lockard (the designer of the Shanghai computer game) contributed with graphics.

Ishido is a puzzle board game comprising of a set of 72 stones and a game board of 96 squares.

Every stone has two attributes: a color and a symbol. There are six colors and six symbols in each stone set, thus creating 36 unique stones. Since each stone comes in a pair, there are therefore 72 stones in each stone set.

The primary objective of Ishido is to place all 72 stones onto the board of 96 squares. The challenge arises because stones must be placed adjacent to others that they match, either by color or symbol. When the board begins to fill up, this objective is not so easily accomplished.

A valuable move is the 4-way, in which a stone is placed in the midst of four others, two of which are matched by color, and two which are matched by symbol.

Ishido comes with 6 differently themed stone sets, 5 different game boards, and a variety of Oriental chimes and sound effects."

"Ishido was rated 'Five Mice' by MacUser Magazine and entered into the MacUser Game Hall of Fame. It also won PC Magazine's Best Strategy Game of the Year Award in 1990."

The archive is of version 1.5.1 released by MacPlay in 1995. The original Accolade version from 1990 has no advantages over the later release, and was copy protected.

Apparently there was a limited edition 1989 version sold in a wooden box prior to Accolade's mass market release. If anyone has that edition, please be a sport and post some pictures!
Read more about this game at Ian Gilman's Ishido page.

Architecture: 68k PPC

Color version is installed by default. To install B/W version, you must select "custom."


by El Residente - 2013, August 14 - 2:20pm

Best game I've downloaded so far. I've eschewed the 'cheat mode', but still enjoy it having only cleared the board twice!

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by themacmeister - 2010, April 24 - 2:42am

Excuse me, but is this the one with hacked copy protection? My version has a Bypass Code button on startup... (hacked).

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by amatecha - 2010, April 23 - 10:04pm

Wow, classic game. I played HOURS of this on Game Boy, in the early 90's. Smile

by pagan - 2009, December 23 - 12:02pm

Or download the game directly from one of the authors:

Oh, and it's really nothing like Shanghai. However, those too young to know Ishido might recognize it as the original for PopCap's Alchemy Deluxe.

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by themacmeister - 2009, December 20 - 6:56am

This is one of the finest puzzles going - once you discover the cheat mode (in the help documentation), you will spend days (if not months) trying to get maximum 4-way matches. BTW, the closest I have come to getting "perfect" is still two 4-ways short, and I was in the millions.

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by Attila - 2009, October 5 - 3:23pm

Hmm... must have been a compressed image from before I knew mini vmac couldn't handle them. I think there were only 3 or 4 things I uploaded that way. I hope.

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by IIGS_User - 2009, October 4 - 8:36am

I've replaced the Disk image which won't mount in Mini-vMac (want to initialize it)
by a Mini-vMac ready Disk image.
The complete MacPlay installer is still included in the image.

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by Attila - 2009, April 25 - 6:37pm

I've uploaded the complete MacPlay installer for both color & b/w versions, and in an emulator-friendly disk image format.