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Maelstrom 1.3 (Original)

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
mac-maelstrom-13.sit (731.00 KB)
MD5: 6fb0b0fe4b0d9c5721c55070a3c51be6
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
maelstrom_1.3.x_to_1.4.0_.sit (72.72 KB)
MD5: fb57693a9d88e69890ae8bc8f1bbc8f7
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (818.37 KB)
MD5: ba3430d2ffc1c88412c23f4a5587428b
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Maelstrom_1.4.3_Installer.bin (1.10 MB)
MD5: f93d7e954bf1b0f86964de68e77fa02c
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: Basilisk II,

Maelstrom was one of the hottest early 90s shareware games for the Macintosh. The game was written in Think C and consists of 18,000 lines of C code and 9,000 lines of inline assembler for the speed-critical portions of the game.

This is version 1.3 - Archived as Disk Copy 6.3 "img" and compressed using StuffIt 3.6 for better backwards compatibility. This version isn't time bombed, it's an original shareware version, licensed for distribution if unchanged & complete (it is).

A note about the downloads available from above:

To register v. 1.4.0 enter the following:

Name: Buck Rogers
Copies: 100

[See Also]: Maelstrom GPL v3.0.6 a GPL'd free version for classic PPC Mac OS and PPC OS X.

Architecture: 68k

System Software 6.0.7 or later and a 68020 CPU or higher. Requires 256 colors or grey scale. I have this on my G4 Mac running OS 9.0.4 with no problems. Runs great.
Also runs great on Basilisk II as long as the B-II display is set to 256 colors.


mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2019, December 23 - 4:56am

I uploaded the official installer for v. 1.4.3 since the other 1.4.3 upload is a preinstalled folder.

scott Praed's picture
by scott Praed - 2019, December 20 - 2:44am

I upload to maelstrom 1.4.3 to macintosh garden.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2019, October 4 - 4:49pm

You've set the emulated system to 256 colours?

Akwa's picture
by Akwa - 2019, October 1 - 11:30pm

Crash with Basilisk II & MacOS 8.1

Bugman's picture
by Bugman - 2019, February 16 - 6:29am

Oh man, one of the greatest of its day!! Ambrosia was such a big part of my younger years, it's such a shame that they're gone now.

blargg's picture
by blargg - 2011, January 4 - 12:47am

I can upload version 1.3, which appears to be a publicly distributed shareware version. Info-mac has version 1.4.2, which has a 30-day trial.

amatecha's picture
by amatecha - 2010, June 26 - 11:15am

Wonder if I can grab the older version from 1992-1993 or so that was on my parents' machine. No clue if they even still have the computer. Man, I seriously need to go through my old stuff.

Carl's picture
by Carl - 2009, December 17 - 8:24am

You could still host an older version (which I think this was?), since the latest one might not work on old computers (I'm guessing). Just don't supply a serial. Smile

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, December 16 - 5:29pm

This is not abandonware. It is still sold by Ambrosia:

TataMisia's picture
by TataMisia - 2009, December 14 - 4:50pm


But prefer to use 3.0 GPL version: