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Maximum Pool

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For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
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For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
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For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS X
Guides on emulating older games

The traditional titles are all present: Basic Pocket Billiards, Carom Billiards, Cutthroat, Eight Ball, Nine Ball, Rotation, and Snooker. There are instructions available for each, in case you need a quick refresher on the rules or haven't tried one out before.

While the classic games are fine and dandy, you might be interested to explore the five new "cool" games included with Maximum Pool as well. With names like 24 Cents, Mad Bomber, Chameleon Ball, Poker, and Rocket Ball, you can guess they're not something you'd find in a pool hall. Here's a quick rundown of each:

  • 24 Cents: Each ball has a different cent value and you must try to either be the first to get 24 cents or over 50 cents. Lowest numbered balls must be hit first.
  • Mad Bomber: The balls all begin with a point value of three and are decremented every time they collide with the cue ball. Each player tries to reach 50 points, but once the balls have been hit three times, they explode, scattering any surrounding balls.
  • Chameleon Ball: Each player is assigned a color and is tasked with hitting in their colored balls. Problem is, the balls keep changing colors depending on who's hitting the cue.
  • Poker: Two 'decks' of balls (each with a card value) are played on the table. The player that can sink the highest hand wins.
  • Rocket Ball: Quirky physics are at work here, with special rocket balls that will zoom around the table anytime they are struck by the cue ball. Players try to knock in as many 'normal' balls as possible.

Each 'cool' game has its own corresponding 'cool' table to play on. Or, you can also choose to use the normal table. The new tables are all sorts of shapes, from triangles to an hourglass-like table for Poker.

  — Inside Mac Games review

External link
Download from Mega.Nz

(v1.0, with v1.06 updaters included)

Architecture: PPC PPC (Carbonized)

System Requirements


Katie Cadet's picture
by Katie Cadet - 2018, November 30 - 7:07pm

For Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users or for those without Classic Environment on all versions of Mac OS X up to Leopard, a manual copy of the "MaximumPool" folder from the CD to the hard drive would do the trick! Don't forget to apply the v1.06 patch (pool106updaterx.hqx, not the Mac OS 9 version) to make it fully compatible with the latest PowerPC Mac OS X. I've done this for my November 2018 testing on my G5 iMac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard, no issues found!

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by Katie Cadet - 2018, April 26 - 10:45pm

I've recently (as of April 2018) tested Maximum Pool successfully on a PowerBook G4 (15-inch Aluminum, Early 2005) running Mac OS X 10.4.11 and found no issues. The installer on the CD requires Classic Environment, and you do not need a dual-boot machine with Mac OS 9 to do that, but the only thing left is to apply the v1.06 patch to make it Mac OS X compatible and you are good to go!

I've also done the same installation procedure on an eMac G4 (1.25 GHz) running Mac OS X 10.3.8, no issues found.

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by Katie Cadet - 2017, October 26 - 8:53pm

Maximum Pool v1.06 plays fine on a Power Mac G4 (MDD 2003) running Mac OS X 10.2.3. I had to install the game from the original CD copy using Mac OS 9.2.2 and apply the v1.06 patch on Mac OS X 10.2.3 to make it compatible with both operating systems. The v1.06 patch would be a good move for those who have dual-boot PowerPC-based Macintosh computers like the Power Mac G4 (MDD 2003).

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by butterburger - 2015, October 17 - 3:10am

When I was a tween-ager, I would play this in sessions lasting hours. I estimate two weeks of life wasted, total. I would stop paying attention in school classes, daydreaming about this game, imagining how Rocket Ball, Mad Bomber, and Chameleon Ball could be implemented in real life.

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by fm2 - 2015, October 16 - 6:42pm


Kitchen2010's picture
by Kitchen2010 - 2015, October 16 - 1:46pm

Can you add the full hybrid Mac/PC .iso image (652 MB) to the internal server too, please ?

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2015, October 16 - 1:01pm

Thanks fm2. Why is the toast image you uploaded so much smaller (132 MB) than the iso image (652 MB) that is in the external download?

EDIT: Ah, I see that you only uploaded the Mac partition whereas the iso image is a hybrid Mac/PC image. Your upload still seems remarkably small though.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2015, October 16 - 7:36am

Please do upload it to the internal server !