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Midnight Mansion v1.1

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MidnightMansion119.img_.sit (22.01 MB)
For Mac OS 9 - Mac OS X
This game is still available from its publisher
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Classic platformer game, like Dark Castle and much like "Montezuma's Revenge" was for the Atari 800 / Commodore 64 / & Apple ][ computers. Guide your adventurer named Jack Malone in search of treasure, throughout 8 big mansions. It has a rather large and detailed Tutorial level (free demo). Download new maps or use the supplied level-builder app to create your own. The title music is a masterpiece.

Midnight Mansion was last updated 2010-2011 and is currently for sale and available to download from the publisher's website! having these three versions:
- v1.0.3 (2005) highest official OS9/OSX 10.1 release,
- v1.2.0b (2010) the last "standard definition" release for OSX 10.2-10.6 not Lion but maybe can do OS9 also,
- HD v1.0.1b (2011) for OSX 10.4 and up, as Universal Binary.

Our download here is an older version 1.1.9 (unregistered) whose minimum requirement was said to be OSX 10.1.5 however it can run in OS9 (requires CarbonLib v1.6) when working around some bugs; within OS9 its File Info says v1.0.4 by mistake. I used OSX hdiutil to directly convert the original v1.1.9 .dmg file to an OS9-friendly .img file and then compressed it in StuffIt v5.5 format. The various text files and web links found in the image will need converting or creator+type codes just to open them.

A long list of bug fixes listed in revision history is too daunting to actually use v1.0.3 in OS9, so working around the OS9 bugs found in v1.1.9 (or higher?) is possible and desirable.

There are three bugs I found when running v1.1.9 in OS9 :

1. Millions of colors must be used. Under thousands of colors in OS9, when combined with certain other conditions, the status bar at the top of the game screen eventually won't be drawn or updated.

2. Use OS9 File Info to increase the amount of Memory dedicated to running the game, maybe at 60000 KB. The default v1.1.9 amount works at first, but crashes (with a competent message) later in the game.

3. Gameplay will slow down, and pulsate annoyingly between slow and extra-slow, if when in OS9 it is run in a window or has been Disturbed by a window. Even when played in full screen mode, loading and saving games have a dialog box which causes this error. And pressing cmd+tab and even when having the OS popup with an "indexing..." message at 12:00 am all cause this error. One solution to regain full speed is to "Suspend" the game you are playing, Quit, relaunch, then (Open) "Resume" the game you suspended.

I've played the registered v1.0.3 in OS9 and the worst bug (#3 above) still exists there for my system. And v1.2.0b has only minor non-engine tweaks, so will contain these bugs as well. It's possible the entire range of standard def. versions have these 3 bugs described above. Aside, the "HD" version (for Tiger min.) is a different animal, however it isn't running in full screen mode for me; window mode only.

Architecture: PPC (Carbonized)


SkyCapt's picture
by SkyCapt - 2019, February 19 - 9:34am

Registration looks hairy. It's hardware+date keyed, maybe has to be performed online with the intended hardware, and you can't update to a higher version without having to go back online to correct your registry. Is anyone able to buy the "std.def." versions 1.0.3/1.2.0b ?? I managed to crack v1.0.3 (thru v1.0.9) but shall keep it to myself while it's still for sale.

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by Maximum R.I.S.C. - 2018, June 18 - 2:25pm

*** WARNING - Actionsoft appears to be defunct. I bought the game and never received any reply and have had to file a claim with Paypal to get my money back.

SkyCapt's picture
by SkyCapt - 2019, February 19 - 5:15am

While I did confirm the lost seller's webpage, it was briefly gone & now back like it was!

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by stu232 - 2017, August 21 - 8:32pm

Does anyone know where I can download the full game of this?

The Actionsoft website is gone and I can't find any way to buy the game.
I've emailed the creator but I've not had a reply.

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by SkyCapt - 2019, February 19 - 5:11am

In OS9 if I come to an auto Save pedistal, and don't want to Save, I can avoid receiving the slowdown error by jumping onto the extreme corner of the pedistal and then jumping completely over the pedistal to get to the other side of it.

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by SkyCapt - 2019, February 19 - 5:10am

Yes, scott, the downloads come that way. The author intends intel to be run under Rosetta emulation, he says so in the version history document. Rosetta was good enough for this non demanding game and its limited screen resolution.

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by scott Praed - 2017, May 22 - 8:17pm

skycapt Midnight Mansion 1.1.9 found a problem. Both application is Power PC in folder. The application label as Intel is not a intel but a Power PC.