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Download rescue.sit (983.39 KB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: Basilisk II,

Evacuate the colonies along the Neutral Zone border before the Rulans can raze them. (Early versions used unobscured Star Trek names, until Paramount's lawyers objected.)

Hi all, I'm the author of Rescue! Wow! It's great to see such positive comments. Thanks! I will give you a bit of an update: Since the last version of Rescue! (v2.0.5, Nov 1994) I've made several attempts at a sequel. But, as you all seem to know, Paramount did shut me down on the original since I was using very "Star Trek-similar" images and names. What I found was this: a BIG part of the appeal of the original game is, I think, the Star Trek angle. It got the heart pounding when you saw a Cube ship bearing down on you because you immediately think of the Borg in Star Trek. All of my sequels, while similar to the original, have no Star Trek imagery, names or sounds in them... and darn it, they're just not as fun! Sad Another factor is that the face of videogaming has changed over the years. In the early 90's, one hobbyist programmer could put out shareware that would compete with the big boys. Now you need teams of programmers, graphics artists, sound effects people, writers, etc. I just don't have the time for that kind of effort and I've been kind of uninspired. The last time I did any Rescue! coding was January 2004. At that time I had the basics of the original game up & running again in Objective-C, using XCode for the Mac. It's OK... but... still something's missing. So I've put it aside. Thanks again for all the enthusiasm! I've been very pleased with the game's ability to endure the years. If you have any comments feel free to email me.
- Tom Spreen,

Architecture: 68k PPC


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by j_damage•69 - 2009, August 18 - 9:48am

I played this as a kid, really got me hooked. Not really into it now though. Brings back allot soooo I'm giving it a 5! Smile

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by Euryale - 2009, August 17 - 7:57pm

It's always nice to hear from the Authors to say something about their work and how they cared for it,
I 've always admire really creative people (guess 'cuz I am a Musician)
I didn't know this game but just by reading about it, got me interested, so I'm gonna download it
and check it out!

by Zebonka - 2009, August 17 - 1:51pm

Tis a shame Mr. Spreen can't be convinced to do more of these! I spent many happy childhood hours on this one.

by Brett (not verified) - 2009, July 7 - 11:11pm

I loved this game when it first came out. It may be responsible for lowering my GPA a few points.

If you download ResEdit from this site, and you're _very_ careful to learn how to use it safely, you can change the Rulans into real Romulans, the Fengi into Ferengi, and First officer to Cdr Riker (or Spock) and so forth. That was the first thing I did when I got the Trek/not-Trek version. Even put the actual Trek sounds back in.