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Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (323.04 MB)
MD5: d521bb187dccf44281f6b9b1486d766e
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Roger Wilco, the brave interstellar janitor who has already saved the universe from many great dangers, is now in a very embarrassing position. His commanders show no respect for his courageous actions in Space Quest 5. Instead, he is being accused of all kinds of violations against the galactic law, is deprived of all the honors he got in the previous game, and as a token of mercy, is allowed to return to his old job - cleaning closets... But those unfortunate events are just the beginning of much bigger troubles Roger will get into. Once again, the future of galaxy depends on him!

Description source: Mobygames/Macintosh/Space Quest 6

Also available for DOS and Windows at

Read about a SQ6 Mac crash problem.

Also in this series: I: The Sarien Encounter (original and remake), II: Vohaul's Revenge, III: The Pirates of Pestulon, IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers

(The fifth game wasn't released for the classic Mac OS.)

Architecture: 68k PPC

This is a Mac-only CD-ROM.

25MHz 68040 or better, or PPC
8MB RAM for 68k
16MB RAM for PPC
Mac OS 7.1 or higher
256 Colors
Double Speed (2X) CD-ROM (Quad Speed recommended)


Dimitris1980's picture
by Dimitris1980 - 2017, September 22 - 8:24pm

It is slow on my Macintosh LC475 for the 68k version. The ppc version plays good on my macintosh performa 6116 and like a dream with the sonnet nubus G3 drivers installed.

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by Dookie Boot - 2016, May 22 - 9:55pm

Reposting the timer solution as the link is dead. On a side note, it would be nice for someone to upload a save game file.

"I did figure this one out a little while after I posted... figured I'd post it here just in case anyone else ran into the same problem.

On my iBook 600Mhz, I was playing the game in Mac OS 9.2, since it is not a native Mac OS X application. Unfortunately, I was running into the timer issues, and needed a way to slow it down.

Couldn't find any slowdown apps for Mac, so I restarted the iBook back into Mac OS X, and put it into a high res, because I noticed SQ6 kinda jerked along that way. I ran the 68k binary straight from the CD, which caused some slowdown. There was additional slowdown due to the fact that it had to run through the Classic environment. The slow-down from the palette and res differences between SQ6 and the rest of OS X did the trick. It jerked slowly through the problem area. Saved and restarted under OS 9.2, and its been great ever since. Very Happy

Hope this helps any frustrated Mac users out there. If anyone is interested I will be happy to provide my save file as well."

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by Samwise - 2011, July 31 - 3:13am

There's a timing issue with this game, but I can't seem to find a working patch. They talk about it here: Most of the links are dead, however.

ModestoMan's picture
by ModestoMan - 2011, July 19 - 9:35am

Figured it out, restart classic via system preferences, with extensions off. Sorry, a little sloe sometimes.

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by ModestoMan - 2011, July 19 - 8:04am

Thank you for the download, but does anyone know how to open saved games? I read the crash problem, but I didn't really understand how to fix it. I'm running on classic, maybe it can't? Any help would be appreciated.