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Spaceward Ho!

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SpacewardHo301.img (1.00 MB)
MD5: 565e0c4869714a6366c54b4d7c2924db
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Spaceward_Ho_4.0_EXPO.image_.sit (771.41 KB)
MD5: a311d7e3bf7aeb5d5ef97a9aeedc1f6b
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Ho_4.0_EXPO_Color_PICTs.image_.sit (376.88 KB)
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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Ho_4_Updaters_to_4.0.5.sit (1.16 MB)
MD5: 09dd885eef348570a4598d46e5fa7902
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Guides on emulating older games

Spaceward Ho! is a strategic game of awesome scope. You control the entire military and economy of a spacefaring race. Your goal: explore and colonize the galaxy. Unfortunately, you are not alone. Alien enemies bent on galactic conquest will oppose your expansion. You fight them by developing new technologies and expanding your empire, or you can ally with them to turn enemies into friends. (from the Product Description)

First download is a disk image of version 3.0.1 from (uploaded there Vintage Apple Mac along with the manual).
Second download is the color file for version 3.0.1. Put the color file in the same folder as the application and enjoy Ho! 3.0 in color.

The third and fourth downloads are Disk Copy 4.2 disk images. The fifth download contains three updaters (4.0 -> 4.0.1, 4.0.1 -> 4.0.3, 4.0.3 -> 4.0.5).

Version 5 (carbonised) can be purchased on the Delta Tao website. However, it cannot be unlocked for play, because since at least 2016, the registration server has been down, and Delta Tao does not respond to inquiries (source: comment on this page).

Architecture: 68k PPC


scott Praed's picture
by scott Praed - 2021, January 12 - 8:28am

I found out spaceward Ho! is at apple app store at $4.99 but this version 1.2.9 is 64 bit and requires iOS 8.0 or later and compatible with iphone , ipad and ipod touch. This game is not ppc or universal at apple app store.

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by MikeTomTom - 2021, January 12 - 4:04am

there is a button right at the top that makes Spaceward Ho! 5.0.5 available free of charge.

@zamlet: Don't get too excited about what you think is a free version 5.0.5 game, as it ain't.

It's a demo game. They are letting you "try before you buy" with their "free download". That is; You are free to DL it, but you must purchase a key for it to unlock the demo. - $29.95 - seriously !

Plus, the "pay for it" link on the Spaceward Ho! website takes you to Pay Pal, and whether the key you'd receive registers the game or not (as the link from 2016 via the description above, claims not to), it's not something I'm prepared to find out.

Also; It is a PPC only game requiring Mac OS 9.0.4 or later, and presumably, Mac OS X through to 10.5.8, and perhaps Rosetta on Intel Mac to 10.6.8 - This version will never play on Basilisk II like you had hoped it to.

It may be suitable for playing on SheepShaver, running Mac OS 9.0.4

To play this on Basilisk II, the earlier versions of this game, downloadable from this page above, may be more suitable.

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by MikeTomTom - 2021, January 12 - 2:26am

there is a button right at the top that makes Spaceward Ho! 5.0.5 available free of charge.

I see that button. But I also see a purchase for Mac button on the same page. So, does the "download for free" link simply mean that you are free to download but you still need to pay for it to unlock it fully?

[Edit] It's a DEMO game which requires a paid-for registration key to unlock. It's not a free game.


[Edit] It is carbonized, PPC only, requiring Mac OS 9.0.4 or newer

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by zamlet - 2021, January 12 - 2:02am

As of today (11-Jan-2021), the Delta Tao website is open and available, and there is a button right at the top that makes Spaceward Ho! 5.0.5 available free of charge. However, it's a .dmg file, and I cannot open those on my Basilisk/System 8 emulated computer. Any chance of seeing it here, hopefully converted to .sit or some other compatible format? Or is there some way to successfully open a .dmg file?

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by Purdy - 2020, November 16 - 2:15pm

Added the color file for Spaceward Ho! 3.0 and renumbered the downloads so the two V3 downloads are together.

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by scott Praed - 2020, October 1 - 2:13am

I think the website have gone out of business. The website shows this message
The server could be gone.
Bandwidth Limit Exceeded
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

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by WhosIt.There - 2020, May 19 - 10:05pm

Added a disk image of Spaceward Ho! 3.0.1 and a PDF of the manual that were uploaded to by Vintage Apple Mac.

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by Xeriphas1994 - 2019, May 26 - 6:15pm

A full-featured 4X game which nevertheless can offer a gentle learning curve. Brings the interface into the 16-bit era with data visualizations, a colorful palette, and that inimitable 90s ambience (valspeak, funny hats, easter eggs, DIY sound effects, etc).

I don't know if netplay still works, but the computer opponents are VERY intelligent at the higher skill settings; replay value remains large.