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Star Wars: Dark Forces

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DarkForces1.2.sit_.bin (31.04 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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darkforces.toast_.sit (105.51 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver,

Star Wars: Dark Forces is a 1995 first person shooter from LucasArts. It's a great game - similar to Marathon and the like.

Dark Forces puts you in the boots of mercenary for hire, Kyle Katarn. Initially charged with retrieving the Death Star plans from an Imperial base and delivering them to Princess Leia, Kyle subsequently is hired by the Rebel Alliance to seek out and destroy a new threat - an army of super, mechanized stormtroopers: the dark troopers. Dark Forces lets you explore numerous Star Wars worlds with total freedom, all while blasting an onslaught of enemies and achieving mission objectives. Macintosh Multimedia & Product Registry Volume 9, No.4 - 1996

Architecture: 68k PPC

Minimum Requirements:
5 MB Hard Drive Space
Mac OS 7.1

* Works under Mac OS 9.2.2


by dr.zeissler - 2016, November 30 - 6:00am

OSX via classic does not work for me. The controls lag very much, the screen is tearing a lot. No comparison to a real OS8/9 PPC. Can it be optimized for Classic, or can Classic be optimized for games?

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, September 30 - 11:56pm

It was. That's why I've got the Windoze version in my Star Wars games collection. Sad

The game is available on Steam and though if you want to play it on a Mac now.

by mrdav - 2016, September 30 - 11:11pm

I thought Dark Forces II was Windows only

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by jeffsdisciple - 2016, September 30 - 7:05pm

Just out of curiosity, does anybody have Dark Forces II and if so, would they mind uploading it because thanks to the Mac Garden, my brother and I can play Star Wars games together again. Smile

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by themacmeister - 2016, May 6 - 3:43am

btw, this has the best audio of any Star Wars game (IMHO).

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by themacmeister - 2016, May 2 - 8:59am

Just FYI, there is a wonderful DOSBox wrapper version of this for modern Intel Macs Smile

by enryfox - 2016, April 30 - 12:28pm

Tried the first version with both Basilisk II and Sheepshaver on my 2015 iMac:

BII: the intro is rather slow, 16-bit mixing and high res are grayed and canot be selected, but the game itself with maximum allowed resolution and details is quite smooth and fast.

SS: everything set to maximum, game is very smooth (I think ~30 fps) and enjoyable.

Have not tried with my G4 mini using classic but I doubt it can be any better than Sheepshaver.

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by WhosIt.There - 2015, November 21 - 5:10am

I can't say I've ever saw "frame tearing" under OS 9 on my G3. Mind you, this game, like most 3D games, makes me extremely motion-sick very quickly, so I can't play it for long anyway. Sad I got stuck on the sewer level, partly because I couldn't concentrate well enough (I do have a walkthrough, but not sure I can put up with feeling ill to play it depsite being a huge Star Wars fan).

by MacintheBox - 2015, November 21 - 3:36am

Both versions work for me in OS X via Classic Mode and (even better) under 9.2.2 on a G4. It suffers from frame tearing that I don't recall experiencing on the PC version but nonetheless it's still great fun to play. Smile

by mrdav - 2015, July 26 - 5:23am

The demo is on the MacFormat 28 CD (Sep 1995) if you can track it down.

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by RubyC42 - 2015, July 26 - 12:00am

Hmm, the link to the Demo doesn't work, anyone can upload it onto here?

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by sfp1954 - 2014, January 8 - 7:29pm

Here's a copy of my CD. It contains both 68K and PPC Native application files.!mFJQxYDb!MU0LKQGhgj5S0kkt1f7yKUsqyMthpHK_PVF_KK2_nf0

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by j_damage•69 - 2011, August 19 - 1:23pm

Was always exciting finding the secret rebel base in the first level Smile

by droideka88 - 2010, April 13 - 10:51pm

Hey, I'm brand new to this site, led here by my desire to once again play Dark Forces. Since you downloaded the game so recently and it seems to have worked fine, I was wondering if you could help me through the process. Will it play on OS X or will I have to download an earlier OS? And what emulator do you recommend? Thanks!

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by themacmeister - 2010, March 3 - 2:56am

Loaded this up last night for a quick look, and to listen to that wonderful background music again.

4 hours later... still playing...

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by MFoxer - 2010, February 28 - 12:06am

Where to download the toast version??

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, November 28 - 6:20am

Happens to me with all games, always end up playing the demo bit.

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by MacWise - 2009, November 28 - 5:59am

Demo still available from Lucas Arts

You know you're really taken by a game when you want the demo *after* you have played the full version. Happened to me with Marathon.

by butterstick19 - 2009, August 19 - 8:41pm

is anybody getting this error when then try to install dark forces:

ERROR: Unable to find or read file "HelNum.fnt". Make sure you have the Dark Forces CD in your CD-ROM drive.

i have mac os x 10.3.9 and i'm trying to run it in classic mode. any help would be appreciated. i used to own this game back in the day and i'm craving some dark forces action.

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by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 13 - 9:51pm

Thanks a lot for uploading the .toast image. Couldn't get the .img to work before, but now I'm more than happy. Awesome game! Smile

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by j_damage•69 - 2009, August 13 - 6:15am

yeah think I will upload the CD!

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by Balrog - 2009, June 28 - 9:01pm

Can you re-upload the full CD image, now that we have the space?

by lopaka1998 (not verified) - 2009, June 8 - 7:17pm

This game comes with a "standard install", "small install", "large install". All are identical except for the amount of files in the data folder. In addition, the game requires the "cd" to be inserted to be played because the cd itself has a data folder with even more data than the large install (and yes, I've copied the largest data folder - it still requests the cd). The more interesting thing is that it isn't really an install at all - the program is the actual game. You would usually copy the size that fits your drive over to your computer, but you would need the cd still inserted. This cd image would not fit in a 60MB space. To fix these limitations, I made the following adjustments to the image:
* removed small install folder
* removed standard install folder
* Made alias to game application in Large Install to CD's root folder
* Erased data folder in Large Install folder
* Aliased CD's Root data folder to Large Install folder

These changes allow you to play directly from the disk image (and to make it small enough to upload to this site). If you want to install, copy large install to your hard disk, and replace the Data folder alias in the large install folder with the data folder on the disk image root. Please note that the game won't start without the "CD inserted" so you will have to mount the image to play the game anyway.

It's easiest just to play from the disk image.

Works great on 9.2.2 on authentic mac - a dual G4 Mirrored Drive Door that can dual boot ox 9 and X

*Sometimes* works on Sheepshaver, MacOS 7.6.0, 640X480, 256 colors. Used Mac rom update rom from apple's website.
Game settings:
Screen size: 640x240 (letterbox)
ship details: solid
gamme: did i say bright
16 bit sound

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by fps-dungeon - 2009, June 8 - 4:40pm

Dark forces was the first Star Wars FPS period.

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by grawlix.computing - 2009, June 8 - 6:55am

I can remember that Dark Forces was one of the first first-person shooters to get grenades thermal detonators right. BTW: Basilisk explodes when I try to run the installer. I guess I'll have to dig the beige G3 out of the closet.

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by fps-dungeon - 2009, June 8 - 6:13am

actually released in 95 doom 2 was released in 94 and this game was said to be a reverse engineer of that engine.