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Terminus_CD1.iso_.sit (609.15 MB)
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For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS 9
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Terminus_CD2.iso_.sit (220.91 MB)
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For Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6 - Mac OS 9
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Terminus is a space-flight role-playing/action computer game by Vicarious Visions. It was released in 2000 for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Macintosh. Terminus won awards in the 1999 Independent Games Festival for "Technical Excellence" and "Innovation in Audio".

Terminus is outstanding in its implementation of Newtonian laws of motion, which means that objects are subject to inertia. Once accelerated, they float indefinitely into one direction, unless again accelerated into a different direction. This makes steering quite complicated, but mirrors actual behaviour in free space.

In Story mode, the player chooses one of four careers (United Earth League military, Mars Consortium militia, Marauder Pirate Clan, mercenary) and follows Terminus's single-player storyline, set in the year 2197. In 2000, Terminus was unusual among RPGs in that the player's actions can affect the ending of the storyline. Failing a mission, for example, may lead to a different ending than would have occurred if the mission had succeeded. One unique feature of Terminus is the story would progress with or without the player. The player could begin the game in story mode, then go off and do something else and the story missions/battles would still take place, reaching an outcome depending on which side eventually wins.

Hybrid Mac/PC .iso images, compressed with StuffIt 5.5

Architecture: PPC x86 (Windows)

G3-300 Mhz CPU or greater, 96 Megs of RAM, OpenGL compatible video card, OpenGL 1.1.2, 128MB Virtual Memory, Mac OS 8.6 or 9.0, 4x or faster CD-ROM. Joystick and TCP/IP network connection (for multi-player only) recommended.


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by papa - 2014, June 16 - 8:04am

@mrdav I couldn't download the files with either Classilla or IE, but Firefox seems to be doing OK.

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by mrdav - 2014, June 15 - 11:31pm

@papa Try a different browser

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by papa - 2014, June 15 - 8:19pm

I'm getting an error when I click on the links to either of the download files:

550 "/Terminus/Terminus CD*.iso.sit": No such file or directory

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by ijo - 2013, June 29 - 9:16pm

- Any intel mac will run this beautifully. Heck, it runs great with my old 2000-era Pismo.
- If you have any problems with WINE, I can try to put together a "how-to"...
- I found a tips page somewhere on the web/ The Newtonian physics makes the game really unique/hard at times. Don't be afraid to start it on really easy, play through, and then start a new game with harder settings later. Since the game has replay value (i.e., fight for Earth first, then fight for Mars ?, then go independent) it shouldn't matter.

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by jediwoman - 2013, June 14 - 7:21pm

Thanks so much... I greatly appreciate the suggestion.

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by jediwoman - 2013, June 14 - 7:19pm

You are very, very kind!! I have a MBP running 10.6.8. My Mac isn't great for graphics intensive games lik Egosoft's X series, but I think it will handle Terminus.

The opportunity to play Terminus has been on my bucket list for several years. I bought Terminus when it came out, but I didn't get around to playing it. I put it away & forgot about it. In 2008 I moved; while I made sure I put Terminus in a safe spot, I never saw it after that - I think it might have gotten tossed by friends helping me move.

And so.... I found a copy of Terminus on (ebay). I don't think the person who sold it to me ever installed it. She opened it and decided that it wasn't her kind of game - so it sat in her bookcase collecting dust until I bought it from her. I got a perfect copy - all disks PLUS cover and manual for less than $10!!! I felt so guilty that I made sure she knew how much it was worth.

This is VERY important to me... Gaming helps me deal with chronic illness/pain. I have made it a point not to allow these great older games to beat me. (Ha, ha, ha). Gaming is not only a hobby. I'll give it a whirl. (Wish me luck). If I have issues, I'll give you a shout. Gracias!!


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by ijo - 2013, May 4 - 11:25pm

@jediwoman, I installed it on my MBA running 10.6 using WINE. It wasn't hard...I did make sure I installed the launcher app, and started in that, or else the graphics wouldn't work. Let me know if you need any help...

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by SwedeBear - 2013, March 11 - 5:51pm

If it's playable in SheepShaver you're 'Go' under 10.6.

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by jediwoman - 2013, March 11 - 3:20pm

Has anyone found a way to run Terminus on an Intel? I am hoping to run it in 10.6 on my MacBook Pro.

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by IIGS_User - 2013, February 17 - 6:29pm
This link, provided by Gajbooks, is still valid. Smile

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by mrdav - 2013, January 2 - 11:33am

Here are some new links that work.

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by ijo - 2012, December 15 - 5:58pm

For my review, I’m giving the game 5 stars. I’ve been playing it off and on for about 6 months, and while life keeps interrupting, I keep coming back to it. Why? There is a compelling story line, decent graphics for a game this age, and good gameplay.

Regarding the story line, you initially choose one of four “career paths” (Earth, Mars, Marauder, Free) and then you start the story from that point. It is recommended you play Earth first, which I chose, and you rapidly get immersed in a situation where you start off as the new pilot, get some experience under your belt, and then become one of the lead pilots in an Earth-Mars conflict where...shall we say not everything is as it appears to be on the surface?

The interesting part is, you can also play as a Mars pilot, and see the events and conflict from *the other* point of view, which is an “absolutely brilliant” touch. Or, when you play in the Free mode, you can do your own thing while events unfold around you.

There is tremendous freedom in the game. Events happen whether you participate in them, or not, as greater forces push the conflict to its inevitable climax. An early example: after your first mission, you will receive a “page” (apparently in this alternate reality, the iPhone wasn’t invented) which leads to a mission (should you respond in time and accept) to participate in the annual “Top Dog” competition against Mars. Well, the first time I played, I couldn’t figure out how to answer the page, and just saw the ships take off from base without me. The second time, I answered the page, but when we got to the area, everybody just flew around, nobody fired any shots, and the time limit was reached. The third time I played, I toasted a bunch of Mars craft, and came home to all sorts of accolades. Later, when playing this mission again, upon arrival at the competition, it was called off because of hostile craft in the area.

Subsequent missions are just like that; multiple outcomes, and if you miss the page or choose not to go, events still happen without you. A couple of pointers--start the game on “Easy” or even “5 Second Attention Span” and get a feel for the flight mechanics first. Unfortunately, you can’t adjust difficulty later after starting a game, so if you want to up the difficulty, you have to start over (but you might as well finish, and play again at a higher difficulty, or as a Mars pilot).

The only weakness I can complain about is the graphics. They are great for a 12 year old game, but you will have to get use to somewhat largish polygons. Happily, the gameplay is so much fun, you are rarely bothered by the dated, largish polygons. Also, you may have the experience of “I set the difficulty too easy” and then find (out of the blue) a mission will appear to be insanely difficult. When this happens, I have been finding that those missions are the ones you really have to plan, come up with a good strategy, and then employ different tactics and just see what works.

I have played the game in Win7, WinXP, OS 9 and OS 8.6. I am currently playing it on my MacBook Air via Wineskin. Crossover really didn’t work well. With the newer OS’s, the game quit abruptly once or twice the first times, but then just worked. The game rocks on my old PowerBook Pismo. It is playable on my old Lombard, but the slower bus speed really causes lag when the fighting gets hot and heavy. I tried multiplayer by setting up a server and clients on my home network, so...if people want to try to get a game together, drop me a message here, I’ll come by time-to-time.

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by gajbooks - 2011, April 4 - 10:03pm

Could someone please download CDs one and two, convert them to iso, and put them on Megaupload for me? I would of done it, but Megaupload wont work on my computer for no apparent reason.
download them from here.
Thanks in advance.
The reason i want to do this is because it is better for one person to suffer through downloading all the parts once, rather than every person having to download every single part.

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by Retrowurst - 2011, March 4 - 4:30pm

I'd like to try this, but where can I find the first two CDs of the game?