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Through the Looking Glass (aka Alice)

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MD5: 1e59c1209e37d54508a94bbcca2e78c4
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
This game is still available from its publisher
This game works with: Mini vMac

As Alice, you must outmanoeuvre a fast-moving array of enemy pieces on a chessboard.

Dating back to mid-1982, this is likely the first commercial game to enter development on the Mac, and the only one to be self-published as a retail product by Apple. The author has also released a 25th anniversary version for the iPhone.

I bought this game shortly after getting my first 128K Mac back in 1984. It was a lot of fun back then, and it came in really nice packaging that resembles a small cloth-bound book (which I still have). It never received much marketing by Apple due to the perception at the time that the Mac was not a serious productivity tool. Andy Hertzfeld wrote a wonderful article about the game's history on - [unknown reviewer]

This game, or at any rate a still from it, was shown during the Mac's introduction at the 1984 Apple shareholder's meeting. You can get the video of the meeting here. When I first watched the video, I was surprised to see what was obviously a game on the Mac's screen, given Apple's wariness of games on the Mac in those early days. - ibookworm

The game shipped with other Steve Capps projects as bonuses, such as the Amazing maze generator and a font named Cartoon. (If the disk is used to boot a 128K or 512K Mac, the OS will use Cartoon in place of Chicago.) Unknown to its creator, this font would go on to become ubiquitous in the games industry, appearing everywhere from Star Control II to Mortal Kombat.

This package contains three disk images—the game as it was published and two incomplete pre-release versions from when it was known as Alice—plus a guide to its scoring and secrets.

Architecture: 68k

Will run in OS 9.2.2 and on a G3, but entirely too fast, and WILL crash at some point. Use a compact Mac for best results. (Emulation doesn't really do this game justice; it is too fast even at Mini vMac's slowest speed.)

Type N for New Game, Q to quit.


SkyCapt's picture
by SkyCapt - 2019, March 9 - 10:28pm

Is there a PDF of this packaging?
An article about this game:

slomacuser's picture
by slomacuser - 2009, May 17 - 2:59pm

The original packaging of game was really nice done and hard to get these days Smile

Maedi (Disabled)'s picture
by Maedi (Disabled) - 2009, May 3 - 4:43am

@Steve Capps

Hey Steve, great to hear from you! Let me know if you've got any questions or thoughts on the new Garden.

Best wishes,

Steve Capps's picture
by Steve Capps (not verified) - 2009, May 3 - 4:01am

[Thanks to the guys over at for sending me here.]

I found on MiniMac even at the slowest clock speed, this remains as impossible to play as ever.

Also, the lack of sound effects or music makes it truly like a Chaplin film. The video on youtube ( seems to be audio free until that familiar beep pops up towards the end.