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Tristan

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Tristantm_Demo_68k.sit (642.65 KB)
MD5: 151fe8bc68bdbd90ba10fcd4b9cc5929
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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This game is still available from its publisher
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This game works with: SheepShaver,

Simple and handy. The pinball basic being loved for 15 years. - LittleWing (author)

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Architecture: 68k

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Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, November 5 - 1:36am

Quick update: after e-mailing them, I didn't get a response back yet. Would anyone else also be willing to contact them, just in case? littlewing AT post.email.ne.jp

It does indeed seem that, although the iOS apps in the App Store and the website are in the air, their entire Mac/Win business has been dead all along throughout all these years, even more so than Ambrosia before their website went offline earlier this year.

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 30 - 6:33pm

@Duality
I hadn't noticed that e-mail address from that blog post and the Privacy Policy page, thanks for pointing that out. I sent them an e-mail now.

Yeah, unlike the Mac/Win situation, the iOS App Store side of things seems to be still proceeding as normal, probably making enough to keep paying Apple the yearly $99 fee as you mentioned. The website itself still isn't down (even if the pricing isn't listed anymore, has not been updated in years etc.), so someone is also keeping the domain alive.

I assume what all this means is that other than the iOS games, and advertising the iOS games via the official webpage, everything else has not been of their interest during those years (probably they didn't deem it worth their time in comparison to the iOS side?). But let's see if they reply to my e-mail in the next few days. Other people may also want to chime in and e-mail them in case my e-mail somehow goes unnoticed.

Duality's picture
by Duality - 2019, October 30 - 6:01pm

Somebody must me minding their business, because their pinball apps are still for sale on the iOS App Store. They could easily save $100 a year if they didn't care to keep that going.

Have you tried reaching the developer through littlewing AT post.email.ne.jp ? Their blog mentions that e-mail address for sending feedback.

They also have an address to send orders by fax or e-mail under the Security section. Assuming their vintage May 2013 price list is still current.

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 30 - 4:39pm

Ok, it seems LittleWing is completely dead. For Mac and Windows games, their sales page says to be "under maintenance", so no purchases can happen, even from the Japanese website, and this seems to be the case for 4+ years already, according to people's old comments in one of LittleWing's official game videos on YouTube, as well as what archive.org reveals, also here.

To make matters worse, I tried contacting the developer via this form to ask about all this and if the Mac/Win games were still sold, but the form doesn't seem to work, as I get an error message repeatedly saying "Deprecated: Function ereg() is deprecated in /export/sd08/www/jp/r/e/gmoserver/4/3/sd0102143/littlewing.jp/util/formsend.php on line 18", and I opted in to join a mailing list of theirs, about which the site says I should get an e-mail within 30 minutes, but didn't. Checked spam folder, confirmed I typed in my e-mail address correctly etc..

I wonder if something happened to the developers, since they seemed very active until late 2012. But then it just stopped.

So, games haven't been for sale at all on Mac/Win without any notice for half a decade and the developer is unreachable. And aside from Mad Daedalus from 2010, the games are all over a decade old, most even 2 decades, and Tristan itself isn't far from being 3 decades old.
I think this, and all of LittleWing, is very due for full archival, with registration codes and everything. Thoughts?

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 30 - 3:20pm

Thanks, mrdav. Now 68k users have a Garden alternative. Smile

If I find other 68k versions someday, I'll also upload them here. Or even PPC versions that are different from the one in the official site.

Of course, the moment the website doesn't work anymore, we jump in and upload what was hosted there, too, as the developer losing web traffic won't be an issue anymore (because there'd be no website to lose traffic for). And if that happens, plus the developers don't answer back, then registration codes would also follow.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2019, October 30 - 7:24am

I have both the 68k and PPC versions with serial numbers. If we want the 68k demo on the page then all I need to do is withhold the SN.

Sorry but my 68k version is a cracked copy (FPU version).

EDIT: Found a legitimate 68k Demo and uploaded. Version 1.04. Don't know if it is the latest.

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, October 30 - 5:46am

Is this still for sale for classic Macs? It seems their website hasn't been updated since 2013, according to the copyright date. (Last blog post was from 2012, and the whole page seems to have frozen in time since then.)

Would uploads of this 1991 game be acceptable here in the Garden under these conditions? Has anyone tried contacting the author recently?

I believe we should at least locate the latest 68k-compatible demo, as bertyboy pointed out years ago.

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2012, December 25 - 6:58am

Why is this not on this page. I have the original media, both an FPU versions and the non-FPU version. I'm sure I've loaded these before.

24bit's picture
by 24bit - 2012, December 22 - 5:18pm

Must have it somewhere.

Zankasoftware has useful client software - for those who did not know. Smile

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2012, December 20 - 8:35am

I cannot find the 68k version on the author website...the only demo for classic mac available for D/L is for PPC. Anyone got the demo of the 68k version?