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Abuse.SIT (4.60 MB)
MD5: 39e5b498c3713e6c26e2b4c1adc2fee2
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Abuse_Demo_Installer.sit_.hqx (5.18 MB)
MD5: a9c5bb960a18243bcc9be8099c17b76b
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

You are Nick Vrenna. It is the year 2009. You have been falsely incarcerated inside a high security underground prison where illegal genetic experiments are taking place.
Alan Blake, the head research scientist, has isolated the specific gene which causes violence and aggression in humans. This genetic sequence, called 'Abuse', is highly infectious, causing horrific transformations and grotesque side-effects. You are the only person to show immunity to it.
A prison riot erupts, and in the confusion all the cell doors are opened. Soon everyone, guards and convicts alike, become infected and transform into a horde of mutants which take over the building.
Your only chance for escape is to don battle armor and reach the control room situated in the structure's deepest level. You must first stop the prison's abuse-infected water supply from contaminating the outside world. Freedom and the fate of the world now depend on you.

The game is notable for its (at the time) unusual control scheme: The keyboard is used to move Nick, while the mouse is used for aiming the weapons. The basic gameplay consists of fighting various enemies (mostly the various forms of mutants, who prefer to attack in huge swarms) and solving some simple puzzles, usually involving switches.

The game is now freeware and its engine is open source.

More Screenshots Here

The game's source code is available at The Abuse Project.

Fan made levels are available here (archived, some links are broken).

Cheat docs are available here.

Useful Forum topics

Also available for PC.

Also, be sure to check out Abuse 2 (still in development) and Free Abuse (merged with official version in the latest release).

Architecture: 68k PPC

A Mac OS X (PPC only) version is available here, but it's based on the PC version's game data.
Be sure to select the lower one as the upper is unstable.

Also some universal binary builds are available at The Abuse Project's download page, under attachments.

The latest source release actually contains a mix of the shareware, pc, Bungie/mac & Free Abuse data sets. Currently no official builds of the latest source are available though.


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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, May 17 - 8:10pm

You know you may be able to launch it a bit more conveniently (without the terminal) by using the following apple script to launch it:

do shell script "/opt/abuse/abuse -opengl -fullscreen"

Just copy & pate the above in to Script Editor and save it an an application (or application bundle if you want to edit it later) then drag the resulting app to your applications folder. An article on how to give apple script applets custom icons (if you ever get tired of the plain paper icon) can be found here:

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by HughMungus - 2016, May 9 - 10:51pm


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by themacmeister - 2016, May 9 - 8:54am

Run from terminal ./abuse -opengl -fullscreen

use --help to get all options

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by HughMungus - 2016, May 7 - 7:17pm

Ok, finally got it to work. The problem was me being a total noob. I actually had an opt folder in my root directory but it was invisible. Also, not understanding terminal syntax stuff, when I created an /opt folder i literally named it "/opt" and put the abuse folder inside. That's why nothing happened and also why I didn't get a message telling me I already had an opt folder. Doh! Anyway, thanks to you both for your help.
@ themacmeister if you could indulge me one more question: how did you make it run full screen? Mine is in a window

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by themacmeister - 2016, April 29 - 9:30am


I got this error too... if you switch to the /opt/abuse folder first (cd /opt/abuse), and then type ./abuse

it should hopefully work... I fixed my permissions too, and mine works with double-click from Finder.

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by themacmeister - 2016, April 29 - 9:27am

This is Intel only from what I know (only one set of libs)... ?!

It is also probably a permissions issue. Select /opt and get info...

Delete all users in permissions, and then add yourself and Administrator with full read/write/execute permissions (and then apply them to contents and subdirectories with popup menu).

I believe this will work with every OS X version from 10.7+

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, April 29 - 1:11am

@hughmungus sounds like a compatibility issue. What are your system specs (processor type, OS version, ect.)?

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by HughMungus - 2016, April 28 - 12:35am

I double-clicked the file that you mentioned. The Terminal opens but nothing happens. Here's the error message:

\:opt/abuse/bin/abuse ; exit;
dyld: Library not loaded: /opt/abuse/lib/libSDL-1.2.0.dylib
Referenced from: /:opt/abuse/bin/abuse
Reason: image not found
Trace/BPT trap: 5

[Process completed]

any idea what I'm doing wrong?

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, April 25 - 5:44am

@hughmungus double click on the game's executable file (the one labeled "abuse" without an extension and also has an "exec" icon). You should see the terminal open up for a brief moment before the game launches.

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by HughMungus - 2016, April 19 - 10:30pm

@3371-Alpha. Thanks for clarifying. Have never heard of MacPorts...time to start Googling Smile

3371-Alpha's picture
by 3371-Alpha - 2016, April 19 - 7:17pm

@hughmungus /opt is at the root of your hard drive. It usually only appears if you have MacPorts installed.

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, April 19 - 5:28am

@themacmeister I need it for Leopard PPC. Can't run it in classic because it was removed in Leopard; can't run it in Sheep Shaver because it crashes like crazy on PPC. I'd really like to try out the latest build but I'm not very experienced with compiling in CLI.

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, April 16 - 8:53am

@themacmeister you wouldn't happen to have a PPC build of the latest source, would you? Also, is it possible to wrap it in a cocoa bundle?

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, April 16 - 4:50am

A working OS X PPC binary of this game can be found here:
Select the lower one (the upper one is the same unstable one mentioned at the top of the page).
The latest source code (which actually contains a mixture of the pc, mac, shareware & free abuse game data) can be found here:
Unfortunately no prebuilt binaries of the latest code are available.

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by CalTheOnly - 2014, August 16 - 8:50am

I thinks that's where I played this one too. Great bungie title

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by Jonas Kvale - 2014, March 30 - 8:38pm

This game was so fun....
I owned the 9 Big Ones Games of Fame game pack with 9 full classic games, and some great demos, and this was one of the demos. Now I can have the full thing! This game is bloody hard, but a royal pleasure when you blow those mutants sky high!

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by CyBrChRsT - 2010, August 7 - 10:27am

Retro sweetness!

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by Foxtrot - 2010, May 16 - 3:04pm

I have an old savegame at level 13. Tried it in SheepShaver now and it works great.

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by j_damage•69 - 2010, April 22 - 6:02am

I havent played in bout a year, but pretty sure ive almost finished. I'm on this part where theres this big drop into a room, you have the jet-pack power up. Fall all the way down to the bottom and theres 3 switch light things you godda move over, once those are lit I had to go left and right of the screen.

Activate couple of actual switches. After that about 5 or 6 hard core flame throwing homing ships spawn outta nowhere to own you Tongue by that stage you only have a limited amount of ammo. The last time I attempted it I got down to one ship, they're bloody fast and kinda magnetize to you.

Lemme know,

P.s they dont really come outta nowhere, you see them folded up in the top corners of the screen, then once all the switches are active they come out from each side like a pack of cards.

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by MadMac - 2010, April 21 - 11:33pm

Let me know how far you can get without cheating... challenging as hell!

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by ImAhNoBoDy - 2009, August 21 - 1:28pm

One of the best games I've ever played when I was younger...but that was the demo. I can finally play the full version. Thanks.

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by HughMungus - 2009, August 21 - 7:02am

anyone know how to enable cheats on the os x version? it doesn't seem to have the 'screen options' feature mentioned in the above link. i got way deep into this game a long time ago but i still can't make it past this timed 'turret jump'-it's frickin' impossible. a little godmode might help

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by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 8 - 2:24pm

Awesome game. Playing it for the first time right now and really enjoying it. Can't wait to show it to my "I'm Mr. Turrican" friend, he'll spend the whole night to finish it Smile))

Thanks for sharing ..

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by Anonymous (not verified) - 2009, May 7 - 3:34am

A very challenging, unique, revolutionary, and overall great game that was another step in Bungie's goal to rule the video game market.

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by watchsmart - 2009, April 27 - 11:30am

Tested and works in Basilisk II running SSW 7 and later.

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'SSW 7' - IIGS User