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Chaos Overlords

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Chaos_Overlords.SIT (3.69 MB)
MD5: b2ea2c812f5f820e44384cb6725a713a
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (75.25 MB)
MD5: cb482dfc1e16c094afad253acf87a864
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (464.54 MB)
MD5: 7e8a8c5d0890ad303b8813db9dea255b
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This game works with: SheepShaver,

Chaos Overlords is played out on an 8x8 grid, said grid representing city blocks. Each block contains three locations of varying significance (hospitals, research centres, etc) which are randomised for each new game. In fixed positions throughout the city are the headquarters of six organised crime syndicates. As the game begins, the player is in control of one of these HQ buildings, and have one gang of 'Right Hand Men' under player control. The aim of the game varies, from eliminating all rival gangs to capturing all HQ buildings, or merely competing for the highest bank balance or prestige (popularity).

Gameplay is very like a board game. Each turn, a selection of three gangs is made available to the player. From this pool the player may hire or dismiss one of the gangs. An extensive range of gangs is included, from Disgruntled Postal Workers to Renegade Nuns. Once hired, gangs are dispensed throughout the city with instructions to seize control of the aforementioned locations (obtaining research bonuses from research centres, accelerated healing from hospitals, etc.), shakedown the public for cash, research new weapons and technology or attack enemy installations.

Each gang may be outfitted with a weapon (ranged or melee) an item of protective gear and one miscellaneous item (performance-enhancing drugs, smoke bombs and 'cool shades' are a few examples). Getting the right gang and researching the perfect accessories for them is where much of the fun lies.

Combat, when it occurs (which is often) is automated, this is a strategy game, not a tactical simulation. Action is simultaneous turn-based with an optional time-limit to keep things moving. Multiplayer is supported through hotseat, modem, LAN or internet (TCP/IP) and is more stable than some current releases (possibly due to low average system specs when it was released).

The governments of the world are bankrupt and private corporations now run the show. To keep the peace and maintain order, a ban has been placed on alcohol, cigarettes, smut, drugs, guns, music, dancing and just about everything else. The present: 2050 A.D. Mobs of enraged people fed up with being under the government's thumb, are turning cities everywhere into playgrounds for mass brutality. Chaos is running rampant with gangland killings, looting and extortion. As a Chaos Overlord, the city lies before you like a lamb before the kill. However, there are five other overlords trying to capture the city that is rightfully yours. Macintosh Multimedia & Product Registry Volume 9, No.4 - 1996

An Unofficial Chaos Overlords FAQ

Architecture: 68k PPC

Minimum Requirements:
4 MB RAM (6 MB on PowerPC)
8-bit Color (16-bit on PowerPC)
13" or larger display
Mac OS 7.0
2X CD-ROM Drive

* Doesn't run on Basilisk II (Complains about video adapter)


lordyupa's picture
by lordyupa - 2012, May 20 - 2:38pm

A superb game, with a sequel purportedly in development as we speak!

amatecha's picture
by amatecha - 2010, July 1 - 11:43pm

Such a classic game, pretty fun!!

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2010, July 1 - 9:30pm

Not a big deal, but there's a reason I don't usually use the "blockquote" feature and list system requirements in a vertical when I view this page in my browser, only the top quarter of it shows, and I have to do a bunch of scrolling just to see the whole page. Generally I try to keep things as wide as possible, especially since most monitors now are unbelievably wide.