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Chex Quest

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mac-chex-quest-1.sit (7.47 MB)
MD5: 1e5e1a21aa255010e7fe487baf70e4b3
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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The Chex Quest game is a Doom total conversion: maps, characters, textures, music - the lot. The game originally shipped in 1997 on a CD, included in a Chex® cereal box as a promotion for breakfast cereal.

Ralston Foods, the owners of the cereal brand at the time, employed Digital Café to develop the game. Permission was given by ID to use the Doom engine and the Doom 1 IWAD to do this. They released Chex Quest as a 3 episode game of 5 mapped games each, and using its own Chex Quest player for Windows 3.1/95.

Was the Mac community left out altogether? Not quite. On the CD was a special Macintosh folder and a custom "Doom.wad" IWAD but no player. Mac users were informed that they could use this IWAD to play Chex Quest if they already owned a copy of Ultimate Doom. I'm guessing here that funding had blown out for this and the cost of licensing the Mac Doom player would have been too expensive, costs for production had already reached 5 million dollars.

BTW in the Legacy Player, Chex Quest plays the entire Doom 1 maps that were left in this IWAD, not just the Chex Quest conversions. So once you get passed level 5, the maps may seem familiar but the creatures and textures etc are all Chex Quest - Effectively this is Doom 1 with a huge difference Smile - You can also play 3rd party PWAD additions and they too will have all Chex Quest features if the 3rd party modders have not included new textures etc..

The above DL is a StuffIt 3.6 .sit archive containing a locked Disk Copy 6.3 ".img" file.
MD5 checksum & filename: 1e5e1a21aa255010e7fe487baf70e4b3 *mac-chex-quest-1.sit

If you would like a copy of the original Chex Quest CD you can find it here. Note: the CD image is in about 20 .RAR parts, which extracts to a bin and cue files for burning back to CD. Also on these pages, a wealth of info about Chex Quest, with excellent scans of the original CD, its sleeve & cereal box prints, plus the follow-up Chex Quest 2 & 3 games etc.

See also: Chex Quest Screen Saver

Architecture: PPC

With the supplied player this game runs on PPC Macintosh only.

If you would like to play Chex Quest on a 68040 or PPC Mac that doesn't have a graphics card, or on Basilisk II or SheepShaver; Try the included Doom.wad file in this DL's archive with the Ultimate Doom player. - Or you may also want to try this in Mac OS X, Linux etc;. Instructions for doing this are included in the archive.

To run this in Mac OS X, you'll need a modern source port of the Doom engine.
A list of various OS X compatible forks and ports can be found at Doomworld.


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by scott Praed - 2019, December 18 - 2:52am

I found out about files in chex quest. The files doom.wad and doom3.wad. The file named doom.wad cannot renamed in mac os 9 Chex Quest. If you do the game will not work. You have leave files alone without renamed. I tried Chex Quest in Doom Legacy for mac os x and it works both ways. If you renamed the doom.wad to chex.wad or chex1.wad the game will work or leave the files alone. I also tried Chex Quest in Pro-Boom and Pro-Boom Plus in mac os x and play in both ways. And Chex Quest in ZDoom will play both ways. The chex Quest will play will play in mac os x If you renamed the doom.wad to chex.wad or chex1.wad or leave as alone as Doom.wad but in mac os 9 leave files alone as doom.wad and doom3.wad.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, September 8 - 3:11am

"It also crashed my Power Macintosh 7200... a lot."

To play the original promotion on a Mac, required owning a copy of The Ultimate Doom for Macintosh (there was no supplied player for the Mac included on the CD). If you had the original, I'm not surprised that it crashed your Mac as the WAD file they supplied for using on the Mac was in pitiful shape.

However; Chex Quest's original DOOM.WAD contained in the above DL has been custom cleaned & repaired for playing OK on a Mac.

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by MacinTricks - 2014, March 14 - 6:14am

I vaguely recall either sending in the box tops or finding the disc inside Chex cereal and being extremely disappointed with this game. It also crashed my Power Macintosh 7200... a lot.

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by Temporary Joe - 2013, November 15 - 12:00am

Impressive! It looks substantially better than the DOS version (par for the course)

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by mikeypie - 2011, October 1 - 1:11pm

Here's a 68k port of the game based on instructions in the original package:

I tested it briefly in Mac OS 7.5.3 on BasiliskII emulating a Mac IIci, it works in 256 color mode.
Enjoy Smile

Edit: Replaced 'xxx 7' by 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User