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Exile: Escape From the Pit

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exile_1.sit (1.74 MB)
MD5: 7ff94eede87e0c531c7b2964484c6d7d
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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exilev20.sit (1.64 MB)
MD5: d06083656020fcb1f13bb78f4a8b245f
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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exilev131.sit (1.46 MB)
MD5: a7ccd83184da05ccd214cd236abf6cda
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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exilev13patch.sit (460.22 KB)
MD5: b4ab0f541403b64172b99665eebb82dc
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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exilev12.sit (1.39 MB)
MD5: 6c59cbf53a3439588b1d1d66a26670cc
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
exilev113.sit (1.39 MB)
MD5: 2c4b4018379a742293f66c4aa4942358
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Exile_1.1.2.sit (1.22 MB)
MD5: e1605cbb352dbb65314cb0289ed47fa7
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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exilev11.sit (1.29 MB)
MD5: d5b573daa38fff07830ba3c23fe203d9
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Exile_v1.0.5.sit (1,016.04 KB)
MD5: e3301587081d792143a276a311439f30
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (1.73 MB)
MD5: 59a68554a4064e82811937c2302114b8
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac II

Exile: Escape From the Pit (also known simply as Exile I) is the first in Jeff Vogel and Spiderweb Software's Exile series of fantasy RPGs that were released for Macintosh and Windows. It was initially published by Fantasoft. Exile I would eventually be remade (and renamed) as Avernum.


You are a group of adventurers, mages, thieves, and mixed malcontents, who have just been teleported, for crimes unknown and probably trivial, into the vast, labyrinthian underworld of Exile. There, you will meet the people who came before you, learn about the society that they have created, battle the nasty creatures that torment them, and ... and ...

And what? What is the goal? What are you trying to do?

That's a fair question. And there are many answers. Do you want to escape? Save the people of Exile from the dangers they face? Just explore, run around and kill? Wreak a horrid revenge on the surface world? Exile has many missions, some small, some large, some game-spanning. There are several ways to win the game, of varying difficulty. And there are towns and dungeons that just don't have much to do with anything.

Finding out how to save (or change, or destroy) the world will not be easy. You will need to search caverns, huge and small, convenient and remote, talking to people and searching for clues. And then, when you find out something you can do, you must make the harder choice: Is it something you should do?

Top DL: v2.0.1 - The last and definitive version of Exile I (provided as a disk image with installer).
2nd DL: v2.0 - The first version of Exile I with the updated graphics set introduced in Exile III.
3rd DL: v1.3.1 - A point update from v1.3, and the last version of Exile I with the old-style graphics. It introduced a new title screen, and also allowed both melee and ranged weapons to be equipped simultaneously.
4th DL: v1.3 Patch - Contains patches for updating versions 1.2 or 1.1.3 to v1.3. Importantly, v1.3 introduced the "AP" or "action points" system of combat.
5th DL: v1.2 - Introduced the ability to save dialogue responses in a journal, and also added a background music feature utilizing MOD or MAD files (the included music file is of J.S. Bach's "Little Fugue" in G-minor, though it can be replaced with one of your choosing).
6th DL: v1.1.3 - A point update from 1.1.2, it was most likely a bug fix.
7th DL: v1.1.2 - An update from v1.1, 1.1.2 evidently fixed a crucial bug regarding weapon accuracy, as well as added improved graphics.
8th DL: v1.1 - Added a Save Maps option, as well as item storage rooms. Also introduced an improved spell selection system, as well as save file loading from the Finder.
9th DL: v1.0.5 - A significant update from the initial 1.0 release, v1.0.5 added several important features: integrated spell selection, improved ranged attack targeting, and a new character information window. It also fixed a bug that prevented the game from running on various machines.

Version 2.0.1 is also available from Spiderweb Software as a free download at the link provided.

Beware! Versions of Exile I prior to 1.3 do not use the "AP" system of combat found in later versions of the game and subsequent entries in the series. Characters in these versions are limited to just one tile of movement per turn during combat.

See also
Exile II: Crystal Souls
Exile III: Ruined World
Blades of Exile

Architecture: 68k

Minimum requirements
• SSW 7 or later
• 256 color QuickDraw
• 13 inch monitor
• 3 MB on disk
• 2 MB RAM

"Exile can sometimes be played in 16 colors, but the graphics will be very ugly. It often runs on 68000 chip machines (Classic, Plus, SE), but is not entirely reliable."


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by scott Praed - 2019, December 25 - 5:03pm

I upload Exile full Version 68k This game run 256 colors. Version 2.0.1

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by lilliputian - 2018, September 5 - 7:49am

Well, looks like I just found a version in between the two, v1.0.5! Found on Will upload shortly!

EDIT: Uploaded! Enjoy. Smile

EDIT 2: Found 1.1! It was on (There were also several patch versions, but I didn't upload those.)

Now just need 1.0...

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by lilliputian - 2018, September 3 - 9:57pm

What would be really cool is if we could somehow track down versions 1.1 and 1.0!

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by lilliputian - 2018, September 3 - 9:28pm

@President_People No problem at all! I had found and uploaded the older versions of Exile II awhile ago, but put off (and promptly forgot about) putting up the ones of Exile I. It's really interesting seeing how things like this developed and changed over time! I actually like the older graphics, even if they're a bit cruder.

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by President People - 2018, September 3 - 7:37pm

@lilliputian Thank you very much for all of these! Looks like I was missing out on some pretty important updates with the older one after all.

As for any differences between the 1.1.2 versions we uploaded, the one from my end came off the Aztech Mac Cube. It was packed with shareware demos, and I can't tell you how many hours I sunk into them as a kid. Man, those were the days.

Also, I mentioned the application crashing when I tried editing the graphics, but this wasn't true for everything in the resource fork. My brother and I used to make player sprites of our D&D characters and it ran fine, so editing the player, NPC and monster sprites didn't seem to cause any issues. It's when the terrain graphics and animated objects were modified that problems arose. Just wanted to clear that up.

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by WhosIt.There - 2018, August 31 - 7:49am

I can't check right now, but from memory StuffIt has an option to save at differing levels of compression for speed vs filesize (mainly so you didn't have to wait as long on slow computers).

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by lilliputian - 2018, August 31 - 7:10am

@President_People I went ahead and uploaded a number of versions I'd been sitting on for awhile, as well as your copy of version 1.1.2. I compared it to a copy of 1.1.2 that I had, but apart from a slightly different modification date on one single folder, the contents appeared to be identical. The bigger difference was the StuffIt files themselves, as mine was slightly bigger for whatever reason!

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by President People - 2018, August 29 - 8:47pm

I have here the old demo v1.1.2, with the old graphics. I've heard that at least one release afterwards also contained the old graphics, but this is the latest I own.

I remember trying to edit these into the very latest version with ResEdit and Appleworks way back when, but it always ended up crashing on startup.

Spiderweb Software has made the Exile (and the rest of the trilogy) free to play. You can download a fully registered version here:

From there, you can take the misc.dat file and use it with any other copy of Exile you own. I haven't fully tested this with the older version I provided above, but I plan to soon.

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by CalTheOnly - 2014, August 18 - 7:11am

I only played the Demo I think, but that in itself was massive. Loved this game.

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by Sofos - 2011, April 24 - 12:35pm

MadMac, thanks for sharing the info.
However, I've tried your formula on my copy of Exile I, and it sadly doesn't work Sad
Furthermore, I've tried using a keygen for Exile II my friend found in the depths of his old Mac, and it doesn't work on Exile I either Sad

Oh well, anyways, a great game! Deserves 4 of 5 (not 5 of 5 because Exile II is even better!) for its atmosphere, fine gameplay balance, and quite an intuitive interface.

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by MadMac - 2010, October 12 - 8:29pm

Every copy of Exile will give you a different registration code, and all you have to do is some maths, since keygens are no longer avariable over the net for this game.

Exile l, Exile II 1.0.1 and Exile II Editor both use the same formula for the registration key -- it is:


Where RC is the registration code given to you by the programs.

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by Trine29 - 2010, October 11 - 4:39am

I could use a little help registering. Not sure what the best way is...

MadMac's picture
by MadMac - 2010, September 8 - 10:20pm

Bolkonskij, it was really hard to find... Enjoy!
If anybody have problems to register, just ask.

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by Bolkonskij - 2010, September 8 - 6:30pm

Another great Spiderweb RPG gem - thanks for uploading!