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Gerbils.sit (1.36 MB)
MD5: 4d27f4819cbab2a5c90a6179c8897583
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Gerbils_103.sit (938.04 KB)
MD5: bfe84a9e50e004ea684b8dfc1b5c7ef2
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Gerbils_102plus.sit (1.90 MB)
MD5: 421e36292243a9cbbe05da5f19190e1d
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver,

Gerbils was a demo application which we wrote for Apple Computer. It shipped with QuickDraw 3D and is basically a rollercoaster simulator. This was Pangea Software's first official entry into the realm of 3D.

  — official description

1st dL is v1.0.0 app date June 5 1995 found on the Mac OS 8.1 Install CD. Who knows why the oldest version comes on the latest disc? The track tool window is named "Track Editing", the "Fly Through" window can't be resized larger than about Y>450 , and gerbils have the least forward momentum so they can stall going uphill and roll backwards. The "Millennium 2.10" folder isn't part of Gerbils!, it's a type of driver installer added on by an enthusiast.

2nd dL is v1.0.3 app date October 13 1995 found on the Mac OS 7.6.1 and the Mac OS 8.0 Install CDs. The track tool window is named "Track Editor", the "Fly Through" window can be resized larger, and gerbils seldom if ever roll backwards more like a real rollercoaster. There could be other changes or bug fixes.

3rd dL is v1.0.2 app date October 27 1995, newer than v1.0.3 , with enhanced features and includes bonus material. Everything in this download is found on the "Mac Secrets 4th edition" CD and comes from Brian/Pangea not Apple. You also get "GoCart 3D" (calls itself "Soap Box Derby") an unfinished alternative track type to Gerbils, and "Tic Tac Toe 3D" (two-players only, use arrow keys and press Space to make your move) both are also QD3D Demos written by Brian Greenstone during 1995. There's a 3DMF model of a slice of 'toast' too ...

Collections of 3DMF model files and utilities, found here:
3DMF Things

Architecture: PPC

QuickDraw 3D is required.

In order to run this in SheepShaver, a 3D acceleration extension is needed (which is included in the 1st download, in a Matrox installer from Matrox's FTP).


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by Wendiandherdreambug - 2020, September 16 - 6:20am

OMG! I'm literally in tears right now (out of joy, that is). For some reason this was a huge stress reliever for me! My teacher once noticed that I was really stressed one day, and she let me bring my lunch into the classroom just so I could play this throughout lunch, or what can loosely be described as playing, as this is a demo. Back in middle school, computer class became my all time favorite class just because of this silly and delightful demo that dampened the stress of grueling stories in history class! I loved seeing all those smiling gerbils racing around! When it was time to leave, I'd always wait until one was thrown off just to hear a "Bye bye!" from one of them then I'd say it back.

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by SkyCapt - 2017, November 1 - 9:07am

I just found a 'Pro' edition of Gerbils!, filesize almost 50% larger. Maybe we can call it "Gerbils! Extreme" like how Brian/Pangea made and named Nanosaur. The biggest new feature is tracks can travel underground thru psychedelic looking tunnels, and the ground can be made into ocean water, then the track has 3 elevations: below ground, under water, and above water.

Easter-Egg (all versions) : hold down the Option (or Alt) key before using the mouse menu to select Textured Track, then 2 strange additional choices will appear.

In the previous Comment, what had been "second download" is now a link to the dedicated 3DMF page...

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by 24bit - 2011, May 31 - 9:53pm

I collected some 3DMF models back in the days, so if you like to set something else on track, you want the second download. Included is a QT3D SimpleText for viewing the models.

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by longlivemacs - 2009, September 22 - 8:42am

I love this game, it's SOOO funny!

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by MacWise - 2009, August 7 - 8:06pm

This is a fun little application Apple commissioned to Pangea Software to show the capabilities of the then new QuickDraw 3D technology. The requirements are wrong, though. I got my copy with the System Restore CD of my Performa 6400, so it's compatible with Mac OS 7 as well.

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User