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MD5: 6743a822328334311f6153445c97af51
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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This game works with: Mini vMac

This space shuttle landing simulation had truly unfortunate timing, being released the year before its namesake exploded in the worst disaster in the history of the space program.

MacChallenger was a joy to develop. William Volk poured himself into the project, as he did with anything he was attached to. Bill was - and is, one of those people who is, "in it to win it." The obstacles of the time relative to rendering, screen refresh, memory, etc. were all issues that Bill wanted to beat. The packaging and marketing was similarly pursued. John Skeel, who was involved in the content, focused on the fact that our team believed this sim was going to be different than any other that was in the market. And, unlike any other flight sim, this was based on making decisions - and so the wording evolved. I worked with NASA photographs and support to create the packaging. And the best drama related to a shuttle launch is lift-off. The development, timing, and cohesion of the team was an effort I'll not forget. More importantly, I will never forget all of us standing in our office, watching the television, listening to the narrative, as Challenger fell into the sea off Florida. The game had been out for only a month, and initial reviews were very positive. Mr. Skeel, really terrific at taking difficult situations and making them workable, dove into the process of reworking the packaging. Michelle Mehterian had a lot of work to do relative to explaining the game (after the tragedy), but was successful in getting additional strong reviews. It was temporarily successful, but ultimately, perhaps a bit too much for the time. If the game had been developed a year later, we might have been able to rename it for a different shuttle, but by then, we were heavily into other games, computer-based CAD, and animation and paint software development.

  — David Barrett, former CEO of Aegis Development, Inc.

Versions 1.0 and 2.0 are included: the first imaged from a bootleg disk, the second assembled by moving the files from the previously uploaded non-booting image onto the bootable version 1.0.

Despite Mr. Barrett's recollection, modification dates on the disks suggest that 1.0 was completed in May 1985, and 2.0 in July—several months before the tragedy on January 28, 1986. Another version was released afterwards, replacing the "Disaster Strikes!" failure screen with a flight instructor who tells you "you're lucky this is only a simulator." Some of the game's proceeds were directed to a fund for the Challenger astronauts' children, and a sticker to that effect added to the cover.


We're still looking for a copy of the post-disaster version published in 1986. It can be distinguished by the sticker mentioning the children's fund on the cover, and the fateful mission number "51 L" stamped on the disk in place of a version number.


Architecture: 68k

Needs a Macintosh Classic sized screen (512 x 342 pixels).


longboarder241's picture
by longboarder241 - 2014, March 26 - 2:32am

this doesnt work for some reason

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2010, September 15 - 10:28am

Is that last menu item for when you're approaching the ground too fast?

This menu includes menu item 'Silence' to turn sound on/off, and a 'Hide Game' menu item which will display a spreadsheet screen, also called 'Boss key'. Wink

Protocol 7's picture
by Protocol 7 - 2010, September 14 - 9:35pm

Is that last menu item for when you're approaching the ground too fast?

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by IIGS_User - 2010, September 14 - 7:58pm

do you have know what OS is supported by mac challenger? i really want to play this game.

Thanks for the question, thanks to bring this entry into attention. Updated now, plus a ready-made Disk Copy 4.2 disk image ready to use in emulators, stuffed with Stuffit 4.0 Smile

(In Mac OS 7, this game crashes)

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

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by SHiNShU - 2010, September 14 - 6:37pm

do you have know what OS is supported by mac challenger? i really want to play this game.