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MD5: 5a075793803b98cd6d06327a617d8f7a
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: Mini vMac

Pararena is an action computer game for the Apple Macintosh, originally released as shareware in 1990 by john calhoun. It is a mouse-controlled ball game where two players compete on hoverboards in a parabolic arena with two "goals" on the sides. The object is to score points by getting the ball into the other player's goal. Players tossed out of the arena will simply respawn after a few seconds, but fouls are issued for letting the ball go out of bounds. There are multiple game types with different victory conditions.

In 1992, Casady & Greene published version 2.0 of Pararena which featured 16-color graphics and network play.

john has made the following registration info available for all 1.x releases of Pararena:

Password: pararena (not case-sensitive)
Key Number: 97003

The key number has already been entered into the copies on this disk image, so they will only need to be reminded of the password (every 20 to 30 launches).

As a text adventure fan I become really picky when it comes to 'quick' games but Pararena is a masterpiece! I played this game for several years until (10 years ago) I got a PC. I have played very few Mac games since but now, with vMac/Basilisk and Macintosh Garden, I am restoring my old collection! Pararena has been, so far, the game that I enjoyed playing the most, especially because the technique is still there, just like riding a bike! (I'd surely enjoy Enchanted Scepters more but I don't want to spend 4 more months with it again!!) Anyway the best of all still are the memories of playing these games for the first time on a SE30, as most of you probably understand. Finally, I find it quite artistic the way the author creates the game atmosphere; not a very common feature on most games. - BigManel

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