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Quake III Arena (OS X)

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (517.29 MB)
MD5: 86102d117109244659d7f6d96493dc3f
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
ioquake3_1.36.dmg (39.26 MB)
MD5: a90844fc3707875cd16ba80b99f0f3a0
For Mac OS X
This game is still available from its publisher
Guides on emulating older games

Carbonized version:
Unlike Quake I & II, Quake III Arena simulates the multiplayer experience with computer controlled players known as bots instead of a plot-based single-player campaign.

Runs really well, all maps work, great game. Will need a serial just to play, here is one provided:
DHRJ-NCNF-RWWD-977M-D9JT. If you have a brand new Intel Mac please purchase on Steam. Thank you Smile

[See Also]: Quake 3 Arena for Mac OS 9 page.

Quake III CD KeyGen (OS 9):

There is also an expansion pack: Quake III Team Arena

The Quake III Arena source code has been released and can be found here. Code for Mac OS X is included.

The story so far:

    Untold centuries ago the Vadrigar, the mysterious Arena Masters, constructed the Arena Eternal for their own infernal amusement. Virtually nothing is known of these beings except that they savor the carnage and clamor of battle. As such, they have stocked the arena with the greatest warriors of all time. And you have just joined their ranks.

    As a gladiator in the Arena Eternal, you must not only survive, but also win each and every battle against ever more powerful opponents. Don't worry overly much about getting "fragged." The Vadrigar won't be cheated of their favorite sport by a little thing like death. Those who fall are instantly restored to life and immediately thrust back into the battle, perhaps a little wiser for their misfortunes.

    When the dust, blood, and gibs settle, all warriors will have earned the right to battle again, providing further entertainment for the Vadrigar. But only the warrior who has fragged the most foes will be lauded as the winner. The victorious gladiator advances to a more challenging array of arenas, until, at last, he or she faces Xaero, Lord of the Final Arena.

— excerpt: SilverStream's Quake III Arena FAQ   

In single-player mode, Quake III Arena is split into six tiers of four arenas each. In order to progress to the next tier, a gladiator has to beat all four arenas. Finishing second or third won't do - you must emerge as the clear winner.

While the rules are a little different in multiplayer (network or online) games, there is one important rule that sums up your life as a gladiator in the Arena Eternal: Frag Everything That Isn't You.

Architecture: PPC (Carbonized)

No issues; runs perfectly in Mac OS X - Mac OS 9 version not really, it doesn't want to run.


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by Jatoba - 2021, January 16 - 11:09am

Thanks, @scott!

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by scott Praed - 2021, January 16 - 3:13am

I upload Id quake 3 1.3.6.
1.36 old build is not compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 or later When you click on download. The mac universal build was removed. The website said universal build not found.

This is universal download. It will works on mac os x 10.4.11 to mac os x 10.8. Not compatible on mac os x 10.9 or later. Any body want run Quake 3 on intel x64 on newer mac and they will go to ioquake3 website.

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by Jatoba - 2021, January 15 - 11:55pm

Yes, please, if you would be so kind, @scott. Smile

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by scott Praed - 2021, January 15 - 11:41pm

I found out on opengl 2.0 and SDL 2.0 Test build is intel x64 and windows and linux.
1.36 old build is not compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 or later When you click on download. The mac universal build was removed. The website said universal build not found.

Can I upload mac universal build 1.36 ?

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by CyberMonkey - 2020, September 3 - 2:53am

What version of ioquake could run Q3A on OS 10.3 and 10.4?

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by maciejka - 2018, January 25 - 10:16pm

It's Quake 3.
If somebody needs a cd-key use this: fill everything with 2's. Works on every copy of Quake 3 I found in my life, so it should work here too.

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by scott Praed - 2017, April 26 - 3:36am

I am tell everybody have Quake 3 webpage. That is going windows (x86 32 bit) x86 64 (64 bit) and linux x86 64 bit and MAC OS X (intel 64 bit) They email and told me. They are no longer support 32 bit universal for Power PC at

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by scott Praed - 2016, September 24 - 8:23pm

I tested this version in mac os x 10.5.8 on power mac G4 1.25 Ghz mirror door 2003 it works.
I found out is going to openGL 2.0 in october or November. I think they will remove the universal binary by october or november. The tests builds work on intel mac. The download is universal binary. This version is 1.36. Do want me upload this version to your Quake 3 Arena os x page ?

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by 3371-Alpha - 2016, March 19 - 8:51pm

You can find the latest engine build for this game here:
TIP: even though ioQuake3 is universal binary, I recommend buying the game instead if you have an intel Mac, just to keep ID from having an excuse to do the same thing EA did to us.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, July 17 - 1:20am copy of quake 3 doesn't have a hybrid partition. Strange...

And this one does? The internal Garden or the Mega link? (both are different uploads).

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by Kirtide - 2014, July 17 - 12:47am

For some strange reason my copy of quake 3 doesn't have a hybrid partition. Strange...

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 30 - 4:11am

YW, IIGS_User, it was no problem.

@Nicholas.f: You did fine with the upload. Thank you for archiving it here.

If you have other software to archive in the future, I recommend that you first check to see if it already exists in some form, here at the Garden, before uploading.

If it does exist and your copy differs in some way, then please add it to the existing page. If a page for it does not already exist here, then by all means create a new page for uploading your software to.

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by IIGS_User - 2014, June 24 - 8:17pm

Hi MTT, thanks for doing all the stuff! Smile

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by Nicholas.f - 2014, June 24 - 6:02pm

That was the only key i had

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by Nicholas.f - 2014, June 24 - 6:00pm

So did i do fine on uploading

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 21 - 5:24am

Perhaps the other page could merge into this one & the page info updated accordingly. As that page only has external links, it would be the easier to move.

[Edit]: Merged

Also have moved posts made on the old Q3A page to this page below...

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by IIGS_User - 2014, June 20 - 4:28pm

The other is Classic Environment, this one has been marked as Carbonized.
When it is true.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, June 19 - 11:05pm

Is this any different from the Quake III Arena page, that's been here since 2009?

One difference I can see, is that you archived this to the Garden (the other page's upload is archived at Mega, which I cannot access). So I thank you for that.

[Edit] Since merging earlier Q3A page into this one I am adding posts made on that page into this page. They follow here (its a hack to retain chronological order):

by mrdav - 2013, March 2 - 5:00pm

I have found that the OS X versions run fine under 10.6.8. So it is just the classic version (dated 1999) included in the original zip archive that remains problematic. I have now uploaded a full CD image of a classic version dated 2001. It seems to run OK under Mac OS 9.

by MikeTomTom - 2013, February 5 - 9:26pm

It seems that the Classic application in the zip archive is faulty

Maybe, but I am unable to run any of the included OS X apps, either. Tested only on G4 hardware - an iBook G4 running 10.4.11 (the X apps + the classic app under Classic) and a G4 upgraded beige G3 running 9.0.4 (the classic app only, native). Someone else may get better results than I managed, with my limited test equipment.

by mrdav - 2013, February 5 - 9:07pm

Thanks for checking this out, MikeTomTom. It seems that the Classic application in the zip archive is faulty.

by MikeTomTom - 2013, February 5 - 8:07pm

Ah, a mystery it is. Not one I can help with testing either, I'm unable to up/down large files for another week or so... still on hols here.

[Edit] Hols over, DL'd and extracted on 10.3.9 and also got a "_MACOSX directory", all items outside of this directory looked "normal" save the classic executable which has a generic classic app's icon.

Extracted same .zip on a G4 running 10.4.11, no "_MACOSX directory" visible and the classic executable has a proper QIII icon.

There could be a problem with this on 10.3.x... I am unable to test further because the only 10.3.x install I have is on Pear PC, which is fine for extracting archives, but actually running GL games... no.

However, attempting running any of the included executable's on actual G4 hardware running 10.4.x has resulted in failure... So I am at bit of a loss as to understand why they wouldn't run, as it had a complete extraction from the archive.

I'll try the classic version on an OS 9 box next and see if it'll run under 9.x

[Edit 2] Tried classic version on OS 9 box... Gets error (same error as when attempting to run it under "Classic" on the G4 under 10.4.x):

Quake 3 Error: User Interface is Version 4, expected 3

Does this zip DL work for anyone?

by mrdav - 2013, January 25 - 7:53am

MikeTomTom, I am using BOMArchiveHelper which is my default app. The problem is a bit mysterious and I have no alternative ideas.

by MikeTomTom - 2013, January 25 - 6:35am

What are you using to unzip on 10.3.9, mrdav? That directory indicates that it was archived using a Mac's internal zip prog. It would require the system's to extract correctly. Right-click and choose the BOM app if your current archiving program is hogging it as being the default app to extract zip files.

by mrdav - 2013, January 23 - 9:42pm

When I unzip this in OSX 10.3.9, I get a _MACOSX directory. Is this a problem? Can I just delete it? When I unzip on OSX 10.6.8, there is no _MACOSX, but that is no good as 10.6.8 will destroy the resource fork of the classic application

by MadMac - 2012, June 12 - 6:53am

From my pile of dvds... Please, somebody check the files. Enjoy!

by trerume - 2011, November 16 - 7:12am
(5 stars)

The best game I have in my old mac. I'd to increase the virtual memory (needs 160MB) to execute the game. No problems with the installation (and CD key).

by moof - 2010, September 18 - 11:34pm

I've got this running on an intel mac and it screams.
In fact, I've got quake I/II/III running on an intel mac Smile

by Carl - 2009, November 11 - 11:41pm

That's odd. It's always worked for me (it's my CD-key). I've compared it to the jewel case, and it's the same. This was a very popular game, so I'm sure you could find a near infinite number of keys online. Serial Box has about 20. Here's a few (untested):

by bubzie5 - 2009, November 7 - 2:21pm
(3 stars)

When i input the license key it asks for a new key i think this one is blacklisted. SRRY dude but we need a new working key/patch.