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MD5: f95504b227251f8fb5597d7258d1aad9
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (1.53 MB)
MD5: 5d78321834f4a1b40e5e2f44291a4504
For System 6.x - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
This game is still available from its publisher
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

TaskMaker is a Ultima-like tile-based role-playing game for the Macintosh, created by Dave Cook. The original black-and-white version was published by XOR Corporation in 1989. Soon after the game hit the shelves, though, Cook found he was receiving little communication from the publishing company and although TaskMaker seemed to be selling well where he checked, the company claimed it was not selling at all.

After months of frustration and attempting to get some level of accountability from the publisher, Cook went to the extreme measure of having to sue the publisher to get the rights to his title back. The courts agreed with Cook's complaints about the company. He later decided to self-publish his games under the label "Storm Impact" and in 1993, he released an upgraded shareware version featuring color graphics and compatibility with newer versions of the Mac OS.

    Play and keep TaskMaker for as long as you'd like. You have unlimited use of all of the features of the game, and access to the tutorial and five villages/dungeons. However you can only complete up through the 2nd of ten tasks (about 3 to 6 hours into the game).

    -- excerpt from the TaskMaker online documentation.

A shareware payment of $10 will get registration numbers for all of Storm Impact's games emailed to you, gratis.

Top DL: TaskMaker v2.2.4 as located at the author's Storm Impact web pages. If unzipping on a classic Mac system, use MacZip for the extraction.
MD5 checksum & filename: f95504b227251f8fb5597d7258d1aad9 *

2nd DL: TaskMaker v2.2.4 as above but in a ".iso" wrapper. - some have had difficulties in using the file from the Storm Impact site and this is an attempt to make the archive more user friendly for emulator users. Simply unzip on your host PC/Mac and add the ".iso" to the list of drives in Basilisk's or SheepShaver's GUI. TaskMaker will then mount as a disk drive when you next start up your emulator.
You can also access this ".iso" on a classic Mac or emulator if you wish to; Use MacZip to extract and the resulting file is mountable read/write in Disk Copy 6.x.
MD5 checksum & filename: 5d78321834f4a1b40e5e2f44291a4504 *


We would appreciate an upload of the black-and-white XOR Corporation floppy disk version of TaskMaker. (Even if it's unplayable due to copy protection, it may yield amusing hidden messages like those in the XOR release of MacSki.)


Storm Impact also released a sequel, The Tomb of the Taskmaker, in 1997.

Architecture: 68k PPC

Tested as working in Mini vMac (SSW 7.1), Basilisk II JIT & Build 142 (SSW 7.1.1) & SheepShaver (OWR, Mac OS 7.6.1). Not tested by myself in later Mac OS's, but this game may work OK in those too.


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by mrdav - 2015, March 14 - 12:47pm

I have reupped the game in the form that it appeared on the original website. To uncompress, you should use MacZip and all should be good. (well it was for me)

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, March 13 - 12:40am

  Does anyone know what disk format this game is on?

@WhosIt.There: It appears to be FUBAR. There is no recognizable File system on the image, which any of the methods you tried can handle.

The current DL file needs removing and replacing. Its unusable.

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by WhosIt.There - 2014, September 24 - 5:54am

Quest Does anyone know what disk format this game is on? The StuffIt archive decompresses fine, but nothing seems to recognise / mount the resulting disk image - not Disk Copy (Classic and OS X versions), ShrinkWrap, nor Toast, and doesn't mount in Mini vMac. Puzzled

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by bahkibulle - 2011, December 29 - 1:09am

@Pagan Thank you SO MUCH for your advice! I've been dying to play Taskmaker for some time now and was unfamiliar with the whole emulator thing, so I had no idea what to do with the Zip file Storm Impact provided. I tried using StuffIt Expander at first, but it gave me .doc files. Then I tried using HFV Explorer and StuffIt, and that gave me blank files. Finally, I installed ZipIt 1.4 into the emulator and used that to extract Taskmaker. And now, I can play Taskmaker. I wish I read your post earlier! Thank you so much for the helpful post!

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by headsign - 2011, October 31 - 11:47am

This is not exactly abandonware! Serial numbers for this game, as well as all of Storm Impact‘s products, can still be purchased on the developer‘s site for a small fee of 10$:

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by IIGS_User - 2010, July 17 - 7:13pm

you must also edit the properties of the executable and increase the amount of memory the executable is allowed to use.

Menu item 'File' -> 'Information...'

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by khsater - 2010, July 17 - 6:59pm

Following Pagan's advice (Thanks, btw), I used ZipIt to unzip the file from the official developer's page. Unfortunately I still got a blank "document" when dragging the file from ZipIt to my folder. It should be noted that I'm using SheepShaver with OS 9.0. I figured out, though, that deleting the executable or any other files that aren't working and unzipping them again by dragging the file itself to the folder, it unzipped just fine.
One final tip to those attempting to get this in an emulator: I had an issue getting the game to run in color because I initially allocated only 128MB of RAM to the emulator. After increasing this amount, you must also edit the properties of the executable and increase the amount of memory the executable is allowed to use.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, July 16 - 5:28pm

Thanks, Pagan! Smile

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by pagan - 2010, July 16 - 3:35pm

IIGS_User, President People, and other people claiming you can't use zipped files on a classic mac:

Sure, it's true in general, but not if they were zipped by a mac-compatible software preserving the resourceforks. In this case, they are. (Quote from dev: "I used ZipIt 1.4 for the Mac".)
And of course, as all "Old Macintosh fellows" knows, do NOT use StuffIt or the OSX built-in software to unzip them, since that is what results in the "blank documents".

In other words, the link ( ) that has all the last versions works just fine. Just use either a real zip-software made for macs (for instance, ZipIt) if you're on a classic mac/emulator, or the OSX app The Unarchiver ( ) if you're on OSX.

Oh and BTW: if these titles are installed on your computer, and they say they are corrupted or tells you to check for viruses, it means: a) you have tampered with the files or b) you have viruses.
They were programmed not to run if their resources are modified in any way. You can read more about it if you click the link to the developer.

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by President People - 2010, July 17 - 7:46pm

I got it to work! I found v2.2.3 (the latest is 2.2.4) in sit format, expanded it, and burned it to a disc. I was able to play it on my old Mac from the disc.

I found the link that jothesmo gave some time ago, but I think they were in sit format. Now they are in zip format, which will not work (Blank documents that don't do anything).

If you registered in an old version... well, you don't have to register. If you are unregistered, the code I gave in my last post should work.

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by President People - 2010, May 2 - 3:18pm

In case anyone's interested, I have a registration code written down; possibly from Underdogs.


Also scrawled on here: "Taskmaker Version 2.2.3 good... 2.2 & 2.2.1 crashes with reg. #"

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by IIGS_User - 2010, April 30 - 3:52pm

hey guys
in case you are interested, i found an uncorrupted archive here, on the developer's site
note that it is a shareware version.

I checked the download of the external site, but it comes as a collection of particular floating files, zipped. Old Macintosh fellows knows that the resource fork is being lost in this case, thus the external download link is pretty useless, because of no use (files are destroyed).

Even the file from the old I found in my archive is a disk image which is not readable, so I can't find a working copy. I didn't pay attention to this file before, because we have been requested to remove it - at that time (HOTU removed it, too).

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by President People - 2010, April 30 - 2:30am

Yeah, I found that site too. Recently, Taskmaker comes up with this error; "Taskmaker is corrupted", and "Check your computer for viruses and re-install from disc". It only does it with Taskmaker and the sequel.

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by campbelljc - 2010, April 15 - 11:12pm

hey guys
in case you are interested, i found an uncorrupted archive here, on the developer's site
note that it is a shareware version.

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by SwedeBear - 2010, March 18 - 8:21am

Could be a ShrinkWrap image. Known to be stubborn… Wink

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by President People - 2010, March 17 - 8:31pm

Oh yeah, it's not mounting. I already had the game, so I commented. Tomb of the Taskmaker does the same thing.

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by Master Kudo - 2010, February 6 - 5:25am

uh, is this really a disk image? It unstuffs as such in both basilisk and my regular osx, but nothing can mount it

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by President People - 2009, September 10 - 4:16am

This was one of my favorite games when I was little, and it still is! The tutorial isn't something you want to skip.