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MD5: feef029af0eeae7fa41997dd989191b3
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Tesserae.img_.sit (324.48 KB)
MD5: c80d3a0109355d89410e38fb4080638c
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9

You're presented with a field of tiles, each of which bears a circle, square, cross, or some combination of these. The goal is to flip tiles over each other, subtracting symbols one or more at a time and hopefully working down to a single basic tile. Works on a Mac Plus (although 256-color mode makes the tiles easier to distinguish.) Was inducted into the MacWorld Game Hall of Fame as best "brain game" of the year.

Based on the game Stained Glass by Kent Brewster. For a spiritual sequel with many new board layouts, including hexagonal grids, and a layout editor, try Poly-Tile.

Aki's Playware currently sells an iPhone version of Tesserae.

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El Residente's picture
by El Residente - 2014, July 13 - 2:45pm

Takes a fair amount of work to get the hang of, but worth it. Mind you, I still can't get beyond 'intermediate'!

themacmeister's picture
by themacmeister - 2014, June 12 - 9:05am

One of the finest puzzle games on the Mac, along with Ishido...

Denus's picture
by Denus - 2014, June 12 - 8:46am


MCP's picture
by MCP - 2011, May 7 - 7:15am

I added an alternate archive of this game, but it's the same version number, just from an actual floppy and paper manual.

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by ryoushi - 2010, January 21 - 3:52am

In 1991 I worked for a French company in Paris that was making industrial scale laser printers/etchers for publishing (making plates etc... for printing books, newspapers, magazines, and so on)

Because they took in a lot of publishing demo work, to demonstrate what their equipment could do, they had three Mac IIs fully outfitted with the latest (then) publishing software to process and rip data sent in by potential customers (they used PCs with a licensed version of UNIX and their own proprietory GUI to actually run their printers, go figure)

And on one of those Macs was ---- Tesserae.

I spent HOURS playing that game between ripping data and prepping it for runs thru the demo printers down in the workshop.

I agree, this is a great game and completely addictive. Thanks for the posting