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The Better Dead Ratification

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BETTER_DEAD.toast_.sit (215.05 MB)
MD5: 288f222fea92ea31b8bbc47ebde0e354
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Guides on emulating older games

You are Commander Paine, a man pulled from the past to fight in an interstellar semi-mythic crusade against a race of creatures called the Binwas (from the review). This is a "point-and-click" game initially developed for the Mac with Hypercard in 1994 (Adventure Legends).

This is the very rare English version of the game (v. 1.2), sourced from Adventure Legends where it was uploaded by SwedeBear. The download here is a copy of the archive that has been cleaned up to remove unwanted Finder and OS X artefacts from 2003.

The game was reviewed by Inside Mac Games in June 1995. A copy of the review is available here as a Manual entry. It is an Acrobat 9 pdf. (Making it compatible with Acrobat 4 for older Macs reduces the quality.) The review is very negative and the game sold poorly so that probably explains its rarity.

The information in the CD mentions a manual in the CD jewel case, but we do not have it. However, we do have the Japanese manual for the Windows version.

Architecture: 68k PPC

SSW 6.0.7 minimum
68030 processor or better
256 colours


baku's picture
by baku - 2021, March 15 - 1:59am

Thanks, I wondered if someone would ever dig this up.

SwedeBear's picture
by SwedeBear - 2021, February 24 - 12:45pm

Added the Japanese manual from the Windows version as it contains some maps and codes. Anyone with knowledge in the written Japanese language is most welcome to have a look!

Yuri's picture
by Yuri - 2021, February 23 - 8:13pm

A weird, but still weirdly interesting game with strange story and unusual gameplay combining point-and-click adventure with arcade and shooting elements.
Unfortunately the 'shoot 'em up' part is unplayable in SheepShaver - everything is too fast even when speed-hacking the process. Luckily, the author provided the code to bypass that arcade sequence - it could be seen in the manual, if it is available only for the Japanese Windows version for now. The manual also contains a lot of other important information, so it is not advisable to play without one anyway.