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VR Soccer '96

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#1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
VR_Soccer.iso_.hqx (69.88 MB)
MD5: 3fe74f50bb4f332b34b43a65fc5db988
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
#2
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
VR_Soccer.img_.hqx (69.30 MB)
MD5: 14b02ad63e8e2a7d2d3447b140bf57af
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
#3
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
VR-Soccer-No-CD.sit (4.60 KB)
MD5: ca23a734b32f7d909820bed901cdcae0
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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This game is still available from its publisher
Emulation
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A fun (and surprising given it was released in the mid 1990s) 3D soccer (football) game that features 44 international teams and "live" announcer voice-over during the match. Network multiplayer features as well.

The game requires a mounted disc or disc image to advance into a game; download #1 will work. The game seems to want an actual physical CD copy in the drive to begin any match. The disc image was locked but the game still refused to advance past the game creation screen and into a match. See DL #3 for a fix to this issue.

This game was also released as Actua Soccer.

VR Soccer '96 is still available for sale as of late 2020 for modern Macs and PCs on GOG.com and Steam.

Compatibility
Architecture: PPC

The "Easy Install" (screenshot #3) installs the full US English version of the game.
The "Custom Install" (screenshot #4) gives a choice of Canadian French (full or minimal) or US English (minimal) installs, plus additional Networking components, if needed.
RAVE3D Support is required (screenshot #5). This is the error message I got when testing if the game would play on SheepShaver (running Mac OS 7.6.1). So no luck there so far.

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MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, December 12 - 3:15am

No worries. I've added a No CD fix for DL #1 as the 2nd DL, but by all means add a true CD image if you are up for it, as unmodified CD master copies are always preferred. Thanks.

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by Macobyte - 2020, December 12 - 12:06am

Oh dang it, I apologize… I'm trying to help out and add to the archive, not create more work for y'all.

Sounds like you fixed it and I don't need to reupload it. Thanks! If it's better for me to remake the image and upload it again I'm happy to do that, I have the original CD here.

Thanks for the tips; I had about five other games' and apps' CD images created and compressed ready to upload and I guess I'll redo those now.

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, December 11 - 4:23am

The game seems to want an actual physical CD copy in the drive to begin any match. The disk image was locked but the game still refused to advance past the game creation screen and into a match.

Yes. It's because the image file was not created as an ISO compatible Disk Copy 6 image (or Toast image or .CDR master), that is where the problem lies.

It requires mounting as either a virtual CD (or written back to physical CD media).

As the img file above appears to have been created on Mac OS 9 or earlier, If you have the original CD, you can create a true CD image from it by using Toast or the Virtual CD/DVD Utility to create the ISO image. The latter is a good choice as it creates ISO images that can be double-click mounted in Mac OS 9.2.2 or earlier.

The above Disk Copy image, as is, cannot be mounted using the Virtual CD/DVD Utility, it is incompatible.

I was able to play this game OK by converting the image using Disk Copy 6.3.3 to custom rebuild it as an ISO compatible Read Only Disk Copy image - this required recalculating the mounted image size into multiples of 512KB chunks (easier to calculate using multiples of 1024KB) to give the image ISO compatibility.

So I converted the above to a new file size of 60MB (60 x 1024 = 61440KB). The resulting image was then ISO compatible and could be mounted using the Virtual CD/DVD Utility. - And fool the player into thinking an actual CD was mounted, enabling game play.