System's Twilight emulator packages
Sunday, August 27, 2017
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These packages are based on Mini vMac, an open-source classic Mac emulator. Special thanks to David Pfaltzgraff-Carlson, who set up Cliff Johnson's puzzle games using Mini vMac in this manner. I just copied his package configuration.
(Yes, these packages include an unlicensed Mac ROM. The ghost of Steve Jobs can come yell at me about it.)
Some notes on play:
You can go to the game map (under the Game menu) at any time. This will show you all completed and in-progress levels. You can revisit a completed level to replay its dialogue (but not its puzzles).
You menu is your inventory.
To quit, close the game (
File / Quit and Save) and then shut down the emulator (
Special / Shut Down). Don't just kill the emulator, or you may corrupt the Mac disk. Yes, this was a real problem in the old days.
Your game is saved on the disk images (
disk2.dsk) inside the emulator package. That is to say, your save files are not kept in your real home Documents or Library folder; if you uninstall the package, your save game is gone. This is bad form on modern OSes (and is the reason the apps aren't developer-signed!). But that's the way Mini vMac works. Sorry.