Old School Games For Mac

Games are an integral part of one's childhood and it is often very difficult for some of the grown-ups to forget the games that they grew up with. Despite the huge number of new and advanced games, many are still hooked to at least few of the old games. The very first game to be included in Mac was a desk accessory called Puzzle and this game stayed with Mac for almost 10 years till it got replaced by a jigsaw puzzle. The initial games supported on Mac machines included the Dark Castle (1986), Microsoft Flight Simulator (1986) and the very famous SimCity (1998). Apart from the game Myst, almost all other games were developed alongside other operating systems. An exhaustive list of Mac games is available at wikipedia.

Dark Castle

Dark Castle was published for the Mac by Silicon Beach Software and for other platforms by Three-Sixty Pacific. The protagonist of Dark Castle is a young man named Duncan who needs to doge objects and solve puzzles while reaching for the evil Black Knight. Duncan is capable of running, jumping and ducking to make his journey to the Black Knight. He also has access to a limited set of rocks which he can hurl at his enemies. Additional rocks and elixir are also found along the path. The game has 14 levels coming out of 4 doors of Greta Hall. The Left most doors leads to three Troubles, the Farther away door on the left side leads Duncan to three Fireballs, the Middle Door leads him to three Black Knights and the Right door leads to the three shields which Duncan will require to dethrone the Black Knight . The game received positive reviews and was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. This game was followed by two sequels, Beyond Dark castle released in 1987 and Return to Dark Castle released in 2008.


Designed by Will Wright, SimCity was first released in 1989. It has been followed by several sequels including SimCity 2000, SimCity 3000, SimCity 4, SimCity DS, and SimCity Societies. As the name indicates, the objective is to build and design a city while encountering disasters like flood, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and attack by monsters. The game received considerable recognition in a short span of time and has won several awards including the Best Entertainment Program, Best Educational Program and Best Simulation Program. The games features a series of scenarios under which the Mayor needs to respond to the developing situation. Some of these scenarios are based on real life events. These original scenarios include the clogged traffic in the city of Bern, a nuclear plant meltdown in the city of Boston, the growth of Crime in the city Detroit and rebuilding the city of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Other scenarios include the attack on the city of Tokyo by a Godzilla-type monster and the coastal flooding of the city of Rio de Janeiro due to global warming.