August 17, 2011
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Recently I’ve been reading up on Macintosh emulation on the Amiga. Since the old Mac’s used the same processor as the Amiga (68K series from Motorola), it’s possible to achieve smooth emulation of older games and applications. This means that it is actually possible to run Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Prince of Persia 2 and other classics on an Amiga 1200 with a 68030 turbo-card! Isn’t that something? It will be interesting to try it out.
I’ve now installed an emulator called Shapeshifter 3.11 with some extra add-ons on my Amiga 1200, along with a hard file of Mac OS 7.6.1. Thanks to a user on Amiga.org that have posted an excellent guide to Macintosh emulation on the Amiga, it was not very hard to get hold of the necessary files. If you’re interested in emulating Mac on the Amiga, have a look at this thread at Amiga.org, it’s very helpful.
Since I’m very interested in old games, I decided to go hunting for some Macintosh abandonware. I visited a site called The Macintosh Garden. This is an abandonware games archive that is dedicated to supporting the Macintosh computer platform. All the games have been discontinued and are no longer available for purchase. This means that it is legal to download, so no worries there. The Macintosh Garden was founded in 2001 and in 2007 the archive contained over 900 (!) games and almost 7000 comments from users. Pretty good if you ask me!
A picture of The Macintosh Garden website (snapshot by Old School Game Blog)
Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on my progress. I’m planning to do an article on how the emulation of the Macintosh went on my Amiga 1200. Stay tuned!