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Posted on 04-14-18 05:59:06 PM Link | Quote
I've had my Powerbook G4 6,1 for a couple months now, but I don't really have that many games on it at the moment. So I need some suggestions! Any genre is fine, I'm willing to check some new stuff out.

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It currently runs OS X 10.4.11.
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Posted on 04-14-18 07:17:29 PM Link | Quote
I have a couple on mine, but it's mostly ports of PC games, and the system's a PowerBook5,6, so 15" 1.67 GHz. Still, let's see, in case it helps... maybe regarding performance at least, since that's something I found very inconsistent when trying out games on my machine(s).

Warcraft III and its expansion run very well, the recommended specs for it are a 600 MHz G3 or G4, with 256 MB RAM and 32 MB VRAM. SimCity 4 isn't too terrible, either, but certainly runs slower than Warcraft - it requires a 700 MHz CPU or higher, but does recommend a G5. Quake III, either retail or using the ioquake3 engine, runs very nicely as well, unsure about the specs, tho.

Halo is... well, it honestly runs like crap on both of my G4s. Minimum requirements (for the version I have; there's been a later, PPC and Intel release that might differ) state ex. a 800 MHz G4 or G5, but in reality, it chugs along even at double that clock speed. It's playable, especially when turning the graphics settings down, but it's not pretty (literally). Similar situation for Unreal Tournament 2003.

There's also a port of Puyo Puyo Fever that's very playable on my PowerBook, tho IIRC, it does stutter in certain situations (ex. resolving big chains, Fever mode). No idea on the requirements.

Finally, something I used to play online sometimes a long time ago on Windows and recently rediscovered, Armagetron Advanced also has a OSX PPC version; runs really well, too. The official site seems to be down right now, so the link only goes to Wikipedia.

Official game releases or otherwise native games aside, ScummVM on OSX PPC works well, too. I played through most of Curse of Monkey Island on my G4 tower (1.6 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM) last year or so. There's also various emulators that still run on PPC, like Snes9x, but you'll probably have a much better experience playing these games elsewhere.

Pretty sure all of these require OS X v10.4 or lower, some as low as v10.1, none v10.5.
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Posted on 04-14-18 08:56:56 PM Link | Quote
Neverwinter Nights has an OS X version, as does Max Payne.

I've never owned a Mac myself (much less a Powerbook G4) so I can't comment on how well those will run on your machine.
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Posted on 04-14-18 09:22:14 PM Link | Quote
The "Escape Velocity" series by Ambrosia Software are one of my favourites. They're actually old enough that apart from the third one (EV:Nova), you'll need to use the OSX classic launcher to run them.
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Posted on 04-15-18 04:11:28 AM (last edited by Kazinsal at 04-15-18 04:12:05 AM) Link | Quote
+1 for Escape Velocity, especially Nova. That one's my favourite by far. The only problem is there's no legitimate way to acquire the game anymore -- Ambrosia was never a sizeable developer+publisher and they've basically gone completely under at this point.
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Posted on 04-15-18 04:59:26 AM (last edited by Xenesis at 04-15-18 05:00:48 AM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Kazinsal
+1 for Escape Velocity, especially Nova. That one's my favourite by far. The only problem is there's no legitimate way to acquire the game anymore -- Ambrosia was never a sizeable developer+publisher and they've basically gone completely under at this point.


Their website doesn't work any more?

I mean, paying $30 USD for a 2002 game might be a bit steep, but hey.

I still have the 1.0.0 version of the game burnt onto a CD around here which is pretty useful because it let you set the registration to an arbitrary date for the code, which is pretty good considering I bought the game way back then and haven't had access to the email it was registered to for about 15 years.
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Posted on 04-15-18 04:27:12 PM Link | Quote
Wow, thanks for all the suggestions!

I haven't tried any of them yet, but I most definitely will.


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