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MrFlibble

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (Mac version)

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In the early-mid 90s, when the default screen resolution for many DOS games was 320x200, Macintosh computers already used 640x480 by default. This is why some Mac ports of PC or console titles received updated graphics to match the increased resolution compared to the originals.

The Mac version of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans also got a graphics upgrade, as is evident from these reviews (preserved by the Wayback Machine):

http://www.macledge.com/Reviews/warcraft/warcraft.html

http://www.game-revolution.com/games/mac/warcraft.htm

http://www.macweek.com/mw_12-04-95/rev19.html

However, apparently it is almost impossible to find any good quality screenshots of the Mac version on the net these days. And even though a Mac demo was released by Blizzard, running it without a Mac is not possible.

There exist a number of free, open source Macintosh emulators (a good overview can be found at this site), however nearly all of them require a ROM image obtained from an actual Mac and a copy of MacOS to run. But recently I learned about an emulator (or rather, a compatibility layer) called Executor which does not have these requirements.

Originally a commercial product, Executor was released as freeware and open-sourced by the authors in 2008-2009. It can run Mac software for 68k machines and has versions for Windows, Linux and DOS.

I have tried several versions of this programme, and they are all capable of running Mac Warcraft. The latest DOS release runs the demo without any noticeable issues, except one: nearly all palettes are not displayed properly, as the game uses the Mac system palette instead.

This was a really serious issue, but thankfully Hallfiry wrote a Warcraft data extractor which supports the Mac demo (found here). With it, I was able to get the original palettes, and after some experimentation convert them into a usable JASC format (attached to this post). That way, screenshots taken with the DOS version of Executor in DOSBox can be fixed to display the proper colours.

Here's a small screenshot gallery of the Mac demo (a DOS version screenshot is included for comparison):

http://imgur.com/a/SR4Yu#0

JASC.zip

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Oh, wow. That looks seriously awesome.

I wonder if it'd be possible to still find the full mac game somewhere...

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Actually I thought you had a DOS CD version? If yes, then there's a chance it's a DOS/Mac hybrid CD.

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Hmm. I should check that when I get home :P

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Sure, please do. Executor should be able to read Mac CDs. (For more info on the DOS version of Executor, check this thread.)

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Seems it's just "PC CD". So no mac stuff included :P

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I remember you mentioned Redbook audio CD tracks in your version - or am I making things up?

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On Warcraft? Huh. No, don't think so.

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I love WC1 :) I played the game online too (in 2013). It is great fun but unfortunately hard to set up and sometimes a bit laggy.

 

There is a pretty good remastered version of the Human Soundtrack#2:

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I have a CD version but I don't think it's a highbrid, one of my friends gave it to me, stating he'd probably never play again. I looked at him like he was crazy.

Warcraft 1 was great.

 

Recently I've been reflecting a lot on old school gaming, and there's just something I really like about it. Well lots I really like about it. If I had the possibility I'd probably collect all sorts of old games like this, but I can't.

 

I wonder if there's a list somewhere of all the MAC games ever released, 'cause they don't have much as far as I know. Happy Mac gamers (the few they are) got to play warcraft :P

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No matter which console or computer. Old school always was original. Wc1 was a very good game with decent AI. Balance though was less then dune2 and warcraft 2. But it was a first timer for blizzard as well.

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On 28.01.2015 at 9:23 PM, MrFlibble said:

I have tried several versions of this programme, and they are all capable of running Mac Warcraft. The latest DOS release runs the demo without any noticeable issues, except one: nearly all palettes are not displayed properly, as the game uses the Mac system palette instead.

This was a really serious issue, but thankfully Hallfiry wrote a Warcraft data extractor which supports the Mac demo (found here). With it, I was able to get the original palettes, and after some experimentation convert them into a usable JASC format (attached to this post). That way, screenshots taken with the DOS version of Executor in DOSBox can be fixed to display the proper colours.

Here's a small screenshot gallery of the Mac demo (a DOS version screenshot is included for comparison):

http://imgur.com/a/SR4Yu#0

JASC.zip

Could you upload this pallete fix somewhere, i wished to fix retail MacOS version of the game to play under Dosbox/Executor

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On 29.03.2017 at 10:38 PM, Corak said:

Could you upload this pallete fix somewhere, i wished to fix retail MacOS version of the game to play under Dosbox/Executor

This fix does nothing in-game, it can be only used to fix the palette in screenshots that you take in DOSBox running Executor. The colours in the game are still all messed up.

However, Executor is open source software and I really hope someone may eventually tweak the code to produce a version that will run the Mac versions of Warcraft without any errors like the wrong palette. BTW, you can use the Windows version of Executor for better performance but then you won't be able to take screenshots that can be corrected for the proper palette.

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