Category: Games

Play Dark Castle on OS X and Windows October 11th, 2015

This is an update to a post from a few years ago on playing Dark Castle in Windows. I had the urge to play Dark Castle last week, but I needed to update the archive to contain the Macintosh emulator for Mac OS X as well.

Emulator Files: 2015-Dark-Castle.zip

Inside the archive you’ll find images for Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle, two of my absolute favorite games to play in the mid 80s on old Macintoshes like the Mac Plus. Follow the steps below to enjoy these games on modern OSes.

  1. Unzip the archive.
  2. Run the Mini vMac.exe or Mini vMac.app executable, depending on your OS. Mini vMac is is a Mac Plus emulator which is freely distributed. Mini vMac requires a ROM image from a Macintosh Plus to run, which I’ve provided as well.
  3. Once you’ve started Mini vMac, you are effectively running a Mac Plus with no operating system installed. I created a disk image with System 6 already installed. Go to File > Open Disk Image within Mini vMac and open the file Disk603.dsk or drag the file into the Mini vMac window.
  4. Now that System 6 is up and running, we need a hard drive available to install software and save data to. Just like the previous step drag the included file, hfs10M.DSK into the vMac window to mount the 10M hard disk image I pre-loaded with the Dark Castle software.
  5. Run the Dark Castle executable to start the game. For Beyond Dark Castle, mount the BDCImage.hfv file and run the game from there.

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I bet you can hear the game sounds already 🙂 Enjoy!

Play Dark Castle in Windows December 13th, 2007

Update: 13-Dec-2007

I’ve found an old image of Beyond Dark Castle that is compatible with the version of Mini vMac we are using below! I added it to the existing archive, DarkCastle.zip. Now you can simply drop the ROM file, BDCImage.hfv into the running emulator and be off to the races with the equally legendary sequel. Enjoy.

Dark Castle was one of my favorite games to play on the old mid-1980s Macintoshes like the Mac Plus. I spent some time last year looking for a version I could run in Windows, but with no success. A few weeks ago I discovered a tutorial for running Dark Castle via a Mac emulator. I felt it was a bit confusing and left something to be desired, so I decided to put together a one-stop shop for playing Dark Castle in Windows.

All the files you will need are in the archive DarkCastle.zip.

  1. Unzip the archive.
  2. Run the Mini vMac.exe executable. Mini vMac is is a Mac Plus emulator which is freely distributed. Mini vMac requires a ROM image from a Macintosh Plus to run, which I’ve provided as well.
  3. Once you’ve executed Mini vMac.exe, you are effectively running a Mac Plus with no operating system installed. I consolidated some of the steps in the above mentioned tutorial and created a disk image with System 6 already installed. Go to File > Open Disk Image within Mini vMac and open the file Disk603.dsk or drag the file into the vMac window.
  4. Now that System 6 is up and running, it would be useful to have a hard drive available to install software and save data to. Just like the previous step drag the included file, hfs10M.DSK into the vMac window to mount the 10M hard disk image I pre-loaded with the Dark Castle software.
  5. That’s pretty much it. Run the Dark Castle executable to start the game.

Enjoy the game! If you’re anything like me, it should be a nice trip down memory lane. Let me know if you have any questions about the game play.

Next on the list of Mac games I would like to resurrect is Lode Runner

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