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MacCubed³ is the third release in Aztech's MacCube series, itself a part of Aztech's larger Cube series of shareware compilations. MacCubed³ is comprised of seven CD-ROMs, each containing a different genre(s) of free or shareware software, with the first three in particular being games-centric. Below is a listing of the games found on the first three discs.
Disc 1: Arcade* 3tris
- Abuse Demo
- Alien Action Dome
- Ants Afire
- Bubble Trouble
- Burning Rubber
- Dark Corona
- Death From Above
- Farm Patrol
- Marathon Infinity Demo
- Meat Gone Bad
- Monkey Shines
- Oil Cap Pro
- Quick Shot Deluxe
- Robo War
- Scruffy Stuff
- Short Circuit
- Smack a Skunk
- Weekend Warrior Demo (PPC)
Disc 2: Games* 3D Cannon
- Code Book
- Exile II
- Galactic Empire
- Mine Sweeper
- Nuclear War
- Playmaker Football
- Realmz 4.2.1
- Sea Battle
- Siege of Darkwood
- Simon Says
- Sokoban 3-D
- Space Debris
- Stratomatic Baseball
- Sword Dream 3-D
- Ultima III
- Tetris Max
- War Birds (PPC)
Disc 3: Kids’ Games* Beetle Run
- Coloring Book
- Real Domino Effect
- Sound Toy
Card, Board & Puzzle Games* Card Table
- Classic Gin Rummy
- Flower Puzzle
- Hearts Deluxe
- Lites Out
- Ultimate Craps
- Wacky Wheel
Mac FunPack is a collection of casual titles, mostly of the card and casino game variety, released for the Macintosh by MacSoft.
The Mac FunPack box boasts "5 hit titles. 36 games. Totally Mac. Totally fun." The total number of games though is inflated by multiple variations found within each title (with twenty-four of them being part of Absolute Solitaire alone).
The titles included with this collection are as follows:
- Jack Nicklaus 4 (a golf title)
- Casino Game Pack (includes: Blackjack, Video Poker, Roulette, Slots, Keno, and Draw Poker)
- Absolute Solitaire
- Game Parlor (includes: Chess, Checkers, Solitaire, and Crosswords)
- Diamonds 3D: 3D Breakout Action! (a Breakout title)
The games are spread across two CDs. While Disc 2 contains Jack Nicklaus 4 only, Disc 1 contains the rest.
A second collection in the Mac FunPack series, Mac FunPack 2, would later be released.
Officially an add-on for the famous screen saver collection, After Dark (v2.0), More After Dark: Volume 1 was Berkeley Systems' first foray into games with its inclusion of the module Lunatic Fringe, "the exciting new space game from the creator of Solarian II." Although there was never any "Volume 2" of More After Dark, with the release of later editions of After Dark, more games would be included as screen saver modules. While After Dark was already a popular screensaver (arguably responsible for the screensaver craze of the 1990s), the games themselves proved popular enough to warrant a release of their own, known as After Dark Games, with games based on some of the other popular screensaver modules.
The actual game that was included, called Lunatic Fringe, is a simple top-down space shooter. Once the screensaver module has been activated, the keyboard is used to control the your ship, which can be flown in 360° space. As you explore, you encounter planets, asteroids, and enemy ships. From the mini-map you can observe when objects are approaching.
You begin the game at your home base. You must return there from time to time in order to refuel and/or repair your ship. One of the more novel elements of the game is that different parts of your ship can be damaged to varying degrees and, when damaged past a certain threshold, each element will begin to misbehave in a unique way, such as a disabled blaster or misbehaving thrusters.
Amanda Goodenough's childhood adventure games starring her cat Inigo, were some of, if not the first HyperCard adventure games written, predating even Cyan's titles for the program. Inspired by the stories of her grandmother, Goodenough created "Inigo Goes Out" in 1987 as a way for children to tell the story themselves by allowing them to explore undirected. She went on to create a number of other stacks starring Inigo, as well as "Your Faithful Camel". Her work eventually caught the eye of Bob Stein at Voyager, who offered to publish the stacks as a CD collection.
Each stack consists of a series of moments and scenes in a simple point-and-click interface, where clicking on different things or characters advances the story or shows details within the scene.
The stacks included in this collection are as follows:
- Inigo Gets Out
- Inigo Takes A Bath
- Inigo's Dream
- Inigo's Snack
- Inigo At Home
- I Miss You, Inigo
- Your Faithful Camel
- Your Faithful Camel Goes To The North Pole
- Your Faithful Camel Goes Underground
- Your Faithful Camel Goes Home
24 Games for Windows and Mac is a collection of 24 casual titles for Macintosh and Windows.
Arcade games* Bulldozer
- Cheesy Pursuit
- Maze Race
- Think Tank
Board games* Black Box Chess
- Checker Connector
- Core Meltdown
- Reversei Plus
- Winding Standoff
Card games* Poker Machine
- Poker Patience
- Vanishing Cross
Arcade Shareware Games 1 is the first of two "arcade" game compilation CDs in Aztech New Media's 7-volume Home Entertainment Shareware Collection. It is a collection of DOS games, most of which can be described more or less as "arcade" titles.
The games in this compilation are all shareware, freeware, or demonstration games. They are accessed via 'QuikMenu', a shareware menu system (which itself frequently reminds the user that it requires registration). Some of the games will run directly from the CD while others, denoted by white entries on the menu, must be copied to the user's hard drive first before playing. Each game can be selected via the mouse, or by pressing the character key corresponding to an individual game.
The order in which the games appear in the list below is the order of the selection keys on the game menu, with 'A' corresponding to Raptor, 'B' to Duke Nukem, and so on.
The games in this compilation are:
- Raptor: Call of the Shadows (listed as "Raptor")
- Duke Nukem (listed as "Duke Nuk'Em 1")
- Duke Nukem II (listed as "Duke Nuk'Em 2")
- Earth Invasion (listed as "Earth Invaders")
- Arcade Volleyball
- Ark... (an Arkanoid clone, listed as "EGA Arkanoid")
- Secret Agent: Mission One: "The Hunt for Red Rock Rover" (listed as "Secret Agent")
- CD-Man (a Pacman clone from Creative Dimensions)
- The Adventures of Captain Comic: Episode I: Planet of Death (listed as "Captain Comic 1")
- Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure: Forbidden Planet: Adventure 1 of 3 (listed as "Cosmic Cosmo 1")
- EGA INT (a Tetris clone, listed as "EGA INT (Tetris)")
- Aquarium (not a game, but rather a customizable fish screensaver)
- Hugo's House of Horrors (listed as "Hugo 1")
- Hugo II: Whodunit? (listed as "Hugo 2")
- Hugo III: Jungle of Doom! (listed as "Hugo 3")
- Commander Keen in "Invasion of the Vorticons" Episode One: Marooned on Mars (listed as "Commander Keen 1")
- Commander Keen in "Goodbye, Galaxy!" (listed as "Commander Keen 4")
- Wolfenstein 3D
- Paganitzu: Part I: Romancing the Rose (listed as "Paganitsu")
- Shooting Gallery
- Snarf (listed as "Snarfs")
- Tron: Light Cycles (listed as "Tron Bikers")
- Nyet III: The Revenge of the Mutant Stones (listed as "Nyet 3")
- Scud Atak 2 (listed as "Scud Attack")
- Aquanoid (another Arkanoid clone)
- Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold (listed as "Blake Stone")
Chuck and Leo's really nifty adventure is a comedy adventure game released for HyperCard on the Macintosh that lampoons various spy film tropes. Starring Chuck (he's the rabbit one) and Leo (the lizard one), it features the two eponymous characters as they try to foil the plot of the dastardly "Mister Bad", an anthropomorphic smiley face.
Gameplay is of the point-and-click variety, with a choose-your-own-adventure style of play, that goes down various paths depending on where you send Chuck and Leo next. Most of the paths end in disaster for our duo, but with humorous results!
The game was created by Nick Longrich, who also went by the alias "Norbik Nudley", the filename of the HyperCard stack itself.
MacPack Sneak Attack was the third in Aztech New Media's MacPack series of compilations. It contains 9 games across 4 CD-ROMs, including:
MacPack Counter-Attack is one of several game compilations released by Aztech New Media for the Macintosh. Like other MacPack compilations, it had a featured title, in this case King's Quest VII, as well as several others, for a total of "10 Great Mac Titles On 5 CD ROMs to Counter Attack Boredom!"
While most of the titles included in this compilation are kid friendly, it also includes the decidedly adults-only Leisure Suit Larry 6.
MacPack Counter-Attack contains the following titles:
- King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride
- SimCity Classic
- Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up Or Slip Out
- Lyriq Crosswords: The Player's Choice
- Dr. T's Sing-A-Long Around The World
The MacCube was one of several shareware compilations released by Aztech New Media. It contains over 200 shareware programs, including home, business, and educational titles, as well as games.
The full list of games included in this compilation are as follows:
- Eat My Photons!
- Glypha III
- Marathon demo
- Mazeworld Catacombs
- Patriot Command
- Solarian II
- Space Madness Demo
- Spaceway 2000 Demo
- Troubled Souls Demo
- Tubular Worlds
- Desert Trek
- Digital Messiah
- K'Kat Adventure
- Kings Corner
- Oh No! More Lemmings Demo
- Prince of Destruction
- Pyramid Solitaire
- SAMMY the EEL
- Seahaven Towers
- Shadow Keep
- System's Twilight
- U Mac Rogue
- Bullfrog Math
- Bullfrog Chem
- Inigo Gets Out
- Inigo Takes a Bath
- New Media Schoolhouse
The remaining titles in the compilation are mainly home and business titles, as well as graphics applications and utilities.
Ninja Taro is an action RPG set in feudal Japan with gameplay similar to "The Legend of Zelda". In Japan, Ninja Taro is known as "Sengoku Ninja-kun", and is one of several titles in the Japanese "Ninja Jajamaru-kun" series.
As the eponymous Ninja Taro (or "Ninja-kun" in the Japanese release), you are tasked by your teacher, Kashin-Koji, to seek out Lord Nobu ("Nobunaga Oda"), who has requested the service of the land's greatest ninja. The path there is dangerous, but upon reaching Lord Nobu at Geko Castle, it is revealed that the evil Lord Shin Takeda ("Takeda Shingen") is rumored to have died. You are tasked with investigating the rumors to see if they are true or not.
Lord Shin's castle is located in Kai Province, not too far from Geko Castle, but the direct path there is blocked by a "mighty beast", a creature who is said to be able to withstand all weapons. Upon returning to your teacher for advice, you are tasked with seeking out your teacher's old friend, Kondo, in Iga Province. However, Kondo is nowhere to be found, but instead Kondo's daughter, who you must convince to help you before you're able to continue on your quest...
Although you begin the game with your Ninja Sword and Throwing Stars, many other items can be found to assist you on your quest. Additional weapons, the Masamune and the Throwing Knives, are not as strong as your primary weapons, but are more agile; medicinal Herbs and Potions may be found that can heal you; and unique tools such as Camouflage and Fire will also be at your disposal, among many others.
Ninja Taro pulls stylistically from many sources, including Japanese history as well as classical mythology. Besides referencing real historical places and people, such as the real 16th century daimyo, Oda Nobunaga, Ninja Taro references many creatures from Japanese folklore, such as ghosts, tengu, and ogres. Additionally, some elements of the game's design are decidedly more modern, with some monstrous adversaries and locales seemingly out of popular Japanese animation.
In Ninja Taro, the player character's walking speed is very slow compared to similar games, but most enemies and adversaries are programmed with this in mind.
Ninja Taro appears to share its game engine with other action RPGs put out by American Sammy, namely: Rolan's Curse and Rolan's Curse 2.
A collection of the following games:
- Command & Conquer
- Heroes of Might and Magic
- Shockwave Assault 2: Beyond the Gate
- Return to Zork
- A-10 Cuba!
- Blood Bath at Red Falls
- MacAttack - a Tempest-style title (not to be confused with the MSX title of the same name)
- Trophy Bass
- Bridge Master
This collection is notable for being the only release of the Macintosh version of "Shock Wave 2: Beyond the Gate" (called "Shockwave Assault 2: Beyond the Gate" on its CD).