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  • Arazok’s Tomb (Macintosh)


    Arazok’s Tomb is a relatively obscure adventure for the Amiga and Macintosh that was published by Aegis Development in 1987. Aegis Development was a relatively obscure publisher that only published a handful of mostly equally obscure games. Arazok’s Tomb is basically a text adventure game with some static and animated graphics, a drop down menu, and even some basic speech synthesis tacked on.

    It seems odd to me that a game like this was limited to the Macintosh and Amiga as it is something that 8-bit computers with a larger market share like the Commodore 64 could have easily handled. While on the surface, the addition of graphics and a drop down menu make it seem more sophisticated than traditional text adventure games like Infocom’s Zork, in reality Arazok’s Tomb’s text parser was less sophisticated with a smaller vocabulary. I suppose they were trying to capitalize on the popularity of these newer machines by being among the first publishers. It doesn’t seem to have worked out too well for them.

    Arazok’s Tomb is a sort of horror mystery game. You play the role of an investigative reporter whose Uncle and archaeologist friend have gone missing while excavating a tomb in Scotland. Your job is to find out what happened to them. It’s only a medicore game when it comes to text adventures but for fans of the genre it’s a at least something a little different.

    The ad above from 1986 is for the Macintosh version of the game while the screen shots are from the Amiga version. The Macintosh version would have been limited to black and white graphics. If you want to play this game you’ll have to track down some original hardware and software. Otherwise, emulation is your friend.

  • MacAddict (February 1997)


    Source: MacAddict – Issue Number 6 – February 1997

    MacAddict premiered not too long before Steve Jobs returned to Apple and the iMac and iBook were introduced. This led to a relative explosion in Apple’s popularity and was the perfect time for an enthusiast magazine geared toward the Mac to appear. The February 1997 issue includes:


    • Facing Up to Fonts – Our all-inclusive guide to fonts – how to install them, manage them, and use them; which ones are hot and which ones are not; where to find them, and more.
    • Just Your Type – Not satisfied with any of the fonts that are already out there? Feel like striking out on your own? Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your own font.
    • On the Road Again – Join us as we tool up the California coast, armed with four of the latest sub-$1,000 digital cameras and a big pot of coffee. Our mission? To find out just how well these cameras fare when taking vacation photos.
    • Quest for System 8 – Bored with the wait for System 8? Head out on your own quest with our board game. All you need to play is two people, some M&Ms, and a lot of time.
    • This Old Mac – Believe it or not, there’s a lot of life in that old Mac Plus yet. Check out the first in our series on putting older Macs to good use.

    How To

    • Fix Bad Scans – If you’re scanning photos, then you’ve probably run across at least one of these five common problems. Here’s what to do next time you hit a snag.
    • Add Sound to a Web Page – So, your Web page looks great, it’s easy to navigate, and it’s got tons of super-useful information. Now we’ll show you how to add sounds.

    Every Month

    • Editor’s Note – An interview with Apple’s Marco Landi and topical illuminations.
    • Letters – Ramblings, stories, and questions from our readers.
    • Get Info – More on upcoming System software, a 500MHz processor, clones of clones, and a dog of a contest.
    • Cravings – Six products we desire, crave, lust after, and really, really want.
    • Reviews – Photoshop 4, FreeHand 7, PowerBook 1400c, Avid Cinema, Abuse, and other long-awaited tools.
    • Ask Us – Solving audio CD problems, installing an internal hard drive, and how to use large monitors efficiently.
    • PowerPlay – Find out what it takes to make a successful port of a PC game.
    • Shut Down – Random and bizarre clippings from the world of Macs.

    …and more!

  • MacAddict (September 1996)


    Source: MacAddict – Issue Number 1 – September 1996

    MacAddict was a magazine for Macintosh computers that was roughly equivalent to something like Maximum PC (called “boot” at the time) for the PC. I was not a big fan of Macintosh computers at the time but I appreciate Power PC based Macs as retro machines today. MacAddict eventually became MacLife which is not as good as far as I can tell. The premiere issue of MacAddict from September 1996 includes:


    • Just What the Doctor Ordered – What has Apple’s new CEO done for you lately? MacAddict’s been keeping score. Here are 35 good deeds for which we can thank Dr. Gilbert Amelio.
    • Internet Visionary – Meet Larry Tesler, the man charged with plotting Apple’s Internet strategy. What will he do to make the Internet easier for you to use?
    • OpenDoc Rocks – We take you on a visual step-by-step tour of OpenDoc. Find out how it works and why it makes working with your Mac an almost-new experience.
    • Brave New Browsers – Believe it or not, Netscape Navigator isn’t the only browser in town. Should you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, NSCA Mosaic or Cyberdog instead?
    • Stand By Your Mac – Don’t let Windows users give you grief. Fight back with these 25 reasons why the Mac is still a better machine.

    How To

    • Fake a Photo – How to create a photo that tells those little white lies.
    • Organize a Web Page – Lesson one in our “How You Too Can Become a Webmaster” series: Laying the foundations for the perfect home page.
    • Build a Home Network – Want to share files? A printer? A modem? Here’s how.

    Every Month

    • Editor’s Note – Welcome to MacAddict.
    • Letters – What did you say? Are you talking to us?
    • Get Info – News, trends, trivia and answers to those nagging questions.
    • Cravings – We pick the products that are designed to make you drool.
    • Reviews – Power Computing clones, Bryce 2, Bad Mojo, the best and worst CD productions and kids’ software reviewed by real kids.
    • Ask Us – It’s better than calling the Apple support line. We offer counsel for all of your Macintosh Conundrums.
    • PowerPlay – Our in-depth game section takes you behind the lines of Spycraft, the espionage game. Teasers about the summer’s newest games, too!
    • Shut Down – The bulletin board of the random and the bizarre.

    …and more!