Xavagus Prime Software has announced the release of an updated version of a classic Mac game:
OIDS. It’s an arcade-style action game that first made its debut more than a decade ago.
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OIDS 2.0 is described as “melding elements of games like Choplifter, Asteroids, Defender, Lode Runner and Lunar Lander.” When it was first released in 1990, the game earned a five mice rating from Macworld magazine. The last version before this release was 1.4, made back in 1991.
Improvements in OIDS 2.0 include:
The screen can now be resized to any dimension, square or rectangular. Users have played OIDS at resolutions as high as 1920×1600.
OIDS is now capable of running at the refresh rate of your monitor. The earlier releases were limited to 12 frames per second.
QuickTime MIDI music may be added to individual planetoids.
Xavagus Prime Software is part-time shareware business created by Kirk Baker, an experienced game programmer with fifteen years of experience (currently looking for work) whose past credits include the original commercial release of OIDS, as well as Dungeon Master II: The Legend of Skullkeep, Courier Crisis and Beavis and Butthead. He also worked on the CD-ROM and DVD versions of the acclaimed Encyclopedia Britannica. Baker acquired the rights to OIDS, has updated it, and released the game as shareware.
Recently Baker dropped MacCentral a line to let readers know of his new effort. He’s proud of his new creation, and said, “OIDS has turned out really well. It is very smooth on fast Macs even with huge resolutions (one tester reported getting 76 fps at 1920×1600 resolution on a Dual 800 PowerMac G4).”
Baker added that OIDS High Scores list records both all-time and monthly high scores. “… people who aren’t OIDS pros can get their scores on the list (at least at the beginning of the month),” he said.
System requirements call for a PowerPC-based Mac (G3 or better recommended) running Mac OS 7.x through Mac OS 9.x. OIDS can run as a Classic application under Mac OS X, but running in Mac OS 9.x is recommended for optimal performance.