will take Mac gamers back — way back, to the days of 9-inch black and white screens. Al Evans has resurrected this long-dormant graphical adventure game for modern systems — you can now download it and give it a whirl.
Released in 1985 for the original Macintosh, Cap’n Magneto puts you in the boots of an intrepid space hero, a captain of the Intergalactic Rangers who finds himself having crash-landed on a distant alien world with puzzles to solve and monsters to slay before he can get home. After 20 years, the game has once again been updated, to version 2.0.4 — this time it’s been reworked to run on “Classic” Mac OS to work on modern Macs.
Other adventure games of the era were largely text-driven adventures that made you guess what commands the game could parse and enter directions like “N, S, E, W,” “Get” and so on. Cap’n Magneto was one of a new breed of adventure games that replaced all that with a completely graphical, menu-driven interface. Cap’n Magneto holds a cherished spot in many “old school” Mac gamers’ hearts.
Cap’n Magneto has been re-released as US$20 shareware; you can download and try the classic game if you wish. Evans told MacCentral his next step will be to “Carbonize” Cap’n Magneto to let it run natively in Mac OS X as well.