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In addition to echoing all the dev-related stories in this thread, I have very fond memories from my childhood of playing a 1988 HyperCard-based game called The Manhole (on our SE/30, and later Power Mac 8100).

It was an immersive and extensive visual world, where the main point was just to explore. It was implemented as a series of linked HyperCard stacks, each sized to fit on a floppy disk. You'd come to remember the exact points of the game that would throw up a modal dialog prompting the insertion of the next required disk.

And, it happens to have been made by the brothers Rand and Robyn Miller, who later went on to create Myst (which itself is very reminiscent of The Manhole).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Manhole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyOTq1EpV5o

Unrelatedly, I wonder if anyone in this thread remembers SuperCard, a third-party knock-off of HyperCard that offered such amazing innovations as color graphics. (I also seem to recall some kind of hack where you could use ResEdit to get colour images into HyperCard stacks even though it wasn't officially supported, but the details are fuzzy).




The Manhole is actually on archive.org already, so you can play it straight from your browser! https://archive.org/details/TheManholeMacintosh


One of my best friends made a toolkit available on AOL's HyperCard section called "Color Paint Tools" which let you put color into your stacks (making that hack you mentioned easier). If I remember correctly, HyperCard could show color images via an XCMD but they'd have to be a PICT resource (so it's not a real solution). I think Apple eventually released an update (HyperCard 2.2?) which included an official toolkit for doing this


Apple indeed did - so any stacks uploaded to this archive will likely need to not use the color XCMD.


The Manhole is in the Archive as well.


So it is - you need to search the Macintosh section rather than the HyperCard section. Thanks!

Two other Rand and Robyn Miller titles are there too: https://archive.org/details/TheManholeMacintosh https://archive.org/details/CosmicOsmoMacintosh https://archive.org/details/SpelunxMacintosh

I never had a Mac in that era but I'm looking forward to trying these after reading the Digital Antiquarian article about the Manhole: http://www.filfre.net/2016/10/the-manhole/

The HyperCard stack I was really interested in seeing after all these years, though, was the Mackerel Stack - alas, not there (yet)... http://www.craphound.com/nonfic/mackerel.html


Remember XMCD's?


There are now several hundred XCMDs on the Internet Archive you can browse through! https://archive.org/details/hypercardstacks?and[]=subject%3A...




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