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17/06/2017: 8-bit Eduware on 32meg Disk Image

With the recent addition of so many 8-bit educational titles (see the Pelican / Toucan archives), I've decided to finish up a ‘beta' version of a 32meg image including nothing but 8-bit eduwares...some of which run correctly from a 'hard drive' or any large ProDOS volume. Others, not so much.

 8-bit Eduware (A self-booting collation of 8-bit educational software, ~8.3meg)

 8-bit Creative (A self-booting collation of 8-bit creative software, ~10.1meg)

Why am I particularly obsessed with hard drive installable software? Well, if ever there was going to be a museum that allowed people to use Apple IIs to see what it's really like to use one, I feel having a solid state drive is a good compromise - yes, it does remove the experience of using real 5.25" and 3.5" floppy disks (but at the same time, putting less wear on these mediums and the drives that read and write to them), but it will provide (after a three finger salute reboot if a program doesn't offer a ‘quit' option) a more intuitive and familiar way of presenting a menu to select which program to load next. Also, this method should be much faster than traditional media, allowing more time to actually explore the software and less time waiting for things to load. Using 3.5" disk based 8-bit software is a good base to do this as the software has been designed to run the program and its data from a single volume, where as many 5.25" disks ask for different disks – this may simplify the process of getting as many working titles onto a ProDOS mass storage volume.

This 32meg image self boots and runs Sneeze v2.2 by Karl Bunker, a great program launcher (and then some, with some file management abilities and allowing you to read text files and view graphic files). 8-bit eduware is allocated across folders representing different educational categories. I've used the IIGS utility Universe Master to alphabetise the order of the files in every directory, which should help find what you're looking for more quickly if you keep this in mind.

The following is a list of what does and doesn't work on this 32meg ProDOS volume. It's possible that many of these titles could work if, when sector editing, the hard path looking for the program's data is changed to a file path for this 32meg volume. HOWEVER, this crude method (the only way which I am capable) might be limited by the already large number of characters in the volume name and then the name of a sub directory.

I encourage anyone with more programming and sector editing skills than I to see if you can correct any of the following:

40,000 Selected Words - Seems to work great
Alge Blaster - The only executable is SHELL.SYS...which takes you to a shell.
Alge Blaster Plus - Asks for original disk to be inserted after you enter your name
Algebra Shop - Seems to work perfectly
Animal Watch Whales - Explore Version date display - then hangs
Atlas Explorer - Hangs after launch
Banner Books Across America - Works perfectly
Fairy Tales Big Book Maker - Works perfectly
Children's Writing & Publishing Center - ‘*** UNABLE TO FIND STARTUP ***' error message, 
Classmate - Asks for original disk. Now works from a hard drive, however is still looking for data on floppy disks.
Destination Mars - Works great
Electric Crayon - All work great
Explore Australia - Displays a crack date but then hangs
Gertrude's Secrets - works great with v2.3
Hollywood Squares - Works perfectly
Homeworker - Asks for original disk
Joshua's Reading Machine - Works perfectly
Magic Slate II - asks for original disk
Magic Spells - with v2.3, this could be hard drive installable. v2.2 hangs on title screen.
Math and Me - Works great!
Math Blaster - Fails after launching the BASIC startup program
Math Blaster Mystery - From System 6, works great with v1.3! ProDOS 8 - quits immediately!
Math Blaster Plus - Asks for original disk (may also require patch for record keeping to maintain students' progress)
Math Rabbit - Works perfectly
Math Shop - ‘CHECK YOUR DISK DRIVE' error message
Math Shop Fractions & Decimals - ‘CHECK YOUR DISK DRIVE' error message
Monsters & Make Believe - Works perfectly
Nature Park Adventure - Seems to work fine
Perfect Career - Error! Disk #2 not found message
Playroom, The - Works fine from ProDOS 8, but hangs when run from System 6.
Pow Zap Kerplunk Comic Book Maker - Works perfectly
Read n Roll - Works with v1.1, HOWEVER, recording keeping is still looking for the floppy disk - patch required to save students' progress
Reading & Writing with the Boars - runs but with graphic glitches
Reading and Me - Runs perfectly!
Reading Team People and Places - Asks for original disk to be inserted after you enter your name
Report Card - Works from GS/OS, but I haven't found how to make it work from Sneeze.
Return of the Dinosaurs - Hangs on HGR screen ‘Please wait'. Works only from the root directory!
Scholastic Slide Shop - Works great! (essentially Powerpoint for the 8-bit Apple II!)
Sensible Grammar - Seems to work great
Sensible Speller - Seems to work great
Sesame Street Learning Library Volume 1 - Seems to work great
Speed Reader II - Fails after launching the BASIC startup program
Spell It - Fails after launching the BASIC startup program
Spell It Plus - Works perfectly!
Story Starters Science - Works perfectly!
Story Starters Social Studies - Works perfectly!
Studymate - Seems to work perfectly
Super Print - Works perfectly
Super Print II - Works perfectly
Super Story Tree - Works perfectly
The Treehouse - Works perfectly
The Whole Neighbourhood - Works perfectly
Think Quick - v1.4 works with ProDOS 8, but doesn't with System 6
Vocabulary Team Science & Health - Asks for original disk to be inserted
Where in Europe is Carmen? ‘Error 45 on file 00' error then hang
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? ‘Error 45 on file FF' error then hang
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? - Crashes to monitor
Where is Carmen Sandiego in America's Past? - Works great, but this isn't cracked - you can play 1 case before the game then asks for a word look-up in the manual.
Word Attack - Fails after launching the BASIC startup program
Word Attack Plus - Asks for original disk to be inserted after you enter your name. Updated with version 1.2.
Word Attack Plus French - Asks for original disk to be inserted after you enter your name
Word Attack Plus Spanish - Asks for original disk to be inserted after you enter your name
Writer Rabbit - Doesn't work. According to the documentation the Learning Company released regarding newer versions of their classic eduware, there isn't a newer official version that will support hard drive installation. it will require a hack.
Your School Day - Works fine

With recent 8-bit 32meg disk images being done by John M Holmes Jnr and Jason Kersten on the Apple II Enthusiasts group on Facebook, Jason did a particularly good job using Prosel-8 to make a menu selection screen. I think I'll adopt this approach instead of using Sneeze for future revisions of this 32meg image of 8-bit educational software, as it's much more user friendly and efficient to loading each of the programs, not to mention that if the only to fix some programs is changing the hard path, an edited menu system can hide the ugly folder naming that would be required for hard path changes.

For those who have been in close contact with me, my wife and I have just had our second child and it's getting increasingly challenging to find time for the Apple II. For the meantime though, I'll get this 'beta' version out there so all can have a play with it, and if you're inclined 'fix' some of the programs listed above that aren't currently working on this volume.

UPDATE: 18/6/2017 – qkumba has already been able to hack Alge Blaster Plus! to work from a large ProDOS volume! The disk image has been updated with the newer version.

UPDATE: 19/6/2017 – qkumba has now patched both Explore Australia and Whale Watch and they now work perfectly from the 32meg image! Marco Verpelli has also done great initial work – Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego is now playable from any directory, and we've now also got the rare ProDOS based version of Where in the U.S.A is Carmen Sandiego – now fully working from any large ProDOS volume. Great work! There will be more to come!

UPDATE: 28/6/2017 – qkumba and Marco have been making great strides, meeting each new challenge with aplomb! Marco's got the entire 8-bit Carmen Sandiego series working from a hard drive (with thanks from Antoine Vignau for providing a disk image of the ultra rare Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego on 3.5" disk). But it's turned out it's not as simple as that – additional patches had to made to ensure saved games 'stick' after a restart, that references to saving games to floppy drives are removed, and there are still vestiges of each program asking for manual word look-up after the first case is solved, although entering anything will work. But it's awesome to play each of these influential titles from a single volume. For an encore, Marco's also made Math Shop and Math Shop Fractions and Decimals work.

qkumba's fixed Whale Watch and Explore Australia, and they required more than simply running from a hard drive too, requiring additional patches to load and save data after editing the built in stories. This has also led to adding additional 'Explore' titles, which have only been found in 5.25" format, but run beautifully from a large ProDOS volume including Rosie the Counting Rabbit, A Brand New View and What Makes a Dinosaur Sore? There are still many more in the Explore series to be found, so please archive them if they're on 5.25" or 3.5" disk – they are currently unpreserved. Additionally, qkumba's also made the Perfect Career and Classmate work from a hard drive, as well as the original Math Blaster and Spell It!

UPDATE: 8/7/2017 – I checked if there were other Pelican / Queue titles that had been archived on 5.25" disk to add to this collection and sure enough, there are: Monstrous Monsters, Bulletin Board Maker - City and Country, Bulletin Board Maker - Your Neighborhood and Banner Books - All Along The Alphabet - all thanks to 4am. Copying their application files to a folder created for each title, then creating a new folder in each called 'Pelican.Art' and copying all the artwork files from the 3 other 5.25" floppy disk images seemed to be doing the job of the single volume 3.5" disk release...although I also copied the 'DISK.INFO' file from other 3.5" disk releases to replace the one found on the first 5.25" disk image for each of these titles. Then they work great from a hard drive, not expecting files to come from the 5.25" disk drive.

In reviewing everything done for this 8-bit 32meg Eduware disk image, I found I forgot to copy over the 3.5" disk version of the original Word Attack – that's on the 32 meg image now, but still requires a patch to make it work from a hard drive, as well as look locally in its folder for additional files from separately released data disks. The same patch still needs to be done for all the original Davidson releases - Math Blaster, Spell It!, and Speed Reader II.

I also realised I forgot to copy over Read 'n Roll, so I did that from the v1.1 800k disk version 4am archived. Conveniently, it works from a large ProDOS volume straight away, HOWEVER, further testing revealed that record keeping is still looking to load/save from a floppy drive, so a patch will be required to provide full functionality to the game. This in turn also made me realise that I forgot to copy over Reading Team People and Places and Team Vocabulary Health & Science to the 32meg volume and In doing so, we've now run out of disk space (Team Vocab is too large to fit). Apart from shaving 3k from the Icons file, I'm out of ideas of saving more space on this volume for more programs!

One other minor note was that I tried 4am's crack of Math Blaster Plus! (a rather definitive educational title for the Apple II) to replace the version previously on the 32meg image that would quit back to the launcher almost immediately. The 4am crack will now load the 'fake' desktop of Math Blaster Plus, but now a dialogue appears asking to insert the floppy disk. At least that's progress. Old version must have been corrupted somehow.

Also, Report Card works fine from GS/OS now, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to make it run from ProDOS 8 and Sneeze.

UPDATE: 4/8/2017: I forgot to mention, Report Card has been working fine now – I forgot to update its status here. I also forgot to copy a file over to the 32meg image, ummm, the cause of it not working (thanks for letting me know Marco!). I don't know how parents function with 3 children – 2 is enough!

UPDATE: 5/8/2017: As the Eduware volume has now surpassed its 32 meg capacity, I've taken the largest category (in terms of file size) and spun it off into another 32 meg ProDOS volume (8-bit Creative) and added not only educational creative software, but all-round creative software as well. Reason being is that 4am recently cracked some nice 'new' ProDOS 8 based double-hi res eduware that's never been cracked before (Journey to the Age of Dinosaurs - North America and Europe & Asia) and Marco has snapped up the opportunity to get these newly discovered wares working from a large ProDOS volume. He notes that despite the time period these were released (1990) they STILL didn't think to make them work from hard drives! Anyways, there's more edu software to run from a hard drive, so we're now better prepared for it! Speaking of which, I remembered that Donald's Alphabet Chase, an eduware on 5.25" disk used ProDOS thanks to Jeremy Barr Hyde's recent full archive of the title. It's cracked, so what's the harm in trying to copy it to the Eduware volume to see if it runs from there? It asks for a look-up sheet to correctly number a pose of Donald Duck after the title screen, but you can enter any number and it will accept it...and voila! It works from a hard drive! Feel free to write in with any ProDOS 8 based eduware titles that you know of so we can trial them running from a hard drive. Stay tuned, more to come.

05/06/2017: Pelican / Toucan Software Collection Published by Queue

This is a big haul of creative 8-bit educational software on 3.5" disk, most of which was not previously archived on either 3.5" or 5.25" disk formats. This collection is from the publisher Queue, with titles created by Toucan and Pelican software, all using the same underlying software engine to enable kids and the young at heart to produce banner books and other printable formats with their own unique creative flair. Thanks go to both Antoine Vignau (LoGo) and 4am for this collaborative archiving effort!

After the success of Super Print and Super Print II, Pelican Software seemed to stumble upon a winning formula for their software – milk the 'engine' for all it's worth by putting out different themed versions (create wacky Robots, zany monsters, crazy methods of transportation, to name but a few) of their simple but effective 'Big Book' or banner composition layout tools.

Each Pelican and Toucan title includes the same simple menu driven interface where you can choose backgrounds, multiple foreground characters and/or objects, as well as frames, positioning different elements in a composition to view on screen or print on a tried and true dot matrix printer. Finalised designs can be saved anywhere on a ProDOS volume, so these 800k disk images not only provide easy access to artwork without disk swapping, but there's also a good deal of storage left on each 3.5" disk to save work as well. Not to mention that you can save to hard drives as well!

Super Print II can utilise ALL the artwork from each of these Queue titles, so that's a heap of artwork to draw from for use with Super Print II. I've had a quick try to see if titles can use the art from other Pelican titles, but they appeared 'greyed out' when you enter their folders. Some titles may allow it, but your mileage may vary. Super Print II is the best way to go to combine artwork from multiple Pelican titles.
Many of these Pelican titles support speech support with an Echo sound device, so if you're lucky to have one, that would give these titles an extra dimension as well.

Another great feature of all these is that they are ALL hard drive installable - you can copy them to any folder or sub directory and they still continue to work.

Have fun - all these titles combined, along with some available printers, should provide a fun day for youngsters to be creative in a fun retro way!

These are the new titles now archived:

Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz (1992-Queue) v1.4

Animals with an Attitude (1992-Queue) v1.4

Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid (1992-Queue) v1.4

Big Book Maker - Cute and Cuddly (1992-Queue) v?

Big Book Maker - Favorite Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes (1990-Pelican Software) v?

Big Book Maker - Feel Good About Yourself (1992-Pelican Software) v?

Big Book Maker - Let's Pretend (1992-Queue) v?

Big Book Maker - Letters, Numbers, Shapes (1992-Pelican Software) v?

Big Book Maker - Myths and Legends (1992-Queue) v?

Big Book Maker - Quentin (1992-Queue) v?

Big Book Maker - Tall Tales and American Folk Heroes (1992-Queue) v?

Big Book Maker - The Rain Forest (1993-Queue) v?

Dinosaur Days Plus (1988-Pelican Software)[Also includes a Learning Disk]

Robin Hood and Peter Pan (1992-Queue) v1.4

Robot Writer Plus (1988-Pellican Software)

Big Book Maker - The Three Princesses (1992-Queue)

Transportation Transformation (1991-Pelican Software)

 

Adding to the titles that were already archived:

 

The Whole Neighborhood v1.3

Your School Day

Monsters and Make Believe

Banner Books Across America

Story Starters - Science (1988-Pelican Software)

Story Starters - Social Studies (1988-Pelican Software)

Pow-Zap-Kerplunk Comic Book Maker

Reading and Writing with the Boars

While we have a large collection, it's only almost complete; these are the titles we still require on archive, if they exist, as we can only reference the back of each of the boxes which included a catalogue of all the Queue published titles.

Letters, Pictures & Words
The Boars 1, 2, 3
The Boars Tell Time
Reading Riddles
Fraction Fairy Tales
The Boars in Camelot

Quentin Around the House
Quentin Visits a Factory
Quentin Goes to School
Quentin Visits the Big City


08/05/2017: MECC Collection - run classic eduware titles from a hard drive as well as GS/OS!

Marco Verpelli has created something incredibly good - over 150 8-bit MECC titles, including classics Oregon Trail, Number Munchers and Odell Lake, all running from hard drive images booting directly from PrODOS 8 with a nice and easy menu selection screen created by MECC themselves.

Number Munchers

A lot of the magic comes from the MECC Copy Utility (1994-95). It was given to schools that had bought specific licenses to enable hard drive installation of their individually bought applications. Amazingly, almost most 8-bit MECC titles can be installed this way (Zooyan Patrol is one example that uses a custom operating system that can be installed to a hard drive). The Copy Utility can group different programs, so you could separate them into reading, mathematics, science, etc, but this image simply lists all 158 programs on the MECC Vol1.2mg and the rest on MECC Vol2.2mg. You can download them here:

 8-bit MECC Collection (~ 12.6meg)

You can also choose to load individual programs from other program launchers, from Bitsy Bye to the System 6 Finder on the IIGS.

Marco's outlined the process below:

It all started this summer when the disk image of the product "7015V41 Copy Utility" was made available. I had already tried something similar with previous versions but I never managed to get the result I hoped for.

This utility is the real disk to rule them all. MECC people have really done a great job and with little effort we can force the SW to go beyond what was originally designed.

It is possible to copy (many) MECC products based on both DOS and ProDOS on a hard disk. The really rewarding thing is that it even works with disks from "unofficial sources".

I can split the MECC products I have tried in three groups:

1. Mostly products on 5.25" that are neither DOS or ProDOS. That is, those that use a very personalized operating system. As expected I could not put them on the hard disk

2. 5.25" and/or 3.5" DOS or ProDOS products fully supported by the utility. Placing them on a hard disk is no problem.

3. Products on 5.25" DOS not supported by the utility but with some
modification it is possible to put them on a hard disk.

For the last point here is how we can proceed:

1. We need a "fixed" disk image because we need to edit a BAS file

2. Look for a file called BAS type MENU in the file that contains something
like:
††††††††††††
††† PRINT CL$: VTAB 11: HTAB 8: PRINT "Insert Another Diskette." CC$

†††or:

†††††PRINT CL$: & CO,0,89: PRINT "Insert another diskette." CC$

†††change to:
††††††††††††
†††††CALL 46592:O,0,89 (N.B. O letter, 0 figure)

3. If the product is two-sided, we need to create a single file using something like this:

††† †cat side1.dsk side2.dsk > MECC.PROD

†††or in the case of a single face, rename the disk image to MECC.PROD

4. We need to create a PRODUCT.INFO file, it is better to copy an existing one and edit it with a hex editor changing the title and the product number.

5. Now on the hard disk we have to create a folder where to put everything in
order to comply with the MECC standard the folder name must be A###.A
where ### = product number and .A indicates this is the first folder with
the product, if you want to have two or more independent installations of
the same product, the next folders will be called .B, .C, ...

6. We can now copy the three files into the new folder:

MECC.SYSTEM
MECC.PROD
PRODUCT.INFO

7. Use the MECC utility and ask to add an existing product to the menu.

The maximum number of products that can be installed with the utility is 158, initially I thought 157 because there was a deleted item but it still occupied an available space. Rebuilding the menu fixed the issue.

It's easier to do than to describe.

Have fun!

Marco

Thanks again Marco! This is really kick arse, and as mentioned, software can be added from unofficial sources – i.e. non MECC software. This could be an amazing solution to including more 8-bit software on a hard drive. Stay tuned for more!

03/05/2017: New Hardware Archives or It's the Best Time Ever to Buy a IIGS Sound Card

WITA2GS? now includes archives for new sound card products the 2soniq (offering stereo output) and 4soniq (offering surround output) by Manila Gear and the Dark Sound (providing stereo output and mono input) by the Byte Boosters.

It's also not a bad time to go for RAM as well - 4 and 8 meg RAM cards have never been more affordable, so small (leaving some nice breathing room for other expansion cards, not to mention airflow if you've got an accelerator) and requiring less power draw (also good if you've got a lot of expansion cards, especially accelerators). The Byte Boosters 4meg and 8meg Dark RAM have been included as memory card archives now.

The archive is still after high resolution high quality scans, or as time marches on and good quality flatbed scanners seem to be a thing of the past, high resolution photography with even light with no obvious shadows, of one sound card (the Parallax Sound Ace) and several RAM cards. If you can help out with images for these long sought after items, it would be greatly appreciated and credited.

29/04/2017: Appleshare via Ethernet - Now on an Apple IIGS!

Some great, unexpected news! You can now connect to Applesharing servers via Ethernet on a IIGS with an Uthernet I or Uthernet II, or a LANceGS card!

This has been a wish list item since the first ethernet card, the LANceGS, came out in the '90s, not to mention that Apple's own unreleased Apple II ethernet card actually supports Appleshare over ethernet (I've seen it in use).

As a control panel device (CDev), the AFP Bridge, in league with the existing AppleTalk networking system extensions included with System 6.0.1 (and the higher revisions not coming from Apple) and the Marinetti TCP/IP stack you can now connect to AFP v2.0 servers or any Mac running the classic Mac OS all the way up to v9.2.2 and get full Appleshare file networking! You can even connect to Macs running Mac OS X 10.0 to 10.4 as well, although Apple II file types are ignored, making working with files a little more manual (e.g. you won't be able to double click on files and expect them to open in their usual program on the IIGS).

This Beta is only at v1.0, but this is a really cool development (although I haven't tried it myself yet). For anyone hesitating in getting an Uthernet II card, this really gives you a new reason to invest in one and enjoy file sharing more transparently with GS/OS.

You can grab it from this Github link as a ShrinkIt archive, or download my  System Add-ons 32 meg 2image volume - it's in the CDevs folder.

25/04/2017: Gertrude's Secrets Updated with v1.4 and Now Hard Drive Installable

Thanks to another recent 3.5" disk image by François Michaud and copy protection removal thanks to Antoine, we now have version 1.4 of Gertrude's Secrets. This classic edcuational game from Atari Adventure author Warren Robinett from the Learning Company in its last iteration promises hard drive installation (useful if you want to put a nice collection of great 8-bit eduware programs together in one place) although the hard drive installer (possibly - I haven't tested beyond using a CFFA3000 or Sweet 16 emulation) only works with SCSI hard drives.

However, I found a text document that details how you can modify a specific list of last revisions made to some Learning Company titles (Talking Reader Rabbit, Math RabbitThink Quick, Magic Spells, Gertrude's Secrets and Rocky's Boots) using a BASIC prompt and calling the monitor. Long story short – the new disk image works from a 3.5" inch disk (quite possibly from a 5.25" disk via ProDOS given the program is only 80k large) and if you copy the files to a hard drive (or any large ProDOS formatted volume) it will run from it. Awesome. I still hope to collect Magic Spells and Rocky's Boots (although USO has already done a hack to make it work from ProDOS) – the rest we have archived.

23/04/2017: My Paint v2.0 Archived with a new Art Disk

Thanks to François Michaud imaging his original rare copy of My Paint v2.0, we now have a working archive of this newer version that sports an updated interface and compatibility with the EdMark Touch Window (which makes this and HyperStudio the only IIGS specific titles that I can think of that take specific advantage of this hardware).

What I also thought was a new feature, but turns out the earlier v1.0 does as well, is when you hold down the open-apple key and click on the Disk (v1.0) or Book (v2.0) icon you can specify which art disk you'd like to access – which can be specifed for both the individual 3.5" floppes or if you copy it all to a large ProDOS volume (which I have, in an updated edition of the Science, Social Studies, Kids Creative, Computer Skills educational 32 meg image).

 

My Paint v2.0

 

That reminded me - I hadn't actually archived the art disk that came free with my original copy of My Paint v1.0 – 'God Created the Dinosaurs'. I thought I'd forgotten, but upon reviewing it again recently, perhaps I'd not archived it on purpose. It includes images of people and dinosaurs co-habiting the Earth. If golf is the worst way to ruin a nice walk, then people and dinosaurs living together is the worst way of killing any buzz associated with my favourite 'terrible lizards'. To experience both v2.0 and the 'God Created the Dinosaurs' art disk, find the .zipped disk images on the archive page.

Be sure to download the reference card for all the features and use of v2.0 of My Paint that François had already previously scanned and supplied to the archive. Also of particular note – there are other art disks we don't have on archive. If anyone has 'Numbers, Shapes & Colors', 'Mother Goose Favorites' and 'Star Kids Characters' by all means submit them so they can be archived. It might be possible to take the data files from the Amiga versions of these if they're archived – the data files use Amiga native graphic file format .IFF.

 

 

19/04/2017: Xenocide Archive Updated with Infinite Lives Patch and a Word on Cheats

Thanks to Pen Helm, we have a new patched version of Xenocide that gives you infinite lives – no excuses not to see the entire game now. Just download the .zip archive for the new disk image.

Dear readers, did you also know that If you boot up with the GameHacker classic desk accessory (CDA) installed, which my 32meg image of a preinstalled System 6.0.1 Hard Drive Image, you can run Xenocide and then access the classic control panel with apple, command and escape, select the GameHacker CDA and it will ask if you want to patch the current game in two ways: 1) Infinite Lives and 2) Infinite ammunition.

There's a tonne of other games supported by GameHacker, so be sure to use the same trick on any game that allows you to access the classic control panel. However, some games don't allow access to the text based control panel, like Great Western Shootout, Gauntlet and Paperboy. Zany Golf is also one of those titles, but a patched version was included in the archive a couple of years ago. If anyone's interested in writing infinite lives (and ammunition, where applicable) patches to IIGS games, maybe focus on those listed games as GameHacker can take care of the rest.

But I strongly recommend playing games without cheats - the reward is more satisfying.

But here are all the games GameHacker supports (from its included documentation):

Antetris
Almost infinite (65516) number of blocks that can hit you

Arkanoid 1 & 2 (3 variants of Ark II)
Infinite lives

Bounce-It!
Infinite lives

Calibus:
Infinite Lives, Infinite Ammo, All weapon types have super-powerful ammo. (Kill with 1 shot!)

Columns GS
No trouble pieces, and the screen stays on when you press escape.

Copy Killers:
Infinite Money, Virus Protection.

Crystal Quest
Infinite lives

Defender of the Crown
Always win jousts and castle raids; buying army, knights, and catapults make your treasury to 25; this
discourages others from stealing your gold and using it against you.

Elevators
Invincible men that can walk through elavators.

Hoverblade
Infinite shields, fuel. Thanks to 'RKE' (Richard K Eddington) for finding the fuel and all.

The Last Ninja

Infinite lives, bombs, stars, and hit points.

Mine Hunt (NDA version only)
Lets you tread on the mines without dying.

Naxos
Infinite Ammo, Shield Maxxed out after each level.

Orbizone:
Infinite Lives.

Pick'n Pile
Infinite time

Plotting
Infinite lives. Some people have had problems getting to the CDA menu from with plotting; the best time to
try is when the startup screen is visible.

QBurt GS
Not technically patched from within this game, but if you press the "=" key on the numeric keypad, your lives will increase.

Qix
Infinite lives, but you still have to maneuver.

Quadomino
This patch allows you to hold down keys when moving pieces for greater speed. (The first constructive patch!)

Rogue
Infinite Strength and Hit Points. Infinite items, but you can drop them.

Senseless Violence I:
Infinite babies.

ShufflePuck GS:
Your opponent's score will never go above 1. Note: apparently this game was never released, and is only available from your local pirate. I was lent this game to add support for it from an anonymous contact, and have since deleted it. This patch is included for completion only.

Silpheed
Infinite Shield. (Screen will show almost full shield points, but the shield is full in memory)

Space Ace
Infinite lives. Patch provided by Jesse Blue. Thanks! (Untested; I don't have that game.)

SpaceFox GS (2 variants supported)
Infinite lives, shot speed & # of shots are set to 9.
Note: it's best to select GameHacker _before_ the game starts; that way most of these changes will happen at the start, not after you die once. Infinite fuel, and shields are infinite, just turn them on once per level. Still no weapon select, but with these mega-shields, you won't be dying very quickly.

Spy Hunter GS v1 & 2
Infinite lives, ammo, oil, and more.

Star Trek Classic IIGS
Infinite Energy, weapons, time, and all the like.

Tetris
Disables password; type anything for the password.

The Tinies GS
Infinite time during levels, infinite lives, and restarts. Note: If you have GSBug installed, Tinies 1.0 can't get to the control panel; it will crash! Bug the authors to release 1.1!

Thexder (2 versions)
Infinite Shield points in version 2.7 (supports joystick), never die (shield indicator will be mucked, though) on an older version. Thanks for Peter Mularski for the Thexder patch.

Tunnels of Armageddon
Clock disabled, so you don't have to worry.
Also, your ship is invulnerable to damage, and once you get items, they never disappear.

Xenocide: (2 variants supported)
Infinite ammo, lives, energy/oxygen, and shields. Autoblaster is always on as well.

 

17/04/2017: Ninja Force Releases First New Demo for 20 Years – Kern Kompetenz

Ninja Force recently attended and competed in the Revision 2017 Demo Scene Party in Germany in the Oldskool category with their brand new 'Kern Kompetenz' demo. Representing our favourite cute but flawed machine against other computer platforms of the '80s and '90s, Ninja Force did us proud, but at the time of writing (at least that I could see), the results as to the best entry of the competition have yet to appear coming fourth place. You can watch each demo played at the party on YouTube (with Kern Kompetenz at around the 33 minute mark).

 

KernKompetenz

 

Now that all entries have been shown, Revision 2017 has now allowed distribution through Pouet, the demo scene archive for ALL platforms. Find the download link on the entry for it here. It's now also available from the official Ninja Force site now.

The demo's amazing - everything's bigger, faster and smoother than any IIGS demo before it. It's pretty awesome to see things you've never seen the IIGS do, or thought could ever be done. Dreamer's tune is excellent and you'll remember it's melody days afterwards. It also has a different sound compared to his earlier work – a much more contemporary track than anything else on the IIGS.

It took a bit of wrangling to get the demo working on my ROM01 (4.25meg RAM, ZipGS 8/64k, CFFA3000), but I possibly made it harder on myself by not copying it to a real 3.5" disk to run from that. Mounting the 800k disk image with the CFFA3000, it wouldn't boot - it's not Smartport compatible. Trying to load from the System 6 Finder resulted in a helpful error message: 'Unable to load from GS/OS' - so I knew there was no way of getting it to work that way.

But then I remembered how to get the Ninja Force Mega Demo running from a 'hard drive' (in this case, a 32meg ProDOS image mounted on the Smartport) - hold down the '8' key just before GS/OS starts booting. It will abort loading GS/OS and take you straight to the BASIC prompt. Type 'bye' to take you to the ProDOS Loader (or Bitsy Bye if you're using John Brooks' ProDOS 2.4.1). With the 'Kern Kompetenz Demo.2mg' disk image also mounted via the CFFA3000, tab to switch volumes and then select the 'Demo' executable. Voila!

You can use this same technique to installing the demo onto a MicroDrive, Focus, or any other type of SSD / hard drive controller to avoid loading from an actual 3.5" disk drive. See, I really am a nut about making things hard drive installable for the IIGS!

Enjoy everyone! It's great to see another IIGS specific demo so soon after the 'Look Behind You' demo. 

10/04/2017: Application Fresh Cracks

Last but certainly not least in this series of fresh cracks from Antoine Vignau, we cover applications. Not only do we have different, more unique cracks, we've also found some newer versions:

Mercury
Designer Puzzles
Designer Prints
Softwood GS File (new version 2.0 included! Patched to work from System 6!)
TopDraw v1.00A (as part of the BeagleDraw archive)
Design Your Own Home Architecture (newer v2.8)
Notes n Files
Graphics Studio

UPDATE: I've also included the newer versions of these apps where ever possible on the relevant 32meg hard drive images:

 Productivity & Visual Creative

 Utilities & Aural Creative

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