MacAttack Gameplay & Challenge


Gameplay Footage of the awesome Macintosh game MacAttack. The goal is to save the ‘Net’ from viruses and other evil stuff by shooting it. It has 3 bosses that I know of, and I can beat 2 of them. I’ve never gotten to the final boss without cheating, but even when I do cheat and use a level password to get to it I still can’t beat it. It is HARD.

Hence the challenge: I challenge you, the viewer, to record yourself (or someone else) defeating this game from start to finish. It doesn’t matter what Difficulty setting you use. It doesn’t matter what your score turns out to be. All that matters is that you start a new game and play clear to the very end and BEAT THE FINAL BOSS! Oh, and record it (obviously).

My reasons for issuing this challenge are simple:
1. I want to encourage people to play wonderful, pre-Youtube games.
2. I want there to be videos of games made long before Youtube came around.
3. I want there to be a Full Play Video of this game.
4. I don’t have the skills (or time) to make a Full Play Video of this game myself.

Obviously, it would be good to get a high quality recording, but for now I’ll settle with whatever can be gotten. Just be sure to post your video as a response to this one, or else it’ll likely never get found (the search results for ‘MacAttack’ on Youtube are 1000+ and have nothing to do with this game).

So what do you say? Are you a bad enough dude (or dudette) to save the ‘Net’ and beat this shmup?

Video was recorded using BB FlashBack Express. Cause it’s the best screen recording program for recording Emulated Macintosh Gamelay I’ve found so far.


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  1. おレ 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply


  2. Oluf Marshall 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    Bloody hell this game takes me back! Used to play it as a wee boy. Took me 10 years to beat the final boss!

  3. Aidan Miles 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    How did you get a ROM for your emulator? My parents' old Macintosh II is long gone, and I don't think their original iMac boots up anymore either. Would I need to get into the iMac to get the ROM for SheepShavor or something like that?

  4. LizardVideoDude 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    I remember this game! Drove up from Bay Area to a computer shop in SF to buy it, played it on my 68k Mac back in college, good times 🙂 Think I beat it too, but of course that was loooong time ago lol. I'll have to get that emulator…

  5. Masmotors 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    i use to play all the time on my mac in the 1990s had mac le 3 i think no cd rom but nice pc pizza box style i think im a pc guy now

  6. Ziltoid the Omniscient 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    oh, and i finally figured out how to work sheep shaver, and found the game. after facing it again, it is indeed very hard, the sheild should actually be used for protection against those seeking missiles

  7. Ziltoid the Omniscient 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    yep, that one. the way i remember beating it was saving up loads of bombs, extra lives, and having the shield at maximum when getting to the level (the shield is important against the spiders). it was very hard, i remember, and years ago, but if my memory's correct, the bombs are the key, because it's very hard to hit him through all those damn spiders he throws. also, i think he would start getting cracks when he gets low on health.

  8. maxmouse713 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    Also, you beat the ending boss?! How? I'm not even sure I'm hitting him when I fight him.

    …You do mean that freaky, spinning, evil laughing, multi-faced final boss right?

  9. maxmouse713 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    If you mean getting the game out of your mac, you might not have to. I'm pretty sure that you can download it from the "Macintosh Garden" website. Just look the site up on Google, go to it, then enter "MacAttack" in the search bar. You should be able to find it and download it there.

    However, actually getting MacAttack to run on a newer Macintosh computer might be a more difficult problem. Either you could use Classic mode or, if you don't have Classic mode, you could use an emulator like I did

  10. Ziltoid the Omniscient 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    damn, i remember this game, that ending boss took forever to beat! i wish i could play it on my macbook, but i don't know how to get it out of my old OS 8.6 mac.

  11. maxmouse713 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    Yes.You can get the emulator "Sheepshaver" from a site called E-Maculation. I'd post a direct link but Youtube wont let me.Just search for E-maculation and Sheepshaver and you should be able to find it.It will emulate a Macintosh computer that you can play this game on. Just follow the setup instructions. If you need help or have a problem setting up the emulator you can ask the site's forum for help. Or you could also ask me for help. Don't forget about the challenge if you're interested in it!

  12. Rémy Fischer 30 June, 2020 at 07:40 Reply

    I played this game when i was young, do you have an idea where i can find an emulator to play this game ?

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