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Macintosh OS Classic

Made in USA by Apple in 1984
2235
games
2
unreleased
For downloaded games:
An .img or .smi file most likely means the game is for OS Classic.
A .dmg file most likely means the game is for OS X.
Mac OS/CPU Guide [WIP]
As Apple believes operation systems and detailed hardware specifications are like genitals (hidden away unless/until society accepts them to be clearly visible in public ) but does encourage the listing of individual Mac models in system specs. I've compiled some lists for deducing minimum OS and basic CPU compatibility to apply to game entries (unless contradicted by game packaging).

For now, Lisa hardware and operating systems are included.

How to use:
The software packaging and manual might name one or Macintosh models. If it's more than one, just the designation will be listed (IIc, IIvx, 190IIIcs, etc...). The game can be marked with CPU and OS version for every model listed. The game must also conform to the drive type specified. If it says Macintosh 128k, it must include 3.5 400k disks (if it is not a download), unless it states otherwise. Note however, a wide variety of cpu and disk upgrade options were available to almost any Mac, the requirements should specify specifically, "800k" or "5.25" or "Harddrive required", 68020 cpu, for instances, if they are listing Mac 128k as an option (running on Mac 128k would require a 68020 and/or drive upgrade). If no such contradictory specs are listed, a stock version of the model must be assumed, even if the required upgrade is extremely common.

Model Date, CPU, OS, colors, Drives
Lisa 1983-01, MC68000, Lisa OS 1, 2 color, 871k DS-SD 5.25 drives, Harddrive Option
Lisa 2 1984-01, MC68000, Lisa OS 1, 2 color, 400k SS-SD 3.5 drive
Macintosh (Macintosh 128k) 1984-01,MC68000, System 1 (Mac OS 1), 2 color, 400k SS-SD 3.5 drive
Macintosh 512K 1984-09, MC68000, System 1 (Mac OS 1), 2 color, 400k SS-SD 3.5 drive
Macintosh XL (Lisa 2) 1985-01, MC68000, System 1 (Mac OS 1), 2 color, *
Macintosh Plus 1986-01, MC68000, System 3 (Mac OS 3), 2 color, 800kfloppy drive DS-SD drive, Harddrive Option
Macintosh 512Ke‡ 1986-04, MC68000, MC68000, System 1 (Mac OS 1), 2 color, 800kfloppy drive DS-SD drives, Harddrive Option
Macintosh SE 1987-03, MC68000, System 3 (Mac OS 3), 2 color, 400k SS-SD 3.5 drives, Harddrive Option
Macintosh SE FDHD 1989-08, MC68000, System 3 (Mac OS 3), 2 color, 1.4m DS-HD 3.5 drive, Harddrive Option
Macintosh Classic 1990-10, MC68000, System 6 (Mac OS 6), 2 color, 1.4m DS-HD 3.5 drive, Harddrive Option
Macintosh Portable 1989-09, MC68HC000, System 6 (Mac OS 6), 2 color, 1.4m DS-HD 3.5 drive, Harddrive Option
PowerBook 100 1991-10, MC68HC000, System 6 (Mac OS 6), 2 color, no disk drive (external 3.5 option), Built-in Harddrive
Macintosh II 1987-03, MC68020**, System 4 (Mac OS 4), 24-bit color, 800k floppy drive DS-SD drive, Harddrive Option
Macintosh LC† 1990-10, MC68020, System 4 (Mac OS 4), 256 color, 800k floppy drive DS-SD drive, Built-in Harddrive

Macintosh IIx 1988-09, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
Macintosh SE/30 1989-01, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
Macintosh IIcx 1989-03, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
Macintosh IIci 1989-09, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
Macintosh IIfx 1992-04, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
Macintosh IIsi 1993-03, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
Macintosh Classic II 1991-10, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
Performa 200 1991-10, MC68030, System 6 (Mac OS 6)
PowerBook 140*** 1991-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 170*** 1992-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC II 1992-03, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 400 1992-03, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 405 1992-03, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 410 1992-03, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 430 1992-03, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 145*** 1992-08, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 600/600CD 1992-09, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh IIvi 1992-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh IIvx 1992=10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 160 1992-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 180 1992-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook Duo 210 1992-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook Duo 230 1992-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Color Classic 1993-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 250 1993-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 275 1993-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC III 1993-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 450 1993-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 165c 1993-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC 520 1993-06, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 180c 1993-06, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 145B 1993-07, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 165 1993-08, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC III+1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 460 III+1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 466 III+1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 467 III+1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Color Classic II 1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh TV 1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook Duo 250 1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook Duo 270c 1993-10, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC 550 1994-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 550 1994-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 560 1994-02, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 150 1994-07, MC68030, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 700 1991-10, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 900 1991-10, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 950 1992-05, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Centris 650 1993-02, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 800 1993-02, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Workgroup Server 80 1993-02, MC68040, System ?
Workgroup Server 95 1991-03, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 660AV 1993-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 840AV 1993-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Centris 660AV 1993-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Workgroup Server 60 1993-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 610 1993-10, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 650 1993-10, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 630 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC 630 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 630 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 630CD 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 631CD 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 635CD 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 636 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 636CD 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 637CD 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 638CD 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 640CD 1994-07, MC68040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 550c 1995-05, MC68LC040, System ?
Macintosh Centris 610 1993-02, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC 475 1993-10, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh Quadra 605 1993-10, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 475 1993-10, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 476 1993-10, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Macintosh LC 575 1994-02, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 575, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 576, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 577, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 578, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook Duo 280 1994-04, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook Duo 280c 1994-04, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 520 1994-05, MC68LC040, System ?
PowerBook 520c 1994-05, MC68LC040, System ?
PowerBook 540 1994-05, MC68LC040, System ?
PowerBook 540c 1994-05, MC68LC040, System ?
Macintosh LC 580 1995-04, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
Performa 580CD 1995-04, MC68LC040, System ?
Performa 588CD 1995-04, MC68LC040, System ?
PowerBook 190 1995-08, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)
PowerBook 190 1995-08, MC68LC040, System 7 (Mac OS 7)

* The Mac XL was in fact a re-branded Lisa 2/10 (Lisa 2 with 10MB harddrive). Hardware & Software emulation allowed the Lisa 2 running Lisa OS 1.1 (as shipped) to emulate a Mac running Mac OS 1.1 (as shipped). Operating systems for both could be upgraded independently. Mac XL would run Lisa software just fine. it was a Lisa; this, in fact, was the intended purpose of Apple. Apple thought the Macintosh name would boost sales of the failed Lisa. As the Lisa hardware allowed up to 4 MB RAM to be used by the Mac emulator when the Mac 512k allowed merely up to 1MB, it rocketed sales. But these were customers wanting a Mac 4MB with a built-in hard drive, vast expandability, and a full keyboard with numeric pad, not a Lisa 2. It did nothing to help Lisa, Apple sold every Lisa 2 unit and parts they have in stock, and could not meet demand. Apple was forced to discontinue the Mac XL and the Lisa line. The popularity of the Mac XL lead to widely used hacks and updates such as 8MB RAM, 608x432 graphics and System software up to version 7.5.5. It would continue to exceed the capabilities of other Macs and have a loyal set of users at least until 1997 (7.5.5 release).

** An upgrade called Mac286 could be purchased that allowed 286 Mac apps but was intended for MS-DOS emulation. A 68030 cpu could also be used as an upgrade. No known games for either upgrade at this time.

*** PowerBook 140 & 170 shipped with System 6 in Japan.

† The Macintosh LC is a rebranded Apple Lisa running Mac system software under software emulation. Apparently had 100% compatibility. The LC could still run Lisa applications.

‡ The "e" suffix on and Macintosh model specifies it is a variant mass produced specifically for use in classrooms. They are always lower cost variants. However, they are often contrasty enhanced with features; which lends credibility to the marketing tactic of publicly labeling these models "enhanced" (while internal documents label then "education"). For instance, the 512Ke came with an 800k disk drive standard and a keyboard with a numeric keypad instead of the 400k and standard keyboard of the plain 512K (also it subtracted 1.5K of usable memory). Also, it allowed for later system softwares than the plain 512K, but this was was only a feature that became apparent later as newer version of system software were created.

PowerPC support begins with MacOS 7.1.2
68030 support begins with MacOS 7.6
68040 support begins with MacOS 8.0
68k support ends with MacOS 8.1
G3 support begins with MacOS 9.2

SS-SD Single Sided, Standard Density
DS-SD Double Sided, Standard Density
SS-DD Single Sided, Double Density
DS-DD Double Sided, Double Density (FDHD/Super Drive)

Lisa OS has 3 major versions
Mac OS (OS Classic) has 9 major versions. 5 differs from 4 more than 4 differs from previous version. 6-9 are each largely different from the previous. Common groupings of general compatibility would be 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-7, 1-9, 5, 5-6, 5-7, 5-9, 6, 6-9, 7, 7-9, 8-9, and 9. But there is the occasional oddity such as '1 or 9', 'not 7', '5-6 & 9', and so on.

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Mac OS X and Mac OS Classic are individual platforms. However, games are still tagged Mac OS X and Mac OS Classic as needed due to the multitude of officially supported options to run the same application on both systems.
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tech info

CPU: 68000 / PowerPC

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