Advances in Sheepshaver emulator delivers Ares at full speed
Hey everybody, I've just been playing Ares on an Intel Mac running 10.5.8 with no speed or graphics issues!
Amazing wouldn't you say
Here's how I did it:
There is a slightly new version of Sheepshaver out which allows full screen mode. There is also a new application called Chubby Bunny which allows one to easily run Sheepshaver. The latter is a package which wraps Sheepshaver in combination with an optimised working version of OS 9.0.4. It takes all the pain out of running Sheepshaver.
Download the Chubby Bunny (also not known as Fat Rabbit) here:
Go down to where the link is under "New build of Chubby Bunny/SheepShaver package" to obtain a version without having to use torrents.
To get it to work full screen I needed to run both applications (Bunny and Sheep) in combination with each other as outlined here:
Go down to where there is a tip "Easier full-screen configuring of Chubby Bunny"
For this tip you will need the original Sheepshaver installer to obtain the SheepShaverGUI application so as to set Full Screen mode.
When you start up the machine will start in greyscale, a bit like System 6 (!) might have been. Use the Monitors control panel to switch it to 256 colours (We all remember where the Monitors CP is, don't we!).
None except that the music is crappy, but in game sounds are ok and most of all the game speed is normal as I assume are all of the other OS9 functions. I've just played my way right through the 20 missions without any hitches.
Anyone who had used Sheepshaver before will find this very easy to get going. Anyone who is new to sheepshaver just follow the instructions with Chubby Bunny.
It took me about 2 hours to get to the point of successfully playing Ares, including a reinstall of OS 9.0.4 - however the version supplied with Chubby Bunny should be adequate to run the game.
This is a really good interm solution to playing Ares until Xera and Antares are up and running.
It also means that a practical useful OS9 emulation is now possible for Intel OSX.
Comments etc please.