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  • Submitted: May 14 2014 03:15 PM
  • Last Updated: Feb 10 2015 05:49 AM
  • Views: 6443
  • Downloads: 567
  • Approved by: thedoc
  • Approved on: 15 May 2014 - 06:20 PM

Wrapper Type & Video Card Compatibility

  • Wrapper Type: DOSBox

Wrapper Type Info

Wrappers have different Mac OS X compatibility!

Wineskin:   10.610.710.810.9
Cider:          10.610.710.810.9
CXZ/CXEx:  10.610.710.810.9

What is WINE & what is a Wrapper?

Video Card Info

 GREY          = not tested
 GREEN        = fully playable
 YELLOW     = playable with minor glitches
 ORANGE     = playable with some effort
 RED             = severe glitches / unplayable

Download this Classic Win 98 + Half-Life & Gunman Chronicles (DOSBox Port) 1.2

* * * * * 2 Votes Please vote for the Quality of this Port / Wrapper, not for the Game or Application!

Black Mesa Research Facility is an ultra-secret laboratory under government contract, conducting top-secret and extremely volatile experiments. The scientist Gordon Freeman a Black Mesa employee. This morning, as usual, he pits his way to the research facility for a run-of-the-mill experiment. However, when the experiment initiates, Gordon realizes that it might not be as ordinary as he thought. Odd things begin to happen as he makes his way to one of the Black Mesa test chambers. Even weirder things happen when he starts to move the test sample towards the antimass-spectrometer.

At that moment everything goes horribly wrong. Aliens from the planet Xen have suddenly invaded the facility, injuring or killing many of the employees. The Marines have come to the facility to kill off the aliens and the surviving witnesses of the accident. Gordon understands what that means: he will have to fight his way through aliens and Marines to get to the top of the Black Mesa complex and much beyond.

The story of Half-Life is told entirely in-game: everything is seen through the eyes of the protagonist. Most story elements unfold via scripted sequences, triggered by the player reaching a certain area. If other characters have information to reveal, they address the player directly. The Black Mesa complex in the game is not made up of distinct levels, but is mostly a continuous world, where it is possible to backtrack through large parts of the game.

The game's weapon arsenal is, to a large part, made up of realistic weapons like pistols, machine guns and explosives, but there are also futuristic energy weapons developed at Black Mesa as well as organic weapons acquired from the invading aliens. Most weapons feature an alternate firing mode.

Enemies fall into two categories: aliens and human soldiers. While most of the aliens are not very bright, the humans display some relatively advanced artificial intelligence: they seek cover, retreat when hit and try to drive the player from his cover by throwing grenades. Some of the alien enemies can not be killed by normal means. The environment must be used against them instead, going with a general tendency of the game to alternate the combat with environmental puzzles.

Personal Notes:
This is a DOSBox Port of Windows 98 Lite Edition that includes a full install of Gunman Chronicles as well as Half-Life + several mods such as Counter-Strike, TFC, Opposing Force, Azure Sheep etc. . This port utilizes a custom build of DOSBox Megabuild 6 + Glide patch from gulikoza, therefore hardware acceleration does work for some 3Dfx Glide enabled games including the original Half-Life.

My System Specs:
- OS: OS X 10.5.8 Leopard
- CPU: Intel Core2Duo 2.9 Ghz
- RAM: 8 GB
- Video: nVidia GeForce 9600M GT
- Disk Space: 2 GB

Known Issues:
Some decals are not rendered properly - this is a very minor bug however that is hardly noticable. 3D performance is acceptable and for the most part the game is playable for me. Note that some Windows apps can be pretty unstable at times and acceptable performace of the Win9X environment requires a fast Dual core Intel Mac.

Use BetterZip or 7zX to extract the files and copy the Half Life.app into your Applications folder.


What's New in Version 1.2 (See full changelog)

  • Fixed most of the graphics bugs and added more mods / games to the pack.



This pack is untested on OSX Mountain Lion or Mavericks so any feedback is appreciated.

Working for me on Snow Leo.
No joy for 10.8.5

I'll install mavericks real quick and see if I can get this up and running - I'll have to reupload anyway since i just got rid of the graphics bugs and also added a few more third party mods to the pack.

DankoB, on 14 May 2014 - 09:45 PM, said:

No joy for 10.8.5

10.8? Trader! ;)
More like Traitor :D
Ha - opps.
Ok so I tried running it on 10.9 and it does boot in safe mode at least - no idea why the emulated OS crashes during a regular boot tho. I guess I'll just have to re-compile a version of DosBox for 10.8+...

maybe tweaking the dosbox.conf file would help but I have no idea which setting could make it work - trial & error is probably the key :P
hahaha....yeah...I know...I was 10.6.8 for the longest time but wanted to see what all the hype was about! I kinda like it...although I still have an external hard drive with Snow Leopard installed on it for testing. Plus my MBP is locked on 10.6.8 due to hardware limitations.

I tried this again this morning...for some reason if you go into the package contents and mount the Win98 image then launch the dosbox port it starts up without issue. I closed it down correctly and tried again without mounting the image and it boots correctly. I've no idea why it might be happening but at least it's working on 10.8.5. Not sure if regular users would consider this method or not though.
i tried your trick but it didn't help on Mavericks.
No joy for me in Mavericks (10.9.3) either. :(
No Joy on Mavericks, BTW... First time I tried to run it, OSX said I didn't have XQuartz. I grabbed the latest version, I boots then crashes. But I can boot to safe mode. Remember, back in the day, if Win98SE crashed, always boot to Safe Mode and delete drivers that was crashing it. Food for thought...
I had the hardest time downloading this. Not worth it at all.
Works on El Captain with XQuartz installed  but the actual games do not, help
It  needs a newer DirectX to actually run the games

please help

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