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From 1989 to 1997, David Cook and Tom Zehner, along with help from Dan Schwimmer and Dave Friedman,
wrote video games and utilities for the Apple Macintosh in a company called Storm Impact, Inc.
The games were initially licensed to a third-party publisher, just like most independent development
houses do today on the Wii, Playstation, Xbox, and so on.|
This was a wonderful time in our lives. Thank you to all the kind people that purchased our products and played our games!
This page contains some of the original content from the Storm Impact website.
There are still some old Mac archive sites that allow you to download our software. However, many sites don't have the last released versions. So, as a public service, this page now includes downloads of the final versions of each product. (I used ZipIt 1.4 for the Mac. However, it should be possible to unzip the files using other decompression programs.)
The software was written during the period of Mac OS 7.0 to 8.1. Theorectically, any computer running or emulating those OS versions should be compatible. Earlier (6.0.x) and later (9.x) Mac OS versions *might* be compatible.
Since these programs are shareware, you can experience the nostolgia of many levels of entertainment without a registration number. You can likely find bootleg registration numbers on the Internet, although you need to watch out for some of those types of sites because they try to inject malacious code when you visit them.
For a $10 PayPal payment, David will email you registration numbers for all of the products. But, unfortunately, manuals and technical support are unavailable. (But, if enough people buy the registration numbers, I'll try to convert the old manuals from Mac Draw Pro to Adobe Acrobat PDF and then post them online.) Therefore, it is recommended that you first download the programs from this page, install them, and play them for a while to make sure you are happy with them AS-IS.
TaskMaker is an exciting sword and sorcery game where you battle vile monsters and complete tasks under the watchful eye of the TaskMaker. Both beginning and experienced players enjoy exploring over one-hundred million pixels of dungeons and villages.
The program begins with an extensive, interactive, graphic tutorial, which teaches all the basics of the game.
Will you escape the clutches of evil by land, sea, or magic?
Can you grow to be leader of the land?
And in case of an untimely demise -- never fear! You can fight your way out of Hell (a randomly generated maze with four possible exits) to restore your player to life.
New features include:
Version history: TaskMaker-Read-Me.txt
The Tomb of the TaskMaker
In The Tomb of the TaskMaker, you are the leader of the land and the protector of the people. Messengers come to you with word of innocent people in need of your help. In each task, you explore dungeons, battle vile monsters, and disarm traps to remove the implements of evil.
Featuring ten tasks and over twenty dungeons. Watch for teleports, treasure chests, Chills, The Staff Of Creeps, secret passages, ships in bottles, crystals, The Mask Of Evil, guards, gold, traps, and treachery. Walls open and fall before you, fire springs forth, and floors bite at your feet.
You can choose to be either male or female, and can choose one of three professions. The choice of professions makes a big difference in how you approach different tasks.
This game is the sequel to TaskMaker, but neither knowledge of the original game nor any previous adventuring experience is required. The built-in, interactive tutorial teaches you everything you need to know, so you can relax and enjoy the game.
Download the untested next version: Tomb_of_TaskMaker_v101a3.zip
Version history: Tomb-of-TaskMaker-Read-Me.txt
MacSki is a fantastic skiing game for players of all ages.
MacSki v1.0 won the Macworld Best Sports Game of the Year, and was inducted into the Macworld Game Hall of Fame.
Version history: MacSki-Read-Me.txt
Dogfight in a sea of asteroids and come home a hero!
The dark boulders bear down on your ship. You swing away, scream, and fire a few potshots -- promising yourself you'll get them on the next pass. The asteroids can shield you when you need relief from the enemies' blasts, but hug them too closely and your ship becomes nothing more than a tiny tin cavity on their cold, scarred surface.
The Asterbamm fleet is our greatest effort to confront an alien enemy that has a stranglehold over the earth's manifest destiny. The asteroid field that approaches the alien's front line appears innocent enough, but with you at the helm of a shadowed space-fighter, they're in for a big surprise!
With stunning 256 color and black & white graphics, easy to use interface, digitized sound, and action that never quits, Asterbamm will entertain you for eons.
Version history: Asterbamm-Read-Me.txt
Dramatically improve technical support!
The next time you contact a company for technical support, save yourself a lot of time and frustration by including a snapshot of your entire system. Technical Snapshot is easy to use, whether you're a Macintosh novice or a power user.
Just look at all the things it checks for automatically!
In addition, every snapshot...
When registered, Technical Snapshot includes...
Version history: Technical-Snapshot-Read-Me.txt
Commentary by David Cook, Lead DeveloperVirus and Hacker Protection
One thing I really liked about all Storm Impact products is that they included built-in virus protection. Any attempt to add, delete, or modify the code or resources was met with an error alert. This stopped viruses and most hackers.
The key to this was that the dungeon or other internal data was encrypted with a checksum of the program (object code and resources). Even if you hacked out the error alert, the program could not run because it didn't know how to decrypt its own data.
A number of customers were being attacked by viruses and didn't know it until they contacted us (a game company!) for technical support. Most people didn't believe us at first. Strangely, very few people subsequently thanked us -- even after using a third-party commercial package to verify and remove the viruses.
Another geeky feature was that all the products had on-the-fly decompression of large resources. This significantly reduced download time and disk space, both of which were significant issues back then. Since the decompression occurred transparently and didn't require any third-party utilities, the user was never inconvenienced. Hackers using ResEdit couldn't spoil the adventure by viewing the pictures, because they were compressed with our proprietary algorithm.
MacSki had the largest commercial success as a published product.
TaskMaker was by far the best seller as a shareware product.
Both Asterbamm and Technical Snapshot were sales bombs.
Technical Snapshot was the best software I'd ever written to that point. It was incredibly robust and could speak, fax, print, save, or copy/paste any of the contents of its screens. It demystified and de-mythed “zapping the pram”, which was the litmus test of voodoo technical support at the time. Tom Zehner's artwork was gorgeous. We both thought this was going to be a breakthrough product.
A number of forces led to the demise of Storm Impact:
The products are still covered by intellectual property rights, including copyrights. We've chosen not to give that away, because one day we would like to put out modern versions or perhaps something for phones or PDAs. If you're a wealthy entrepreneur that would like to buy the rights and put out the games yourself, that's cool. But, otherwise, recognize that requests for us to freely release the source code or intellectual property rights will be politely declined.
Again, thank you to all the kind people that bought our products and enjoyed playing our games!