APPLE II LEADLIGHT


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Leadlight running on my 1990 Apple IIGS (click pic for large photo)

There are a few ways to play the original Apple II version of Leadlight:

– Play online in your web browser (including saved game functionality) by downloading and installing the ActiveGS web plugin
– Play offline (Mac or PC) by downloading an ActiveGS emulation pack preconfigured for your system
– Play offline (Mac, PC or Linux) by downloading the game disk images and running them in your own Apple II emulator
– Play on a real Apple II computer

Just pick whichever method suits you best and click the appropriate tab below for instructions.

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ONLINE PLAY WITH ACTIVEGS

To install the ActiveGS plugin, visit the ActiveGS Support Page, which makes the process as easy as is possible. You will know that the plugin has been installed and is working properly when you are able to see the 16-bit graphics demo running on a virtual Apple IIGS on the ActiveGS sample page.

Next, download the Leadlight Player Guide and hints. Take a look at the guide in advance and keep it with you when you start to play. Apple II Leadlight is like an Infocom game in that a lot of vital information that will keep your PC alive or just make everything better is only contained in the manual.

You’re now ready to play Leadlight online by clicking here to launch Apple IIGS Leadlight in a new browser window. Visit this link whenever you want to play. Your saved games will be stored locally on your computer..

Please note that web browser support for third party plugins like ActiveGS is highly variable (i.e. browser developers constantly change their standards and block and unblock certain technologies). I do not make ActiveGS so I can offer no technical support for the online play method.
DOWNLOAD MAC EMULATION KIT

With this emulation kit, you can play Leadlight on a virtual Apple IIGS on your Mac with just a doubleclick of the included ActiveGS app. No fiddling about with an emulator or disk images is required; everything is preconfigured.

Download the Mac emulation kit by clicking the school crest or link below. The bundle contains the ActiveGS application, 3.5 inch Leadlight disk image, Leadlight Player Guide PDF and the hint sheet:


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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MAC EMULATION KIT


Unzip the bundle and drag the folder somewhere handy, like your desktop.

Open the ActiveGS_Mac folder and doubleclick on the ActiveGS app icon. Leadlight will start.*

* Note that if your OS security is set to block applications from ‘unidentified’ developers, you will need to go to Systems Preferences -> Security & Privacy and then click the ‘Open Anyway’ button next to the message you’ll see there about ActiveGS.

Be sure to read the Leadlight Player Guide for instructions – you’re unlikely to get the most out of the game, let alone survive, without them. Check the hint sheet when and if you need hints.

DOWNLOAD PC EMULATION KIT

With this emulation kit, you can play Leadlight on a virtual Apple IIGS on your PC with just a doubleclick of the included ActiveGS app. No fiddling about with an emulator or disk images is required; everything is preconfigured.

Download the PC emulation kit by clicking the school crest or link below. The bundle contains the ActiveGS application, 3.5 inch Leadlight disk image, Leadlight Player Guide PDF and the hint sheet:


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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PC EMULATION KIT


Unzip the bundle and drag the folder somewhere handy, like your desktop.

Open the ActiveGS_PC folder and doubleclick on the ActiveGS app icon. Leadlight will start. Be sure to read the Leadlight Player Guide for instructions – you’re unlikely to get the most out of the game, let alone survive, without them. Check the hint sheet when and if you need hints.

DISK IMAGES FOR OFFLINE PLAY

To play offline, first download the Apple II Leadlight Bundle by clicking the school crest or link below. The bundle contains the Apple II disk images, Leadlight Player Guide PDF and the hint sheet:


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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLE II LEADLIGHT BUNDLE

Second, read on to learn how to get the game going in a software emulator for your platform. I’ve included system-specific instructions for a couple of good, free emulators, but others are available.

If you bring your own emulator, the 2-disk version advice in the PC Users section broadly applies when playing the game in any emulator of an 8-bit Apple IIe or Iic model (on Mac or PC) and the single-disk version advice in the Mac Users section broadly applies when playing the game in any Apple IIGS emulator (again, on Mac OR PC!)

AN EMULATION SETUP FOR PC USERS

I recommend you download AppleWin (scroll towards the bottom of the linked page, to where it says ‘Download latest release’, to get the download link). AppleWin is an excellent free emulator of the 8-bit Apple IIe computer. You will use a pair of its virtual 5.25 inch floppy drives to play Leadlight.

Now follow these steps:

1. Extract the contents of the AppleWin archive to a convenient place on your hard drive
2. Launch AppleWin
3. Place the Leadlight Boot disk image (the file ‘leadlight_boot.dsk’ from the Leadlight Bundle) in disk drive one (click the ‘1’ button at screen right)
4. Place the Leadlight Game disk image (the file ‘leadlight_game.dsk’ from the Leadlight Bundle) in drive two (click the ‘2’ button). Note that you must leave both disks in the drives at all times while playing or the game could crash
5. Boot your virtual Apple IIe (click the button with the Apple symbol on it at screen right) and the game will begin

Note that on very old PCs, AppleWin can run supernaturally slowly if run in a window on the desktop. Switching the emulator to fullscreen mode by clicking the page-expansion-looking-button at screen right may totally eliminate such slowness.

You can optionally speed up the game’s processing and load times by increasing the emulator clock speed on Applewin’s configuration screen.

AN EMULATION SETUP FOR MAC USERS

You can use the free Sweet16 Apple IIGS emulator. You will need to follow the steps below to download and arrange the necessary files:

1. Download the Sweet16 Apple IIGS emulator from the Sheppyware homepage
2. Unzip the Sweet16 archive. Mount the Sweet16 dmg file by double-clicking it, then drag the resultant Sweet16.app file to a convenient place on your hard drive
3. Next, click here to download the Apple IIGS ROM file
4. Unzip the ROM03 archive and place the resultant ROM.03 file in the same location as the Sweet16 app
5. Double-click on the Sweet16 application. If your OS security is set to block applications from ‘unidentified’ developers, you will need to go to Systems Preferences -> Security & Privacy and then click the ‘Open Anyway’ button next to the message about Sweet16
6. The first time you open Sweet16, you will need to browse to the location of the ROM.03 file
7. At last, your virtual Apple IIGS will boot up. The screen will say ‘Check Startup Device’. Don’t worry, it’s just saying this because you haven’t put a disk in the drive yet
8. Locate the ‘leadlight1_5.2mg’ disk image file from your Leadlight Bundle and mount it in Sweet16 (either via the File -> Mount Disk Image menu command, or by dragging and dropping the image onto the Sweet16 icon in the dock)
9. With the disk in the drive, reboot the Apple IIGS (Setup -> Restart or just press Apple-Control-Delete) and Leadlight will start

In future you will be able to boot the game by the drag-and-drop method, or by just double-clicking on the LEADLIGHT.2MG disk image.

PLAYING ON A REAL APPLE II

Leadlight uses ProDOS 8 2.0.3 and so requires an Apple II model with a 65C02 CPU as a minimum. In general, this means you’ll need an enhanced Apple IIe, an Apple IIc or an Apple IIGS. It won’t boot on a straight Apple II or II+.

First, download the Apple II Leadlight Bundle by clicking the school crest or link below. The bundle contains the Apple II disk images, Leadlight Player Guide PDF and the hint sheet:


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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLE II LEADLIGHT BUNDLE


Unzip the bundle and consult the included Leadlight Player Guide for instructions about which disks to put in which drives, or how to install the game to a hard drive.

The only other issue is how to physically copy the Leadlight disk images from the bundle back to real floppy disks in the first place. The full breadth of that topic is beyond the scope of this website, but I can recommend one very well known method: Use ADTPro. This free software, available for many platforms, lets you copy Apple II disk images from a modern desktop computer onto real floppies in the drives of an Apple II computer – and the other way around – if you first connect the two computers with the appropriate cable(s).