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Apple Macintosh Software Game - 'Carriers At War II', 3½" Floppy Disk, 1993 Object Reg. No: HT 13673

'Carriers At War II' is a computer game on three floppy disks with two booklets, a supplement, a card of 8 maps and one warranty card in a cardboard box in a sleeve. It was introduced in 1993.

This is one of a series of games in which software micromanaged the actions of the individual units, for example ships and squadrons of planes. The series used the same format but different battle scenarios in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The Macintosh had Volumes 1 and 2, while there was only one version for the Apple II. The Macintosh allowed mouse control and had higher definition graphics. The Apple II version used keyboard control.

The setting is the Pacific campaign in World War II. There were several scenarios. A campaign editor, was sold separately, allowed users to create their own scenarios, as many as they liked. The one player was the task force commander and the player could play either side. The commander gave general orders to ships and squadrons. The software would then micromanage the orders. The game had a sound capability that was determined by the limitations of the hardware.

This object was collected because it was designed and produced by an Australian software development company, the Strategic Studies Group, commonly known as SSG, that makes strategy war games.

It was also collected because it is representative of the use of the graphic user interface (GUI) introduced in 1983, even though the game itself was released in 1993.

A version of this game was also available for MS-DOS on IBM computer systems.

In 1983, the donor's parents gave him an Apple II Europlus. He used it for essays, medical school assignments and games. He became especially interested in war games and he stated that an Australian Sydney-based company Strategic Studies Group had the best war games at that time, which he began and continued to collect.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
A dark blue printed cardboard box in printed sleeve. The box contains three floppy disks with labels, a booklet of 184 pages, a supplement of 4 pages, a game catalogue and a warranty card.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Chee-Yan Hiew, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 185 mm (Width), 245 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computer games, computer software, computers, computing, education, entertainment, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: On sleeve " Strategic Studies Group
Fleet Carrier operations in the Southeast Asia 1936 - 1946"

The cover has a sticker with the text:
" Mac ( all color models)
Color only; hard disk required.
System 6.0.7 or System 7
Memory: System 6.0.7 - 2Mb
System 7 - 4Mb"

The rear has introduction and screen images and a stick on bar code an dincludes the text "©1993 Strategic Studies Group Made in Australia"

The booklet: "CARRIERS AT WAR II
Fleet Carrier operations in the Southeast Asia 1936 - 1946"

Floppy Disk Labels: "CARRIERS AT WAR II - Disk One"
High Density
All Rights Reserved
Manufacturer: Strategic Studies Group, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1993

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