Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions. The FAQ will be extended on occasion.

There are no game files available for The Legacy here. The Magnetic interpreter does not support The Legacy, because it is not based on the adventure system. As the copyrights belong to Microprose Inc., which became part of Atari SA through several mergers, the game can not be offered for download, sorry. Some of the old Microprose games are available through classic game specialists like GOG. Perhaps The Legacy will be available there some day, too.
The games have not been made available as freeware. While Anita Sinclair and Ken Gordon know this site and were sympathetic to it, they still were procrastinating about making the games freely available. This site provides you with all the data and material you need to play the games, but I decided not to "give away everything" here.
Magnetic 2 partially supports features from the Magnetic Windows system, although it does not try to mimick the windowing system. The integrated hints, animated graphics and the in game music are partially supported, while for example the mapping system has not been decoded yet.
The short answer is: No has has developed it. But the actual problem lies much deeper. Although MagnetiX - the OS X port of Magnetic could provide a code base to start, developing an IOS version would be utterly useless. Because the games are not freeware you can not include the game files with the interpreter. But as the Magnetic Scrolls system was solely used for their own games (unlike the Z-machine for example), there would be nothing to include with the interpreter. And aside from the fact that you would have to transfer the game files by yourself to the interpreter, it certainly would never pass the Apple review process. Concerning Android, the basic problem is the same (although JMagnetic could provide a code base to start). Additional problems might arise because of the multithread architecure of JMagnetic.