Glypha is a Joust-like game by john 'Scheherazade' calhoun.
I love the game, and so I've devoted this little corner of my website to it.
The source code to Glypha III and IV is available, so naturally (in my hacker spirit) I've made some improvements to it.
I'm archiving all games of the Glypha series that I can find. All the Glypha and Glypha II archives are for Mac OS; all Glypha IIIs and IVs are for Mac OS X unless otherwise identified.
Also, none of these are Universal Binaries. It would probably be quite hard to convert any of these to run on the Intel architecture. Feel free to have a swing at it, though.
I also have a collection of Glypha screenshots.
John Calhoun also made a game called Stella Obscura. It's one of the earliest examples (that I know of) of a video game application of stereoscopy. The game shows two versions of the field of play, and includes instructions on making a cardboard viewer, which restricts each of your eyes to only one of the images. The result is, as the intro screen describes it, a “REAL 3D” illusion.
Both of these require a 68000. I don't know whether they work on later 68020-generation machines or on PowerPCs.
Additionally, Steve White kindly provided me with a separate copy of the Pascal source code to Stella Obscura 1.0, along with some Glypha source code which I listed above—thanks!
The source code for Stella Obscura 1.0 includes a color icon family that isn't used in the application. It looks like this:
The Stella Obscura 1.1 application uses a different color icon family (gray viewer instead of brown, and no handle) that matches the black-and-white icon used in both releases. This latter icon is the one next to the heading of this section.
Glider+ 3.1.2 and Glider 3.14 have a color icon; the earlier versions do not. From this, my guess is that 3.1 was the first color version.
Even though version 3.14's name omits the “+”, its icon still has it, as you can see when the icon is highlighted or set against a background:
John Calhoun has made Glider PRO and Glider 4.0, including the Mac OS X version of the former and the Windows version of the latter, available for free. In addition, there is a Flash version of Glider PRO named Glider Web.
There is also an NES/Famicom port of the original Glider available.