Royal Flush for the Macintosh
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What is Royal Flush
Royal Flush is a pinball simulation game, that very accurately
mimics the classic "Royal Flush" machine (Gottlieb, 1976).
- Macintosh (or compatible) with 25 MHz 68020 processor or
better (PowerPC recommended)
- 3600 K available internal memory
- About 3.5 Mb free disk space
- Monitor size 640 x 400 pixels (832 x 624 or more
- Monitor capable of displaying 256 colors (or shades of
- System 6.0.7 or higher (system 7.x or higher recommended)
- Sound manager 3.0 or higher
- External speakers recommended
Note that if the available internal memory is less than 3300K, but
not less than 2800K, the game will run, but sound effects will be
- Accurate simulation of the classic Royal Flush machine,
including sound effects
- Customize settings like incline, tilt sensitivity, flipper
power and more
- 3-ball or 5-ball play
- Top ten list of high scores
- Custom settings can be saved in a file and restored later on
(along with the top ten list)
- Top ten can be saved as a printable text document
- Magnet mode allows to draw the ball around and explore the
- Nudging vertical or 45° sideways
- Game play with either keyboard or mouse
- Custom settings for keyboard control
- Demo mode
How to install Royal Flush
- Download the archive file
"RoyalFlush.sit" (1.2 Mb).
- Unpack the contents of the downloaded file with StuffIt
Expander, which you can download here.
If you already have Stuffit Expander installed, unpacking will
probably start automatically after download.
- The unpacked items are an application program, some examples
of user setting files, and a "Read Me" file. Double-click the
application program to start playing.
- (Optionally) Read the "Read Me". It contains useful
Note that if you are upgrading from a previous version, your high
scores and current settings will be preserved and automatically used
in the new version.
Hint for first-time use
After starting the program, the menu bar will disappear to allow
full screen access to the game. Don't be alarmed! You can make the
menu bar reappear by simply moving the mouse into the topmost area of
the screen. More instructions for use can be found in the Read Me
file that comes with the product.
High Score Contest
game has a tournament mode, which sets the machine in a configuration
based on the original Gottlieb factory defaults. Tournament settings
are identical for every installed Royal Flush, and therefore allow
for a fair competition. Scores obtained in tournament mode can be
submitted for the high score competition using the high
score entry form. The top ten of all times is published in the
high scores list.
What's new in version 1.2
Version 1.2 is a maintenance release; no new features have been
added. The following bugs have been solved:
- On the iMac, computer keyboard and mouse input appeared to be
disabled after playing one game. This was caused by the different
bus architecture (USB versus ADB). The incompatible code has been
rewritten. As a side effect, nudging the machine with the mouse
now has a greater effect than it had before. So beware of "Tilt"
when you were used to play the game with the mouse in previous
- Users of the Kensington Trackball and Kensington Thinking
Mouse have reported some annoying incompatibilities. These
problems have been solved.
- Under some circumstances the control bar was not hidden
correctly. This has been fixed.
- When a free game was awarded as the result of getting a
"special" or a matching end digit, an "insert coin" sound was
played. This is not like the real machine, so this sound has been
removed. Now only the characteristic "knock" sound is heard.
What's new in version 1.1
Version 1.1 is mainly a maintenance release, solving a number of
problems and adding a few minor features.
The following bugs have been solved:
- On a Powerbook G3 it was impossible to enter your name after
obtaining a high score. This type of keyboard is now fully
supported by Royal Flush.
- "Sometimes" the ball appeared to have an enormous weight, and
the plunger had not enough power to even launch the ball into the
game. This does not happen anymore.
- The "control strip" it is now correctly shown and hidden,
along with showing and hiding the menu bar.
- It has been reported that on some Macintosh models the program
ran out of memory. This has been solved by increasing the memory
requirements from 3300K to 3600K, which appears to cover the worst
case on any model.
- Under rare circumstances the "Quit" command was grayed out.
This has been solved: the Quit command now is always
Two minor features have been added in version 1.1:
- The Tournament High Scores screen now supports copying of the
high score and magic code to the clipboard. Use this to more
easily fill out the tournament entry
- The user is no longer asked for confirmation when switching
the screen to 256 color mode. The switch now occurs automatically.
Switching to another program or quitting Royal Flush restores the
screen to its original color mode.
Known problems and solutions
- IF Royal Flush crashes (which is very
rare indeed) NEVER end the program with Alt-Command-Esc. If you
do, the program WILL terminate, but the system is bound to crash
sooner or later. Instead reboot the computer with
If you notice any problem or weird behavior in Royal Flush, I
would appreciate if you let me know by E-mail.
Please describe your problem as accurate as possible, to give me the
opportunity to solve it. I don't have the resources to test Royal
Flush on every type of Macintosh, so in order to maintain the quality
of the product, I depend on this kind of feedback. Of course, if you
don't encounter any problems, and think the product is great, you are
also welcome to let me know ;-)
Read the "Read Me" file to learn more about the Royal Flush
program. For a game strategy guide, check out The
Tower of Pin. If Royal Flush does not run fast enough on your
machine, read the technical note on game
Is Royal Flush free?
Royal Flush for the Macintosh is shareware. Try it for free, and
if you like it, make a shareware
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