Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

I Suck At Toxic Ravine

Toxic Ravine was a little known Mac game that was as innovative as it was difficult. You take the role of a blimp pilot tasked with cleaning up a dangerous area known as the Toxic Ravine. Monsters, skulls and ghosts are a few of the obstacles impeding your progress.

After you are done cleaning up you are tasked with rescuing little “clones” from the bottom of the ravine. By building elevators and dropping blocks you help them ascend to sky level, allowing you to pick them up in your blimp and bring them to safety.

I couldn’t find a video of this game ANYWHERE on the interweb, so I decided to piece together the required software and play it myself. I don’t think I’ve ever beaten Toxic Ravine, so this video simply showcases my ability to get to rescue phase and fail miserably!

If I feel inspired, I may do a bit of a Let’s Play/Explanation video for Toxic Ravine (and some other ancient Mac game as well).


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  • My sister and I played Toxic Ravine on our Apple computer in 1992 at the ages of 3 & 4. For years I had forgotten the name of the game. I spent a good bit of time looking for it even without the name. One day my Father remember the name and I had to take a look on Google, this was sometime in early 2000’s. I could not find much information at all! Over the years I searched again and again for this game. Today I was talking about it and watched the video you made on Youtube! Wow! What I would give to play this again!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the video! My brothers and I had a very similar experience to you and your sister: we would all huddle around an old Apple compy and try our best to beat this game. We never really figured out what we were doing, but it was always a lot of fun.

      The little dudes’ voice samples always cracked us up too: “I’m hungry!”

By Michael
Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer