Pork Barrel FAQ

Runs on Mac System 7.0-9.0

  • Compatibility with Macintosh OS-9
    Pork Barrel 1.6 adds compatibility for Macintosh System 9.0.
  • Why am I getting a high score of -0- zero?
    Your goals as president are long-term. Most of the major goals cannot be accomplished in 6 months. What this means is that in the free version it is difficult to get a score. Also, there are score penalties for leaving office early for any reason: impeachment, lynch mob, assassination, blowing up the world, comet, even retiring has a penalty. In addition, your final score is multiplied by your popularity rating so if your popularity rating is less than 100% your final score will take a hit. Our highest score in the full version is 2899.
  • Tips for playing the unregistered/free version:
    Don’t bother to build the space program or fund research. Your presidential term isn’t long enough to complete these projects.
  • Sometimes the visual effects and sounds get hung up. Why?
    If your computer processor speed is fast and you get trigger happy with the ENTER key, zooming around the board without reading the dialogs etc., sometimes a sound won’t have time to play or a visual effect may not happen or a picture may not appear. You haven’t blown up the game. You just didn’t give it enough time to do its thing. Those effects can still happen the next time you land on that game square unless you’re still playing trigger happy.
  • Two days passed in a row. Why?
    One day passes when you land on the Dollar Sign. Several days pass if you land yourself in jail. With every roll of the dice there is the possibility of an additional day passing so if you were on the Dollar Sign two days might pass. In other words, this is normal.
  • Nothing appeared in the information text box. Why?
    Usually if the choice you’ve made has no effect, it will not appear in the information box. For example, choosing to keep a budget item at its current spending level rather than raising or lowering it will have no effect. Not all things appear in the information text box.
  • The game freezes. What can I do?
    If the game freezes you can exit the freeze by hitting Command-Period. (The command key is the same as the Apple key and looks like a four-leaf clover.) If your monitor is set to millions of colors try setting it to 256. Also, make sure you have the latest version of the Pork Barrel game.
  • When I try to buy programs, Pork Barrel crashes.
    This was indeed a bug in earlier versions of the game. Download the latest version which is 1.6.
  • When I choose About Pork Barrel in the Apple menu, the game crashes.
    This was indeed a bug in earlier versions of the game. Download the latest version which is 1.6.
  • I’m having trouble with the football or basketball:
    When the football or basketball bounces, you click once anywhere in the window to stop the ball from bouncing. Then you click on the ball. Do not hold the mouse button down to drag the ball, just click on the ball and it will follow your mouse cursor around the screen. Click on a game square to “aim” the ball at that square.

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