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How to play your favourite retro games on your Mac right now


If you’re a fan of retro games like Tetris, Pong and Snake and you own a Mac – we’ve got some good news for you. There’s a way you can play these favourite old games right now.

Yes, these games have been right under your nose this whole time.

But now we’ll show you how to access them.

The first thing you need to do is fire up your Mac’s Terminal. You can do this in one of two ways – go to your Utilities folder and open Terminal.


Or you open it via Spotlight. Click on the magnifying glass on the menu bar and start typing Terminal. By the time you’ve typed ter – the world terminal will appear and hit return.

You’ll see a window open with a command line in it. You’ve just opened up the bonnet of your Mac – but don’t worry this is pretty easy.

In the Terminal window type: emacs and hit the Return key.


You’ll see all of this text appear in the terminal window – this is what’s supposed to happen.

Now hit the Escape key and then the X key.


This will bring you to a command line at the bottom of the screen which starts with the letters M-x.

Now all you need to do now is type in the game you want to play either tetris, pong or snake.


Controls for Tetris are all in the arrows. Left and right to move the shape in that direction and up and down keys flip the shape.


In Pong, the left paddle is controlled by the left and right arrows and the right paddle is controlled by the up and down keys.

For Snake, you can guide the snake by using the directions keys.


Have fun!

* Shout out to my brother-in-law and avid Tech Guide reader and podcast listener Anthony McFadyen for showing me this in the first place.