I am a Macintosh fan since 2007 where i discovered the old macintoshgarden site and i started searching about the Macintosh computers. Now, 12 years later, i am an owner of seven retro Macintosh Computers (Powerbook 540c, LC475, Performa 6116, Powermac G3 Minitower, Imac G3, Powermac G4 MDD). The reason i got stuck is because lots of games on Macs are better than dos. Great graphics, so sharp and clean, see Flashback, Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Civilization etc. Lots of games have better graphics and better sound. I use the Macintosh Color Display Monitor and everything looks amazing.
These days i play with my Cyrix 120+ because at last i got a midi card and i connected the amazing Roland MT32. All these years i had it on my Macintosh computers but unfortunately only few games of Sierra On Line support it. The sound of Roland is fantastic, even on you tube videos you cannot understand the real thing. Face to face is different, so great. I wanted also one dos PC because of the Roland and because there are lot of games that do not exist for Macs.
My purpose (and i hope to do it soon) is to have both ,my Cyrix PC and my Macintosh Performa 6116 on my office, side by side in order to see the comparisons better. I would like to say also that although some games are better regarding the technical characteristics, i prefer the inferior versions. For instance Blackthorne on Mac has great hi res graphics but i like the feeling more on the dos version. Wolfenstein 3D on Mac, it has so much better graphics and sound effects but the dos version has greater and more speeches.
Other titles that come now to my mind? Willy Beamish, Heart of China, Larry 5, Space Quest 1 256 colours have better fonts on Mac. Flashback Mac version is the only one that you can see also the eyes of the hero. I agree also that some games are late on Mac (for instance 1-2 years after the dos release). Monkey Island 1 sound is bad on Mac, even the adlib is better. But Monkey Island 2 is superb. Great music, better than sound blaster, better graphics, small cross-cursor. But there is no Largo's scream when you use the pin-voodoo doll like the sound blaster version. On the other hand though, the Roland MT32 is really outstanding on dos version!
I love the comparisons. When we were kids we were fighting with friends which computer or console is better. We loved and we hated the machines. Now i am 40 years old and i do not see it like this. Every computer/console has its style and its personality. This is what i love of the 80-90s era. It depends on what someone wants. If you want adventure games then it is better to have a pc or a Mac for instance.
I do not understand something. Some great adventure games especially from Sierra, never came up for Macs but there are Amiga versions. For instance Police Quest 3. Amiga was a great computer but when i saw Police Quest 3 on my friends Amiga 500 i didn't believe what i saw. Very bad graphics, too slow, all the time the game was loading and changing disks. I would like to have an Amiga 1200 in the future but they are expensive.
To conclude. For my taste and preferences, Macs are better on gaming, i love them more but the dos has one huge advantage: the Roland MT32.