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Posted 13 March 2008 - 05:36 AM

TransGaming has announced that Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is now available for owners of Intel Macs, courtesy of the company's Cider virtualization software. TransGaming recently obtained exclusive rights to the Mac release of Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords from D3 Publisher of America. The game combines the popular match three game style with a role playing experience.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords offers a compelling twist on conventional gaming, allowing players to spend just a few casual minutes with the game or dedicate hours of game play at a time to their puzzles-and-role-playing experience. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a critically acclaimed video game that artfully blends match-three puzzle game play with strategy, character-building elements and a persistent storyline. This combination of game play elements created an appealing new video game genre that entices casual and hardcore gamers alike, making it fun for the whole family.

"The partnership established by TransGaming to bring Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords to Mac consumers is another example of TransGaming's leadership in the gaming industry and how we are bringing some of the greatest and most compelling content to Mac gamers. Puzzle Quest is sure to delight the Mac audience and we are also excited about several new initiatives this Spring that will continue to change the landscape of Mac gaming and make it easier then ever for Mac consumers to enjoy the games they love," commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming Technologies.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords has received numerous accolades acknowledging the excellence of the game. These include the prestigious Best Downloadable Game at the 11 th annual Interactive Achievement Awards, a Spike TV nomination for Best Handheld Game of 2007, a Best Puzzle Game of E3 2007 Award from IGN.com, and the esteemed iParenting Media Excellent Product Award for 2007.
Requirements:

• Mac OS X v10.4.10/Mac OS X v10.5.1 Leopard
• CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
• 1024MB RAM
• 150MB hard-disk space
• Video card: ATI X1600/NVIDIA 7300 GT/Intel integrated graphics chip
• Keyboard and mouse
The Mac version of Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords costs $19.99 and is available for purchase and download at TransGaming's new GameTree Online site.
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 06:37 AM

Hm – Cider... :glare:

But okay, Puzzle Quest doesn't require that much performance. I just hope it's stable.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:36 AM

View PostJanichsan, on March 13th 2008, 08:37 AM, said:

Hm – Cider... :glare:

But okay, Puzzle Quest doesn't require that much performance. I just hope it's stable.

Is this the game that's on the DS?
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:41 AM

View Postdojoboy, on March 13th 2008, 02:36 PM, said:

Is this the game that's on the DS?
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 07:43 AM

It truly is the game that is on DS... and 360 Arcade, and PSP and PS2 and Wii and soon to come mobile phones. I've played it the past few weeks on the 360 and it's a truly amazing game that would be completely awesome on any portable format... so count me in to get one for my MacBook. I'm still looking for a DS version in Sweden :/ But it will be just as great on my MacBook.
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 11:09 AM

View PostWhaleman, on March 13th 2008, 09:43 AM, said:

It truly is the game that is on DS... and 360 Arcade, and PSP and PS2 and Wii and soon to come mobile phones. I've played it the past few weeks on the 360 and it's a truly amazing game that would be completely awesome on any portable format... so count me in to get one for my MacBook. I'm still looking for a DS version in Sweden :/ But it will be just as great on my MacBook.

AFAIK, the DS is region free, so why not just order it from some place like Amazon.com? It was available the last time I checked. PQ & AoE are the next 2 games on my list for my DS, so chances are a Mac purchase won't be happening.

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 11:47 AM

About time. :P Not that I'm all that interested because I already own it for my DS. This type of game is always best on a portable, imo.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:45 AM

View PostXxtraLarGe, on March 13th 2008, 06:09 PM, said:

AFAIK, the DS is region free, so why not just order it from some place like Amazon.com? It was available the last time I checked. PQ & AoE are the next 2 games on my list for my DS, so chances are a Mac purchase won't be happening.

I've been eyeing it on play.com for a long time.... but it's much harder to justify an import buy than an "impulse" buy at a store when broke ;)
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:17 AM

Yeah, Puzzle Quest is a fantastic game both on the DS and in 1080i on the 360. I actually prefer it on the 360 because the way HD lays out you have an easier time seeing what's going on.

I wouldn't get it on the Mac but if you don't have it in any other format I highly recommend picking it up!

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:14 AM

Bought it, downloading now.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:31 AM

View PostHansi, on March 14th 2008, 02:14 PM, said:

Bought it, downloading now.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:17 AM

Works perfectly. You can play it right of the bat, takes a bit to start up thought, about 30 sec. I imported my character from the Windows version running under VMWare and it worked perfectly and also running a new character. Multiplayer is however missing from this version which is a minus but then again I have never used the multiplayer option on the other versions.

You can command+tab out of the app and do other stuff and you can listen to iTunes while playing so I'm happy. Best game for Mac in a while :)

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:40 AM

View PostHansi, on March 14th 2008, 11:17 AM, said:

You can command+tab out of the app and do other stuff and you can listen to iTunes while playing so I'm happy. Best game for Mac in a while :)

Even better than "Super Dash Jewel Fun Extreme Pudding Chef"???

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 01:25 PM

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:33 PM

View PostXxtraLarGe, on March 14th 2008, 10:40 AM, said:

Even better than "Super Dash Jewel Fun Extreme Pudding Chef"???

I'm going to buy it, and give it a try, but it's going to have to be pretty good to beat my current favorite:

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:47 AM

^old school.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:54 AM

So instead of making fun of the low number of Mac games coming out now a days how about we discuss the game, anyone else bought it? Are we missing out on not having the multiplayer?

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 12:28 PM

Good gravy ... this will now be the *6th* copy of this game for me ... (PSP, 2x DS (one for me, one for kids), PC, Wii and now Mac).  Crazy good.
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:17 AM

View PostHansi, on March 15th 2008, 06:54 PM, said:

So instead of making fun of the low number of Mac games coming out now a days how about we discuss the game, anyone else bought it? Are we missing out on not having the multiplayer?
Yep, bought it too. I was thinking about getting it for the DS first (it's been released not that long here in Germany), but since the Mac version is about half the price (due to the $ exchange ratio at the moment) it went for that.

The first impression was... horrible. Not since the game is so crap, but simply because it didn't run. The screen went black and – crash. I deleted and reinstalled the game three times, contacted the support and for some bizarre reason, it now works miraculously. :glare: So much for another great Cider experience.

However, the game works now and is fun. The missing of the multiplayer mode doesn't faze me too much, it's just irritating that TransGaming advertises this mode in the blurb:

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To advance their character, players battle in turn-based, head-to-head "match-three" style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes. ... Multiplayer allows gamers to battle live opponents -- victory will advance the player's hero, magical arsenal, creature companions and more, ultimately rewarding gamers at nearly every turn.
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But that's not the only thing left out: there's no gamepad support (which the PC version has) and support for resolutions above 1024x768 (which I think the PC has).

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 02:13 PM

View PostJanichsan, on March 16th 2008, 03:17 PM, said:

But that's not the only thing left out: there's no gamepad support (which the PC version has) and support for resolutions above 1024x768 (which I think the PC has).

Switching res works fine for me, running at 1440x900 on a MBP.