|Tuesday, December 5, 2000|
WaterRace Demo Released
8:16 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story
French Touch Software today released a demo of WaterRace on Macgamefiles.com. WaterRace is an offshore power boat racing game that features unique characters, levels and ships, each having their own technical characteristics. The full game features a diversity of the circuits located in different parts of the world, with an incredible soundtrack to create a thrilling atmosphere.
The demo contains the following:
• only 1 level - the complete version has 9 levelsWaterRace is available on CD with the music on the audio tracks for US $35 in English, French and German.
• only 3 ships - the complete version has 9 ships
• only 3 characters available - the complete version has 8 characters
• 3 competitors per race - 4 in the complete version
• practice level disabled
• network game disabled
• add-ons disabled
And the system requirements are as follows:
• Power Macintosh G3/G4, PowerBook G3, iMac, iBook with at least 6Mb VRAM
• MacOS 8.5 or later (MacOS 9.0 prefered)
• 100MB of free hard disk space
• Optimized for the latest 3D accelerator cards: ATI Rage 128, ATI Radeon, 3Dfx Voodoo3, 3Dfx Voodoo4, 3
The demo weighs in at a light 17.1 MB and is available for download at Macgamefiles.com.
French Touch Software
WaterRace Demo (17.1 MB)
Driver to Ship December 12th
2:57 PM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story
Macsoft today announced that Driver for the Macintosh has gone gold and will be shipping in time for Christmas. The game will go well at retail for $29.99 and should be out in the stores by December 12th. In Driver you take on the role of Tanner an undercover cop used for driver-for-hire that infiltrates gangs. The game is set in many popular cities such as New York and Los Angeles, where you will drive a variety of Hollywood-style cars. Here is the press release:
PLYMOUTH, MN, December 5, 2000 - One of the most anticipated MacintoshMacsoft has also released a demo of the game on MacGameFiles. The demo has already passed the 3000 download mark, so make sure to give it a run if you haven't already. Check out our preview if the demo isn't convincing enough.
Macsoft web site
releases of the year , Driver, wheels towards home as MacSoft, an
Infogrames, Inc. label (Nasdaq: IFGM) today announced that Driver is
complete and has entered manufacturing. The game begins shipping throughout
North America on December 12.
„Driver draws its inspiration from those classic Hollywood muscle car
movies, and even includes a unique Director‚s Mode to record your own chase
scenes,‰ said Cindy Swanson, Marketing Manager for MacSoft. „With
individual pick-up-and-play driving games and a deep mission based mode,
Driver is a perfect holiday gift for the Mac gamer.‰
In Driver, players assume the role of Tanner, a deep undercover cop posing
as a driver-for-hire in order to infiltrate a powerful crime ring that spans
four of the nation‚s largest cities -- New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco
and Miami -- each of which has working traffic lights, wandering
pedestrians, moving traffic and vigilant cops on patrol making getaways more
difficult and menacing.
To capture the excitement of its high-speed Hollywood atmosphere, Driver
comes fully equipped with an innovative Director‚s Mode that gives players
all the necessary tools to „film‰ their own car chase. After completing
each mission, Driver allows players to go back through a virtual recording
of their slick getaway, reposition camera angles and placements, and even
re-cut scenes using editing tools.
Developed for the Macintosh by Abersoft, Driver is shipping December 12 and
carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Driver demo at MacGameFiles
IMG Driver preview
Duke Nukem Forever for Mac?
2:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story
Earlier today we brought you news that Gathering of Developers has acquired the rights to publish 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever. The press release failed to mention a Mac version, but given the fact that Gathering of Developers has been publishing nearly all their titles for the Mac, the odds are that it might come out for the Mac.
Duke Nukem Forever Finds GoD
We contacted Jeff Smith at Gathering of Developers to get the official word on a Mac version. In a conversation via telephone, Smith said that they have tentative plans to bring DNF to the Mac, but that in all likelyhood the company would hire an outside firm to port the game to the Mac. Smith cautioned, however, that ultimately Mac sales of their current games would be the deciding factor.
So while this isn't an emphatic yes, it looks like Gathering of Developers is at least planning on making a Mac version of DNF. We'll keep you posted on any developments.
Gathering of Developers
Duke Nukem Forever
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"Bunnies" Needs Beta Testers
11:32 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
Sean Flaherty of BlackHoleSun Software recently informed us that his company is in need of Mac-savvy beta testers for their upcoming multiplatform multiplayer game Bunnies. This unique game will support Mac OS, multiple versions of Windows, Linux and BeOS, and features hare-raising (sorry, we just couldn't help ourselves) rabbit warfare in a deathmatch arena. Here is Sean's request:
Bunnies is in final beta at this moment. However, we are in need ofIf you are an experience Mac beta tester, be sure and visit the BlackHoleSun web site and sign up to test Bunnies.
additional Macintosh beta testers. Bunnies is a network multiplayer
comical deathmatch game. Available for multi-users on one computer,
over the LAN, or over the internet. Have hours of fun stomping out your
family and friends on your way to bunny dominance. As always, our
original games are playable on Macintosh, Linux, Windows and BeOS.
Monkey Shines Update, MS2 Demo Soon
11:24 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
Fantasoft has informed us that there is a minor update to their side-scroller Monkey Shines available at their web site. This patch is designed to counter a bug that resulted in crashes for a small number of users. Fantasoft is eager to hear feedback on this new update, so if you are a fan of this charming game, be sure to grab the patch and relate your experiences with it.
The Fantasoft web site itself has been revised and redesigned recently, and showcases their many Mac-friendly (and often Mac-only) products. Be sure and visit some of the other sections of the site and check out their current and future projects.
Monkey Shines Web Site
The Monkey Shines authors also wanted us to mention that they are preparing a demo for Monkey Shines II: Gorilla Warfare. This title just isn't a sequel to the original, it is a tremendous improvement, featuring 16-bit color, multiple-layer parallax scrolling and an included level editor for creating your own simian obstacle courses. The demo will be released as a public beta in the next few weeks.
Wagram 1809 Released
11:12 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story
For those who love turn-based strategic warfare, By Design Inc. has added yet another title to their long list of historically accurate battle simulations. Wagram 1809 is based on a historical battle between Napoleon and the Austrians just outside Vienna. Here are details from the press release:
By Design, Inc. proudly announces that we have completed a new Napoleonic wargame only for the Apple Macintosh.By Design Inc has also created many other battle simulations; be sure and visit their web site for more details, and to download demos.
By Design, Inc.
This new game is based on the Waterloo Campaign engine but covers the battle between Napoleon and the Austrians outside of Vienna in the summer of 1809.
The game has the following exciting features:
- Battalion level conflict, command hundreds of units!
- Great new graphics, see hedge rows, streams, chateaux, and smoke clouds hang over the battlefield.
- All the commanders down to the Division level are present.
- Command your units as groups. You can move hundreds of units with a click of the mouse.
- Capture enemies flags. Increase the pride of your troops when they carry back enemy flags from a melee.
- Move units in formation by simply clicking where you want them to move to.
- Multiple units per square.
- Play either side and even switch sides in the middle of a battle.
- The units are fully editable. Add or remove any unit from any battle. Change the characteristics of any unit.
- Elegant, effortless interface. Lots of new interface features to help you understand your army and how to win.
- Rich historical content.
- Outstanding sound, hear the charge, cannons roar, and cavalry pound past your position.
Duke Nukem Forever Finds GoD
11:04 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story
3DRealms' full-3D sequel to their successful Duke Nukem series has been the butt of jokes ever since it missed its third E3 debut -- this game has been in development long enough to miss two whole generations of 3D cards. But it seems this wayward title is finally coming to a close, and it has finally found a publisher: "developer-driven" Gathering of Developers. 3DRealms and GoD announced today that they will publish Duke Nukem Forever upon completion, and in fact Take Two Interactive (GoD's parent company) has acquired the entire Duke Nukem catalog of games for PC, console and handheld platforms.
DNF is based on the Unreal graphics engine, which of course makes it a ripe possibility for a Mac OS port. Unfortunately, no one from 3DRealms has been willing to confirm this possibility in the past. Now that the title has been acquired by a company with a history of Mac OS releases, perhaps the odds have increased somewhat. We've made inquiries to the appropriate personnel, and we'll let you know what they had to say.
In the meantime, here are excerpts from the press release:
Developer-driven computer and video game publisher Gathering of Developers (g.o.d.) announced today that the company has acquired the PC publishing rights for the highly anticipated Duke Nukem Forever game, as part of a broad reaching deal made by Gathering?s parent company Take Two Interactive and former Duke Nukem publisher Infogrames. Duke Nukem Forever is being developed by 3D Realms and will be released by Gathering of Developers in the second half of 2001.Now that a publisher has been established, perhaps 3DRealms will be more forthcoming with details and screen shots of this game; we're sure many fans of the original Duke Nukem 3D are quite eager to see what 3DRealms has been working on for such a long time.
"As we have been committed to publishing cutting-edge games, it's obvious that Duke Nukem Forever belongs on the g.o.d. label," said Mike Wilson, CEO of Gathering. "Between this game and Max Payne, 3D Realms will be regarded as the undisputed king of both first-and third-person shooters by the end of next year. To be part of that has been a dream of Gathering's since our inception."
Taking place in and around Las Vegas, Duke Nukem Forever is the latest game in the incredibly popular Duke Nukem series and will feature Duke's infamous off-the-wall wisecracks. Using Epic Games' Unreal engine, Duke Nukem Forever strongly pushes the limits of gaming and gameplay for the first-person action genre, establishing new standards in interactivity, variety and pure fun. In keeping with the cinematic aspirations of 3D Realms, the game will be one of the first to support wide screen format and Dolby Digital surround sound.
Gathering of Developers
Island Four Update
9:50 AM | Charles George | Comment on this story
Yesterday we brought you news that ex-Bungie employee Nathan Bitner had started his own gaming company, to be known as Island Four. In his announcement he mentioned what type of games his company was focusing on, who he had hired and when to expect the upcoming games. Unfortunately, he did not mention which platforms he would be developing for. To find out, we contacted Mr. Bitner and asked a few questions. Here is his reply:
I am pleased to bring you these early announcements:It is certainly good news to hear that the Mac OS is featured prominently in their future plans. We can't wait to see what they cook up!
- First of all, the name has passed copyright. In a few days (before the
end of the week), I will announce the official name of Island Four Software
Corporation (There is still some paperwork to be completed).
- Second, I have received several inquiries about whether we will make games
for the Mac. Here is my answer:
It is much too early to make final decisions about platforms. We have yet
to see how successful the new platforms will be, especially Microsoft's
X-Box. Strategic alliances are part of any fledgling company. The answer
is that, right now, there is no answer. However, I can let you know my
The vast majority of the work will be done on PCs. There will be some
exceptions. The PC version will be made first. The game will then be
ported to the MacOS. The reason for this is that it is much easier to
create the game first on a PC and port it to the Mac, rather than the other
We will have an outside entity that will assist us if the question of
console versions presents itself.
Our current hope and plan is to release PC and Mac versions simultaneously. A strategy regarding console systems has not yet been developed. Please
keep in mind that we are at an incredibly early stage. No decisions have
been made and if they have, they couldn't possibly be final. These
statements our simply our "intentions" at this time.
Island Four Software Corp. is dedicated to bringing you an exciting
EXPERIENCE that captures the imagination not only of our unique employees,
but also of yours. That imagination will create and enhance our gameplay.
Island Four will create experiences that "you can't put down," just like
your favorite book. Have fun!
Finally he ended his email with another even more remarkable announcement:
More news just in:He seems to have retained Bungie's skill at dangling tantalizing clues in front of gamers.
Because there is always an intense market for multiplayer gaming ... and our
visions hold true to this demand ...
IslandFour.net has been registered as well under our company's name.
Make of it what you will.
Apparently, a fan community is already developing around this fledgling company. Yesterday marked the debut of the first fan page dedicated to this new company; the fan page is known as Islandfour.org.
Finally, to round out the Island Four news, Marathon's Story received word from Mr. Bitner about what his partner Randy Cruts has written in the past:
He is already a decorated veteran and an international award-winning writer. His two books (he is about to publish a third) are Dive Into Terror and Controlled Insanity.Both books center around an anti-terrorist group and are apparently very good. Mr. Cruts and Mr. Bitner should be releasing info on their first project fairly soon, and you can be sure that IMG will bring you the news when it happens.
Former Bungie Employee to Form New Company
Virtual PC 4.0 Released
8:29 AM | Tom Bridge | Comment on this story
Connectix, makers of Virtual Game Station and RAM Doubler, has released version 4.0 of their PC Emulation product Virtual PC. Version 4 comes with some new features, including "growable" Windows disk images, support for Windows ME, and also support for the Velocity Engine, allowing a speed boost of up to 50% from previous versions, and support for the Apple Cinema Display. Version 4 can also handle up to 512MB allocated to the program. So what does this mean for gamers? Connectix says:
It all depends on the game, but a pretty good rule of thumb is that if won't run on last year's PC, it won't run well in Virtual PC. However, productivity software support is about 100 percent.So, don't rush out and expect full compatibility, but if you want to finally give Age of Empires 2 a try on your Mac, boot up VPC and give it a shot.
For more on Virtual PC 4.0, check out MacCentral's VPC 4.0 article.
MacCentral on VPC 4.0
No Mac Q3: Team Arena SKU?
8:27 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Quake3World recently scored a large interview with the folks at id Software about their upcoming release of Quake 3: Team Arena. In the Q&A, a question about packaging was asked, and id noted that they are considering just having the Mac and Linux players buy the Windows version and download the appropriate applications from the Web, instead of shipping a specific boxed Mac version. Here's an excerpt:
If Team Arena is distributed on separate CDs for each OS, will you still be able to use the Windows CD to install Team Arena like you can with Quake 3 Arena?This could be for any number of reasons. But since the game is designed for online play anyway, it shouldn't be too big of a deal to have to download the appropriate application. We've contacted id for more information and we'll let you know if more details become available.
Quake3World Team Arena Interview
Answer: The only SKU that I can say for certain as of this moment that will make it onto CD is the Windows version. Linux players will need to download binaries, and that may be required for Mac users. The data is interchangeable, just like Quake III Arena, so anyone buying the Windows CD version can run the game under Linux and Mac after downloading the appropriate binary.
id Software Web Site
Quake III Team Arena
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Cro-Mag Rally Schools Giveaway
8:26 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story
Pangea Software, creators of Nanosaur and Bugdom, is offering 100 schools a chance to obtain a free site license of their recently released racing game, Cro-Mag Rally. Only K-12 public schools in the United States who use Macintosh computers are eligible. Here are the instructions for entering:
The school must send a letter to Pangea Software on official school letterhead (homemade, printed letterhead will not be accepted - itFor the schools who would still like a Cro-Mag Rally site license, but do
must be on official school letterhead). The letter must be signed by the
computer lab administrator or the school's principal. All entries must be
received by January 15th, 2001:
Cro-Mag Rally Scholastic Giveaway
Pangea Software, Inc.
12405 John Simpson Court
Austin, TX 78732
not make the first 100 entries, Pangea Software is also making a public
announcement that any school that buys one retail copy of Cro-Mag Rally may use that copy as a site-license for the entire school. This applies to all schools, public and private.
Cro-Mag Rally Demo (40 MB)
Volition Q&A, Summoner Shots
8:23 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Volition Watch has posted a new interview with art director Adam Pletcher of Volition, who recently just finished up work on their 3D RPG Summoner. The Q&A talks a bit about the recent Playstation 2 release of the game, as well as the possibility of a sequel. Here's a clip:
Do you think the Summoner team will immediately begin on a sequel for the Summoner franchise, or will they start on something new?After reading through the Q&A, head over to GameSpot and have a look at their 10 new screen shots of the game in action. It's looking very good, and we can't wait to see it on a Mac soon.
Sadly, I can't really discuss specifics, but we are interested in doing a sequel. When and if that starts, and when we take on other projects is something I can't really elaborate on right now.
InsidePS2Games Web Site
The Mac and PC versions of Summoner are set to be released early next year and will include a multiplayer mode not found in the PS2 game. We recently chatted with Summoner programmer Mark Allender and though there's no real update on an ETA, he said work on the multiplayer is progressing well. Check out of sister site InsidePS2Games for a review of Summoner soon.
GameSpot Summoner Screen Shots
Volition Watch Interview with Adam Pletcher
DS9: The Fallen Previewed at IMG
8:20 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story
IMG has posted a preview of Simon and Schuster's third-person Star Trek adventure game, DS9: The Fallen. You are cast as Benjamin Sisko, Kira, and Worf, as you attempt to foil the Pah-wraiths' attempt to take over the Alpha Quadrant. Here is a clip about the game's characters and gameplay:
In an obvious attempt to give themselves a massive headache, The Collective decided to make each character's experience different, yet still stay true to the overall arc of the story. While it may have been a pain to implement, it's a treat to play and should really give The Fallen a degree of replayability not seen in other single-player titles. More than just a few different levels, each character actually has a different style of play. Worf will be literally hacking his way through the enemy-filled levels with his Bat'leth while Kira requires a bit more gray matter to navigate through puzzles. Sisko, being the well-balanced captain he is, strikes more of an equilibrium between action and adventure in the game. Their respective paths will diverge, only to cross again more than once, making it fun to try out the game from the three angles. All of this is being done in the 3rd person perspective, so you can watch your respective character's movements and animations.DS9: The Fallen is being ported to the Macintosh by The Collective. You can find out more about The Collective in our interview with them. The Unreal Tournament powered game is scheduled for release in late December/early January.
Deep Space 9: The Fallen Preview
Interview: The Collective
Simon & Schuster
DS9: The Fallen
Buy DS9: The Fallen
Open-Source Site Updates
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Two very popular Mac open-source project sites have had major updates recently. Aleph One, the Marathon Evolves page, has undergone a major site-wide facelift, adding and reorganizing content. It should now be much easier to get information on downloading or helping out with any of the six distributions of the Marathon source code. The Content Creation section gives users help on making new maps and scenarios for the updated engine. There is tons of great information on this page, so if you got a bit lost before, be sure to visit a second time.
Another project, the OpenGL Mac Doom Legacy site, has moved under the wing of iDevGames. This should be a little easier to remember than the old Geocities URL this site was hosted on previously. A new version of Doom Legacy is promised soon, which will fix bugs and add many features to the Mac port. There are already some new screen shots available, though the release is on hold while the author works on getting it up-to-date with the latest Windows/Linux 1.31 versions. Here's a list of a few new features:
- Faces and keys showing up in the status bar properly.
- Level end screen displaying time/kills/secrets properly.
- Some switches working.
- External wad files working (check out the Goldeneye Doom screen shots).
- Input Sprocket configuration dialog in the Mouse options menu
- 2 mouse support
Have a look through their new images; the GoldenEye mod looks especially fun. And be sure to bookmark the new URL of their site, doomlegacy.idevgames.com.
Marathon Evolves Web Site
Mac OpenGL Doom Legacy Web Site
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