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Apple Sets Sail with Puzzle Pirates
8:29 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new article in Apple's games section details YoHoHo! Puzzle Pirates, the 2D Massively Multiplayer Online RPG/Puzzle game. Apple's recent release of a Java 1.4.2 update helped work out the last of the kinks with this Java-based title for Panther 10.3 users.

Puzzle Pirates is an online game which centers on solving puzzles to gain a fortune and advance with your friends. Here's a clip from Apple's article in "pirate-speak:"

What ye really wants to do, though, is stop bein’ a landlubber and join a ship’s crew. There ye’ll be put to work pumpin’ out bilge water or fixin’ up holes in the hull, all for a few pieces o’ eight, which be Puzzle Pirates’ money. Aye, those tasks be puzzles, as are the swordfights that happen when one vessel attacks another and come close enough for hand-to-hand fightin’. If ye win, ye plunder the other crew’s booty. Not all ships be equal, though, so don’t go ‘round pickin’ fights with just anyone.
If you're curious about Puzzle Pirates, the Apple article also lists some tips and tricks, as well as a Pirate glossary to help you get by. Head over now to give the article a read.

Apple: YoHoHo! Puzzle Pirates
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Apple Opens WWDC 2004 Registration
2:11 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Last year's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) was a blockbuster event that unveiled the Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. What surprises will this year's WWDC hold? Well, here's your chance to be part of this year's event.

Apple today officially announced details on this year's conference, which will be held from June 28th to July 2nd, 2004. The annual conference gives developers the chance to meet with Apple engineers and also get an idea of the roadmap Apple will take in the coming months.

WWDC 2004 will feature various content tracks including: Application Technologies, Development Tools, Enterprise IT, Graphics and Media, Hardware Technologies, OS Foundations, and QuickTiime Digital Media.

For more information on WWDC 2004 including registration and pricing information, please follow the WWDC 2004 link below.

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IMG Reviews Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
12:42 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Aspyr's Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, the latest adventure game in the popular Indiana Jones series of computer games. Here's a clip from the review:

Indy's body movements and actions are reminiscent of Lara Croft, only better. Indy flexs and appears agitated if he stands in one spot too long. As he loses his energy, he is visibly worn out and his breathing, heavy. Its very life-like, er, at least on my G4 tower. The graphics are superb and the game, challenging. Even better, the music precisely puts you in the mood for adventure. With woodwinds crooning and woodblocks accenting your every move, you truly feel a part of this classic movie. Its the constant cello that keeps you the edge of your seat, fearing danger, popping up around every corner.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Indiana Jones and the Emporer's Tomb
Aspyr Media
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
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Zoo Tycoon PC Sequel Announced
12:36 PM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

A sequel to the hit zoo simulation Zoo Tycoon has been announced for the PC by Microsoft Game Studios. The sequel features 30 new animals, a zoom feature and 3D graphics. Zoo Tycoon has won numerous awards for it's kid-friendly animal raising concept, such as the coveted Bologna New Media Prize.

Here is an excerpt of the Microsoft press release, courtesy of Game

Easy to start and easy to play, "Zoo Tycoon 2" gets players up close and interacting with the animals and zoo, offering intuitive controls and fun tutorials that allow players of all ages to enjoy the game right out of the box. Players are immersed in the zoo experience with new features including the Zoo Guest mode, in which players can walk around and enjoy the game like visitors on a day at the zoo; Zoo Keeper mode, which allows players to interact with their animals as never before; and a new Photo Mode. Players can take pictures of their favorite animals and guests and share them online with friends. A Zoopedia, chock full of entertaining and interesting facts about animals, rounds out the new and improved features of the upcoming game.
No Mac version has yet been announced but keep checking IMG for updates, as the original and its expansion were both brought to the platform thanks to Aspyr Media. In the mean-time, you can read the press release at the link below.

Game Zoo Tycoon 2 Announced
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Free February Shadowbane for Previous Users
8:29 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In another bid to win back the hearts of former players, Ubisoft is offering previous subscribers of Shadowbane a chance to try out the latest build at no charge. An event that started on the ubiquitous date of Friday the 13th, the free event will run until Feb 28th, reactivating all expired accounts.

"Shadowbane has greatly improved over the last sixty days, and right now the game is in the best shape we've seen since release," said Frank 'Kellion' Lucero, Shadowbane Producer. "New worlds and content have been added to the game as well as vast increases in stability and performance. Furthermore, the launch of Shadowbane in Europe has begun a new chapter for the game. The Win-Back program will give those who left Shadowbane a chance to experience the game one more time in its new and improved form."
Once the free period is up, all expired accounts that have not been renewed will automatically expire again, requiring no notification on the part of the user.

Shadowbane - Valentine's Day Winback Launches!
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Dominions II Updated
8:29 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games has updated Dominions II, its turn-based strategy title, to version 2.08. The update brings with it a number of balance changes, including new weapons, new battle afflictions, and improved spell AI.

The patch also introduces a number of bug fixes:

  • Astral Serpent & Stone Bird no longer yield attack reduction.
  • Fires of the Faith could raise dominions too high.
  • No more underwater void summons overwater.
  • Witch doc, research 5 -> 3 and cost 90 -> 80.
  • Demons no longer affected by Burden of Time.
  • Carrion dragon has wrong bless effects, fixed.
  • Modding commands #startscout and #clear didn't work.
  • Mod version numbers are printed correctly.
  • Some typos fixed.
The full list of fixes can be found at Shrapnel's site.

Dominions II allows gamers to take the role of a pretender god, competing against other lesser gods in a bid to become the One True God. Those interested in trying it out can find a downloadable demo at the official site.

Dominions II
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Mac Games News for Monday, February 16, 2004

UT2004 Extended Hands-on Preview12:44 PM
Blizzard Spreads the Love11:26 AM
Neverwinter Nights Expansions Head To Mac9:02 AM
The Gamesome Mac Talks with Strange Flavour9:02 AM
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