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Aspyr Announces Space Colony
9:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr today announced Space Colony for the Macintosh. Developed by Firefly Studios, the same company that brought us the popular strategy game Stronghold, Space Colony allows players to combine all the intricacies of running a Space Colony with the most disfunctional crew ever assembled, while fighting off aliens and attempting to make a profit.

Here's a bit more info on the game:

Taking your team of starry-eyed misfits with you, you must search out and colonise some of the galaxy's most inhospitable planets. Starting from scratch your colony will need to quickly grow from a simple life-supporting pod into a sprawling meteoric metropolis, capable of keeping this most eclectic troop of tenants happy. As difficult as this can be, life in the colony isn't just about surviving, it's about big bucks and you're going to need to use every resource this planet has to offer to make them. Whether that's capturing the locals to create an alien zoo to attract tourists, mining the planet's core for materials, building a discotheque big enough to accommodate both country and rock or defending your settlement against alien attack, whatever it takes, responsibility for the colony's survival rests squarely with you.
The Macintosh port is being handled by Trihedron (founded by Nate Trost who originally ported Quake 2 to the Mac) and is currently in the Alpha stage of development. The game is expected to be released in May at a retail price of $29.99. More information on Space Colony can be found on the Aspyr website.

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CodeBlender Releases Rally Shift
9:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

CodeBlender today announced the release of their latest shareware game, Rally Shift. In the game you get to drive high performance rally cars on a variety of rally courses.

Here's more from the official press release:

Compete against hard to beat computer drivers on both dirt roads and paved roads through forests, windy mountain passes and desert. Two players can also compete against each other on the same computer.

Rally Shift features very realistic physics where you can put your driving skills to the test. Slide through turns on dirt roads, brake and accelerate at the right moment to keep your car on the road or you will see your competitors speed away. Every mistake will cost you valuable seconds in your goal to be the first driver crossing the finish line.

Rally Shift requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later with a 600 Mhz G3 or better and a video card with 8 MB RAM. The shareware version is now available for download at the CodeBlender website. The registered version costs $25.

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Spartan Announced for Mac
7:54 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Independent game developer Slitherine, creators of the innovative strategy game Legion, have announced their latest turn-based strategy title Spartan will be brought to the Macintosh platform thanks to an agreement with the publishing house Virtual Programming.

Spartan is a finalist in the 2004 Independent Games Festival and features even more massive battles, 3D-rendered terrain and many new resources and technologies:

SPARTAN takes you back 2000 years to the Classical Era and allows you to play anyone of over 100 authentically researched Nations. All of the major factions are portrayed in the game from the Romans to the Persian hosts under the Great King Xerxes. Put yourself in control of one of the many successful city-states that abounded at the time and try to control the known world through a mix of research trade and naval power. Alternatively take control of Sparta, one of the most feared military machines of all time. At the age of 7 all healthy male children were sent to military school where they where trained for the next thirteen years to become soldiers, the sickly ones were simply left in the hills to die. Even then it was not until they had become seasoned veterans and racked up another 10 years military service that they became "Equals". Not surprisingly her neighbours believed that Sparta had only one aim, to train for war and to fight the wars she trained for. Are you Equal to the task?
Spartan is currently still in development and no release date has been set for any platform at the moment. To find out more about the title, head over to the official website. You can also read the full press release on the Mac version of Spartan by following the links provided below.

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GarageGames Teams with Blender
7:54 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A recent announcement on the GarageGames' website reveals a new collaboration with the newly open-sourced (and cross-platform) 3D renderer, Blender. This is significant to Mac gamers, as it means Mac developers now have the tools to both model their in-game objects for free, and then export these objects to an engine like Torque (which costs only $100 to license).

Here's more on the development from the press release:

Harnessing the powerful combination of the 3D modeling, animation and rendering features of Blender, with the rich feature set of the Torque Game Engine (TGE) will allow independent game developers and artists to further realize their creative visions. The TGE Blender exporter offers full compatibility with the Torque Game Engine DTS native file format including Level-of-Detail (LOD), and bone and mesh animation sequences.

"GarageGames is excited add the feature-rich, cross-platform modeling power of Blender to independent developers using the Torque Game Engine," expresses Jeff Tunnell, GarageGames President. "The support for this quality, Open Source tool gives a new option for independent artists unable to afford the sticker price of single-platform commercial modeling tools."

If you're curious for more details on the integration of GarageGames and Blender, be sure to head over to their site and have a read.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Apple Opens WWDC 2004 Registration2:11 PM
IMG Reviews Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb12:42 PM
Zoo Tycoon PC Sequel Announced12:36 PM
Apple Sets Sail with Puzzle Pirates8:29 AM
Dominions II Updated8:29 AM
Free February Shadowbane for Previous Users8:29 AM
 
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