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Airburst Extreme Goes Gold, Demo Released
8:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Publisher Freeverse and developer Strange Flavour today announced that their latest game, Airburst Extreme, has gone golden master. In addition, a playable demo which lets you and up to 3 friends play 2 of the game’s 32 different game types either on the same Mac or over a Local Area Network (LAN).

Here's more from the official press release:

The full Airburst Extreme game has 32 different game types, introduced by an interactive Story game in which you meet the different characters in the Airburst universe and fly around the solar system playing Airburst games, using your new Extreme powers and foiling the plans of the somewhat dodgy Mars Media Mega Corporation.

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse has said, "Airburst Extreme is the best kind of sequel. It takes everything that was awesome about the original Airburst and amplifies it a hundred fold. This is a super game, and even better, its only for the Mac!"

Airburst Extreme features spectacular rendered OpenGL graphics, literally billions of levels and a soundtrack from Abdoujaparov, Freekstar and Jaffa Mountain. It will retail for $29.95 and can be found at the Apple Stores and other fine Mac shops.

To download the demo, head over to the official Airburst Extreme web site.

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IMG Store: NWN Expansion Packs, Republic Shipping
11:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has begun shipping the two Neverwinter Nights expansion packs: Shadows of the Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark. Both expansion packs are available for $29.95.

The IMG Store has also begun shipping Feral's Republic: The Revolution. The game is available for order for $39.95.

The mighty Soviet Union has fallen, and the fledging republic of Novistrana teeters on the verge of collapse. The country is mired in corruption and chaos – disorder and discontent are everywhere. The time for change has come – change led by you, the charismatic leader of a rebel faction. Your goal: to oust the President of the Republic… by any means necessary.

For more information on ordering these products, please follow the links below.

IMG Store: Neverwinter Nights: Shadow of Undrentide Expansion Pack
IMG Store: Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark Expansion Pack
IMG Store: Republic: The Revolution


Indie Games Conference Registration Open
7:38 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Registration has opened for Indie Games Con. As the name suggests, this upcoming event is a convention intended to bring independent game developers from all over the world under one roof. The con currently includes the staff from GarageGames as well as a keynote by Garr Godfrey, CEO of Gamehouse.

Indie Games Con (IGC) is a summit meeting of like-minded developers who share a common interest in collaboration and community building. More than just a seminar, IGC is an unprecedented opportunity to meet other Indie developers, professional guest developers and hardware manufactures. IGC strikes a unique balance between informative sessions, developer networking, product showcasing, awards and of course plenty of fun.
Other con highlights will include various panels, a show-off center for those looking for some publicity, and IGC Player's Choice Awards. IGC is currently scheduled to take place Oct 8-10th, in Eugene, Oregon. More information can be found at the official site.

Indie Games Con



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The Incredibles Game Coming to the Mac
7:38 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Apple recently posted a new game trailer on their site for a tie-in to the upcoming Pixar animated film, The Incredibles. While it may not be too surprising, given the CEO for both companies, to see the The Incredibles game coming to OS X, the trailer shows what seems to be some impressive gameplay elements beyond the average movie-to-game license.

Along with the Mac version, THQ is also targeting the game at the PC and console markets, and there are indications from early previews that the game may not just be for young children who have typically been the market for spin-offs of previous Pixar movies.

A recent preview of The Incredibles at IGN mentions this along with a description of the title:

Throughout approximately 20 levels, gamers will have a chance to take control of four different characters. Two of those characters are being held secret by Pixar, but the demo show the other two -- Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl -- in action.

Elastigirl is by far the more interesting character to play. Sure Mr. Incredible is, well, incredible, but Elastigirl has stretching powers. Along with punches and kicks, Elastigirl can stretch her arms across the screen to grab enemies and jostle them, making for a ranged combat fighter who still uses her hands. Aside from using her long reach for combat, Elastigirl's elongation powers will be utilized for solving puzzles in the game. And hey, you can swing across ceilings in certain areas to boot!

For more information, stay tuned to IMG as the movie (and game) near release this fall.

Apple Games: The Incredibles Game Trailer
PC.IGN The Incredibles Preview
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Puzzle Express Tours The Country
7:38 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Shareware game developers Red Marble Games have hit the track running with their new scenic puzzler Puzzle Express.

A new game from the creators of Flip Words, Aargon Deluxe and Rat Master, Puzzle Express requires players to fit puzzle pieces into train cargo cars; completing the puzzles reveals scenic photographs from the various towns the train travels through.

Players can take the "Scenic" route, taking all the time in the world to complete the puzzles, or hop on the "Express" train, solving the puzzles on a tight schedule. The Puzzle Express hardly ever arrives at the same destination twice, as the scenic pictures are automatically downloaded from the company's dedicated server, while passengers wanting to head to familiar terrain can add their own pictures to the game. High scores for both Mac and Windows railways are tracked on the internet.

Puzzle Express requires an OS X-enabled engine car, and unlimited travel requires a $19.95 USD fare. So put on your engineer's cap and give the game a whirl by clicking on the link below.

Download Puzzle Express (7.2MB)
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Blizzard Released WC3 Map, Stone Cold Mountain
7:38 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

For those that may have missed it, late last week, Blizzard released a new custom map for its RTS Warcraft III. This latest offering is titled Stone Cold Mountain, and features an icy mountain setting within a square of territory.

The blizzard that once made the high crags of Stone Cold Mountain inaccessible has finally subsided. Rumor has it that the first expeditionary force sent to explore the area returned battered and broken. Time, it seems, has only made the mountain deadlier.
Stone Cold is recommended for 1v1 or 2v2 play, and is sized at 184K. Those interested in downloading it can find it in Blizzard's WC3 Bonus Maps section.

Warcraft III - Bonus Maps
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, August 10, 2004

IMG Reviews Battlefield 1942: Deluxe Edition10:58 AM
Final OpenGL 2.0 Specification Announced10:01 AM
Maelstrom For Mac OS X Updated8:39 AM
Final Call of Duty 1.4 Patch Released8:27 AM
GamerDad Posts Look At Game Reviews8:16 AM
NeverWinter Nights 2 Interview8:15 AM
Dark Horizons: Lore Update, Demo Released8:14 AM
uDevGames 2004 Officially Announced8:12 AM
 
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