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Crazy Machines Demo Released
7:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Novitas Publishing, based in Germany, has released a demo of Crazy Machines. The game is inspired by the cult classic The Incredible Machines where players must construct a machine with parts to reach certain goals. Some of the puzzles involved grilling a sausage with a light bulb, firing a cannon with a basketball, and more.

Here are some other features of the game:

Over 60 lovingly-detailed modelled parts like, for example, catapults, solar cells, steam engines, dynamite, cogwheels, fuses, etc.
Detail-rich 3D graphics with dynamic realtime shadows and high-resolution textures.
Over 100 great levels, including tutorial tasks for an easy quick-start in programming
Level Editor to experiment with and create your own machines
Import and Export function for self-created levels
Truly realistic collision of game elements thanks to integrated physics engine
Elements from various physical areas, e.g. mechanics, optics, electrics, thermodynamics
A german version of the demo is linked below. Be sure to check it out. Those of you who have Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger can use the translation tool to translate the german to english. Just be sure to select the "text" tool Preview app to select text that you can copy into the translation tool.

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ChronicLogic Updates Triptych
8:45 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Triptych, a block-dropping puzzle title by ChronicLogic, has recently been bumped up to version 1.17. This version marks the first release of an OS X version of this title, and includes Ultra Mode in the new demo, which includes special blocks for more scoring opportunities.

Triptych uses a color scheme approach, where players must match up falling blocks of the same color in order to destroy them and score points.

Maneuver and rotate blocks as they fall so that 3 or more of a color are adjacent to each other. By achieving this, the blocks will be destroyed and the player will collect points. As blocks are destroyed, connected blocks are freed to move independently and blocks above will fall to fill the empty spaces.
The twist is that the blocks work under a physics engine, and will tilt, roll, and fall less neatly than most puzzle games.

Demos for several platforms are downloadable from ChronicLogic's site. The OS X demo is sized at 2.3 MB.

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Aspyr: SW Battlefront at FC, Lego SW at Alpha
8:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has updated their Project Status page to reflect changes in two upcoming titles. The first, LEGO Star Wars, is currently sitting in Alpha status. Following Episodes I-III, LEGO Star Wars allows players to take control of various characters rendered as LEGO builds, going through familiar scenes and allowing for some creative edits in the process.

Next up is Star Wars Battlefront. An action shooter that encompasses all 6 films, SWB contains a number of epic battles, allowing players to pick and choose from a variety of features:

Players can select one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront and conquer the galaxy planet-by-planet online with their friends or offline in a variety of single-player modes.
SWB has been bumped out of Beta and into Final Candidate stage, with a release date set for June 2005. More information on this title can be found at Aspyr's site.

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Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend Q&A
8:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Gamecloud has posted an interview with Running With Scissors' Vince Desi. The interview delves into the upcoming expansion pack Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend. In the interview, Desi also announces that the company is working on Postal 3.

Here's a clip from the interview:

Gamecloud - What is the current status on upcoming Postal games? Will there be a full-fledged sequel coming out?

Vince Desi - We are working on what will be POSTAL 3. So Apocalypse Weekend is the last of POSTAL 2.

Gamecloud - Are there any plans to bring Postal games to any console or handheld?

Vince Desi - YES YES YES!!!... POSTAL 3 will be on X-Box and PC, we've been approached in the past for handhelds, specifically we had it in development on the Tapwave, and we're looking at GIZMONDO.

To check out the interview, follow the link below to Gamecloud's web site.

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DeepTrouble 1.0.1 Released
8:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

CodeBlender Software over the weekend released DeepTrouble 1.0.1, an important fix for those who experienced a crash when the game started. A new demo and full versions of the game are available for download from Macgamefiles.com.

DeepTrouble 2 is the sequel to the popular action game DeepTrouble. In the game, the underwater aliens are fiercer than ever before. As the most experienced pilot of the Excalibur '7' series fighter and reconnaissance craft you are tasked with uncovering the dark secret of the underwater aliens and their colony-world.

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WoW Honor Barracks E3 Movie Released
7:54 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released a preview for the honor system reward building, the barracks. The preview features its appearance on the outside and inside, what items you can receive from the vendors, and the armor sets that will be available.

To view the preview you'll need to have downloaded DivX. Visit the links section for more details.

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Apple To Use Intel Chips?
7:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple is talking with Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, about using their chips in future Macintosh lines. The article sites two industry executives with knowledge of recent discussions between the two companies. The report goes on to say that talks between Apple and Intel "could fail", as they have before. Or that Apple is engaging in negotiations with Intel to gain leverage over IBM.

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Mac Games News for Friday, May 20, 2005

Macgamestore.com: 7 New Hot Deals3:20 PM
Aspyr To Preview Star Wars Battlefront In Austin, TX Tonight12:48 PM
IMG Interviews CodeBlender's Ken Drycksback12:28 PM
MacRadio Announces Name Gaming Radio Contest10:45 AM
MacSoft Treasure Hunt Final Day (Updated)9:08 AM
Apple Posts Commandos Battle Pack Feature9:06 AM
Colonel Wardynski Interviewed on America's Army9:06 AM
Custer Builds A New Desktop9:06 AM
Tim Willits Talks Quake IV9:06 AM
 
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