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IMG Reviews The Sims 2
10:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The Sims 2 is the sequel to The Sims, a game that broke all sales records and spawned an extensive seven expansion packs. How good is the follow-up to the best selling game of all time? IMG has posted a review of the latest sim game.

Here's a clip from the review:

Sims have basic needs, such as Hunger and Fun. If those needs aren't met, the Sim's mood and even health will suffer, therefore players must strive to keep their Sims pleased. Unlike in the original Sims game, Sims in TS2 eventually grow old and die. A happy Sim will live longer than his unhappy counterparts. Sims who lack fulfilling social interactions with their friends and relatives can even develop complexes and mental illness. Just for kicks, I decided to deprive my Sim of all social contact until, eventually, he sat on the floor, babbling and giggling to himself. It's the classic "let's pour salt on a slug just to see what happens" kind of fun. This game is so full of unexpected twists that one could easily play for hours on end without even noticing it.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: The Sims 2
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Battery Acid Opens, Releases First Game
12:31 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Developer Battery Acid recently announced the formation of its company and has released a freeware game called Exit Strategy. In the game people are falling and you have to catch them (by grabbing a joint on their body) and pressing space bar to save them.

The freeware game is available for download from the Battery Acid Games web site.

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Apple Posts Tropico 2 Feature
10:42 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Our friends at Apple Games have posted an extensive feature on MacSoft's Tropico 2.

PopTop Software's Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, brought to the Mac by MacSoft, asks you if you have what it takes to rule as a pirate. If so, come plunder everything as the pirate king on an island full of scurvy crew and nasty brew. This sequel to the award-winning Tropico city-building strategy game will have you amassing your ill-gotten gains much to the dismay of the British Navy. Argh!
To check out the feature, follow the link below.

Apple: Tropico 2 Feature
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Red Marble Games Releases BreakQuest
10:39 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games, in association with Nurium Games, has announced the release of BreakQuest, a unique new brick-breaking game that uses realistic physics to produce what GameTunnel.com named one of its Top 5 Indie Games of the Year. Balls of different sizes bounce off springs, dampers, and bumpers of every shape and size. Bricks hang, fall, grow, shrink, appear, vanish, interact with other bricks, and even shoot back at you.

100 levels, every one with a different theme; 10 different player ships; 9 weapons; powerups galore, good and bad. Cool sound effects and an extended sound track from the established gaming music group "Maniacs of Noise" perfectly complement vibrant visuals and create a totally immersive playing atmosphere.

The demo offers eight levels out of 100, but barely scratches the surface of what this game can do. The full version not only has more variety, but also includes an unlockable arcade mode that lets you set up the game as you like: adjust ball speed, configure scenes, change bumper size, customize power ups, select what scenes you want to play, and much more. Incredible replay value.

BreakQuest is available as shareware for $19.95. A demo is available on the Red Marble Games web site.


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Custer's Desktops Is Forsaken
10:35 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Brad Custer has once again treated us with a new game-related desktop. This week's image features WorId of Warcraft, Blizzard's immensely popular MMORPG.

Here's more from Brad on the subject:

Since my last venture into the realm of World of Warcraft I have received several emails asking me to venture to darker side again. Of course I am more than happy to honor all requests especially for a game as popular as this one. Since the undead have been on my mind for the past few weeks then this creation seemed like the natural choice. With the help of Blizzard Entertainment I was able to create this week's wallpaper.
Visit Custer's Desktops to grab this image in a large range of resolutions.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 7, 2005

IMG Previews Salvo!12:42 PM
Send In Your Ask Feral Questions12:42 PM
Feral Announces Fable for the Mac7:51 AM
Indie Games Con '05 Registration Opens7:51 AM
UT2004 Mod StrikeForce Updated7:51 AM
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