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Privateer Gemini Patched to 1.01
7:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Version 1.01 of Privateer Gemini Gold has been released, adding a host of new bug fixes, updates, and additions to the game. A remake of the original Privateer, an open ended space adventure set in the Wing Commander universe, Gemini Gold adds new graphics and real 3D spaceflight.

Here's a list of what 1.01 includes:

Special Features
- High Quality textures for the Tarsus
- Planets with clouds, Space Stations have lightmaps
- Oxford and Palan missions are easier now (rebalanced)

Miscellaneous
- possible speed improvements during bootup and gameplay
- luxury/natural goods model gets a new texture
- adds high-res explosion animations
- bases and planets now have an automatic landing zone
- Oxford library computer animation added
- adds jump activation sound
- repair droids are working a lot faster
- sets the ship's starting speed to ~150kps
- reduces number of available cargo missions
- uses Wing Commander style missile lock animation

Bugfixes
- drone mission bug
- Ship Dealer graphic at Oxford
- explosion sound for asteroids
- Derelict Base now always spawns
- *.blank on the navigation computer
- "fix" button bug on the upgrade computer
- cargo-bug which prevented to accept and fly a mission
- artifact-loss-through ship purchase
- spawned cargo in cargo hold after ship purchase
- mercenary computer display graphic bug
- removes unimportant information from commodity computer
- removes neutral com faces for the paradigm
- ship's energy system fixed (ecm bug)
- prevents collision after ship explosion (with eject seats)
- never ending escort missions
- miggs now shows his face and speaks to you
- removes "news" and "ship dealer" from some computer consoles
- orion price changed to 75.000
- tractor beams removed from talons
- request landing "0" removed (without function)

Privateer Gemini Gold is an open source project created by The Gemini Gold Team and is available for OS X, Linux, and Windows systems. It requires at least an 800Mhz G4 processor to run.

Download the game at Macgamefiles.com and learn more about the game at the link below.

MGF: Privateer Gemini Gold 1.01
Privateer Gemini Gold



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IMG Reviews Victoria
12:51 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Victoria. Here's a clip from the review:

Victoria is a continuation of Paradox's Europa Universalis-based games and draws heavily on their experience with Europa Universalis (EUI and EUII), set in the 17th and 18th century, and Hearts of Iron (HOI), set amidst WW2. Whereas EUII's strategic emphasis was on colonization and HOI's was on warfare, Victoria's strategy focuses on managing the affects of industrialization, imperialism, and the minutiae of internationalism. Victoria's goal is to capture the zeitgeist of the Victorian era in all its enormity and breadth. The result is that Victoria is perhaps better described as a statecraft simulator than a strategy game.
To check out the review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Victoria
Virtual Programming
Victoria
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Weird Worlds for PC Released, Mac Version "Likely"
12:50 PM | Matt Diamond | Comment on this story

The sequel to Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, was finally released for Windows last month. The developer Digital Eel told Inside Mac Games earlier this year they would make a Mac version as well, but long-time Mac gamers know that a lot can change during a game's development cycle.

Fortunately the publisher of Weird Worlds, Shrapnel Games, is no stranger to the Mac, having published both Salvo! and Dominion 2: The Ascension Wars. An addition, an eagle-eyed IMG reader (okay, it was me) spotted the following message in Shrapnel's forums:

It's somewhat likely that there'll be a Mac (OS X) version as well, but only after the Windows version is done. We've done this with our other games.

With both the developer and publisher expressing interest, the likelihood of a Mac version of Weird Worlds is good. Inside Mac Games will bring you more information as it comes to light.

Follow the links below to read Inside Mac Games's review of the prequel, or to learn about Digital Eel's and Shrapnel Games's other Mac games.

Shrapnel Games' Weird Worlds forum: Mac version "likely"
Digital Eel on Weird Worlds for Mac
IMG Review of Strange Adventures in Infinite Space
Shrapnel Games
Digital Eel


Macgamestore: Stubbs The Zombie In Stock
9:40 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Macgamestore.com has begun shipping Stubbs The Zombie from Aspyr Media. It is available for $39.95.

In this game, players take on the role of the rebel himself Stubbs, a wisecracking Zombie who takes on an ultra-modern city of the future using nothing but his own carcass and the weapons of his possessed enemies. The game's tongue-in-cheek humor, innovative combat and strong storyline keep Stubbs the Zombie's gameplay as bizarre and unpredictable as its namesake.

To purchase Stubbs The Zombie, follow the buy link below.

Aspyr Media
Wideload
Stubbs the Zombie
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Magic Stones Updated, Expansions On The Way
7:50 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Winter Wolves Software recently released an update for Magic Stones, bringing the game to version 1.1.6. The update adds a new Quest Mode which introduces The Bonelord, the first in a series of expansions for the game. In Quest Mode players will face much tougher battles and the chance to gain new runes and face new enemies. Winter Wolves plans to release more quest expansions in future updates which will each include their own story, avatar, runes, and enemies.

Updates in 1.1.6 include:

- new quest mode introduced! Complete the various quests that will be added to the game with regular updates to discover the new runes and stones of the Life and Spirit Magic. Quests are much more difficult than normal battles so you'll better try them with high level characters.
- first quest added: The Bonelord, adding the new stones of The Centaur and the Timber Wolf, and new enemy creatures like The Haunted Scarecrow, The Evil eye and much more
-now if you are doing a special attack, beside canceling it with spacebar, you can also cancel it pressing D (defend) or P (to switch back to Normal/Power attack selection)
- increased difficulty even more in normal Gather Artifact mode: you'll earn less XP points with higher difficulty settings and your mana will regenerate slower during the fight
- Sea Nymph special attack (Charm) will now have low chances to work against poweful creatures (with high defense) to balance the game better expecially in quest mode
- Added an indicator for ranged attack capacity in the fight screen when you open the runebook to summon new avatars, so you know if you can place an avatar on second line.
A hybrid of role playing game and card game Magic Stones is based on Celtic mythology and allows players to search for hidden treasures and compete in druid duels in the land of Aravorn. A demo is available for download from Macgamefiles.com and the full game can be purchased for $25.

To learn more about Magic Stones follow the links below.

MGF: Magic Stones 1.1.6
Magic Stones Expansions
Magic Stones
Winter Wolves Software



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Star Wars Battlefront On Your Mobile Phone
7:50 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

For those gamers who enjoyed Star Wars Battlefront for the Mac, there is now a mobile version available courtesy of Cingular. Similar to the Mac version, Star Wars Battlefront: Mobile contains the galactic civil war and clone wars campaigns. The mobile edition costs $3.99 and requires a Cingular phone.

Additionaly, just as the Star Wars Battlefront has multiplayer ranking through GameRanger Premium, the mobile edition offers rankings in the two available campaigns.

Please click the links below to learn more information about Star Wars Battlefront.


Star Wars Battlefront: Mobile Edition
Aspyr Media
Beenox
LucasArts
Star Wars Battlefront
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Civilization IV Reviewed By gameSlave
7:50 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

The UK game website, gameSlave has a review of the recently announced Civilization IV. Highlights of this review include the graphics courtesy of the first 3D graphics engine used in a Civilization game, new features for the veteren gamer, improved management of civics, and sound. However, there were notable pitfalls such as a steep learning curve for the newbie and time consuming multiplayer.

Excerpt:

Regulars of the series will love the new features in Civilization IV yet feel at home with the interface and general feel of the game. Newcomers may find it tricky to start and might find the tutorial still leaves them in limbo, however the rewards for persevering and dominating your opponents or having them agree to your terms is second to none! Civ fans of old and indeed any RTS fans in general simply must buy this game. In short, this is the best Civ game yet.
The reviewer, gameSlave did not provide a scale to rank Civilization IV. However, this review was positive and ended with "this is the best Civ game yet".

Please click the links below to read the review and to learn more information about Civilization IV.

gameSlave-Civilization IV Review
Civilization IV
Buy Civilization IV



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PC GameWorld Reviews RHEM 2
7:50 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

PC GameWorld has a review of RHEM 2, an adventure puzzle developed by Got Game Entertainmentand published by Virtual Programming for the Mac. This review gave RHEM 2 a 65% of a possible 100%. The reviewer criticized the point and click gameplay of RHEM 2, video sequences, and lack of groundbreaking features. Regardess, there were a few bright spots including the graphics and appeal to fans of Myst and similar puzzle games.

Excerpt:

Part of the problem is the point and click format. That worked for a number of games years ago and, of course, for the aforementioned “MYST” series, but the final nail has long since been driven into that coffin. These games are not as interesting as they once were, just as the old school text adventures (“Zork,” for example) stopped working once graphics surpassed the old blocky designs available on an RGB monitor.
Please click on the links below to read the review and to learn more information about RHEM 2


PC GameWorld-RHEM 2 Review
GotGame
RHEM 2


Mac Games News for Monday, November 28, 2005

Macgamestore: Black Friday Sale, 5 Percent Coupon1:06 PM
Doom 3 Mod: Last Man Standing Updates8:18 AM
Java Quake 2 Released8:18 AM
Pro Gamer Collects Six-Figure Salary8:18 AM
 
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