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Minions Of Mirth Now Available for Free
8:25 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Prairie Games has released a free version of Minions of Mirth, its popular single and multiplayer RPG. The new edition offers gamers a chance to kick the game's tires before making a purchase decision. MoM: Free Edition gives limited access to character classes and items as well as the chance to play on Prairie Games' free servers.

Here's a list of what both the free and premium editions of the game have to offer.

Minions of Mirth: Free Edition
+ A free edition of the game which can be played in single player and as a MMORPG
+ All zones, realms, classes, and races are available for play!
+ Access to our Free Servers
+ A simple patch that upgrades the Free Edition to the Premium Edition! This also allows anyone with the Premium Edition to easily reinstall their game.
+ Characters transfer from the Free Edition to the Premium Edition and can then be played on our premium servers!

Upgrade to the Minions of Mirth: Premium Edition for only $29.95
+ Access to all the game's equipment, spells, advancements, and skills!
+ Multiclass your characters with secondary and tertiary classes to increase their power!
+ Access to our Premium Servers with no monthly fee.
+ Store more characters and monsters on our premium servers!
+ Play without game breaks!
+ Host your own persistent world or play on other custom servers.

To learn more about the game follow the link below.

Prairie Games Offers MoM Free Edition
Minions of Mirth Free Edition OS X
Prairie Games
Minions of Mirth

Macgamestore: Solitaire Forever, Word Slinger Now Available
1:26 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Macgamestore.com has two new digital download products available for purchase including Solitaire Forever and Word Slinger.

Solitaire Forever includes over 100 solitaire games brought to life in 3D. Four free games, including everyone's favorite, Klondike. Simple graphic interface. Visual and textual rules for each game, and statistics. Unlimited undo/redo. Options to find/reveal cards, relax the rules, and auto-play. Full screen mode.

Word Slinger combines elements of Scrabble with a crossword-style puzzle to form an unforgettable and addictive gaming experience. Try your word wielding hand at two exciting modes: Speed and Strategy. Don't let the list of words reach the top in Speed mode. Take your time to plan each move in Strategy mode.

For more, including free demos of these games, follow the links below.

Macgamestore: Solitaire Forever
Macgamestore: Word Slinger

Bannister to Retire Some Software
10:11 AM | Evan Holt | 1 comment

With Apple shifting their computer processors to Intel, Bannister is evaluating their software line and the future of their products. For emulation software, the shift to Universal Binaries can be tough.

It is with reluctance that I have decided to cease development of ROM Organizer, effective immediately. It has been on borrowed time for a while, given its status as a CFM application in the current world of Mach-O, and I have decided that the amount of work necessary to update it is more than I can give it. I'll see if I can bundle up a source code release for it when I have a bit of time so that anyone who truly cares about it can pick it up (the code will require CodeWarrior). I'll issue a refund on request to anyone who paid the shareware fee after January 1st this year; drop me an e-mail with your order number if you want to take up this offer.

As for my emulator projects, does anyone have a compelling reason for me to continue updating RockNES? Nestopia beats it all round as far as I can see. The RockNES code base will not build in Xcode without major work, and I'm not sure it's worth the effort. Along similar lines, I think it might be time to retire the Mac version of Generator, unless anyone has any major objections?

For more information or to download various great emulators visit Bannister using the link below.

Bannister Software

Outnumbered 1.0 released
10:11 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Outnumbered, OneSadCookie.com's entry in the OMG 2005 Cup has been released. It is a 3D flying shooter, developed over a period of six weeks. You play the roll of a flying insect as you fly around a pond you shoot down the stream of insects that keep appearing.

Outnumbered requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and a GeForce 2MX, Radeon 7500, or better video card. It runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Download the 6.9MB game for free from MacGameFiles using the link below or learn more about OneSadCookie from their web site.

MacGameFiles:Outnumbered 1.0
OneSadCookie: Software

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Adventuring In Avernum 4
8:25 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macteens has posted a review of Spiderweb Games' Avernum 4, the latest in the long running Avernum/Exile RPG series. The game drops players back into the familiar underground realm of Avernum where evil has once again gripped the land. Macteens gave Avernum 4 a score of 4 out of 5 stars.

From the review:

Avernum IV offers a story different from all the previous Exiles and Avernums. The plot begins after the Avernites’ battle for mastery of the Avernum cave system, their vindication against the oppressive empire that banished them there, and their return to the surface world. Guess what, though? After some few years of peace, it turns out that not all is well. Bandits roam the countryside, sea monsters render the rivers closed to boat travel, and giant shades have appeared in several major cities, ending trade and sending their citizens into a deep paranoia. Not the most novel of storylines, but it becomes more interesting as it progresses, with hints of a conspiracy of Empire loyalists and a return of the mysterious Vahnatai.
To read the full review and learn more about the game head over to the sites listed below.

Macteens: Avernum IV Review
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 4

Solitaire, Klondike and Puzzles Forever Now Universal Binary
8:25 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Solitaireforever has updated Solitaire Forever, Klondike Forever and Puzzles Forever as Universal Binaries.

Solitaire Forever is a solitaire card game with over 100 solitaire games brought to life in 3D. It uses a simple graphic interface with visual and textual rules for each game. There is unlimited undo/redo and options to find/reveal cards, relax the rules, and auto-play.

Updated in 1.2

• Universal Binary - works on PowerPC and Intel Mac
• no longer uses all available CPU time
• new option to grab/release cards in a 2-click process
• new option to allow play from foundations
• you can make the window as big as you want now
• various minor tweaks and fixes
Solitaire Forever requires Mac OS 9.0 or later, CarbonLib, a graphics accelerator card with 16MB of VRAM or more and supports OpenGL. Solitaire Forever costs $25 U.S. to register.

Klondike Forever is one of the most popular solitaire games and has been updated as a Universal Binary as well.

Updated in 1.1

• Universal Binary - works on PowerPC and Intel Mac
• no longer uses all available CPU time
• new option to grab/release cards in a 2-click process
• new option to allow play from foundations
• you can make the window as big as you want now
• various minor tweaks and fixes
Klondike Forever requires Mac OS 9 or later and is free.

Puzzles Forever is a jigsaw game brought to life in 3D. You can enjoy six free puzzles, create puzzles with up to 900 pieces, import your own pictures to use as puzzles and choose from several puzzle piece shape types, such as traditional and "broken glass". A real time zoom feature let's you get closer to the puzzle pieces.

Updated in 1.2.1

• pieces won't scroll inward while the puzzle is zoomed (broke in v1.2)
• Universal Binary
• works on PowerPC and Intel Mac
• no longer uses all available CPU time
• new option to show or hide edge pieces only
• new option to re-scatter unplaced puzzle pieces
• png, bmp, tga, sgi, qtif files can be imported now
• you can make the window as big as you want now
• various minor tweaks and fixes
Puzzles Forever requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and costs $15 U.S. to register.

You can download these games from the web site or MacGameFiles using the links below.

Puzzles Forever
MGF:Solitaire Forever 1.2
MGF:Klondike Forever 1.1

Mac Games News for Monday, March 13, 2006

Macgamestore: Adventure Inlay, Super TextTwist Available12:29 PM
Apple Updates Hot Deals12:24 PM
IMG Reviews Creatures: Village12:21 PM
iGame Radio Chats With Julian Dibbell8:45 AM
Puppy Games Releases Titan Attacks8:42 AM
A Call To Support Original Mac Game Developers8:29 AM
Gaming in 20068:29 AM
Heroes of Might and Magic V Developer Diary8:29 AM
Magic Stones: The Ice Queen Expansion Pack Released8:29 AM
WoW:The Burning Crusade Preview8:29 AM
XFX to Release Video Cards for Mac G4s?8:29 AM
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