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Freeverse Gives Away Wingnuts 1
8:29 AM | Andy Largent | 18 comments

Concluding their week of big announcements, Freeverse has announced they are now giving away their original shoot-em-up hit, Wingnuts: Temporal Navigator for free. Mac gamers who haven't played this arcade title will want to head over to the Wingnuts 2: Raina's Revenge page, where the download is hosted.

Here's the word from Freeverse on this decision:

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse said, "The original Wingnuts is a great game, and we're very pleased to be giving it away to Mac users everywhere. We've had a great year, and we just want to say a big thanks for all the support we've gotten from the Mac community".
Head over now to download your copy of Wingnuts.

Wingnuts 2: Raina's Revenge
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Macgamestore: Metal Angel Now Available
5:36 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Jadeware's new shooter, Metal Angel, is now available at Macgamestore.com for $19.95. A free demo is available on the web site.

Metal Angel is an addictive space shootem’up game in 2D featuring 3 starships, alien war and even scrolling star fields. Along with old-school graphics is a Heavy Metal guitar soundtrack that will in itself make you want to keep playing the game. Metal Angel is the kind of game everybody would like to play again and again without limits. Metal Angel is the real old-school shooter game along with pxel art graphics and metal guitar soundtrack. A must have new classic by Jadeware.
To check out Metal Angel, follow the link below.

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IMG Posts Age of Empires III Preview
12:59 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of Age of Empires III, based on a recent beta of the Mac version. Here's a clip from the preview:

Previous Age of Empires games made use of very pretty, but very 2D graphics. Such will not be the case with AoE3, which uses an entirely 3D engine to mesmerize players. AoE3 will support plenty of 3D buzzwords, like bump and specular mapping, tone mapping, dynamic shadows, real-time lighting effects and advanced water effects. AoE3 also boasts an advanced physics engine that will bring a new level of realism to RTS gaming on the Mac OS. The Reader's Digest gist of the previous is that it'll take a fairly hardcore machine to experience this game in its full glory.
AoE III recently went gold and is scheduled to ship sometime next week. Be sure to check out the preview by following the link below.

Age of Empires III is currently available for pre-order through Macgamestore.com for $49.95. Place your pre-order by following the buy link below.

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Cold War Digital Download Released
12:44 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Deliver2Mac, has added Runesoft's 'Cold War' to its digital download catalog. The game is available for $39.95 US.

Cold War follows the story of a freelance journalist who finds
himself in the midst of an international conspiracy that aims to
control the U.S.S.R. Twelve hours after arriving in Moscow for a
routine story, he has been stripped of all possessions, beaten
unconscious and thrown into the KGB's political prison. Using only
recovered weapons and improvised gadgets, he must now evade or
overcome elite Soviet forces and defeat the conspiracy before he is
sent to a Siberian prison camp or killed.
The game is available as a PPC only or a Intel only download. For more, head over to Deliver2Mac.

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Bilizzard Offers 10 Day WoW Demo
8:29 AM | David Chochla | 11 comments

Those interested in trying out Blizzard's hugely popular World of Warcraft will be happy to know that a 10 day free trial is being offered. You can head to the World of Warcraft homepage and download the demo (beware of the hefty 2.87 gigabyte download) and play for free for 10 days, at which point you can cancel your account or upgrade to a full version of the game. I was pleased to note that a credit card is not required for validation before downloading the demo.

World of Warcraft is a living, breathing online adventure world with over 7 million players. Log into the World of Warcraft and join thousands of mighty heroes in an online world of myth, magic, and limitless adventure. Face the mighty dragon of Blackrock Spire; cleanse the undead from the looming ziggurats of Stratholme; fly in wondrous zeppelins over smoldering battlefields; and much more. An infinity of new experiences await. So what are you waiting for?

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Unity Game Engine Reviewed
8:29 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Creative Mac has posted a review of Unity, Over The Edge Entertainment's 3D game development platform. The review offers the perspective of a Windows game developer seeking a game creation engine with greater ease of use and stability.

From the review:

About the time I was about to start on my fifth attempt with yet another engine, an associate recommended I take a look at Unity.  I hadn't heard of Unity before, and a quick look at their website explained why:  Unity is a Mac-based game development system. 

“Huh?” I thought, “Why would a Windows developer be interested in this?”  But after scanning OverTheEdge's (“OTEE” for short, Unity's developer) website and roaming their forums I learned a few bits that caught my interest:  Not only can Unity create Windows games , but some of it's features suggested it might be an even better Windows development tool than the tools I had already tried.  I also learned that there was a small, dedicated, group of Windows developers, who like myself got frustrated with what was available on a PC, and who were now developing Windows games on a Mac using Unity.  Although this impressed me, what really got my attention (especially after trying to resolve a particularly stubborn bug earlier that day) was how bug free, stable, and productive this same group of users claimed Unity was.

After wasting what seemed like an eternity with other engines and not making any significant progress, I faced a critical decision:  Do I follow the more commonly accepted path I had already traveled and continue to battle the bugs, hick-ups and frustrations?  Or do I take a chance, buy a Mac and follow a new route that only a few Windows developers have followed, but those that did claimed it was the best move they ever made?  As the title of this article suggests, I decided to give Unity a try.  That was over 3 months and several successfully completed projects ago.
To check out the full review click on the link below.

Creative Mac: Unity Review
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Burning Crusade Previewed
8:29 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft's upcoming first expansion, is the subject of a recent preview from The Slacker's Guide. A new continent, increased level cap, and controllable flying mounts are just a few of the additions the expansion will add to the game upon its release next year. Based upon experience with the beta version, the Guide offers a look at what fans can expect from Crusade.

Flying mounts finally bring the dream of a controllable flying unit to the player. Previously only available as a non-controllable form of public transportation such as through a gryphon or giant bat in the original, Blizzard has handed over the thing that players have clamored for from day one.

New professions and talents make the game even more enjoyable, albeit the new Jewelcrafting profession seems to take a long time to gather components past the initial levels. Players can create new jewels to fit into socketed items as well as standalone items to grant new abilities and bonuses. Even though players kind of lifted an eyebrow at the inclusion of only a single new profession at the time of the game's announcement, Jewelcrafting blends well with the other professions, especially where party roles are concerned. Where a few players may take on fighting roles (a.k.a. "tanking") while others hang back and cast offensive, defensive or healing spells, professions work well together. A well-balanced group can include Jewelcrafting into its cycle of creating new items, weapons, potions and armor for the group at large before taking on a larger quest like a dungeon that needs to be explored.
The Burning Crusade is scheduled for a January 2007 release. The full article is available at the link below.

The Slacker's Guide: Burning Crusade Preview
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Episode One Of The New IMG Podcast Released
6:00 AM | Michael Yaroshinsky | 14 comments

Today IMG released the first episode of the NEW Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week we'll be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week features Michael Yaroshinsky, Jarrod Nettles, Stefan Langford, and a very special guest, Bryan Clodfelter, senior hardware editor for IMG.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 16, 2006

Girls Inc. TeamUP Released1:43 PM
IMG Reviews Pigllionaire1:41 PM
Battle for Wesnoth Update10:13 AM
Big Bang Brain Games Previewed10:13 AM
CNET Outfits Mac Pro with 8-Core Processors10:13 AM
Dominions 3: The Awakening Reviewed10:13 AM
Burning Monkey Solitaire 4 Released10:12 AM
 
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