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Zamby And The Mystical Crystals Released For OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Kristanix Games has just released Zamby and the Mystical Crystals, a new fantasy puzzle game for Mac OS X and Windows. The goal of this non-violent game is to use logic, stealth, guile, and imagination to guide Zamby through a wondrous world of light crystals, monsters, and obstacles. Zamby features 150 increasingly difficult logic puzzle levels and a built-in level editor.

Like all Qwonks, Zamby needs light crystals to illuminate his underground cave. He sets out to explore his vast world, and collect as many crystals as possible.

The game's simple interface allows children and adults to begin playing the game immediately. Guiding Zamby through the game's 150 increasingly difficult levels, however, requires moving objects, building bridges, trapping monsters, and using logic to solve each level of the journey. Throughout the exciting encounter, Zamby discovers new things about his mystical terrain, and the challenges in his path.

At any point in the game, you can ask for hints, watch a movie on how to solve that level, or undo any number of moves that you've already made. The game's clever logic, intricate puzzles, and professionally produced artwork and music make your journey exciting.

In addition to the huge library of puzzle levels, the program's built-in level editor lets you build your own challenges. With all of the objects and monsters that the game offers, you can create custom levels that are tailored to your family and friends' tastes. In the coming months, game players will be able to share their custom game levels with each other, on the Zamby web site.

Whether you're a casual game player who is bored with mindless shoot-em-up games, a parent who wants an intelligent game that the entire family can enjoy, or an educator who wants to find more ways to use the computer to develop your kids' problem-solving skills, Zamby and the Mystical Crystals will provide you with hours and hours of challenging fun.
Zamby runs on Mac OS X 10.3 and up, costs $19.95(US) for a single user license, and is available now from the Kristanix website. You can download a free trial version of Zamby that includes 16 levels designed for adult puzzle-solvers, and 12 levels designed especially for kids.

For more information follow the links below.

Zamby and the Mystical Crystals
Kristanix Games


Apple Posts New Hot Deals
7:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz

Hot Deals from Developers- Hot Deals exclusive prices on software direct from the developers: Sandvox Pro from Karelia Software is an easy, elegant website creation tool for people who want to spend time developing their lives, not their website. Only $63!; Mail Factory for designing and printing envelopes, postcards and labels from BeLight Software. Only $19.95!; Speed Download 4 download manager from Yazsoft. Only $20!; Kinemac 3D realtime animation and video titling made easy for only $174!; Serene Saver 2HD video wallpaper from Amuse for only $19.95; DoorStop X Security Suite from Open Door Networks. Only $69!; Typinator 2.0 automates typing frequently used text and images from Ergonis Software. Only $12.99!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

http://hotdeals.apple.com/developer1/index.php

AudioMIDI - has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: GrooveLab gives you everything you need to mix music like a pro from M-Audio for only $59.42!; Pianoteq real-time piano modeling software from Modartt for only $279; MPD24/Battery 3 Bundle includes the Akai professional MPD24 velocity sensitive pad controller and Battery 3 drum sample library from Native Instruments. Only $319.63!; FX Percussion features percussion instruments that mimic nature from Vienna Symphonic Library for only $155.63!; GarageBand Tutorial DVD from ASK Video for only $30!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

http://hotdeals.apple.com/audiomidi/index.php

Publishing Perfection - has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: Eye Candy Effects Collection get Eye Candy 5 and dozens of effects from Alien Skin for only $398.95!; Genuine Fractals 5 photoshop plug-ins for image resizing from onOne for only $159.95!; Coolscan V ED 35mm film scanner from Nikon for only $589.95!; Stock Layouts Design Collection Vol. 1 from nik Software has 126 templates, 607 graphic elements, pre-designed layouts and more for only $485.95!; Epson Stylus Photo R1800 for archival printing for only $549.95!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL: 

http://hotdeals.apple.com/pubperfect/index.php



Tuncer's Blog: EA: Is There Anyboby Out There?
7:29 AM | Michael Phillips | 13 comments

IMG's Tuncer Deniz has posted a new entry in his blog. In his entry, the publisher of Inside Mac Games discusses Electronic Arts' new Mac games, as well as EA's total silence since the company announced its upcoming Mac games at June's WWDC. To further muddy the waters, EA has completely ignored the Macintosh gaming press and has decided to give Apple a 90 day exclusive on their first four Mac titles, limiting the distribution of EA's games when they finally launch.

Is this a grim portent of things to come from EA? Read Tuncer's entire blog entry by following the link below.

Tuncer's Blog: EA: Is There Anybody Out There?



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Deliver2Mac Adds Chicago 1930
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Deliver2Mac, the dedicated Mac digital download hub for games and applications, has added Runesoft's Chicago 1930 to its digital download catalogue. The real time game takes plays during the era of prohibition, giving players the chance to join either the police or mafia forces in a battle for control of the city.

This real time-tactic-game called “Chicago 1930” captivates you to the time of prohibition, when the battle between police and mafia saw its golden age. Chicago 1930 impresses with very detailed and varying backdrops offering dark courtyards and dubious brothels as well as monumental buildings of large towns. Embedded in the atmosphere of mafia-like activity as well as the style of the thirties, you have to succeed in procuring the leadership of the city to “your” side, always being conscious about possible ambushes.

Besides you have the choice between mafia and police. This decision influences the game play crucially: With the police it is your job to clear up crimes at the scene of their happening, as well as protecting important persons from crooks or busting mafia-gangs. You have to track down and interrogate witnesses and collect information in order to finally get onto the mafia as a result from your razor- sharp considerations. It often comes down to a spectacular showdown, when the criminals are hunted down at last and defend themselves with baseball bats, shotguns as well as Tommy-guns.

For more information head over to Deliver2Mac's site. Chicago 1930 costs $29.95.

Deliver2Mac: Chicago
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Chicago 1930
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StuntMANIA!pro Version 1.2 Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Sector3 Games has announced the release of version 1.2 of StuntMANIA!pro, a full version game based on the free StuntMania!jnr widget. SM!P is a fast paced car stunt driving game that allows players to perform amazing tricks and stunts with a selection of stunt cars on a variety of tracks. The game features both timed and free play modes.

New features in 1.2:

* New PINBALL HEAVEN level, complete with flippers and a ball!
* 2 crazy new cars... Truk & Trike.
* Fantastic new randomly placed BONUSES - Teleport, Mirror, Superjump & Nitro
* Random car spawn points in each level.
* Game options - Set your own steering precision!!
* Game options - Turn off game score saving.
* Improved gamepad support.
* Improved 3D & physics performance.
The new demo, StuntMANIA!jnr 1.2, now has gamepad support as well as the game options screen.

Click over to the site below to check out the latest version.

StuntMANIA!pro
Sector3 Games



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Duck Hunt For iPhone
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Thanks to the efforts of Deron Dantzler Nintendo's classic Duck Hunt game has made its way to the iPhone. Coded in JavaScript, the game recreates the arcade action of the original title on Apple's new phone.

I’ve never programmed a game before, nor do I claim to be a professional. I’m not really sure what motivated me to do this, it was kind of just an idea hatched out of boredom that turned into a pretty fun little project. I’m sure that there are plenty of bugs to be found, but for those of you who do not want to hack your iPhone in order to play an old classic, this might be a quick fix (even if it isn’t as cool as Mario).

I packed the JavaScript to release the game, mainly because of the top score feature. The code (no matter how scrappy it is) is provided below. If anyone has an idea on how to improve the movement of the duck to make it a little more fun, I’ll be happy to incorporate it. Any other ideas how to make it better? Feel free to leave a comment!
Click on the links below for more information.

Duck Hunt For iPhone
iPhone Duck Hunt Source
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Age Of Empires III: The WarChiefs Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently posted a new review of The WarChiefs, an expansion for the real time strategy game, Age of Empires III. The expansion further expands the depth of AoE III with a roster of new features including playable Native American civilizations, A 15 mission single-player campaign, and a host of other updates and additions. Applelinks gave The WarChiefs a score of 4 out of 5.

Included in the expansion pack is a full set of military attributes for three tribes: Aztec, Iroquois and Sioux. As these groups can show up as friends or foes depending on the scenario and in the random maps, it helps to know some of their more unusual weapons. Among my favorite is the Iroquois mantlet; essentially, it is two guys behind a sandwich board made of thick branches. In practice, it is frustratingly hard to kill and not nearly as innocuous as it sounds.

More important attributes for your own village come with the expansion pack. Your alliances with the native people yield advancements in your abilities to harvest the natural resources, especially wood and wild food sources. Also, some advancements allow you to spontaneously generate needed resources for a period of time. If you are a "store, then conquer" kind of player, these can be used to your advantage early in the game. "Nick of time" players who immediately set out to build a conquering army might find these useful during a large attack.

Another major development in The War Chiefs is the introduction of the Fire Pit. Don't tell Hale or Danforth, but it's not only Tituba dancing around the fire. Teach your villagers the dances, much like you would encourage them to work at the mill or to harvest sheep, and you will be rewarded with military powers such as increased attack strength, or with additional soldiers.
For the rest of the review follow the link below.

Applelinks: AoE III The WarChiefs Review
MacSoft
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Inside Mac Games Reviews Real Deal Slots: Mystic Forest7:28 AM
Heroes Of Might And Magic V Update Released6:00 AM
iGame Radio Covers Casual Connect 20076:00 AM
Jeff Vogel's End Game, Why Are You Still Playing?6:00 AM
MacRadio Announces Facelift, Calls For Beta Testers6:00 AM
Musika Released For iPod6:00 AM
 
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