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Feral Announces Tomb Raider Anniversary
12:40 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Feral Interactive has announced that it will be bringing Tomb Raider Anniversay to the Mac. The new game marks the return of Lara Croft to the Mac, which has been absent from the platform for several years.

Here's the announcement from Feral's web site:

After a few years AWOL from our beloved Mac, the First Lady of gaming returns in her biggest adventure to date. Tomb Raider Anniversary takes Lara Croft back to the places where it all began, only this time with gorgeous graphics, massive puzzles, and a new fluid movement set that make this Tomb Raider the most acrobatic we've ever seen.

Join Lara as she travels through caves, valleys, and temples in Peru, Egypt and Greece on the hunt for The Scion, an ancient artefact of mysterious power... with more than a few unwelcome parties trying their best to stop you.

Although no release date has been set, it is expect to be available early next year. The game will initially ship as an Intel-only game but a Universal binary version is expected to be released at a later date.

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IMG Posts An Introduction To EVE Online
1:39 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

On November 6, 2007, Iceland-based CCP Games opened up its massively multiplayer universe known as EVE Online to Mac and Linux users everywhere. As a complex game that defies simple description, EVE Online can be overwhelming at first. So we decided to write this overview of the game to help get readers up to speed on the past, present and future of the EVE universe.

To check out the full article, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Feature: An Introduction To EVE Online
CCP Games
TransGaming
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Pangea Software Releases The X Pack
1:16 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Pangea Software today announced that it is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by releasing The X Pack, a collection of Pangea games and utilities for $79.95.

Pangea Software was founded in December of 1987 which makes it the
oldest Apple game developer still around, and to celebrate this 20th
anniversary milestone they have released “The X Pack”. The X Pack
is a collection of every Mac OS X compatible game and utility that
Pangea Software has ever released: Bugdom 2, Otto Matic, Enigmo,
Runic, TabMeister, Enigmo 2, Billy Frontier, Cro-Mag Rally, Nanosaur
2, and Pangea Arcade.

Normally, all of these games would cost over $214 if purchased
individually, but The X Pack is selling for only $79.95. This
special bundle is available for download now on the Pangea Software
web site at www.pangeasoft.net/xpack , and it will only be for sale
through the end of December.

“We’re very proud to have been a part of the Apple gaming scene for
so many years.“ says Brian Greenstone, president of Pangea Software,
“Like most software companies, Pangea Software was started in a dorm
room at college, and I would have never imagined that twenty years
later I’d still be at it. Thanks to some terrific encouragement and
support from Apple in the early days we were able to establish
ourselves and create a lot of classic Mac games. Best of all, it has
kept me from having to work in front of a PC, and I’m happy to say I
haven’t even touched a PC in over eleven years!”

For more on The X Pack, head over to the Pangea Software web site.

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EVE Online: Trinity Website Launched
6:00 AM | Jason Sims | Comment on this story

CCP Games has launched a new website with information and screenshots of the upcoming Trinity expansion for EVE Online. Recently released for the Mac and Linux platforms after several years as a Windows-only title, EVE Online is a massively multiplayer space exploration and combat game.

The new Trinity site also features video interviews with several key CCP developers who have been working on the expansion.

For more details about Trinity, and a general overview of the game, be sure to check out the new IMG feature "An Introduction To EVE Online".

EVE Online: Trinity
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Macgamestore: Now Taking Neverwinter Nights 2 Pre-Orders
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 10 comments

Macgamestore.com has begun to take pre-orders for the long-awaited sequel to Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2. Scheduled to ship in early 2008, the game is available for pre-order for $49.95.

Neverwinter Nights 2 (NWN2) is a computer role-playing game set in the fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms, one of the popular campaign settings of Dungeons and Dragons. It takes the player from the tiniest of villages into a sweeping tale of danger and war, chronicling their rise from a peasant to a full-fledged hero of the Realms, defending it against one of the greatest threats of the age. Build a character that suits your style of play - good or evil, chaotic or lawful, with any number of skills, feats and professions available at the click of a button. Whether lobbing fireballs and researching forgotten spells as a powerful Wizard, hacking a trail through legions of orcs as a Fighter armed only with a battle axe and your courage, or taking on the role of a Rogue that can slip into the shadows at a moment's notice, the choice is yours. Choose your alignment, your allies, your companions, and how you want your character to develop... design the character you want, role-play the way you want, and carry the battle to the enemy.
Please note that Neverwinter Nights 2 will require an Intel-based Mac. Follow the links below for more information.

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Electropy Demo Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Team Phobic has announced the availability of a pre-release demo for Electropy. The demo contains 36 playable levels and can be downloaded for Windows and Mac OS X computers on the Electropy website. In the sidescrolling arcade action title players move across the playfield by grappling floating polygons and swinging from one to the next while collecting powerups and other items.

Electropy is a side scrolling action arcade title with a fundamental game play twist. Rather than directly moving your character, the idea is to grapple on to floating polygons in order to swing your way to the goal. The game features a wide selection of power-ups such as gravity change, invincibility, and flight thrusters to diversify game play. The title also includes over 130 levels of varying difficulty as well as the same fully functional editor we used to make all the levels in the game. Players are ranked via online scores that are uploaded through the game and can download replays of any submitted score.

Team Phobic is a group college students who have been working together on games for many years. They are based in Boulder, CO, but have friends in many places around the world. They develop games using as much free software as possible.
Head over to the website below to download the demo and learn more about the game.

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Jeff Vogel Discusses Avernum 5
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

RPG Vault has posted a lengthy interview with Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel about the recently released Avernum 5. The latest installment in the long running series takes a new direction with the story, allowing players to explore as a group of soldiers from the above ground world of the Empire who have descended into Avernum's depths to search for the murderer of their Empress.

Jonric: How substantial will the quest element be, including both the optional tasks and those that lie on the path of the main story?
Jeff Vogel: There are hundreds of quests in Avernum 5, from minor hunting side tasks to huge arcs that span the entire game. The most involved one has to do with hunting down a long series of unusual and dangerous monsters. Some of them are quite hard to find, and all of them have their own unique and nasty abilities. Not many players will be able to complete this entire quest.

Every town also has a job board. In addition to the various missions that the townsfolk will give you, if you feel the need for more equipment or experience, you can always go to it to get something new to do.

Jonric: What technological improvements are you making this time? And why do you develop the Mac versions of your games first?
Jeff Vogel: Avernum 5 has nicer graphics and sound than Avernum 4. We redid a lot of it to add a nice bit of flash. However, we're still a small indie company. If you need nice 3D graphics and full stereo sound, you probably won't be happy with our games. We focus on what we can do - provide a huge game with a cool story and lots of variety.

I write the game for Mac first because, simply, I get more work done faster when I use Macintoshes. I'm not trying to start an argument here. I know other people have their own preference. For me, it's just where I'm most productive.
To read the full Q&A head over to the link provided below.

RPG Vault: Jeff Vogel Talks Avernum 5
Spiderweb Software
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WoW 3rd Anniversary Sweepstakes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

In celebration of World of Warcraft's 3rd Anniversary, Blizzard Entertainment is offering a variety of prizes for subscribers to the world dominating MMORPG. Prizes in the sweepstakes include J!nx gift certificates, WoW action figures, and an Apple iPod Touch.

In the lands of the Horde, the watch fires burn on along the parapets of Orgrimmar, and the echoes of regicide still linger among the ruins of Lordaeron. In the kingdoms of the Alliance, the statues of legendary heroes maintain their vigil over Stormwind, while magma and molten metal continue to flow through the heart of Ironforge. Beyond the domains of both factions, the demon Illidan has laid claim to Outland, threatening to seize its vital resources and strategic assets for his own nefarious purposes. And far to the north of both Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, an impenetrable fog portends a darkness that would engulf the world.

It's been three years since players first entered World of Warcraft and took up their roles in shaping its history. In that time, friendships have been formed; wars have been waged; and through incredible feats of coordination and perseverance, some unimaginably powerful beings have been vanquished. To celebrate the third anniversary of the game's North American launch and to show our gratitude for the ongoing support, enthusiasm, and dedication of its thriving community, we'll be giving away several prizes over the next three weeks:

- During the week of November 26, we'll award 10 J!nx gift certificates valued at $100.00 each.
- During the week of December 3, we'll give away 20 sets of four World of Warcraft action figures.
- During the week of December 10, we'll provide 5 lucky players with an Apple iPod Touch and a two-year World of Warcraft subscription.
Participants must have a World of Warcraft user account in good standing during the Sweepstakes period to be eligible for "automatic entry" into the Sweepstakes. A WoW account in "good standing" must be active, fully paid up, and not subject to a permanent ban for any violation of the Terms of Use Agreement.

Click over to the site below to read the sweepstakes rules.

WoW 3rd Anniversary Sweepstakes Rules
Blizzard Entertainment
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NWN Golden Dragon Award Winners Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NWVault recently announced the winners of the inaugural Golden Dragon Awards, a new set of comprehensive awards honoring the creative members of the Neverwinter Nights mod community. Winners were announced in a broad range of categories including Best Action Module, Best Sound/Music, and the Community Contribution Award.

Here's a list of some of the winners:

Best RPG Module - Avertine -A Nation Dreamed by Aristan. Avertine wins the award for Best Roleplaying Module. Here you can find yourself treated with suspicion because of your race, avoid combat through your choices, or find yourself comitted to your responses.

Most Replayable Module - Surviving Horror 2 by Eric 'Berra' Karlsson. Surviving Horror 2 presents a twisted and dark story, and wins this year's Most Replayable Golden Dragon Award not just because it has 7 different endings, but also the opportunity to change sides or elicit different reactions from you henchmen.

Best Action Module -Perchance to Dream by Hugie. Perchance to Dream offers a flawless, focussed and gorgeous looking adventure for arcane casters, complete with custom spells and all the spellcasting you could want.

Best Multiplayer Module - Good vs Evil II by John 'Gestalt' Bye. Something quite different wins this year's Golden Dragon Award: Good vs Evil II presents a smoothly scripted and flawless set of battlefields that offer 'capture the flag' type gaming, as either a combatant or a general. The module works in single player, but is truly a blast in multiplayer.
For more information head over to the site linked below.

NWVault Golden Dragon Awards
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MacSoft
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving From Inside Mac Games4:37 PM
Dr. Daisy Pet Vet Mac Released4:35 PM
Tricky Software Offers 50 Percent Armado Discount4:23 PM
Inside Mac Games Reviews Reel Deal Casino High Roller2:41 PM
Basilisk Games Seeks Beta Testers For Eschalon: Book 112:45 PM
Postmortem: Freeverse's Marathon 2: Durandal12:32 PM
Inside Mac Games Review the Moshi Codex11:29 AM
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Reviewed6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 22, Map Maker Series6:00 AM
The Broken Hourglass: Two Tolmiran Gods6:00 AM
The Future Of Blizzard's Franchises6:00 AM
 
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