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Inside Mac Games Reviews Zenerchi
3:00 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of PlayFirst's Zenerchi. Here's a clip from the review:

At its most basic, Zenerchi has you spinning rings around. There are a lot of rings, and there's a lot of spinning. You do this to match up three or more like colors (sound familiar?) so they'll disappear and other pieces of the ring will slide into their place. Match five, and you'll get bonuses. However, it's not just how you match them, but where you match them. At the center of the ring is a circle split into two or more colors. The rings you match up will send their color towards these center pieces and fill them up if they're like colors (red rings pieces will fill up the red portion of the circle, for example). If the colors don't match, nothing happens. Your goal, then, is to fill up all of the center pieces before time runs out. Then, it's on to the next ring.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Zenerchi
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Zenerchi
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Sonic The Hedgehog For iPod Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks has posted a new review of Sonic The Hedgehog for iPod. The game brings the well known sidescroling action hero to Apple's multimedia device. Applelinks gave Sonic for iPod a score of 2 out of 5.

From the review:

Now Sonic can be played for $4.99 on the iPod. The price is important, because the controls are so frustrating and awkward to use that to pay any more would be rip-off. To their credit, Sega tried to give users two control styles: one-handed and two-handed. Neither of them work, because you just can't get the precise control you need to play a game of this speed. Both methods require you to remove your thumb from the direction controls (click wheel) in order to jump (center button), and there's just no time to do this. With practice, it's possible to work your way through the six stages of the game (all stages from the original game are here), but beating the bosses is quite a chore, and collecting all the secrets is well nigh impossible. The only place I found the controls to work at all were in the bonus stages, which are actually easier here than with the old Sega Genesis controllers.

Sega must've realized this would be a problem because they offer a feature unheard of in platform games: unlimited continues. You're going to die a lot, so rather than force you to start over, they just let you keep going until you finally finish the game or you give up entirely, the latter of which is the more likely result.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Applelinks: Sonic The Hedgehog Review


Apple Games Features Pole Position Remix For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has released a new feature article, this one focusing on Pole Position Remix for Apple's iPod multimedia device. The game features the classic arcade racing action of the original along with four race types, the ability to use your own music as the game's soundtrack, and a variety of unlockable content. The article includes an overview of the game's features as well as a tips and tricks section to give players an edge.

During a race, complete each lap within the time limit to earn extra seconds, with your final score based on the distance you traveled and the number of rival cars you passed. Crashes take time off the clock, so be careful. The faster you finish the race, the higher youíll place. Do well and youíll unlock reversed and mirrored versions of the tracks, as well as graphical themes based on other classic Namco games, including Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig-Dug. The Retro and Neopolis themes even change the environment.

Choose from two levels of difficulty and run through some practice laps before you join a single race or a multi-race Grand Prix. Select Sudden Death, another option you need to unlock first, if you want a challenge in which one crash ends the race.

While youíre zipping around the tracks at breakneck speeds, you can not only listen to your music, but youíll notice that the game pastes your album art on the billboards that you occasionally pass. Itís a feature youíll find only on the iPod version of Pole Position: Remix, so prepare to get your groove on while racing.
Head over to the site below to read the rest of the article.

Apple Games: Pole Position Remix



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Penumbra: Black Plague For Windows Goes Gold
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Paradox Interactive has announced that the horror adventure title, Penumbra: Black Plague, has gone gold for Windows. The publisher is also releasing two more videos, Atmosphere and Flow, to demonstrate the importance of audio and lighting to create a horrifying atmosphere as well as an insight to puzzle solving and physical interaction.

The Mac version of the game is also in progress and is planned for release "within a month or so" of the Windows version.

We have also finished our little site for Penumbra: Black Plague. It's nothing fancy beyond a short presentation of the game and purchase information. The site is of particular use if you are a Mac or Linux user, as this is where you will be able to get Penumbra: Black Plague when it is done. When that is? Well, the work is in progress so we are hoping that within a month or so of the Windows release there should be a Linux and Mac release.
For more information about the game head over to the websites listed below.

Penumbra: Black Plague
Black Plague Videos
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Jim Raynor: A Biography
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released the first in its new series of character biographies, showcasing important figures from the upcoming RTS sequel, StarCraft II. The new feature kicks off with a look at fan favorite Jim Raynor, who has fallen on hard times in the years following Brood War.

Raynor's Raiders remain public enemy number one to the powerful Terran Dominion. Mengsk sees Raynor's continuing existence as a challenge to his authority. However, Mengsk is also wary of creating a martyr by having Raynor assassinated, and so he has taken steps to keep Raynor and his followers constantly hunted and harried and deny them any chance to gain a respite and build their strength.

Years of skirmishing with the inexhaustible resources of the Dominion has whittled down Raynor's forces to a shadow of their former selves. Raynor has had to resort to occasional mercenary work just to garner enough funds to repair and rearm in the short term. Keeping his outfit running means that additional mercenary jobs will likely be needed in the future. Freedom isn't free.

Today Raynor seems to be losing faith: he's drinking heavily and blames himself for Kerrigan's being taken by the zerg. His hatred for Arcturus Mengsk has become a festering wound. Raynor's first officer, Matt Horner, still believes in him and in the revolution even though some of Raynor's doubts are spreading to his crew. Horner has done a lot to keep things going over the years, always having faith that Raynor's innate heroism will resurface and lead the rebels to victory.
The full biography can be read at the site linked below.

StarCraft II: Jim Raynor Biography
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Mac Games News for Monday, January 28, 2008

Penumbra: Black Plague Previewed6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 27, Community Page6:00 AM
The Expo's Fading Games Pavilion6:00 AM
Turret Wars MP Released6:00 AM
Wrath Of The Lich King Bestiary Unveiled6:00 AM
 
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