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Jack Keane Coming To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

10tacle Studios and Runesoft have announced  that Jack Keane will soon bring his adventures to the Apple Macintosh platform. The award winning PC adventure game will be ported and published by Runesoft, and is currently scheduled to debut in May 2008. Both Intel and PPC equipped Macs will be supported.

About Jack Keane:

Colonial England. Under a certain amount of duress Jack takes on a job which will not only cause him a great deal of trouble, but also bring to light the answer to a mystery out of his distant past. A lack of money leads Jack to accept a charter to take a British secret agent to mysterious Tooth Island. When Jack¹s ship shatters on the mysterious island¹s cliffs on arrival and the secret agent quickly becomes a meal for a monster in the jungle, Jack is soon left to cope with the situation on his own.
Tooth Island is ruled by the strange Doctor T, who is cultivating man-eating plants and has his own dastardly plans for the British Empire. And why does he seem to know Jack, who can¹t remember ever having been on Tooth Island? What are Doctor T's plans? And what does he know about Jack¹s past?
And then there's the young and naive Amanda, who is filled by an almost fanatical drive to prove her worth. In the beginning the young lady is employed by Doctor T, and part of her task is to track Jack down and take him prisoner. It doesn¹t take long before she begins to wonder if she is really on the right side, or if she shouldn¹t join her opponent, the charming Captain Jack, instead.
A hair-raising hunt across the length and breadth of the dangerous island finally airs the mystery surrounding Jack¹s past and leads to a spectacular showdown with a dark and deadly enemy and his nefarious henchmen.
Key Features:
• The Funniest adventure game in the footsteps of Monkey Island
• Enthralling story including many allusions to famous movies, videos and computer games
• More than 40 funny characters
• An abundance of cinematic movies and cut-scenes
• Countless locations stuffed with interactions
• Suited for both beginners and, due to increasing difficulty levels,
advance players
• Two playable characters: The very ironic, slightly clumsy daredevil Jack Keane, plus the attractive and adventuresome lady, Amanda
• 3-D levels presented in a classic adventure atmosphere
• Plenty of diverse locations such as London, the high seas, Cape Town
and the Indian jungle
For more information about the game follow the link below.

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Podcast Updates
7:26 PM | Michael Yaroshinsky | 3 comments

Greatings, fellow Mac gamers!

As some of our ever-faithful listeners may have noticed, the Inside Mac Games Podcast feed has been acting a bit strangely as of late. Recently, listeners who subscribed to the feed via iTunes have reported that certain episodes have periodically phased in and out of being, and every once in a while, the entire feed has disappeared into the depths of the 'net. Fear not, friends: the problem, which was caused by some badly needed back-end tweaking to our servers, has been fixed. Unfortunately, the changes that we made necessitate asking our users to first unsubscribe, and then re-subscribe to the Inside Mac Games Podcast if they wish to continue automatically receiving episodes. The easiest way to go about this for current subscribers is by selecting the Inside Mac Games Podcast in iTunes, clicking the "Unsubscribe" button on the bottom left of the window, waiting a moment, and then clicking it again to re-subscribe.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope that you'll continue to tune in to listen to the whole gang whenever they decide to release new content. As a matter of fact, we should have a few new episodes coming down the pipe shortly.

In any event, we would like to thank you for your time, and ask that you keep a sharp eye on the feed for the next few days. If you experience any further issues related to the podcast, please email Michael Yaroshinsky at Michael@InsideMacGames.com.




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An Early Look At Penny Arcade Adventures
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Macworld's Game Room has published a preview of Hothead Games' upcoming Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. The episodic adventure game will allow players to create their own character and dive into a zany adventure with Gabe and Tycho.

The game combines the look and feel of the Penny Arcade comic strip with a 3-D environment. You explore different parts of the city, collecting clues, picking up various power ups like bandages, armor potions and defensive weapons, such as liquids that cause your enemy’s defenses to fall.

When you encounter the bad guys, the game utilizes a turn-based combat system that’s not unlike a classic Final Fantasy game; you have a limited amount of time to either stage an attack or defense. In a nod to Penny Arcade’s geek gamer Dungeons and Dragons roots, you “roll for initiative” with a 20-sided die at the start of each combat sequence to see whether your party or the enemy gets to attack first. Others, like Tycho and Gabe, for example, will join your party. Plus you can pccasionally call in additional help from other friends.

There is a fair amount of exposition and storytelling that goes on here, as well. It unfolds in cartoon-style panels complete with dialogue bubbles – yes, the idea of Gabe and Tycho as real characters (in your head) is maintained, as there are no voice actors to ruin the illusion.
Read the full preview article at the link provided below.

Macworld's Game Room: Penny Arcade Adventures First Look
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Apple Games Features Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is the latest game title to be featured on Apple's Games site. The colorful game combines the popular puzzle challenge of match three titles like Bejeweled with the stat building strategy of an RPG. Apple's article features an overview of the game's features as well as some tips and tricks for getting the most out of Puzzle Quest.

The puzzle board is reminiscent of Bejeweled, except the matches you create grant specific effects. The spells you learn during your adventures require specific amounts of red, yellow, green, or blue mana to cast; you gather it by matching three or more of the same-colored gems. Match three or more skulls to damage your opponent, three or more stars to gain experience points, and three or more stacks of coins to pick up extra gold pieces.

Between quests, use your gold to purchase items that grant you bonuses during combat, such as armor that gives you a chance to deflect damage inflicted by your opponent, or a sword that increases your Battle skill. And don’t forget to start working on your citadel by erecting buildings that allow you to capture enemies and learn spells from them, capture mounts and learn to ride them, and more. You can even put up a statue that declares you king or queen and increases your life points.

You can also build up your character’s abilities without taking on quests by choosing Instant Action, which pits you against a random opponent. Choose the opponent you want to fight, from a lowly skeleton or rat to a mighty flame dragon. The game can scale your adversary according to your character’s level, but it can’t do much if you’re fifth level and you want to battle a dragon.
Check out the full article at the link provided below.

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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
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A Second Look At World of Warcraft
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Multiplayer Online Games Directory recently posted a new review of Blizzard Entertainment's popular MMO, World of Warcraft. The article examines the game in light of recent additions introduced in version 2.4. MPOGD gave World of Warcraft a score of 8.2 out of 10.

From the review:

What would a new content patch be without new dungeons? Luckily for the caffeine infused populace of Warcraft, Blizzard was more than happy to oblige. Not only was a new 25 player raid instance implemented, but also a five player dungeon that can be run on regular and heroic difficulty. There have only ever been two other five player instances added to Warcraft since the game went live, Maraudon and Dire Maul. The newest one, Magister’s Terrace, is by far the most challenging. On the first run through the regular version of Magister’s Terrace, the feeling was very un-inspirational; consisting of your standard kill a bunch of underlings, then kill a few bosses. While this may be challenging for players just reaching level 70, it should be a very easy hour of dungeon crawling for seasoned veterans. Even though it may be new and somewhat diverting from the daily grind, the regular version is not overly difficult. For the more experienced players that feel the normal difficulty is too easy, try Magister’s Terrace on Heroic Difficulty—you will not be disappointed. If your party is under-geared or inexperienced you will struggle, you will die and you will be very frustrated. If you are patient and happen to succeed on Heroic Difficulty you will be amply rewarded with Karazhan quality loot. This is one of the hardest five player heroic instances, if not the hardest in the game. For those looking for a challenge, look no further—you can find it once a day in Magister’s Terrace.

Patch 2.4 also includes many other minor additions that deserve at least some mention, mainly to the PvP aspects of the game. The first of the aforementioned additions is to Alterac Valley. The Horde forces now start further south, closer to Frostwolf Keep, which fails at increasing the balance level of the map because the terrain is too littered with obstructions. Furthermore, the need to capture towers becomes something of an imperative because each one that isn’t captured adds to the difficulty of your enemy’s commander, encouraging more conflict between players. Honor can now be gained in two new ways: via a daily quest that will require a victory in a randomly selected Battle-ground or by turning in tokens received from these same Battle-grounds. Both of the honor additions assist in the acquisition of new epic quality PvP equipment which, by the way, is not easily attainable. These changes definitely make PvP more challenging, and more challenge is more fun.
Head over to the site linked below to read the rest of the review.

MPOGD: World Of Warcraft Review
Blizzard Entertainment
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

IMG Reviews Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords6:13 AM
NWVault Announces 2007 NWN Module Of The Year6:00 AM
Quake 3 On An iPod Touch6:00 AM
Spore Previewed6:00 AM
Texas Hold'em For iPod Reviewed6:00 AM
 
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