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Airport Mania: First Flight Arrives Early For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Reflexive Entertainment has announced the release of Airport Mania: First Flight for Mac and Windows.  The Mac version of the game, previously scheduled for June, is available now, creating everyone's favorite airport moment: an early arrival.

Airport Mania: First Flight takes players on an adventurous trip through 8 different airports.  Along the way players will land a variety of planes, upgrade the airport with an assortment of fun gadgets, and work hard to ensure that their customers aren't delayed at the gate.  The gameplay will challenge players to quickly respond to the line of airplanes coming into the airport, rewarding quick reactions and strategic planning.

Featuring comical music, 8 amusing locations, 84 whimsical levels, and fun Easter egg surprises, Airport Mania: First Flight is an enjoyable gaming experience for everyone in the family that is sure to put a smile on the faces of those who play it.
Airport Mania: First Flight costs $19.95 and can be downloaded from Reflexive's website. Head over to the links below for more information.

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IMG Reviews the Cyber Snipa Stinger
10:43 AM | Bryan Clodfelter | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games is pleased to announce that our official review of Cyber Snipa Stinger gaming mouse is up and ready for your reading enjoyment. Here's a clip from the review:

Hardware manufacturers usually don't fare too well when they begin building mice for the first time. While we haven't yet had a chance to evaluate Cyber Snipa's two older mice, we are pleased to report that the Stinger is a great piece of machinery. Unlike many consumer-grade products, the Stinger doesn't rattle when shaken or flex when squeezed, and it exudes quality craftsmanship from every angle. Every seam is tight and aligned, the point where the cord meets the body of the mouse looks sturdy, and even the weight cartridge tucked away in the Stinger's body is cleanly cut from a thick block of rubber, not foam. When it comes to design, the Cyber Snipa team clearly has a level of maturity that belies their years.
To check out the rest of the review, follow the link below.

IMG Review of the Cyber Snipa Stinger
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IMG Reviews Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery
7:04 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the platform puzzler Professor Fizzwizzle by Grubby Games. Here's a clip from the full review:

From a Mario-like 2d perspective (sanz the scrolling), Professor Fizzwizzle is a colorful mix of sprites and cartooned backgrounds. The animations are smooth, cartoonishly exaggerated, and enjoyable to watch—you really have to appreciate a game in which the main character begins dancing when left alone. The menu screens are similarly colorful, and while they may turn snoody, graphic elitists away, I couldn’t conceive of any other appropriate scheme. In any case, most experienced gamers understand that a puzzle game is not held up to graphic standards of a modern FPS. If they get the job done, then good, if they complement the package (as Fizzwizzle’s do) they’re great.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Prof. Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery
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Kaplan And Aspyr To Develop SAT Education Title
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions and videogame developer and publisher Aspyr Media have entered into a multi-year agreement in which Aspyr will bring Kaplan-branded interactive entertainment products to market. The first game under the deal will be an engaging, visually dynamic and unconventional title that is rooted solidly in Kaplan’s SAT prep curriculum.

“Students learn best when they’re engaged with the study content. While a videogame shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for a full prep course, it’s an innovative and effective way to reinforce preparatory learning,” said Anthony Manley, General Manager of Pre-College Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. “At Kaplan, we seek to adapt our offerings to students’ lifestyle needs. In Aspyr, we found a partner with a proven track record of creating engaging, dynamic titles that appeal to today’s teens.”

“Aspyr has proven over the years that it excels in caring for huge brands and successfully extending those brands to new audiences,” said Ted Staloch, Executive Vice President for publishing at Aspyr. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than Kaplan, a trusted, high profile brand and a company that is the undisputed leader in its field. Aspyr will create games under this brand that will truly surprise and excite people with their originality.”
Scheduled for release later this year, the SAT prep game is currently in development at Aspyr Studios and will be published by Aspyr Media for Mac, PC, and Nintendo DS.

Additional information on Kaplan-branded games from Aspyr will be announced later this year.

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A Look Back At Starflight
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Frictionless Insight has published a new article which offers a nostalgic look back at Binary Systems' Starflight. Placed in command of their own starship players could explore hundreds of unique planets, communicate with several alien races, and eventually unravel the secret behind a threat to the entire galaxy.

These worlds were made possible by the power of [gasp!] fractals. The use of these algorithms allowed developer Binary Systems to create around 800 unique planets using mere kilobytes of data. Each world was unique, with geography that made intuitive sense and remained constant through every visit. After a little exploration, several worlds became familiar friends as I returned repeatedly to harvest minerals and capture the dangerous, tentacled aliens that could be sold to fund my expeditions. There were so many worlds that the designers themselves claimed not to have visited them all.

Soon, the joys of exploration fell before the onslaught of fear. No longer was I just outfitting a better ship, identifying worlds for colonization, and hauling precious cargo back for the people of Arth. A little contact with the aliens wandering through the inky blackness of space revealed that Arth might be doomed by an alien threat. Diplomacy and sheer firepower became my tools for prying the secrets of the universe from other sentient beings.
Click over to the link below to read the rest of the article.

Frictionless Insight: When Emergent Play Was Only a Floppy Away



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StarCraft II: Discussing The Baneling
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new post on Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft II forum offers details about the features of the new Zerg Baneling, one of many new and returning units currently planned for the eagerly awaited RTS sequel. Blizzard is asking fans to share their thoughts on the Baneling's abilities.

Last month was all about the Zerg. For the first time members of the Community and the press had the privilege to test StarCraft II's third race. You could read a lot about the different units and buildings, see movies and screenshots, hear about the gameplay experiences. This month's discussion topic will be about one of the new Zerg units: The Baneling, the mutation of one of the most popular Zerg units, of the Zergling. The Baneling has undergone quite a few changes in the past couple of weeks and we'd like to hear your feedback!

Information on the new Baneling:
Now -
• 190 damage per Baneling (40+150 to building)
• Increased splash range (100% damage taken throughout range)
• Can be well positioned to hit multiple buildings
• Larger & Movement Speed Slower (possible to defend with focus fire)
• Counters Zealots, Zerglings, base Marines (not upgraded)

Before -
• Fast and small- Unable to defend against (focus fire)
• Countered virtually all ground units

Questions for fans:
• How do you like the new Baneling?
• What possibilites do you see for using the Baneling, what strategies could be viable with the Baneling against the different races?
• What are the pros/cons for this new Baneling?

To read more click on the link below.

StarCraft Forums: Baneling Discussion Topic
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Mac Games News for Monday, April 14, 2008

MacCentral and MacMintue Founder, Stan Flack, Passes Away1:46 PM
BattleGround Europe Developer Chat Available6:00 AM
Brock Beaubien Discusses Jack Keane6:00 AM
Myst Online's Demise And The Future Of Cyan Worlds6:00 AM
StarCraft Bot Battle: Which Race Wins?6:00 AM
 
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