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Blackjack Gold Adds Leopard Support
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gypsy King Software has released version 1.3.0 of Blackjack Gold, its blackjack casino simulation software. The new update allows OS X Leopard users to enjoy the gambling game, which gives players the customization tools to simulation virtually any casino environment.

Blackjack Gold is a full featured blackjack game loaded with options that let you simulate virtually any casino. Animations, a genuine blackjack dealer's voice, keyboard shortcuts, over 80 different card back images, king and queen faces include leaders from many different countries, and blackjack variations offer a realistic blackjack game for both novices and pros.

Play the popular blackjack variations of Spanish 21, Super Sevens, Double Exposure, European Blackjack, Over Under 13 and the blackjack wheel. Choose from preset casino conditions including Atlantic City, Mississippi Gulf Coast, various Las Vegas options, or Easy, Medium, Advanced. Blackjack Gold offers several card counting systems and the ability to add your own.

Highly customizable. Configure the players, cards, betting options, and casino conditions. Set your own bankroll, table minimums and maximums, card shuffling options, penetration, and choose your own seat at the blackjack table. Create your own computer player strategies and test them against the casino.
The game costs $19.95 requires Mac OS X. A free Lite version of the game can be downloaded from the website below for those who want to try before they buy.

Blackjack Gold
Gypsy King Software

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Hordes Of Orcs Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac|Life's latest review joins the fray with a review of Hordes of Orcs. The tower defense game challenges players to make use of a variety of towers and walls to fend off the attacks of the green skinned monsters gamers love to hate. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

The game begins with some orcs (naturally) charging from their entrance toward their goal. Your job, as defender of the village, is to place defense towers in their path—without blocking it totally—in order to kill those orcs before 20 of them reach the goal. The game gives you an array of defenses to place, from inexpensive arrow towers to the pricey nuclear tower, which radiates its targets and causes them to damage their neighbors. You can upgrade towers, enabling them to inflict more damage or hit more enemies. You can also cast spells on the orcs. If the stress of defending against moving targets overwhelms you, you can pause the game before building towers and casting spells.

Hordes’ numerous gameplay modes help keep the game from being too one-dimensional. Open Warfare is the simplest mode, with orcs running from left to right. Crossroads mode adds some orcs that move from the top to the bottom, too. In Capture the Flag, the orcs have to grab a flag and carry it through the exit to defeat you. Maze Defense requires you to defend a prebuilt maze, which is harder than it sounds. Pachinko mode lets the orcs decide, seemingly at random, which way they’ll go when they encounter intersections on the way to the goal. Another more random mode is Gem Drop, in which gems are randomly placed on the board after the game starts. Endless mode is unwinnable, a mere slash fest.
Click over to the link below to read the rest of the review.

Mac|Life: Hordes Of Orcs Review
Hordes of Orcs

Examining CrossOver Games
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story recently posted a hands on review of CodeWeaver's CrossOver Games. The software allows users to play some Windows games on their Intel Macs without having to install a copy of Microsoft's operating system. The review includes screenshots of CrossOver Games in action.

Unsupported games are a broad topic on Crossover Games...mostly because there are so damn many. Anything that is not specifically listed and advertised is considered 'unsupported.' Does that mean they don't work? Absolutely not.

However, caveat emptor. Several games actually don't work, and that's putting it lightly. What I'm quite surprised about are the games that do work – and I'd dare say that the list is bigger than those that work in Vista!

Functional games are pretty much anything that's been made from 2005 or earlier. These engines are all using stable code and standard API calls from DirectX 9.0c or previous. Pretty much anything that runs DirectX 8.0 or older runs with no issues, even many Windows 95/98 games that did not play well with XP or Vista without serious tweaking.

"New games" really depend on the engine – anything based on the Source or Doom 3 engine seem to run without a hitch. Games with their own high-end engines are quite hit-or-miss - Bioshock did not run at all, while Neverwinter Nights 2 did not run due to a possibly fixable problem with the .NET Framework 2.0. I've not had the opportunity to actually fix that problem, but it is indeed reportedly fixable.
Head over to the site below to read the rest of the review. CrossOver Games Hands-On Review

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New Wakfu Screenshots Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Worthplaying recently posted several new screenshots for Wakfu, an upcoming tactical MMORPG from the creators of Dofus. Taking place in the same world of the flash based Dofus, although far in the future from the events of the original game, Wakfu will feature a cartoon based visual style and an environment which responds to player actions.

The story of Wakfu takes place a long time after that of DOFUS. An ogre named Ogrest gathered all the six Dofus and gained boundless powers. The ogre offered his beloved the dragon eggs. But she turned down the present though worthy of the gods themselves, and Ogrest started shedding tears of rage and pique. The tears of the ogre made the ocean level increase so much that parts of the World are now submerged to the inhabitants' great displeasure. Now gods and heroes of the World are starting a new adventure before reaching Ogrest and confront him in an ultimate fight!

In Wakfu, the player will discover a vast world inhabited by all sorts of surprising creatures. Game servers will be able to host up to 25,000 players simultaneously.
View all the screenshots at the site linked below.

Worthplaying: Wakfu Screenshots

Mac Games News for Monday, April 28, 2008

Apple Updates iMac Line7:56 AM
IMG Reviews Cake Mania7:08 AM
2008 WoW Arena Tournament Beginner's Guide6:00 AM
BOOM 1.6.2 Released6:00 AM
Runes of Avalon 2 Reviewed6:00 AM
Spore Creature Creator Coming June 176:00 AM
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