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Penumbra: Black Plague Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Frictional Games is now offering the full version of Penumbra: Black Plague for Mac in its online store. The sequel to Penumbra: Overture, the first person adventure game continues the horror laden tale of Philip and his quest to unravel the secrets of the past.

Penumbra: Black Plague is a first person horror adventure focussing on story, immersion and puzzle solving. Unlike Penumbra: Overture, violence and combat are not even an option - the player has to use his/her wits to guide Philip through his final test, and this makes the game unique in offering a truly dangerous and terrifying experience.

Played from a first person perspective and powered by a 3D engine utilising cutting edge technology, Penumbra: Black Plague is a true advancement to the adventure genre. The unique physics system allows for true environmental interaction in a way only comparable its predecessor. The player can open drawers, pull levers, pick up objects and now manipulate those objects in 3D space - all using natural mouse movements, creating a highly interactive and immersive game world.

The Penumbra series' central character, Philip, is realistically vulnerable, while enemies are fierce and intelligent. Any object can be picked up and thrown in defence, but the end result might only be to buy some time or, more likely, anger enemies further. Avoiding, outwitting and sneaking past enemies entirely provide the best chance of survival.

Penumbra: Black Plague will put players on edge like never before as they explore bizarre and mysterious environments, the unknown awaiting them behind every corner. The world is detailed both in terms of graphical fidelity and narrative character - Penumbra: Black Plague is a horrific experience that will grip players from its opening thrills to it chilling denouement.
OS: Mac OS X 10.4 or newer
Processor: 1.5Ghz
Memory: 512MB
Disc Space: 300MB free(for demo)
Video Card: Radeon 9600/GeForce 4
(GeForce4MX not supported)
The full version of Penumbra: Black Plague costs $19.95 and weighs in at a hefty 600MB. A demo version is also available. Follow the links below for more information.

Frictional Games
Penumbra: Black Plague

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IMG Reviews Hidden Relics
7:03 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the find-the-object game Hidden Relics from Toybox Games. Here's a clip from the review:

The core of the game is, of course, finding the hidden objects in each location. For each chapter, you are given a fixed amount of time. When I first started playing and I saw that I had been given 30 minutes to find a dozen or so objects on the screen, I thought to myself that even if it is a kids' game it's still way too easy. But shortly thereafter I realized that 30 minutes was the TOTAL amount of time I had to find the antiques (between 40-60) at all 4 locations in the chapter. So you might not want to dawdle excessively in Vienna when you've still got to get to Casablanca, London, and Paris in 20 minutes.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Hidden Relics
Hidden Relics
Toybox Games
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MacPipes X Version 1.2.8 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Factor Software has released a new update for MacPipes X, an action puzzler based on Pipeline. Version 1.2.8 fixes several bugs and updates the help feature. In MacPipes players must connect pipe pieces to reach the required length before the clock runs out.

Updates in version 1.2.8:

Fixed the URL for downloading the game when a new version is available.
Improved error handling while purchasing the game via the Kagi Registration Module.
The KRM has been reverted to version 1.0.6 due to unsolved problems with version 1.0.7.
Updated Help.
Follow the links below for more information.

MacPipes X
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Nexuiz Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Nexuiz, Alientrap's freeware FPS death match game project, has been updated to version 2.4.2, bringing a variety of changes to the game. The latest version offers the new Onslaught game mode, a new map, and completely new announcer sounds and voices.

More about version 2.4.2:

New gamemode Onslaught new available in the menu
Added map for the onslaught gamemode (ons-reborn)
Completely new announcer sounds/voices
Fixed several problems with lagging gameplay/crashes/wrong display of effects
The teammessage binds are available in the menu (if you do not see them delete or rename your config.cfg)
New server tools for rcon and an irc gateway, updated server documentation
Fixed the rotating textures/hud bug on Mac OSX with r_glsl 1
New crylink primary attack and tweaked some other weapons
Implemented uint16 element array support, this hopefully improves performance on Radeon 9500-X300 cards and GeForce1/2 cards
To download the latest version and learn more about the game follow the links below.

Nexuiz Downloads

Aspyr's Game Agent Clarified
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

A recent Macworld article provides more information about Aspyr's new Game Agent service. Hosted and managed by Digital River, the Game Agent website will allow users in North America to purchase and download games. The service will not be integrated into the existing utility of the same name at this time.

"The most important thing to take note of, I think, is that and the Game Agent application for Mac are, for now, going to be completely separate entities," said Scott.

While Game Agent is also what Aspyr is calling its online store, Scott stressed that the online store's capabilities won't be rolled into the application from the start. That's because the store will sell Mac and Windows games, and as it stands right now, Aspyr's Game Agent software is exclusive to the Mac.

Because of the limited availability of expensive shelf space in retail locations, Aspyr often has to pull from retailers games that still sell in order to make room for new titles. Game Agent will enable them to continue to sell those games to whomever wants them without having to worry about shelf space.

"Right now we're in the process of trying to obtain digital rights to as many older games as we can," said Scott. Scott couldn't provide a count of how many or which games will be available, but she said that Aspyr is hoping to include a number of catalog titles at launch, which should be sometime this summer.
Head over to the site below to read more about the new service.

Macworld: More Details Emerge About Game Agent
Aspyr Media

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