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First Episode Of Penny Arcade Adventures Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 18 comments

Hothead Games has announced that Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is now available worldwide via the Greenhouse digital distribution platform for the Mac, Windows, and Linux versions.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is an RPG-Adventure game set in the deranged 1920s universe of New Arcadia, delivered to gamers via accessible episodic releases. Players join Gabe and Tycho, the crime-solving team of the Startling Developments Detective Agency, to combat savage enemies and solve mysteries hidden deep in the sinister heart of New Arcadia. The game is the result of close collaboration between Hothead Games and Penny Arcade, featuring distinct artwork and characters designed exclusively by Mike "Gabe" Krahulik, story and dialogue by Jerry "Tycho" Holkins, both brought to life by the Hothead team.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One is expected to offer players six to ten hours of gameplay, and is priced at $19.95. The game has been rated "M" for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board for all platforms.

Greenhouse - Penny Arcade Adventures, Episode One
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Midnight Mansion Updated
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ActionSoft has announced the release of Midnight Mansion 1.1.3, a free update to its popular action/exploration game. The new version fixes a bug on one of the game's levels and adds a couple of new features. In Midnight Mansion players take the role of Jack Malone as they explore for hidden treasure in eight huge mansions filled with traps, puzzles, and secrets.

• Fixed bug in Cathedral Towers Hard room 14099 where it was possible to get stuck if you fell in a certain area.
• Added drag-and-drop support for mansion files, so you can double-click or drag and drop mansion files to open them with the editor or game. See release notes included with the game for details.
• Added Command-arrow keyboard navigation of rooms to the editor, for quick and easy movement between existing rooms.
• Added the game's version number to title screen.
This version is a free upgrade for owners of any prior version of Midnight Mansion. Follow the links below for more information.

Midnight Mansion

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Aki Mahjong Solitaire Goes Universal
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Ambrosia Software has announced the release of Aki Mahjong Solitaire 1.2.0. This release brings support for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, and also provides enhancements to the Mahjong Solitaire game. It is free to registered users of Aki.

Aki 1.2.0 features the following improvements and changes:

• Aki is now a Universal Binary that runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs
• Incorporates new Ambrosia registration system
• Various improvements and bug fixes
More about the game:
Aki Mahjong Solitaire is a journey through the uniquely fascinating scenery and culture of Japan, and a journey of meditative bliss, learning how to let the Mahjong tiles match themselves. In Aki, you may find your moment of Zen.

The principle is simple: you have a number of ivory tiles arranged on a beautiful Japanese backdrop. Your goal is to make all of the tiles disappear by matching them to similar tiles. The catch is that tiles can be removed only if they are unblocked on either side by other tiles, and you have the uncompromising ticking away of the time limit to contend with.

At each step in your path, you will encounter new challenges in the variety of tile layouts presented to you, and a variety of skill levels that ensure you'll always find the experience engaging. As you progress, you will also be rewarded with fragments of Japanese culture and history, making your journey enlightening as well as enjoyable.
Fore more information head over to the links below.

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EMotion FX Middleware Comes To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

MysticGD, a developer of realtime character animation middleware, has announced that its realtime game animation middleware product, EMotion FX, is now officially available on the Mac platform as well. The middleware has been used by a variety of companies in games such as SimCity Societies, Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

"The Mac platform is getting more and more market share, and as a result the Mac gaming sector is getting stronger. We are pleased to support PowerPC and Intel based Macs and are looking forward to working closely together with more Mac developers," said John van der Burg, Development Director of MysticGD.

Founded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1999, MysticGD is a leader in realtime character animation products used by leading game developers such as EA, Ubisoft, Sony Online, Tilted Mill, Webzen, SimBin, Nexon Corporation, IMC Games, Piranha Bytes, EGN Co. and DragonFly GF Co.
To see more about EMotion FX, please visit the product website listed below.. Movies demonstrating some of the most important features are available online.

EMotion FX

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New Spore Movie & Screenshots Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Worthplaying has posted a new collection of screenshots and a new movie trailer for Spore, Will Wright's latest god sim project. In the game players steer the course of a single celled organism from its early days in the primordial ooze to its eventual ascension to the lofty reaches of outer space.

The next evolution in gaming is upon us. From the mind of Will Wright, the creator of The Sims, comes SPORE, an epic journey that takes you from the origin and evolution of life through the development of civilization and technology and eventually all the way into the deepest reaches of outer space.

Begin your odyssey at the dawn of life as a simple microbe just trying to survive, then use the fun, intuitive Editors to evolve the creature from its microscopic origins into an intelligent, tool-using race. Guide your species as it builds (and the player designs) villages, buildings, cities, and vehicles. Along the way to becoming a global civilization you can choose whether to hunt or forage, attack or trade, be nice or play rough!

All the action takes place in a huge, lush world populated with creatures evolved by other players and shared over SPORE’s central servers. When it’s ready, your one-time pond scum launches into space in its UFO on a grand voyage of discovery, planet forming, or destruct-ion! As you explore and play in this limitless universe of unique worlds, your personal Sporepedia tracks all the creatures you’ve met and places you’ve visited.
Click over to the site below to check out the new visuals.

Worthplaying: Spore Screens, Movie
Electronic Arts
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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