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Depths Of Peril Coming To Macs, Testers Needed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Soldak Entertainment recently revealed that a Mac version of its single player RPG, Depths of Peril, is nearing release. The company is asking Mac users whose systems meet the requirements to help with the final testing phase.

Depths of Peril is a single player action RPG with an emphasis on strategy. Players take the role of a faction leader protecting the barbarian city, Jorvik. To succeed they must destroy threatening monsters and complete quests, while also competing with rival factions to determine who will rule the city.

The Mac version of Depths of Peril is almost ready, but before I release it to the world I would really like to get a few Mac testers to make sure I didn't miss anything major.  If you have a Mac that has OSX 10.4 or 10.5, the cpu is at least 1.5GHz, and you would like to do some minor testing please email me (email Steven on our contact page).
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IMG Reviews Neon Tango
6:51 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the retro-shooter Neon Tango from Freeverse. Here's a clip from the review:

Neon Tango's core gameplay may be traced back to 80s influences, and the game provides a glimpse of what Konami's Time Pilot may have looked like were it designed by Jeff Minter. Neon Tango shares its scrolling-shooter mechanic with Time Pilot, but like Minter's Tempest 2000 and his more recent Space Giraffe, it is lush with graphical effects, occasionally to the point of disruption. Like many shooters of its ilk, Neon Tango causes "is it safe to touch that?" syndrome. Players may find themselves wondering if a particular batch of glowing lines and polygons is merely eye candy or enemy ordinance (the answer often becomes clear after the player's ship explodes).
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IMG Review: Neon Tango
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Suspects & Clues Released For Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spinapse recently announced the release of Suspects & Clues for Mac. The puzzle game challenges the visual skills of players as they work to track down art thieves, vandals, and counterfeiters. Suspects & Clues features more than 100 challenges in locations such as Italy, France, and Japan.

Thieves, vandals, and counterfeiters from around the world have joined together for the heist of the century. You'll need keen visual skills to analyze the evidence and track down the suspects. Keep an eye out for clues... and hidden rewards!

• Challenge your powers of perception with multiple puzzle types
• Spot the differences in beautiful images from around the world
• Match visual hints to identify the suspects
• Assemble puzzle clues that lead to stolen treasure
• More than 100 challenges from Italy, France, Japan, and other locations

Suspects & Clues requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later and costs $14.95 to register. A trial version is available for download from the website below.

Suspects & Clues

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The Silver Age Of RPGs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamasutra has published an excerpt from Dungeons & Desktops, Matt Barton's exploration of the colorful history of computer role playing games. The excerpt explores what Barton calls the "silver age" of RPGs, with a look at early successes in the market like the Ultima series.

In 1981, the CRPG was still in its infancy. Programmers were refining their techniques and discovering the true capabilities of personal computers. More importantly, standards were emerging that would greatly improve interfaces, making CRPGs much more intuitive and far less cumbersome. So far, most CRPGs had been of interest only to hardcore role-playing fans already intimately familiar with D&D conventions.

These games lacked the sort of user friendliness that would have made them accessible to a larger audience. In any case, many gamers didn't relish the idea of learning one role-playing system just to abandon it when the next game came out.

The solution came in the form of long-running series, such as Ultima, Apshai, and Wizardry. Once gamers had mastered the interface, they could move on to the next game in the series with relative ease. As we'll see, these series had benefits for both developers and gamers, and they mark an important turning point in the history of the CRPG.

The most important games of the Silver Age are Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness and Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (both 1981). Both games launched successful and influential series that lasted into the 2000s, but it was Ultima that catapulted the genre into the mainstream -- indeed, its influence even extended overseas and inspired the Japanese console RPGs that so many of us are familiar with today.
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Gamasutra: Dungeons & Desktops The Silver Age

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New Spore Movie Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MySporePage has released a new video related to Spore, Will Wright's upcoming evolution sim. The new video features commentary from Wright, who provides an overview of the game's progress as creatures evolve through the various stages.

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.
Head over to the site below to check out the video.

MySporePage: Spore Overview Video
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