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Feral Unveils Demo Area, Features New Demos
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 12 comments

Feral Interactive has announced the launch its own demo download area and is hosting a demo server to expand the reach of its products. In addition, the area launches with a number of new demos including Colin McRae Rally Multiplayer and Black and White 2. The site allows consumers to download via BitTorrent or via a direct download.

The following seven demos are now available:
• Colin McRae Rally Mac - Multiplayer Demo Universal (NEW)
• Black and White 2 Demo Intel (NEW)
• ToCA DTM V8 Demo Intel 
• ToCA Honda Civic Demo Intel 
• LEGO Indiana Jones Demo Intel 
• LEGO Star Wars II Demo Universal 
• Ford Racing 2 Demo Universal

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing communications protocol. Users can download the demos using a BitTorrent client program. If a direct download isn't available yet, it's likely a brand new demo, and we'll provide a direct link in the near future. A quick guide to using BitTorrent is available on the site for those not familiar with the technology.
For more information click over to the links below.

Feral Interactive Demo Downloads
Feral Interactive


Smashing Tennis Released For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Macgames.org has announced the release of its first game, a new tennis title for Macintosh, Smashing Tennis.
Designed to offer both challenge and entertainment for arcade tennis fans, the 2D game includes realistic physics and sound effects recorded at real life tennis matches. Smashing Tennis also features a variety of court surfaces which impact gameplay, adjustable difficulty, a training mode, and the ability to play against the computer or another player on the same computer.

Players of Smashing Tennis choose their own abilities, as well as their level of difficulty. Pressing F6 enables the Easy Play Mode whereby the up and down cursors are disabled, so it is only necessary for the player to use the left and right cursors and the space bar. The up and down movement of the on-screen player will be automatic in Easy Mode. To play the advance Hard Mode, press F7 and players use all cursor keys to control multidirectional mobility of the tennis player. Note: Gamers on laptops must press the function key and the F keys to select difficulty level).
Smashing Tennis offers a Training Mode so that players can practice refining their moves and shots, as well as become more familiar with the game, before they embark on playing in Tournament Mode. (Tournament Mode is only available after purchase). With some training and a knowledge of key controls, players will be able to smash, dive, lob or even make a drop ball shot to trick their opponent. They will also be able to aim their serves and well as control the strength of their hits. A look at the in-game “Help” and “Tips” describes all the moves and shots a player can make, along with which keyboard controls to use.

The court surfaces also come into play and greatly vary the feel and style of game play. Each court surface offered in Smashing Tennis: grass, clay, hard decoturf courts, behaves as on real life tennis court surfaces, such that grass courts will have a fast performance with balls skidding and bouncing low favoring serve and volley players; hard court surface play involves a medium speed tennis, which gives slight advantage to fast and hard hitting players; and,   clay courts, having the slowest speed but high bounce, reduce any sort of power game but will work well with drop shots.

Single Player option in Smashing Tennis involves one gamer playing against the computer, however, 2-Player mode allows two players to play against each other on one Macintosh computer.

Features:
1. Family Friendly, A Game for Both Adults and Kids

2. 1 and 2 Player Modes

3. Easy and Hard Difficulty Options (F6, F7 - laptop players must press Function Key and F Keys)

4. Adjustable Skill Levels (Strength, Precision, Speed)

5. Training Mode

6. Tournament Mode (Full version only)

7. 3 Court Surfaces: Clay, Hard (Decoturf Blue) and Grass

8. Realistic Physics and Sound Effects

9. Blinking shadow shows where the ball will land and/or if it will be out of bounds.

10. Games are automatically saved.

11. An Easter Egg is hidden in the game.

Smashing Tennis is available to download and/or purchase for $9.95. More information can be found at the link below.

Smashing Tennis
Macgames.org



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LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac|Life has published a new review of LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Brought to Macs by Feral Interactive, the game follows Indy’s escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Mac|Life gave LEGO Indy a score of 4 out of 5.

When playing alone, you control multiple characters throughout the 3D environments, switching between them with a button-press. Sometimes two characters need to work together—say, Indiana stands on a platform while Marion turns a crank to raise him into the air. The cool thing is, another human player can join in (or quit) at anytime, even right in the middle of a level. Since two heads are better than one, co-op mode might help you solve some of the trickier puzzles too (search Google for “Lego Indiana Jones walkthrough” if you keep getting stuck). You fight enemies with punches, your trusty whip, or projectiles or guns. Occasionally you’ll need to pilot a vehicle, and the steering leaves a lot to be desired, but luckily those sequences are short.
Playing through everything in Story mode took us about 10 hours, but we’d still only unlocked 53 percent of the game, since a lot of treasures and special items can’t be reached with the characters you have available. For example, Short Round can crawl through hatches, but you only have him in the Temple of Doom levels. Still, the Raiders of the Lost Ark levels are silly with hatches. To complete everything, you’d have to go back and replay all the missions in Free Play mode, where you can use whatever characters you like.
Read the full review at the page listed below.

Mac|Life: LEGO Indy Review
Feral Interactive
LEGO Indiana Jones



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Apple Games Features EVE Online Apocrypha
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' latest feature article takes to the stars with an analysis of EVE Online: Apocrypha, the recently released expansion for CCP Games' sci-fi MMO. Apocrypha features wormholes, Tech 3 modular ships, NPC agents capable of assigning epic mission arcs, and the arrival of Premium Graphics for Mac users. Apple's feature includes a story based examination of the new content and a rundown of the many new features available.

“Space itself shimmered,” she recalled. “I had never seen anything like it. I know now it was a wormhole, but at the time, I thought it was the key to unraveling the entire mystery. It turned out to be a key, but it was one that unlocked new reasons to be terrified of deep space.”

On the other side of that wormhole, she was confronted by a formidable sight: starcraft that seemed insect-like in appearance, with pitch-black hulls. They quickly attacked, some of them attempting to lock onto her ship with vampire-like technology that would have drained her ship’s capacitor and left her helpless, had she not fled the area.

She continued: “I returned later with as many members of my corporation as we could fit through the wormhole, which according to our scanners wasn’t going to last more than another day or two. We fought those ships and destroyed several of them. The technology that we harvested from those wrecks was unlike anything we had ever seen, but we plan to reverse engineer it and use the resulting components in our production process.

“This is going to change the balance of power everywhere,” she added.
Visit the site below to read the full article.

Apple Games: EVE Online Apocrypha
CCP Games
TransGaming
EVE Online



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IMG Reviews Pixie
6:00 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of EMV Software's Pixie, a puzzle/strategy game that is a clone of the classic Ambrosia Software title Barrack. Here's an excerpt from the review:

Pixie shares Barrack's main mechanic, the use of dual beams of light to fill in each level's area. However, each game handles the filling in a different way. In Barrack, you had to wall off the different enemies and fill in the area by cleverly separating them and timing each shot well. In Pixie, though, you can fill in enemies along with the space of the level. As such, Pixie ends up feeling way less tactical and becomes more of a waiting game. It doesn't end there, though. Pixie also has no time limit or penalties. In the end, there's no reason to rush. You can finish each level without much trouble at all.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

IMG Review: Pixie
Pixie
EMV Software


Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Direct X 10 Support Coming For CrossOver6:00 AM
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