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Commander Europe At War Update Adds Cross-Platform Multiplay
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Freeverse has announced that its hit strategy game for the Mac, Commander: Europe at War has been updated to version 1.06. This update allows players to play cross-platform multiplayer games, and also features a variety of other improvements and fixes.

What’s New:
• Cross-platform multiplayer play
• Multiplayer bug fixes
• Sound bug fixes
• Improved load time
• Improved frame rate
• In-game Experience fixes
• In-game Fog of war fixes

About Commander Europe at War:
Developed by the strategy captains at Firepower Entertainment and Slitherine Software, Commander Europe at War is a high level turn-based strategy game that offers plenty of depth to satisfy seasoned wargamers while presenting an interface that’s easily accessible to newcomers as well.

Fans of the old Panzer General series will find themselves completely at home as they try to hold the Maginot Line, march on Moscow, or clear the shipping lanes of Sea Wolves! Research new technologies, manage your army, and manufacture tanks, subs, and bombers to bring about victory for your side. Commander: Europe at War includes realistic combat resolution that models supply, morale, terrain, leadership, equipment, training, strategic weapons and fog of war.
Commander: Europe at War is priced at $49.95. Head over to the links below for more information about the game.

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Commander: Europe at War


Sally's Spa Now Available
6:34 AM | IMG News | 1 comment

Macgamestore.com today announced the release of Sally's Spa for the Macintosh and the digital download application, Mac Games Arcade. Sally's Spa is the sequel to the casual game title, Sally's Salon. After a much needed break from life in the hair salon business, Sally and her friend Nell are teaming up to take the Spa world by storm. Visit 10 Spa locations spread across the world, on a quest to melt away everyone's stresses by relaxing in your Spa.

Perform all kinds of Spa services from Facials, Manicures, Bath Bombs, Hot Stones Massages and more. With many personalities, you will see all types of characters from Wedding Brides to High Rollers. As you grow your Spa, earn money to shop for over 65 items including employees to help your Spa business grow!

Feature Highlights:
* Spas - 10 beautiful Spas across the world
* Customers - Over 12 different customers types including couples
* Services - 9 Spa services like Facials, Mani / Pedi, Hot Stone Massages and more
* Shopping - Over 65 items to purchase
* Product Sales - Sally teams up with Nell to sell Nell's Naturuals products
Sally's Spa requires a Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 or later. A free 60 minute trial version is available for download from either Macgamestore.com or the digital download application, Mac Games Arcade. The game download weighs in at 45 MB. The full version costs $19.95 (USD) to register.

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Blizzard Debuts New Battle.net
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has redesigned its Battle.net website and is offering World of Warcraft players the chance to merge their account(s) with a new battle.net account. The new battle.net will be the online starting point for World of Warcraft and any future titles, including StarCraft II and Diablo III.

Q: What is a Battle.net Account?
A: As part of our ongoing improvements to Battle.net, we are introducing a centralized account system that will let players manage all of their Blizzard Entertainment games, including World of Warcraft and future games, in one place without having to remember multiple sets of login information.

Q: What are the benefits of creating and using a Battle.net Account?
A: The new Battle.net Account allows you to log in to World of Warcraft, manage purchases at the online Blizzard Store, keep track of CD keys for your Blizzard Entertainment games, access our websites (such as the World of Warcraft Armory), opt in to upcoming beta tests, and more using a single login -- just your email address and a password. In the future, we plan to add more features, including tools to make it easier for friends to communicate between games and to help bring our community of players closer together.

Q: How are World of Warcraft accounts related to Battle.net Accounts?
A: Think of a Battle.net Account as a keyring that can hold up to 8 World of Warcraft accounts. To merge a World of Warcraft account with a Battle.net Account, visit the Battle.net / World of Warcraft Account Merge page and follow the instructions there. Repeat the process for each World of Warcraft account you wish to merge.

Q: I already have a classic Battle.net account that I made for StarCraft, Warcraft III, and/or Diablo II. Can I just use that?
A: No, the new Battle.net Accounts are separate from classic Battle.net accounts for StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II. To allow for the Battle.net features we have planned, we’ve built the new Battle.net Account system from the ground up for World of Warcraft and upcoming games such as StarCraft II and Diablo III. In order to play Warcraft III, Diablo II, and StarCraft on Battle.net, you will still need to log in using your “classic” Battle.net login information.

Q: Why will Battle.net accounts be mandatory to play World of Warcraft in the future?
A: With the upcoming releases of StarCraft II and Diablo III, having one unified account system allows us to ensure the highest-quality user experience and customer support for our players. In addition, the new Battle.net Account system will give World of Warcraft players access to certain future Battle.net service features and updates (as applicable).
Click over to the links below for more information.

Battle.net
New Battle.net FAQ
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The Path Horror Title Coming To Intel Macs In April
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Tale of Tales has announced the release of the Windows version of its new horror title, The Path. Basing the title on the path taken to grandmother's house by Little Red Ridinghood in the classic tale, the experimental game attempts to remove some of the goal oriented focus of other titles to delve into what happens between the beginning and end of a frightening tale. The Mac version, which will make use of Transgaming's Cider emulation software, will be available in late April.

"The title refers to the path to grandmother's house in the story of Little Red Ridinghood that inspired our design," directors Auriea Harvey (US) & Michael Samyn (BE) explain, "the path that you're not supposed to stray from for fear of meeting the wolf. But it also has another meaning. While most videogame designs encourage you to achieve your goals quickly and efficiently, The Path allows you to focus entirely on what happens in between start and finish. Much like life, our game ends with death. But despite the gloomy and sometimes unsettling atmosphere, The Path contains a positive message: enjoy life to the fullest, no matter how short it may be!"
 
The Path is a new type of game. It originates from the rapidly emerging field of independent game production. Ambitious independent creators are trying to do the same thing with videogames, as film makers of the Nouvelle Vague have done for cinema. They explore the artistic potential of the medium and establish a new, unique language to express things that could not be expressed before. In other words: to create a new artistic medium for a new century.
 
Tale of Tales is an independent games studio located in Belgium and founded by Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn. The Path was created with the help of Jarboe (music), Kris Force (sound), Hans Zantman (technical art), Laura Raines Smith (character animations) and Marian Bantjes (logo and calligraphy). Production of The Path was supported by Creative Capital, the Flemish Authorities, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Design Flanders, CultuurInvest and Villanella.
For more information about the game click over to the links below.

The Path Storyline
The Path Trailer
Tale of Tales


Wandering Willows Casual RPG Coming March 24
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

PlayFirst has officially announced the release dates for Wandering Willows, its upcoming new adventure role playing game tailored to the casual gaming market. PlayFirst PlayPass members can exclusively access the game for both Mac and PC now and the title will be widely available on Tuesday, March 24. 
 

Wandering Willows presents an engaging new gaming experience where players embark on a series of exciting, interactive quests within a vibrant world and bustling ecosystem. The game is also filled with whimsical characters like gruff pirates and rocket ship commanders each presenting challenging tasks leading to intriguing adventures.     
 
The engaging storyline begins as you find yourself marooned in a strange land after your hot air balloon malfunctions only to pave the way to a series of entertaining but challenging adventures designed to get you home again. Packed with a huge variety of game content, Wandering Willows allows players to tailor their adventure by selecting from over 150 quests in a highly customized experience including more than 40 adorable pets to gather and train, and over 200 recipes and 150 clothing patterns to complete.  
 
“Wandering Willows is a unique title in PlayFirst’s portfolio as it offers a much more open ended experience and heightened interaction”, said Dan Chao, lead game designer. “Player progression and customization are the key elements that were crucial to our overall design process enabling a unique and more engaging experience for every player”.
 
The game also emphasizes collecting and crafting and offers task-based features allowing players to choose and train their own pets each with their unique abilities that enable you to collect important items. Players can also craft items to sell and trade by sewing, baking and gardening as part of their overall quest.
 
More information on the game can be found at the website below.

Wangering Willows
PlayFirst


Mac Games News for Thursday, March 19, 2009

DOFUS: Milestones Reached, New Server6:00 AM
IMG Reviews The Great Chocolate Chase6:00 AM
Kung Fu Panda Released For Intel Macs6:00 AM
Monster Trucks Nitro Reviewed6:00 AM
World Of Warcraft: Talent Dual Spec Info, UI Changes6:00 AM
 
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