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Avernum 6 Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 27 comments

Spiderweb Software announced today the release of Avernum 6 for the Macintosh, the final game in the epic, award-winning Avernum series. Avernum 6 is set in the world of Avernum, an enormous series of caves far below the surface of the world, and will wrap up loose plot threads from previous games and reveal the final fate of the underground realm and its popular characters.

Avernum 6 is the final game in the popular and long-running Avernum series. Explore a gigantic world, with a fascinating storyline, hundreds of quests, multitudes of side dungeons, and many hours of adventure. The game features clever enemies and dozens of interesting scripted encounters. Learn over 50 spells and battle disciplines. Hunt for hundreds of magical items or craft your own powerful artifacts.

The Story:
Avernum is a world underground. It is a nation of people living in an enormous warren of tunnels and caverns, far below the surface of the world. Once a prison colony for rebels and thugs, it is now a wild frontier, full of adventurous souls looking for wealth, fame, and magical power. Avernum's sole link to the surface world: a single magical portal, small and difficult to maintain.

And then the Blight came. Almost overnight, the mushrooms Avernum needed to feed itself withered and died. Then the denizens of the low tunnels, the savage, reptilian Slithzerikai, emerged. Sensing weakness, they struck, destroying much of a weakened Avernum and creating waves of hungry, desperate refugees. Now chaos and hunger stalk this land, and none seem to be able to find a solution or a way to stop the Slith Horde.

In the midst of all of this chaos, you joined the army. You had a good, simple reason: Soldiers get food. And yet, through a run of good (or bad) fortune, you find that you have a chance to discover and confront Avernum's enemies. The nation of Avernum is rapidly approaching its final destiny, and you will be at the center of events. Can you save your homeland? And, if Avernum survives, what will become of it?

As you wander the gigantic world of Avernum, you will experience:

  • An enormous world. Hundreds of quests, dozens of dungeons and enemy fortresses, and multitudes of characters.
  • A fascinating storyline, full of surprises, treachery, and epic battles.
  • Many unique encounters. Not just mindless hack and slash. Many unusual enemies that will require clever tactics to defeat.
  • Rich game system with over 50 spells and battle disciplines, many character building options, and powerful secret skills to unlock.
  • Unique game world. Unique races and settings make Avernum different from any RPG out there.
  • Experience with previous Avernum games is completely unnecessary to enjoy Avernum 6.
System Requirements:
  • Macintosh running System 10.3.9 or later.
  • 800 MhZ processor. Minimum 1.6 GhZ processor recommended.
  • Video card or processor with OpenGL support and 32 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended).
  • 512 MB RAM.
  • 200 MB hard disk space.
  • 1024x600 screen resolution with 32 bit color.
  • Avernum 6 will run natively on Intel Macintoshes.
Avernum 6 costs $28.00. A demo version is available for download. Head over to the site below for more information.

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Star Trek: D-A-C Coming To Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Paramount Digital Entertainment and TransGaming have announced that Mac users will soon be able to play Star Trek: D-A-C. The game is described as a fast-paced, top-down space shooter where up to twelve players can compete in intergalactic battles between Starfleet and the Romulan Empire.

“The ‘Star Trek’ film and the Star Trek: D-A-C video game were designed to appeal to both long-term fans of the franchise and new enthusiasts alike,” said Matt Candler, vice president of Interactive Development of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “Given that Star Trek: D-A-C is a fun pick-up-and-play game on any platform, it’s a natural next step for Paramount Digital Entertainment to extend the game to Mac-based fans through this partnership with TransGaming.”

“The opportunity to add Paramount Digital Entertainment’s Star Trek: D-A-C video game to our portfolio for the Mac underscores TransGaming’s technology expertise and our value proposition for content creators,” commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & president of TransGaming Inc. “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Paramount to bring Star Trek: D-A-C to the growing Mac gaming community.”

In Star Trek: D-A-C, players choose from five ship types for both the Romulans and the Federation - Missile Cruiser, Support Frigate, Bomber, Fighter and Flagship - with each ship offering unique capabilities for players to master and manipulate from the Captain’s chair. The Missile Cruiser is a heavy artillery ship that features a longer range than any other ship in the game, but is vulnerable to close range attacks due to a low rate of fire and slower flight speed. The Support Frigate allows players to heal friendly ships and easily target escape pods. The nimble Bomber speeds in and out of battles, dropping bombs in its wake. The Fighter attacks ships head-on, blasting missiles and dodging attacks. The durable Flagship allows players to target enemies with a reticule and inflict damage with an auto-firing phaser that attacks nearby enemies. The Starfleet Flagship is the U.S.S. Enterprise™ featured in the “Star Trek” film.

Star Trek: D-A-C supports online multiplayer, online co-op and single player gameplay. There are four different game types – Survival, Team Deathmatch, Conquest and Assault. In the single-player Survival Mode, Starfleet captains have only three lives to blast through waves of enemy ships. When destroyed, enemy ships and drones drop special ability and score pick-ups, and players are challenged to grab as many as they can before their lives run out. Top scores will move players to the top of the leader boards and Starfleet ranks. In Team Deathmatch, teams go head-to-head, clashing in a winner-takes-all fight to the finish. In Conquest, teams must simultaneously protect and conquer control points in space. In Assault, teams take turns trying to dominate or defend a sector of space.
System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 8600 GT or greater
  • 450 MB Hard Disk space
  • This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or Intel integrated video cards.

Star Trek: D-A-C for Mac will be available for download in December and will cost $9.99. Follow the links below for more information.

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Quantum 1.3 Now Available
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Electron Zen has released Quantum 1.3, a free update to its space arcade game. Version 1.3 adds two new artifacts to pick up, slower ship rotation for easier aiming, and a number of gameplay tweaks. Based on the classic arcade game, Asteroids, Quantum includes realistic asteroid collision, a black hole, hostile aliens, and artifacts to collect.

Quantum is a fresh new take on the classic game of Asteroids, with a black hole relentlessly pulling everything into its inky maw. Unlike the original arcade game, rocks realistically collide with each other, and the player must account for the black hole's gravity when moving and shooting.

Contrary to all known science, if the black hole sucks in enough matter, it will explode and thus end the game. So, the player must try to shoot the asteroids before they reach the black hole, a job made more hectic by hostile aliens and the need to collect mysterious bonus artifacts.

Quantum features:
  • Modern OpenGL graphics and OpenAL sound
  • Numerous hostile aliens that fight back
  • Mysterious floating artifacts that enhance the player's ship or provide bonuses
  • Resizable windowed or full-screen modes
  • Three difficulty levels
  • Customizable controls
  • And much more
Quantum costs $14 (USD) and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater.

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Santa's Workshop Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Get Perplexed has announced the release of Santa's Workshop. In the holiday themed puzzle and logic game players take the role of one of Santa's elves who must wrap as many gifts as possible and store them in the correct locations. Santa's Workshop features colorful graphics and 96 levels to solve.

Santa's Workshop is a festive themed mind boggling puzzle game. Suitable for adults and children, the logic required to solve these puzzles will get your mind working like nothing before. You play one of santas elves who's job it is to wrap the many gifts and place them in the correct location in the workshop.

The problem is that the gifts are so heavy you can only push them, you cannot pull them or climb over them. 96 puzzling rooms await you, can you solve them all?

With festive music and colourful visuals this is sure to entertain even after the decorations have been taken down.
Santa’s Workshop costs $9.95. A demo version is available at the website listed below.

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Apple Games Features The Sims 3 World Adventures
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new article featuring The Sims 3 World Adventures, a recently released expansion for the sim game. WA gives players the chance to take their sims to a variety of exotic locales around the world where they can engage in a number of life changing adventures. Apple's article includes an examination of the game's features and a list of cheat codes.

Do your Sims crave a little excitement too? They can also visit Egypt, China, and France in the Sims 3: World Adventures expansion pack. Al Simhara offers not just the Great Pyramids but also the Sphinx, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and more hotspots full of archeological thrills. Your Sims might even encounter a mummy and find themselves cursed — they’ll have to figure out how to break that little moodlet or die, but if they learn the mummy’s secrets, they’ll be able to summon one when they return home. It’s sure to break the ice at any party.

In China, your Sims can visit the Martial Arts Academy to learn a new skill (remember, it’s for defense only; overly-aggressive Sims will find themselves facing the displeasure of the local monks). Afterward, they can meditate in the Scholar’s Garden and cap off their trip by purchasing and setting off colorful fireworks. Those who finely hone their mental skills may even discover how to teleport themselves across vast distances.

France offers the fine arts of nectar making and photography. The tranquil countryside is perfect for doing both, or simply indulging in a picnic nor far from the Eiffel Tower. Your Sims can take advantage of their photography skill in China and Egypt too; as it improves, they can use a variety of camera filters to take more interesting shots. Sims can even sell their best photos. Relics and coins found while tomb raiding in Egypt can bring in some extra Simoleons too, or simply brighten up a room at home.
Click over to the page below to read the full article.

Apple Games: The Sims 3 World Adventures
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The Sims 3: World Adventures
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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 19, 2009

Diablo II Patch 1.13 Status Update6:00 AM
Din's Curse: Warrior Class, Scavenger Creature Revealed6:00 AM
The Three Musketeers: The Game Trailer Available6:00 AM
Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning Reviewed6:00 AM
 
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