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Nancy Drew: Trail Of The Twister Debuts
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Her Interactive and TransGaming have announced the release of Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister. In the mystery game players step into the sleuthing shoes of Nancy Drew as they attempt to unravel a mystery involve sabotage and a team of storm chasers. Nancy Drew comes to the Mac for the first time using TransGaming’s Cider Portability Engine.

“Nancy Drew fans have been begging us to support Mac computers, and today, we’re thrilled to announce that Trail of the Twister is just the first of many games to support Mac,” says Megan Gaiser, president, Her Interactive. “Whether you play on a PC or Mac, you’ll find cracking the code in this mystery realistic and exciting with weather changes clouding the clues. And as in all great Nancy Drew mysteries, you have to interrogate friend and foe, because no one is above suspicion.”

“We are excited to partner with Her Interactive, using our Cider technology to enable the first ever simultaneous PC and Mac launch of the Nancy Drew franchise for consumers,” says Vikas Gupta, President and CEO, TransGaming, Inc. “Nancy Drew is such an iconic figure, we are certain the Mac community around the world will love playing these games.”

Apprehend a Saboteur Stirring up Turbulent Trouble!
$100,000,000 is at stake in this competition to discover a formula to predict tornado touchdowns. But when equipment starts failing and crew members are injured, you as Nancy Drew, must join the team to keep them in the competition. Is it just bad luck that's plaguing the storm chasers or is someone sabotaging their chances of winning in Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister?

Features:

  • Play as Nancy Drew and go undercover as a storm chaser.
  • Immerse yourself in meteorology by studying clouds, reading Doppler data, and surviving tornadoes.
  • Collect pennies by playing arcade games to purchase candy from the store.
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • At least 1.1 GB of hard drive space
  • Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Internet Connection
Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister is available at the link below for $19.99. Check out the links below to learn more.

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Nancy Drew: Trail Of The Twister



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Golden Trails: The New Western Rush Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Awem Studio, developer of such titles as Romance Of Rome and Cradle Of Rome, has announced the release of its new hidden object game, Golden Trails: The New Western Rush. The game challenges players to solve a bankrobbery in a small Wild West town and features more than 32 locations to explore.

Golden Trails: The New Western Rush jets the player to a small Wild West town to solve an impertinent bank robbery. In hot pursuit of the offender, the player will scour gold mines, American Indian settlements and dusty ranches, visit typical western towns, Grand Canyon, Saloon and more.

“Our entire team rallied behind bringing Wild West romance to a casual game,” said Oleg Rogovenko, Awem studio’s CEO. “In addition to item searching and over 32 intriguing locations, we focused our efforts on variety of tasks: sheriff's badges and stolen things throughout the game; two game modes and the secret mission; shooting gallery mini game; exclusive trophies with the possibility to synchronize them with an awem account.”

Golden Trail Features:
  • More than 32 Wild West locations to sleuth
  • 5 unique maps opening amenities of Wild West nature
  • Dozens of iconic western characters
  • Unlimited mode and Secret Mission
  • Exciting Wild West story
  • Search intricate scenes in the rush of gunslingers
  • Feel the spirit of adventure in Golden Trails: The New Western Rush!
Golden Trails: The New Western Rush runs on Mac OS 10.4/10.5/10.6 and requires a 1.83 GHz processor, and 1 GB RAM. A single-user license costs $9.95 (USD).

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Golden Trails: The New Western Gold Rush



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X3: Reunion OS X Native Port Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

Virtual Programming has announced the release of the promised OS X native port of X3: Reunion. The sci-fi title has been reengineered in an effort to improve the game's performance. Owners of the previous version will be able to upgrade to the new version for free.

The Sequel to the award winning X²: The Threat will introduce a new 3D engine as well as a new story, new ships and a new gameplay to greatly increase the variety in the X-universe. The economy of X³: Reunion will be more complex than anything seen in the X-universe before. Factories are being built by NPCs, wars can affect the global economy, NPCs can trade freely and pirates will behave far more realistically.

The Technology
Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: REUNION will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a players actions really can shape the future of the universe.

The Feature
Newcomers will enjoy the additions to the already graphically impressive, almost living X³-Universe, while veterans can expect new construction options and an improved physics model.

The Story
What happened so far: While the Argon fleet is stretched almost to breaking point by the continuing attacks from Khaak, a new enemy is stalking the X-universe. What links a mysterious ship with the power to disappear, the ruthless Yaki pirates and a machine left by an ancient species? Its time to strap yourself in, warm up your laser cannon and get some answers.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS 10.5.8 or higher
  • Intel CPU, 2 GHz or faster
  • 512 MB RAM
  • GeForce 8600, Radeon X1600 or newer 128 MB
  • 4 GB Hard Disk space
  • Internet connection for product registration
X3: Reunion is available for $19.95 (£14.95, €19.95). Previous owners should visit the site linked below for more information about updating to the new version.

X3: Reunion
X3: Reunion Version Upgrade For Previous Owners
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Aspyr Unveils $30 Family Fun Bundle, Jedi Joke Contest
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has announced a new Family Fun Bundle promotion for its GameAgent store. Until July 7 purchasers can buy LEGO Star Wars, Zoo Tycoon Complete, and FutureU for $30. The company also revealed a Laugh and Win contest in which participants enter their best joke involving a Jedi, a dinosaur, and a math teacher for a chance to win a free game.

Family Bundle:
Pick up Lego Star Wars®, Zoo Tycoon™ Complete, and the incomparable SAT Prep Game: FutureU™ between now and July 7, all for $30! It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to calculate exactly how many zoo animals you’ll need to save the galaxy from the Sith...

Laugh and Win Contest:
Who likes free games? Who likes to laugh? Well get ready for both, because GameAgent.com is announcing its first ever giveaway contest! We’re calling it “Laugh and Win,” and it’s super easy to enter. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page and post a joke on our Wall. The only stipulation is that the joke must mention a Jedi, a dinosaur, and a math teacher.

The contest will be running through July 7, 2010. The entry with the most “Likes” will win a FREE GAME of choice from GameAgent.com, and five Runners Up will receive 50% OFF their next GameAgent.com purchase. Individuals may enter more than one joke and may enter at any time. Be sure to tell your friends to check out the GameAgent Facebook page and vote for your joke! Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check back with the NonBlog regularly for awesome deals on Mac games and insights into the video game industry!
For more information about the Bundle and the contest follow the links below.

GameAgent: Family Fun Bundle
GameAgent Laugh And Win Contest
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Diablo II Turns Ten
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Blizzard Entertainment's action RPG sequel, Diablo II. To celebrate, the company unveiled a new web page to commemorate the event. Diablo II gave players the chance to take up the weapons of Necromancer, Amazon, Paladin, Sorceress, or Barbarian and challenge the might of the Prime Evils in an effort to save the world of mortals from enslavement.

Join us as we proudly celebrate the Diablo II 10-year anniversary! Released on June 29, 2000, Diablo II was built on the foundation established by the original Diablo, which combined classic role-playing game design philosophies and fast-paced demon-killing action.

Diablo II did more than just expand on the core feel and mechanics of the original game. It took a traditional dungeon crawl and opened up the game world with vast exterior zones and intricate, randomly generated dungeons. Diablo II took players from desert sands to the darkest jungles on a quest that would ultimately lead them into the depths of the Burning Hells.

Players were given a wider selection of unique character classes to choose from, including iconic archetypes like the Barbarian. Expanded character customization systems provided greater depth, starting with new abilities, an ample selection of loot to collect, and the option to enhance these treasures with sockets and runes.

Blizzard's popular Battle.net platform also provided the game with robust multiplayer that remains popular years later. The game was patched earlier this year, has a lively community of players on Battle.net every day, and regularly hits the top 20 in PC game sales charts.

We’d like to express our gratitude to the community for your support over the years -- thanks to your enthusiasm, Diablo II is still going strong.
Click over to the page below to read more.

Diablo II Tenth Anniversary
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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