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Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge Preorder Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Her Interactive and TransGaming have announced a pre-order option for the upcoming Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge. In the mystery game players step into the sleuthing shoes of Nancy Drew as she works to unravel the secrets of a haunted Japanese inn. The Nancy Drew title comes to the Mac through the use of TransGaming’s Cider Portability Engine.

Confront Terrifying Secrets in a Haunted Japanese Inn!
Traditional Japanese family ryokans (inns) are charming places, but a vengeful ghost is terrifying you and other unsuspecting guests. Is there a shadowy specter haunting the placid inn or is something far more sinister driving away business?

  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning about oragami, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy
  • Create custom anime-style characters for your in-game phone
  • Play fun mini-games such as pachinko and Sudoku
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels
  • Learn more about the hauntings at Ryokan Hiei and become a certified Ghost Hunter at www.ShadowAtTheWatersEdge.com
Meet Yumi Shimizu, the eldest girl in the family who has gone to the city to start a more modern life, as she blogs her way through fashion, food, and cuteness.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.3 Snow Leopard or higher
  • Intel Processor
      This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac).
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1.1 GB or more hard drive space
  • Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Internet connection the first time the game is launched
Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge is available to pre-order for $19.99. Check out the links below to learn more.

Her Interactive
TransGaming
Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge



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Battlestations: Pacific Announced
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Feral Interactive has announced the upcoming release of Battlestations: Pacific for the Mac. Developed by Square Enix London Studios, the sequel to Battlestations: Midway expands upon the original game with two large campaigns, one based on the actual events of the War in the Pacific and the other a ‘what-if?’ scenario based on the premise of Japanese victory. Battlestations: Pacific will feature 14 missions for each campaign, over 100 different types of war machines to control, improved graphics, and enhanced multiplayer modes.

“Battlestations: Pacific is massive and beautifully balanced,” said Feral Interactive’s David Stephen. “The compelling mix of action and strategy inherited from Battlestations Midway remains as good as ever, but the expansion of the game to encompass a ’what-if?’ Japanese campaign adds a whole new dimension to the experience.”

“Battlestations Pacific was a labor of love,” said Square Enix London Studios’ Jonathan Eardley. “We are delighted to see it so well replicated on the Mac.”

Battle your way to victory on land, sea and air in this unique combination of action and strategy. Relive the key battles of the Pacific by leading the US forces from the Battle of Midway to Okinawa or else take command on the Imperial Japanese forces and change the course of World War II by destroying Pearl Harbor and expanding the Empire of the Sun across the ocean to Hawaii. Battlestations Pacific strikes a fine balance between the advanced tactics required to command entire battles and the adrenaline-pumping action of air and naval combat. It is an accessible, well-rounded and substantially improved sequel to Battlestations Midway.

Key features:

  • 2 huge single-player campaigns, US and Japanese comprising 14 missions each
  • Command and take direct control of over 100 air, sea and undersea units, from fighters, bombers and kamikaze planes to cruisers, destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines and prototype jets.
  • 5 customizable mutiplayer modes allow players to take part in massive and thrilling online battles.
    • Island capture
    • Siege
    • Competitive
    • Duel
    • Escort
  • Superb new graphics engine with a new level of visual realism that shows off the attention to detail.
  • Switch between active units at will.
  • Endless replay value.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Processor: 1.8Ghz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Graphics: 256MB VRAM
  • OS: 10.5.8
  • Hard Disk: 9GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD
  • Devices: Mouse
Recommended Requirements:
  • Processor: 2.4Ghz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Graphics: 512MB VRAM
  • OS: 10.6.4
  • Hard Disk: 9GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD
  • Devices: Multi-button Mouse

    Requires an Intel processor.
    The following cards are NOT supported: ATI X1xxx series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series.

Battlestations: Pacific is scheduled for an October 8 release. It will retail in North America for US $39.95, £34.95 (inc VAT) in the UK and €39.95 (inc VAT) throughout Europe. It is currently available to pre-order.

Follow the links below to learn more.

Feral Interactive
Battlestations: Pacific
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Ambrosia Asks For Mondo Solitaire Beta Testers
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Ambrosia Software has put out a call for beta testers to help polish the upcoming Mac version of Mondo Solitaire. Originally released for the iPhone, the game offers more than 300 game variants and an interface designed specifically for Mac computers.

The Mac platform has been seeing a remarkable resurgence over the past few years, but one thing has been notable by its absence: a decent solitaire game for the Mac! That's why we've decided to bring our popular iPhone and iPad solitaire game Mondo Solitaire to the Mac.

Sure, in the past there was Erik's Ultimate Solitaire, but it's looking a bit dated these days. There are a few Windows-port looking Solitaire games, but nothing that really does the Mac platform justice. We're looking to change that, and we could use your help.

We'd like to sign up an elite core group of motivated beta testers who are interested in helping us bring Mondo Solitaire to the Mac. If you're interested, please send an emai

You'll need Mac OS X 10.6 or later, and a desire to help us cure the glaring solitaire hole in the Mac platform!

Mondo Solitaire is the king of solitaire games, with 300+ game variants, slick graphics, and a user interface that's been designed especially with the Mac in mind. If you think it's a matter of simply porting the iPhone/iPad version over, let me assure you, it's quite a bit more work than that.

We've had to rewrite a whole raft of code, and we've also spent a significant amount of time rethinking the user interface with the Mac platform in mind.
To learn more about the beta test sign up process follow the link below.

Ambrosia: Mondo Solitaire Beta Test
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Apple Games Features Supreme Commander 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new feature article, this time examining the recently released Mac version of Supreme Commander 2. The real time strategy game drops players into the middle of a war between three galactic empires and gives them the chance to command enormous armies comprised of a host of customizable units. Apple's article includes an overview of the game's features, comments from lead designer Chris Taylor, and a history of the Supreme Commander universe.

From our vantage point, we have a good look at the ACU controlled by Commander Dominic “Migraine” Maddox, who has orders to protect the planet’s communications array from a Cybran attack that’s under way. Maddox marshals his forces against the invaders, who threaten to overrun a facility that sits atop a forest-covered plateau. UEF Rock Head Tanks repel the invaders, and Maddox uses the brief respite to produce replacement units at his factories.

“Supreme Commander 2 allows you to create huge armies of units, whether they’re land, sea, or air, and take them into large, outrageous, and over-the-top battles,” Taylor explains. “When you add a feature like Strategic Zoom, which supports small units and very large units on screen at the same time, you have an RTS experience like no other. Strategic Zoom is what makes it all possible.”
Visit the site below to read the full article.

Apple Games: Supreme Commander 2
Gas Powered Games
Virtual Programming
Supreme Commander 2
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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IMG Reviews Avernum 6, Interviews Jeff Vogel6:00 AM
Torturing Students With Ultima IV6:00 AM
Valve's Erik Wolpaw Discusses Portal 26:00 AM
 
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