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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Coming January 6
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Feral Interactive has today announced Thursday, January 6th, as the worldwide release date for the Macintosh version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for game consoles and PC, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is the latest in a line of LEGO titles brought to the Mac by Feral Interactive.

Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO with the magic of Harry Potter, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets users experience all the thrills and excitement of the first four Harry Potter books and films in a brand new way. The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game.

“We are thrilled to be bringing LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to the Mac in time for the Holidays,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive “It’s a game which attempts a difficult trick – a faithful recreation of the world of Harry Potter that is both affectionate and humorous – and succeeds brilliantly.”

“LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is our best LEGO game yet, and we are delighted to have the game’s rich, expansive world release on the Mac this holiday season,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director of TT Games. “LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 has been very popular with players of all ages as they can experience the magical building adventure of the game.”

Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards.

In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, players will have the freedom to play alone or in two-player co-op as they explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade, as they relive the adventures like never before with the fun and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Processor: 1.8Ghz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Graphics: 128MB VRAM
  • OS: 10.6.4
  • Hard Disk: 8GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD
  • Devices: keyboard
Recommended Requirements:
  • Processor: 2.6Ghz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Graphics: 256MB VRAM
  • OS: 10.6.5
  • Hard Disk: 8GB
  • Optical Drive: DVD
  • Devices: gamepad
The following cards are NOT supported: NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will retail in North America for US$39.95, £34.95 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €39.95 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe. It’s available to pre-order now.

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Conquest: Divide And Conquer Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Proxy Studios, has announced a major update to their debut title Conquest: Divide and Conquer. The game offers simultaneous turn-based strategy gameplay focused on "smart troop movement and precise operation usage." The update adds offliine play as well as a variety of updates and additions.

The mentioned update adds a popularly missed feature: offline play; a dozen of presentation improvements, such as detailed shadows, bump mapping, and unit travel and death animations which serve to improve the experience for new players and ease the understanding of the game's simple but deep mechanics.

The more mature audience may be happy to know that gore has also been added. Proxy Studios states: "Our plan all along was to present a certain dark and gritty atmosphere, and with the recent improvements to our game engine our goal is becoming easier and easier to realize. This is our style and you can be sure we will never create a flower power game."

More about Conquest:
Conquest is a simultaneous turn-based strategy game placed in a dark and distant future.

Play the role of a futuristic commander. Divide your armies and conquer the world. Position satellites to reveal your opponents. Launch missiles to annihilate large troop formations, but watch out for incoming drop pods behind your back.

Standing in your path to victory are other commanders like yourself. Fight them off one by one and prove you are the greatest of the great.

The combination of fast gameplay and randomly generated maps equals to intense, restless nights of battles for cities.

Drag and drop your way to victory. Divide and conquer!

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.5 or Linux
  • Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or equivalent processor (PowerPC not supported)
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 500 MB free disk space
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series or ATI Radeon R300 (9500) series
  • Display capable of 1024x720 resolution
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Internet connection for activation and multiplayer
Conquest is on sale until January 10 for $7.50. A free demo is also available. Check out the site below for more information.

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Gemini Wars Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Camel 101 recently announced work on its upcoming real-time strategy game, Gemini Wars. Set in the cold depths of outer space, the game features an "epic campaign controlling fleets of ships in massive battles." The game will feature three unique factions, both single and multiplayer action, and a cinematic battle camera.

Gemini Wars is a real time strategy game set in space, featuring an epic campaign controlling fleets of ships in massive battles.

The player will take control of a fleet commander returned from a mysterious exile, and will be taken directly into the center of a bloody and long lasting conflict.

Featuring:

  • Mac / PC
  • 3 unique factions, with different units and strategies.
  • Epic single player campaign.
  • Ability to control fleets of starships, space stations and planets.
  • Research tree leading to powerful units and upgrades.
  • Cinematic battle camera.
  • Multiplayer action providing endless re-playability.
  • Unique gameplay providing a refreshing twist to the RTS genre.
Head over to the links below to learn more and view a cinematic trailer from the game.

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New Persian Trailer Available For Tiny Token Empires
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

BiP Media recently announced the release of a new trailer for Tiny Token Empires, an upcoming strategy game with a comical twist. The trailer features the Persians, one of the five nations featured in the game.

As you may recall, the world’s future is being played out on the game board of Tiny Token Empires:
  • If the Romans win, the entire world will feast on pepperoni pizzas.
  • If the Egyptians carry the day, the mankind will see in 2D…
  • If the Greeks are victorious, philosophy classes will be required from kindergarten…
  • And if the Persians come out on top, all Persian rug owners will benefit from tax breaks!
But what about the Carthaginians? You will learn more about them in 2011!

When the leaders of the five nations come together, how you play will determine the world’s future.
May the tokens be with you! Or “Token jacta est!” as the Romans used to say.

About Tiny Token Empires
Tiny Token Empires is a fun and original strategy game. You should already have an idea about the fun part. The originality of the game resides in the tokens, which must be used wisely and quickly. The goal is to prove yourself stronger and more clever than the other players, like any video game worthy of the name!
Tiny Token Empires should be available soon for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and PS3. Learn more at the links below.

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Mac Games News for Monday, January 3, 2011

Din's Curse: Demon War Available For Pre-Order6:00 AM
IMG Reviews Majesty 26:00 AM
IMG Reviews Supreme Commander 26:00 AM
Oni Update In The Works6:00 AM
 
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