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IMG Reviews LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of Feral Interactive's LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. Developed by TT Games and LucasArts, it is the latest in the line of LEGO titles to be brought to the Mac by Feral.

Here's an excerpt:

As you might expect from a game of this caliber, the graphics are pretty much top notch. The cut scenes are truly cinematic, explosions, smoke and mist are all nicely rendered within the game, and on my system, with everything set to the highest level, graphics and animation were generally fluid, smooth and beautiful. The only time I saw a little stutter was on rare occasions during ground battles with probably hundreds of characters involved in addition to lots of heavy weaponry and the associated battle paraphernalia. This happened rarely, lasted a few seconds, and didn’t slow down gameplay at all, just decreased the quality of the animation. As always in these situations, your mileage may vary, and the game does require and suggest a fairly heavy-duty, or at least recent, system. Don’t expect to play this game on your Air.
Check out the full review at the link below.

IMG Review: LEGO Star Wars III - The Clone Wars
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BioShock 2 January Release Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

Feral Interactive has announced that the genetically enhanced role-playing shooter, BioShock 2, will be released for the Mac in January 2012. Developed by 2K Marin, 2K Australia, 2K China and Digital Extremes, and published by 2K Games for games consoles and PC, BioShock 2 is the sequel to BioShock.

The game provides fans with an unsettling storyline, dazzling visual design and the evolution of BioShock’s genetically enhanced shooter gameplay. Set almost a decade after a cruel civil war consumed the once magnificent city of Rapture, evil reverberates through its halls and a wickedness once thought gone forever returns along the Atlantic seaboard.

An unspeakable series of kidnappings from local seaside communities by an unseen monster leads to the repopulation of Little Sisters in Rapture’s failed utopia under the ocean. Players must step into the boots of one of gaming's most iconic characters, the Big Daddy, as they traverse through the fallen city, fending off attacks from an army of genetically modified Splicers, while searching for escape and the key to their survival.

The Mac edition of BioShock 2 will also include an entirely separate multiplayer game, The Fall of Rapture, set prior to the original BioShock. Players will take on the role of mutated test subjects for the opportunistic plasmid manufacturer Sinclair Solutions, and engage in the civil war that tore Rapture apart.

“BioShock 2 shows Rapture in a completely new light,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “By allowing players to be a Big Daddy, it explores the emotional consequences of the Rapture project.”

Minimum system requirements call for a 2.0 GHz Intel Mac with at least 4GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, and 256MB of graphics memory. The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI 2400, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series. The following cards require will require 4GB of system RAM: NVIDIA 320M and Intel HD 3000. These requirements are subject to change before BioShock 2 ships.

BioShock 2 for the Mac will retail in North America for US $34.95, £24.95 (inc. VAT) in the UK and €29.95 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe. It will also be available online for direct download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwde including Macgamestore.com.

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Fishdom: Seasons Under The Sea Now At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | 1 comment

Macgamestore.com has added Playrix's Fishdom: Seasons Under The Sea to its growing collection of digital download titles available for purchase. The game gives Fishdom fans the chance to celebrate the holiday season by building Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas themed aquariums with cash earned playing the game's puzzle levels.

Celebrate the holiday season with Fishdom! Solve immersive puzzles, earn cash as you complete addictive tile-swapping levels and use it to build up your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas aquariums. Get yourself into the holiday mood: recreate the festive atmosphere of three great holidays in your tanks! Have fun taking care of quirky tropical fishies and adding amazing themed accessories to your virtual underwater kingdoms. Treat yourself to some Fishdom fun in this special edition of the all-time bestselling match-3 franchise by Playrix.

Features:

  • Tons of themed decorations and accessories to choose from
  • Unlimited number of tanks to create and design
  • "Relaxed" and "Against the Clock" game modes
  • Endless replay value
  • Email photos of your fish tanks to friends!
  • Set up your aquarium as an animated screensaver!
Fishdom: Seasons Under The Sea is available now for $6.99 (USD) and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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Macgamestore.com Adds My Farm Life
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Alawar Entertainment's My Farm Life is now available for download and purchase from Macgamestore.com. The game challenges players to assist Lisa as she works to manage her farm and TV career The game features 100 levels, two game modes, and 35 achievements.

One minute, Lisa is signing a contract to be the star of a new show; the next, she's knee-deep in chores as she starts taping the first episode of My Farm Life! Plant and harvest crops, milk cows and shear sheep, and purchase equipment to produce the goods Lisa's customers want, all while smiling for the cameras. With the help of a local merchant and three super-powered assistants, Lisa should have no trouble meeting her goals. Just remember to hire a dog to chase off thieves! Can you win the Show of the Year and the Farmer of the Year awards?

Features:

  • 100 levels
  • Two game modes
  • 35 achievements
  • Interactive tutorial
  • Lasso-the-animals mini-game
My Farm Life is available now for $6.99 (USD) and requires an Intel Mac running OS X 10.5 or later.

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Escape Velociy: Nova Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Ambrosia Software has announced the release of a new update for its popular space based action game, Escape Velocity: Nova. Version 1.1.1 introduces several fixes to the game and adds a system requirement of OS X 10.5 or later.

Version 1.1.1:

  • Pilot files are saved atomically, Pilot-tmp file is created and moved in place after successful save
  • Fixed Register EV Nova menu item not working
  • Now Requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Other bug fixes & enhancements
  • Download the latest version and learn more about the game at the link below.

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    1vs100 Available At Macgamestore
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    Macgamestore.com has added another new title to its roster of digital download game titles. iWin's 1vs100 recreates the popular television game show on the Mac, challenging players to choose between the money and the Mob.

    The exciting television show is here to challenge you with hundreds of brain-teasing questions as you work your way up to the grand prize. Take on the Mob and eliminate each of the 100 members one by one to reach the top, but watch out because one wrong answer can spoil your payday.

    Enjoy the classic version of the game show with fun new twists including the High Roller and Lightning Rounds. Level your character up and obtain or purchase all 100 special collectables to unlock ten themed episodes. On occasion, you'll randomly run into some of your favorite iWin characters in the mob from popular titles such as Jewel Quest, Jojo's Fashion Show, and Mah Jong Quest.

    Critics give 1 vs 100 4 stars and state it "has a lot to offer fans of trivia games in addition to fans of the actual TV show". See for yourself when you try the free trial version or download the full-unlimited version of 1 vs 100 for Mac today!

    Features:

    • Take on the Mob in this true-to-life TV Game Show challenge.
    • Answer questions against them to earn the grand prize.
    • Challenge special Lightning and High Roller rounds.
    • Unlock and build Collections for specially-themed shows.
    1vs100 is available now for $6.99 (USD) and requires an Intel Mac running OS X 10.5 or higher.

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    MGS Releases Doom 3
    6:00 AM | IMG News | 5 comments

    Aspyr Media's Doom 3 is now available for download and purchase from Macgamestore.com. Cloaked in dark shadows, Doom 3 puts players in the boots of a lone marine facing off against a horde of evil creatures from the pits of hell.

    A massive demonic invasion has overwhelmed the Union Aerospace Corporation's (UAC) Mars Research Facility, leaving only chaos and horror in its wake. As one of only a few survivors, you must fight your way to hell and back against a horde of evil monsters.

    The ruins of an ancient Martian civilization have unlocked the secrets to teleportation, and the UAC will stop at nothing to harness this world-altering technology. As part of a marine detachment sent to protect the facility, your duty seemed simple enough until the invasion. Now, in an epic clash against pure evil you must fight to understand who is with you, who is against you, and what must be done to stop this nightmare from reaching Earth. DOOM 3 draws you into one of the most frightening and gripping 3D gaming experience ever created.

    Features:

    • A classic shooter and a staple for fans of the genre.
    • Real-world physics and killer AI
    • Incredibly scary. Don’t believe us? Turn off the lights and treat yourself to a couple hours of gameplay by yourself!
    • Battle in team or Deathmatch-based multiplayer modes
    Requirements:
    • Operating System: 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion)
    • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600
    • Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 7300
    • Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB
    • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
      NOTICE: Integrated video chipsets are not supported (GMA 950 Mac Mini(2006,2007), iMac(2006), Macbook(2006,2007), GMA X3100 Macbook(2007,2008), MacBook Air(2008))
    Doom 3 is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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    Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand That Feeds Coming Jan 5th
    6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

    G5 Entertainment has announced that detective adventure game, Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds, will be available for Mac on January 5th, 2012. Originally developed for PC by Floodlight Games, SED:THTF follows the two detectives as they work to solve a case involving corruption and murder.

    Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds is an intriguing tale of murder and corruption. In the game you follow two detectives, newly assigned to the SED, as they investigate the death of young Carmody Phelps. Nobody in her life, it seems, is above suspicion; her parents, her ex-boyfriend, even her best friend from school, all seem to be hiding something. You'll follow detectives as they track down leads and process evidence. In addition to finding clues like Carmody's diary and stray bullets, you'll have to interview witnesses and suspects; make sure you pay attention to what they say, because you'll need that information to solve puzzles later in the game.

    The scenery in each of 30 locations is so realistic that even the most subtle nuances come to life: specks of dust, flies in the room and even coffee fuming in the Big Boss' cup. Use items in your inventory in order to solve each of 25 puzzle mini games. Pay attention to what you are told – even the smallest detail could solve this murder!

    This game can be played over and over: hidden evidence appears in alternate locations on consecutive play sessions. Completing all the 12 chapters unlocks the "Find All" mode, allowing you to return to all locations and explore them once again.

    Key features:

    • 12 Intriguing chapters
    • 30 Realistic locations
    • 25 Thrilling mini-games
    • Exciting storyline
    Learn more about the game at the site below.

    Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand That Feeds


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