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Conquest Of Elysium 3 Arrives At Macgamestore
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Illwinter Game Design's Conquest of Elysium 3 is now available for purchase from Macgamestore.com. The turn-based fantasy strategy game allows players to take the role of one of 17 different characters, each with a unique set of abilities. To succeed in their quest to become undisputed ruler of the land they must defeat their enemies as well as any monsters and unexpected events they may encounter along the way.

Conquest of Elysium 3 is an old school turn based fantasy strategy game. You start by choosing one of 17 different characters, e.g. Necromancer, Demonologist, Dwarf Queen, Troll King or maybe a High Priestess of Ba'al. The different character classes vary wildly in what special abilities they have and what parts of the world they should focus on conquering. E.g. the Demonologist needs sacrifices that you gain from towns and villages, but the Druid want special herbs that are found in forests. But of course gold is always good to have, so all classes can make use of a gold or silver mine, but only the Enchanter can make a Gold Golem out of it.

The Witch can use fungus to summon a Catoblepas whose gaze can annihilate an entire row of enemies per turn. The Demonologist can summon powerful demon lords, but only if he is reckless because the likelihood of a demon lord attacking his summoner is quite high. Careful Demonologists make use of the lesser summoning that are also powerful when compared to mortal men. The Warlock can summon an immortal Phoenix. The Phoenix explodes when it dies and then swiftly reforms in the home citadel of its owner. In short the main thing about this game is the amount of features and special abilities that can be used.

Someone described the game as a strategy roguelike and I think that is a quite good description. It plays fast and you can die quickly if you are unlucky. Worlds are randomly generated, so no two games are the same. It is also an unfair game, random events can wreak havoc upon the world and game changing monsters or locations can be encountered.


  • Many monsters and many special abilities. Some examples right below.
  • Assassins that make an assassination attack before combat starts.
  • Catapults, Hill Giants and Rocs that can throw or drop boulders during sieges.
  • Immortal Liches and Vampires.
  • Regenerating trolls rise from the dead if they haven't been killed too badly or their side lost.
  • Large worms that can swallow smaller enemies whole. Swallowed units take a few points of damage from digestion each round until they are freed.
  • And many many more monsters....
  • New weapon system, attacks are divided into pierce, slash or blunt damage (magic attacks have other types too). Skeletons are difficult to injure with piercing weapons and you should preferably use slashing weapons against treemen, etc.
  • Hotseat and network support for multiplayer games.
  • Team play, you can be 2 players against the AI for example.
  • Random maps.
  • 17 different classes to choose from. And they are quite different from each other, both in what resources they need and what kind of rituals or special abilities they have.
  • Spell system with currently 42 magic paths.
  • Magic items.
  • Permanent battle afflictions.
  • Horrors.
  • Stealth and invisibility. Scouts needed to detect stealthy troops, something better (a star spawn or a beast bat will work) needed to detect the invisible ones.
  • Shape changers that looks like something else when seen by the enemies.
    Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Conquest of Elysium 3 is available now for $29.95 (USD).

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Arizona Rose And The Pirates' Riddles Now At MGS
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Macgamestore.com recently added Anawiki's Arizona Rose and the Pirates' Riddles to its ever growing list of game titles available for purchase. The pictographic puzzle game puts players in the role of Arizona Rose, a woman on a quest to find Blackbeard's lost treasures.

Unlock the key to buried treasure in Arizona Rose and the Pirates' Riddles for Mac, an outstanding pictographic puzzle challenge.

While shopping for exotic antiques, Arizona Rose stumbles across some old maps. Looking deeper into her intriguing discovery, she soon realizes that these maps hold the key to Blackbeard's lost treasures. Unfortunately, the locations are concealed by a clever code and Arizona will have to crack it.

Join Arizona on this epic treasure-hunting quest and help her solve more than 200 fabulous pictographic puzzles. Explore caves and shipwrecks as you collect powerful items to help you. Encounter special Hidden Object scenes, play exciting mini-games, and show off your puzzle prowess by collecting 15 achievements.


  • Track down Blackbeard's treasures in this fantastic picture Puzzle adventure.
  • Solve more than 200 pictographs while exploring caves, shipwrecks, and more.
  • Encounter special scenes as well as exciting mini-games.
  • Show off your puzzle prowess by collecting 15 achievements.
  • Intel Mac
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
Arizona Rose and the Pirates' Riddles is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Matt Firor Discusses The Elder Scrolls Online
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Games Industry has posted a new interview with ZeniMax Online Studios' Matt Firor about the company's upcoming MMO adaptation of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls universe. The developer discussed a variety of topics related to The Elder Scrolls Online, addressing some of the concerns fans have raised since the game's announcement.

Q: Do you see this as something all the Skyrim fans are going to play, or is it more like you just want to create an MMO and it happens to be using Elder Scrolls lore? Who's the audience?

Matt Firor: We just want to make a good game and let people who want to play it, play it. It is an online game. MMO is a tired expression. It is an online RPG and we designed it to be a great game. People who like other Elder Scrolls games will probably want to try it, but people who play other MMOs like WoW or Star Wars are also going to want to try it too. So if it's not a good game, no one is going to want to play it. First and foremost, we want to make sure the game is sticky and fun, and that was our first priority. If we do that, all of our other questions are answered.

Q: How do you know what feedback to take seriously? You have to get all sorts of crazy feedback. So how do you separate what's valuable from what is insane?

Matt Firor: That's where experience comes in. We have a very experienced team that has done a lot of MMOs. We have people that have been around for successful MMOs and people that have worked on failed MMOs. It is very important to have people around that saw a game go bad so we can see that life lesson; they can show you when a game goes bad. You have smart people, you have experienced people and they look into that feedback. If someone says they want to fly like Superman, we probably won't see that happen.

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The Impact Of Crowdfunding On Mac Gamers
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media's Game Agent Blog recently posted a new article exploring the issue of crowdfunding for games through sites like Kickstarter. The article offers a breakdown of the pros and cons of the practice for developers and contributors, and explores the impact it may have on Mac gamers.

While the concept of a crowdfunded game is still relatively new to the gaming community, awareness of this avenue for game developers is increasing every day. To date, Kickstarter was used to fund around 270 gaming projects. Among the more notable of Kickstarter projects include Carmageddon, Leisure Suite Larry and Double Fineís Double Fine Adventure, a classic point and click-style game from the maker of the Monkey Island series. Wasteland, a 1987 post-apocalyptic adventure title for PC is getting a multiplatform sequel thanks to crowdfunding. And thatís just the tip of the iceberg.
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Game Agent Blog: Crowdfunding Gives Mac Gamers A New Voice
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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 19, 2012

Awesomenauts Coming To Macs6:00 AM
Cooking Academy 3 Released At MGS6:00 AM
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Ultimate Edition Reviewed6:00 AM
Torchlight II Status Report Kicks Off New Blog Series6:00 AM
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