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A Valley Without Wind 2 Available Now
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Games By Design recently revealed that A Valley Without Wind 2 is now available. The sequel combines elements of old school platform adventures with turn based strategy. Those who purchased A Valley Without Wind will receive AVWW 2 for free, just as purchasers of AVWW 2 will also receive the original game for free.

Valley 2 combines an old school platform adventure with a robust turn-based strategy portion. Though the game is a sequel to our 2012 release A Valley Without Wind, it's more of a spiritual successor. We took everything that we learned while making the first game (plus many new ideas) and focused it all into a new, tightened experience -- giving the graphics an update to boot.

For a variety of reasons, we've also chosen to give Valley 2 to all those who purchased the first game for free, and those purchasing Valley 2 will also get a copy of the original. The titles are, and will remain, bundled together on Steam and elsewhere.

The official Valley 2 launch trailer, featuring the game's standout track "Stand and Fight" by composer Pablo Vega, is out now as well. For more info and discussion on the A Valley Without Wind 2, we encourage new players and other interested parties to stop by the game's bustling forums.

Check out the new trailer, and learn more about the game at the links below.

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Unleash The Plague For Fun And Profit In Death Inc.
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

We recently received word about Ambient Studios' Kickstarter campaign for Death Inc., a unique new combination of real time strategy and business sim gameplay. In Death Inc. players will take the role of a freelance Reaper unleashing plague and other havok on the 17th century to harvest souls and expand their operations.

Ambient Studios is proud to present Death Inc. - a pungent re-imagining of the Black Death.

Play as Grim T. Livingstone, freelance Reaper, and unleash the plague on 17th century England. Ransack farms, ports and cities, topple knights and noblemen as you battle to increase your pestilential horde.

Back in the Nether, use your harvested souls as currency and expand Death Inc's base of operations. Hire underlings, build new rooms and refresh the decor. Use all of these to unlock new units, upgrades and special abilities.

Take these back to the surface and continue your fight against the healthy as you spreads fear, loathing and most importantly, the bubonic plague.
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Death Inc. is not your typical strategy game. It's a unique mix of real-time strategy, god game and business sim, harking back to some of the classic Bullfrog games like Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper.

Simply paint your orders into the world and unleash your infected minions on serfs, wenches and noblemen. Every human that falls will join the ranks of your pestilential horde.

In between battles, build your business empire on the bones of your victims and strive to become the greatest Reaper the world has ever endured.

It's time to show the artistic side of infection and paint your way to the ruination of mankind. And a bigger office.

Every unit in your horde has a primal instinct to attack anyone and anything not affected by the plague. People, cows, chickens... you direct it, they'll infect it.

But beware! Humanity's not going to go down without a fight. Your potential victims will defend themselves with sticks, swords, bows or muskets, even siege weapons; anything they can find.

You’ll face a variety of increasingly complex challenges through the game, battling from quaint country villages to bustling seaside ports before finally storming the castles and cities of England.

Overpower soldiers, archers, pikemen, musketeers, plague doctors and knights, turning each into a baneful weapon to overpower your enemies.

Death Inc's fluid control mechanic allows you to quickly and simply paint orders directly in the world for your horde to follow. Use broad brush strokes from afar to direct large swathes of infected, or zoom right in for pencil sharp accuracy. You'll be able to control your troops as you would in any other real-time strategy game, just with greater tactical finesse.

Here are just some of the challenges any Reaper faces, and how you might solve them:

  • Angry pitchfork wielding lynch mob: Two mouse strokes lets you split your horde and crush the mob in a pincer movement.
  • Town crier scuttling to sound the alarm: Flank him in one motion and cut him off with a wall of infected with the next.
  • Company of knock-kneed archers: Draw their fire with peasant arrow fodder, charge your malignant cavalry into their rear and watch them scarper.
  • A deadly rain of boiling oil streaming from a castle gate: Paint a simple circular gesture to tell your infected to scatter.
Your enemies can be simply, deftly and brutally dealt with. Just like that.
The Kickstarter campaign target for Death Inc. is $300,000. It ends on March 6. A demo of the game is also now available.

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Sudoku Seasons Now Puzzling MGS
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99 Games' Sudoku Seasons is now available for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. The holiday themed title combines the classic number puzzler with 6 festive themes and features over 90 challenging levels.

SUDOKU WITH A TWIST ?Get into the festive Mood with Sudoku Seasons! Play a game of Sudoku with themed goodies or numbers on 6 delightful themes. ??HUG-A-FRIEND WITH A GREETING! ?Send out some love by creating a cheerful postcard and mailing it to your loved ones. Give your colleagues a pleasant surprise or show an old friend that you still remember them. ??FEATURES:
  • Play with Themed Goodies or Numbers ?
  • Put your skills to test in Easy, Medium & Hard modes ?
  • Progress through 90 Challenging Levels ?
  • 6 cheerful themes: 'Valentines', 'St. Patrick's', 'Easter', 'Halloween', ?‘Christmas’ and 'Mystic Gems'
  • Spread the Festival cheer by making an E-Card for family and friends
  • 1.7 GHz Intel Processor
  • 1 GB RAM
??Sudoku Seasons is now available for $6.99 (USD).

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SteamTRAIN 4.2 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Nostalgic Software has announced the release of SteamTRAIN 4.2. The latest incarnation of the 1800's era steam train simulation introduces Windows PC support to the previously Mac only sim as well as a lower price. SteamTRAIN puts players in the roles of engineer and crew.

More about the SteamTRAIN 3:

Your train will travel between stations, up and down grades, negotiate curves, switch tracks, and couple/uncouple cars. Controls include the throttle, boiler pressure, traction sand, air brakes, manual couplers, and track switches. A new mixed-weather option includes clear skies, rain and snow plus day/night -- all in one run.

Updated Dispatcher Mode offers hours of real train operation challenges. At one terminal, you select loco(s) from the roundhouse using the turntable. Then assemble the marked cars into a passenger, freight or mixed train. Travel to opposite terminal picking up and dropping off cars along the way to attain a score. Several options add difficulty such as opposing Robo train, steep grades, and mixed weather.

To download a Mac or PC demo of SteamTRAIN 4.2, head over to the web site NostWare.com. Help and Controls files are separate downloads. Purchase ST 4.2 for $12 (40% reduction). ST 4.2 is Free for any ST 3 or 4 customers from 2012 on.

For more information about SteamTRAIN head over to the link listed below.


Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Avadon 2: The Corruption Web Page Unveiled6:00 AM
Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy 2.0 Patched6:00 AM
Feral Unveils Graphics Settings Support Page6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty Patch Preview6:00 AM
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