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7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat Coming June 7
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Indie developer Mousechief has announced that 7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat will be released on June 7, 2013. The unique casual game was a finalist in the Nuovo category of this year's Independent Game Festival and received an honorable mention in narrative. 7 Grand Steps combines board game mechanics with a narrative spanning the formation of modern western civilization.

7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat is a strategy game that uses a board game mechanic to advance a rich, intimate narrative. Via brief text vignettes that add up to the length of two novels, see how the trials our western ancestors endured influence our lives today. Playing as dozens of generations across four social classes that change with the ages, players assume a formative role in the evolution of human history, discovering more than 70 inventions that changed the world, braving a score of heroic adventures, and facing the challenges of three mini-ruling games.

In February, Mouschief released a beta version of 7 Grand Steps through the Humble Store. The game has since been updated and refined based on player feedback. At launch, beta purchasers will be able to download the finished game and receive a free Steam key, if desired.

From the sweat of laborers to the perspective of kings, 7 Grand Steps allows you to experience the drama of a family lineage that survived the changing ages -- or did they survive? How you guide them determines their fate.

About Mousechief
Mousechief, since 2003, has been an independent developer of sophisticated, casual games with meaningful stories. Our previous, critically-acclaimed title, Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!, was nominated by the Writer's Guild of America for Outstanding Script, an IndieCade finalist, and winner of the Casual Game Association's prize for Most Innovative Game. Other games include The Witch's Yarn, an IGF finalist in 2006, and Flagship Champion, an IGF finalist in 1999.
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Pre-Order The MGS/Feral Interactive Six Game Bundle Now
6:40 PM | IMG News | 1 comment

Feral Interactive and Mac Game Storeare partnering to offer a Mac games bundle that includes six titles for less than $20.

Beginning today game fans can pre-order the bundle through Sunday for $19.99 (USD), which includes LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, DiRT 2, Battlestations Pacific, The Movies: Superstar Edition, Tropico 3: Gold Edition, and Batman: Arkham Asylum. Those who pre-order this weekend will get a $10 (USD) virtual coupon towards the purchase of any other Feral Interactive game from the Macgamestore which must be redemmed by the end of June (terms & conditions apply).

On Monday, May 27th the bundle only will be available from the Mac Game Store for $19.99 (USD) with the offer running through Sunday, June 2nd.

Details can be found at the link below.

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Mahjong Adventure - Paris Turning Tiles At MGS
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Mac Game Store recently added Mahjong Adventure - Paris from Rokapublish to its list of game titles available for download and purchase. Players join Marie in Paris for 60 levels of mahjong challenge in either Adventure Mode against the clock, or in Relax Mode for a more sedate experience.

Join Marie for an exciting day in Paris.

When Marie woke up early this morning, she had no idea what an exciting day awaited her—and neither did you! Join her for a chaotic, action-packed day full of crazy coincidences in the French capital of culture.

“Mahjong Adventure - Paris” is a fun-filled Mahjong puzzle classic with 60 enchanting puzzle levels. Whether you’re a beginner playing in Relax Mode or a puzzle pro pitting your skills against Adventure Mode, it’s all up to you and your mahjong might.

Lead Marie through the French capital and prepare to be enchanted.

Features:

  • 60 fantastic levels
  • Relax (no time limit) and Adventure Modes (time challenge!)
  • An exciting day in Paris
  • Lots of power-ups and extras
  • Brain-teasing mahjong levels
  • Entertaining comic story
  • Breathtaking orchestral music
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 1 GHz Intel Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 75 MB HD Space
Mahjong Adventure - Paris is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Guns Of Icarus Online Adventure Mode Kickstarter Concludes
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Muse Games has announced the successful conclusion of a Kickstarter campaign to fundGuns of Icarus Online: Adventure Mode, an expansion for its multiplayer airship combat title. Adventure Mode will expand the original co-op airship combat game to include full co-op player vs. environment (PvE) settings, allowing for player progression, questing, and an immersive setting within the Guns of Icarus world.

CEO Howard Tsao had this to say about where the funds will go and what features to expect, "First I would like to thank all of our supporters, including those that purchased our current game as well as those that are helping fund the next phase. We're absolutely certain we can deliver a PvE experience that will live up to everyone's expectations and be a blast to play and explore. On top of that we're going to strive to deliver the Econo-Political structure discussed in the Kickstarter event, adding dynamic quest and political relations to the PvE framework. While we fell a little short of the funding goal for that addition, we believe it is still within our grasp."

Adventure Mode has three fundamental pillars, each with its own funding target and each building on the previous goals. These are:

  • AI Director: At the heart of a good PvE experience is a smart, responsive AI that can go toe-to-toe with players and scale up or down on the fly to keep the experience challenging and entertaining. This pillar will enable the creation of co-op and solo missions to complement competitive PvP.
  • Socio-Economic System: Adventure mode will add a world map of towns and trade routes, with six player factions and a fully dynamic resource economy. Missions are generated dynamically to help or hinder the towns and the factions that control them, depending on their circumstances and needs. Completing missions earns status in certain quarters and notoriety in others, enabling players to rise in the ranks of their chosen faction, unlock new opportunities and perks, and exert an even greater influence over the world.
  • World-Building Tools: A robust toolset is necessary to build an expansive world map with diverse and varied environments. This pillar involves the creation of new tools and processes to speed up the development of new maps and locales using a combination of procedural generation and manual composition. While the existing PvP maps have all been assembled painstakingly by hand, worldbuilding on the scale of Adventure Mode will require a whole new way of doing things.
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Mac Games News for Thursday, May 23, 2013

Anomaly 2 Reviewed6:00 AM
Aspyr Black Ops Weekend To Feature Discounts & Free Games6:00 AM
Battle Academy: Rommel In Normandy Announced6:00 AM
BIT.TRIP RUNNER Comes To MGS6:00 AM
Dungeonland Released For Macs6:00 AM
Get Six Feral Games For $19.99 At MGS Starting May 276:00 AM
Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Pre-Order Available6:00 AM
Mac Gamer HQ Podcast 2 In Preparation6:00 AM
 
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