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Spiderweb Software Celebrates 20 Years Of RPG Goodness
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Spiderweb Software is celebrating its twentieth year in business. Starting with Exile: Escape from the Pit and continuing through to its most recent Avadon series, the company has been pleasing fans of old school role playing games for two decades. Later this year Spiderweb will release its twenty-first title, Avadon 2: The Corruption.

After twenty years and twenty-one games, Spiderweb has shown that indie developers can have full, successful, lifelong careers. In 1993, Spiderweb began on their first game, Exile: Escape from the Pit. This epic tale focused heavily on plot and dialogue, setting the stage for twenty years of fantasy storytelling. The series would go on to win numerous awards and be remade twice over the years.

The way games are developed has changed a lot over the years, but much stays the same. Spiderweb still uses graph paper and pencil to map out their games, they are still a mom-and-pop operation in their Seattle home, and the focus of their games is still deep, involving stories. Spiderweb still develops all their games for Mac and Windows, and they were very excited to expand into mobile in 2011 with Avadon: The Black Fortress. While devices, graphics, and character systems may change and improve, Spiderweb Software's commitment to excellent storytelling and complex worlds never will.

In Fall of 2013, Spiderweb will be releasing their twenty-first game, Avadon 2: The Corruption.

ABOUT SPIDERWEB SOFTWARE
Spiderweb Software, Inc., an independent game-design company based in Seattle, WA, is fanatically dedicated to creating fun, exciting fantasy role-playing games for Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad. Past titles include the award-winning Exile, Geneforge, Avernum and Avadon series. More information on the company is available at www.spiderwebsoftware.com.

For more information about Spiderweb's products check out the timeline below, as well as the company's website.

Spiderweb Software Game Timeline
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Ghost: Elisa Cameron Haunts Mac Game Store
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Gamer Digital's Ghost: Eliza Cameron is available now for download and purchase at Mac Game Store. Based on the Dark Horse graphic novel, the adventure title puts players in the role of a ghost attempting to save her sister, her future, and possibly the world.

"Am I dead?”. Apparently so. Adding to the mystery, you have no memory of how it may have happened. As you discover more,death seems to be the least of your problems. Elisa Cameron must work quickly to save her sister, her future, and possibly the world. From the best selling Dark Horse graphic novel, “Ghost”, comes a story of supernatural proportions!

Features:

  • Over 50 gorgeous locations, richly detailed environments/scenes
  • Solve 14 unique puzzles/mini games, and 32 HOG puzzles
  • Exciting action
  • Immersive atmosphere, over 4 hours of gameplay.
  • Replay chapters easily
Requirements:
    Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 1.4 GHz Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 825 MB HD Space
Ghost: Eliza Cameron is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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Marine Park Empire Available At MGS
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Virtual Programming's Marine Park Empire is available from Mac Game Store. The marine park sim gives players the chance to design their own park and populate it with sea creatures and animals. Both third and first person 3D views allow park owners to see their creations from unique perspectives.

Get ready to jump in the water as you run the most exciting and wild marine park ever in the latest and greatest sea-life simulation, all in 3D!

Control every aspect of your marine park, from caring, feeding and cleaning your animals to hiring and firing employees. Grant your visitors the thrill of a lifetime as you provide fun-filled attractions, rides and shows for them to whet their appetite while they explore your sea-life wonderland.

Featuring a free-form game where you set the rules, and a challenging non-linear scenario mode where you can test your skills at becoming next great saltwater specialist, the fun and varied gameplay in Marine Park Empire will not leave gamers out to dry.

Not one to leave land lovers high and dry, Marine Park Empire includes all the animals, decorations and buildings from Zoo Empire to give you one giant wildlife experience. Don't just build a zoo or marine park – go all out and build the wildlife paradise that Noah (and your visitors) could only dream about!

Maintain your checkbook balances afloat, keep your denizens of the deep delighted and the visitors flowing in your park. Then dive in for wave after wave of aquatic fun!

Awash with Realism

Immerse yourself in a fantastic 3D world filled with creatures from the uncharted waters of the sea. From Otters to Orcas, Octopus to Oarfish, Marine Park Empire is overflowing with 28 unique species of marine animals big and small that you can add to your ultimate marine park. Inundate your senses with the spectacular 3d graphics and sound and realistic, lifelike animations.

Features

A Flood of Unique Items - Go overboard in your marine park designs with over 150 structures, facilities and items to decorate your park and entertain your visitors with. Build wet-and-wild rides and unique attractions that your visitors can enjoy as they have a rip-roaring time in your marine park. Only your imagination stands in the way of creating the most exciting park for all to see!

Fun for Sea Dogs and Landlubbers Alike - Now land and marine animals go paw-in-flipper! Marine Park Empire includes all the animals and items from the original Zoo Empire to give you a whopping 60 animals and over 450 unique building and decoration items to toy with as you build not only the best zoo or marine park, but a wildlife menagerie like no other!

Come on in – the water's fine! - With a completely flexible camera, including third- and first-person perspectives, dive in with your animals and experience the world of marine life from a completely different perspective.

Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1.2 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
    • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    • Intel GMA X3100
Marine Park Empire is available now for $14.99 (USD).

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Classic Board Game Fun In Café International 2
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Café International 2 from Application Systems is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Based on the original board game, Café International 2 challenges players to seat café patrons at the right tables to keep everyone happy.

The legendary game (Board Game of The Year 1989 Germany, over one million sold) is back, a fun and challenging strategic board game.

Using the officially licensed caricatures from the original board game, you'll find that not every guest wants to sit next to each other in Café International. So it's up to you to keep everyone happy, by seating them at the right tables, according to their nationality and gender to score maximum points.

Every puzzle fan will simply love Café International! Although the rules are straightforward and the game is easy to play, it's sure to challenge even the most strategically gifted minds. To be awarded maximum points, you'll need to clear as many tables as possible by really thinking about where to seat your randomly chosen guest cards...

Café International is packed with endless fun - it's the perfect way to test your strategic might against friends, family and colleagues!

What people are saying about Café International:
“Once I started playing this game I just can't put it down”
“a great card game really tests your skills”
“getting the whole family around the iPad is such a blast”

Features:

  • Strategically place international guests at tables to earn points
  • Place unsuitable guests in the bar - but watch your score!
  • Beautifully detailed graphics in full retina resolution
  • Quick tutorial for an easy start
  • Help function for when you need visual clues
  • Choose from Online Multiplayer, Solitaire, Classic or Time Game
  • Add up to four players in Classic mode or in Online Multiplayer mode
  • Challenge against up to 3 computer opponents each with 3 levels of skill
  • Auto facing board: Sit around your iPad and play with friends, while the screen automatically turns towards the current player
Requirements:
    Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 700 MHz Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 250 HD Space
  • 64 MB VRAM
Café International 2 is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Monday, July 8, 2013

Gun Monkeys Released6:00 AM
Pet Doc Brings Animal Care To MGS6:00 AM
Second Chance Heroes Closed Beta This Weekend6:00 AM
The Banner Saga Status Update, Double Fine Discussion6:00 AM
 
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