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Spiderweb Releases Trailer For Avadon 2: The Corruption
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Spiderweb Software has released a trailer for its upcoming sequel, Avadon 2: The Corruption. The indie role-playing adventure will return players to the Black Fortress where they will have to decide whether to aid the beleaguered Avadon or assist those attempting to destroy it.

As a Hand of Avadon, the Black Fortress, you once held unlimited power. Your word was law. Your homeland was united and prospered under the protection of the Black Fortress. Now that fragile alliance has collapsed. Rebellion rages, outside enemies gather, and Avadon lies in ruins. Will you fight to restore your power and bring peace to your realm, or will you join the rebels and forge a new nation? The decision will be yours in Avadon 2: The Corruption.

Avadon 2: The Corruption is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous world. Choose from five different types of character, each with dozens of unique spells or skills. Explore a gigantic world filled with secrets, artifacts, and a rich story. Experience multiple different endings and choose between saving your homeland and betraying it.

Avadon 2: The Corruption is currently scheduled for a Fall 2013 release. Click over to the links below to view the trailer and learn more.

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Icebound Visual Novel Developer Seeking Kickstarter Funds
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Jonathan Xikis recently emailed us about a Kickstarter campaign to fund Icebound, his upcoming new dark-fantasy visual novel set in a world covered by ice. Xikis is seeking to raise $7,000 before the campaign ends on September 21. The game will follow the adventures of Dougal, a wandering alchemist looking to find a job, who stumbles into "a web of intrigue involving a clockwork beast, a seductive secret agent, a priestess with mysterious powers, a mad genius, and a group of eccentric alchemists competing to vanquish a deadly monster."

In a world covered by ice, Dougal is a pragmatic traveling alchemist who likes to keep a low profile. But, when he and his bat-like Familiar, Isaac, wind up stuck in an isolated town, he realizes that the key to incredible power might be hidden there. The only problem: he has to earn it. Now, he must compete against several other unusual alchemists to complete a dangerous challenge and slay a fearsome monster. But, with a clockwork tiger giving the orders, and Agent Lamia of the Imperial intelligence service poking her nose into their business, could the master alchemist Megistus really be telling them the truth... or leading them into a trap?

Icebound is a visual novel for PC, Mac and Linux platforms, as well as iOS and Android. Set in a dark-fantasy, steampunk world, it is an interactive story and puzzle game that puts a new twist on the notion of an ice age by combining it with a society in the midst of an alchemical and industrial revolution.

While the game is well on its way, I want to make it even better by adding full voice acting and putting it on mobile platforms. This is where you come in - by funding the game, I will be able to release it in the best possible state.

What's a visual novel?

A visual novel is an interactive story adventure with graphics, sound and music. It allows the reader to make decisions to influence the story as they explore the world. Visual novels heavily influenced RPGs in Japan, and have now come to the West as people realize the potential of this genre with modern software that allows the creation of visual novels with more efficient production methods.

Unlike playing an RPG, the player doesn't have to first deal with time-consuming battles to read the tantalizing story. And unlike reading a book, a visual novel not only stimulates the visual and auditory senses, but allows the reader to play the character's role for themselves.

We hope that Icebound will appeal to new players as well as those who are already fans of traditional visual novels.

Why is Icebound unique?

Visual novels are often life simulations or romance stories with a real world setting like high school. However, I believed that the genre had space for more fantastical settings. So, I decided to write a story with more mature characters, more detailed art and a unique and fleshed-out fantasy world that was lighthearted, yet contained themes of dark fantasy. While originally a small project, it soon evolved into a novel-length commercial game.

Icebound contains anime influences that tend to go hand-in-hand with these types of games, but was also inspired by western literature and other media. This gives the game a unique perspective that is uncommon in most visual novels.

Icebound also contains optional, alchemy inspired puzzle minigames that supplement the plot. Choose to complete them and become a true alchemist, or bumble your way through!

What is Icebound about?

The world of Permia has been locked in the depths of an ice age since the ancient past. Two races have forged a way of life revolving around the power of alchemy – not merely a science, but an ability that allows one to manipulate the forces of nature through the use of a Familiar - a tamed animal companion that shares the alchemist's life-force.

In the north resides the Holy Empire, whose machinery and society both run like clockwork, and which is populated by humans much like ourselves. In the south sits the Council, a powerful alliance of tribes who have mastered the spiritual arts, and which consists mainly of the hair-covered, horned feran race, with lesser numbers but a greater affinity towards alchemy. Both superpowers harbor tension towards each other, but so far it has not escalated into war.

A wandering alchemist named Dougal winds up in the isolated town of Isenbarr with his Familiar, Isaac, hoping to find a job and earn some spending money. What he doesn't expect to encounter is a web of intrigue involving a clockwork beast, a seductive secret agent, a priestess with mysterious powers, a mad genius, and a group of eccentric alchemists competing to vanquish a deadly monster. Nothing is certain... except that chaos will ensue.

Who are the voice actors?

Icebound will be voiced by a talented cast of voice actors. Dougal, the main character, will be exuberantly voiced by LittleKuriboh, creator of one of the most popular abridged series online and a well-known figure within anime fandom. A list of voice actors, excluding characters who would count as spoilers, is below:

    Barzul - River Kanoff
    Dirk - Matt Shipman
    Dougal - Martin Billany
    Edward - Daniel Gold
    Guard - Greg Nugent
    Isaac - Jeremy Baker
    Jeffrey - Johan Bagenholm
    Kai - Edward Bosco
    Roy - Patrick M. Seymour
    Torrun - Chris Guerrero
    Voski - Edwyn Tiong
    Zoltan - Zach Holzman
    Bartender - Karen Kahler
    Cerise - Karen Hayman
    Heather - Felicia Angelle
    Kimka - Caitlin Chang
    Lamia - Amberlee Connors
    Maia - Michelle Rojas
    Nira - Jill Harris
    ??? - Marianne Miller
For more information follow the link below.

Kickstarter: Icebound



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Timelines: Assault On America Second Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Strategy First and 4 Flash Entertainment have released the second gameplay trailer for the upcoming new WWII real time strategy title which asks the question "What if The AXIS POWERS INVADED THE U.S.A.?" Timelines: Assault On America takes place during a two front Axis invasion of the United States culminating in a battle for Washington D.C.

July 20, 1942, Berlin, Germany,

The United States' Office of Strategic Services (OSS) take advantage of information provided to them by the underground German resistance against the Third Reich. The OSS launch operation 'Wolf's Head' where top marksmen hide among a rally given in honor of Adolf Hitler.

Thousands of onlookers salute and cheer as the blue Mercedes convertible carrying the Third Reich leader makes its way through the downtown Berlin rally. Guns shots are heard and the crowd screams. In a panic several German officers run towards the convertible. There they see Adolf Hitler with two bullets in the head. One man shouts out 'He is dead!'

July 21, 1942, Thousands of Germans are arrested and interrogated by enraged German Leaders. The German army learn of Operation 'Wolf's Head' and decide to abandon plansof invading Russia. The Germans convince their Axis ally Japan to launch a two front invasionof the United States of America. Germany will attack from the East while Japan will invade on the West.The United States Army must defend their country from the Assault On America.

TimeLines : Assault On America FEATURES:

  • 12 missions culminating in the battle for Washington D.C.
  • 4 player co-op multiplayer: choose between 9 playable countries USA, UK, France, Russia, Japan, German, Hungary, Romania, and Czechoslovakia
  • Multiplayer modes include, Player versus Player and Player vs A.I.
  • Cross Platform multiplayer PC/Mac/LINUX
  • 20 unit types per nation upgradeable for all infantry and vehicles (200 usable upgrades)Tanks, Trucks, Commander Vehicles, stationary guns, and much more
  • Defensive tactics include minefield planting, stationary turrets, and anti-tank assault
  • Airstrike capabilities for offensive special attacks
  • Learning AI that adjusts to the player’s skill level
  • Delayed orders allowing for multiple commands to be followed in unison
  • Elevated terrains allowing for multiple strategic tactics
For more information about the game click over to the links below.

Timelines Gameplay Trailer
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Nihilumbra Coming To Macs In September, Pre-Order Available
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Nihilumbra from Beautifun Games is available now for pre-order at Mac Game Store. The upcoming adventure title drops players into the role of Born, a being created from the nothingness of The Void. To survive he will need to use the powers of the colors around him to transform the world, dooming it so that he might live.

Born was created from the absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This is where his long odyssey begins, in which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world.

However, his experiences come at a high price. The Void must be one. It seeks to reclaim him and will never stop chasing him, destroying everything in its path along the way.

Features:

  • To survive, Born will have to condemn the earth he walks to it's inevitable obliteration by The Void...
  • The ability to change ground physics using five different colors.
  • Use five worlds as your canvas and transform them at your will.
  • Original soundtrack composed by Álvaro Lafuente.
  • Unlock a great surprise by completing the game. Replayability assured.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2.4 GB HD Space
Nihilumbra is available to pre-order now for $8.99 (USD), a 10% discount.

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SimCity Mac Pre-Loading Begins
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Electronic Arts has announced that pre-loading is now available for those who pre-order SimCity for Mac, so those gamers can hit the ground running when the game is released on August 29. Development of the latest incarnation of the popular city building sim is being led by Maxis. SimCity Mac will feature "the same deep, rich gameplay that will define the PC experience as players on both platforms compete or collaborate to create a new world, together."

The defining city simulation is back! Create the city you desire and make the choices that shape your city and power the Sims within it. Every decision, big or small, has real consequences. Invest in heavy industry and your economy will soar—but at the expense of your Sims’ health as pollution spreads. Implement green technology and improve your Sims’ lives while risking higher taxes and unemployment. Team up with your friends to solve global challenges: launch a space shuttle, reduce carbon emissions, or build magnificent wonders. Compete on global and regional leaderboards to be the richest, the dirtiest, the happiest or the best place to visit!

Features:

  • Constructible Worlds — Creative and customizable world that offers unique gameplay benefits, all with a fun tactile interface.
  • Sims Matter — The Sims in your city speak to you directly and it’s up to you to respond to their needs. Will you listen and be the toast of the town? Or abuse your power for fame and fortune
  • Specialize in What You Love — Mold your city as a casino resort, manufacturing hub, educational enclave, and more, and then watch as a unique look and feel spread throughout your city.
  • Multiplayer — Build a region with friends for the first time! Collaborate or compete in regional and global challenges and make decisions that impact the greater SimCity World.
  • GlassBox Engine — SimCity introduces GlassBox, the revolutionary simulation technology that gives you the power to impact individual Sims lives, manage city level simulation, and balance multiple city simulations at once.
Limited Edition Bonus Content
    New Characters - Protector of SimCity MaxisMan vs. The Evil Dr. Vu and his henchman.
    Crime Waves - The Evil Dr. Vu is loose and will create havoc in your city. Normal police have their hands full against this Super Villain. The Evil Dr. Vu will solicit Sims to become his henchmen and carry out his dastardly deeds.
    Super Hero HQ - Place MaxisMan's headquarters in your city to combat crime and keep your Sims safe. Upgrade with the Turbo Machine garage and the Reticulator landing pad.
    Evil Villain Lair - Place Dr. Vu's Lair in your city to unleash a crime wave. As The Evil Dr. Vu commits more crimes, upgrade his lair with a special laboratory and a garage for the Evil VuMobile.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • 2 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 12 GB HD Space
  • Video:
    • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT
    • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    • Intel HD Graphics 3000
Learn more at the links below.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Drox Operative Updated6:00 AM
Empire: Total War Now With Online Multiplayer6:00 AM
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IMG Reviews XCOM: Enemy Unknown6:00 AM
 
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