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SimCity Offline Mode Coming In New Patch
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a new blog post Maxis and Electronic Arts officially announced an offline mode is coming to SimCity in Update 10. Once the patch is released the latest incarnation of the popular city building sim will offer players the chance to enjoy the game without the need for an internet connection.

Yes, Offline is coming as a free download with Update 10 to all SimCity players. When we launch it, all of your previously downloaded content will be available to you anytime, anywhere, without the need for an internet connection. We are in the late phases of wrapping up its development and while we want to get it into your hands as soon as possible, our priority is to make sure that it’s as polished as possible before we release it. So, until then… testing, testing and more testing. As one of the final steps, we’re putting Offline into the hands of some of our most hardcore players, the DevTesters. This group of volunteers is going to put Offline through its paces before we release it.

In Update 10, you can still play solo in Regions on your own, or in Multiplayer with people from around the world. What’s new is the Single Player Mode, which allows you to play the game Offline by yourself. And because your saved games in this mode are stored locally, you can save and load to your heart’s content. Our team will be delivering a follow-up blog that will outline the full details in the near future so stay tuned.

So what does this mean for the Online game? All of the benefits of being connected will remain including access to Multiplayer, the Global Market and Leaderboards. And all of your pre-existing saved cities and regions will still be accessible should you log-in to the Online game.

Bringing the game Offline means big things for our wonderful community of Modders. They can now make modifications to the game and its components without compromising the integrity of the Online game. Modding is a big part of our studio’s legacy and we’re excited to see what you guys create.

Read more at the link below.

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Cities In Motion 2: Marvellous Monorails Now At MGS
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Paradox Interactive's Marvellous Monorails, a new expansion for Cities in Motion 2, is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store The addition includes five new monorail vehicles as well as new elevated rails to carry them, and will require new strategies for effectively adding the monorails to cities.

Marvellous Monorails introduces an all-new vehicle type to Cities in Motion 2. The monorail is a handy vehicle for inner-city connections and works best in circular lines. The pack boasts five different monorail vehicles, from the slow and large Toyoka Cybria City, to the super-fast, but high maintenance Stern-Berger Mate.

An all new mode of transportation! They are fast, attract a lot of passengers, and give your city a novelty look with their elevated rails. When a metro line is too expensive, look to construct the monorail. Build circular lines for maximum efficiency and try all of the five different monorail vehicles to find just the right one for each line.

Ness Mono

    Ness Mono is a favorite. It's very comfortable to ride and also fairly fast, so people get to their destinations quick and enjoyably.
Hana-Bi Challenger
    This eco-friendly monorail is attractive to passengers and quite sturdy, thus requiring less maintenance than most vehicles.
Toyoka Cybria City
    For long routes with many stops, this trooper is a good option.
Capitol Palm
    Fast and reliable. It’s perfect for longer routes with few stops.
Stern-Berger Mate
    When speed is what you want, Mate from Stern-Berger is your choice!
Marvellous Monorails is available now for $9.99. Learn more at the links below.

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CID The Dummy Arrives On Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Twelve Games has announced the release of Mac and Linux versions of CID the Dummy on Steam, ports made possible by CodeWeavers. The game is an action platformer starring CID, a crash test dummy whose goal is rescuing the beautiful daughter of his inventor.

“We’re very excited that CID will be able to entertain Mac and Linux gamers now,” Twelve Games CEO, Giuseppe Crugliano. “We know that the Mac and Linux game markets are expanding, particularly with Valve’s rolling out many of its own titles for those two platforms. CodeWeavers was able to get us to that space quickly and easily, and we’re very pleased to be in this new market.”

While CID THE DUMMY is an action game, with a sophisticated fighting system, it’s still friendly. There’s a minimum of gore, and a maximum of fun, with lots of electrifying elements, humor, and addictive gameplay. The game’s sophisticated fighting system presents hysterical confrontations, but ironically enemies die with no gore!

“We’re amused at the irony that our platform game is now truly multi-platform,” said Crugliano, “CID can now compete on any operating system, and we’re certain that he’ll be able to prevail in any situation!”

CID THE DUMMY is a playable action/platform game starring CID, a crash test dummy whose goal is rescuing the beautiful daughter of his inventor. In the process, CID has to navigate a fast-changing world, and fight a variety of foes. Filled with an amusing blend of action and puzzle-filled game play, CID THE DUMMY blends classic platform elements such as timed jumps, collecting pick-ups, defeating enemies, and challenging boss battles with more cerebral elements such as puzzles, clever weapon use and route finding.

For more information head over to the page linked below.

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Jewel Legends - Magical Kingdom Available
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Jewel Legends - Magical Kingdom is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The game gives players the task of of rebuilding the Magical Kingdom, destroyed under the Black Sorcerer's tyrannical reign.

Rebuild the Magical Kingdom in Jewel Legends: Magical Kingdom!

Once the people of the Magical Kingdom lived in contentment and prosperity, but then the army of the Black Sorcerer took everything from them and destroyed the kingdom. The Black Sorcerer has been defeated, but everything lies in ashes. Now it is your task to rebuild the Magical Kingdom and restore its former glory! Collect precious jewels by forming rows of 3 or more jewels. Build beautiful buildings and the magnificent castle and be the Magical Kingdom’s savior!

Features:

  • Restore the Magical Kingdom to its former glory in this jewel-matching adventure
  • 140 levels and 8 magical tools
  • Build marvelous structures such as the Crystal Forge, the Mage Tower and the magnificent castle
  • 3 game modes - Adventure, Tournament and Freeplay - plus Challenging Minigame
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1 GHz Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 250 MB HD Space
Jewel Legends - Magical Kingdom is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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FOG: The Story Of Jacques Matthews Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Torquay based independent game studio Curiosity Studios has announced work on FOG: The Story of Jacques Matthews, an upcoming psychological adventure game. The game follows the tale of a fisherman washed up on the beach of a fog cloaked island and is scheduled to release for Mac and Windows PCs this year.

Lost and disorientated after a storm, fisherman Jacques Matthews finds himself washed up on an island with nothing but a thick fog to keep him company. Shortly after arriving he comes across a mysterious girl who claims she can help him on his journey. With unknown dangers lurking in the fog and a constantly shifting island Jacques is forced to trust the girl as he fights to keep his sanity and use light to guide himself through the island, unlock its secrets, find his fellow crewmen and discover what lies beyond.

FOG: The Story of Jacques Matthews is a psychological adventure game that blends deep exploration, emotional storytelling and enthralling puzzles to create a seamless and immersive experience that changes with every playthrough for every player. Unearth clues and secrets of the island by searching every nook and cranny, witness the ups and downs of Jacques Matthews and progress through the island by using your reactions, speed and brains to solve every mystery laid out before you. Then, thanks to the FOG system, you can replay the whole game again knowing that your experience and opinion of every location and character will be completely different to your previous playthroughs.

Key Features:

  • FOG. FOG Always Changes: With the FOG system every play through is a unique experience, with randomly generated game structure, level placement, visuals, audio, story related events and no loading screens between levels.
  • Follow the Light: FOG's unique art style and use of lighting creates an eerie but gorgeous world that jumps off the screen whilst also aiding the player through the game.
  • Immersive Puzzles: Delve deep into the belly of the island through immersive and engaging puzzles that test your reactions, speed, brains and mentality.
  • Story Time: Witness a deep psychological story filled with atmospheric locations, intricate characters and mysterious unknowns, all with their own secrets, events and plots waiting to be uncovered.
  • By the Gamers, for the Gamers: Developed alongside the GCPP (Gaming Community Portfolio Project), a project aiming to help fellow gamers build a portfolio and achieve their dreams of a job in the games industry.
Check out the links below for a launch trailer and more information about the game.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blackguards Early Access Gets Mac Version6:00 AM
Broken Age, Part 1 Arrives For Backers On January 146:00 AM
Captain Of Industry Launching January 16 For Tropico 46:00 AM
Physics Based Action Fun In Knockball6:00 AM
 
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