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Tropico 4: Captain Of Industry Available Now
2:22 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive recently launched Captain of Industry, the second DLC add-on for Tropico 4: Gold Edition. New content in Captain of Industry includes the chance to build the world's greatest city, to turn Tropico into a pirate's paradise, or to clean up the streets as a masked vigilante.

Captain of Industry

Swashbucklers, superheroes and sustainable development: all in a day’s work for El Presidente. Protect Tropico’s newly-discovered pirate heritage, go undercover as a masked crime-fighter and build the biggest, happiest city the world has ever seen in the Captain of Industry DLC!

    Megalopolis - Concrete the jungle!

      Fight against famine and make poverty history as you race to build the world’s greatest city.

    Pirate Heaven - Make Tropico the new Treasure Island!

      Turn Tropico into a pirate’s paradise! Smuggle black market goods and and plunder your citizens’ booty.

    Vigilante - Take the law into your own hands!

      Clean up the streets of Tropico as the Masked Avenger, and put the island’s criminals where they belong: working for you in a labor camp.
Captain of Industry is available now for $10.99 (USD).

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Borderlands 2 Titles 50% Off This Weekend At MGS
2:17 PM | IMG News | 19 comments

This weekend Mac Game Store is offering every Borderlands 2 title for 50% off the regular price. Brought to Mac by Aspyr Media, the Borderlands 2 series features zany humor and lots of shooter action.

Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty DLC
Borderlands 2: Creature Slaughterdome
Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition
Borderlands 2: Mechromancer Pack
Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
Borderlands 2: Psycho Pack
Borderlands 2: Season Pass
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep
Borderlands 2: TK Baha's Bloody Harvest
Borderlands 2: Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2
Check out the sale and other specials at the links below.

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Dungeonforge Teaser Trailer Unveiled
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Collective Dream Studios has released a new teaser trailer for its upcoming action RPG, Dungeonforge. The game is described as a "free to play RPG where the community drives the content." Players will have the chance to build dungeons for themselves and others to enjoy, and engage in combat with a Diablo style perspective and a combat engine inspired by titles like The Witcher 2 and Dark Souls.

Dungeonforge is a free to play RPG where the community drives the content. We provide a dungeon and quest creation system, a rich gameworld for community content to exist in, and insane, action RPG combat with some innovative twists thrown in for maximum freshness. Dungeonforge is built on two main premises, that great gameplay, first and foremost, makes great games and that community created content makes the gaming world go ’round.

The game will be free to play for everyone and all gameplay content will be available for free at all times. It is important to us to allow all players to enjoy the unlimited fresh content created by our community without restriction. Also, items that affect gameplay are not directly sold to players at all. Cosmetic items such as skins for your character will be offered to those interested in personalizing the look of their character. Our most interesting mechanic, however, is the Epic Dungeon system. Any dungeon can be played as an Epic Dungeon when using an Epic Dungeon Pass. This automatically increases the difficulty setting of the dungeon. When the dungeon is completed, all participating players are rewarded with Epic Loot. Epic Loot is simply aesthetically unique loot that may have interesting (however precisely balanced) effects when used. These effects will tend to be of a visual nature (think, transforming a defeated enemy into a harmless bunny rather than a corpse. Stuff like that). Epic Loot will also come in collectible sets that grant a boost to the user when all pieces are worn. Loot may be freely traded with other players so you can seek out and trade for the set you're currently collecting. When a dungeon is played using an Epic Dungeon Pass, the creator of the dungeon receives a kick-back of in-game currency to be used on cosmetic items or, if enough is accrued, even cashed in for real-world money providing a tangible reward for creating the very best content. Also, if your map is highly rated we'll promote it within the game upping the chances players find and play it and increasing your opportunity for such rewards.

The Dungeonforge: Our Editing Tools

As the name of the game aptly demonstrates, the "Dungeonforge," our toolset for creating dungeons and quests, is at the heart of what we hope to accomplish. What we’re delivering is a set of tools for easily creating content for others to enjoy.

Was there ever a time when playing a game you loved that your imagination just went wild thinking about what you might add to the game? You’re not alone. User-made creations are woven throughout the very fabric of gaming. Have you given any thought, even just for a moment, to what mark you might want to leave? What’s standing in your way?

With the map editor that is at the core of Dungeonforge, we give you all you need to create instantly playable content. You'll be able to create a dungeon by laying down prefabricated sections. Once you've laid out the rooms and corridors you can set down monsters, determine loot drops, set down treasure chests, even add NPCs that can act as quest givers, merchants, helpers, or whatever else your narrative requires. Quest creation and editing tools are included to create your own story. You can add dialog or even add full-motion cut-scenes to your dungeon quickly and easily. Once your dungeon is finished, we then take that content and put it center stage for all to enjoy.

New, user-created content is always available and accessible from within the game as part of a rich, interconnected gameworld with the very best content becoming an indelible part of the gameworld and its lore.

Combat

Central to our promise of delivering a game with great gameplay at its foundation is our innovative take on combat. Dungeonforge is presented as a top-down, aRPG in the legacy of Diablo, Baldur's Gate, and other classics. Where we depart from the well-worn philosophy that governs that genre, however, is in the way our combat system emphasizes player skill and strategy to a greater degree, and the stat sheet to a slightly lesser. Stats form an important part of defining how a character plays and the ability to customize and focus that around your play style is fundamental to our philosophy. However, your character's stats are never given final say in victory or defeat. We put that power where it belongs; in the player's hands.

Though the player perspective is borrowed from games like Diablo, the combat system finds inspiration in particular from two other, very different games: Dark Souls, and the Witcher 2.

The Dungeonforge combat system emphasizes timing, positioning and knowing your foe. Here, avoiding taking damage is on equal ground to dishing it.

Attacks are handled via the mouse clicks and the "qwer" hotkeys that should be familiar to many players. Where combat becomes unique, however, is in the timing-based combo system. In short, every attack can be strung into a combo. Every combo has a particular timing that, when exactly accomplished, grants a massive boost in damage or effects on enemies. This is supported by a robust animation system to vividly and fluidly display the combos and give players ample visual cues as to how the timing of a combo should be executed just by watching your character perform the moves. This prevents battle from ever degrading into "stand there and spam a button 'til monster dies" territory.

To defend oneself, a player has the ability to dodge incoming attacks or take them on a shield. Here, positioning and timing are paramount to avoid taking an ax to the face. These defensive maneuvers blend seamlessly with offensive attacks, opening up enemies for devastating counter attacks.

Our desire and intention with the combat system has been clear to us from the outset: to design something that is unique without being unfocused or cumbersome, plays fluidly, is fun to use, and emphasizes player skill first and foremost. Whatever we did, the end result would have to be something that was worth coming back to play over and over again. Something that supported our underlying premise that great games are built upon the foundation of great gameplay.

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Dungeonforge Teaser Trailer
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Become A Destructive House Cat In Catlateral Damage
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

An IMG reader recently emailed us about Catlateral Damage, a "first-person destructive cat simulator" which gives players the chance to take the role of a house cat with one mission: "to knock as many of your owner's possessions onto the ground as possible." Alpha builds, a browser based preview, and a trailer are available for those interested in learning more about the game.

Play as a cooped-up cat where your paw is your only weapon and mischief-making is your only directive.

Catlateral Damage is a first-person destructive cat simulator where your goal is to knock as many of your owner's possessions onto the ground as possible. It is currently in alpha and being created in Unity by Chris Chung. The full version will include additional levels, lots of objects to swat at, and more!

Sink your claws into more information at the site linked below.

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IMG Reviews Kentucky Route Zero
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Inside Mac Games has posted a new review of the first two chapters of Cardboard Computer's Kentucky Route Zero. The "magic realist adventure game" puts players in the role of Conway, an antique furniture deliveryman who ends up taking a trip on a secret highway in Kentucky and meeting dozens of unusual characters along the way.

Here's an excerpt:

When you're not walking around specific locations trying to gain your bearings, you're out on the road, travelling from place to place via a minimalist wireframe map. Seemingly random encounters and references to bizarrely described landmarks help to define the unsettled absurdity of the world around you. It immediately reminded me of the absurdist screen saver Hotel Gadget – minimalistic windows into frozen scenes both disturbingly incomprehensible and immediately relatable at the same time. It helps the game settle into an tense uncanny valley of realism. A traffic jam looks like an ordinary traffic jam until you leave the truck and understand what is happening. A museum at first resembles a customary commemoration of local culture and history, until you look closer at what is the real audience and what is the real exhibit.

The characterization and dialogue of a game's writing are at the core of its ability to tell a story well, and it seems like a marvel that the game is able to do so much with so little. Conversations sometimes do have a tendency to be long-winded with secondary characters -- leaving the audience wondering what the point is to having the characters talk about seemingly inane details about their lives at length -- but the writing has the uncanny ability to keep you engaged and involved, and even the longer dialogues don't outstay their welcome.

Read the full review at the page below.

IMG Review: Kentucky Route Zero
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Take A Shot With Slingshot Puzzle
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Slingshot Puzzle is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The action puzzler combines elements of pinball and golf, challenging players to sink the ball while avoiding obstacles of all sorts. Slingshot Puzzle features over 144 challenging levels.

Welcome to the ultimate arcade puzzle challenge! Draw back your crossbow and unleash your ball with the goal of sinking it in the hole, like a combination of pinball and golf. But bumpers and sand traps are child's play compared to the obstacles you'll face in Slingshot Challenge! You'll need to avoid a variety of obstacles including traps, barriers, ice cubes and more, and make clever use of fans, switches, rotating blocks and other mechanisms, all of which can help or hinder your progress. You'll have three shots to reach your goal, and three gems to collect along the way, if you so choose. Featuring eye-popping 2D graphics, simple point-and-click gameplay, and dozens of addictive levels across seven chapters, Slingshot Puzzle offers hours of satisfying fun!

Features:

  • 144 challenging levels
  • Eight gorgeous worlds
  • Intuitive controls
  • Vibrant visuals
  • Tutorial
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 1 GHz Intel Mac
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 256 MB HD Space
Slingshot Puzzle is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 16, 2014

Europa Universalis IV: Conquest Of Paradise Now Available6:00 AM
Nova Golf Takes A Swing At MGS6:00 AM
The Banner Saga Released6:00 AM
The Wolf Among Us Episode 2 Arrives In February6:00 AM
 
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