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Monday, February 24, 2014

New Publisher To Release Moebius: Empire Rising April 15
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Phoenix Online Studios, developer of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, has announced the formation of Phoenix Online Publishing to publish indie games with a focus on story driven gameplay. The announcement came with a list of the company's first four publishing efforts: Jane Jensen's Kickstarter funded Moebius: Empire Rising (due out on April 15), Lost Civilization (also an April 15 launch), The Last Door: Collector's Edition (launching in the second quarter of 2014), and Quest for Infamy (another second quarter 2014 release).

Today we are extremely excited to announce the opening of Phoenix Online Publishing™, our new indie publishing division! Phoenix Online Publishing will be dedicated to bringing indie titles featuring rich storytelling and atmosphere in every genre from role-playing to strategy and adventure to market via major digital and retail distribution platforms worldwide.

Scott Steinberg, who recently joined us at Phoenix Online Studios, will also be the general manager of the new publishing division, and is very excited about the new endeavor: “Every game, and game developer, has a story waiting to be told… stories which it’s our distinct pleasure to help creators tell by partnering with leading indies to successfully launch games across all genres and platforms globally. By shining the spotlight on independent game developers, and providing the full range of business management, marketing, and promotions services they need to support their creative vision, we’re proud to provide studios a lasting foundation for success, and bring players the deeper, richer, and more engaging game experiences that they crave.”

Moebius: Empire Rising
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

Moebius: Empire Rising is the first in an all-new series of paranormal mystery adventures from award-winning game designer Jane Jensen, creator of the bestselling Gabriel Knight® series and Gray Matter™. Players will step into the shoes of Malachi Rector, a brilliant antiques dealer and historian whose photographic memory and eye for deduction transforms locations and clues into interactive puzzle pieces and historical patterns to put together. By bringing shocking insights and evidence together, players will learn a startling truth about space and time in this metaphysical thriller: Our actions are but a single thread in a larger pattern of life and history, and it’s up to you to stop others from pulling their strings.

Quest for Infamy
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux

Return to the glory days of role-playing and adventure in Quest for Infamy, a humor-filled fantasy epic styled in the vein of classic PC RPGs, where you play the charming villain. Blending turn-based combat and spell-casting with puzzle solving and adventure, players can choose from three character classes—brigand (strength), rogue (stealth), or sorcerer (magic), each with unique storylines and adventures—in one of the largest retro role-playing experiences ever. Adventurers are invited to explore a world of hand-drawn wonder, as they wind their way through trap-infested dungeons, battle slavering beasts with swords or custom-made spells, and lie, cheat and steal their way to infamy.

The Last Door: Collector’s Edition
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android

You’ve never truly felt what it’s like to be alone in the dark until you’ve played The Last Door: Collector’s Edition, a low-res, high-suspense horror adventure that’s won multiple Best Games of the Year awards, which Penny Arcade calls “a love letter to H.P. Lovecraft.” The Last Door: Collector’s Edition features exclusive new scenes and puzzles, enhanced graphics, unlockable bonuses, and remastered sound in a special must-see edition of the popular point-and-click adventure. Exploring ancient manors, decaying tenements and twisting underground warrens with lamp and magnifying glass, four terrifying episodes of occult and otherworldly horror invite you to investigate Victorian England’s deepest, darkest secrets. A critically-acclaimed “must-play” enjoyed by over one million people worldwide, discover why 148Apps calls this “a series not to miss out on” – and how The Last Door: Collector’s Edition brings its horrifying secrets screaming back to life.

Lost Civilization
Platorms: PC, Mac, iOS, Android

In Lost Civilization, race to unearth the mystery of a forgotten civilization and rescue your kidnapped fiancé in an atmospheric adventure, suitable for beginners and diehards alike, featuring a haunting blend of puzzle-solving and investigation. As amateur archaeologist Suzanne, journey from the dark corners of Prague to the forgotten chapters of Mayan civilization as you solve clever puzzles and unravel ancient secrets that could lead to proof that alien life exists on Earth. Featuring over 70 richly-detailed and animated scenes, haunting sound effects, and a refreshing variety of challenges ranging from clever brainteasers to eye-catching interactive mini-games, the fate of the world rests in your hands.

For more information about the Phoenix Online Publishing and the games listed above, follow the links below.

Phoenix Online Publishing Plans
Moebius: Empire Rising
Quest For Infamy
The Last Door: Collector's Edition
Lost Civilization
Buy Moebius: Empire Rising
Buy Quest For Infamy
Buy The Last Door: Collector's Edition

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Dustforce Cleans Up At MGS
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Dustforce from HitboxTeam and Digerati Distribution is now available for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The acrobatic platformer puts players in the role of a janitor who must use acrobatic skills to clean up the game's levels. Dustforce features over 50 levels of varying difficulty.

As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse precarious environments. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D sweep-'em-up platformer.


  • Over 50 levels varying in difficulty from elegant exploration levels to intense challenges for hardcore players.
  • Compete on the online leaderboard and instantly watch replays of every players' best attempts.
  • Play against your friends with local multiplayer matches.
  • Roam through a myriad of beautiful environments accompanied by an original soundtrack.
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 2Ghz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 400 MB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
Dustforce is available now for $9.99 (USD).

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Infested Planet Trailer Debuts
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Rocket Bear Games has released a new trailer for its upcoming Infested Planet. The game gives players command of 5 elite soldiers tasked with defeating a horde of 100,000 monsters. Infested planet features 21 weapons and buildings to employ, 33 alien mutations to encounter, procedurally generated maps, and a random mutation system.

Command a team of 5 elite soldiers against an alien horde of 100,000. Surrounded on all sides, you must outmaneuver and outsmart the enemy.

The enemy is closing in around you. Your soldiers are being flanked and the perimeter is slowly collapsing under a vicious alien assault. Robotic turrets will not last much longer. Just a little more and the bugs will swarm into your unprotected base. What are your orders?

You order your soldiers to fall back to a defensive chokepoint and rebuild your defenses. Sacrifice the forward squads to gain some extra time. Gather your team while equipping them with flamethrowers and laser guns. Start building a siege cannon for fire support. Then, while the aliens are busy, flank their main hives to destroy and capture them.

You have just pulled off a tactical victory - but there's no time to rest.

The aliens are constantly mutating. One moment your shotguns are ripping through the horde, the next the aliens grow hard, bullet-proof armour. You must adapt as well. Equip your team with stealth suits, miniguns, grenade launchers - your commands will decide the battle's outcome.


  • Real time tactical combat
  • A lengthy campaign where you develop new weapons
  • Procedural maps and random mutation system keep the game fresh
  • 21 Human weapons and buildings for you to wield
  • 33 Alien mutations to keep you on your toes
  • Fight thousands of enemies at once
Head over to the link below to view the trailer.

Infested Planet Enlistment Trailer
Infested Planet

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Memorable Characters In Shadowrun: Dragonfall
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Kotaku recently posted a new preview of Harebrained Schemes' upcoming Shadowrun: Dragonfall, the promised Berlin expansion for its Kickstarter funded Shadowrun Returns RPG. The add-on will include a new campaign, a new city to explore, a variety of new weapons, new enemies to vanquish, improvements to the game editor, and the much in demand ability to save the game anywhere.

my adventure in Dragonfall begins with the forging of bonds that will last a (relatively short) lifetime.

Take Dietrich here, for instance — good old, reliable Dietrich. Used to be some sort of musician or something. Now he runs the streets, flicking completely ineffective knives at his enemies when he's not casting much more effect healing and damage spells. He's a keeper.

Then there's the enigmatic Glory, a mysterious, seemingly emotionless Street Samurai, enhanced with tech that was ancient before she was born. Been trying to get her to open up to me, without much success. She'll crack.

Ah, Blitz — the newbie of the group. We pulled his ass out of a fire directly into an even larger fire. Whoops. He's got big shoes to fill.

And Eiger? The jury's still out. Let's just say we got off on the wrong foot, and now she wants to run that foot over repeatedly and remotely.

What's wonderful about these characters? I didn't have to look any of that up. They made so much of an impression on me over the course of the limited demo I played through (maybe 2 hours), that they might as well be at my house, seated around my dining room table, eating all of my snack food.

They've got back story. They have emotions. They take my choices into account and react to me accordingly. They have humanity.

Click over to the page below for more.

Kotaku: Shadowrun Dragonfall Preview
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut

Mac Gamer HQ's 13 Most Anticipated Games Of 2014
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac Gamer HQ recently unveiled a list of The 13 Most Anticipated Mac Games Of 2014. Some of the titles that made the cut for great anticipation are Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Telltale's take on Game of Thrones, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wasteland 2.

2013 was an amazing year for Mac gaming, leaving us with lots of high quality AAA games and indies. Yet, the video-game industry is relentless. It moves on so fast, we’re already looking for what’s ahead.

After celebrating and paying homage to 2013, it’s time we focus on this new year. While it’s still early to tell and there’s a huge chance release dates will change and games will be pushed back, lets take a moment and look at the most exciting games 2014 has in store for the Mac.

Granted, there are tenths of high profile games expected this year, specially with the indie movement growing more and more, but for the time being, lets focus on to the 13 most anticipated Mac games for 2014.

Check out the full list at the page linked below.

Mac Gamer HQ: Anticipated Games Of 2014
Mac Gamer HQ

Mac Games News for Friday, February 21, 2014

Eight Tasty Games For $19.95 In The MGS Delicious Bundle3:54 PM
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Playtest With Wyatt Cheng6:00 AM
Eschalon: Book III Brings The Quest To An End At MGS6:00 AM
FTL: Advanced Edition Details6:00 AM
Wasteland 2 OS X Beta Arrives With Next Update6:00 AM
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