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SimCity Offline Mode Available Now
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced the launch of Update 10 for SimCity, which offers an offline mode for the first time. Now players of the latest incarnation of the popular city building sim will have the chance to enjoy the game without the need for a constant internet connection.

“We’ve listened to our players and today we are delivering against their most direct feedback with the release of the new Single-Player Mode,” said Patrick Buechner, GM of Maxis Emeryville. “Player feedback has helped us deliver 10 major gameplay Updates that have improved the experience with better tuning, new features and free content. This is the most definitive SimCity experience whether you choose to play Online or Offline.”

Available as a downloadable game Update at no additional cost to past and future owners of SimCity, the new single-player mode lets players unplug, build, and destroy their cities from anywhere in the world.

Originally designed from the ground-up as an always-connected experience, Maxis reengineered the game in order to move the calculations locally to the player’s PC or Mac. Gains in optimization to the GlassBox Engine allow players to have a similar gameplay experience, whether they choose to play Online or Offline.

Players will automatically receive the Update the next time they log-in to SimCity. From there they will have the option to play either way; the new Single-Player Mode, which enables Offline Play, or continue to play in the Multiplayer Mode. The Single-Player Mode retains the same expansive feel of the core SimCity gameplay while adding more control over when and how their progress is saved. Multiplayer Mode continues to deliver the SimCity experience that includes SimCity World, Leaderboards, Achievements, dynamic pricing of resources in the Global Market and Cloud Saves.

Update 10 Features:

    New:
    • SimCity Single-Player Mode.
      Enables Offline Play.
    • Single-Player Mode includes multi-city play, regional interdependence, and city specialization. Regions are saved locally and there is no limit on number of save games.
    • Autosave can be disabled in Single-Player Mode in order for players to experiment and load their regions at a previous save point.
    • Save As a copy feature. Players can make copies of their regions at multiple save points.
    • See FAQ on Single-Player Mode for full details.
    Performance: Optimizations in the simulator to improve performance of both Multiplayer and Single-Player Mode.
    Friends: Friends Search now uses the Origin friend search.
Read more at the links below.

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When In Rome Build An Empire
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When In Rome from Realore Studios is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. Players take the role of Flavious, a retired warrior tasked with expanded the Roman empire through new settlements and farms. When In Rome features more than 41 levels and three unique game modes.

The great warrior Flavious is injured and must retire. His new assignment is to expand the Roman territories by building new settlements and creating new farms with your help in a brand new time management game from Realore, When in Rome. Build Flavious' future while expanding the Roman Empire.

Harvest corn, mill flour, make bread, trade goods, and build settlements in the shoes of Flavious. Injury will not stop your progress when you redirect your energies and ambitions to growing the revered empire through managing citizens and local resources. In more than 41 challenging levels of play, create productive growth of towns and items for market.

Contribute to the prosperity of the great Roman Empire when you try the free trial version or download the full-unlimited version of When in Rome today!

Features:

  • Play over 41 levels of challenge.
  • Choose from three different modes: Untimed, Normal, Hard.
  • Find glittering objects for bonuses.
  • Explore and develop colorful Roman landscapes.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • 1.2 Ghz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
When In Rome is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Feed The World In Happy Chef 2
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Nordcurrent's Happy Chef 2 is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The game challenges players to become an expert chef as they learn new recipes in 5 locations spanning more than 70 challenging levels.

Cook a variety of dishes from all parts of the world and become an expert chef in this Time Management game. You start from the humble beginnings in an authentic pizza and pasta place in Italy, and as you become a more advanced cook, you go to Hawaii, America, China and France, and become a world famous star chef.

Cook pizzas and pastas, ice creams and brownies, pancakes and potato chips, oriental dishes, exquisite French plates and many more. Upgrade your kitchen with fantastic new equipment that you’ve always dreamed of, decorate your restaurant and serve a huge variety of customers with unique tastes and preferences. And have a lot of fun, while doing it, be a Happy Chef!

* More than a 100 dishes to cook from all over the globe – from pizzas and pastas to sophisticated oriental plates and French exquisite dishes

Features:

  • 5 locations to master in different parts of the world
  • More than 70 levels to complete
  • 5 mini-games with unique visuals
  • Hundreds of upgrades to decorate and improve your restaurants
  • 25+ hours to complete the game
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1 GHz Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 128 MB VRAM
Happy Chef 2 is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Monster Madness Online Public Alpha Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Nom Nom Games recently released a playable alpha version of Monster Madness Online, its upcoming free-to-play MMO shooter RPG. In the game players must take up arms to take back their town from evil Martians, working with other players to defeat legions of enemies. The game features more than 70 kinds of enemies, 10 different kinds of vehicles to operate, a variety of game modes, and cross platform multiplayer options.

“Giving players super early access to the game lets the community be directly involved in the development of Monster Madness Online,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, director at Nom Nom Games. “Fans can have input into features they would like to see in the final game.”

Go to www.MonsterMadness.com to enter the new survival map “The Diremarsh,” challenge The Grim Reaper, encounter six new enemy types and more. Set in the popular Monster Madness universe, this upcoming action RPG shooter is in development by the masterminds behind the highly acclaimed Dungeon Defenders.

In development for seamless cross-platform gameplay across PC, Mac, Android, Linux, iOS and web browser, the Monster Madness Online Alpha 1 public testing update incorporates the following new content and features:

  • “The Diremarsh” Survival Map - This level emphasizes non-linear exploration. Venture through this monster-infested magical forest to discover and conquer the evil that lies within!
  • Six New Enemy Types – The forces of evil have grown stronger joined by Miss Hiss, Headless Priest, Harpies, Evil Trees, Big Foot, and Skeletons.
  • The Grim Reaper – This wicked boss joins the fight as players attempt to escape from the crumbling ruins below the center of The Diremarsh! Can you defeat him and his immortal Army of the Dead before they pull you into the Underworld?
  • The Great Cat Hunt Story Mission - Travel all throughout Downtown Suburbia City and rescue Granny's cats from numerous challenging predicaments. Bring her precious kitties back to her for a special reward.
  • The Boomerang and Soda Grenade Launcher Weapons - The Boomerang, a powerful unlimited-ammo ranged weapon which lets you multi-target enemies and take them all down with a single throw! And the Soda Grenade Launcher, a cluster bomb launcher of fizzy soda pop cans useful for crowd control.
  • Three New Abilities - Flash Heal: Instantly burst-heals all players for a flat amount over a small area of effect. Cat Scratch Fever: Unleashes Feline fury, dramatically increasing your melee attack damage, attack speed, and movement speed. Invisibility Cloak: Renders you completely invisible to all enemies but slows your movement down to "sneaking speed".
  • “The Conscience” Pet - Composed of both an Angel and a Devil hovering over your shoulder -- you can dynamically pick which one is active to use a different enhancement, for good or evil.
  • Lots of New Cosmetics - Hilarious new costumes, expressions, and accessory skins await!
Check out the link below for more information

MMO Public Beta Details
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Franchise Hockey Manager Update Adds New Leagues, Systems6:00 AM
New Trailer For The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime 6:00 AM
Xenonauts Nearly Complete, Enters Polishing Stage6:00 AM
 
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