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6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games' Justin Ancheta has posted a new review of LUFTRAUSERS from Vlambeer and Devolver Digital. The unique new arcade-style aerial combat shooter gives interested pilots the chance to customize their very own “rauser” and "battle wily enemy fighters amongst the clouds or charge colossal battleships scattered across the open seas."

Here's an excerpt:

Luftrausers doesn't waste any time in making its presence, meaning, and ultimate purpose felt. After a quick publisher/developer title screen, you're launched right into a tutorial level that's less of a tutorial, and more of an in-your-face firefight for survival. You're put into a little plane with a machine gun and set free to shoot anything and everything that's in your sight. It's here that the game introduces you to its key mechanic: stall-based flight controls.

The side-scrolling 2D style of Luftrauser's gameplay is immediately reminiscent of Asteroids’ myriad derivatives. However, unlike the weightlessness of space, you are constantly bound by gravity, and you do not have the benefit of inertia keeping you in motion. Letting up on your thrust stalls your plane, but it also significantly increases your turning speed. Because the controls let you almost stop and turn on a dime in mid-air, you’re allowed to deftly dodge and weave your way through swarms of incoming enemy projectiles with incredible ease. This is important once later units like the Battleship and Blimp appear, and it adds an Ikaruga-esque bullet-hell element to the action.

Read the full review at the link below.


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Vlambeer and Devolver Digital's LUFTRAUSERS is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The arcade shooter puts players in control of an aircraft and challenges them to destroy as many enemies as possible before they are destroyed. LUFTRAUSERS features customizable aircraft, over 100 missions to conquer, and a variety of trophies and achievements to claim.

The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS! Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores. Bravely volunteer for one of over 100 daring missions to unlock new Rauser combinations and vibrant color variations and become the most legendary Rauser pilot of all time!


  • Bold Aerial Combat – White-knuckle battles against a crimson and cream sky harken back to the pure arcade shooters of the past with tight gameplay, ridiculous combos, and challenges that can only be mastered by the most elite Rauser pilots in the world.
  • Customizable Rausers – Unlock unique weapons, plane bodies, and propulsion systems to radically alter your fighter in over 125 deadly combinations. Each daring configuration not only radically alters how your Rauser handles and attacks but also rearranges the dynamic soundtrack crafted by KOZILEK.
  • Daring Missions – Make your fellow airmen proud as you tackle over 100 challenging missions from your commanding officers and face off against rival aces in a dogfight to the death.
  • Trophies and Achievements - You know, a little something to brag about on shore leave.
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • 1.2 Ghz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 200 MB HD Space
  • 256 MB VRAM
LUFTRAUSERS is available now for $9.99 (USD).


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MGS Reviews Diablo 3: Reaper Of Souls & Dead Island GotYE
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Mac Game Store recently featured new reviews of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and Deep Silver and Virtual Programming's Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition.

From the Reaper of Souls review:

Boss fights are vastly improved in Reaper of Souls. Diablo is notoriously easy for being the end of Act IV, but Malthael is no pushover and is a challenging fight on all difficulty levels. Not all the boss fights are hard, but they are all visually dynamic and make it feel suitably epic to take down the big baddies. I also noticed a significant increase in unique elites in Act V, and it was fun to take these various foes on. There is also a notable increase in random quests you find in each area, as well as side dungeons. The Blood Marshes area alone took me over 3 hours to complete as I explored every nook and cranny.
From the Dead Island review:
Taking clear inspiration from the Borderlands template, you have 4 characters each with a special ability of sorts and 3 skill trees. There are a multitude of randomly generated weapons with unique stats and occasionally elemental effects such as fire or electricity. The comparison stops there however and Dead Island is very much its own game despite borrowing ideas from others. Weapons can be upgraded and even modified to improve their stats. Stamina is a big part of the game, as each weapon swing reduces your bar, as well as running and taking damage. If you aren’t careful, enemies can even knock you over. Every character can also kick things, which comes in handy in a variety of ways. It can stop a charging foe, or a jump kick can bash a zombie over where it’s easier to deal with.
For the full reviews head over to the links below.

MGS: Reaper Of Souls Review
MGS: Dead Island Review
Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls
Virtual Programming
Dead Island: Game Of The Year Edition
Buy Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls
Buy Dead Island: Game Of The Year Edition

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The Last Federation Launches April 18
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Arcen Games has announced and April 18 release for The Last Federation. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs the sci-fi turn-based strategy game features up to 5 factions competing at once, eight unique races, multiple difficulty levels, and a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants.

TLF is a grand strategy campaign with turn-based tactical combat, and like all of our games - you won't find anything else out there quite like it! The game marks Arcen's return to the space strategy genre, where we first made a name for ourselves with AI War: Fleet Command.

Grand strategy with turn-based tactical combat, set in a deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. You are the last of a murdered race, determined to unify or destroy the 8 others.  But you must work from the shadows, using superior technology -- bring your cape and cowl.

Greetings, Hydral.  I will be your computer for this "grand strategy campaign with turn-based tactical combat."  I think that's code for "we're going to die."

Our solar system is vast and complicated, and I sense you are a little dimwitted -- so I tell you what, let's start with the simple stuff.  Like escaping with this flagship you just hijacked from a bunch of angry robots.  That seems important.

Please excuse my impertinence, but I believe you are the last of a murdered race, yes?  My records note you Hydrals were the dictators of the solar system, so basically you had it coming.  And by "it," I mean the moon that smacked into your homeworld.  Hmm.  So people really aren't going to like you until they get to know you.  Well, only you can use the scattered remnants of advanced Hydral technology, so that's something.

Look, I'm not going to tell you what to do.  My understanding is that you're trying to form the solar system's first-and-last unified federation, and that's noble enough.  But right now nobody wants that except you, and you've got 8 very diverse, very angry races to either unify or exterminate.  So... good luck with that.  I'll help how I can.


  • Turn-based tactical combat, with up to 5 factions competing at once.
  • Extremely deep simulation of an entire solar system and its billions of inhabitants. Even just watching everything unfold in Observer mode is entertaining, as nations rise and fall.
  • New-player-friendly ramp-up of complexity as you play, which you can disable if you're already a veteran.
  • Eight races each have very distinct personalities and attributes. Each one even has its own completely unique political system.
  • Difficulty levels split between the grand strategy and turn-based combat portions of the game, both ranging from quite casual to incredibly hardcore.
  • Save and reload your game with ease any time, or tough it out in ironman mode.
  • Composer Pablo Vega's best soundtrack to date, featuring 54 minutes of music and the vocal finale "Lay Down Your Arms."

For more information follow the link below.

Arcen Games
The Last Federation
Buy The Last Federation

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