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Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Coming To Mac Today
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Feral Interactive has announced that the fairytale platforming game Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, the re-imagining of the beloved SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive game of the same name, will be released for Mac on Thursday, July 24th. Players take the role of Mickey as he sets off to save the kidnapped Minnie Mouse from her captor, the evil witch Mizrabel.

“Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse evokes the storybook feel of classic Disney fairytales,” said David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “Everything from the charming environments to the movements of Mickey and his enchanted adversaries harks back to Disney’s rich legacy of animation.”

When Minnie Mouse is kidnapped by the evil witch Mizrabel, it’s up to Mickey to rescue her from Mizrabel’s castle, a magical stronghold where ingeniously challenging levels await the intrepid mouse behind every door. As he ventures deeper into this whimsical world, Mickey discovers that Mizrabel’s powerful illusions make for very real danger.

As Mickey, players will run, jump, swing and swim through a haunted forest, a maze of living books and even a milkshake-flooded candy world as they solve puzzles and confront a series of increasingly tricky tasks and spellbound adversaries in the quest to save Minnie.Brought to life with sparkling graphics inspired by Disney's signature animation style and completely rebuilt from the ground up, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse recreates the original game’s side-scrolling platform action for new adventurers and veteran heroes alike

Minimum system requirements call for a 1.8GHz Intel Mac with at least 4.0GB RAM, 256MB or better graphics card, and Mac OS 10.8.5 or later. The game requires an Nvidia 600 series, an AMD 4000 series or an Intel 4000 graphics card or better. A Steam account is required to access online multiplayer.

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is available now for $14.99 (USD).

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Defy The Laws Of Physics In Bridge Constructor
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Bridge Constructor from Merge Games is available now for purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The sim gives players the chance to take the role of bridge engineer and architect as they solve level puzzles by building bridges capable of withstanding the stress of traffic in a variety of unique areas.

Become an appraised bridge engineer and architect in Bridge Constructor. Create and design your own constructions and watch the cars and trucks pass over them - or see them fall and crash while your inferior creations collapse due to weight and the laws of physics!

Progress through numerous levels and build bridges over deep valleys, canals, or rivers. Stress tests reveal whether the bridge you build can withstand the daily stress of continual use from cars and trucks.

Choose between a range of materials for each individual bridge, such as wood, steel, cables, or concrete pillars. Use the appropriate materials and stay within budget to build the perfect bridge. The choice of materials enables you to build each bridge in almost infinite variety – your budget is the only limit.

So get on the drawing board and set your imagination and creativity free!

The Steam version also includes SlopeMania, a fully sized Add-On to the original game, bringing more levels, features, a new setting and much more.

Features:

  • 64 Levels
  • 6 Settings: City, Canyon, Beach, Mountains, Hills, Grotto
  • Option to build sloping roads
  • Map with all unlocked worlds/levels
  • 4 different building materials: Wood, Steel, Cables, Concrete pillars
  • Color coded load indicator for different building materials
  • Three different load bearing levels: Car, Truck and Tank Truck
  • High score per level
  • Steam achievements & Leaderboards
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • 1.8 GHz Dual Core Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
Note:
  • Optional Steam Key provided with purchase. Not required.
Bridge Constructor is available now for $8.99 (USD).

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The Lore Of Heroes & Legends: Conquerors Of Kolhar
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Phoenix Online Publishing and Cuve Games have revealed some more lore about the upcoming Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar. Coming To Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs, the game merges elements from RPGs, strategy titles, and "Roguelikes" to create gameplay focused on automated combat. Players outfit a party of five heroes and then go to war against hordes of enemies.

Carve your way through hordes of demons, undead and mythical monsters with swords and spells as you race to stop an evil prophecy from unfolding in this action-packed fantasy role-playing epic. An electrifying blend of combat and strategy, Heroes and Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar invites you to pit your wits and reflexes against foes in both story-driven and randomly-generated adventures. Create your own weapons and armor with a custom crafting system, then lead wizards, warriors and assassins into battle against waves of lethal adversaries. With dozens of unique powers to poison, petrify and annihilate enemies with, get ready to experience the fight of a lifetime.
  • Epic blend of fantasy role-playing and strategy
  • Fight for glory in story-driven quests and random adventures
  • Craft your own custom weapons and armor
  • More than 100 bloodthirsty monsters to battle
Heroes & Legends mixes a variety of gameplay elements from popular genres such as RPGs, Strategy and Roguelikes, and creates an exciting and frantic game revolving around automated combat. Outfit your party of five powerful heroes with custom-made weapons and armor built using a full-fledged crafting system, then lead them into battle against legions of lethal foes.

As you defeat foes your characters will earn experience, eventually leveling up, and you will also gather important loot including new weapons and armor as well as invaluable boosts from items such as health potions and level-up scrolls. You can also explore the map for randomized events which may aid or hinder the party’s quest.

With over 100 monster types to defeat, Heroes & Legend’s features a quick and engaging combat system that is easy to learn and fun to master. With the mix of RPG and Roguelike mechanics fans of both genres will find themselves enthralled with its simple charm and strategic difficulty.

Heroes & Legends is scheduled to release August 21.

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After Reset Successfully Kickstarts The Apocalypse
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

An IMG reader recently informed us of a new Kickstarter campaign from Black Cloud Studios. Inspired by classic RPG titles like Fallout, Baldur's Gate, and Planescape Torment, After Reset will drop players into the blasted remains of the United States, more than 100 years after a nuclear apocalypse devastated the land. One element which will distinguish After Reset from earlier post apocalyptic games will be a focus on a more realistic "hard sci-fi" style.

After Reset is based on three pillars of design from the good old days. You can expect:
  • A POST-APOCALYPTIC ATMOSPHERE, developed with a focus on sci-fi realism and more locations to explore than Fallout 1 and 2 combined (for more info, check out our concept arts and screenshots, and watch for updates here on KickStarter).
  • A NONLINEAR STORY, with the freedom to choose between a ton of branches and endings which influence the whole setting - even beyond the game you play.
  • HARDCORE MECHANICS in the best traditions of D&D and SPECIAL, we have created our own system called SACPIC (for more info, check that section of the forum and coming updates), where you will be able to customize every aspect of your character. Of course, you’ll also be able to choose from a list of pre-made ones if you just want to jump in and play!
It’s our future - the golden age of humanity, globalized under the banner of the United Governments. It’s a century of corporations, unbelievable scientific discoveries, and massive overpopulation. That was when we first discovered the strange extraterrestrial objects known as: Artifacts.

No one knows where they came from, or how they got there unnoticed - but none of that mattered after the 12th of May. Those that survived the nuclear fire were blanketed in radioactive ash, forever changing the surface of the Earth - and nearly extinguishing all life.

But… the biblical devastation wrought on that day - was not the end of us. Despite the scale of the tragedy, several million people found refuge in specially equipped underground bases - and over the next century they built an enormous underground metropolis. It is here that the United Government survived.

And so, after more than a hundred years of hiding under the scorched earth, the radioactive wasteland that the Earth had become was finally beginning to heal. It was time. Time to begin the reconstruction of our once great civilization.

Yet, it soon became clear… that the burden of this holy mission had already been taken up by another civilization - one that was born of the flames and chaos of the apocalypse.

Though they lacked the technological marvels that were preserved within the great underground cities of the United Governments, they possessed far greater numbers and better-developed survival instincts. The sudden appearance of the United Governments drove the isolated survivors to unite under the banner of the New Confederacy. Diplomatic efforts… failed. Lines were drawn in the bloodstained sands, each side vying for supremacy over the Yellow Zones.

For the Survivors, it’s a replay of the American Revolutionary War against the British Empire. For the United Governments it’s the Iraq War all over again, threatening to turn into a new Vietnam.

The game takes place 132 years after the apocalypse, which the survivors call the ‘Reset’. Two large areas of North America are still habitable: The Great Desert (Nevada) and The State of Eagle (California).

After Reset was the subject of a previously unsuccessful campaign, but has already mets its new funding goal with quite a bit of time to reach stretch goals before its August 21 conclusion.

Learn more about the game and its focus on hard sci-fi at the links below.

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Restart Time In Solitaire Mystery: Four Seasons
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Solitaire Mystery: Four Seasons from Playrix is available now to purchase and download at Mac Game Store. The game combines familiar solitaire card mechanics with an adventure. Players must solve puzzles and conquer a variety of solitaire levels to save the City of Magic Cards from its time locked state.

Time has stopped in the City of Magic Cards. This curse is the eery punishment, imposed by the wise Nature for greed and avidity of the city inhabitants. Now it is always Autumn in the rainy neighborhood of Spades. Clubs are frozen by the never-ending Winter. Hearts have stopped, waiting in vain for the flowers to blossom with endless Spring, and Diamonds pine away under the scalding Summer sun. You are the only one who can save the magic land! Try tons of different solitaire layouts, solve dozens of unique puzzles and make the Magic City clock work again!

FeaturesL

  • Over 100 different layouts
  • Two solitaire modes
  • Colorful hidden object scenes
  • Dozens of mini-games and brain-teasers
  • Fortunetelling room
  • Infinite game mode
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.6.9 or later
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Mac
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 317 MB HD Space
Solitaire Mystery: Four Seasons is available now for $6.99 (USD).

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Spend Some Majestic Nights Enjoying Conspiracy
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Epiphany Games has announced the debut season of its RPG series Majestic Nights will launch sometime later this year. The episodic role-playing-thriller is set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present, are true. Players help Cardholder and Cal unravel the secrets layered within a shadowy world of conspiracy.

“What people don’t understand about the moon landing is that all the conspiracy theorists are totally correct,” said Morgan Lean, CEO of Epiphany Games. “People walk around knowing all the facts and yet not seeing the Truth. So if the only way to package the actual reality of the situation is as entertainment, then it’s our responsibility to do exactly that!”

“We wanted to create a game that was simple to play and just let people dive into the story,” said Sam Jensen, lead designer. “The story and the world are the forefront of this game – they’re the star of the show and we want everything the game does to support that.”

You play as Cardholder: an intelligence operative who may or may not have been present at -- or even responsible for -- many of the biggest conspiracy events in history; and Cal, a humble Private Investigator whose own past is shrouded in secrets unknown even to herself.

With fast, light mechanics, the game has been developed to engross players in a shadowy world of conspiracy with an over-the-top 1980s aesthetic. Players will use wits, stealth and sometimes even a little force to investigate, explore, and acquire ever more clues for their big string-covered wall of conspiracies.

Season One of Majestic Nights takes place over six chapters, which work as a complete story or as standalone experiences. ‘Chapter Zero – Sunset After Dark’, a prologue to the series, will be made available for free. Each subsequent chapter of the core series will be paid, and season passes will also be available.

About Epiphany Games:

Epiphany Games was started in Sydney in 2004 by CEO Morgan Lean and CTO Damien Lee. It was established with the intention to be the best game and technology development studio in Australia, and eventually one of the best in the world. Ours is a highly talented and motivated team, with development capabilities on all platforms - PC, mobile and all consoles. We love what we do, and we do it very well. Its previous games have included Runic Rumble and Frozen Hearth.

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Halfway To Retaking The Ship
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Robotality has announced the release of Halfway. The turn-based strategy title for OS X, Linux, and Windows PCs puts players in command of a crew of survivors struggling to regain control of their space ship after an invasion. The game features tactical turn-based battles, unique characters, and a storyline which unfolds as the action progresses.

Halfway is a turn-based strategy RPG taking place a few hundred years into the future. Humanity has begun to colonise new worlds and until now, they were alone…

In Halfway you take control of a small team of survivors faced with a violent invasion onboard the colonial vessel Goliath. As their leader you will guide them through the dark and cramped corridors of the ship to slowly take back the control.

If you have any hope of surviving, you’ll have to fight, face your fears and outsmart the enemy!

Key Features:

  • Tactical turn-based battles are at the core of Halfway. Use cover, position, equipment and skills to your advantage in your battles.
  • Unique characters: Your team is formed of unique characters you pick up along the way. Each one of them brings their own story, skills and experiences to the journey.
  • Find yourself in the middle of an engrossing story-line. Step by step you’ll uncover the mysterious events that took place and what it means for you and all of humanity.
  • Mod support coming soon! Map and campaign editor soon to be released.
Check out the page below for more information about Halfway.

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Control Command Escape Reviews Castle Of Illusion
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Control Command Escape has posted a new review of Castle Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, scheduled for release today by Feral Interactive. The fairytale platforming game is a re-imagining of the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive game of the same name and gives players the chance to take the role of Mickey as he sets off to save the kidnapped Minnie Mouse from her captor, the evil witch Mizrabel.

The levels are 2.5D, and look absolutely stunning, but this does mean that occasionally you'll have to move Mickey along the depth axis. Although the controls are a little less fluid in these instances (as they always are when unexpectedly taken to the third dimension), it does give rise to some novel gameplay moments and some puzzle-solving. One particularly memorable moment for me was a brief sequence involving a magic mirror, and there were plenty of those moments where I was impressed by the imagination on show in one way or another.
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