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Friday, August 15, 2008
 
New Puzzle Games Available For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Everett Kaser Software has announced the Mac OS X debut of its logic and puzzle game products, previously only available for Windows users. Thanks in part to work by Brad Oliver all 24 titles are now available for Mac. The games include Solitile (a solitaire Mahjong type game), Sherlock (graphical logic puzzles), Knarly Mazes (Minefield inspired, with a few new twists), and Descartes Enigma & Descartes Rainbow (Nonograms, or Paint-By-Number puzzles).

Starting about six years ago, I wrote all of my new games in an "interpreted language" of my own devising, and also began rewriting all of my old games into that language.  The environment (the interpreter program) expects very little of the OS, just very basic output of a "screen bitmap" to the program's window, the input of various events (mouse, keyboard, timers), and file I/O.  Everything else (menus, dialogs, help, and of course, the game itself) are written in the interpreted language.  The interpreter program is a relatively simple C program, the source code to which I've been making available on my website since the beginning.  The point of this seemingly long paragraph :-) is that this past year, Brad Oliver ported the interpreter for me to the Mac platform.  I've spent the past couple of months "polishing it up" and making Mac builds of all of the games, and both the demo and licensed versions of the games are now available.  All 24 games are available for the Mac, and all future games of mine will be simultaneously released in PC and Mac versions.  Because the UI itself is written IN the interpreted language, the games' dialogs and menus will have a decidedly MS Windows 'flavor' to them, but that is a minor point of the games, and shouldn't interfere at all with Mac users enjoying the games.
The titles sell for $19.95 each and require Mac OS X 10.4 or greater. Head over to the website below to learn more about all of Everett Kaser's products.

Everett Kaser Software


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