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Friday, January 26, 2001
 

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Amy Torres of Aspyr Media has provided details on the latest patches for Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, its expansion pack Alien Crossfire, and the just-released Sim Theme Park. Both the SMAC and SMAX patches address various issues players have discovered after installing Mac OS 9.1, as well as address bugs and improve multiplayer support in low-bandwidth situations. Here are the details:

Just wanted to let you know that we have recently released patches for
SMAC (Alpha Centauri), SMAC X (Alien Crossfire) and an interim patch for
Sim Theme Park.


Our SMAC patch 1.5.2, released January 23:


-Adds higher manual refresh rate setting, needed for some of the newer
monitors.

-Improved timing characteristic for high-latency net games (quite an
improvement).

-You can now choose which monitor you'd like to play via the Options
dialog. Note that this only applies when you are running the game full
screen and not in a window.

-Added fix for black/white issues with MacOS 9.1

-You can now bring up the initial "Options" dialog by holding down the
command key at startup. The old method of holding down the option key is
still supported.

-1.5.2 also adds the fixes from patch 1.5.1, which was not widely
released (read Version history).


SMAC X patch 1.2.1, released today:


-Fixed problem where you could not load a play-by-email game created by
the windows version. Note that you will need to finish any games
currently in progress (read Version history).

-Adds higher manual refresh rate setting, needed for some of the newer
monitors.

-Improved timing characteristic for high-latency net games (quite an
improvement).

-You can now choose which monitor you'd like to play via the Options
dialog. Note that this only applies when you are running the game full
screen and not in a window.

-Added fix for black/white issues with MacOS 9.1

-You can now bring up the initial "Options" dialog by holding down the
command key at startup. The old method of holding down the option key is
still supported.

-Fixed issue where SMAC X would beep and not play movies on some monitors
that supported it previously.

-There are also PC specific gameplay fixes (read Version history).

Obviously as both games require the same core code, there are many fixes that overlap each other. Torres also provided information on a recent patch to Sim Theme Park:
Sim Theme Park 2.04b3


Please note that this is not the final version of the patch. However,
due to the large response from gamers, Feral has released this "beta"
patch as a fix for folks experiencing "Engine Failed to Initialize."


Please be sure to read the document clearly labeled "Read These
Instructions!" as there is detailed information on the game, workarounds
and patch instructions.

All three of these patches can be found at MacGameFiles. If you discover any issues with 9.1 and the games you play, be sure and present them on our Troubleshooting forum.

SimTheme Park 2.04b3
Aspyr Media
Alpha Centauri 1.5.2
Alpha Centauri: Alien Crossfire 1.2.1 (1.6 MB)
Feral Interactive
Bullfrog Productions
Sim Theme Park


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