New OS X Games Revisit Classics
11:27 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
While there is plenty of hype for big-name titles shipping as or being converted to Mac OS X native versions, Apple's new OS continues to inspire programmers to create new (and old) shareware creations as well. Two recent examples offer a new take on classic styles of gaming, yet simultaneously demonstrate the power of OS X.
Cowy the Minesweeper is a hilarious take on a classic gaming genre, and also claims to be the first shareware OpenGL game written entirely in Cocoa (Mac OS X's native API). Featuring a 3D engine and several unique enhancements over the usual "minesweeper" tedium, this adorable title pits you as a minesweeper charged with checking a field for buried explosives. As you maneuver your tank across the field, Cowy ambles about, occasionally stumbling on a mine and getting blown sky-high. Cowy seems to be made of sturdy stuff, as she always manages to survive the blast, but your tank is quite vulnerable to explosions; luckily you have a limited number of bombs you can use to reveal suspected mines without harm. Anyone who has ever played Minesweeper will find the gameplay familiar, and the shareware fee is a reasonable $10.
Another enhanced retread appearing for OS X is Glypha III. This is a remake of a remake -- the original Glypha and Glypha II were clones of Atari's coin-op classic Joust created by longtime Mac programmer John Calhoun. Now open-source, the game has been ported to Mac OS X by Mark Pazolli. Although the game lacks sound (it is just a preview release) anyone who enjoyed the original on their Mac Classic will love this updated version of a blast from the past. The source code for this game is included in the download, for those of you interested in the project.
Glypha III 1.1b1PR (534k)
Stop by MacGameFiles to grab both of these downloads, and be sure to check back often for more OS X-native games to download and try.
Cowy the Minesweeper 1.0 (1.3 MB)
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