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Max Payne Hits Beta
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Good news from Westlake Interactive today, as they have announced that their port for MacSoft and Feral Interactive of the acclaimed shooter Max Payne is now in beta testing. This means all of the title's major systems have been put into place, and they just need to work out the last kinks and do any necessary optimization.

The game features a very powerful 3D engine ready to take advantage of high-end graphics cards. The famed "bullet time" gives players a chance at slowing down the action in order to line up shots, similar to the effect in the movie, "The Matrix."

Here's the full scoop on how Westlake is faring with the port:

The Mac version of Max Payne has reached Beta. The game is running well and we're hoping for a short and smooth beta test cycle. Max looks great, and gamers with the latest graphics cards are in for a treat, with high-res photo-realistic textures and advanced features such as anisotropic filtering working.

Max Payne runs under both Mac OS 9 and OS X; the game is being published by our good friends at MacSoft.

Last time IMG spoke with MacSoft, the company hoped to have the game out by June. Stay tuned for any new information as its development continues.

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LittleWing Releases Jinni Zeala Pinball
12:30 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

LittleWing Pinball, the developers of such outstanding pinball simulations as Crystal Caliburn, Loony Labyrinth, and Golden Logres, have released their latest title, Jinni Zeala:

Relive the excitement of pinball's Golden Age! After two years of dreaming and designing, LittleWing announces its newest and greatest pinball: Jinni Zeala.

  • Superb 3D playfield with authentic pinball art
  • Authentic ball-slamming physics
  • Cool animation and effects
  • Energetic soundtrack
  • New strategic challenges

It's psychedelic, pop... and of course, addictive!

Jinni Zeala is Carbonized to run natively on Mac OS X as well as on Mac OS 8.6 and 9. Here are the game's system requirements:

  • Power Macintosh (G3 of later model recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or Mac OS 8.6 or later
  • Free memory: 32 MB or more
  • Free hard disk space: 50 MB or more
  • Monitor: 800x600 or higher resolution, 32,000 or more colors

  • CarbonLib is required for Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS 9

The game is available for download now from our sister site,, and will run in demo mode until a key-code is purchased from LittleWing for 2980 yen (about US$23).

LittleWing's games have earned a reputation among pinball fans for their graphical and aural polish, realistic physics, and engaging gameplay.

The company developed their first pinball simulations, Tristan and Eight Ball Deluxe, for Amtex in the early '90s, and went on to develop simulations for Starplay and under their own imprint. In celebration of the release of their latest game, LittleWing are offering a discount on bundles of their previous simulations, all of which have been updated to run well under Mac OS 9 and on modern hardware.

  • Crystal Caliburn and Loony Labyrinth:
    1920 yen (about US$15—a 20% discount)

  • Angel Egg and Golden Logres:
    4000 yen (about US$31—a 20% discount)

  • Crystal Caliburn, Loony Labyrinth, Angel Egg, and Golden Logres:
    5550 yen (about US$43—a 25% discount)

This is a good opportunity to pick up these great Mac games at a discount.

For screen shots and more information on all of LittleWing's pinball simulations, visit their web site, linked below.

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MGF: Jinni Zeala Demo 1.1.4 (8.5 MB)

Last Contact Released from Green Dragon
11:22 AM | Vern Xiong | Comment on this story

Green Dragon Creations announced today Last Contact, a Mac OS-only multiplayer game in which players compete to see who can destroy the other players' cities the quickest through various methods of mass destruction.

Last Contact is a multiplayer, network-only game, and uses GameRanger to find other players.

Features include:

  • Carbon technology so that it runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X,
  • OpenGL technology for fast graphics,
  • OpenPlay technology so that network play is fast ,and reliable, and
  • Game Ranger technology so that it is easy to find other players to destroy.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS 8.6 or higher with CarbonLib 1.3.1 or higher, or
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
  • ATI or nVidia graphic accelerator with at least 4 MB of VRAM
  • 120 MHz or faster PowerPC
  • Monitor set to at least 800x600, at thousands of colors or higher
  • OpenGL 1.2.1 or higher
  • 18 MB of free RAM
  • 5 MB of disk space
  • 33.6 Kbps or faster 'net connection
  • A mouse is highly recommended

To download Last Contact, or for screenshots and more information, visit the game's web pages, linked below. Until registered, the game runs in demo mode; registration costs $10. Last Contact does not ship on CD-ROM.

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Contraband Project Update
10:50 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A number of Contraband Entertainment employees have updated their .plan files of late, with programmer Chris Jacobson giving a quick overview of the company's latest projects. In his .plan, Jacobson mentions that Icewind Dale is now complete, Hexen 2 should be shipping soon, and more of their secret codenames could be revealed in the near future. It also seems a couple of projects have been pulled before they were even announced. Here's his full update:

Icewind Dale has shipped.

"Spikey" is Hexen 2 and should be shipping soon.

"Madonna" and "Wargames" may be revealed in the near future.

A new project will be given a codename soon.

"Nessie" has been retired. It had no final name.

"Tracker" has been retired. It had no final name either.
Stay tuned for more from Contraband and MacPlay about Hexen 2 and their other upcoming games.

IMG Review: HeXen II
IMG Review: Icewind Dale
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The Classified 19 Now Available
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Fans of Bungie's old-school first-person shooter Marathon Infinity know that the development of third-party scenarios continues at a steady pace. Yesterday, a group by the name of The Evil Petting Zoo released the first chapter to a new Marathon Infinity mod titled The Classified Nineteen. The first chapter, subtitled "Echoes of the Past," is touted as a story-rich scenario that features 18 single-player levels along with an additional ten multiplayer maps.

Here's a clip from the press release:

Experience for yourself the amazing Tilthe machine, a history research device that allows one to observe past events as they transpire in the first person perspective of the people who lived through it! You can: wrestle naked oiled Peruvian amazons as Francisco Pizarro in the 16th century, squish history's very first picnic ant with your own virtual thumb, or suddenly look up to briefly see the tiny reflection of a startled Usama bin Laden in the glass lens of a laser guided bomb. At least that is what I would do, but Sean Phelps (the project leader) had other ideas and a detailed SciFi story set in the Marathon universe to go with it. Live the adventures of Kahn Zhang in the terrible events leading up to the destruction of Polaris in 2887 AD. Participate in future history!
For players without a net connection who still want to try out a little multiplayer, The Classified Nineteen also includes what it terms BOB bots, which boast "abnormal physics abilities, making them formidable opponents."

More information on this title can be found at, which has posted the press release. Those who wish to download the installer, which is Carbonized, can find links at the mod's web page. Clean copies of the Marathon Infinity application, Shapes, Sounds, and Images files are required in order to successfully install and run The Classified Nineteen.

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Marathon Infinity The Classified 19 Completed

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Civilization III Expansion Pack Details
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gaming megasite GameSpot has released details regarding an upcoming expansion pack, titled Play the World, for Sid Meier's popular strategy simulation Civilization III.

Though Infogrames plans on remaining fairly tight-lipped until the upcoming Electroning Entertainment Expo, a few details managed to surface:

The expansion will include eight new civilizations and leaders, along with a number of new single- and multiplayer scenarios and features. In addition, it will include a new "turnless" online mode and other improvements.
The promise of multiplayer games alone should be enough to get most Civilization III fans charged up about this announced expansion. For more information on Civilization III itself, be sure to check out IMG's review.

IMG Review: Civilization III
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GameSpot: Civilization III: Play the World Revealed
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 1, 2002

IMG Reviews the ATI Radeon 850011:07 AM
Jeff Vogel and Other Indie Developers Speak Out10:49 AM
Gorky 17 Demo Released9:48 AM
SimCity 4 Announced6:00 AM
Trade Wars: Dark Millenium Interview6:00 AM
Wolfenstein Single-Player Demo Planned6:00 AM
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