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Thursday, December 12, 2002

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Demo Released
8:46 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media has released a demo of of the highly-popular first-person shooter, Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The 108 MB demo is being hosted by our sister site, and includes two single-player levels from the full version of Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

Enter a highly immersive storyline driven by ultra-realistic, mission-based action gameplay, cunning AI and the unstoppable Quake III engine. Arm yourself with an arsenal of brutal weapons, including the Luger 9mm, Mauser 7.92 mm, MP-40, SP-5 sniper, venom guns, grenades, rocket launchers and flamethrowers. Face a league of nefarious foes, from Nazi operatives and SS guards, to zombies and Super Soldiers.

Here are the system requirements:

  • Mac OS 9.2 or later with virtual memory active or Mac OS X, version 10.1 or later
  • Power Mac G3/G4/iMac (Flat-Panel or later)/PowerBook G4
  • 500 Mhz or faster processor
  • 128mb of RAM (256 MB under Mac OS X)
  • Graphics Accelerated Video Card
  • To download the demo, head over to our sister site, The demo will also be included in an upcoming issue of the MacGames CD.

    IMG Review: Return to Castle Wolfenstein
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    Return to Castle Wolfenstein
    MGF: Return to Castle Wolfenstein Demo
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    IMG Previews Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
    1:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Inside Mac Games has posted a preview of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, which is based on a recent beta we received from Aspyr Media. The game, on its way to the Mac thanks to the prolific Aspyr Media and Beenox continues the trend of insane skateboarding action brought last year with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 and, like its predecessor, adds bigger levels, a few new tricks, and a veritable new host of options for players to enjoy.

    Here's a clip from the preview:

    Like the titles before it, THPS3 contains the usual modes, including Career Mode, Free Skate, Single Session, and Multiplayer. Career Mode is the meat of the game, where players can guide the skater of their choice through a series of courses, completing goals and raising the stats of their skater along the way. Single Session is basically Career Mode confined to one level, best used for setting trick/score records. Free Skate allows players to shred at will in any unlocked course without the impediments of time or score looming over them. Multiplayer is as it reads – play against friends either online or on a LAN.
    Be sure to check out the rest of the preview.

    IMG Preview: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
    Aspyr Media
    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

    New MacPlay 3-Day Bundle
    10:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    MacPlay has announced another limited-time bundle in their continuing holiday promotion. This new pack is available for three days only and includes all of the following popular value titles for $60: Aliens vs. Predator, Fallout, Jinni Zeala Pinball, Incoming, HeXen II and Feeble Files. This is fully half-off the normal price for these games put together, and might be nice if you're looking to get someone you know (or yourself) a long-lasting holiday gift. Also be sure to check out the other bundles and freebies being given away at the MacPlay store now.

    MacPlay Holiday Specials

    SloppyDisk Releases Descender
    9:52 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    SloppyDisk sends word this morning of a new game release from the company, Descender. The title is a polished arcade game very much in the style of the classic Tetris. It is carbonized for both OS 9 and OS X and a registration code runs only $12. Here's a rundown of features:

    • Addictive puzzle-action gameplay for 1-player
    • Fierce and frantic 2-player battle showdown
    • High resolution 16-bit graphics
    • Fluid animation and piece movement
    • Professionally recorded surf-rock soundtrack
    • Customizable controls and key sensitivity.
    • High Scores
    For more on Descender, check out the SloppyDisk web site. Also be sure to download the demo if you're interested.

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    realMYST Patch Released
    8:46 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    A patch for realMYST has been released by MacPlay. For anyone not familiar with realMYST, it is a 3D real-time remake of the classic adventure game Myst. The patch is not needed for all users however, as noted in the bug fix list:

  • Corrects issue(s) found on Dual Processor machines in which the game would not startup.
  • Corrects issue(s) found on machines which have the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9000 Mobility graphics cards

    Notice to realMyst owners: If you do not have a Dual Processor machine and/or an ATI Radeon 9000 (mobility or desktop), then it is not necessary to download this patch. The patch only addresses problems with these machines and will not correct any other problems you may be having.

  • For more information on realMYST, or to download the patch, follow the links below.

    IMG Review: realMYST
    realMYST Patch

    id Searching for Sound Designer
    8:46 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Anyone who's ever wanted to work for id Software may find a recent entry at Webdog interesting. Entered by Level Designer Christian Antkow, the log indicates that id is now on the lookout for a sound designer to work on the upcoming title, Doom III:

    We're looking to contract a sound designer to work on weapon sounds, impact sounds, monster sounds, world ambience, machinery, etc for our upcoming game, DOOM 3. Basically, you will be responsible for creating a lot of sounds that will be used in the game.
    Though he notes that they primarily work with Windows machines, he adds that reasonable requests for additional hardware and software are acceptable. Other caveats and job requirements include working in Mesquite, TX and having around 2+ years of experience in professional sound design.

    Though the job is a contract one, those looking to get started in the gaming industry may find that this is an excellent way to get one's foot in the door. Those interested in applying can find all the information they need in the posting, which is linked below.

    Webdog - id seeks sound designer
    id Software
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    Headache! Postmortem Available
    8:46 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    iDevGames has posted a postmortem of Headache! One of the finalists in the recent uDevGame competition, this title shipwrecks players on an island inhabited by a witch doctor with a penchant for talking shrunken heads.

    The postmortem contains interesting information on the development process, including what went wrong and what went right:

    In any situation where you are on a deadline it always makes sense to make your design scalable. We stuck to the core gameplay and made sure that was pretty good from the beginning. By doing this we created a fun game, and allowed ourselves to add some really great graphics and some fun extras that really added to the game and polish.
    Also included are some insights from the game's arist on topics such as the user interface and the applications used. Those interested in the full read can find it at iDevGames.

    iDevGames - Headache! Postmortem

    Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 11, 2002

    Freeverse Offers MontyMail11:16 AM
    IMG Releases Game Doctor for OS X9:38 AM
    Status Update from GarageGames9:04 AM
    Avernum 3 Updated8:57 AM
    Delta Tao Releases Spaceward Ho! 58:36 AM
    Iconolexis - Full Version Released8:36 AM
    Special Offer for WWII Online Mac Beta Users8:36 AM
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