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Friday, March 28, 2003

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Pangea Announces Enigmo
1:25 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software today announced a new Mac-only game titled Enigmo. Enigmo is a 3D puzzle game where the player manipulates various streams of flowing liquid so that the droplets can reach their destination. Liquids (water, oil, and lava) fall from droppers, and will bounce off walls in a visually stunning cascade. By moving various types of bumpers, sliders, accelerators, and sponges, the player diverts the flow of the falling droplets.

"Enigmo is the most unique and original game that Pangea Software has ever done, and it is a departure from our action-adventure games which we are known for," said Brian Greenstone, President of Pangea Software. He goes on to explain that in addition to the 50 levels that come with Enigmo, there is a built-in level editor which allows the user to create their own entire games. These game files can be emailed to friends, or posted to web sites. "We think that there will eventually be thousands of levels to play once people start creating their own Enigmo game files,? adds Greenstone.
Pangea Software expects Enigmo to be available in mid April. It will initially only be available as a download from the web, and the price will be just $19.95. More details about Enigmo including screenshots and system requirements are available on the Pangea Software web site.

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MacSoft: Master of Orion III Ships
1:11 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today officially announced that the long-awaited Master of Orion III for Macintosh is now shipping. In Master of Orion III, players become the controlling power behind an entire galactic civilization and use dictators, presidents, councils, and overlords in their quest to become the Master of Orion.

Here's more from the official press release:

"The Windows version of Master of Orion III just launched and is selling spectacularly well," according to MacSoft general manager Al Schilling. "We're also thrilled to see this same level of excitement for the Mac version, as one of the best games ever available for the Macintosh gets its long-awaited sequel."

Master of Orion III is a turn-based strategy game with real-time space battles. Players gather resources as they explore solar systems, complete with jump lanes, worm-holes and hostile alien races. They will research and design their own ships and weapons and interact with 16 different races. Players can use espionage to spy on their enemies, incite revolts, and assassinate leaders. And, they'll wage massive wars among the galaxies.

Master of Orion III offers both single-player and multiplayer games. The multiplayer game offers simultaneous turn-based moves for up to 8 players. Macintosh players can play against opponents using either Macintosh computers or Windows computers.

Master of Orion III requires a Macintosh computer with a 350MHz or faster G3/G4 processor, 128MB RAM (256MB recommended), OS 9.1 or OSX v10.1.5 or higher, a monitor with support for 800x600 at Thousands of Colors, and 400MB of hard drive space.

For more information on Master of Orion III, be sure to check out our preview.

IMG Preview: Master of Orion III
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Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets In Duplication
1:04 PM | Jefferson Regan | Comment on this story

Aspyr's Amity Lesko today informed us that Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets, the second game in the Harry Potter series, is now in duplication and should start hitting stores within the next two weeks.

Here's a bit more info on the latest Harry Potter:

Be Harry Potter and unlock the mystery at the heart of the Chamber of Secrets. With dire warnings from strange quarters and dark schemes afoot, Harry's second adventure will be every bit as magical and dangerous as his first. But this time the spells are more potent, the foes are more fearsome, and Harry's friends are more important than ever.
The game's system requirements are as follows:

  • MacOS 9.1 or later (9.2.2 recommended)
  • MacOS X 10.1 or later
  • G3/G4 CPU 350 MHz or faster
  • 128 MB of Memory (256M recommended if running OSX)
  • 3D Graphics Acceleration required (minimum of ATI Rage 128 with 16MB VRAM)

    Be sure to check out our preview of Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets, linked below.

    IMG Preview: Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets
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    Warcraft III Multiplayer Map Contest
    1:00 PM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

    Blizzard Entertainment invites everybody interested to participate in a map creation contest for their real-time strategy game Warcraft III. The most original and well-balanced entries may be included in the upcoming expansion The Frozen Throne.

    From the Map Contest page:

    Any map designer, from novice to expert, can now break out their creative skills and design a map that could be included on the final pressing of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Qualified participants that possess a valid Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos CD-Key may enter Blizzard's map design contest, giving them the potential to have their map enjoyed by players around the world.

    The Blizzard development teams will be evaluating maps that contestants submit, and will be including those that they find to be the most fun, unique and balanced.

    One or more contestants will be awarded the grand prize that includes: one signed copy of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, their name added to the Blizzard's Friends List, inclusion in the Hall of Heroes, and most prominently, the in-game Credits will list the names of the winners to recognize them for all their hard work and dedication.

    The competition is open until April 11 and there is a maximum of three entries per person. Head over to the contest page for more information and for entering the contest. Don't miss this chance of showing what Mac users can do with a map editor.

    IMG Review: WarCraft III
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    Blizzard Entertainment
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    X-Plane Combat Canceled
    12:52 PM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story, a community website for fans of the flight sim X-Plane, recently reported that X-Plane Combat has been shelved. X-Plane Combat was to be a sister product to X-Plane, which would have allowed players to build planes with weapons. Laminar Research, makers of X-Plane, offered only this message as to why the game has been canceled:

    X-Plane Combat has been SHELVED. All future contributions from me will be towards aviation safety, not the other way around.
    For more information on X-Plane and Laminar Research, follow the provided links below.

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    IMG Store: Master of Orion III In Stock
    9:40 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

    Just a quick note. The IMG Store has just received our copies of Master of Orion III and we're busy processing pre-orders. If you haven't placed your order, now is a great time to do it as we plan on shipping most orders today and tomorrow.

    Master of Orion III is available for MacGames CD/IMG Pro users for $39. It is $49 for non-subscribers. Head over to the IMG Store to place your order.

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    Slope Rider at VendorNation
    9:00 AM | Zack Lipowski | Comment on this story

    Recently, Monte Boyd Interactive released the arcade snowboarding game, Slope Rider, to the Mac. Now MonkeyByte has announced the popular shareware title is available for purchase at their online venture VendorNation as well.

    Slope Rider is an arcade snowboarding game in which you barrel down mountains burning powder, performing tricks and grinding rails to accumulate points. Here's an exceprt from the article:

    Slope Rider features heaps of powder-covered courses complete with jumps, half-pipes and rails.

    Pull off hundreds of trick combos for massive points or race against the computer and try to nail a best time.

    Once you've played the provided courses to death you can jump into Powder, the complete terrain editor for Slope Rider, to make your own tracks. Build the ultimate trick park and challenge your friends to taste the snow!

    The unregistered version will allow you to play two of the ten provided courses in both Alpine (race) and Freestyle (trick) modes.

    For $15 you can register Slope Rider and have full access to all 10 courses and have the ability to save your high scores. Registered users can also add any courses to the course list that they create. If you wish too try before you buy, a link below will direct you to the demo.

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    Secret Quake Deathmatch in RtCW
    9:00 AM | Zack Lipowski | Comment on this story

    Recently on The Gaming Forums, it was revealed by a poster that there is a secret Quake Deathmatch mode in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The weapons remain the same, however, the scoreboard is now like Quake's, and the only mode available is deathmatch, also like Quake. Here's an excerpt from the forum thread:

    To access the hidden Quake mode, go to Sp RTCW. Type in "/devmap " and then a map-name. I would suggest a Single Player map, or a map that has guns, becuase to keep the Quake style, you start with no weapons. (I thought quake gave you a machinegun when you spawn...)
    The scoring is like Quake, and all players have the Blaskowisc picture. The HUD has not changes, but Scoring system is awesome!
    You can also play this "mod" online by going to create a server, and making it dedicated to the internet. After you have made a server, turn it off and the Quake mode should now be working.

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    The Fool And His Money Update
    9:00 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    In his latest newsletter, game developer/puzzle-meister Cliff Johnson reveals further information regarding the upcoming release to the The Fool And His Money, the sequel to one of the Mac's oldest and best-loved puzzle games, The Fool's Errand.

    The update fills in some of the backstory leading up to the start of the sequel, and foreshadows a few of the puzzles players can expect to tackle within the game:

    East of the pyramids, the desert gives way to the Kingdom of the Wands with its rich farmland and shady forests, welcoming all who wish to enter...the Wands export a range of wood products from spruce lumber for construction of town buildings to planks of teak for shipbuilding. The Wands import mahogany and ebony from the seafaring Swords, however, to carve their finest staffs.
    The Fool leads his burro and his cart of metal scrap in the Kingdom of the Wands and sets about to make his fortune as a street vendor. Fortunately, the Wands need the metal of the Swords, and therefore, the Fool enjoys a modest profit for his goods. Unfortunately, because he is selling metal, the Fool is presumed to be a Sword himself and has a difficult time gaining trust. (The Wands still harbor the belief that the Swords stole their One Treasure and have not returned it.)
    The Fool spends all his money to fill his cart with new goods, hoping to garner a greater profit each time he sets out...At the village auction, the Fool has his heart set on a deed to an antique Shoppe in the Kingdom of the Cups. Again, the bidding at the auction is leaps and bounds beyond his means. The Fool realizes that he might be able to influence the course of the auction through careful manipulation of the many prominent people among the Wands who have come to honor and trust him.
    The Fool And His Money, expected to be released on Halloween 2003, is Cliff's fourth game to natively grace the Macintosh platform. Cliff's first three games, The Fool's Errand, At The Carnival, and 3 in Three, were originally programmed for the Mac and the first two titles later ported to DOS bertween 1987 to 1991. For this fourth title, Cliff has reprised the role of developer/programmer/one man show, with graphic help from collaborator Brad Parker.

    Puzzle lovers can pre-order The Fool And His Money from Cliff's website, where free downloads of his first three games can also be had. Click on the links below for additional info.

    Also revealed in the newsletter is The First Annual April Fool's Day Treasure Hunt Errand, a new treasure-hunt metapuzzle, to be released in the wee hours of the morning next Tuesday. Clues for the treasure hunt will be revealed on Cliff's site starting at 12:01 AM, eastern standard, and will end when the correct answer is found.

    Click on the links below for additional info, and make sure you check out the website come April Fool's Day!

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    IMG: Fool's Errand Sequel Announced

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    Custer's Quest
    9:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    This week's desktop, courtesy of IMG's Brad Custer, focuses on Sony's upcoming MMORPG, EverQuest. A famous title within gaming circles, EverQuest offers a multitude of races and classes, a vast world made up of several continents, and an online society that has been the subject of more than a few studies.

    In an interesting twist, this week's desktop is not only a nod to the Mac community, but to the PC one as well:

    Since my first official feature at MGL this game has been a highly requested desktop by PC users that knew of my work. Now, that EverQuest is coming to the Mac via Sony Online Entertainment there was never a better reason to honor one of my longest requests. I used art supplied by Sony Online Entertainment to create this week's wallpaper. I was quite pleased with the end result. I simply entitled it "Perilous" and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
    The desktop features EverQuest's famous Elven cover girl, Firiona Vie, and comes in the usual assortment of sizes. Those interested in downloading it can find it at Custer's Desktops.

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    Apeiron X Status Update
    9:00 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

    Ambrosia Software has opened a progress log for their upcoming OSX version of Apeiron. In his first post, Nicholas Shanks lets us know that Apeiron X is at the moment feature-complete and that the new features for Apeiron X are being back-ported to the classic version.

    Here's some information about the upcoming version:

    Old addictions don't go away, they just go Mac OS X native! Ambrosia's classic game Apeiron is going Mac OS X native. All the fast action, humourous sound effects, and addictive gameplay that you remember carries over to Apple's 21st century operating system. We do have some cool enhancements in store for this new version (such as a world-wide high score list), so hang tight. You'll be able to get your fix soon.
    For those that haven't played Apeiron before, it is a modern remake of the classic game Centipede, with the same high quality as all Ambrosia's games. We will keep you informed as soon as further information about Apeiron X is revealed.

    Apeiron X Progress Log
    Ambrosia Software

    Mac Games News for Thursday, March 27, 2003

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    The Art of Master of Orion III10:32 AM
    Aspyr Status Report Updates8:46 AM
    Elite Force II Previewed8:46 AM
    SpyHunter Trailer Released8:46 AM
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