IMG Archives
Archives  News  

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Click to enlarge
Pangea's Enigmo Enters Beta
8:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software's Brian Greenstone told IMG today that the company's new arcade game, Enigmo is now in beta testing. According to Greenstone, the game is now on schedule to ship on April 16th. It will initially only be available as a download from the web, and the price will be just $19.95.

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.

Here's what Brian had to say this morning about his latest game:

"Enigmo is by far the most original game we've ever done, and I think people are really going to like being able to build their own levels."
To learn more about Enigmo, be sure to check out our extensive preview of the game, linked below.

IMG Preview: Enigmo
Pangea Software

Click to enlarge
Freeverse Ships Legion in North America
11:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Legion, the epic strategy game set in ancient Rome, is now shipping in North America. The game is being distributed in North America by Freeverse Software and was ported to the Mac (and published everywhere else in the world) by Virtual Programming.

Legion is a turn-based strategy game that puts you in control of vast armies as you seek to conquer your neighbors through military might. With huge, historically accurate maps of the Ancient World, large battlefields, and units ranging from Praetorian Guards to Celtic Cavalry, Legion is the ultimate test for would-be Caesars!

System requirements are OS 9.2 or later (OS X native - OS X 10.1.3 or later, including Jaguar). 64 Megs of available RAM and 8 Megs of Video Ram. An 800Mhz G3 processor is recommended for best performance.

Legion is now available (in stock and shipping today) from the IMG Store for $19. For more info, be sure to check out our preview of the game.

IMG Preview: Legion
Virtual Programming
Buy Legion

Click to enlarge
Mumbo Jumbo Ships Snowball Run
10:57 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

United Developers announced today that is has begun shipping Snowball Run for Windows and Macintosh computers through its Mumbo Jumbo label, a subsidiary of United Developers.

In Snowball Run, players are tasked with guiding the snowball-riding penguin on a bold adventure through 75 fish-packed levels. Players roll up & down ramps, around curves & obstacles, and over jumps for an exciting challenge that will keep them on the edge of their seat!

Snowball Run features:

  • 75 Exciting Levels
  • Cool Sound & Music
  • Fun for Kids aged 5 to 85
  • Simple & Intuitive Controls
  • Bonus Scores & Extra Lives
  • 5 Fun-tastic Fantasy Worlds

    The MSRP for Snowball Run is $19.99. Be on the lookout for a review of Snowball Run on IMG shortly.

    Snowball Run
    Buy Snowball Run

    Click to enlarge
    Game's Domain Previews Republic
    8:51 AM | Scott Turner | Comment on this story

    Reporting on a recent press showing of the 3D political strategy game Republic: The Revolution, the Game Domain has put together an overview of the event that focuses mainly on the creator, Demis Hassabis, and the basic mechanics of the game. From the report so far, Republic certainly seems impressive, with an incredible array of choices allowing for completely non-linear gameplay.

    For those who have never heard of Republic, the basic premise is that you are in command of a political faction in a small former soviet state. Your overall game-arching goal is to end up in control of the presidency of the country. The part that makes this game so impressive is that you can achieve this by any means neccesary; through force, political influence, or just flat out bribing. Hiring thugs, holding political rallies, and even handing out political pamphlets is all in a day's work in this game.

    Here's a clip from the Game Domain preview:

    Particular characters respond to different ideologies, and the same applies to the population. Working class areas are largely force-oriented, middle class influence, and upper class areas unsurprisingly think only in terms of cold, hard, cash. "Depending on which way you want to go, you'll need to appeal to that class of citizen." Your own faction's ideology starts off oriented somewhere on a sliding scale between them, but as you continue to exert influence in terms of your actions in the world, that ideology can shift to determine your endgame. "Every action you do in the game contributes in a small way to your ideology," he continued. "If you start off very money oriented, by doing a lot of force actions: military and criminal actions, your faction will start becoming a force faction, and will start appealing to force characters."
    Despite not being mentioned on the Game Domain's website, the Mac version of Republic has been assured, and is currently being ported to the Mac by Feral Interactive. While no definite date has been pinned down for its release, the current rough estimate is late 2003. Keep checking in with IMG as this story progresses, and click on the link below for the rest of the Game Domain's look at this unique title.

    Game Domain Preview of Republic: The Revolution
    Republic: The Revolution
    Feral Interactive
    Buy Republic: The Revolution

    MacPlay Announces Spring Fling 5$ Promo
    8:51 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Macintosh gaming heroes.. I mean publishers MacPlay have announced their First Annual Spring Fling sales promotion.

    For five days starting at midnight April 9th, MacPlay is offering players as many copies of the company's fourteen budget series for five dollars US each, if ordered through the MacPlay online store.

    This new promotion covers the following games in the MacPlay roster:

  • Aliens vs. Predator
  • Birdie Shoot
  • Earth 2140
  • Fallout
  • Feeble Files
  • Giants: Citizen Kabuto
  • Heretic II
  • Hexen II
  • Incoming
  • Knights & Merchants
  • Majesty
  • Sacrifice
  • Sin Gold, and
  • Zork Grand Inqusitor

    In addition, players ordering before the deadline of midnight (CST) on April 15th will get $5.00 off MacPlay's new titles Snowball Run and Power Chips & High Roller.

    Click on the link below to take advantage of this event.

    MacPlay's Spring Fling Sales Event
    Aliens vs. Predator: Gold
    Birdie Shoot
    Earth 2140
    Giants: Citizen Kabuto
    Heretic II
    HeXen II
    Knights and Merchants
    Sin Gold
    Zork: Grand Inquisitor
    Buy Earth 2140
    Buy Fallout
    Buy Giants: Citizen Kabuto
    Buy HeXen II
    Buy Knights and Merchants
    Pre-Order Sacrifice
    Buy Sin Gold

    Click to enlarge
    Shadowbane To Receive Server Upgrades
    8:51 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Gamers who have been enjoying UbiSoft's recently released MMORPG Shadowbane may have noticed difficulties with various servers, including server crashes and speed performance issues. The system administrators have made note of the problems, and have posted a public service announcement regarding their intentions to address the various issues.

    The bulk of the announcement is as follows:

    We are currently experiencing a slow down with our storage equipment, which is causing data rollbacks on two servers, and lowered performance across the service. We have identified several problem areas in the server configurations which will soon be corrected. These improvements should make all of the servers run faster, prevent data rollbacks, and correct the login server delays we have experienced over the past few days.
    They add that the service will take place starting at 5am EST this Friday, and that the servers will be unavailable for approximately 4 hours. They expect to resume service at around 9am EST.

    Those interested in reading the full announcement can find it at the official Shadowbane site.

    Shadowbane Service Announcement
    Wolfpack Studios

    Fourth Annual Moofie Awards Voting Open
    8:51 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    It's time once again for the Annual Moofie Awards. Four years in the running, the Moofies are Applelink's way of celebrating the Mac gaming industry. A parody of award shows such as the Academy Awards, various Moofie categories include Actor in a Leading Role, Original Score, Short Film, Screenplay, and of course, Best Picture.

    Games chosen for the running had to undergo a most strenuous selection process:

    The nominees for the twelve awards were chosen by the Academy of Bots and Polygons; a staff of experts (read, gaming geeks) from Applelinks and MacGamer. To qualify for nomination, the game had to reach store shelves in 2002...and it had to be good. This year once again finds a couple A-list games dominating the categories, but also sees some surprises working their way into the mix.
    Voting is now open, and those that vote will be registered to win a variety of games and other various prizes. Voting will be open until May 11th, whereupon votes will be tallied and winners announced.

    Those interested in voting can find more information at Applelinks.

    Applelinks - Voting booth now open for the Fourth Annual Applelinks Moofie Awards

    Delta Tao Releases Eric's Ultimate Solitaire X Free Alpha
    8:51 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    Mac game publishers Delta Tao Software have made available a public alpha test for the latest version of their popular card game Eric's Solitaire X.

    This new version, built from the ground up by designers Eric Snider and Joe Williams as a native OS X application, features several new card games, while keeping the famous wit and fun of the original versions.

    The time-limited alpha test, which expires on June 1st of this year, is being released to the public in an effort to root out any final bugs that may still be lingering in the code. Fans of the game wanting to help out should download the game and play it extensively, reporting any possible bugs back to the game designers. According to their license agreement, however, the likelyhood of finding any bugs appears to be, at least in the eyes of the programmers, slim:

    **Warning** the code contained in this product is god-like and perfect. When we work on it choirs of angels gather around and sing. Mortals must keep out. This code is so blindingly beautiful that your eyes will melt if you look at it.
    Click on the link below to visit the Delta Tao webpage. Anybody interested in downloading the 4 meg file should right-click on the Eric's Ultimate Solitaire X link, and select "Download Link To Disk".

    Delta Tao
    Eric's Ultimate Solitaire

    Freeverse & Apple Team Up For .Mac Giveaway
    8:51 AM | Jefferson Regan | Comment on this story

    Apple has added more free games exclusively for its .Mac members - eight free Freeverse board games, and a discounted price for Freeverse's 3D Hearts and 3D Spades games.

    Apple has made the software available for download to members of its subscription-based Web services community.

    Up for grabs are: Tic Tac Toe, Chess, Checkers, 7th Fleet, 4 in a Row, Go, Mancala and Reversi. These titles normally retail for around $20.

    3D Hearts and 3D Spades is a 3D card game. A shareware version is available; upgrade ($14.95 with discount) for additional features including: music, and backgrounds.

    .Mac: Freeverse Game Giveaway

    Click to enlarge
    Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets Ships
    8:51 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Several IMG readers have emailed IMG to let us know that they have received Fed Ex shipping notices from Aspyr Media that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has been shipped to them. The sequel to the first Harry Potter game went into duplication on March 28th.

    Here's a bit more info about the latest Potter game:

    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. We'll also be posting a review of the game shortly.

    Westlake Interactive
    Aspyr Media
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Buy Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 9, 2003

    IMG Reviews Alida12:28 PM
    Spearhead Reaches Final Candidate10:58 AM
    Northland Announced for Mac10:02 AM
    IMG Store: Pre-Order SpyHunter9:38 AM
    Combat Mission: Afrika Corps Interview8:50 AM
    Myst Online Mac Port Delayed8:50 AM
    Myth II Mapmaking Contest8:50 AM
    Quake 3 Fortress 2.3 Due Soon8:50 AM
    Reaction Quake 3 Mod Nears Completion8:50 AM
    ThinkTanks To Be Mac-First; Preview Posted8:50 AM
    View all of the Mac games news for Wednesday, April 9, 2003 on one page

    Recent Mac Games News

    Tuesday, April 8, 2003
    Monday, April 7, 2003
    Friday, April 4, 2003
    Thursday, April 3, 2003
    Wednesday, April 2, 2003

    Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.

  • Archives  News