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Starscape Coming to OS X [Updated]
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A recent posting in our forums from a development company bearing the moniker Moonpod has asked for volunteer beta testers on an OS X version of a title by the name of Starscape. Described as a mix of old-school gameplay and an involving plot, Starscape looks to feature vicious space-shooting action as well as some slick graphics.

The beta itself is a 35MB download, and comes with the following understanding:

Being a tester involves running the game periodically (when we email you about a new version), downloading updates and accepting the fact it may crash your machine every now and again. On the plus side you get to play a game before anyone else does (for free) and generally influence its development.
Those interested in more information on the game or Moonpod can find it at their official site.

[Update]: Moodpod has filled their list of testers.

IMG Forums - Indie developer calls for beta testers

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IMG Store: Max Payne for $19.95
3:41 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has reduced to price of the popular third-person shooter, Max Payne, for $35 to $19.95. Max Payne is an original third-person 3D game based on the MAX-FX engine, and uses photo-digitized textures and radiosity lighting, resulting in one of the most realistic looking games ever seen on the Mac.

To place your order, please follow the link below.

Buy Max Payne

IMG Interviews CoreComputers' John Fraser
11:08 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Twenty one year old entreprenuer John Fraser has a dream. In his utopia, every Mac user would be able to buy a bare bones system, containing only a case, motherboard, and power supply, and configure it with inexpensive, off the shelf components. Fraser is attempting to realize his dream with the CoreCrib Kit, a product of his new company, CoreComputers. The CoreCrib Kit contains the exact parts described above (and optionally, a single or dual G4 processor upgrade) and will be shipping to the first 100 customers in two weeks. We ask Fraser about his newest commercial venture and how he plans to succeed.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

IMG: Most people would find Apple's hardware monopoly a daunting obstacle to overcome. How do you think you will survive?

John Fraser: Unfortunately I can't comment too much on this subject but we can say that we are targeting a market Apple has ignored or marketed incorrectly. The Cube was a step in the right direction with it's compact silent design but it's design also forced apple to develop a custom and expensive power supply, motherboard, for the Cube making it more expensive then the faster tower system at the time. If you wanted to build your own computer, Apple and the Mac OS was never an option. We have changed both of these things by offering a quiet compact and low cost do it yourself Mac OS compatible computer.

Be sure to read the rest of this interview. Keep reading Inside Mac Games for a review of the CoreCrib Kit in the future.

IMG Interviews CoreComputers' John Fraser

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Mumbo Jumbo Ships Power Chips & High Roller
9:28 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Mumbo Jumbo has announced the release of Power Chips & High Roller, a combination that offers casino-style puzzle action. The games come on a single hybrid CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows computers.

Here's more from the official press release:

"You don't need to frequent casinos to enjoy Power Chips & High Roller," said Henry Price, Director of Sales and Marketing at Mumbo Jumbo. "We simply ask you to cash in your love of mind-bending puzzle games."

Power Chips is an action puzzle game with all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Players eliminate groups of three or more matching chips from the game board as new ones fall from the top of the screen. If the pile reaches the foul line, the game ends. Bonus chips help extend lucky streaks by unleashing special powers, such as the ability to collect large groups of chips at once.

High Roller requires the player to swap dice on a board by aligning 3 or more matching dice. Adding a classic 1950?s muscle car theme, High Roller is an action puzzle game full of chain-reaction matches and bonus dice that provide even higher payoffs

Power Chips & High Roller offer:

  • Simple and addictive Vegas-style gameplay
  • Colorful light effects and enticing graphics
  • Engaging sound effects and soundtracks
  • Two modes of play: normal and time attack
  • High-score boards to track each players best
  • A choice between full-screen or window mode
  • Power Chips & High Roller is now available through the MacPlay web site for $19.99.

    Power Chips & High Roller

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    Apple Looks at The Sims: Unleashed
    6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Apple recently posted a feature taking a look at a title released at the earlier in the year: The Sims: Unleashed. Yet another expansion pack in the ever-burgeoning lineup of the popular The Sims series, Unleashed adds yet another dimension to the Sims universe, allowing them to acquire and care for a variety of pets, ranging from dogs to lizards.

    Also included in the expansion is Old Town, which features a few surprises of its own:

    The neighborhood shops that populate your new commercial lots comprise what is known as Old Town. In addition to pet stores, you?ll find a hip little café, various shops, a farmers market where you can buy and sell produce (Unleashed allows your Sims to grow their own vegetables, which they can eat or sell, if they?d like to become farmers) and new non-player characters (NPCs). Miss Lucielle, for example, will read your Sims? palms or even revive the ones turned into zombies by the Grim Reaper.
    The feature also lists some helpful suggestions for those looking to raise their own virtual pets.

    Apple - The Sims: Unleashed
    Aspyr Media
    Westlake Interactive
    The Sims: Unleashed
    Buy The Sims: Unleashed

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    Myth III Weekend Party
    6:00 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

    To celebrate the release of Myth III 1.1 patch, PlayMyth will be hosting a Myth III party this weekend. The latest patch for Myth III, which has been in development for some time by the volunteers at MythDev, and features a slew of fixes along with support for playing online via the PlayMyth server.

    Here's the full story on the party plans:

    Now that Myth III is out, I thought it might be time for all of the folks who love and have been playing Myth III in testing for the last three months to invite the new players online for some CARNAGE!

    Come join us this Friday after 6pm central time for some destruction Myth III Style. I'll be hosting games in the demo server and on the regular server - so no matter if you're only a demo player or a full release player, you can enjoy all of the fun that is Myth III.

    If you've recently upgraded, be sure to register for your free account so you can log on and get in on all the action! See you then!
    If you'd like to participate, head over to PlayMyth and sign up for a free account. For more information on Myth III 1.1 or to download the Myth III 1.1 demo, follow appropriate links below.

    Myth III Weekend Party
    Download Myth III 1.1 demo

    Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 15, 2003

    IMG Reviews Pocket Tanks11:46 AM
    Get IMG Pro For Just $19.9510:39 AM Posts ThinkTanks Interview10:35 AM
    Tony Hawk 3 Multiplayer, FF Patch Posted9:52 AM
    Championship Manager 4 Status Updates8:36 AM
    CoreComputers to Sell Custom Macs8:36 AM
    Myth III 1.1 Demo Now Available8:36 AM
    Pangea Releases Enigmo8:36 AM
    Sonnet Announces 1 GHz G4 ZIF for Beige G3 Power Macs8:36 AM
    Spiderweb Software Interview8:36 AM
    The Gamesome Mac Taking Questions for Blizzard8:36 AM
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