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Thursday, May 8, 2003

IMG Reviews Monsoon PlanarMedia 14
12:07 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Monsoon's PlanarMedia 14. Here's a clip from the review:

The PlanarMedia 14s follow the tradition of the Monsoon speakers, featuring true flat panel speaker satellites and a standard longthrow subwoofer. Each satellite uses a slightly updated PFT 100 series Planar Ribbon Traducer developed by Level 9 Sound. The biggest difference is the large eight-inch woofer versus the six and half inch woofer in the PlanarMedia 9s. Also, the 14s sport a total of 100 watts RMS, which is noticeably greater than the 76 watts RMS found in the 9s and the 35 watts in the 7s.
Be sure to check out the rest of the review by following the link below.

IMG Review: Monsoon PlanarMedia 14

Phelios Releases Energy
11:09 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Phelios, makers of a variety of different shareware games for OSX, recently released their latest title. Entitled Energy, a colorful puzzle games in which players must help a colorblind old factory worker sort various colored balls.
Here's a full description of the game:

Get the ball rolling and grab some Energy! No, we're not talking about those candy bars in the vending machines. Energy is a new 100 level puzzle to fill your free time with fun, and to give you that extra boost you need without copious amounts of sugar. Help out an old colorblind factory worker by sorting pétanque balls by color. Once bases are filled with like-colored balls, they energize giving you the power to continue your colorful quest!
The requirements for the game are:
  • Mac OS X
  • 128 MB RAM
  • openGL acceleration
  • 25 MB Hard-Drive space

    To check out some screenshots of Energy, or to download the game, follow the link below.

    Phelios Releases Energy
    MGF: Energy

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    Pangea Releases Enigmo 1.2
    10:53 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Enigmo, the popular puzzle game by Pangea Software that has garnered an amazing 30,000 downloads on, has been updated to version 1.2. 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 a list of fixes included in the latest version:

    By popular demand, you now get 5000 bonus points for each leftover part when you win a level, you can now scroll with the arrow keys, and file dialogs no longer default to the desktop. Does FSAA when playing in a window with ATI hardware. Minor bug fixes. Some Dutch localization improvements.
    If you're unfamiliar with Enigmo, be sure to check out IMG's review. Stop by MGF to download the full demo or the small patch, if you already have a copy of the game.

    IMG Review: Enigmo
    Pangea Software
    MGF: Download Enigmo 1.2

    MacPlay Releases May Newsletter
    8:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    Our friends at MacPlay have released Issue 3 of their montly online newsletter. The latest edition contains news on some of the company's upcoming title releases, web specials, the ever-popular "Ask the Angry Man" Q&A, and more.

    First up is news that Europa Universalis II and Another War, two Virtual Programming titles that MacPlay has licensed to distribute in North America, are close to shipping. The company plans on releasing Europa Universalis on May 12th and Another War on May 30th.

    MacPlay goes on to say that they plan on releasing more games in 2003 including Aliens vs Predator 2, Aliens vs. Predator 2: Primal Hunt expansion pack, No One Lives Forever 2, as well as Feral's Warrior Kings, Enemy Engaged, and Total Immersion Racing.

    MacPlay also announced in their newsletter some special web only deals

    In that spirit, we're offering you an awesome opportunity: 3 engaging games for $20 each. Choose from the role-playing game Freedom Force, which sports a look and feel straight from the Silver Age of comic books; the action-packed, amusing first-person shooter No One Lives Forever; and realMYST, which takes the world made famous in the groundbreaking game MYST and turns it into a lush 3D environment that you can fully explore for the first time.

    Sound like a great deal? Then you better hurry, because this
    promotion starts today and ends at midnight (CST) on Tuesday, May
    13, 2003.

    To check out the entire newsletter, be sure to follow the link below.


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    Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo Released!
    8:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    The long wait is over! Late yesterday MacSoft released the long-awaited demo of Unreal Tournament 2003 for the Macintosh. The demo features 4 maps (2 Death Match, 1 Capure the Flag, and 1 bombing run) and most of the weapons in the full version of the game.

    Here are the full system requirements:

  • 700Mhz processor
  • 32MB video card Radeon/Geforce 2MX or higher
  • 256MB RAM
  • Mac OS X v10.2.6. Please note that users MUST have Mac OS X v10.2.6 to run Unreal Tournament 2003.

    The demo weighs in at 131 MB and is available on MGF. Expect extremely slow downloads as there will be huge demand for this demo and very few mirrors are available. For those of you in a rush, the demo is available for IMG Pro subscribers on a speedy server just for IMG Pro users. If you're interested in signing up for IMG Pro, follow the link below.

    The demo will also be included on the next MacGames CD, which going to duplication at the end of this week. So if you don't have a high speed connection, consider a subscription to the MGCD.

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    Call for UT2003 Bugs
    8:27 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    After the release of the Unreal Tournament 2003 Tech Beta Demo yesterday, James Robrahn, QA Manager at MacSoft, made a post on our forums, asking people to send them an e-mail if you would encounter any bugs in the demo.

    This is what he said:

    If you have any issues with the Unreal Tournament 2003 Tech Beta Demo, please email your bug reports to

    I will try to read the forums for bug reports, but for quicker contact email us at

    Please include, Model of Macintosh you are using, Ram installed, Video card and the bug report.

    If you have any OSX crash logs or UT2K3 logs, please attach those to the email.
    If you haven't downloaded the demo yet, there are several mirrors to download it from available at IMG Pro subscribers can download their copy of the demo from the Hot Downloads section. Would you encounter any bugs in the demo, don't hesitate to report them to MacSoft, since it will help them get rid of any bugs before the full retail version is released.

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    Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 7, 2003

    Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo Coming Today!3:59 PM
    Vampire: The Masquerade Sequel Announced2:51 PM
    EA Announces SimCity 4 Rush Hour12:34 PM
    Star Trek: Elite Force II Status Update10:47 AM
    Apple Looks At Nascar 20038:38 AM
    Mac OS X 10.2.6 Improves UT2K3 Compatibility8:38 AM
    Myth II 1.4 Patch Delayed8:38 AM
    New Galactica A.D. Beta Released8:38 AM
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