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Aspyr Announces Zoo Tycoon
1:22 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced that it will be publishing the Mac version of Zoo Tycoon. The port is being done by port house team at Westlake Interactive. According to Aspyr's Chris Silman, Zoo Tycoon for the Mac is expected to be released in early June.

Here's more from the official press release:

In Zoo Tycoon, you'll be challenged to build the most healthy and vibrant zoo possible. With an easy to learn interface, you can begin planning your strategy and building your ultimate zoo the moment you start the game. Which is a good thing since you'll need to build, manage, and maintain a zoo with over 200 animals, exhibits, and zoo materials. Plan wisely, because your success depends on your ability to keep the animals happy! Zoo Tycoon - enjoy the fun and challenge of building and managing the ultimate zoo.

Preliminary System Requirements
-Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X 10.1 or later
-233 MHz or faster PowerPC G3 or G4
-128 MB RAM
-600 MB free disk space
-16 MB video card

Zoo Tycoon is rated "E" by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $49.95. For more information on Zoo Tycoon, head over to the Aspyr web site.

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IMG Posts E3 Final Report
12:48 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG's Lucian Fong has safely returned from this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo and has filed his latest report from the show floor.

Here's a clip:

My first meeting of the day was with Dee Brown, president of Beenox. We had met previously on Wednesday in the Apple room, where we carried on a casual conversation. Today, the $70 shirt Dee was wearing told me that our meeting would be all business. The first thing he showed me was a trailer showcasing Beenox' current projects, including Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, and an impressive platformer called Fist Firehead
Be sure to check out the rest of the feature.

E3 2003 Wrap Up Report

Help Beta Test Burning Monkey Solitaire 3
12:45 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software is looking for a few beta testers for their latest game, Burning Monkey Solitaire 3. The newly built from the ground up game features over two dozen different solitaire games including Klondike, FreeCell, as well as all-new jokes, monkey animations, and easter eggs.

This beta will be limited to about 100 *serious* testers. A high-speed internet connection is required since the download is large. If you're interested in beta testing the game, be sure to follow the link below.

Beta Test Information

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MacSoft Ships Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition
11:09 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today announced that it has begun shipping Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition, the definitive Tropico compilation and offers a substantial amount of new content for the hugely popular Tropico. The game includes the original Tropico, the Paradise Island expansion pack, 12 all-new scenarios, the Brady Games strategy guide, and an in-depth “making-of” featurette.

In Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition, the player is installed as “El Presidente” of a small Caribbean Island. Players manage the island’s resources and its people in this graphically stunning building game flavored with the spice of Latin American political intrigue.

Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition requires a G3 or G4 processor running at 350 Mhz or faster, 128MB RAM, Mac OS 9.1 or higher or OSX v 10.1.5 or higher. 16 MB video required if you wish to use OpenGL mode.

Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition is now available through the IMG Store for just $19.95.

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Mac UT2003 Will Contain FSAA, UMOD Installer
9:54 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Ryan Gordon, the programmer for the Mac version of Unreal Tournament 2003, noted some additions that will be included in the final release of the game. These additions include FSAA (Full-Screen Anti-Aliasing) along with a umod installer for installing mods. He also notes, for those who haven't heard, that the Mac version will included both bonus packs that are available for the game.
Here's his post on FSAA:

Just added Full Screen Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) support to the OpenGL renderer for the Mac players to use. Looks sweet, didn't really hurt the framerate on a GeForce4 for the brief testing I gave it, either.

It won't be available via the UI, but you can enable it in the .ini files and tweak it from the console. This is deliberate; not only can the UI not change at this point without breaking network compatibility with Linux and Windows (it's defined in the data files), but I really don't want people screwing with it unless they know what they're doing.

And his post about the Umod installer:
UMOD installation: UT2003/osx _will_ have a umod unpacker, but it's a command line hack that I wrote for the Linux users. I expect some sort of GUI frontend that spawns the command line version and parses its output will show up sooner or later (if you are interested and can code something that doesn't suck very quickly, email me and maybe we can even get it on the retail disc with your name in the manual and stuff).
For more information on these additions, including how you'll be able to enable FSAA, follow the provided link below to Gordan's developer diary. For more information on UT2003, or to pre-order the game from the IMG store, follow the below links.

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Dracosoft Releases Amazed
9:37 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The latest game from Mac shareware game maker Dracosoft has been released. Entitled Amazed, the game pits the player as one of several colorful characters who must navigate their way through various mazes.

Here's Dracosoft's description of the game:

Amazed is a fun filled maze game for Mac OS X. As you go through the maze you can collect various items to help you along the way. With six different level themes and ninety-six different characters the graphic combinations seem endless. There are also four starting difficulties to choose from.

When the maze begins you get a quick overall "snapshot" of the puzzle. Look for the way through quickly; because once it goes away, you won't be able to see it again. As you search for the finish you can collect multipliers to increase your score. The shoe item doubles your speed for a short while allowing you to zoom through the level in shorter time. Bombs allow you to blow-up the surrounding walls, making it easy to pass through dead-ends.

To run the game, all you'll need is any computer running any version of OS X. For more information, or to download the demo of Amazed, follow the provided links below.


Roadworks now Available
7:44 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

ESP Graphics has recently released a new shareware game for the Mac. Enitled Roadworks, this puzzle title, strongly reminiscent of the venerable Pipe Dream, puts players in charge of building a road ahead of a constantly-moving car:

The idea in Roadworks is to lay tiles, each with different piece of 'road', on a grid in such a way as to keep your car from crashing. You can lay straight tiles, corner tiles, 3-way stops and intersections. What tiles you lay determine your car's path, how many points you score, and how likely you are to construct yourself into a corner
Free demos for both OS 9.x and X are available at ESP's website. Those who register their copies will have access to the full amount of included levels as well as a level editor. Hardware requirements are modest, asking only for a G3/366 or better and 64MB RAM.

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Medal of Honor: Spearhead Added to GameRanger
7:44 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Scott Kevill of the Mac online gaming service GameRanger recently announced the addition of Medal of Honor: Spearhead to the ever-growing list of supported games. The inclusion of Spearhead will allow Mac gamers to wage head-to-head battles online in a variety of new multiplayer maps.

Spearhead, which began shipping last week, is the latest installment of the famed Medal of Honor series, a FPS set in the World War II era. Players take the role of Sgt. Jack Barnes, participating in the final months of the war, from the first paradrops of Operation Overlord to the Battle of the Bulge at the end of the Ardennes offensive.

Those interested in having more information on this title are encouraged to check out IMG's preview. Also, Spearhead can be purchased through IMG's online store service.

In related news, the folks at MacMOHAA have let us know that their popular multiplayer map, entitled "The Falls," has recently been updated and is ready for download:

The highly popular Medal of Honor:AA multiplayer map called "The Falls" is now updated to version 2.0. This new version now supports TeamMatch mode, which was requested by a lot of server admins. Also, a few bugs have been removed and a new secret tunnel has been added.
The map can be downloaded directly from the MacMOHAA site.

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Unreal Tournament 2003 Shipping On June 11
7:44 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

MacSoft has announced that the Macintosh version of the highly-awaited first-person shooter Unreal Tournament 2003 will ship on June 11. Originally developed by Digital Extremes in collaboration with Epic Games this title is one of the most anticipated action games for the Mac at the moment, as the response on the recently-released tech demo proves.

From the press release:

Mac gamers have already shown keen interest in Unreal Tournament 2003. In the first 4 days of availability, over 400,000 downloads of the demo were reported. According to MacSoft GM Al Schilling, "Feedback on the demo has been overwhelmingly positive. UT fans are ecstatic with the performance they are seeing on their Macs, and with the exciting gameplay of UT2K3."
The requirements for Unreal Tournament 2003 are:
  • 700Mhz processor
  • 32MB video card
  • 256MB RAM
  • Mac OS X v10.2.6.
  • If you haven't downloaded the demo yet, do so from today. If you are an IMG Pro subscriber you can download the demo from our Hot Downloads section. Unreal Tournament 2003 is available to pre-order from the IMG Store for $48.99 ($42.99 if you are a MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscriber).

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