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Enigmo Update Released
8:15 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Pangea Software has released a new version of their highly addictive puzzle game Enigmo. In Enigmo the goal is to guide falling streams of water, fire and oil into their respective jar with the help of simple tools. The new version is 1.3 and it adds some of the more requested features into the game.

Added requested features for multi-button mice: Mouse scroll wheel now does zoom in/out. Click and drag Right Mouse Button will pan camera. Click and drag Middle Mouse Button will snap selected Part to grid as you drag. Fixed problem where funnels could be deleted in Play mode.
The full download of Enigmo 1.3 is available from, but users of Enigmo 1.1.1 or later can download an updater from Pangea's website instead.

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MGF: Enigmo 1.3
Pangea Software: Enigmo Downloads

Custer Goes To The Races
10:50 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG resident desktop guru, Brad Custer, is back with another cool new creation, this time featuring Midnight Racing. Here's what Brad had to say about his latest creation:

About a month ago it was announced that Hyperion Entertainment and Inca Gold reached an agreement to bring several titles to the Mac platform and the first one up is Midnight Racing. This title obviously has a lot of race fans excited by the amount of email for it as a desktop. So with the help of the gang at Inca Gold I was able to get my hands on a nice selection of art to do just this. I had fun creating this desktop and simply entitled it, "Fast & Furious". I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
To check out this desktop (and many others), head over to Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops

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IMG Reviews M-Audio's Revolution 7.1
10:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of M-Audio's Revolution 7.1 The PCI audio card packs big features such 24 bit, 192 KHz audio and surround sound support at a very affordable price. It is the first consumer audio card that can output surround sound in Mac OS X.

To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: M-Audio Revolution 7.1
Revolution 7.1

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America's Army Plans
10:27 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

The American Army recently got a chance to show off future additions to their America?s Army game at this year's E3. Games site Frictionlessinsight got a chance to check out these additions, and posted an article detailing all the new features being added to the game. These features include new models, new roles, and even vehicles. For those unfamiliar with the game, America's Army is a tactical first-person shooter, designed to show people what life in the Army is like.
Here's a snippet from the article:

Probably the biggest addition to America?s Army in the near future will be the introduction of Special Forces soldiers. In order to even begin the Special Forces Qualification Course (Q-Course) players will need to complete missions from the Special Forces Assignment and Selection (SFAS) process. SFAS missions will be introduced over the course of this summer and fall, and players who qualify will be able to try out roles such as Medical Sergeant, Engineer Sergeant, Communications Sergeant, Weapons Sergeant and Intelligence Sergeant. Those abilities will then be usable throughout America?s Army missions. The development team expects that the full variety of Special Forces missions will be implemented by this winter, culminating in a variety of missions appropriate to a Special Forces team.

In keeping with the improved character models, Special Forces will have unique looks, with faces that differ from regular infantry and cavalry, perhaps even including fancy sunglasses. Special Forces will also get access to customizable M4 Carbines based on the rail system in use by the military. That means individual players will be able to swap out components, determining the type of sight to use, or perhaps swapping a grenade launcher for a bipod that can be used to improve accuracy. Even the weapon?s paint job will be customizable, so that guns can be camouflaged appropriately.

America's Army is currently in development for Mac and is slated to be released next month. All versions of America's Army are completely free. For more information or for the full article, follow the links below.

America's Army Plans
America's Army: Special Forces 2.4

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Westlake: Star Trek Elite Force II Reaches Alpha
8:15 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Macintosh porting power house Westlake Interactive quietly updated their Projects Status Page Thursday with the news that their port of Ritual Entertainment's Star Trek: Elite Force II has reached the Alpha stage.

The PC version of the highly-anticipated addition to the Star Trek franchise is expected to be released by publishing granddaddy ActiVision on June 24th. If the Mac port progresses as well as it has been indicated, good chances are that it will be released soon thereafter.

According to the Westlake website, the Alpha milestone of a game port is a major step forward from the "First Playable" stage, with sound support, early networking code, parts of the 3D hardware support in place, and even the option to load and save games.

Star Trek fans eager to get their hands on the game should check out the recently released Elite Force II trailer and Action Vault's First Impressions, available through the links below:

Star Trek Elite Force II
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Ritual Entertainment
Westlake Interactive's Project Status Page
Action Vault: Elite Force II Demo Impressions
Elite Force II Trailers
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Cliff Johnson Releases New Fool's Gold Newsletter
8:15 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Prodigious puzzle designer, author and trickster Cliff Johnson has released issue #5 of his Fool's Gold newsletter.

Sadly lacking any news on the status of his game The Fool And His Money, sequel to the award-winning 1986 puzzle game The Fool's Errand, the newsletter feeds players with additional background information and gives them a taste of what to expect in the sequel:

Nestled in the oak, hickory, and chestnut forests to the East are the homes of the affluent and opulent, the Kingdom of the Pentacles. Look closely at the cobblestone roads and realize that the stones have been cut from marble and smoothed in natural waterfalls. Gaze at the cottages with precisely-cut bricks of bluestone and brownstone, and, stain-glass windows of crystal. Admire the limestone ramparts of the Royal Palace, the gold and silver inlays decorating the surface in patterns of vines and ivy, glistening in the rising sun like rivulets of flame.

Day or night, the people walk freely down the shady lanes and wildflower paths in complete safety, for the palace guards outnumber the citizens, three to one. In fact, being a palace guard is an honored occupation of any up and coming Pentacle. The reason for such excessive security is that the Kingdom enjoys the privilege of being Treasury to the Land where all financial wealth is recorded and adjusted on a daily basis by the Money Changers. Between the four Kingdoms, dozens of unique currencies exist, and new ones are created whenever a certain transaction demands it. Nobody but the Chief Money Changer is said to understand exactly how this system works - and she guards her secrets well.

The Fool And His Money is expected to be released this Halloween for both the PC and Macintosh platforms. The visually-rich puzzle game can be pre-ordered through the author's website:

The Fool And His Money

Mac Games News for Thursday, May 22, 2003

IMG Reviews Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets1:14 PM
WWDC Early Registration Ends Tomorrow1:02 PM
Free Child's Movie Pass Inside 'Finding Nemo' Game12:57 PM
World of Warcraft Mac/PC To Ship Simultaneously12:41 PM
Heroes of Might and Magic IV Interview12:21 PM
IMG Launches Matrix Theme12:18 PM
Gamasutra Posts Peter Molyneux Video6:49 AM
Slope Rider Updated6:34 AM
Feral Updates Championship Manager 46:30 AM
Master of Orion III Patch Screens Posted6:30 AM
World of Warcraft Hands-on Impressions6:30 AM
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