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Friday, July 11, 2003



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AVP 2 Goes Gold, Ships Next Week
12:41 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay's Henry Price let IMG know this morning that the long-awaited sequel, Aliens vs Predator 2, has gone gold and is off to the duplicator. Price also told IMG that if all goes well, the game should begin shipping as soon as next week. The port of AVP 2 was completed by the Omni Group.

Here's a bit more info on AVP 2:

Sequel to one of the most frightening games ever made, Aliens vs. Predator 2 takes you to Planet LV1201, where three diverse and bloodthirsty species battle for survival. The story-driven plot weaves together the fates of all three races, while the action is as heart-stopping as the blockbuster films on which it is based. Choose to play as Alien, Predator, or Marine as you use your physical prowess, killer instincts, or superior firepower to stay alive.
IMG recently posted an in-depth, hands-on preview of AVP 2. Be sure to check it out if you already haven't done so.

AVP 2 is also available for pre-order through the MacPlay store as well as the IMG Store. IMG Pro/MacGames CD subscribers can pick it up for just $39 while non-subscribers can pre-order it for $44.99.

IMG Preview: Aliens vs Predator 2
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IMG Store: Pre-Order Halo: Combat Evolved
4:57 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store is now taking pre-orders for the long-awaited Mac version of Halo: Combat Evolved. It's available for pre-order for $48.99. If you are a MacGames CD or IMG Pro subscriber, you can pick it up for just $43.99.

Halo, the best selling game on Xbox, makes its highly anticipated move to the Mac. Halo, enhanced for play on the Mac, contains all of the action-packed combat and thrilling gameplay that made the title a smash hit for video game fans everywhere. Armed with a brand new arsenal of weapons and vehicles, Halo delivers challenges and surprises, as well as intense online multiplayer competition exclusively for the Mac, including new multiplayer maps.

Halo: Combat Evolved is scheduled to ship in September. For more information and screenshots, please visit the IMG Store.

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IMG Posts State of the Game
4:56 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's Tuncer Deniz is back with another installment of State of the Game, a look at the Mac games market from the point of view of IMG's Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. In this edition of State of the Game, Tuncer talks about the current changes that have been happening in the Mac games market.

Be sure to check out the entire article by following the link below.

IMG: State of the Game


Factor Software Releases Germs 1.0.0
4:54 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Factor Software today announced the release of Germs a new shareware title developed by Mike Weyandt that offers fast and frantic gameplay with a strategic edge. Here's a brief description from the game's webpage:

Germs is a game that combines quick thinking with even quicker reflexes as players manipulate scads of colorful, killer pathogens in order to neutralize a biologial threat and save humanity.

The gameplay is quite simple, relying at its core on the "pick pieces up and place them on the gameboard" model used in several games such as MacPipes.
In Germs, the player picks up germ sprites from a "culture dish" and arranges them on the gameboard in patterns of the same color to make them disappear.

Germs' main features are:

  • Gorgeous artwork in thousands of colors
  • Six different animated germs-some cute, some nasty, all dangerous!
  • 35 different levels of pulse-pounding puzzle action
  • Beginner and Expert skill levels-choose what's right for you
  • A fully-interactive tutorial to teach you the ropes
  • 2 original electronic music tracks
  • The ability to play your favorite mp3s as background music
  • Multi-channel stereo sound effects
Germs is currently available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Users can download a free demo version of the game and then purchase the full version for $19.95. For even more information, check out the Germs website.

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Burning Monkey Solitaire 3 to Debut at MacWorld CreativePro
1:19 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software has announced exciting new plans for this years MacWorld Creative Pro convention. For the first time ever, Freeverse will be selling boxed copies of their new and popular card game Burning Monkey Solitaire 3, at their booth for the low price of $24.95.

In addition, Freeverse will also be selling other titles at low, showroom prices. MacSoft's Unreal Tournament 2003 will also be available for purchase at the booth.

Here's the official announcement:

The fur will fly at MacWorld CreativePro, (July 16-18 at New York's Javits Center), as Freeverse launches Burning Monkey Solitaire 3.

New games, new monkeys, worse jokes, hotter flaming arrows, and a basket full of easter eggs makes Burning Monkey Solitaire 3 the most over-produced computer solitaire game ever created!

This all new installment in the wacky and popular series will be available for the first time anywhere at the Freeverse booth (#360).

Also available will be the recently released strategy game, Solace, as well as many of Freeverse's other titles at amazing "Show Special" pricing.

Through the courtesy of MacSoft, gamers will also be able to pick-up a copy of Unreal Tournament 2003 at the Freeverse booth.

The MacWorld CreativePro convention runs July 16-18 at the Javits Center in New York. For information on how to attend the expo, follow the link attached to the bottom of this article.

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Billy Frontier Nears Alpha, Shipping Date
12:19 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Pangea Software has announced that their upcoming cowboy adventure game, Billy Frontier, is now nearing the alpha stage of game development, meaning the game is playable, but not feature complete yet. In related news, Pangea has also confirmed a release date for the title, early August. Here's the official news post:

Billy Frontier is an arcade style action game where you play a space cowboy named Billy Frontier. The game is made up of four different types of mini-games: Duels, Shootouts, Stampedes, and Target Practices. “It’s the kind of game you pick up when you need a break and just want to blast stuff,“ says Brian Greenstone, President of Pangea Software, “The art and music is probably the best of any game we’ve ever done, and the gameplay has more variety than any game we’ve done for the Mac.”

The price for Billy Frontier has not been set yet, but Pangea Software expects it to be $14.95, and it will only be available as a download as they have no plans on putting the game on a CD.

New screenshots from the game can be found on Pangea Software's web site at: www.pangeasoft.net/billy

Stay tuned to IMG as we keep you posted about any updates in game status. Check out the links below for more information.

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Custer's Desktops: Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
12:02 PM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Custer's Desktops, our weekly feature at IMG that offers readers high quality desktop wallpaper for today's hottest Mac games, has been updated once again. This week's featuring game: Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer from Aspyr Media:

I hope everyone enjoyed the 4th last weekend. As you guessed by now I took the week off since my release date is typically Friday. From the emails I got I can tell you surely missed the update. In this week's wallpaper I'm rising up from the depths of the ocean to catch a wave courtesy of Aspyr Media. With Summer in full swing and several requests for this game already - there was no better time to create a desktop for Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer. So, with the help of Aspyr Media, Activision and surfing the internet I was able to create this week's wallpaper. I simply entitled this selection, "Surfs Up", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
Be sure to check out the new wallpaper for yourself at Custer's Desktops. A wide range of screen resolutions is available.

Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
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RHEM Now Shipping
7:01 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

A recent press release from GotGameEntertainment has revealed that the long-awaited classic adventure title RHEM is finally shipping to store shelves worldwide for Mac and PC. The game, which mimics the gameplay and feel of previous adventure hits such as Myst and Riven is developer Got Game Entertainment's first attempt at the commercial market. Here's the official press release:

"RHEM" Arrives in Stores Throughout U.S. and Canada;
Critically acclaimed PC and Mac adventure game marks retail distribution milestone for publisher

WESTON, CT - Game publisher Got Game Entertainment, LLC today announced that "RHEM", an intricate first person puzzle-based adventure game for the PC and Mac, has begun arriving in North American retailers. The game's presence on the shelves of North America's largest retailers marks a significant milestone for the company which was established less than two years ago.

"With the release of 'RHEM' Got Game's retail distribution is at a level that reasonably could have taken several years to achieve," said Got Game founder and president, Howard Horowitz. "We believe that the keen interest shown by retailers in this game is a testament to the quality of the game, the quality of this company, and the level of success achieved by our previous releases."

"RHEM" thrusts the player into a strange land and on a challenging adventure to uncover the secrets of an enigmatic letter. Featuring mind-bending puzzles, non-linear gameplay, and a mysterious setting, "RHEM" is an exploration-type adventure game with a non-violent story that challenges the mind, not the trigger finger.

Critics are already lauding the game as "complex and cleverly designed" and "puzzle solving at its best". And, as medical research in support of mentally challenging activities to maintain and improve cognitive ability continues to mount, games like "RHEM" provide a fun and entertaining way to challenge the mind.

RHEM can now be found on all major store shelves, or through the Got Game Entertainment Store, for $29.99. For more information and a free demo of RHEM, check out the links below.

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Diablo II Patch 1.10 Beta Test Patch Available
7:01 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Rob Barris of Blizzard recently put up a post in our forums indicating the availablity of a beta patch for Diablo II. The patch, labeled version 1.10, is part of a free period of beta testing for anyone that wishes to participate - no signup or selection is necessary.

Current limitations on the patch include that it only works for users with the U.S. version of the Lord of Destruction expansion and that it cannot be used to play on Battle.net. Blizzard notes that the final patch will work with both Diablo II and the LOD expansion.

Of course, gamers who participate in the beta testing are encouraged to report any bugs or related findings to Battle.net forums set aside for such posts. More information, as well as links to the patch and forums, can be found at the Diablo II Patch 1.10 Beta site.

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KQ Lives for OS X
7:01 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

KQ Lives, an open-source console-style RPG, is now available for OSX. The game harkens back to such classics as Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy. The project was nearly abandoned by its original creator, but thankfully a new group of designers is now keeping it alive. Here are some snips from their FAQ to give an idea of what the game is all about:

1. What is KQ?

KQ is a console-style role-playing game (RPG) in the FF1/Legend of Mana/Zelda style.

2.Why is it here?

KQ was abandoned by its original creator, JoshBolduc, for personal reasons. Because KQ was open source, we can host it here on Sourceforge.

3. Is KQ finished?

According the author, the engine is complete, but some more scripting/level design needs to be done before KQ is finally done.

If you're a fan of console RPGs be sure to follow the link below to check out what KQ has to offer.

KQ for OSX



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LGC Adds Tiger Woods 2003 Ladder
7:01 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Links Golf Community has recently added a ladder for players of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003. Registration is free and open for gamers with both a copy of TW03 and a desire to play in ladder matches.

A longtime staple in the Mac online golfing community, the LGC has been hosting tournaments and ladder matches for Links CE players for a while now. The addition of TW03 rounds out the playing field a bit and should give players a chance to see how they fare against the rest of the Mac community.

Those interested in more information can find it at the LGC site.

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NEW Tiger Woods Ladder at the LGC!
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PlayMyth Adds Support for Myth: TFL
7:01 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

PlayMyth is pleased to announce that their free online gaming service, previously available for Myth II: Soublighter and Myth III: The Wolf Age, is now compatible with Myth: The Fallen Lords, the first title of the series. Though currently in early stages, PlayMyth assures that the Myth version of PlayMyth will include all the same features that users have come to expect from previous efforts. Here's the official article from the PlayMyth homepage:

PlayMyth.net has begun the first phase of it's implementation of support for Myth: The Fallen Lords. If you are interested in playing TFL on PlayMyth.net, you will need to download the PlayMyth TFL Conversion Kit and follow the instructions for getting started on the TFL server. Currently, TFL exists on a separate server from the main PlayMyth.net server until we've finalized the implementation of TFL on our main metaserver which we expect to be completed shortly.
You can download a free executable that will patch your existing version of Myth to the PlayMyth-enabled one. Check out the links below for more information.

TFL Now Supported At PlayMyth.net
Download the PlayMyth TFL Conversion Kit
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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 10, 2003

Shadowbane Patch to Add Speed, 'Refiner', More9:37 AM
ATI Interview at HomeLan Fed9:16 AM
BoXiKoN 1.1.2 Released, Mac Support Introduced8:44 AM
IGN PC Posts Dungeon Siege Expansion Q&A8:44 AM
The Codebook 4.0.5 Released, OS X Support Coming Soon8:42 AM
iEntertainment Launches Dawn of Aces III8:41 AM
StepMania on Mac OS X8:37 AM
Sci-Fi Dungeon Siege Mod Available8:36 AM
Free GameHouse Games for .Mac Users8:31 AM
Republic Status Update8:31 AM
 
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