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The Omega Stone Headed to Mac OS X
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Adventure Company and TransGaming Technologies recently announced a partnership to bring the adventure title The Omega Stone to the Mac. The sequel to The Riddle of the Sphinx, The Omega Stone features 3D depictions of real-world mystery sites, realtime environmental effects, and over 50 hours of gameplay.

Here's more from the press release:

The Omega Stone is a classic adventure that sends intrepid explorers on a quest to prevent a terrible disaster prophesized by the ancients. Beautiful rendered scenery from Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the Lost City of Atlantis sets the tone for this evocative mystery. The Omega Stone offers an historically and archaeologically accurate world of adventure, complete with full real time screen animations, cut scenes and full motion video. Gamers can investigate each area in full, with a full 360 degree camera.
The PC version of Omega Stone has already received glowing reviews from various sources. Though there doesn't seem to be a Mac-specific page up for this one, more information can be found at both the official Omega Stone site and at The Adventure Company's site.

The game will retail for $30 and should be made available in December. TransGaming has worked on other Mac titles including SpyHunter, Law and Order, and Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb.

The Omega Stone
The Adventure Company - The Omega Stone
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The Omega Stone TransGaming Mac Announcement

Age of Mythology Week Continues: MacSoft Interview
12:58 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft's Al Schilling is a busy man. The company is about to ship one of the most ambitious real-time strategy games ever made for the computer, Age of Mythology. And on the heels of that, they plan on releasing what may be the most anticipated game of all time, Halo for the Macintosh.

IMG recently caught up with Schilling, to talk about Age of Mythology, Halo, and more. To check out the interview, please follow the link below.

IMG Interview: MacSoft's Al Schilling

uDevGames 2003 Voting Begins
6:00 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

Like 40 early holiday presents, iDevGames has notified us it is now time to start playing the games and casting your votes in the uDevGames 2003 contest. The voting will take place over the next two weeks, ending on November 19th. Everybody with any kind of interest of Macintosh gaming is encouraged to download, play through, and vote for as many of the 41 entries as possible.

More about the contest:

uDevGame was established by iDevGames with three underlying objectives in mind: create, educate, and succeed. The goal is to motivate developers to create original games for the Macintosh platform, and then to release the source code back to the Macintosh programming community. In this way, the participants of uDevGame actively help to educate developers (and aspiring developers) in technologies such as OpenGL and Cocoa. In addition, the contest helps to draw attention to those that develop unique and exciting games for the Macintosh, as well as help introduce the best and brightest Macintosh game development talent to development houses and publishers alike.
Head over to the download page today to enjoy the fruits of creativity from these many independent developers.

uDevGame 2003
iDevGames: uDevGame 2003 Voting Starts
uDevGame Contest 2003: Games

TwistText/WhatWord Near Gold Master
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

MacPlay currently lists their dual package of TwistText and WhatWord? at almost Gold Master status. Originally created by Gamehouse, both titles are puzzle games that test the lexicons of players as they attempt to form words in several different situations.

In WhatWord, player must wap letter balls in a 5x5 grid to form words. TwistText, on the other hand, challenges players to form words using a specific set of letters:

In Super TextTwist you'll have to think of as many words as you can with the letters you have and still beat the clock. Use all your letters to make a word and you'll move on to the next round.
More information, including a pre-order option, is available at MacPlay's site.

MacPlay - TwistText/WhatWord?
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, November 4, 2003

IMG Posts Part 2 of Age of Mythology Preview11:39 AM
X-Plane Patched, Price Increase Announced9:45 AM
New Shadowbane Server Launches with New Rules9:44 AM
Halloween Bonus Map for Warcraft III6:00 AM
Mac Halo Speeds Towards Release6:00 AM
Unreal Tournament 2004 Release Next Year6:00 AM
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