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Friday, November 21, 2003

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Aspyr Ships Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
6:00 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Continuing their impressive string of recently shipped titles, Aspyr Media has announced that Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb is on its way to stores for Mac OS X. The title is a fast-paced action/adventure game featuring the hero from the popular series of movies.

About the game:

You're Indiana Jones. Legendary adventurer. Daring rogue. And the most butt-kicking archaeologist the world has ever seen. It's 1935 and this time you must prevent a powerful Chinese artifact from falling into evil hands. This globe-spanning adventure pits you against evil Nazis and the Asian underworld with a mysterious and alluring partner, Mei Ying. It'll take more than just a trusty whip and pistol to avoid deadly traps and navigate through all the dangerous environments. Do you have what it takes to possess the mysterious "Heart of the Dragon?"
To be able to play the game you will have to match or surpass the following system requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.2.6 or higher
  • 800 MHz PowerPC G4 or better
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 32 MB Radeon 7500 / GeForce 2 class 3D hardware acceleration required
  • 64 MB Radeon 9000 / GeForce 4 Titanium or better recommended
  • 2 GB free on Hard Disk
  • You can pre-order your copy of the game from the IMG Store for $39.95 ($36.95 for MacGames CD/IMG Pro Subscriber).

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    Raider of the Desktops
    4:24 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    To coincide with Aspyr Media's release of Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, Brad Custer has released a new Indiana Jones themed desktop wallpaper for all to enjoy.

    Brad elaborates:

    With the recent announcement that Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb from Aspyr Media was gold, my mailbox has been full with one request. And being a fan of Indy since the early 80's I was more than happy to honor it. In this week's wallpaper I wanted to capture the feel of the classic movie posters. So, with the help of Aspyr Media and LucasArts, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled this feature, "Adventurer", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
    To grab the desktop wallpaper, head over to Brad's section here on IMG and select the resolution you want to use.

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    IMG Store: Star Trek: Elite Force II In Stock
    1:54 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

    The IMG Store is now shipping Aspyr's Star Trek: Elite Force II. The game is available for order for $39.95 (just $37.95 if you are an IMG Pro or MacGames CD subscriber).

    After the triumphant return of Captain Janeway and crew to the alpha quadrant, the Hazard Team, Voyager's elite security detail, is assigned its deadliest mission yet.. duty onboard the Federation's renowned flagship, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-E.

    As the leader of Starfleet's latest rapid response force, players will encounter a relentless onslaught of enemies including Star Trek staples such as the Borg and Romulans as well as several never before seen alien species.

    Set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe, Star Trek Elite Force II allows players to break out of the confines of ship bulkheads and spacestation corridors to explore all new locations including alien worlds and zero-g environments.

    New and more powerful weapons will be at the player's disposal and branching levels offer a more varied gameplay experience.

    To place your order, head over to the IMG Store.

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    IMG Reviews Hearts of Iron
    1:13 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

    Today IMG has reviewed Hearts of Iron, the new strategy title from Virtual Programming and MacPlay. The game mixes real-time and turn-based strategy into a World War II setting that should please many fans of the genre.

    Here's a clip from the article:

    You also need to manage resources: food for your country’s citizens, rubber, oil and steel for production, supply lines for your troops. Need to ship rubber from South America? Make sure to surround your transport ships with lots of protection -- your enemies may have a tendency to torpedo your boats. Also be prepared to direct technological research and make sure it matches your strategy. No point making bigger boats if you never plan on using them. And you can aim for a country-stopping atom bomb, but you’d better be able to survive for several years while your top scientists develop it.
    For more on Hearts of Iron, be sure to read through the whole review. The game is available now from the IMG store as well if you're interested.

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    Freeware Game Adventure Elf Released
    9:15 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    "Advergaming" designers Blockdot have released a new, Super Mario-inspired side scrolling game in time for the holidays - Adventure Elf.

    The free game pits returning hero Oliver the Elf, head foreman at the Kringle Toy Factory, against Frank and his team of evil Penguins, who are hell-bent on destroying the Christmas season by stealing all of Santa's toys from his sleigh. Running (and jumping) around the town of Kringleville, Oliver's task is to retrieve as many of the stolen holiday gifts as possible while also nabbing the nasty penguins responsible for the heist.

    Garish music aside, the game is a fun little pass-time for players looking for a quick gaming fix. The 4.3 meg, Macromedia Director-created game is available for free from Blockdot's game website. Users who sign up for kewlbox's Power Play membership will gain access to extra levels, extra game types, and the ability to play without timers.

    Check out the game through the links below -
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    New Feral Game Bundles Announced
    9:15 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

    With a week to go before American Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday buying season, Mac game publishers Feral Interactive have announced two new game bundles.

    The British company's Family Fun Pack contains four games fit for the whole family: Electronic Arts' Sim Theme Park gives users the opportunity to build their own theme park, complete with rides, animals, and all the popcorn and candy stores that go with it, and even allows users to experience their parks through a first person view. Herding "simulator" Sheep puts players in the shoes of intergalactic sheperds, herding the animals through 28 flocktastic levels, from gently-rolling grassy knolls to hazardous space scenes.

    Worms Blast, a Puzzle Bobble-style family game involving cartoony worm characters knocking multicolored blocks out of the air with their own personal bazookas, is also included in the bundle. The Zoombinis Island Odyssey, a new title for Feral, rounds out the package. In this logic and math skills educational title, players must help the cute little Zoombinis save their island from the clutches of their evil nemesis, the Fleens.

    Feral's Big Metal Box, aimed at more mature audiences, contains the gritty, graphic-novel based Max Payne, the third-person shooter about the undercover cover cop who's been done wrong. Black & White, the god game, puts users in charge of a little island, and are handed the task of overlooking their island paradise with the help of hand-raised creatures. F1 Championship Season 2000 puts players behind the wheels of their own state-of-the-art racing vehicle, while the controversial Oni, one of the last games to be produced by award-winning game developers Bungie Studios before their sale, chronicles the adventures of Konoko in her battle against the Syndicate and the search to uncover the truth about her origins.

    The Family Fun Pack, which has low system requirements of a 266 MHz G3, will run on both OS 9 and OS X natively, and will be available for $39.99 USD. The Big Metal Box combo, only available for European and Australian gamers, will require a 400 MHz G3 or higher with a 16 MB graphics card. The action package will retail for around 50 euros, with final pricing to be determined closer to the release date.

    Make sure to check out Feral's website for more information and to order these packages!

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    Second NWN Expansion Release for PC Soon
    6:00 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

    BioWare has announced that PC version of Hordes of the Underdark, the second expansion to their epic role-playing game Neverwinter Nights is scheduled for a release on December 2nd. The second expansion will add tons of new features for players and module creators alike to enjoy.

    New features:

  • New 20+ hour single-player adventure
  • Epic levels allowing for characters up to level 40
  • 6 new Prestige classes
  • 4 new tilesets
  • 16 new creatures
  • Over 50 new feats
  • Over 40 new spells
  • New music by Jeremy Soule
  • New Voice sets
  • New toolset functionality
  • While there still hasn't been any word on a Macintosh version of Hordes of the Underdark or Shadows of Undrentide, the previous expansion, the nature of the previous expansion made it possible for Mac users to install it and gain compatibility with modules and servers using features from the expansion. Hopefully the same will apply for the second expansion so that Macintosh users can enjoy this one as well if the Mac publisher MacSoft isn't able to bring us an official Mac version.

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    Mac Games News for Thursday, November 20, 2003

    Apple Previews Halo, System Requirements Posted6:18 AM
    Free Open-Source Flight Sim Available6:18 AM
    Full Updated Kelly Slater Demo Available6:18 AM
    Top 15 Game Publishers Listed, Stock Prices Fall6:18 AM
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