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Law & Order Now Shipping
6:58 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Aspyr has let it be known that Law & Order: Dead on the Money is now shipping. An investigative game based off the hit TV series, L&O allows gamers to experience the justice system both on the street and in the courtroom alongside characters from the show itself.

The game features both writing and voice acting from the TV crew:

Written by a freelance writer from the series, the "Law & Order: Dead on the Money" mystery game features the voices of "Law & Order" stars Jerry Orbach, S. Epatha Merkerson and Elisabeth Rohm. The compelling CD-ROM game is set in the realistic world of criminal investigation and legal prosecution, where crime and justice are viewed from a dual perspective.
L&O carries a suggested retail price of $39.99, and can be ordered from Aspyr's online store. More information on the game itself can be found at Aspyr's site, and look to IMG in the future for a full review.

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Law & Order: Dead on the Money
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IMG Posts The Slacker's Guide To Shareware - Part 8
2:12 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

After a year of silence, The Slacker's Guide To Shareware is now back here at Inside Mac Games. Tom Burns is taking over after Chris Barylick and will keep us up to date with the world of shareware once a month from now on. The article features a number of games that are well worth checking out, including something for everybody, from the recently freeware-converted Glider Pro to Freeverse Software's Burning Monkey Mahjong Solitare.

From the article:

Freeverse needs no introduction in the realm of shareware. They are perhaps most famous for their card games, but all of their games are well-executed and enjoyable. Their latest foray into solitaire-style gaming is Burning Monkey Mahjong Solitaire. Mahjong seems to be a simple game at first, and the more active gamer might pass it up without a second glance. If you are looking for something more slow-paced than the latest FPS, though, Mahjong may just be your thing.
So head over the guide with help of the link below, you might miss out on some really good games if you don't.

IMG: The Slacker's Guide To Shareware - Part 8

Freeverse Ships Burning Monkey Casino
12:44 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse Software today announced that is has begun shipping Burning Monkey Casino, the company's electronic gambling simulator. Burning Monkey Casino features five high-stakes games of chance and skill. Players select from up to eight animal avatars, and gamble with imaginary dollars or bananas in five addictive games:

Here's more from the official PR:

Blackjack - Play with one to eight decks, and try to tie or beat the dealer in this traditional casino game.

Poker - Eighteen variations of this five-card video game provide hours of enjoyment.

Slots - Pass the time with 3-slot, 4-slot, and 5-slot games, with up to two holds. Big payouts are just a pull away!

Scratch n' Win - Players can savor the experience of scratching lottery tickets, without all of the gummy residue to clean up. Pick from two instant win games, and use six different scratchers... including a Taco!

3-card Monty - The classic street game of finding the Queen is brought to life in vivid color. Keep your eye on the queen!

And what Casino game would be complete without a Lounge Act and a bad Borscht-Belt comedian? Burning Monkey Casino will take your wife... Please!

Finally, as an easter egg, a basic pachinko simulator is also included. To activate it, type "pachinko", and watch the hypnotic action of the ball take your money away.

Featuring an OpenGL engine created by Mark Andersson for spectacular particle effects, monkeys by Steven Tzé, and authentic lounge music by Andrew Tokuda and Kevin Serfass, Burning Monkey Casino is the swingin'est casino game ever made, exclusively for Mac OS X!

Burning Monkey Casino has a suggested retail price of US $19.95. For more information, visit the Freeverse website.


uDevGame 2003 Voting Ends Today
12:36 PM | Matt Diamond | Comment on this story

Today is the final day of voting for the uDevGame 2003 contest. Voting ends when the iDevGames server switches to December 5th (the server's current time can be seen on the iDevGames webpage.) Winning entries will then be announced on MacRadio the following Monday, December 8.

The 43 Mac games are being rated by the general public. As an incentive to participate, a few lucky voters will be chosen randomly to win a door prize.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the uDevGame 2003 webpage for information on downloading the free games and for voting.

Good luck to all the developers!

uDevGame 2003

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12:36 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story today announced it has begun shipping it's Mac OS 9 onle 3D battlefield game, Combat Mission: Afrika Korps. Here's more from the official press release:

Watch the famous Deutsches Afrika Korps storm the fortress of Tobruk, or help the US and British forces defend against powerful German counterstrikes at Anzio.

Fight with the elite German Fallschirmjäger units in Crete, or follow General Patton's sweep across the island of Sicily.

The wait is over! Combat Mission: Afrika Korps (CMAK) is now shipping, two days earlier in fact than the expected release date.

Combat Mission: Afrika Korps is a 1-2 player, hybrid turn-based/real-time 3D simulation of WWII tactical warfare in parts of the Mediterranean Theater including Italy, North and East Africa and Crete from 1940 to 1945. It is based on the award winning engine of Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin (Wargame of the Year - Computer Gaming World; Turn Based Strategy Game of the Year - PC Gamer).

The game is being released for Windows PC (95/98/ME/XP/2000) and Mac OS 9 (OS-X is not supported) and the price is $35 plus S&H. The game is available from worldwide and comes in a multi-language format (English, German and French). It will not be sold in retail to North America at this time.
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Vendetta Update Coming Soon
11:18 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

An update for the intergalactic MMORPG Vendetta was released on Tuesday. The update sports new weapons, sounds, music and access to a brand new server, as well as numerous bug fixes. A server reset occurred after the update was released as well as a user purge, which is when the administrators delete the accounts of the players that haven’t played in 6 months. Here is an excerpt from the update on the website, which details the new features in the update:

Dynamic economy has been tweaked a bit and hopefully has baseboard functionality. It needs several other factors (NPC traders, mission system, etc) before it will achieve the level of functionality we want, but it will hopefully work for the moment. We expect the numbers to need some tweaking.

Updated sectors, new stations in Nation sectors of 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12. New "sun" graphics. New "racetrack" sectors off of sector 7. The racetracks will record your best time until you leave the sector. (racetracks are not part of our designed game intentions, just something silly and fun we threw together, we hope it's entertaining).

New weapon: the Flechette Canon, a gatling-like weapon that can be equipped on small ports. Balancing will probably still be required.

The update is available on the Vendetta website but only if you have an account. The update is a miniscule 274 kb, making it easily downloadable by users with dial up as well as users with other connections.

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Puzzle Pirates Sets Sail with Panther Support
10:28 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A finished version of Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates has just been announced with a release date of next Monday, December 8. As reported earlier at IMG, the development team was working to make this Java-based game play nicely with OS X, and it looks like they've finally succeeded in providing support for 10.3 "Panther."

Getting Puzzle Pirates to run in OS X's Java 1.4.1 was a tricky feat, due to the game normally requiring Java 1.4.2 to run at all. That being said, those who have upgraded to OS X 10.3 should be able to get in on this 2D massively multiplayer sea-faring action. Here are a few of the known issues, according to a recent forum thread in the game's messageboards:

Problem: Graphics are a bit stuttery and non smooth.
Status: Investigating, but I suspect the volotile image support in the current java. We shall see what happens when I finish poking around.

Problem: In puzzles text is booched (drawn over, non animated) For example "Double" "Vegas"
Status: We have a bug filed with Apple that should fix it.

Problem: Can't actually rotate or flip pieces in carp.
Status: Confirmed this is happening, suspect an Apple bug, but we might be able to work around it.

To try out Puzzle Pirates yourself, use the special URL provided in the game's FAQ section linked-to below. We'll keep posting any new information on fixes to the game that would provide an even better experience.

Puzzle Pirates Mac FAQ
Puzzle Pirates Forum: Mac Bug List and Status
Puzzle Pirates Forum: Launch Date December 8
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Apple Features ToySight
10:28 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Apple's Games section has taken a closer look at ToySight, the camera-controlled collection of small games from Strange Flavour, the creators of highly the addictive shareware games Bushfire and AirBurst.

ToySight shares a game engine with the upcoming AirBurst Extreme, but there won't be any balloon popping in ToySight-- instead you are faced with a large number of highly varying objectives.

From the article:

The games featured in ToySight run the gamut from Sky Diver, in which you freefall through the air and try to land as close to a target as possible, to Ghost Hunter, where the challenge lies in splatting ghosts with custard pies before they can slime you. You can even grab objects off your desk — Freeverse recommends using real toys — for Toy War, in which ToySight creates a digital replica of what it sees in the camera and places it in an arena, where it battles another toy supplied by a friend.
A link to the full article is below so you can jump over to Apple Games and start reading about ToySight.

ToySight was announced hitting Gold Master yesterday by the publisher Freeverse Software, so we should be able to get it before the holidays.

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Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos Goes Gold
6:58 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Ubisoft has announced that Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos has gone gold. An expansion to the PvP-based MMORPG Shadowbane, RoC adds a wealth of new material, including new classes, new disciplines, and new areas to seek adventures in.

The expansion also adds a new race to the mix, known as the Nephilim:

The expansion for Shadowbane, the critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online (MMO) game for the PC, will provide fans with an intense, hardcore experience featuring new high-level content, and a new race, the Nephilim, a chaotic fusion of demon and man that has arisen from the forces of darkness.
Ubisoft currently pins the release date at December 9th. RoC currently carries a suggested retail price of $19.95.

Shadowbane fans rejoice! The next big installment is on the way.

Ubisoft - Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos Gold
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Shadowbane: The Rise of Chaos

Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Giga Designs Announces Dual G4 Upgrades12:30 PM
IMG Reviews M-Audio Sonica12:00 PM
Freeverse's ToySight Goes Gold11:40 AM
New Shadowbane Server, Patch Coming9:36 AM
GarageGames Q&A6:16 AM
World of Warcraft Screens, Trade Skills Info6:16 AM
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