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Pangea Posts First Nanosaur II Screenshots
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software has posted the first ever screenshots of their upcoming game, Nanosaur II: Hatchling. The game is the sequel to the popular shareware game originally released in 1998. Pangea expect to ship Nanosaur II in early 2004.

Here's more from the official press release:

Nanosaur II: Hatchling is the sequel to the incredibly popular game Nanosaur which was originally released in 1998, but this time the player pilots a pteradactyl and travels to other planets. “I’ve waited so long to do Nanosaur 2 because I was always against doing sequels. I knew that if a sequel to Nanosaur was going to be done, it would have to be something really amazing, and amazing is what we’ve come up with.” said Brian Greenstone, President of Pangea Software, “Fans of the original game are going to be blown away with what we’ve done in this one.”
Nanosaur II's expected system requirements and several screenshots have been posted to the Pangea Software website. Head over to the Pangea site for more.

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IMG Reviews Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania
1:28 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has taken a closer look at Marine Mania, the expansion pack to Zoo Tycoon, the zoological garden simulator from Aspyr Media. The expansion brings the possibility to have aquatic animals in your Zoo, as well as the possibility to have some of these animals perform spectacular shows to attract more audience.

From the review:

Something new that Marine Mania does add, and where it shines, is in its Aquatic Shows feature. No longer must zoo owners cater to an animals needs without receiving anything in turn other than the mere existence of those animals - now it's possible to make them work for their food. Shows do not only generate additional interest, but provide a greater source of income as well. It doesn't hurt that they're fun to watch as well.

Creating a show is as simple as anything in the game. One simply creates a show tank adjacent to an exhibit tank, which automatically creates a gate between the two. Show animals are identified in the bestiary with stars next to their icons, and are limited to the great white shark, Orcas, sea otter, bottlenose dolphin, and California sea lion. Put up some grandstands, and you have a basic show all ready to go.

To read the full review, follow the link provided below. If you are interested in purchasing the game, both Zoo Tycoon and the expansion are available from the IMG Store.

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IMG Review: Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania
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Jedi Academy Bonus Maps Released
1:13 PM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Blues News reports that Raven Software has released a bonus map pack for their Star Wars based game Jedi Kight: Jedi Academy. While the Mac version hasn't been released just yet, the bonus maps should work once we get it.

From Blues News:

A new package of six new multiplayer maps for Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is now available from Raven Software, though the pack is provided as an unsupported "as is" release. Here's the word: "Included in this map pack are 6 new MP maps (1 Duel, 1 CTF, and 4 FFA). Once installed, new maps will appear on top of the existing ones in the map selection list. Press OK to unzip to your Jedi Academy installation folder (the default installation path is selected automatically)."
The article contains downloads links for the 14 MB large file, so head over there to grab it.

Jedi Academy for Mac is currently in duplication and according to the publisher Aspyr Media it will ship December 19th. You can pre-order your copy from the IMG Store today.

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Burning Monkey Casino Demo Available
10:57 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

For those sitting on the fence concerning the acquisition of Freeverse's latest, a demo of Burning Monkey Casino has been released. The demo allows for five plays of each of the five included games per launch, and does not save user profiles nor does it include a number of bonus features found in the full version.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Burning Monkey Casino, Freeverse's latest offering in the ubiquitous Burning Monkey series, offers a variety of casino games in the crazy monkey environment fans have come to expect.

Want more games? Follow the elusive Queen in 3 Card Monty, or try your luck with a Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket from the gift shop. Burning Monkey Casino gives you the absolute best casino gaming experience for the Mac!
Those interested in the demo can download it from Freeverse's site. The full version of Burning Monkey Casino, available from Freeverse's store, is currently set at $19.95.

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Dark Horizons: Lore Q&A
10:57 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GameSpy has posted a Q&A with Adrinan Wright, CEO of Max Gaming. While the company is new on the block, Dark Horizons: Lore, their current project, has many mech combat fans salivating for the full release.

Based in a dark future, Lore throws out the traditional mode of slow-moving humanoid mechs in favor of smaller, speedier models:

Generally when you think of Mecha you think of gigantic humanoid robots with a pilot at the controls. Mechanized Assault Vehicles are a little different in that they are remote piloted as well as smaller and usually quicker. Our goal here was to make a very fast-paced mecha style of game and in the end bring a balance between FPS play and a mecha sim.
Some of Wrights other observations regarding the game involve the formation of leagues, which he hopes will become tight-knit communities, and the ability to play a persistent character that can be used in multiple battles for the purposes of role playing.

The rest of the interview covers topics such as Lore's backstory, design philosophies, and technical limitations, as well as a variety of screenshots.

GameSpy - Dark Horizons: Lore Q&A Part I
Dark Horizons: Lore

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Apple Looks at Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
9:52 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Apple's game section has taken a closer look at the squad-based first person tactical shooter Rainbos Six 3: Raven Shield that will come to Mac from Aspyr Media later this month. Even though the game is mainly seen from a first person point of view, it differs a lot from a normal first person shooter.

A small excerpt from the article:

While Raven Shield allows you to see the action through a character’s eyes as you carry out the 15 missions in the game, as any first-person shooter does, it requires more planning than most FPS titles. You select up to eight operatives, who all sport specific specialties, and break them into no more than three teams. Equip them with your choice of 57 weapons, gear such as night vision goggles or explosives and body armor (heavier is better, but it also slows them down). Then decide your strategy.
To read the full article follow the link provided below.

Rainbow Six 3: raven Shield is currently in duplication an Aspyr has let us know that it will ship around the 17th this month. Place your pre-order at the IMG Store today and you should hopefully have it before Christmas.

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Black Isle Studios Shut Down
6:00 AM | Chris Stein | Comment on this story

Black Isle Studios has been shut down, according to a post on the Interplay message boards. The post was made by Damien "Puuk" Foletto, a member of BIS's art department. BIS's upcoming releases included the hack and slash Playstation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube game Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2, and the PC RPG Fallout 3.

Foletto stated on the message board:

Today was my last day at the (former) BIS, as it was for my whole team. I just wanted to say farewell to the best fans in the industry, and thanks for all the great feedback and support. I don't know where I'll end up, but know that we were all avid gamers and wanted to make the PC games that not only we wanted to play, but also the fans.
Specualtion over the reasons for BIS's closure points to legal trouble between BIS and licensor Wizards of the Coast, which resulted in a halt on the development of their upcoming Dungeon and Dragons game, code-named Jefferson. After the game was shelved, BIS lost much of its development staff including J.E. Sawyer, the lead designer for Fallout 3 and a major player in the development of the Icewind Dale Series. Also, legal trouble in BIS's parent company Interplay, which resulted in Interplay's two main holiday releases being delayed until January, and the loss of $20 million dollars over the past year, may have been condusive to BIS's shutdown.

BIS is the developer of several well known RPGs, most of which are licensed as part of the Dungeons and Dragons franchise. Throughout the years BIS has developed the Baldur's Gate series, the Icewind Dale Series and the Fallout series, as well a several other games.

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Blizzard Unearths World of Warcraft Dungeons
6:00 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has updated the official website for their upcoming MMORPG World of Warcraft with a section about Dungeons. The page describes the two kinds of dungeons, the smaller, so called Micro Dungeons and the larger World Dungeons. The world dungeons are areas of epic dimensions, such as the Westfall Deadmines.

Some more info:

Allegedly, the Deadmines are a network of tunnels and caverns that have been taken over by the Defias Brotherhood and transformed into a complex base of operations. No one knows if the underground complex really even exists, and if it does, specifically what is contained there, but rumor has it that the way into the Deadmines lies through Moonbrook.
To read more about dungeons and to see screens of the Deadmines, head over to the new dungeons page today.

World of Warcraft is being developed for both PC and Mac and will be released, just as all other Blizzard games, when it is done.

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IMG Store: Price Cuts on UT 2003, Dungeon Siege, & More
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has lowered its price on five MacSoft titles. All the titles were priced at 48.99 until now. They include the following:

Unreal Tournament 2003 - $19.99
Dungeon Siege - $29.99
Links Championship Edition - $29.99
Age of Empires II - $29.99
Master of Orion III - $19.99

To place your order, please follow the links below.

IMG Store: Unreal Tournament 2003
IMG Store: Dungeon Siege
IMG Store: Links Championship Edition
IMG Store: Age of Empires II
IMG Store: Master of Orion III

Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 10, 2003

New Savage Q&A Posted11:15 AM
Aspyr Releases SimCity 4 Landmarks Add-On10:52 AM
Solace Update, X-Words and CrossCards Released10:18 AM
EQMac State of EverQuest, Vol 210:01 AM
Eylau - Napoleonic Strategy for the Mac10:01 AM
Gaming Area At Macworld Expo10:00 AM
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