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Apple Posts SimCity 4 Rush Hour Trailer
8:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple's games site has posted a brand-new trailer of the upcoming expansion pack for SimCity entitled Rush Hour. Set to be released this Spring by Aspyr Media, Rush Hour expands your transportation options in SimCity 4 with hundreds of new structures, and even the option to take control of cars, planes, and boats.

Here's a bit more info on the expansion pack:

Your city is on the move with the new SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack. Get your Sims on the road to happiness by taking control of your city's transportation including roads, rail, air, waterways, and even cars. Take complete charge of vehicles on the streets of your city. Is the fire department stuck in traffic on its way to a four-alarm fire? Take direct control of the "hook and ladder" and pursue the quickest route to the blazing inferno. Solve missions from chasing down bank robbers to catching car-jackers, and earn reward buildings and other vehicles.
To check out the full trailer, please follow the link below.

SimCity 4: Rush Hour
Apple: SimCity 4 Rush Hour Trailer
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IMG Store Specials: Jinni Zeala Pinball - $9.99, & More
12:10 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

With March in full swing, we thought we'd update our weekly IMG Store specials with a few new items. Here's a list of this week's hot new deals:

• Warcraft III: Battlechest - $34.99 (was $44.99)
• Freedom Force - $9.99 (was $37)
• Activision Anthology - 19.99 (was $29.99)
• Jinni Zeala Pinball - 9.99 (was $19.99)
• iPuppet Presents: Colin's Classic Cards - $5 (was $9.99)
• Knights & Merchants - $5 (was $19.99)

Sale prices are in effect until next Friday, March 5th. Be sure to place your order today. All items are currently in stock and ready to ship.

IMG Store: Warcraft III Battle Chest
IMG Store: Freedom Force
IMG Store: Activision Anthology
IMG Store: Jinni Zeala
IMG Store: Colin's Classic Cards
IMG Store: Knights & Merchants

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Unreal Tournament 2004 for the PC Goes Gold
10:33 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Atari and Epic Games today announced that Unreal Tournament 2004 for the PC had gone gold. The PC version is expected to be available in retail stores on March 15th.

Here's more from the official press release:

"Get ready, PC gamers, because the biggest thing to ever hit multiplayer gaming is about to land on your hard drives!," said Peter Wyse, executive producer at Atari. "The granddaddy of all multiplayer competition is back and better than ever! The extra time was worth the wait - Epic has produced the biggest, baddest, and most exciting multiplayer title ever to grace the PC."

Unreal Tournament 2004 was developed by Epic Games in conjunction with Digital Extremes. The game builds on the success of past installments, taking the franchise to the next level with the introduction of the hyper-charged Onslaught mode, the return of the fan-favorite Assault mode, which last appeared in the original Unreal Tournament, and the introduction of land-, air- and space-based vehicles.

Gamers worldwide have already made the free, downloadable official demo of Unreal Tournament 2004 one of the most popular game demo downloads of all time, with more than 1.5 million downloads in the first week of availability. The demo first hit the Internet on Wednesday, February 11, and was distributed on a worldwide scale and is already one of the most played online PC games on the Internet.

In the game, players suit up as the ultimate techno-gladiator of the future, taking their fates into their own hands as they battle up to 32 other players in action-packed, frag-filled arenas. Unreal Tournament 2004 contains new maps for all established game modes, including Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Bombing Run and Double Domination, as well as all new arenas for the new styles of play. In addition, Unreal Tournament 2004 contains all of the maps, mutators and game types -- such as Mutant, Last Man Standing and Invasion -- from Unreal Tournament 2003 and the free downloadable bonus packs for that game.

IMG has contacted MacSoft to find out if the Mac version is at or nearing Gold status. We'll keep you posted with any updates.

Be sure to pre-order your copy of Unreal Tournament 2004 today via the IMG Store.

Digital Extremes
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IMG Reviews Freeverse's 3D Crazy Eights
9:45 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Freeverse's 3D Crazy Eights. Here's a clip from the review:

Once you got the look you want down, it's time to cut the deck and deal everyone a hand. For a card game, Crazy Eights has the easiest learning curve in the world. Basically, if you've played UNO, you've played Crazy Eights. All eights are wild, which players can use to change the suit, jacks skip a turn, deuces force players to draw two cards, four, six or eight depending on how many have been used consecutively and the dreaded Queen of Spades forces a five card draw. The way to win is to earn the lowest score after the first player reaches a certain number of points.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: 3D Crazy Eights
3D Crazy Eights

Blackdot Releases Da' Numba
9:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Blockdot recently released a new game for casual gamers called Da’ Numba. The game features a unique new twist to the popular genre of puzzle games. Players try to clear the game board by creating Da’ Numba combinations, adding and subtracting multicolored tiles that disappear! Create a Da’ Numba combination using the “Carbon Tile” and unlock the Da’ Numba Rumba, a toe-tapping special event level.

Here's more from the official press release:

“There is a huge amount of people online who are looking for a diversion to their day to day activities,” says Dan Ferguson, Creative Director and co-founder of Blockdot. “ These type of games appeal to casual gamers and putting a unique twist that makes people think, is really addictive.”
To check out Da' Numba, head over to the official website.


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Aspyr Releases The Sims: Makin' Magic
8:55 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media pinged us this morning to let us know that The Sims: Makin' Magic, the latest expansion pack for The Sims is now available in stores. In the new expansion pack, you can cast spells, hypnotize friends, and even turn a neighbor into a frog. Perform magic, quest for ingredients, and unlock spell recipes. You can also craft charms, animate minions, and add magical decor.

To place your order for The Sims: Makin' Magic, head over to either Aspyr's website or IMG's own online store.

Aspyr Media
The Sims: Makin' Magic
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, March 3, 2004

World of Warcraft Transportation Movie11:33 AM
iPod Adventure Game Released11:02 AM
Update on F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom10:15 AM
Aspyr February Newsletter Newsbits9:49 AM
id Software Talks Doom 39:49 AM
Law & Order Update Released9:49 AM
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