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Yexi - The Interstellar Adventure Turns Freeware
7:48 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

With the release earlier this week of the arcade puzzler Pharaoh's Gold, shareware developer Fernando Covett decided to make his first game Yexi - The Interstallar Adventure available to OS X users for free. The title is available on the game's website now and weighs in at 11.2MB.

In case you missed out hearing about this strategic space sim from 2002, Yexi takes obvious cues from the 'Star Trek' universe. Here's more about it from the game's site:

As a player, you can do some obvious tasks, as docking on starbases to refit your vessel and replenish main resources, and other not so obvious, such as orbiting sidereal objects, launching probes to gather the position of a cloaked vessel or being caught in the gravity well of a wormhole and wind up being sling-shot hundreds of light-years from home.

One of the unique features of this game is the use of the teletranporter to beam down away teams to seize planets, to rescue escape pods (yes, your crew abandons ship depending on the level of the life support system), and to transfer torpedoes, fuel, and cargo between vessels, planets, and starbases.

For more on Yexi, or to download the full version for free, head over to the game's site. The requirements for the game are:
iMac G3 600 MHz, 128 RAM, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, 1024 x 768 screen resolution, Quicktime.
Also be sure to check out Pharaoh's Gold if you haven't done so already.

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Feral Friday - Part Three
10:03 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In what's quickly becoming a weekly tradition, British publishing powerhouse Feral Interactive has updated their website with a slew of new content and updates.

First off, Feral is hosting a new mini-site for their upcoming intellectual title Chessmaster 9000. Featuring a new 3D graphics engine and multiplayer abilities, the game boasts a slew of new features for beginning and experienced chess players. While beginners will appreciate features like the game's Blunder Alert and the ability to study the best opening moves available to players, old chess pros will enjoy the ability to learn from more than 800 classic games, as well as being able to test their playing skills with a new Endgame Quiz, from five-time US Chess Champion Larry Evans. The game, which is early in development, is expected to be released by the end of the summer.

Feral's Worms 3D site features two new desktops, and an exclusive find from the Worms archives - rare footage of a 1973 experiment which documents a worm's first attempt at handling a chain gun. The new title, which brings the popular Worms franchise to a 3D environment, is expected to hit store shelves in the second quarter of this year.

And finally, Feral has posted new demos for Warrior Kings, Ghost Master, Total Immersion Racing, and Rayman 3. The new demos, which feature the games' latest patches and updates, all show improved performance over their previous versions. The Total Immersion Racing and Rayman 3 demos also include Feral's new, propietary Input Calibrator utility. Gamers interested in taking any of these games out for a whirl should head over to IMG's sister site MacGameFiles, where the updated demos will be posted shortly.

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Halo 'Evolution' Movie
9:07 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Several readers have pointed us to a movie available at Halo.Bungie.Org. Titled "The Evolution of Halo," the movie showcases Halo during its development, featuring commentary from various developers.

Shown in the movie is Halo during its earlier stages, when it was still being developed as a Myth-like RTS. Later stages show it as an over-the-shoulder 3rd person shooter, complete with the Master Chief riding a lizard that looks suspiciously like a Chocobo.

Those interested in downloading the movie can find it in various incarnations, including DivX and QT formats, at Halo.Bungie.Org.

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e.p.i.c. Brings Freeverse's ToySight to Europe
8:31 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

e.p.i.c. interactive has posted a recent announcement that they are currently distributing ToySight. The party title by Freeverse that makes use of webcams for control, e.p.i.c. lists the title as shipping now.

Toysight is set of cool games and toys to play using your iSight™ or similar firewire camera. You control the game! Point, wave, touch, flap and balance your way to victory. ToySight uses a system of object and motion detection to track your position, allowing you to control buttons, sliders and perform gestures on the screen, putting you right in the action!
Customers interested in purchasing ToySight from e.p.i.c. will find it listed in their online store. An information page in German is also available.

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Custer Rounds Up The Usual Suspects
7:48 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

IMG's own Brad Custer has again produced a new desktop wallpaper this week for Mac gamers to download and enjoy. Today's piece should please fans of Feral's newly released Rayman 3:

It's been a little over a month since Feral Interactive started to ship Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc. Of course this means my email has had a steady flow of requests for a desktop dedicated to this game. As I reviewed the artwork I had available for this title, I knew after seeing the line-up art that I had to do a parody of the film, "The Usual Suspects". So, with the help of the internet and my trusty cable modem, I was able to create this desktop. I simply entitled it, "Usual Suspects", after the movie and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
To download the desktop, head over to Custer's section with the help of the link provided below. There you can preview the desktop and download it in 13 different resolutions of your choice.

IMG Desktops: Usual Suspects
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Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
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Possible WoW Beta Start Date, Screenshots
7:48 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story, fansite for the upcoming Blizzard massively multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG) World of Warcraft, has posted information indicating the game's beta test might begin as early as next Monday, March 15. They have information from "multiple sources" to make the claim, though of course Blizzard is known for producing games on their own very flexible timeline.

We now have multiple sources that independently concur on the date. The problem is that this is or was an internal Blizzard target date for the beta to begin. So far, we've been unable to nail down if they will actually make that date or not. We'll update everyone the second there is an official confirmation.
In addition to the news, the site has also scored nine exclusive new screenshots of the game. These high-resolution shots highlight some of the impressive environments in the title as well as reveal more of its monsters. Stay tuned to IMG for the latest on the Mac version of the highly anticipated game. Beta Report, Screenshots
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Mac Games News for Thursday, March 11, 2004

IMG Reviews Northland12:34 PM
TeamSpeak Mac Update12:11 PM
IMG Store: Last Day For 5 Percent Off Orders!9:38 AM
Beenox Launches New Site, Unveils Plans9:32 AM
Unreal Tournament 2004 at Mac RC 28:44 AM
Blizzard Celebrates Seven Years of '.net' Fansites8:42 AM
Combat Mission Companion Scenarios8:42 AM
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