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Thursday, April 8, 2004

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Alida for OS X Goes Gold
8:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Got Game Entertainment has announced that the OS X version of Alida has gone gold. A 3D graphic adventure title, Alida plants players in the middle of an abandoned theme park in an attempt to locate a missing band member.

When the band split up, Alida was abandoned. But, now, several years later, the band's manager suggests a reunion on Alida. Soon thereafter band member
Arin leaves for the island and is not heard from again. Players must search the island for Arin and bring him home.
Got Game expects Alida to start shipping to retailers later this month at a retail price of $39.99. More information can be found at Got Game's site.

Got Game News: Alida
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IMG Previews Feral's Worms 3D
11:35 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a hands-on preview of Worms 3D, the hot new arcade game from Feral Interactive. Here's a clip from the preview:

The change into 3D hasn't altered the basic gameplay of Worms much. You still take turns using whatever weapons you have at your disposal. For those that havenít played any of the Worms games, the arsenal is extremely diverse and ranges from more standard weapons such as Bazooka, Grenade, Cluster Bomb, Uzi, Shotgun and Dynamite to extremely insane weapons such as Holy Handgrenade, Sheep, Mad Cow, Old Lady, Homing Pigeon and Super Sheep. Besides these and a lot more weapons, there are also other tools to help your worms get across the map, such as Ninja Rope, Parachute, Girders and the Łber-cool Jet Pack.
To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Worms 3D
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GarageGames Releases Dark Horizons: Lore
11:03 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

GarageGames today announced the release of its first hardcore game Dark Horizons: Lore on Mac OS X and Windows. The company has also launched an early adopter price of $24.95.

Here's more from the official PR:

Dark Horizons: Lore is a breakneck-speed, first-person shooter based in a universe where the bitter history of a ravaged, war-torn Earth unfolds before the player's eyes. Warring factions in the year 2155 pit cybernetically-controlled, mech-style machines of war against one another in savage team-based combat on a dark 3D Earth. It's squad against squad as you and your teammates struggle to hold ground and complete objectives against enemy forces.

One of Dark Horizons: Lore's many compelling features is the sophisticated online tracking of player data and history which opens ladders, tournaments and rankings to the Lore gamer. This powerful "backend" aspect of Dark Horizons: Lore is the focus of a current stress test being conducted by the development team.

"With over 5,000 beta players giving us input, it's great to live out our vision of creating an experience for the gamer that really uses their input and feedback as part of the development process," says Adrian Wright, President of Max Gaming. "Dark Horizons: Lore is a game we are proud to play."

"As independent game publishers we're passionate about making games that exceed our fans' expectations," comments Jay Moore, GarageGames Evangelist. "Dark Horizons Lore is a great example of a game which does exactly that: With a persistent universe and innovative online meta-map that evolve the game alongside the player, the Lore experience will always have something new to offer in content, art, missions and storyline."

A free, time-limited, trail version is available for download at

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MGF: Dark Horizons: Lore 1.0.1 Demo

Primate Studios Announces Furballz For Mac
10:46 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Primate Studios, a new European-based studio, announced that it is developing their new game, Furballz, for the Mac and PC. The game is described as an action/adventure oriented run and jump game with hamsters. Here's more from the official press release:

You are Zig, commander of a deep space NASA exploration that goes horribly wrong when diabolical enemies headed by villainous lab rats sabotage your ship and put a twist to your mission it is up to you to bring your crew home.

Furballz gives you the ball and literally lets you run with it. Play through an incredible number of stages in a multitude of environments. Travel anywhere from the nebula, junkyard, jungle and alpine ski resort in search for the way back home. Battle huge bosses to acquire coordinates and other valuable items to complete your quest.

If driving is more of your scene hop behind the steering wheel and take control of powerful racers to reach your goal. Or compete against your friends in fierce multiplayer games such as: Grand Prix Racing, Seed Greed, Capture the Token and Tag Battle.

To check out screenshots of the game, follow the link below.

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Apple Features Command & Conquer: Generals
10:29 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Apple has posted a feature on Aspyr's real-time strategy game, Command & Conquer: Generals. Written by Brad Cook, the article covers some of the features in the game. Here's a clip from the preview:

While you can always have a blast building a nation during the Middle Ages or amassing an army of orcs led by a warhammer-wielding chieftain, sometimes itís fun to take a break and visit a new place and time. C&C Generals takes you to our world in the not-so-distant future, during a time of new conflicts and new dangers. A setting eerily familiar but comfortably fictitious.
Command & Conquer: Generals for the Mac is due to ship sometime next week. To check out Apple's preview, follow the link below.

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IMG Reviews Saitek's R440 Force Feedback Wheel
10:17 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Saitek's R440, a neat force feedback wheel. Here's a clip from the review:

Saitek's wheel is not exceptionally large and unweildy. Compared to most car steering wheels ó save for maybe a European smart car ó the wheel is very compact. With pedals, a connecting brace, as well as ample packaging and supplementary materials, the box that the wheel arrived at my doorstep certainly had quite a heft to it. When I had lugged the thing up to my computer and unpacked it, I had quite a spread. There was a medium sized manual in multiple languages, a fast reference sheet for techinical support phone numbers, and a CD full of wheel setup options and extras. Unfortunately, as is the case with most third party peripherals designed for both the Mac and PC, the software was PC only. However, this did not delay me in the least.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Saitek R440 Force Feedback Wheel

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World of Warcraft from an EQ Perspective
10:13 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

Gamers eagerly awaiting Blizzard's upcoming Massively Multi-player RPG, World of Warcarft, may be interested in the latest preview of the game. Posted on by a former hardcore Everquest player, the article provides a look at WoW from a gamer already very familiar with the genre. Here's a snippet from the article:

Like many people across the world, I spent a countless amount of time and money on a little game called EverQuest. Iíd get home and play for five hours, do some work, play some more, get some sleep and then repeat the next day. It was a vicious cycle that caused my real life to grind to a halt.

This eventually led me quitting the game forever and declaring I would not get sucked in by another massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) again. Iíve done very well for over four years, but unfortunately it is time for me to break that vow, for World of Warcraft will soon be upon us.

World of Warcraft could be the next big thing when it is released later this summer. Using the very popular Warcraft franchise and the familiar setting of Azeroth, players are instantly familiar with the game characters and settings. The first thing to do is create your character. All the familiar races are here, separated into two factions. The Alliance is made up of the Humans, Night Elves, Dwarves and Gnomes. The Horde is made up of the Orcs, Tauren, Undead, and Trolls. Each race has certain classes, such as Hunter, Paladin, Rogue, and Shaman, that your character can be. Once the race and class for your character is chosen, itís time to customize your look through body type, hair, and other features that give your character a unique look and feel. Much like the rest of the game, the character creation process is very streamlined and easy to use. In minutes youíll be in the world of Warcraft.

To check out the full article, follow the link provided below.

World of Warcraft from an EQ-Perspective
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C&C: Generals Demo and Radeon 9000 Issues
8:56 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Yesterday Aspyr Media released the long-awaited demo of Command & Conquer: Generals. Although most users have been successfully playing the demo without any problems, those with Radeon 9000 video cards in their Mac have been experiencing crashes with the game.

In a conversation this morning with Aspyr's Glenda Adams, she acknowledged that they had received a number of crash logs confirming the problem with the Radeon 9000 video card and are currently working on a fix for both the demo and retail versions of the game.

If you haven't already grabbed the demo, it is available at and through Hot Downloads for IMG Pro users. The 376 MB demo will also be included in the first DVD issue of the MacGames DVD.

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Myth II 1.5 Public Beta Released
8:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Myth fans should be pleased to hear that PlayMyth has recently released a public beta of Myth II 1.5 for players to try out. In testing since January, this latest version contains a number of features, including bug fixes, platform compatibility tweaks, and mapmaking enhancements.

PlayMyth asks that players try out the beta and report any bugs to them directly:

Finally, after months of hard labour, sweating blood, burning midnight oil and ... you can read the rest on the Myth 2 1.5 Project Page. In short, the beta is now public and ready to be run through the mill of a thousand Raid and Recon games.As you'd expect with a beta, we're very interested in hearing about any bugs you might find, but most of all we'd like to see the update adopted now and played heavily.
They add that a second beta should see release in a few weeks, and that the final version of 1.5 should be out sometime around early May.

PlayMyth - Myth II 1.5 in Public Beta
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, April 7, 2004

AvP Game Save Cheat Available8:42 AM
Blades of Avernum Editor Update8:42 AM
Command & Conquer: Generals Demo Released8:42 AM
Dominions II 2.11 Update8:42 AM
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