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Gish Released for Mac OS X
7:58 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Independent game house ChronicLogic wrote in with the news that their highly rated platformer Gish is now available for Mac OS X. IMG reported earlier this summer that a Mac version of the title was in the works, but now OS X users can download the demo or purchase the full game online for $20.

Gish, looking like a blob of black oil with eyes and a toothy smile, is an odd protagonist for a game, but the real treat of the title is not just the graphics but the game's physics. ChronicLogic started out originally with just an advanced physics engine and have been making games based on it since. Gish is their latest effort, and here's a breakdown of features:

  • Dynamic Physics and Real-time Lighting
  • Destructible environment
  • 34 Story levels
  • Over 20 Collection levels
  • 6 unique VS. mode
  • 28 different VS. levels
  • Many hidden "secrets"
  • Over 10 different types of Enemies
  • 5 "Super Secret" Levels
The 15.8MB download is up now at the game's site. Head over there now if you're interested in more information on the game.

IMG News: Gish Coming to OS X
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IMG Reviews America's Army: Special Forces 2.1
12:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of America's Army: Special Forces 2.1, the first-person shooter from the U.S. Army. Here's a clip from the review:

Looking to give the average person a look into an actual military force, America’s Army features realistic team-based missions set in various locales inspired by actual training grounds across the United States. Players work in teams to accomplish a large variety of missions from infiltrating an oil refinery to crossing a heavily guarded foggy bridge, to securing a computer terminal in an insurgent camp. Suffice to say, there is plenty of variety in the different operations players can undertake online. But, before we get that far, you have to go undergo basic training
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: America's Army: Special Forces 2.1
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America's Army: Special Forces 2.4

New Mac-Only Game Engine 'Unity' Coming
7:58 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Macintosh programming resource iDevGames has published an interview with Over The Edge Entertainment regarding their upcoming Unity game engine and design tool.

Unity is a set of game design applications created in order to compete against the high-end commercial game engines, like the Unreal or Quake game engines, without those package's high price tags. The game engine's fully-featured 'Indie' version will be released for under $300 USD, while a 'Pro' license, allowing for CD distribution, will cost developers $1000 USD. An extra grand will buy developers the PC modules, porting your Mac game to Windows code for you. Regardless of the engine license, all games created with the Unity engine will be royalty-free.

Comprising a full feature list, the game engine will contain all the game design elements required from modern game design packages, including a shader-based graphics engine, a flexible shader engine to match player's graphics cards, a keyframe animation system, a full-fledged dynamics system, C# scripting system, and 3D audio.

Over The Edge Entertainment expects to have the engine ready for licensing for early 2005. Game programmers and players interested in game development should read the iDevGames by clicking on the link below -

iDevGames Interviews Over The Edge Entertainment

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Andromeda Online For Mac Released
7:58 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

San Diego-based game developers Aepox Games have announced that the Mac version of their space epic Andromeda Online is now available.

Andromeda Online is a strategic starship wargame that allows players to design a command crew, create their own starship or pick an existing ship from a library of crafts, then go off into battle against up to ten players at a time with an armada of up to 500 starships under their command. From their website:

The year is 2331. The galaxy is rife with feuding empires, corporations, and mercenaries. At the center of a constant conflict is the planet Andromeda. Rich in every sense of the word, Andromeda is abundant with life, energy, and fuel. In its history, thousands of races, empires, corporations, and mercenaries squads have fought over it. Though victory has been achieved many times by many different empires, success is measured not by the complete capture of the planet, but who can hold it the longest and do the most damage to their enemies.
According to the designers, the game has been created with a strong emphasis on game scalability in order to satisfy players of all interests; players can focus on micromanaging the daily events of any of their starships, or oversee their armada's advances into battle.

Andromeda Online requires Mac OS X 10.2.1 and Java 1.4.1 or higher. Players can sign up either for a feature-limited free account, or an unlimited pay account for a monthly fee of $7.95 USD. Click on the links below to download the 3.8 MB installer.

Andromeda Online
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Mac Games News for Monday, August 2, 2004

Doom 3 Final Trailer Released11:54 AM
UT2004 Stats Update; Editor's Choice Edition Coming10:42 AM
Jobs Undergoes Cancer Surgery10:14 AM
Mac EverQuest Status Update10:14 AM
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