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Future Boy! Flies To The Mac
8:30 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In an unusual move for a film production company, Toronto-based The General Coffee Company Film Productions have released their first multi-platform gaming title: Future Boy!

Based on Canadian filmmaker Ken Tessman's full-length motion picture screenplay, the title plays as an interactive comic book - a text adventure game supplemented with graphics, animation, music, voice over, and sound effects. The title allows players to live the adventures of superhero Future Boy's roommate, who inexplicably gets tangled in the evil web of the action hero's arch nemesis. According to Tessman, transforming a screenplay into an adventure game affords storytellers a greater range of creative freedoms:

The game is a chance to tell this story in a very different way from how it would be told in a movie. The script really took on a new life as it became more nonlinear. There's a whole spectrum of freedom in storytelling that opens up when you put the player in the driver's seat.
The new title is powered by the Hugo Engine, the free, proprietary interactive fiction gaming engine. Built in ANSI C, the game engine supports over 18 different computer platforms from OS X to Nokia phones and Psion handheld devices. Over twenty different games created with the Hugo engine are available from the engine creator's website, available through the links below.

Future Boy!, whose Windows, Macintosh, Linux, BeOS, Palm and PocketPC support files are all included in the game, requires only a PowerPC processor, and runs on all flavours of Mac OS from version 8.6 onwards. The game is available in two different packages from the developer's website: a $19.99 USD value-pack CD-ROM containing the game files, and a $24.99 Deluxe CD-ROM Package, including the game, Director's Commentary soundtrack, the original screenplay and The Art of Future Boy! in .pdf format, promotional materials, Hugo Engine development tools, and more.

Head over to the game developer's website to check out the game, view the official Quicktime trailer, or download the game's 36 MB demo:

Future Boy!

Silver Creek Betas Card Games for OS X
9:06 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac gamers looking for some quick pickup titles may be interested in some betas Silver Creek Entertainment made available last week. The titles include various card games, including Hardwood Hearts, Solitaire, Euchre, and Spades, as well as a familiar-looking title named Dangerous Mines.

Hi OSX Users! We are soon going to be releasing many of our games for OSX. We're very excited about this and we need your help to make sure we make the best card games ever for OSX. Folks please let us know how things go with this game, if something is broke or uncool, let us know. This is your chance to have input in the creation of the game.
The betas are free for download, and Silver Creek is looking for feedback from those that try them out. Interested players can find links to all the betas at Silver Creek's forums.

Silver Creek - Mac Betas

London Law Board Game Free for the Mac
9:06 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

A programmer by the name of Paul Pelzl has made available an online multiplayer version of the classic board game Scotland Yard. Titled London Law, the game has one player controlling a criminal known as Mr. X, who attempts to escape from 1-5 other players who attempt to track him down.

Mr. X has an advantage in access to transportation routes, and his precise location remains hidden for most of the game. The detectives have only the advantage of superior numbers, so they must work in concert to limit the criminal's options. London Law features an attractive map overlaid on high-resolution satellite imagery.
London Law is a free download, and is made to run under a variety of platforms. Pelzl also asks for feedback from Mac OS X users on successful implementations of his game.

London Law

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MTX: Mototrax Trailer Posted
9:05 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Apple's dedicated games website has posted a new trailer for Aspyr Media's recently-released X-Games motocross sports title, MTX: Mototrax.

The two-and-a-half minute trailer shows off the sports title's single- and multi-player gameplay, customization features, track building options, and more. The movie's soundtrack includes a title by Slipknot, one of the bands featured in the motocross title.

The Activision title, developed for the Mac and PC by Beenox Studios, is available through the IMG store for the low price of $19.95 USD. For more information, follow the links below.

Apple's MTX: Mototrax Quicktime Trailer
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MTX: Mototrax
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LucasArts' Future Of The Star Wars Franchise
8:30 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

In an article printed last week in the Hollywood Reporter, LucasArts president Jim Ward fielded questions regarding the company's upcoming title Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith.

In the Q&A, Ward speaks on the challenges of successfully leveraging intellectual property, the recent successes the gaming company has seen in the last few years, and the work that's currently underway for the company's upcoming title:

THR: Where are you in developing the "Episode III" game?

Ward: It's going to provide the ultimate Jedi action fantasy fulfillment that we've hinted at in previous games. We brought in Nick Gillard, the stunt coordinator for the film, to work with the game animators and the entire team to ensure that the Jedi action moments are as real and true to the performances in the film. (Actor) Hayden Christensen came in and worked with the game development team to show them the style of his light-saber fighting. We've had the team fully integrated into the production of the film from beginning to end.

Ward goes on to discuss future plans for the venerable space saga franchise, which includes three new games slated for a 2005 release, undisclosed future titles currently in pre-planning, and even new animated and live action television series. Ward even touches on the company's initiative on revitalising the Indian Jones franchise:
We're currently evaluating the value that bringing Hollywood likenesses and voices to the table would bring to Indiana Jones. I'm not convinced that the wholesale studio approach that Electronic Arts undertakes with its James Bond and other Hollywood-licensed games is the way to go. ... With "Star Wars" and Indiana Jones, people identify with these brands. It might make sense to work with one or two actors from a property on the game front, but we'll see. Certainly, with Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones. So something like that might make sense.
While Ward fails to mention if any of the series' upcoming titles are coming to the Mac, chances are good that some of the titles underway will be making it to our favorite platform. With nine Star Wars-themed games having hit Macintosh shores in the last four years, it's this reporter's guess that the tide is still rising for titles based in a time long ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

To check out the article, which has been re-printed in Yahoo's business web pages, click on the link below -

Jim Ward On LucasArts Future Plans
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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GameRanger Adds MTX: Mototrax Support
8:30 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Programmer Scott Kevill has released a new update to his Macintosh online gaming service GameRanger.

Version 4.0.5 of the utility adds support for Aspyr Media's recently released, X-Games motocross title MTX: Mototrax, some graphical changes, and some additional improvements:

  • Added MTX: Mototrax
  • Added changes to support new Medal of Honor apps
  • Added Homeworld 2 icon
  • Added new banner formats
  • Corrected some inconsistencies in GameRanger's .plist
  • Chat contextual menus now confirm you are connected before allowing various commands
  • Default sounds are now separated from system sounds in menus in Mac OS X
  • Non-Premium users now see the number of users in a Premium-only room

    The new update is available through the designer's website:


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