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Call of Duty 1.5 Patch Released
8:03 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

IMG reported last week that Aspyr Media had a Mac patch in the works for Call of Duty, and as promised, the company has now released an update which brings the game to version 1.5. Mac players can once again join their PC counterparts in the online multiplayer modes.

The 20MB download also brings a number of fixes with it, including many for online play and changes to make it easier for mod-makers to create scenarios for Call of Duty. Additionally, one new multiplayer map is included:

Tigertown is a small farm town located in Normandy, France which has been partially destroyed by a heavy artillery attack. The environment is designed for "Search and Destroy" as the American Airborne forces push their way up the town's hillside to knock out the flak88 and Tiger tank heavily guarded by the German Waffen SS. The Allied forces need to attack strategically and gain ground quickly so as to distract the Axis from properly defending their positions. Precision flanking from both sides is a key factor when taking over and controlling the town.
Head over to Macgamefiles now to download this update. It should also be noted a separate patch for the expansion United Offensive will be released shortly, as this one only affects the main application.

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IMG Reviews Amju Super Golf
1:15 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Amju Golf, a fun little shareware golf game created by Amju Games. Here's a clip from the review:

Amju Supergolf's funky soundtrack is nostalgic for anyone who grew up in the 80's at the local video arcade. The gameplay is rather simplistic, and like other golf games, the object is to sink the ball in the hole. But herein lies the rub, Amju Supergolf is not only about getting the ball in the hole, but also picking up extras along the way, and helping Amju the farmgirl (the main character of the game) *bonk* some animals in the process. Most hardcore gamers will find the game a little slow, but for those that are still young at heart (or just young) and enjoy a game that does not interfere with your social life, Amju Supergolf makes a fine addition.
To check out the rest of the review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Amju Super Golf

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The Sims 2 Hits Alpha
10:10 AM | Ben Edwards | Comment on this story

Aspyr has posted on their project status web page that the Mac port of the popular PC game, The Sims 2, has reached alpha status. The game, due out in May, offers new options over the original Sims, including control over inheritance of traits across many generations.

The first game in the series, The Sims, offered a new take on an old idea, allowing the player to build a house and a family, rather than managing an entire city, as the Sim series has in the past. The Sims 2 offers an engrossing alternative to the increasingly common "kill everything in sight" genre.

From Aspyr's minisite:

With the introduction of genetics, you can control your sims over a lifetime and pass their sims’ DNA down from one generation to the next. The sims evolve by genetically passing on physical and personality traits. Create and play your own virtual sitcom by choosing one of five different aspirations – Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge, and Romance. These aspirations in life cause your sims to have wants and fears.
Check out Aspyr's official website for more information, and keep checking IMG for more news about The Sims 2 as it grows nearer to completion.

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THQ Readying New Incredibles Game
9:23 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

THQ has announced that it will be publishing a follow-up game to The Incredibles this coming fall. The game will be released on all major platforms including the Mac, PC, X-Box, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PSP, and Game Bay Advance.

Here's a clip from the press release:

"Our ability to work with Disney and Pixar in creating this all new videogame based on the extremely popular Incredibles property demonstrates the depth of THQ's relationship with the talented teams at Disney and Pixar," said Jack Sorensen, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Studios, THQ. "This next installment in the videogame series will give millions of fans worldwide the opportunity to interact with Mr. Incredible and many other beloved Incredibles characters in a brand new adventure this fall."

"The first game based on The Incredibles truly represented the high action vision Director Brad Bird had for the film," said Pixar Animation Studios John Walker, producer of The Incredibles. "This new game will encompass all the thrills and intensity of the first while taking players and our favorite superheroes to an entirely new dimension of The Incredibles world."

"After the amazing success of The Incredibles film and videogames, we look forward to BVG, Pixar and THQ joining forces once again to bring fans another chapter in this action-packed franchise," said Graham Hopper, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG).

THQ's Heavy Iron Studios will develop the next console versions of The Incredibles and the company's Nintendo handheld studio Helixe, will develop the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions. THQ's PSP exclusive studio, Pacific Coast Power & Light, will develop the PSP version of the game.

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Aspyr Announces Zoo Tycoon Deluxe
8:46 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media today announced it will be releasing Zoo Tycoon Deluxe, a bundle that includes Zoo Tycoon and the Marine Mania and Dinosaur Digs expansion packs, sometime in March.

Here's more from the press release:

In Zoo Tycoon, you'll be challenged to build the most healthy and vibrant zoo possible. With an easy to learn interface, you can begin planning your strategy and building your ultimate zoo the moment you start the game, which is a good thing since you'll need to build, manage, and maintain a zoo with over 200 animals, exhibits, and zoo materials. Plan wisely, because your success depends on your ability to keep the animals happy!

With Marine Mania, you'll make a huge splash by adding killer whales, manta rays, and other exciting marine animals to your existing zoo. Have a whale of a time as you combine land, marine, and prehistoric animals to build the wildest, most exciting zoo ever. Zoo Tycoon Deluxe also includes the Dinosaur Digs expansion pack, which allows you to evolve your zoo with more than 20 prehistoric beasts, 100 building materials, and 6 challenging scenarios.

When released, Zoo Tycoon Deluxe will be available for $49.99.

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Ubi Sails Puzzle Pirates to Retail
8:03 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Game developer Three Rings announced in 2003 the release of a beta of its new online multiplayer game, Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates. Now, nearly two years later, Ubisoft has announced that it will be releasing the renamed Puzzle Pirates in April for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms.

Puzzle Pirates moves away from the standard online multiplayer fare in favor of cartoon graphics and multiplayer puzzles. The game won Three Rings awards in the Technical Excellence and Audience Award categories at the 2004 Independent Games Festival.

Here's a snippet about the game from the official Puzzle Pirates site:

Puzzle Pirates is an online game in which you play a Pirate character in an ocean world. Hundreds of your fellow player Pirates swarm these Isles and Sea-lanes. For Pirates who love acronyms, Puzzle Pirates is an massively multi-player online roleplaying game, or mmoarrrrpg.

Pirates can wander around on land and sail the thirty-seven seas with their crew. When your Pirate sails, or swordfights, or navigates, the appropriate Puzzle game is launched. Good Puzzling thereby brings victories and accrues great fortunes to you and your fellow Pirates.

The game will retail for $19.95, and will cost $9.95 per month to play online. The retail box will include a free month of online play, as well as single-player offline versions of some of the puzzles. Head over to the official website to download a demo of the game, and stay with IMG for further announcements as the game nears release.

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Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 1, 2005

MacGames DVD Volume 4 Goes Gold, Special Offer Announced12:06 PM
IMG Reviews Postal 2: Share The Pain10:58 AM
Snood Creator Interviewed10:45 AM
IMG Store: World of Warcraft Back In Stock8:43 AM
Warcraft III Ladder Season Two8:27 AM
New Bridge Construction Set Contest Demo8:21 AM
Aspyr Ships Two New Bundles8:16 AM
Doom: The Boardgame8:16 AM
Pitchford Talks Brothers in Arms8:16 AM
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