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MacSoft Ships Tropico 2
8:01 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacSoft today began shipping Tropico 2, the follow-up to popular Fun in the Sun Caribbean simulation, Tropico. As a Pirate King, rule a secret pirate island full of despicable 17th century Sea Dogs. Fuel your economy by plundering wealthy merchant ships and taking prisoners back to the island as captive workers.

Here are the system requirements:

• Macintosh computer with an 800 MHz or faster processor
• Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or higher
• 256 MB RAM
• 32MB+ Video Card (Graphics Accelerator)
• CD/DVD-ROM drive
• 1.8 GB free hard drive space.
Tropico 2 is in stock at and available for $29.95.

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
Buy Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

World Series Of Poker Deluxe Casino Pak Review
3:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Masque Publishing's World Series of Poker Casino Deluxe Pak. Here's a clip from the review:

This is a collection of casino games wrapped into a click-and-point adventure where players must double their initial $5,000 bankroll, then defeat 215 other players in the Binion tournament for the $1 million grand prize. What's troubling is Masque makes no mention of the quest in their updated packaging, instead trying to cash in on the current Texas Hold 'Em craze by promoting it as a card-playing title offering expert advice.
To check out the entire review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: World Series of Poker Deluxe Casino Pak

IMG Poll: Which Next Gen Console Are You Going To Buy?
9:15 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

A few days ago we started a new poll asking IMG readers which next generation console they were going to buy. The results have so far been surprising. If you haven't voted yet, or would just like to check out the latest standings, follow the link below.

IMG Poll

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MacSoft Treasure Hunt Day 4
9:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The MacSoft Tropico 2 Treasure Hunt continues today with another new clue. On each day of this week, IMG will be posting a clue. Each clue will lead you to a particular game page on the MacSoft website. On the game page, you’ll have to hunt for a hidden item. It might be some odd text, maybe a picture, or something else altogether. When you find the hidden item-click on it. You’ll receive a piece of a word puzzle. On Friday, we’ll tell you how to solve the puzzle.

The first person to solve the puzzle and complete the hunt will win a treasure trove of MacSoft games including Rise of Nations, Railroad Tycoon 3, Close Combat: First to Fight and, of course, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove.

Here's today's clue:

Ho me hearties! Splice the main brace you carousers and pitch your nation's Jolly Roger!
One prize package will be awarded. Any information collected will be used solely for the purpose of awarding the prize. Prize winner will be determined by the editors of Inside Mac Games. Anyone caught cheating will be forced to walk the plank!

When you're ready, head over to the MacSoft site to find the fourth clue.

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
Buy Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

RHEM Available As Digitial Download
8:08 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming today announced that RHEM is available as a digital download on its web site. Similar to MYST, RHEM is a first-person adventure game featuring brain-teasing puzzles. You arrive in the world of Rhem by stolen rail car. For a moment, you must simply sit tight -- unable to escape. Then, the car begins to roam this world, revealing its mysteries, little by little. You soon learn that the only possibility for your safe return home is a letter consisting of four hidden fragments, which you must not only find, but also put together.

RHEM is available for £14.95, or about $27 US Dollars.

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Interview with Civilization IV Producer
8:01 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

Civilization is one of the longest running series in computer gaming and IGN has managed to get some questions answered about the newest game in the series, Civilization 4. Developed by Firaxis, Civilization 4 promises to follow closely in the footsteps of its predecessor, retaining the scope and premise of previous games. The difference, says senior producer Barry Caudill, is "how we make the journey". The games hopes to dramatically improve upon the Civilization franchise in terms of visuals and many aspects of gameplay. Here's some sneak peaks straight from the article:


As with Sid Meier's Pirates!, we are using the Gamebryo engine and that allows us to really open up the visuals in Civilization 4. One of our main goals was to really bring the world to life... We are also shooting for a WYSIWYG approach where you will know what city a wonder is in because you can see it in the world, along with many other aspects previously relegated to menus and screens.
We will definitely have the usual major powers like France, Germany, England, America, China, Japan, etc. We will also be including many Civs that are either new or usually saved for expansions like the Incas or the Aztecs or the totally new Mali. In all there will be 18 Civs in the shipped version of Civilization 4.
We no longer have static eras so it's more like versions of Civilization prior to Civilization 3 in that respect.
There are no set governments anymore. In Civilization 4, you can choose from various civics and combine them to make the type of government you want.
We will not be including any espionage options that are terrorism related.
Victory Conditions:
Of course, we have the usual Domination, Conquest, Diplomatic, and Space Race victories. We have also tweaked the Cultural victory to make it more exciting and interesting. Finally, we have added a new one: Alliance victory in which you can share the win with a partner.
Multiplayer Options:
Players will be able to compete in traditional turn-based or simultaneous move games either on a network or via the Internet. We will be using Gamespy for Internet matchmaking. Other options include Hot Seat, Play by Email, and a persistent turn server we call Pitboss.
Well, there you have it. This is just a first look, so there will be more news in the future, and you can be sure we'll have it here on Inside Mac Games. Keep checking in. In the meantime, follow the link below to the preview on IGN.

Firaxis Games
IGN Civilization 4 First Look

Mac Games News for Wednesday, May 18, 2005

AGEIA Builds Momentum at E312:54 PM
Sims 2 Expansion Q&A Posted10:37 AM
MacSoft Releases New Close Combat Patch, Dedicated Server10:03 AM
MacSoft Treasure Hunt Day 39:49 AM
Salvo! Demo Released9:37 AM
Codeblender Releases DeepTrouble 28:59 AM
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