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Thursday, June 16, 2005

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Ambrosia Updates Aki Mahjong Solitaire
10:17 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software recently announced the release of Aki Mahjong Solitaire 1.1.1 for Mac OS X. The new version adds Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger compatibility, fixes a problem when the english version was run on a japanese system, and has been compiled in Xcode 2 with the latest Ambrosia libraries.

Aki is easy to learn even if you still haven't mastered chopsticks, so don't hesitate to dive right in. We think you'll soon find yourself captivated.

The principle of Aki is simple: you have a number of ivory tiles
arranged on a beautiful Japanese backdrop. Your goal is to make all of
the tiles disappear by matching them to similar tiles while you have
the uncompromising ticking of the time limit to contend with. Sound
easy? Try Aki now, and you'll realise... it isn't.

Aki Mahjong Soltaire 1.1.1 can be downloaded from

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Aki Mahjong Solitaire 1.1.1

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Freeverse Updates Kill Monty
1:30 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Freeverse has released the latest version of Kill Monty, a fast-paced arcade shooter in the tradition of classic arcade game such as Smash TV. The game's premise is pretty simple: shoot anything that moves.

Here's what's been fixed in 1.0.3:

• Added Tron-like zombie, and changed the names in the options screen.
• Picking up another gun while you have the death ray no longer cancels the deathray. It will however change the gun you revert to after you run out of ammo.
• Moved character/level select to its own subscreen in options, uncluttering the normal options screen (to make room for more normal options) and also to make room for more unlockable levels later on.
• Added the option for the large crosshair.
• Made the floor reflect alpha to allow for a transparent floor, and extended the walls below the floor.
• Mines are changed to be a bonus weapon now. Each pickup gives an additional 25 mines.
To download Kill Monty, head over to

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IMG Posts Dumb Letters To IMG: Part V
11:45 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Due to popular demand, IMG has once again posted a feature called "Dumb Letters to IMG". IMG gets bombarded with emails everyday. Usually the questions are your typicial, "When is this game coming out" or "Do you know if this game is coming out". But on occasion we get some wonderful, bizzarre, and yes, stupid emails we thought would be funny to share with our readers.

Be sure to check it out. We guarantee it'll put a smile on your face.

IMG Feature: Dumb Letters To IMG: Part V

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Macgamestore: Luxor In Stock
10:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story has begun shipping MacPlay's Luxor. The game is available for $19.99.

As addictive as it is exciting, Luxor is an action-puzzle game that takes you on a thrilling adventure across the lands of Ancient Egypt. The mysterious goddess, Isis, has enlisted you to battle Set and his evil minions. With 88 mind-blowing levels, the challenge will not be an easy one. You must use your mystical winged scarab to shoot magical spheres and destroy the approaching colored spheres by making matches of three or more. Stop them all before they can reach the pyramids at the ends of the paths… or all of Egypt is doomed!

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World of Warcraft In China
10:17 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Azzor's World of Warcraft site has posted an interesting feature on the China branch of the MMORPG World of Warcraft. Handled by a local company called 9city Interactive, China's WoW boasts over 2 million accounts, 96 servers, and queues that reportedly exceed over a 1000 players.

The feature also takes a look at the MMORPG market in China in general, noting successful titles that Western gamers have probably never heard of before:

The Chinese market is dominated by Legend of Mir II (or Legend2 for short). A historical mythical battle adventure MMORPG, Legend2 is "virtual China". Averaging 600,000 concurrent users online (and sometimes more than a million), the game has dominated the Chinese MMORPG scene for the last three years. Legend2 now has over 20 million subscribers, and has been able to trounce all would-be competitors who have attempted to overthrow its top rung as a Chinese MMORPG.
Other topics include speculation on WoW's success probability in China, differences in the Chinese version, and marketing strategies.

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WoW Battlegrounds Screenshot Contest Announced
10:17 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

To celebrate the opening of the World of Warcraft battlegrounds, Blizzard has launched a screenshot contest. The objective of the contest is to submit the best screenshot possible of the battlegrounds experience. Blizzard is offering a prize that is rare and slightly unusual:

To celebrate the launch of the Battlegrounds System, Blizzard is giving away a rare, life-size mannequin of a Night Elf female.

To enter the contest, take the best screen shot you can within one of the Battlegrounds Zones and submit it by June 20th, 2005.

Take your screenshots quickly, as this contest won't last long. Just head on through the links section and see if you'll be the lucky owner of a life sized Night Elf mannequin.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Macgamestore: Commandos Battle Pack In Stock1:43 PM
IMG Previews Star Wars Battlefront1:38 PM
Aspyr To Demo The Sims 2 June 17th In Austin11:23 AM
Sawblade Releases Power Game Factory Demo11:20 AM
Mac Gaming Radio Show Name Undecided, New Poll10:48 AM
Civilization IV Q&A Posted10:26 AM
Kitty Spangles Updated to v1.0.29:30 AM
Puppygames Releases Ultratron9:29 AM
World of Warcraft Patched To 1.5.19:09 AM
Virtual Programming Updates Three Titles For Tiger9:02 AM
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