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Thursday, November 17, 2005

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Aspyr Ships Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
8:21 AM | Andy Largent | 6 comments

Aspyr Media announced this morning they have shipped Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 for Mac OS X. This is the first in the incredibly popular series of games to make it to the platform, and it gives players a chance to create an entire theme park with an impressive new 3D engine.

Here's more on the game from the press release:

RollerCoaster TycoonŽ 3 also features amazing crowd scenes with enhanced
park guests and characters, more than 170 rides including
new-to-the-franchise roller coaster types, superb lighting effects,
extensive still-picture capability, and the new Fireworks MixMaster, which
allows players to create pyrotechnic masterpieces and synchronize them to
Aspyr is shipping the game out now, meaning it should be hitting store shelves very soon. If you haven't gotten your order in yet, be sure to do so today at the MacGameStore. Also be sure to check out IMG's recent preview for more information.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
IMG Preview: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
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IMG Podcast Episode 5 Released
8:21 AM | Blake Buck | 7 comments

Today IMG released the fourth episode of the Inside Mac Games Podcast, the official podcast of Mac gaming. Each week the IMG Podcast will be covering all the news in Mac gaming in one tight package. This week's show is a tour de' force of Mac gaming, featuring Blake Buck, a writer for IMG, William Miller, an artist for Freeverse Software, Justin Ficarrotta, author of Kill Monty, Tuncer Deniz, the founder of the Inside Mac Games Network, and this week's special guest, Brad Oliver, a software engineer for Aspyr Media and creator of MacMame.

On the show this week, the IMG podcast guys talk about RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 going gold, a Rand Miller Interview, Mac Stubbs is at final candidate, Jack Thompson withdraws from GTA case, Zoo Tycoon 2 going Gold, and Macgamestore announces Super Saver Shipping. Also this week, we have an interview with Brad Oliver and reader emails.

And the big suprise this week, we are proud to announce the IMG Podcast Contest, where we'll be giving away a free game every week!

To download, click a podcast flavor above, or visit the IMG Podcast Homepage for instructions and shownotes by clicking the link below.

IMG: IMG Podcast Episode 5

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RHEM 2 Reviewed
8:21 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently reviewed RHEM 2, Got Game Entertainment's intricate first person puzzle based adventure. Comparing the game to Myst, Applelinks found little to dislike in RHEM 2 and gave it a score of 4 out of 5.

Like Myst, R2 is laid out in a series of spooky, rendered environments that you move through by clicking. If you can move in a certain direction, your mouse turns into a finger pointing the way. If you can interact with an item, it turns into a grabbing hand. Each view is like a postcard, and when you change direction, or move forward, there's a slight delay, and a dissolve to the new view. This has two effects: one, it stops you from taking actions before the game wants to you to (you cannot, for example, run into a room before the door closes), and second, it creates this wonderful sense of suspense, like walking (creeping) through a haunted house.
To read the full review head over to the link listed below. A newly released demo of the game can be downloaded from

Applelinks: RHEM 2 Review

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A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.5 released
8:21 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Yesterday Pyramid Design announced the release of version 3.5 of A-OK! The Wings of Mercury, a realistic simulation of the Mercury spacecraft. A-OK! WoM allows users to simulate orbital and sub-orbital missions, making use of authentic checklists used by astronauts. Version 3.5 adds new 3D spacecraft models, better performance, and improved framerates.

Improvements in version 3.5:

- Now runs on Windows XP and Mac OS X
- Improved Mercury, Redstone and Atlas 3D models
- Improved Atlas and Redstone Launch Facility models
- Improved program performance and frame rate
- Improved cloud models
- Freedom 7 model used for suborbital missions
Wings of Mercury costs US$49.95 and requires the following:
-G4 CPU or better
-Mac OS 10.1.5 or better
-OpenGL-compatible 3D card with at least 16Mb of memory
-1024x768 Monitor
-3 Axis USB-compatible joystick (optional, but recommended)
To learn more about the game and check out the demo follow the link below.

A-OK! The Wings of Mercury
Pyramid Design

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New Avernum 4 Screenshots
8:21 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has released two new screenshots of its upcoming RPG title Avernum 4. The first new game in the Exile/Avernum series in several years, A4 will return players to the familiar underground world of Avernum and present them with the task of unraveling the mystery of increased monster activity and paranoid countrymen.

From the Avernum 4 website:

Avernum 4 is an enormous fantasy role-playing adventure. Wander a gigantic world, full of multitudes of characters, hundreds of side quests, and traps, tricks, and treasure in every corner. Experience the life of an adventurer: the fame, the wealth, the hapless townsfolk begging you for help at every turn! This epic tale is guaranteed to give you weeks of entertainment, with an impossibly huge world that dares you to uncover all of its secrets.
For the screenshots and more information about the game follow the links below.

Avernum 4 Screenshots
Avernum 4
Spiderweb Software

Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Blizzard Launcher Released9:22 AM
Freeverse Updates Sound Studio 39:22 AM
Macgamestore: Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 Ships9:22 AM
Meier, Carmack Receive Steel Star On Walk Of Game9:22 AM
New Rise of Legends Screenshot9:22 AM
Red Orchestra 3.3 Released9:22 AM
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