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UT2004 MegaPack Tomorrow
6:55 AM | Andy Largent | 4 comments

GameSpot has announced they will be hosting the release of the Unreal Tournament 2004 MegaPack, a compilation of nine new Deathmatch, Assault and CTF maps, tomorrow at noon. It seems Epic purchased some maps from independent level makers, and proceeded to have the authors polish them up for distribution.

The pack will also contain the content from the first UT2004 bonus pack. Here's a rundown of the newly included files:

AS-BP2-Acatana: Intense space fighting and on-foot combat combine in this recreation of the historic Skaarj invasion of the Acatana asteroid belt.

AS-BP2-JumpShip: Be part of the elite team that infiltrated and hijacked the first warp capable Jumpship.

AS-BP2-Outback: City slickers just took over the outback's top brewery - get over there pronto and stop the production of their tasteless Zero Beer before it takes over Oz!

AS-BP2-SubRosa: Fight your way into a Liandri research facility and steal the original plans for the Redeemer.

AS-BP2-Thrust: A recreation of the infamous destruction of the Saturn IX rocket where a team of rebel fighters launched it unguided and half fueled into hostile waters.

CTF-BP2-Concentrate: Tall spires tower over this Capture the Flag battle set on a derelict outpost deep in the Elorean Seas.

CTF-BP2-Pistola: This twin complex of concrete and metal combines the beauty of nature with the harsh lines of industrial architecture to create a fierce battle arena.

DM-BP2-Calandras: The courtyards of Calandras were once beautiful and welcoming. While the Temple's interiors have been preserved, a new less-inviting use has been found for the exteriors.

DM-BP2-GoopGod: For centuries the Nali monks managed to keep this sacred burial ground hidden until Liandri satellites discovered the location during a routine satellite sweep. The area was mined, and what remained was converted into a tournament arena, corpses and all.

Be sure to check out GameSpot tomorrow to grab the pack.

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Spiderweb Ships Avernum 4
12:05 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software has announced the release of Avernum 4, the long-awaited, all-new continuation to the Avernum series. This epic fantasy-roleplaying adventure returns you to the enormous underworld nation of Avernum, whose shadowy lands are once again facing horrible peril.

Avernum is a nation underground. Its pale people live in endless miles of tunnels, pits, and gigantic caverns. Some come to Avernum to work the mines. Others come to hunt monsters for their treasure. And some risk life in the underworld because it is the only place where a person can be free from the total rule of the Empire.

But life in Avernum just became a lot more dangerous. All at once, everything has gone wrong. The savages and dark creatures of the lower tunnels, once beaten into submission, have returned. Gigantic beasts, shielded by powerful magic, have taken up residence in the cities, wandering and killing at random. And normally peaceful citizens have been afflicted by a strange, overwhelming paranoia, making even regular townsfolk unpredictable and dangerous.

Nobody knows why these disasters have occurred. But you, through good luck (or bad), have stumbled upon a clue. And thus, you become involved in a shadowy war and a deadly struggle, which will take you through strange lands, bandit cities, and the darkest depths of the underworld. Your mission: discover who has attacked your homeland, and stop them. Before everything falls apart.

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.

A demo of Avernum 4 is available for download from

MGF: Avernum 4 1.0

Aspyr Ships SpongeBob Squarepants Game
11:59 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

Aspyr has announced that the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game has arrived in retail stores for the Macintosh.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game, based on the hit movie from Nickelodeon Movies Paramount Pictures, brings underwater antics from the big screen to your Mac with a collection of mini games, including Bubble Popping, Driving Games and an Ice Cream Eating Contest. These action games star characters from the movie, Plankton and King Neptune, along with the fan-favorite duo SpongeBob and Patrick, as they explore three modes of gameplay including Travel Mode, Challenge Mode and Versus Mode.

SpongeBob SquarePants is the number one show for kids on all TV. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was one of the most popular movies of 2004. It opened at $33.5 million and went on to gross $85 million domestically and over $140 million worldwide. Opening with trouble in Bikini Bottom, someone has stolen King Neptune's crown and it looks like Mr. Krabs is the culprit! Though he's just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands by his boss, and along with his best friend Patrick, sets out on a treacherous mission to Shell City to reclaim the crown and save Mr. Krabsí life.

The game takes players on a heroic, comedic quest to new and unexplored territory. Players will assume the identity of either SpongeBob or Patrick -- each with their own set of unique maneuvers -- and work together to save Mr. Krabs and all of Bikini Bottom. Along the way, they will interact with favorite characters from the movie, including authentic voices and special cameo appearances.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game is currently available for order from for $29.95.

MGS: Spongebob Squarepants The Movie Game

Alien Swarm 1.3 & Expansion Coming This Friday
6:55 AM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

Black Cat Games has announced that Alien Swarm 1.3 and the all new Telic Campaign expansion pack will be released this Friday, December 16, 2005. The latest version of Alien Swarm includes enhancements to exsisting maps, bugfixes, and balancing issues. Furthermore, the Telic Campaign features new missions and an expanded Alien Swarm universe.

The Telic Campaign is an unofficial expansion pack for Alien Swarm that brings eight new, unique missions in the form of a complete campaign. In addition to the maps, Telic expands the Alien Swarm universe with new weapons, extra items, more dangerous enemies, original mission objectives and various modifications to the standard game rules.
Alien Swarm is a popular overhead view tactical shooter mod for Unreal Tournament 2004. Also, their are new screenshots and manual of the Telic Campaign expansion pack now available.

Alien Swarm 1.3 & Expansion Details
Alien Swarm-The Telic Campaign
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Smack Solitaire Hits OS X
6:55 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

On Friday independent French developer Midori announced the release of Smack Solitaire, a collection of 30 different solitaire games for OS X. The title features classics such as the ever popular Klondike, as well as a variety of other game types.

The collection includes:

Aces Up, Australian Patience, Baker's Dozen, Baker's Game, Beleaguered Castle, Canfield, Double Klondike, Double Scorpion, Double Yukon, Eight Off, Flower Garden, Forty Thieves, Free Cell, Giza, Golf, Indian's Patience, Klondike, La Belle Lucie, Montana, Nestor, Pyramid, Pyramid Golf, Queen of Italy, Russian Solitaire, Scorpion, Scorpion 2, Sea Towers, Simple Simon, Spider and Yukon.
Smack Solitaire requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later, 128 MB RAM, and an OpenGL graphics card. A demo is available for download at and the full version can be purchased from the Midori website for $20.

Click the links below for more information.

Smack Solitaire
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Gamepedia Cataloging Software Available
6:55 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Bruji has announced the release of Gamepedia, an application which catalogs and tracks computer and video game collections. The program allows users to create "collections" similar to iTunes Playlists, making new category creation a simple matter of drag and drop. Gamepedia will also connect to the internet to gather information about games you own, export information to a variety of formats including HTML, and accept UPC scanner information for faster cataloging.

Gamepedia lets you retrieve information about your games from various sites on the Internet. The main info comes from the Amazon sites (US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Japan) but Gamepedia also lets you add links and screenshots from other sites, such as You can search using pretty much any keyword - from the platform to the game title or a genre. Or use a combination of them all. If you have a scanner, you can find your games even faster. Just open a search window and scan the UPC of the game. Gamepedia does the rest for you. Cuecats, modified or not, are supported too.
Gamepedia requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. A trial version, which only allows the addition of ten games to the list, is available for download from the Bruji website. The full version is priced at $18.

Follow the links below for more information.

Gamepedia 1.0

Mac Games News for Friday, December 9, 2005

IMG Reviews Gates of Troy10:50 AM
Macgamestore: Zoo Tycoon 2 Now Shipping10:43 AM
Apple Posts Latest Hot Deals10:40 AM
Apple Games Features Battleground Europe7:56 AM
Creatures: Exodus and Village Reviewed7:56 AM
Crystal Cave Christmas Treasure Released7:56 AM
Rune Sequel A Possibility?7:56 AM
World of Warcraft Factions7:56 AM
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