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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

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MWSF: Pangea Announces Enigmo 2
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 3 comments

Pangea Software today announced their upcoming game, Enigmo 2, the sequel to the popular Enigmo puzzle game released a couple of years ago. The game, scheduled to be released in mid February, this time around is in full 3D. The company has also posted new screenshots and a QuickTime trailer of the upcoming game.

Here's more from the announcement:

Enigmo 2 is a follow-up to the incredibly popular game Enigmo, and
the new version takes puzzle games to a whole new dimension. Enigmo
2 is a 3D puzzle game where the player manipulates flowing water,
plasma and laser beams so that they can reach their final
destination. Along the way, the player must toggle switches,
deactivate force-fields, use magneto-spheres to attract charged
particles, and perform many other feats of Newtonian physics.

“For Engimo 2 we really wanted to do something different,” said Brian
Greenstone, President of Pangea Software, “We didn’t want to just add
more levels to the old game, but rather, we wanted to take the
concept of a physics-based puzzle game to the next level by
introducing new puzzle parts like the laser beams, charged plasma
particles, teleporters, etc.” Greenstone goes on to say that Enigmo
2 will include a built-in level editor that allows players to build
their own games that they can share with friends or post on a web
site to allow anyone to play their custom levels.

To check out the trailer, click on the link below. For more, head over to the Pangea web site.

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Enigmo 2 Trailer
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MWSF: PopCap Games At Macworld Expo
4:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The creators of hit casual games like Bejeweled 2 and Zuma Deluxe, PopCap Games, announced at Macworld Expo two of their upcoming titles including Feeding Frenzy Deluxe and Bonnie's Bookstore Deluxe. Both games will be available shortly for the Mac. PopCap also told IMG that they fully plan to support the new MacIntel machines with universal binaries of their games.

Here's a bit more info on PopCap's upcoming games:

Feeding Frenzy Deluxe - It's survival of the biggest in this action-packed deep-sea challenge. Eat your way to the top of the food chain as you swim through stunning environments and encounter deadly underwater predators. Power-ups, mermaids, and bonuses will help your quest to unseat the vicious Shark King!

Bonnie's Bookstore Deluxe - Challenge your vocabulary and word-finding skills by helping an aspiring writer fulfill her dreams of becoming a children's author. Change tiles to green and wind your way through the word grid converting consonants, vanquishing vowels, and evading the dreaded Writer's Blocks!

For more info, head over to PopCap games' web site.

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MWSF Photo Gallery: Day One
10:56 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | 1 comment

IMG Staffers are busy scouring the MacWorld Expo 2006 floor, camera equipment in hand. Check out our photographic coverage of the first day of the Expo by clicking on the links below.

MWSF 2006 Photo Diary - Day One
Macworld San Francisco 2006 Keynote Photos
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MWSF: Developers React To New Macs, Dual Booting
10:38 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 9 comments

IMG was able to get some reaction from a few game developers while at Macworld Expo San Francisco. Most are still cautious about the new MacIntel machines. The most obvious questions still remains: how easy will it be to install and boot into Windows. Will it be easy or a hard hack. Game developers on the Mac, as you can imagine, are anxious to find out. So while we wait for these new machines to arrive, we got some developer reactions on the new machines and the distinct possibility of dual booting.

Andrew Welch of Ambrosia Software:

The machines are shipping with graphics cards that will inevitably make game developers smile... even the MacBook Pro, which is a refreshing change. The performance is also quite stellar compared to the machines they are replacing, especially in the case of the MacBook Pro, which is something developers of course always appreciate

More than anything else, developers really hope Apple makes great machines, and sells a ton of them -- because that means a larger market for their product. I think Apple has taken an excellent first step in that direction here.

I don't think dual-booting will be too much of an issue; the poor misguided souls who run Linux still prefer to run native Linux games. Sure, you can reboot into Windows to play a game, but that's a hassle.

If anything, it's one less reason to not buy a Mac, and that's something I consider a good thing all around. If there's a Windows only game or Windows only piece of software, you can in theory still use it on your shiny new Intel Mac.

Phil Sulak of MacSoft:
Apple's news today is an astounding one-two punch. The fact that they're able to refresh both the Consumer and Pro product lines with new Intel CPU's so close to the start of 2006 simply amazes me. I'm extremely excited about the new hardware that's coming out, and I can't wait to get my hands on a new MacBook Pro.

We'll have to wait a bit and see on the dual booting issue. A lot will depend on whether or not end users will be able to install and dual-boot Windows XP on these new machines. Personally, I've been a huge fan of the Mac OS since 1989. Although there are some nice things about Windows XP, I find Mac OS X to be a bit more elegant and refined. So even if I could (proverbially) have my cake and eat it too, I think I'd personally try to stick with running OS X and OS X apps exclusively on the new hardware.

Colin Smith of Freeverse
Very excited! The MacBook looks awesome and I'll have a hard time restraining myself from buying one. I really want a 12" model.

Still interested/concerned about how the Windows booting or emulation will or will not work.

Brian Greenstone of Pangea Software
There isn't really anything monumental about the new iMac's other than the Intel switch, but just like the PowerPC version it's a sweet machine and I don't have any beefs with it at all. Everyone should own one.

As for the Macbooks, those look like fantastic machines as well. I was a little disappointed to see Firewire 800 gone, but that's not critical on a portable anyway. The screen is fantastic, and overall it looks like a real winner. I may have to pick up one of those too later in the year.

I'm torn on dual booting. On one hand I want it because I'm tired of running my GPS and Suunto Dive Computer software with VirtualPC. On the other hand, I think it could be a disaster for the Mac game porting biz and everything that goes along with that. I also think that if that happens then companies that have always been "on the fence" about doing Mac versions of their warez, may bail and just tell people to install Windows on their Macs.

We'll have some more developer reactions from the show in the coming day.

MWSF: A Quick MacSoft Update
9:17 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 6 comments

IMG talked to MacSoft's Peter Tamte and Al Schilling at Macworld Expo today to get an update on the company. Although MacSoft didn't announce any new products at the show, they did tell us that to expect an announcement of a "triple A" title sometime in the first quarter that is sure to please Mac gamers when it is announced.

Be sure to stay tuned to IMG for the announcement in the coming weeks.


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Preview Of Upcoming Dofus Add-On
8:49 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

RPGVault has posted a preview of an upcoming add-on for the flash based RPG Dofus. Scheduled for release in February the addition will feature Pandala, an entirely new island inhabited by panda-like warriors called Pandawas. A new class of characters and more quests will also be added.

In the world of Dofus, an event is about to occur that may shatter the whole community. The Pandawas, a species almost unheard of, have decided to stop living in autarky [this term refers to a state that does not trade with outsiders - Ed.] and join the community. The Pandawas live on Pandala, an island located in the East of the Astrub region.

The bridge connecting the continent to this island is under construction at the moment. It will be finished soon, and thus put an end to the deliberate insulation of the Pandas.

However, among the Pandawas, a group of warriors, opposed to the massive arrival of adventurers on their island, is ready to take up arms.
To read more about what Ankama Studio has in store for Dofus follow the link below.

RPG Vault: Dofus Preview
Dofus Official Site
Ankama Studio

New Crayon Games Founder Interviewed
8:49 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamecloud recently interviewed Phil Steinmeyer the founder of PopTop Software, creators of such titles as Tropico and Railroad Tycoon 2 and 3. Steinmeyer left the company in 2004 to found New Crayon Games. The interview covers Steinmeyer's time with Poptop and his new puzzle game Bonnie's Bookstore.

Gamecloud - You were the head of a critically acclaimed developer owned by a large publisher. Why did you decide to leave?

Phil Steinmeyer - Running a developer is a big, stressful job. For the 'crunch time' of each project, I was working roughly 6 months straight, 7 days a week. That works, barely, when you're single or married without kids. But as my family grew and my interests outside of work grew, I was looking to throttle down and try some different things. I can happily say that in the time since I left PopTop, I haven't worked a single Sunday, and not more than 2 or 3 Saturdays - very nice by comparison.
Steimeyer is currently working on a Mac version of Bonnie's Bookstore which should be released soon. For more information click the links below.

Gamecloud: New Crayon Games Interview
Bonnie's Bookstore
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Stubbs The Zombie Demo Released
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 17 comments

Aspyr Media has released a demo ofWideload's Stubbs The Zombie for the Macintosh that features a single player level from the game. Weighing in at 223 MB, the demo is available for download from our sister site,

In Stubbs, players take on the role of the rebel himself Stubbs, a wisecracking Zombie who takes on an ultra-modern city of the future using nothing but his own carcass and the weapons of his possessed enemies. The game's tongue-in-cheek humor, innovative combat and strong storyline keep Stubbs the Zombie's gameplay as bizarre and unpredictable as its namesake.

To download the demo, head over to

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10.4.4 Update Improves WoW GeForce 4Ti performance
6:00 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

As listed on the OS 10.4.4 update notes from Apple, they have improved framerates in Blizzard's World of Warcraft for GeForce 4Ti video cards.

As a massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft enables thousands of players to come together online and battle against the world and each other.

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World of Warcraft To Support Intel Macs
6:00 AM | Evan Holt | 6 comments

In a post at the World of Warcraft forums by Blizzard was an update stating that the next World of Warcraft patch will be a universal binary to include support Intel Macs.

1.9.2 has been in internal testing for quite some time and Blizzard is just wrapping up with it in order to finally release it.

World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. Players assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world.

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MWSF: IMG Chats With ATI
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

ATI has scored yet another coup with the debut of the ATI Radeon X1600 series for Macs inside both the new Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro. Though the news was kept silent until the keynote, ATI has known about the new Intel Macs for a while, having worked on integrating their hardware with the new Intel processors since last June.

Both X1600s provide quite a bit of power to each new computer. The X1600 inside the new iMac is a PCI-E card, and supports digital resolutions of up to 1920x1200. The Mobility X1600 found in the MacBook Pro has enough juice to support Apple's 30-inch Cinema display up to a resolution of 2560x1600.

Sitting down with Chris Bentley and Stan Ossias of ATI at Macworld, they noted the process of getting the Radeon up to speed alongside the Intel chips as being an arduous one. Close work was done alongside Apple during development, and features such as the color depth display engine and the VIVO technology were greatly influenced by Apple's input. It was also a scramble to make sure that all of Apple's professional applications ran with the new ATI hardware in time for the unveiling at Macworld, with the closed firmware of Apple's latest machines making things more difficult.

Notable facts include the fact that both the Mobility and the standard X1600 use the same driver sets, and that future optimization should be made easier by the fact that both the Mac and PC sides will be using the same basic sets of hardware. When asked about using a PC ATI card in a Mac, however, it was pointed out that the Mac cards still feature different firmware sets as well as use different drivers.

For those demanding more power, a Mac running on an X1800 was on display in ATI's conference room, though the card hasn't yet seen an official release.

On a positive note for Doom 3 fans, Bentley notes that the latest update of OS X, now at 10.4.4, seems to have improved performance by as much as 30% when running Doom 3 at 800x600 on the new Intel Macs. A more modest 10% increase can be seen at 1600x1200.

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No One Lives Forever 2 updated to version 1.3
6:00 AM | Evan Holt | 10 comments

No One Lives Forever 2 was updated to version 1.3 by MacPlay today. This 9MB patch fixes a refresh rate conflict preventing start-up for some users.

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way is a humorous story-driven first person shooter.

VersionTracker - No One Lives Forever 2 update
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 10, 2006

MWSF: Keynote Photo Gallery Posted1:10 PM
MWSF: Keynote Highlights1:06 PM
Civizilation IV Status12:24 PM
Dark Horizons: Lore Invasion Q&A12:18 PM
Feral's Macworld Plans12:18 PM
Sketchfighter, Redline Progress Updates12:18 PM
Battle for Wesnoth 1.0.2 Fixes Numerous Issues7:55 AM
Eurogamer Interviews John Carmack7:55 AM
New Burning Crusade Screenshots7:55 AM
WoW: The Race To Open Ahn'Qiraj7:55 AM
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