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New Heroes Of Might And Magic V Info
8:07 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

A post on Ubisoft's forums offers some tidbits about the upcoming Heroes of Might and Magic V, in development by Nival Interactive. A screenshot and preview from Click!, a Polish game magazine, describes the 8X10 chessboard battlefield, two new multiplayer modes, and six campaigns - one for each faction.

From the translated article:

Big changes have been made in muliplayer mode. Apart from its standard versions (including hot-seat mode and playing against the computer) we have now 2 new variants - Duel Mode and Ghost Mode. The first one is for quick, few minutes battles. Makers compare it to games like .... Tekken or Soul Calibur. Why? In Duel Mode players can choose one hero (every one with a pre-determined army, skills and artifacts) and pit them against each other on the combat map. The best of 3 battle-rounds wins the whole game.

Even more interesting is Ghost Mode, which is supposed to be the solution to the boring waiting for the end of turn of the opposing player(s). Instead of looking into the ceiling, you'll be controlling a ghost - in the beginning only one, later even more - whose task is to explore the map and follow the active player. The more he (the active player) elongates his turn time, the more energy the ghost will have. He can use this energy to improve one of his six, different skills - haunt, posses, curse, devour, guard and vision. He (the ghost) will be able to, for example "cast a curse" on the other hero, which will lower his parameters or he can posses neutral units and take control over them in the next battle. The second option can be used to simplify your victory (because you are fighting.. with yourself), or make a suprise to the opposing enemy (because they don't know they're fighting with human, not AI).
While the preview of the game is based on the PC version it should still be informative to eager Mac players. Freeverse recently announced it will be bringing HoMMV to the Macintosh sometime soon after the release of the PC version.

To check out the screenshot scan and the English translation of the preview click on the links below.

Ubisoft Forum: HoMMV Preview
Click!: English Translation of HoMMV Preview
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Apple Features Zoo Tycoon 2
10:17 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Apple: Games is has posted a feature on Zoo Tycoon 2, a zoo simulation game developed by Blue Fang and ported to the Mac by MacSoft. The preview showcases the new 3D environment Zoo Tycoon 2's predecessor lacked, enhanced AI (artificial intelligence) for zoo guests and animals, and provides developer commentary.

Most of us can’t spend our days among real animals, but we can find the next best thing in Zoo Tycoon 2. The game leaps ahead of its predecessor by unshackling you from an isometric 2D perspective and giving you a full 3D view of your zoo and its inhabitants, employees and guests.

Certain animal and guest behaviors would be hard to fully appreciate when you’re zoomed out, so dropping into first-person is the perfect way to see the smaller nuances.

Please follow the links below to read the preview and to learn more information.

Apple Games: Zoo Tycoon 2 Preview
Zoo Tycoon 2
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DROD Games For Mac OS X
8:07 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Caravel Games recently announced Mac OS X versions of its DROD (Deadly Rooms of Death) series of games. The three games: King Dugan's Dungeons, Journey to Rooted Hold, and Perfection, follow the adventures of dungeon exterminator Beethro as he solves puzzles and battles his way to victory.

DROD: King Dugan's Adventures -
What happened to Beethro on his first excursion into King Dugan's Dungeon?  Well, mainly it was just the usual dungeon exterminator's subterranean grind: killing off thousands of roaches, chopping through tar, guzzling mimic potions, and generally ridding the King's underground chambers of all that should not be there.  But also Beethro met an unexpected enemy, created lifelong grudges against him, and learned secrets that would later motivate his journey to Rooted Hold

DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold -
Swordplay and puzzles combine in this thinking man's dungeon crawl.  It's simple to learn, with just a handful of commands to master.  But the unique gameplay provides an amazing depth.  A detailed overhead view shows monsters, obstacles, and other game elements.  You have as much time as you like to contemplate your next move.  So this is a good game for relaxing, but also terrifically involving once you get started.  You'll be hooked by the story of Beethro and his troublesome nephew, Halph.  Our heroes set off on a harmless jaunt, but end up far below the surface, chased by a clownish madman.  They begin to uncover a vast, underground bureaucracy, and things only get stranger the further they delve.  You've got over 350 rooms ahead--each one a singular challenge for you to conquer.  A level editor, online features, and enthusiastic player community make this a game you can play for years.

DROD: Perfection
In Larry Murk's Perfection, the story continues immediately after the end of DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold.  Beethro comes upon a strange sect of evangelical dungeon architects called the Perfectionists.  These odd characters take math and geometry about as seriously as you can take it.  Eighth enthusiasts won't want to miss the events that take place.  To solve the puzzles in this hold, you'll need to be a bit of a Perfectionist yourself.  This is truly a difficult hold to complete, perhaps the most difficult ever?  Lock the door, unplug the phone, and set aside ten or a hundred hours to plow through this one.  You got some tough smiting ahead with 77 rooms to conquer.

Currently only Journey to Rooted Hold has a downloadable Mac demo. King Dugan's Adventures is available from the CaravelNet online service and a standalone demo should be available soon. Perfection is only available to members of CaravelNet.

To read more about the games and the perks for signing up for the CaravelNet service follow the links below.

DROD: King Dugan's Dungeon
DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold
DROD: Perfection
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Chessmaster 9000 Beta Released
8:07 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Feral Interactive released another beta of Chessmaster 9000, bringing it to beta 10.

This release of Chessmaster fixes the following issues over previous releases:

  • Resolved incompatibilities with Mac OS X Tiger, allowing personalities to be loaded.
  • Fixed the calculation of time spent on game analysis.
  • Resolved issues with invalid FSAA settings.
  • Clipped windows and dialogs have been fixed.
  • Chessmaster 9000 will suspend operation when in the background.

You will need to install the 1.0.1 patch before installing this beta.

Chessmaster 9000 introduces players to the rules and strategies of chess, while building skills through fun yet comprehensive tutorials.

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Mac Games News for Wednesday, January 18, 2006

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Macgamestore: QUAKE 4 Pre-Order Available9:38 AM
OMG Cup Winner Interviewed9:34 AM
Apple Features Civilization III: Complete8:01 AM
Discrimination In World Of Warcraft?8:01 AM
First Official Eschalon: Book 1 Screenshots8:01 AM
Project Magma Releases Ultimate Team Battles for Myth II8:01 AM
Unity 1.2.1 Released8:01 AM
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