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Friday, January 20, 2006

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IMG Posts Fear and Loathing in San Franciso
6:00 AM | Blake Buck | 6 comments

Today IMG posted a trailer for a new special feature, Fear and Loathing in San Francisco. This is where you'll find IMG's extensive video coverage of Macworld San Francisco 2006. We'll be giving you an inside look at the expo floor, interviews with key mac developers, and the cursory macworld madness. From today's post:

A taste of things to come. Providing an introduction and overview, this trailer shows some of the booths and developers we talked to on the expo floor. It also shows a glimpse of the MacBowl, and an overexcited Corey Tamas of .
To view the video, just visit the feature by clicking the link below.

Fear and Loathing in San Francisco Feature

Macgamestore: Creatures: Village, Drop'Em Deluxe
2:57 PM | Tuncer Deniz has begun shipping Creatures: Village, a virtual pet simulation from Kutoka Interactive Inc. The game is available for $19.95.

Creatures: Village is a different kind of game. Your creatures live in a colorful and fanciful world that includes 15 exciting themed play areas with lots of activities and fun things to do. But this is only one aspect of the game. The coolest aspect is that you really get to raise your own virtual life pet(s). Once they (your Norns) hatch from an egg, you will need to take care of your new friend, give him a name, feed him when he is hungry, give him medicine when he is sick, make sure he is wearing warmer clothes when it snows, etc.

Toybox's Drop'Em Deluxe is now available as a digital download through A free demo is available. The full version costs $19.95.

MGS: Creatures: Village
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IMG Reviews Spongbob Squarepants The Movie Game
1:20 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

IMG has posted a review of Spongbob Squarepants The Movie. Here's a clip from the review:

The characters in the game are rendered in 3D, and use basic cell shading techniques to make them look like their animated counterparts. The effect is a little jarring at first, but soon you stop noticing and get involved in the game. This adventure game is somewhat unique in that you actually play as four different characters throughout the game. You start out as Spongebob, but you will soon play through chapters as Plankton, the evil megalomaniac with a Napoleon complex; Patrick, Spongebob's best friend and neighbor; and Mindy, a mermaid princess.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Spongbob Squarepants The Movie
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Bugdom 2 For Intel Macs Released
1:12 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Pangea Software has announced the release of Bugdom 2 3.0, which is now a Universal Binary application that will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel based Macs. The 3.0 update will update all previous versions of the game, however, version 3.0 requires Mac OS 10.4. Users with older versions of Mac OS X should stay with version 2.0 which is still available.

In addition to having support for Intel, the new version 3.0 also improves support for gamepads, joysticks, and other input devices, and allows customization of the game’s keyboard controls.

MGF: Bugdom 2 3.0
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Bricks of Atlantis 1.0 Released
10:29 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Bricks of Atlantis is an underwater themed breakout game that was just released by MacJoy. MacJoy is a Swedish company that have made numerous Mac shareware titles in the past year such as Gold Miner Joe and Bricks of Camelot.

Bricks of Atlantis features:

• 10 themed level packs with 190 levels
• An exciting adventure though medieval environments
• A movie-like soundtrack
• Rich set of bricks, bonuses and special effects
• Separate high score list for each level pack
• 3 difficulty settings makes this game suit everyone
Bricks of Atlantis requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and an OpenGL video card.

Download the demo from MacGameFiles. The link is below.

MGF: Bricks of Atlantis
MacJoy: Bricks of Atlantis

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Mac HoMM V Website
10:11 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Heroes of Might and Magic has a long history on the Mac and a new web page has been created to embrace the upcoming release. The Mac Centric: Heroes of Might and Magic V page has history, latest news and future space that will be dedicated for people to contribute anything that is related to the game. Best of all, it all focuses on the Mac aspect of it.

To check out The Mac Centric, follow the link below.

The Mac Centric HoMM:V webpage
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Big Fish Games Interview
9:01 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Gamecloud posted an interview with casual game developer, Big Fish Games. Big Fish Games recently acquired FunPause, a developer of casual Mac games including Faires and Atlantis. The interview discusses the origens, development, market, and future of Big Fish Games and their casual game titles.

Gamecloud - What is Big Fish's process to design and develop one of their titles?

Ken Wells - Big Fish Studios looks for holes in the market. For example, we know that people like games where they need to find stuff. So, we took this concept and started working on Mystery Case Files. It originally started out as finding objects in rooms to solve a crime. However, we felt that it needed something extra. So as a twist, we integrated a puzzle aspect to the game to reveal the criminals which allowed a game within the game and allowed the user to break up their play while continuing to have fun.

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

Gamecloud: Big Fish Games Interview
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Blizzard Updates Starcraft
9:01 AM | Evan Holt | 5 comments

Blizzard updated both Starcraft and the expantion pack Starcraft:Brood War to version 1.13f to combat several bugs that contributed to game exploits.

Starcraft is a RTS where you must gather the resources you need to train and expand your forces and lead them to victory.

Blizzard: 1.13f patch
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WoW Reaches One Million Players In Europe
9:01 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Yesterday Blizzard Entertainment announced surpassing the one million customer mark in Europe for their overwhelmingly popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. This amount more than quadruples the previously estimated size of the entire MMOPRG market in Europe. Not surprisingly WoW also topped the sales charts for full priced PC games in Europe last year. All this in less than a year since it's February 2005 release.

"It is extremely rewarding to see so many European players enjoying World of Warcraft," said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment®. "The players have supported our belief in the European MMORPG market, and we thank them for helping us make World of Warcraft one of the most popular games in the world."
WoW's total audience has now grown to over 5.5 million players spanning the globe. For more information click the links below.

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Quake 4 Reviewed
9:01 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Game Industry recently posted a review of the PC version of Quake 4. Q4 is the latest in popular first person shooter franchise. This incarnation makes use of the Doom 3 engine to deliver polished graphics and follows the efforts of Corporal Matthew Kane and his fellows as they wage a desperate battle against the deadly Strogg. The game managed to earn a respectable 3.5 out 5 from Game Industry.

From the review:

Now six years after Quake III came out, the series finally receives a true sequel with Quake 4. However, the gameplay feels like it hasn’t evolved with the graphics. Quake 4 takes place right after the events of Quake II. Despite the death of the Makron, the Strogg forces haven’t backed down. That doesn’t stop the human forces, and the next wave of attacks are underway.
The Mac version, courtesy of Aspyr Media, should be available sometime in February. It can be pre-ordered from Macgamestore.

For the full review follow the link listed below.

Game Industry: Quake 4 Review
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Witness the Might of Custer
9:01 AM | Brad Custer | Comment on this story

Our pixel warlock Brad Custer has crafted another gaming-themed desktop for you to enjoy, this time celebrating the announcement of Heroes of Might and Magic V. Here's a snippet of what he had to say:

With the announcement a week ago that Heroes of Might and Magic V from Freeverse would be coming to the Mac, I've been receiving reminders that I've never ventured into this realm before here at my section. This week I correct that oversight. After researching this title, I must say I am looking forward to its release. This week's feature was created with the help of Ubisoft and my trusty cable modem.
Drop by Custer's Desktops to grab this latest creation.

Heroes of Might & Magic V
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 19, 2006

Apple Features Zoo Tycoon 210:17 AM
Chessmaster 9000 Beta Released8:07 AM
DROD Games For Mac OS X8:07 AM
New Heroes Of Might And Magic V Info8:07 AM
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