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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Games That Run Under "Rosetta" on Intel Macs
8:18 AM | Anthony Wang | 6 comments

The troubleshooting solutions website, MacFixIt has compiled reader e-mails confirming a list of games that run on Rosetta, the virtual transition program for Intel Macs. While many Mac game companies are committed to transitioning recently released games to "Universal Binaries" compatible with Intel Macs, Rosetta will likely be a requirement for early adopters of the hardware.

A few readers have reported that the Sims 2 outputs no sound when run under Rosetta.

Other games' status are as follows:

Doom3 - Works in 640X480 and 800X600 Slightly jerky
Homeworld 2 - Works
Nanosaur 2 - Works
Warcraft III Reign of Chaos - Works
Warcraft III - Frozen Throne - Works

Please follow the link links below to learn more information.

MacFixIt: Intel-Based Macs Compatibility

Elythril: The Elf Treasure Released
8:18 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Absolutist a shareware developer has released Elythril: The Elf Treasure 1.0 for Mac. This game has 80 levels of puzzles where you have to match three or more pieces around an area to colour it. The goal is to make the entire playing field coloured.

You can download the 142MB demo from MacGameFiles which lets you play for 60 minutes. There is also a trailer on Absolutist's web site. The full version costs $19.99 U.S.

MGF: Elythril - The Elf Treasure
Absolutist: Elythril - The Elf Treasure

Tumblebugs Reviewed
8:18 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of Gamehouse's Tumblebugs, an arcade puzzle game in which players must match colored balls to slow their progress along a winding track. The game follows the adventures of tumble as he attempts to free his comrades from slavery at the hands of the Black Bug Empire. The Game Room gave Tumblebugs 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Although the basic gameplay won’t offer a lot of surprises for fans of the genre, there are some pleasant embellishments here. For example, a special Lob power-up let you use ballistic bugs to lob your shots over rows so you can match colors further away in the queue. In some levels you can even jump between multiple platforms to take shots from different angles—a fun variation that I haven’t seen before.

As you clear each level, Tumble progresses to another area of the backyard. Every few levels culminates in a bonus level, which lets you rack up additional points by completing tasks such as making all the bugs on the screen disappear within a time limit.

Check out the full review at the Game Room site listed below.

Macworld Game Room: Tumblebugs Review
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Creating Healthy Kids Through Gaming
8:18 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

On Tuesday VenderNation announced that NoteNiks will ship on January 27. The package of eight mini-games is designed to teach concepts of healthy eating and exercise to children from the ages of 3 to 8. Reviewed and approved by nutritionists, educators, and parents, NoteNiks forcuses on teaching children to distinguish healthy food from unhealthy food, to identify exercise activities, to select healthy snacks and drinks, and to use that knowledge to establish healthy habits.

Here are descriptions of some of the mini games included on the NoteNiks CD:

Pick Your Fruits & Veggies
This game introduces children to a variety of fruits and vegetables. It visually distinguishes fruits or vegetables from other foods.

Fruit Hunt
Using the arrow keys, children sharpen their fine motor skills while moving Cory around the Fruit Hunt maze.

NoteNiks Market
The supermarket sets the stage for good food choices. Children are asked to distinguish healthy foods...

Activity Alley
Children are asked to identify items needed to grow a vegetable garden, ride a bike, go skateboarding...

NoteNiks is priced at $30. For more information follow the links below.


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iConquer Updated to 2.3.5
8:18 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Kavasoft has updated iConquer to version 2.3.5 to improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3.9.

iConquer, a RISK-type game of world conquest, was recently released as a Universal Binary. You can play the computer, friends across a network, or across the internet. The latest version, or a 10-game demo can be downloaded from Kavasoft's web page.

iConquer costs $14.99 U.S.


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IMG Posts New Fear and Loathing Video
8:18 AM | Blake Buck | 6 comments

Today IMG posted a new video for our 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:

We give you the real inside scoop on the Steve Jobs Keynote speech. You'll get to experience it firsthand: the early morning wake-up, the standing in line, and the last minute predictions. And if you get lucky, you might even get to see the IMG guys test drive the new iPod prototype...
To view the video, visit the feature by clicking the link below.

Fear and Loathing in San Fransisco Feature

Mac Games News for Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Macgamestore: Crazy Machines, BreakQuest Now Available1:55 PM
IMG Interviews David Rosen1:39 PM
Three UT2004 Mod Postmortems11:26 AM
Caravel Games Releases DROD: Perfection9:13 AM
USB Overdrive For Intel Macs Released9:08 AM
Are Cinematics Ruining Games?8:27 AM
Bannister Seeks Intel Testers8:27 AM
Heroes Of Might And Magic V Previews8:27 AM
New HoMM V Screenshot8:27 AM
The Sims 3 In Development For PC8:27 AM
Ticket to Ride on OS X8:27 AM
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