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A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.6 Released
7:37 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pyramid Design has released version 3.6 of A-OK! The Wings of Mercury, a realistic simulator of the Mercury spacecraft. The simulation features 3D graphics, fully functional control panels, and networked simulations. The latest update offers improved graphics and performance, as well as the introduction of a downloadable flight manual.

"We have been thrilled at the response from our customers," states
Joe Nastasi, president of Pyramid Design. "This release is part of
our long-term commitment to A-OK! The Wings of Mercury, which
includes not only improvements to the product, but making it easier
for dial-up customers to upgrade as well."
Here's a list of the improvements in 3.6:
- Improved high resolution Earth models
- Global cloud cover
- Sun rises and sets causing day and night lighting conditions
- All attitude control modes vastly improved in accuracy and performance
- Simplified joystick setup
- Periscope view more accurate
- In direct response to customer requests, the Flight Operations Manual
is now a PDF document that can be viewed and printed using Adobe
Acrobat Reader. The manual is available as a separate download in
addition to being included with the demo and full product.
While a demo is available for download from the Pyramid Design website, the company is now also offering the demo and upgrade on CD as a courtesy to dial up users. The CD costs $5.95.

The full version costs $49.95 and comes on a hybrid CD which includes both Mac OS X and Windows XP versions of the simulation as well as a bonus folder of historic Project Mercury documents.

Click on the links below for more information.

A-OK! The Wings of Mercury
Pyramid Design

Macgamestore: Acropolis Now Available As Universal Binary
2:44 PM | Tuncer Deniz

GameHouse's Acropolis is now available as a Universal Binary. In the game you travel across mythical lands and unearth stunning relics in this lexical adventure from the creators of Word Slinger. Link letters to find words hidden in the grid and glorious treasures will dazzle your eyes. Find long words and unleash electrifying power-ups to aid your quest. A word challenge of epic proportions, Acropolis is legendary fun for the entire family.

Acropolis is now available as a digital download game from for $19.99. A free demo is available on the page.

Macgamestore: Acropolis

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IMG Reviews Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga
12:48 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. The game combines the appeal of a collectible card game in the tradition of Magic: The Gathering with the strategic elements of a board game in a frighteningly addictive way. Despite a steep initial learning curve, Star Chamber delivers a uniquely satisfying strategy experience well worth checking out for any strategy or collectible card player.

To check out the full review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga
Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga

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Second Gadgetzan Times Hot Off The Presses
7:37 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released the second issue of the Gadgetzan Times, an "in character" newspaper covering the events, locations, and denizens of Azeroth. This issue features an interview with elder troll mage Marah, information on the Searing Gorge, and a history of magic.

From A Magical History of Azeroth:

Magic, at first, was practiced only by the night elves. However, after the Sundering, the night elf magi were exiled by the others after the magi refused to give up their spellcraft. The night elf magi set sail for the distant horizon and landed in Lordaeron. Forsaking their nocturnal culture, they turned from worship of Elune, the moon goddess, to veneration of the sun. From this point forward, they called themselves the 'high elves.' In Lordaeron, the exiles set up their kingdom called "Quel'Thalas." For long centuries, the high elves lived in Quel'Thalas and used their magic to keep the trolls at bay. It was not until after the humans had united under the Arathi nation and the trolls had all but destroyed the high elf kingdom that magic spread to the humans. The high elves agreed to teach magic to the humans in exchange for help against the trolls. The united human and high elf effort pushed the trolls back.
To read the whole issue click on the link below.

Gadgetzan Times Issue 2
Blizzard Entertainment
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Minions of Mirth Reviewed
7:37 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Minions of Mirth, Prairie Games' fantasy role playing game, was recently reviewed by Strategy Informer. The game offers both single and multiplayer gaming in a world populated by a large variety of races, classes, and monsters. Prairie Games own servers are open to gamers, as well as a growing number of fan made worlds. Strategy Informer gave Minions of Mirth an 8.7 out of 10.

There is also the ability to join forces with other players and form alliances. Alliances allow you to give things to other players and also to go on quests together, helping one another along the way. The chat system allows you to talk with just those local to you, or globally, or to your alliance, or just to one other person. There is also a decent range of actions that your avatar can perform such as waving and laughing.
There are a massive amount of creatures to fight, items to pick up, spells to learn and skills to gain. Much hard work and love has been put into this game and it really shows, in the story lines and in the detail. There did seem to be some occasional problems with server lag, but they were minimal, and fixed very quickly by the administrators, which made for a delightful experience.
To read the full review head over to Strategy Informer at the link below.

Strategy Informer: Minions of Mirth Review
Prairie Games
Minions of Mirth

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HoMM V: Inferno Heroes Previewed
7:37 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ubisoft's official site for the upcoming Heroes of Might and Magic V is offering more the fifth installment of its preview of heroes from the various game factions. This time the hellish forces of Inferno are given the demonic spotlight. A brief biography of each hero is offered, including Agrael, Veyer, Biara, and Erasial.

Arguably the most dangerous weapon in the Demon Sovereign's arsenal, Biara is a succubus of legendary skills. With ample natural gifts enhanced by almost masochistic self-discipline, her talents for seduction, assassination, and infiltration are unequaled in all of Sheogh. When the going gets tough, Kha-Beleth gleefully turns to Biara.

Erasialís promotion as the Sovereign's "go-fer" was due to two things: his innate indefatigability and the Sovereignís love for massacre. He is his masterís bloody entertainments manager, driving all manner of game and beings before Kha-Beleth to be slaughtered. The Sovereign knows that if there is a matter that must be handled quickly, there is no better fiend for it than the slavishly obedient and mindlessly brutal Erasial.

Nival Interactive is at work on finishing the PC version of HoMM V while Freeverse Software is laboring on the Mac version.

Click on the link below for more information.

HoMM V Website
Heroes of Might & Magic V
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, March 7, 2006

MacMinute News: Apple Announces Dates For WWDC 20061:02 PM
Barefeats Benchmarks the MacBook Pro12:49 PM
Loonyland 2.0 Zelda-type Game Released12:49 PM
Enigmo 2 Updated To 1.0.212:46 PM
Macgamestore Updates Buy 3 Games, Get Game Free Offer8:12 AM
Aspyr Ships C&C Generals Deluxe Edition7:08 AM
Chinese Players Threaten To Boycott World Of Warcraft7:08 AM
Creatures Village Reviewed7:08 AM
Heroes Of Might And Magic V Previewed7:08 AM
Permanent Death In Online Games7:08 AM
Worms 3D Updated to v1.0.17:08 AM
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