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Friday, March 17, 2006

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DropTeam Multiplayer Test Ready
8:27 AM | Andy Largent | 5 comments

Battlefront has announced DropTeam, the "real-time, tactical simulation of armored ground combat," is now available for download. This early version is considered a multiplayer test, and it supports Mac, Windows and Linux.

Gamers might remember Battlefront as the creators of the popular war strategy series, Combat Mission. DropTeam takes the things they learned and applies them in a futuristic setting. The demo takes Mac OS X 10.4.5 and a 1.2GHz processor to run.

Other restrictions of the demo follow:

The purpose of this release is to test DropTeam's network functionality with a large number of players. Anyone can play for free in order to help us test DropTeam but this build has the following important restrictions:

1. Single player is disabled. You can only play network games with this release. The full version of the game includes single player skirmish games and a single player campaign.

2. This release only allows you to play 2 scenarios. The full version of the game includes 21 scenarios with more available for free download after release.

3. This is a test release, which means the game isn't finished yet. It definitely still has bugs. We greatly appreciate your help in finding and fixing them all!

For more information, check out the Battlefront site, and head over to Macgamefiles now to download the multiplayer test for Mac OS X.
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Macgamestore: 3 New Mac Games Available
3:22 PM | Tuncer Deniz has three new digital download game available including Word Slinger, Bounce Out Blitz, and Shape Shifter. Each are available for $19.99.

Word Slinger - Word Slinger combines elements of Scrabble with a crossword-style puzzle to form an unforgettable and addictive gaming experience. Try your word wielding hand at two exciting modes: Speed and Strategy. Don't let the list of words reach the top in Speed mode. Take your time to plan each move in Strategy mode.

Word Slinger - It's a Blitz! Bounce into some frenzied fun with Swapper, kick back and puzzle over Strategy, and for a little twist slip into Slider. With three unique challenging game modes there's something for everyone.

Shape Shifter - Shape Shifter beckons you to a delightful convergence of action, intrigue and fun. Drag shapes into matching shape cutouts. Clear the screen before time runs out. Enjoy beautiful hand rendered illustrations, two enticing game modes, and fun that just won't quit!

Macgamestore: Word Slinger
Macgamestore; Bounce Out Blitz
Macgamestore: Shape Shifter

Apple Updates Hot Deals
3:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz

CDW Mac Warehouse has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; Corel Paint Shop Pro X with free digital camera kit for only $94.99; Konica Minolta 2400W Color Laser Printer for only $399.99!; Sony 5GB Micro Vault Pro USB 2.0 external hard drive for only $169.99; Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium edition upgrade for only $579.00; Hewlett Parkard DeskJet 5740 Color Inkjet Photo Printer for only $89.00; and much more.

CompUSA has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; Viewsonic VA912b 19" LCD Monitor for only $349.99 after $30 mail-in rebate!; Epson Stylus Photo All-in-one inkjet printer for only $199.99 after $100.00 mail-in rebate!; work big with the Infocus X2 dual-duty digital projector for work or entertainment for only $749.99 after $50 mail-in rebate!; Epson P-2000 40GB digital media player for only $449.99 after $50 mail-in rebate!; Store-It 60GB USB 2.0 external hard drive from Pexagon Technology for only $139.99 after $30 mail-in rebate!; and more.

Publishing Perfection has deals on a wide variety of Mac compatible products including; Color Efex Pro! 2 Standard edition. Get 19-filters for a wide variety of photographic styles and enhancements from from Nik Multimedia for only $95.95!; put the power of Hollywood-style green and blue screen compositing on your desktop with Cinematte plug-ins for Photoshop for only $189.99!; for web design with the ease of desktop publishing get Freeway 4 Pro from SoftPress for only $278.95!; need to learn QuarkXPress in a hurry? Get Learning QuarkXPress 6, a movie-based workshop for beginning QuarkXPress users, from,  for only $99.95!; Nikon's Coolpix S4 6.0 megapixel digital camera for only $399.95!; and more.

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Enigmo 2 1.0.3 Update
8:27 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Enigmo 2 was updated to version 1.0.3 by Pangea which fixes a a minor and rare error message that would appear during startup. It also added a video config dialog option for doing a VBL sync.

Enigmo 2 is a 3D puzzle game where you construct mechanisms to direct lasers, plasma, and water to toggle switches, deactivate force-fields, and eventually get them to their final destination. It was rated 7.75/10 recently in a review by Inside Mac Games.

Enigmo 2 requires:
• 800mhz G4 or any Intel iMac (will not run on G3 processors!).
• 256MB RAM & 32MB VRAM
• MacOS 10.3.9 or later
• Quicktime 7
• OpenAL
• Mac OS 10.3.9 or later.

Download the update from MacGameFiles using the link below.

MGF: Enigmo 2 1.0.3 Update
IMG: Enigmo 2 Review
Pangea Software
Enigmo 2
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Firaxis Announces New PC Titles, First Civ IV Expansion
8:27 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Yesterday Firaxis Games announced three new PC game titles including Civilization IV: Warlords, the first expansion pack for the popular turn based strategy game. The expansion introduces six new scenarios which focus on some of history's greatest military leaders. Players will have the chance to change history with the help of new powerful "warlord" units.

Since its October 2005 release, Sid Meier's Civilization IV has sold over a million units worldwide and was named both PC and Strategy Game of the Year by GameSpot. The expansion pack is loaded with new civilizations, new leaders and more units, resources and wonders that can be used in both single and multiplayer games.
Also announced was a return to the Railroad Tycoon franchise with Sid Meier's Railroads! which puts players on track to building their own railroad empire. The game will feature a variety of scenarios offering the chance to handle all aspects of the rail business, as well as the opportunity to go head to head with other humans online or over a LAN.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this game back home," said Sid Meier, Director of Creative Development for Firaxis Games. "Railroads is near and dear to our hearts and we're looking forward to delivering the endlessly fun gameplay experience fans of our games have come to expect."
The final announced title is CivCity: Rome, a new city building strategy game inspired by the Civilization series. Developed by Firefly Studios, in collaboration with Firaxis, CC:R will allow players to attempt to recreate the glory of the Roman empire by transforming a small settlement into a mighty imperial city. Promising "the most detailed look at Roman life ever depicted on a computer screen," the game will offer hundreds of different building types to construct.
"We're very excited to be teaming up with the talented folks at Firefly," said Steve Martin, President of Firaxis Games. "The teams at Firefly and Firaxis have worked hard to ensure that CivCity: Rome has the same depth and quality that gamers have come to expect from a Firaxis title."

"Firefly has a long history with the city building genre," added Simon Bradbury, Director at Firefly Studios. "CivCity: Rome is our latest take on the theme, and with the influence of Civilization, it's certain to be the best yet."
Civilization IV for the Mac should be available soon from Aspyr Media. There is no word yet on the possibility of Civ IV: Warlords, Sid Meier's Railroads!, or CivCity: Rome also making their way to the Mac. Keep an eye on IMG for more information as it becomes available.

Civilization IV
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Minions of Mirth Q&A Part 2
8:27 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

RPG Vault has posted the second part of an interview with Josh Ritter of Prairie Games about the company's RPG, Minions of Mirth. The game is a unique combination of single player adventuring and massively multiplayer online gaming. The interview delves into the game's features, including discussion of items, guilds, and quests

Jonric: What are the key features and elements of the quest system? Are there many of them, how are they obtained, and what kinds of rewards do they offer?

Josh Ritter: All of the game's quests are scripted by hand, and many of them have multiple stages. The two main quests take you from level 1 to 50 and span the game's zones. There are numerous other class-based and optional side quests. Quest rewards are varied and meaningful, including presence, skills, spells, equipment, and monster templates.

Quests are generally acquired from NPCs. There are also "interactive objects" in the game, which may have quests attached to them, such as an obelisk or coffin. The game features a quest journal and critical quest locations are marked on your 3D world map.
The full interview can be found at the RPG Vault site listed below.

RPG Vault: Minions of Mirth Interview Part 2
Prairie Games
Minions of Mirth

Custer Gets Burning
8:27 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

This week's desktop, courtesy as always of IMG's own Brad Custer, focuses on the upcoming expansion pack World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade from Blizzard Entertainment which has been greatly anticipated by many in the Mac gaming community.

Here's what Brad had to say:

Since the announcement of the expansion pack World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade from Blizzard Entertainment my inbox has been flooded with emails for eye candy from the upcoming title. Of course I suffer from the need to honor all requests so this week i return the realm you all love so much. I decided to create a desktop based on the new horde race - blood elves. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Blizzard Entertainment.
Custer's latest is available in a variety of sizes at Custer's Desktops.

IMG: Custer's Desktops

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MacWorld Reviews Enigmo 2
8:27 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Peter Cohen from MacWorld has posted a review for Enigmo 2.

Enigmo 2 looks beautiful. The particle effects for plasma are especially eye-catching. And all of the puzzles are colorful and richly detailed against the majestic backdrop of outer space (often orbiting around a planet or star). The sound effects and music are also well matched to the game. The soundtrack is a bit new-age—not my favorite genre—but well suited to the contemplative mood of the puzzles and the ethereal background.
Enigmo 2 is a 3D puzzle game where you construct mechanisms to direct lasers, plasma, and water to toggle switches, deactivate force-fields, and eventually get them to their final destination. It was rated 7.75/10 recently in a review by Inside Mac Games.

Enigmo 2 requires:
• 800mhz G4 or any Intel iMac (will not run on G3 processors!).
• 256MB RAM & 32MB VRAM
• MacOS 10.3.9 or later
• Quicktime 7
• OpenAL
• Mac OS 10.3.9 or later.

You can read the full review using the link below.

Pangea Software
Enigmo 2
MacWorld: Enigmo 2 Review
Buy Enigmo 2

Mac Games News for Thursday, March 16, 2006

MacGames DVD 6 Begins Shipping11:56 AM
IMG Posts The Movies First Look Preview11:50 AM
Barefeats MacBook Pro Benchmarks Updated9:56 AM
Shadowbane Now Free9:55 AM
Toybox Games Updates Titles7:35 AM
Black & White 2 Expansion Announced For PC7:33 AM
Legion Arena Reviewed7:33 AM
Windows XP Boots On Intel Mac7:33 AM
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