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Apple Notebooks Face Off In Games
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | 13 comments

Barefeats has posted 3D gaming and Core Image benchmarks for the new Macbooks and their previous incarnation, Powerbook and iBook. The Apple notebooks were tested on Quake 4, Doom 3, and UT 2004 games.

Overall in three of the four tests, the Macbook Pro was the winner, while the Macbook with integrated graphics lagged behind all Apple laptops including previous generation laptops in all three of its tests.

Sorry Apple, but the MacBook 13" is a "slouch" when it comes to 3D gaming and Tiger Core Image graphics. Even the iBook G4/1.42 with 32MB of VRAM beat it running Doom 3 and UT2004 Inferno Flyby. (We didn't test Quake 4 on the iBook since we no longer have one in the lab.)
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Barefeats: Apple Laptops Face Off
MacBook (13-inch)
PowerBook G4 1.33 GHz (15 inch)
iBook G4

Macgamestore: Crystal Cave Gold Now Available
2:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Crystal Cave Gold is now available as a digital download from for $19.95. A free demo is available for download on the web site.

Search long-lost treasures in pitch black caves, pyramids and dark tombs of ancient temples in this wonderfull puzzle game! Huge gemstones were sheltered from the sunshine for eons of time waiting for those who are brave. You as an intrepid tomb seeker must resolve puzzles of pharaohs, aztecs, fight kings and show courage in many adventures to get them all.

Crystal Cave is a supreme family-fun puzzle game. Collect all crystals from ancient lost tombs. Challenge your brain!

For more on Crystal Cave Gold, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Cyrstal Cave Gold

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Heroes V Review
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

Atomic Gamer has posted a review of the recently released Heroes of Might and Magic V. The review covers all the aspects in the game including graphics, combat, gameplay, and factions. Everything considered, Heroes received a solid rating of 80% of 100%.

In the end, Heroes V is a good, fun game with a few problems. The graphics are some of the best I’ve ever seen in a strategy game while the sounds are pretty forgettable. The combat in the game is a blast but can be too easy. The single-player game is fun but manages to end sooner than it should with no possibility for player created campaigns (yet). Multiplayer is also lacking – a play-by-email system would have been a huge help to the game. Still, though, it is a good game despite these problems and well worth a pickup, especially with the promise of a map editor down the road.
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

AtomicGamer: HOMM V Review
Heroes of Might & Magic V
Buy Heroes of Might & Magic V

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Flip or Flop Home Edition Review
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

GameDaily has posted a review of Flip or Flop Home Edition, one of many casual Mac games developed by Big Fish Games. In Flip or Flop Home Edition, gamers must buy, sell, and renovate homes in order to pay back taxes to the government. In this review, the game received four of a possible five stars.

The best part of Flip Flop Home Edition is the fact that when you do well and flip a house at a large profit, the game gets harder. Instead of only a few pictures to line up and clear, you are given more and more small ones, with less time to clear the board. I can not even begin to tell you what a challenge this is, and the harder levels definitely made me flop a few times. However, once you flop, the game resets itself to an easier level, so you have a chance to redeem yourself and work your way back up to the more difficult level.
Please click on the links below to learn more information.

GameDaily: Flip or Flop Home Edition Review
Flip or Flop Home Edition
Toybox Games

Applelinks: Mystic Inn
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

Applelinks has posted an overview of Mystic Inn, an arcade game from Big Fish Games. In Mystic Inn, gamers play as a hostess who is trying to break a spell by selling food and drinks to the ever growing number of customers.

At the beginning of each level, a party of customers will arrive at the hostess station. Daphne seats them. They order. She takes their order. Their order arrives at the bar. Daphne retrieves their order. She serves the customers. They leave. She retrieves their payment. Repeat.

Again, this doesn't sound like much, but as the number of customers and tables starts to grow, and as their orders (potions, defined by color) become more complex, and as the owl arrives for takeout orders, and as dragons come to steal the potions, things start to get quite frantic. You'll find yourself juggling multiple parties at once, queueing up your next steps as you try to stay on top of the impatient customers.

Please click on the links below to read the overview and to learn more informaiton.

Applelinks: Mystic Inn
Big Fish Games
Mystic Inn

A Visit To The Teddy Factory
7:56 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room recently posted a review of Teddy Factory, Toybox Games' colorful puzzle game. As factory workers players must assemble teddy bear parts as they move down a conveyor belt. To succeed they must keep up with the assembly line and meet customer requests for specific bear types. The Game Room gave Teddy Factor 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

As you make your bears, a robotic claw will pick up the completed teddies and drop them into boxes awaiting shipment. But you’ll also see kids on screen with specific requests—a green bear, for example, or a purple one, or a pink one—and it’s up to you to meet their needs in the time allotted. Do so, and you’ll be awarded extra points. Don’t do it, and it’ll be counted against you at the end of the round. The kids have short attention spans, alas—yellow highlights around their dialog bubbles (graphically showing you which bear they’ve requested) gradually dissipate —if they reach the end, then the child will walk away broken-hearted that the Teddy Factory wasn’t able to fill their order.

Managing to create enough bears in a short enough period of time and failing to disappoint any kids will increase your chances of early promotion and collecting additional awards between levels.

The assembly line doesn’t churn out an even amount of every bear, though, so sometimes you have to partly assemble one color bear while working on another. You must leave enough room on your assembly line so the bear parts don’t reach the end—if they do, it’s game over time.

Teddy Factory is available for purchase as a digital download at To read the rest of the review follow the link below.

Macworld's Game Room: Teddy Factory Review
Macgamestore: Teddy Factory
Toybox Games

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Quake 4 Reviewed
7:56 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Applelinks has posted a review of the action shooter, Quake 4. Quake 4 is the latest game from Raven Software, sequel to Quake II, and the the review praises the game for taking the best parts of a first person shooter and enhancing them for a solid gaming experience.

Quake 4 doesn't advance the first-person shooter in any way, but that's fine; I believe that part of the continuing popularity in first-person shooters is their familiarity—gamers can install them and start playing without reading a manual or bothering to learn new controls. What Quake 4 does do is take most of the important elements in games of this type and polish them all up to a nice shine. The game is simply well developed, and it plays as if the developers at Raven had gripes about other first-person shooters and set to create one that corrected them. I mean, if they created a bio-mutant zombie Nazi alien first-person shooter that I can enjoy, then I can only imagine what genre fans will think of it.
Please follow the links below to read the review and to learn more information.

Applelinks: Quake 4 Review
Aspyr Media
Quake 4
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Macgamestore: Brave Dwarves: Back for Treasures Available11:02 AM
Gamespot: Apple Entering Gaming Market?11:01 AM
Bang! Howdy Preview10:20 AM
Lux Memorial Fundraiser10:19 AM
IMG Posts Quake 4 Review (with video review)10:05 AM
Burning Crusade Preview8:20 AM
Heroes of Might and Magic V Reviewed8:20 AM
Jeremy Soule Interviewed8:20 AM
Kickin' Soccer Reviewed8:20 AM
MWC 2006 Begins8:20 AM
Neverwinter Nights Support Pulled by Atari8:20 AM
Open Fire! Released8:20 AM
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