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Friday, June 30, 2006

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Call of Duty 2 Demo Released
6:06 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 46 comments

Aspyr Media has released a demo of the WWII shooter, Call of Duty 2. The single-player demo features the mission The End of the Beginning, which takes place November 6, 1942, at El Daba, Egypt. As part of the British infantry, you are tasked with eliminating the German artillery crews at the docks.

The demo, which weighs in a 665 MB, is available for download through as an http and bittorrent download. IMG Pro users should log into their account on to download the demo off their exclusive download server.

For more, head over to

MGF: Call of Duty 2 Demo 1.0
Aspyr Media
Call of Duty 2
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Macgamestore: Nux and KrabbitWorld Labyrinth Now Available
6:56 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Nux and KrabbitWorld Labyrinth are now available as digital downloads through A free demo of each game can be downloaded from the web site.

KrabbitWorld Labyrinth is a fully 3D action/adventure game with RPG style buildable characters that appeals to the whole family, casual gamers as well as hard core gamers.

Nux is from the producers of the award- winning game Platypus. Amazing claymation graphics. Shoot, fly & explore on foot. You are NUX, sole survivor of the Nexon warrior tribe. The evil Silthax has invaded your homeworld of Nexolus, devoured your fellow Nexons and stolen the sacred power crystals from your village.

To check these Mac games out, follow the links below.

Macgamestore: Nux
Macgamestore: KrabbitWorld Labyrinth

Midnight Mansion Updated
2:34 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

ActionSoft today announced the release of Midnight Mansion 1.0.5, an update to its popular action/exploration game. Midnight Mansion 1.0.5 contains the following improvements:

• Made game run much better on Intel Macs when in full-screen mode. It now runs great on Intel Macs in any situation.
• Fixed the secret count for House of Baron Garneau Normal and Hard, and Castle Doom Hard so that it's possible to get a 100% secrets found rating when you beat it. Previously, one could only get 92%, 83%, or 94% respectively.
• Changed Mansion Sprites file so that tiles are self-masking, allowing mansion designers to have complete freedom in creating new custom tile graphics for their mansions.

Midnight Mansion is an action/exploration platformer with 32-bit graphics, spine-tingling sound effects, and professional quality music. As Jack Malone, you will explore eight huge mansions, each filled with traps, puzzles, and secrets, as you search for legendary treasure. Ride on conveyor belts, avoid zapper beams, and dodge monsters as you collect keys that give you access to new areas of each mansion. Non-violent gameplay allows the whole family to enjoy the game. Features include multiple user accounts, online high scores, suspend game, a level editor, and much more.

Midnight Mansion

Kitty Spangles Solitaire 2.2 Released
2:29 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Swoop Software has released Kitty Spangles Solitaire 2.2, a free update for registered players. New features include:

• Kitty now speaks French, Spanish, German, Italian and English.
• New animated Themes.
• Game-play improvements and scoring bug fixes.
• Improved sounds on Intel machines.
• Live window resizing.
The latest version is 8.9MB in size and can be downloaded directly from

MGF: Kitty Spangles Solitaire 2.2

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Freeverse Releases Legion Arena
2:03 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 11 comments

Freeverse today announced that the historical war game, Legion Arena, is now available for Mac as an electronic download. The boxed version will be available in stores in a few weeks.

Legion Arena was designed to maximize fun and minimize micro-management. The player can jump right in and start training legions to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. With a shallow learning-curve and deep strategy and tactics, Legion Arena is the ideal game for novice or experienced wargamers.

Legion Arena is a Role Playing Strategy game on a massive scale. Take control of a small band of warriors and train them to be the mightiest army in the world!

Buy equipment and choose from over 100 skills, personalize the appearance of your squads, earn experience and denari for your victories, Legion Arena takes the best elements of Role-Playing games and puts it in the context of an epic strategic struggle.

Play as either the Romans or the Gauls in over 100 scenarios and with over 20 unique units including Praetorians, Elephants, and Naked Fanatics. That's right, Naked Fanatics -- from France!

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse has said, "Legion Arena is an addictive strategy game with the best elements of RPG. I love leveling-up, picking new skills and gear and even choosing the the color of their armor... and then getting right back to the battle! Slitherine Software did an amazing job developing this game and we're proud to bring it to the Mac."

Legion Arena is Universal, running natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

System requirements include: MacOS X v10.3.9 or later. 1Ghz G4/G5/Intel or better, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB HD space, 32 MB VRAM. (Rage 128 not supported).

Legion Arena
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Mac Poker Expanding
1:20 PM | Anthony Wang | 1 comment

In a press release on eMediaWire, online poker companies are jostling for Mac gamers to play poker, which has led to quite a few poker games released for the Mac this past year. Some of these such as World Class Poker and Poker Academy Texas Holdem 2.5 can be bought through retail, while others are based soley online like Mac Online Poker.

Although online Mac poker games might have been tough to find a year ago, today there are many companies competing for the lucrative Mac market. This means there is a very good selection of Mac compatible poker games now available.

Websites such as specialize in finding the best Mac compatible online poker software. The website has links to every popular Macintosh poker game available, and even offers some other interesting Mac links such as blackjack and video poker games.

The Mac poker market is considered to be a late bloomer, mostly because of the unexpected speed of the online poker boom. Most online poker rooms were struggling to keep up with their Windows poker software, let alone launch a Mac compatible game. Nowadays the Mac market is almost fully saturated, with only a small number of online poker rooms not offering a Mac and iMac compatible game. Rumor has it that one of the biggest online rooms ever will be adding Mac compatible software soon, but that remains to be seen.

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

eMediaWire - Press Release
Poker Academy Pro
Mac Online Poker

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Heroes V Review
1:19 PM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

NY Times has posted a review of Heroes of Might and Magic V. Developed by Nival, HoMM V brings a fresh new look to the Heroes franchise with 3D graphics, enhanced combat system, and features that were popular in the previous Heroes games.

Nival Interactive's turn-based strategy game Heroes of Might and Magic V is the kettle-cooked sour-cream-and-onion potato chip of video games. It's not the best game ever made, but once you start playing, it becomes almost impossible to stop. As the hours glide by you might tell yourself you will stop just as soon as your troops cross a guarded bridge, occupy a castle or find a magical artifact, but by the time a task is completed, another, just as pressing, has arisen. Once you finally reach the end of a mission you might decide to just play a few minutes of the beginning of the next level to see what it's like, and then play another four hours.
Please click on the links below to read the review and to learn more information.

NY Times - HoMM V Review
Heroes of Might & Magic V
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A Look At Casual Mac Games
1:18 PM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Gamasutra has postmortems from the developers behind Luxor, Mahjong Quest, and Fish Tycoon, all casual games that have made it to the Mac. In each of the postmortems, the developers behind each game look back at the other influences behind the game, development, and finally release.

Fish Tycoon - Swimming To Victory!

Carla Humphrey, Executive Producer for developer Last Day of Work, shared her experience with the fish-breeding simulation game Fish Tycoon. After the success of their game title Plant Tycoon, a real-time plant breeding simulation, they came up with Fish Tycoon as a derivative. “People love to have fish in their computers,” Humphrey said. They were aiming for everyone, because at the time they weren’t aware of the casual games audience.

The team scheduled for 6 months, since Fish Tycoon was already created for PDA and taken up by Big Fish Games. “Nine months later we realized it was less of a porting project and more of a complete rewrite,” said Humphrey. They had team of five and really no budget. They funded the game with revenue from past handheld games...

Also, be sure to tryout Fish Tycoon before you buy at the Free webgames section at our MGS sister site. Please click on the links below to read the postmortems and to learn more information.

Gamasutra - A Look At Casual Mac Games
Mah Jong Quest
Fish Tycoon
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Buy Mah Jong Quest
Buy Fish Tycoon

Open Fire Featured
1:18 PM | Anthony Wang | 2 comments

In an ongoing weekly freeware download update, Gamespy posted the top down military shooter, Open Fire as this week's "Download This" feature. Developed by BlueTorch Studios and BlueGill Flame Game Studios, Open Fire is based on the Unity engine and and features integrated online scoring, Ageia physics, arcade gameplay, and much more.

How many words is that? Not enough, eh? Well, how about this? As you blow up the hardware, a timer counts down. It's up to you to score as many points as you can before the timer reaches zero. The game will then hit an online high-score server so you can see how you did.

More? Well...there's a nifty death-o-meter that goes up when you blow things up. Bury the needle and you get a bonus.

Okay...uh, it has software-driven Ageia physics? It looks really, really cool? The vehicles blow up when they crash into each other, so you have to hit 'em fast before they hit each other! You click a lot. I mean, a lot. On tanks. I did mention the tanks, didn't I? Is that enough? It is? Download it. It's free; what have you got to lose?

Please click on the links below to learn more information.

GameSpy - Open Fire
Blue Torch Studios
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Super Tile Sudoku Released
6:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sli-Fi Games recently announced the release of Super Tile Sodoku, their take on the popular number puzzle game. The game features more than 25,000 puzzles, three difficulty settings, a variety of themes, and more.

Super Tile Sudoku combines fresh, cool graphics and the interactivity of tile games, with over 25,000 brain-busting sudoku puzzles! It’s especially designed for all skill-levels; so whether you’re new to the game –or a total Sudoku junkie, this title will surely hit the spot.
Super Tile Sudoku is available for download at, and can be purchased from for $19.95.

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Custer Takes Control
6:09 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Our resident desktop artist brings another new creation this week. Titled "Campaign," this desktop features the Legion Arena, a strategy game for the Mac from Freeverse Software.

Here's a clip from Brad Custer on his latest desktop:

At the beginning of the month we announced Legion Arena from Freeverse was near gold master and my inbox has been busting at the seams since then. I always strive to honor all your requests so this week we time travel back to Roman times. I was able to make this week's wallpaper with the help of Freeverse and based it on the great cover art for the box.
As always, those interested in downloading his creations can find them at Custer's Desktops.

IMG: Custer's Desktops

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UT 2004 Map Installer Now Universal
6:07 AM | Evan Holt | 1 comment

Resteware has updated their map installer UT2004Grabber and sync utility UT2004Sync for Unreal Tournament 2004 to Universal Binary.

When you play Unreal Tournament 2004 on servers where you have to download a map to your computer, Unreal Tournament stores them in a 'cache' folder. As you download new maps, older cached maps are deleted. Using UT2004Grabber you can now add the temporary items such as maps, textures, static meshes, music, sounds to your permanent list so that you will not have to download them in the future.

Resteware has also released an update to their handy sync tool called UT2004Sync which allows you to sync your current maps with others on the network. This is handy for LAN games, where you want to make sure that everyone has the same set of maps before you start to play.

Both UT2004Grabber and UT2004Sync are universal binaries and are free to download from Resteware's web site using the link below.

Resteware: UT2004Grabber & Sync
Digital Extremes
Epic Games
Unreal Tournament 2004
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Darwinia Examined
6:07 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Next Level Gaming recently examined the PC version of Introversion Software's Darwinia. The unique strategy games gives players the task of saving the Darwinians from the invading Viral hordes. Next Level gave Darwinia a score of 78%

From the review:

Almost everything about the graphics in this game reminds me of the movie Tron.  The environments, the art style, but most of all the Engineers in the game are right from Tron.  That being said, the graphics are not going to win any awards for realism, but they are definitely a nice brake from every other games art style, in fact I would say that other than my example of Tron I can think of no other game or movie that has used this style of art.  The Darwinians will remind you of stick figures hobbling around in a 3D world drawn with green, brown and blue triangles.  Your other units, like your Squads and Engineers, though they are more graphically impressive are still simple geometric shapes.  In the end, I have to give this game some credit for their creativity with their art, if not the breathtaking polygon count. 

Graphics are not what make a game fun, and this is one of those titles that prove this.  The graphics in the game are not breathtaking, but the game is a heck of a lot of fun to play.  The game itself is not that challenging and will not leave you banging your head against the wall from hours of repeating the same jump or level over and over again.  This is one of those games that you can play through without loosing once.  Darwinia is a great game to pick up and play for 20 or 30 minutes here and there, but you will probably not loose yourself in the world for hours on end.  This means it is a great game for the causal gamer or for the hardcore gamer to slip between some of their heavier titles.

The Mac version of Darwinia is available from Ambrosia Software. To read the rest of the review click on the link below.

Next Level Gaming: Darwinia Review
Ambrosia Software
Introversion Software

Mac Games News for Thursday, June 29, 2006

IMG Posts Boot Camp: Installation and Implications Feature11:55 AM
Macgamestore: Civilization IV Ships8:32 AM
Minor World of WarCraft Patch Released8:22 AM
Aspyr Posts June Newsletter7:31 AM
Cold War Goes Gold7:31 AM
Heroes of Might and Magic V Reviewed7:31 AM
WoW: Character Transfer Service Now Available7:31 AM
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