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Civilization IV Demo Released
11:25 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 15 comments

Yesterday afternoon, Aspyr Media released a demo of Civilization IV, the best-selling strategy game created by Sid Meier. The demo offers a tutorial and allows you the opportunity to play up to 100 turns of the full game. The demo, which weighs in at 451.6 MB can be downloaded from our sister site,

With Sid Meier's Civilization IV, history as you know it, is history. Rule throughout time and create your own legacy as you guide your civilization from the dawn of man through the space age and beyond. Implement new technologies,conduct diplomacy or wage war to grow your society and become the most powerful leader the world has ever known.

The demo can be downloaded via either Bittorrent or regular http using a browser. IMG Pro users are encouraged to log into your IMG Pro account on to download it off your exclusive download server.

Head over to MGF for more on the Civilization IV demo.

MGF: Civilization IV Demo
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Macgamestore: Pre-Order World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade
3:37 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments has begun to take pre-orders for World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, the expansion pack to World of Warcraft. Scheduled to ship in December, the expansion pack is available for pre-order for $39.99.

everal years have passed since the Burning Legion's defeat at Mount Hyjal and the races of Azeroth have continued to rebuild their once shattered lives. With renewed strength, the heroes of the Horde and Alliance have begun to explore new lands and broken through the Dark Portal to investigate the realms beyond the known world. Will these heroes find friends or foes? What dangers and rewards lie in wait beyond the Dark Portal? And what will they do when they discover that the demons they thought vanquished have returned to renew their terrible Burning Crusade? World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is the exciting new expansion to Blizzard's award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It expands the game by tremendous bounds, adding new races, lands, Battlegrounds, professions and items, and more.

To pre-order World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Pre-Order World of Warcaft: Burning Crusade

IMG Reviews Dylo's Adventure
3:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Dylo's Adventure. Here's a clip from the review:

Jumping is the aspect of this game that breaks it all into a bunch of little tiny pieces, and if it has that affect on a seasoned gaming veteran, I canít imagine how it will go over with a young gamer. Dyloís jump height and distance is variable. Itís not variable by how hard or how long you press on your keyboard button or anything of that nature. Itís variable based on how quickly he was moving before the jump. However, thereís no run button in Dyloís Adventure. Dylo speeds up as he moves, which means that the strength of Dyloís jump is based more or less on how far he was moving just prior to the jump.
To check out the entire review, follow the link below.

IMG Review: Dylo's Adventure

Pocket Gamer Launches iPod Games Section
11:25 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In honor of Apple's recent release of several iPod games Pocket Gamer has launched a dedicated iPod section. To kick off the new section PG released four reviews and a guide to installing the games for those who are having difficulties. More reviews and iPod gaming news will be coming to the new section in the future.

From the reviews:

Zuma (9 out of 10):
It's all these features together that make Zuma a superb puzzle game, as you'll quickly graduate to the level where you're lining up combos and scanning the screen for coins and power-up balls to send your score rocketing. There's also plenty of depth, with more than a dozen levels to work through.

Texas Hold'em (8 out of 10):
We'll be honest, if you're a real poker buff this game will be more interesting for its novelty value on iPod than to provide a real challenge. But for those of us who are more casual poker players, Texas Hold'em is great fun, getting progressively more difficult as you move from tournament to tournament.

Mini Golf (8 out 10):
It's a slick, accessible game that shows off the iPod's capabilities as a gaming device. Part of this is down to its simplicity. You aim your shot using the scroll wheel, which works well, and then press your iPod's Select button to bring up a power bar, before pressing it again to hit your shot.

Pac-Man (6 out of 10):
Namco hasn't tried to jazz Pac-Man up for the iPod age, which will come as a relief to fans. We've got nothing bad to say about the accuracy of the conversion, particularly as it includes all 256 levels from the original. The problem is the controls. Pac-Man's need for sharp four-way movement just doesn't suit the iPod's scroll-wheel.

To check out the Pocket Gamer site and read the rest of the reviews click on the links below.

Pocket Gamer iPod Section
Pocket Gamer: Zuma Review
Pocket Gamer: Pac-Man Review
Pocket Gamer: Mini Golf Review
Pocket Gamer: Texas Hold'em Review
Pocket Gamer: iPod Games How-to

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Redline Reviewed
11:25 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

MacOSXHints has posted a review of Ambrosia Software's recently released Redline. The racing game features six tracks, thirteen standard vehicles, and a chance to compete against others online in a mad dash to the finish line. MacOSXHints gave Redline a winning score of 9 out of 10.

From the review:

Offering many modes, including racing, time trials, online play, and challenge mode, Redline Racing has something for nearly any fan of racing games. Though I've got many hours of gameplay in the books now, I've barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer. Why? Because I've been spending all my game time on the ridiculously addictive Challenges section. There are 12 challenges in all, over varying types of track and in different vehicles. The idea is simply to complete the challenge in the shortest-possible time.

The challenges range from the seemingly simple (accelerate-and-stop as quickly as possible) to the frustratingly tricky (I've ground-looped the Downhill Corners challenge more times than I care to count). Since the challenges are all short in duration, it's easy to pop into the game and run through a couple trials with only a few minutes spent. For me, the fun lies in trying to constantly improve on my best time, figuring out the secrets to each vehicle's handling. For each challenge, you earn gold, silver, or bronze medals depending on your results. When you earn gold in certain challenges, you unlock additional vehicles. Complete all 12 challenges with gold medals, and you earn an extra-special vehicle -- one with which you can post some truly impressive lap times.

To check out the full review click on the link below.

MacOSXHints: Redline Review
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Mac Games News for Monday, September 25, 2006

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