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Pangea Arcade Released
8:38 AM | IMG News | 9 comments

As promised earlier in the week, Pangea has today released their latest title for Mac OS X, Pangea Arcade. This assembly of three classic game titles includes Nucleus, Warheads, and Firefall, all updated with impressive graphic effects and sounds and even the use of 3D-glasses.

Here's a description of the three games:

Nucleus is a space-based game where your goal is to build atoms by collecting electrons and attaching them to the interstellar nuclei. Accomplishing this task involves navigating around space debris, comet fields, black holes, etc. Warheads is a game where your mission is to protect your nuclear reactors and power stations from incoming missile bombardments. Firefall is a more abstract arcade game where you shoot through barriers and falling objects to take out the advancing worms.
A demo is available now, with the full game ready for purchase at the $20 price point.

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Dominions 3 Shipping
11:58 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Today Shrapnel Games announced the Dominions 3: The Awakening is shipping for Mac OS X. This latest in the series of fantasy turn-based strategy games contains an improved interface, multiplayer modes, and an immense number of units, items and spells.

Here's more from the press release:

Dominions 3: The Awakening is the next installment in the best-kept secret of strategy fantasy gaming on your computer. Turn-based in nature, the general theme is one easily identifiable to gamers: conquer your opponents in a fantasy world spanning three Ages and encompassing fifty playable nations. Where Dominions 3 veers away from the conventional is in the sheer amount of gameplay.

Most games leave you wanting more. More units, more spells, more whatever. There's a reason modding is so popular. With Dominions 3 you may still want to mod, but no one is going to say they've been left with too little. Just within the basic, unmodded game, you get over 1500 combat units, 600 spells, and 300 magic items. Basically imagine taking a shelf of D&D books and cramming them into a computer game. Whatever your play style, whatever your taste, you'll find it in Dominions 3.

Head over to the Shrapnel site for much more information and watch for a demo to be released soon.

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Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Armchair General recently reviewed the PC version of Civilization IV: Warlords, the first expansion for the popular world building strategy title. As well as adding new playable nations and scenarios, the game also introduces Warlord units for the first time. Armchair General gave Civ IV: Warlords a score of 85%

From the review:

Where this expansion really earns its keep is in its scenarios.  While the sandbox mode and multiplayer seem to be gamer favorites, Warlords does offer enough range in its new scenarios—from Chinese unification to the campaigns of Alexander and Ghengis Khan to the Rise of Rome to a few more baroque selections like Omens, a supernaturally themed riff on New World colonization—to remind us of just how much there is to the game beyond the obvious.  The most fun scenario of all may be the Barbarians mod, which allows the player to finally take charge of those lovable miscreants and wreak havoc on the civilized world.  Most of Warlord’s scenarios have modified tech trees and new units, and a number, to my surprise, feel like entirely new games.  Here Firaxis proves what it claimed when vanilla Civ 4 came out, that the game’s easily mod-able nature meant almost limitless possibilities.
Aspyr Media is hard at work on the Mac version of Civilization IV: Warlords. Follow the link below to read the rest of the review.

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Burning Crusade Preview
8:38 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new preview of Blizzard Entertainment's The Burning Crusade is available from The first expansion to the very successful World of Warcraft will include a higher level cap, new playable races, and host of other features. bit-tech found Crusade to be a promising addition to the WoW universe.

The other area of WoW that has undergone some drastic changes is dungeon gameplay. The huge new dungeons looked awesome and have been modelled on what Blizzard calls a ‘winged design’. What this means is that the dungeon will be separated into different areas meaning that, rather than ploughing through fights you aren’t necessarily interested in, you can go straight to the area you want/need to be in. Hopefully, this will make the game more interesting, less annoying and make quests and dungeon sessions far more efficient all round.

Not satisfied with that level of tinkering Blizzard has also taken note of the community. Raiding parties will have their maximum size capped at 25 (it was 40) in the new dungeons. The reasons behind this are multiple; firstly Blizzard wants to enhance group gameplay which it believes was hindered by the massive raiding party sizes. It claims that many guilds simply couldn’t get the numbers to take part in the raids keeping them in a constant state of recruitment. However, don’t fear if you’re one of the few who does have 39 other level 60+ buddies, Blizzard has said that the old dungeons will remain at the same size.

Check out the rest of the preview at the link below.

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Custer Heads For The Front Line
8:38 AM | Brad Custer | 1 comment

"Front Line", this week's desktop returns to MacSoft's upcoming title: Age of Empires III, which will be the dawn of a new age for Macintosh users in a new generation of the greatest real-time strategy games ever created.

Here's a clip from Brad on his latest:

I had an unique experience this weekend when visiting my local Apple store - a fan of our site recognized me while I was shopping. After a nice conversation he really expressed an interest in this title and how he'd love to see another desktop from it. So, this week we're going to return to Age of Empires III from MacSoft. I was able to make this feature with the help of Ensemble Studios.
As always, those interested in downloading his creations can find them at Custer's Desktops.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 28, 2006

IMG Posts Hands On with the Halo Universal Binary2:18 PM
Unity Updated to v1.5.112:59 PM
Football Manager 2007 Goes Gold8:40 AM
Firefall Released as Freeware8:24 AM
Will iTV Bring Apple Into Console Gaming?8:24 AM
Aspyr Announces The Sims 2: Pets8:23 AM
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