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Eschalon: Book 1 Update
8:33 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Basilisk Games has offered an update on the status of Eschalon: Book 1, their upcoming fantasy role playing game. The company is currently working on Eschalon's game content and balancing. The finished product will feature turn based combat, a non-linear story, and a versatile character creation system.

Our most recent milestone was getting the demo portion of the game finished in time for the IGF submission deadline (September 8th). Since then we’ve been working on:

* Spell system balancing...after lots of testing, a few spells were deemed “redundant” next to other spells and skills, so both realms of magic got an extensive review. Several spells were added, others removed. The new spell list is more useful now.

* Skill balancing...Hide in Shadow, Move Silently, Meditation and Survival were all improved or adjusted based on mid-to-high leveled character testing.

* We improved the blast function which handles the scattering of elements and the concussion radius of explosions. This affects any spell, item or trap that produces an explosion or requires an area or scattering effect.

* Further code optimizations done to improve load times and performance.

No official release date for Eschalon: Book 1 has been announced. For more information click the links below.

Eschalon: Book 1
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Eschalon: Book I
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BlockHead Clash Released
12:20 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Out of The Box Software has released BlockHeads Clash for the Macintosh, a shareware game where you can gather up to 4 friends and play this head-smashing action-filled arcade game.

Here's more from the press release:

Venture to a strange place inside cartoon labyrinths where the only weapon is your head - literally. Using your foursquare noggin, you can send foes tumbling or even break the very ground beneath them. But you must be wary of the labyrinth's deadly hazards and obstacles. There's also enemies whose right-angled noggins are bigger and deadlier than yours. It's the place where BlockHeads Clash.

BlockHeads Clash features multiplayer co-op play and battle modes. Gather your friends and family around the keyboard and have hours of head smashing fun. Take control of a BlockHead and run full speed at your enemies, friends, and inanimate objects. No helmet required!

Chris Evans of Outside The Box Software let us know that the demo is being made exclusively for Mac users at this time. "The Mac community has been very supportive of Indie shareware, so I just wanted to give a nod to the community by giving them first dibs on our demo", said Evans.

To check BlockHeads Clash, head over to to download the demo.

BlockHears Clash 1.0
Outside The Box Software

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Armado To Support OS 9
8:33 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Tricky Software recently updated the list of supported operating systems for its upcoming action platformer Armado. As well as supporting Windows and OS X, the game will now also run on OS 9 machines. Armado follows the adventures of a young armadillo on a challenging adventure.

Armado is a young armadillo who becomes an unsuspecting hero in an adventure that takes him from the sunny woodlands to snowy peaks, all the way to the firery volcanic mountains. As he makes his way up treacherous hills he'll have to be quick and think fast on his feet. Of course no adventure is complete without a host of obstacles and enemies, and he'll have plenty of those along the way.
Check out the links below to learn more about the game.

Macworld: Armado Adds OS 9 Support

Cubis 2 For iPod Reviewed
8:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pocket Gamer has released another iPod game review, this time examining Cubis 2. The puzzle game tasks players with creating chains of three or more cubes of the same color to score points. Pocket Gamer gave Cubis 2 a score of 7 out of 10.

From the review:

If we have a criticism of Cubis 2, it's that while the basic gameplay is fairly understandable – move left and right, and shoot – the complexity provided by all these different cubes and their effects is a bit too mind-bending. It's the sort of game you play, and enjoy, but for a long time don't know completely what you're doing, or why it's scoring you lots or little points.

The flipside of that is that it'll take a while to master, providing some lastability. There are four game modes to complete too. Arcade gets you to clear a certain number of cubes on each level before the time runs out, while Puzzle involves clearing a certain number of Star Cubes (yes, another different type of cube). Morph-Fun Arcade and Morph-Fun Puzzle are the same, except with Ghost Cubes that jump around the board to liven things up.

The full review can be found by clicking on the link below.

Pocket Gamer: Cubis 2 Review
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Civilization IV Examined
8:33 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently posted a review of Civilization IV, the latest in the popular world building strategy series. This incarnation of Civilization adds 3D graphics, religion, and a variety of other upgrades to the signature formula. Applelinks gave Civilization IV a perfect score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:

Yes, religion. You had to bring religion into it, didn't you, with your multi-faceted design? True, you've set it up so that no one religion is different from another, but still, we're free to establish state religions, build temples and monasteries, and even send out proselytizers to spread our views to the other civs in order to foster better relations. But what if I don't want a more complex worldview, Sid? Did you think about me?

No. You're never satisfied. Never willing to leave things just as they are. Don't deny it! It shows in everything—the Science Research tree that gets more and more detailed, and don't think I missed your little digs at me! "Liberalism: leads to Communism." Ha! You thought you could make it up to me by expanding and detailing each discovery, eliminating some of the obvious dead-ends that came up in Civ III, but I see what you're trying to do—steal every moment of my time for yourself.

Check out the full review at the site listed below.

Applelinks: Civilization IV Review
Aspyr Media
Civilization IV
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Mac Games News for Friday, October 6, 2006

IMG Reviews DropTeam1:38 PM
Battle for Wesnoth Update7:50 AM
Fool's Errand Creator Discusses New Titles7:50 AM
Mini-Golf For iPod Examined7:50 AM
Tetris For iPod Reviewed7:50 AM
Virtual Programming Readies Two Mac Titles7:50 AM
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