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The Exchange Student For Mac Released
11:52 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 7 comments

The Mac version of The Exchange Student has been released. The game is described as a point and click adventure game that will appeal to those who enjoy TV cartoon shows like Johnny Bravo, games like Leisure Suit Larry and TV sitcoms like Friends, That 70s Show and Married with Children.

Here's more on The Exchange Student:

In the game you play Emilio Carboni, a 22 year old Italian student who has never had a girlfriend in his entire life. His friend Vincenzo just came back from an exchange program in Sweden. Vincenzo was really satisfied with the program since he met many attractive ladies during his stay in Sweden. Emilio decides to follow his friend's path. He travels to Sweden to spend a semester there, studying in a city of Sweden called Västerås. Fate however is not that kind with our 'hero'.
A demo of The Exchange Student, which weighs in at 68 MB, is available for download from

MGF: The Exchange Student Demo 1.0
The Exchange Student

Macgamestore: Aspyr Games Price Reductions
2:54 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story has reduced pricing on the following Aspyr Media games:

SpongeBob Square Pants - $19.95 (was 29.95)
Medal of Honor War Chest - $29.95 (was $48.95)
Stubs The Zombie - $19.95 (was $39.95)
Star Wars Battlefront - $39.95 (was $49.95)

For more, follow the links below.

Macgamestore: SpongeBob Square Pants
Macgamestore: Medal of Honor War Chest
Macgamestore: Stubbs The Zombie
Macgamestore: Star Wars Battlefront

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IMG Reviews Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
2:06 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects, the sequel to the wildly popular casual game, Mystery Case Files: Huntsville. Here's a clip from the review:

The meat of the game is in finding the clues. The clues that the gamer will be looking up have absolutely no resemblance to the clues sought after in an actual criminal investigation, they’re just objects that in some mystic fashion will help the gamer get to the bottom of everything. The gamer is given a time limit and a number of clues that they must find within that time limit to prove or disprove the suspect’s alibi. The total number of clues will be spread across multiple locations in the town, with each location containing no more than 8 individual clues. When the gamer visits a location, they will be greeted by an image of the location (a deli, a junkyard, a theater, a street grocer, the sewer or various other places around town). This image will be absolutely packed to the gills with clues. The game as a whole has hundreds of clues, with the numbers probably even climbing into the thousands.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

IMG Review: Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
Big Fish Games
Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
Buy Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects

Homeworld Updated for Mac OS X
1:02 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

According to a post on, Homeworld has been updated for Mac OS X, bringing it to version 0.7. The update fixes some small annoyances within the game.

From the MacHomeworld forums:

The most notable fix is that the screen resolution now only changes once during launch. The previous double switch was very annoying - particularly during testing. It also upgrades HomeworldSDL to SDL 1.2.11.
Mac users wishing to play Homeworld on their Mac using this alpha require a commercial PC version of the game, as well as a means to install it from a PC.

For more on Homeworld Mac, follow the link below.

Homeworld Mac Website

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Apple Games Features Bone: Out From Boneville
8:47 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games has posted a new game feature, this time examining Bone: Out from Boneville. Based on Jeff Smith's comic book characters, B: OFB is the first in an episodic adventure series following events in the comics. Apple's feature examines the game and offers a few comments from those involved in its creation.

Jeff Smith, who is a long-time Mac user, consulted on the game’s creation, ensuring that the Telltale team stayed true to his vision. “He wasn’t shy about giving us pointers and feedback on how the characters should look or sound, or how different aspects of the world should feel or work,” (game designer) Heather Logas explains. “At the same time, he is very respectful of the work we do and is really happy to let us tell the story in our own unique way.”

She continues, “he sees it as more of an adaptation than as a retelling of the story, so he loves any little embellishments we add, or if we tell the same story from a different character’s viewpoint.”

Smith chimes in to note: “I didn’t want too tight a hold — I mean, what do I know about making games? But when it came to how the Bones looked, or sounded, or even the flow of the story, they made everything just the way I wanted.”

To read the rest of the feature click on the link below.

Apple Games: Bone Out From Boneville
Vanbrio Entertainment
Bone Act 1: Out from Boneville

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The Movies Awarded a BAFTA
8:47 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Feral Interactive recently announced that The Movies has received a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for best simulation of the year. The award winning game allows players to take control of a movie studio and steer it toward success or failure. Feral promises an update on the Mac version's ship date in the coming week.

In a star-studded event in London's fashionable Camden Town, celebrities from the World of Games gathered to pay tribute to the finest gaming achievements of the year... And this year they decided that the best simulation game is The Movies.

Many thanks to the team at Lionhead who have created this wonderful game and to all at Feral and Robosoft who have worked so hard to produce the Mac version.

For more information about The Movies head over to the Feral site listed below.

Feral: The Movies Wins BAFTA Award
Feral Interactive
The Movies
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The Broken Hourglass: Combat Mechanics
8:47 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Planewalker Games recently updated their website with an article that explores the combat mechanics of their upcoming CRPG, The Broken Hourglass. The Broken Hourglass will feature a new CRPG engine developed by Planewalker Games, a 2D isometric viewpoint reminiscent of classics in the genre, and a mod friendly design.

The article explores the concepts behind the attack and defense roll, the nature of the "hit factor" and why a good offense beats a good defense.

For more on The Broken Hourglass, follow the link below.

The Broken Hourglass: Combat Mechanics Article
The Broken Hourglass

Mac Games News for Friday, October 13, 2006

Macgamestore: Pop-A-Tronic Now Available4:08 PM
IMG Posts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Screenshots4:06 PM
Bone: Out from Boneville For Mac Released7:30 AM
Aspyr Releases Quake 4 Patch6:21 AM
Burning Crusade Talents And Spells Updated6:21 AM
Custer Remains Civilized6:21 AM
The Burning Crusade Enters Closed Beta6:21 AM
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