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Red Marble Games Announces Snowy
7:18 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Red Marble Games has announced the release of Snowy: The Bear's Adventures. The new platform game follows the adventures of Snowy the polar bear as he struggles to make his way home through the Arctic. Armed only with snowballs, Snowy faces off against dozens of monsters in the more than 88 levels available in the game.

Snowy: The Bearís Adventure is a throwback to when arcade games were packed with surprises, fun gameplay and gorgeous visuals. This time out, the adorable polar bear is on a mission to reach his home in the Arctic.

To get there, heíll have to wipe out all of the monsters on each of the gameís 88 levels. Snowy does this by freezing his enemies with snowballs and booting them across the screen. When a frozen creature lands, it bursts into a bonus item or power-up. One pickup allows Snowy to throw snowballs faster than normal; another plops our hero down in a helicopter that protects him from harm. Snowy will need all the help he can get as he takes on enemies in a garden paradise, a volcanic pit and two more massive game worlds. Heíll also face four enormous bosses! If you canít stand the heat, an Easy Mode is on hand for your enjoyment.

A 10 MB demo of Snowy: The Bear's Adventures is available from the Red Marble Games website, as well as a playable Flash version of the game. Snowy requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and is available for $19.95.

For more information about the game follow the links below.

Snowy: The Bear's Adventures
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Snowy: The Bear's Adventures

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IMG Interviews Running With Scissors; New Game Coming
7:55 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | 16 comments

Inside Mac Games recently got a chance to sit down with Running With Scissorsí CEO Vince Desi, lead designer Steve Wik, and marketing guru Mike Jaret-Schachtler on the Postal movie set to discuss the intricacies of bringing their controversial franchise Postal to the big screen, and to get an update on what the game designers have been up to.

In the interview, Vince and Steve share some of their insights into the relatively new process of turning a game designer's intellectual property into something fit for release on the silver screen, talk about working with infamous film director Uwe Boll, and announce a new Postal compilation, the Postal Fudge Pack, which will be released for the Mac and PC markets in time for Christmas.

Be sure to check out the article by navigating through the link below.

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Behind the Scenes at Lionhead Studios
7:18 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Gamasutra has posted a feature about the "Secret History" of Lionhead Studios from comments made by Peter Molyneux and Mark Webley at this month's London Games Summit. Nonetheless, they cover the fledging upstart's growth, financial problems, acquisition by Microsoft, and tips to indie developers.

Suddenly, this meant a significant change of tack - Lionhead needed to turn their float-centric business model to one centered around not floating. Thus, the firm signed The Movies to Activision in March 2003, and also focused on Black & White 2, while development of Fable continued at Big Blue Box/Lionhead. Even though a plan was still firmly in place, Molyneux referenced his thoughts at times on the financial-centric company workings: "My God, what the hell are we doing here?"
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World of Warcraft UI Preview
7:18 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has posted a new feature detailing upcoming features from The Burning Crusade, the first expansion for World of Warcraft. The new Looking for Group interface tool will help players needing to find a group or fill up a slot in an existing party. The tool will allow users to search for allies based on a variety of categories including dungeon, raid, quest, and battleground.

We've added a new icon on your action bar, next to your Social button. This will open a window that prompts you to indicate whether you want to start a group or join one that's already in the process of being assembled. Depending on your selection, either the "Looking for Group" or the "Looking for More" interface appears next. Both interfaces have tabs at the bottom that let you easily switch between the two. The Looking for Group interface allows individual players to be added to a queue of other eligible players looking for a group and matches them up based on preferences they have set. The Looking for More option allows for a group to search out additional members to complete a group.
To learn more about the new feature click on the link below.

Wow: Burning Crusade Looking For Group UI
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Mac Games News for Monday, October 16, 2006

Macgamestore: Aspyr Games Price Reductions2:54 PM
IMG Reviews Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects2:06 PM
Homeworld Updated for Mac OS X1:02 PM
The Exchange Student For Mac Released11:52 AM
Apple Games Features Bone: Out From Boneville8:47 AM
The Broken Hourglass: Combat Mechanics8:47 AM
The Movies Awarded a BAFTA8:47 AM
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