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Ambrosia Releases SketchFighter 4000 Alpha
7:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 9 comments

Ambrosia Software has announced the release of their latest Mac game, SketchFighter 4000 Alpha, an action-arcade shooter with a look and feel like no other. The game is a top-down arcade game with a retro pen and paper sketch feel giving it a very unique look and gameplay.

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha redefines "retro" by bringing together the imaginative pen and paper sketches from your youth with a killer resolution independent OpenGL graphics engine. SketchFighter also boasts a unique synthesis of exploration and action game play, which has you alternately blasting cute little lady bugs into oblivion and then puzzling your way through the hand-drawn challenges presented to you.

With a notebook stuffed full of killer challenges awaiting you, and a unique two-player gaming mode that's unlike anything you've ever seen, SketchFighter 4000 Alpha brings the fantasies of your youth to life in an absurd yet utterly wonderful gaming experience.

It'll take you plenty of time to defeat the nefarious obstacles and devious bosses that challenge you in SketchFighter, but once you do, there's no need to despair. SketchFighter 4000 Alpha's two player mode allows you to play with a friend at the keyboard, or play with other SketchFighters over the Internet for live action!

Still haven't had enough yet? SketchFighter also has a level editor that lets you create your own battlegrounds, allowing you to release your inner creativity to create levels for yourself and others to enjoy.

A free shareware demo of SketchFighter 4000 Alpha is available for download from The game costs $19 to register the full version.

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Macgamestore: Horse Racing Manager Digital Download
2:54 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Horse Racing Manager is now available as a digital download from for $29.95.

Horse Racing Manager lets you enjoy the sport of kings at all levels. Choose whether to play the game as an owner, breeder, trainer, jockey or punter. Each activity will require specific know-how that you will be able to acquire with each play.

As an owner, you will have to keep an eye on your finances and optimise the working time of your staff as well as your own.

For more on Horse Racing Manager, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Horse Racing Manaager

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Armado Mac Game Release Coming Monday
2:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Armado, the upcoming mac game by start-up Tricky Software, is scheduled to be released on Monday, according to owner Zachary Waibel. 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.
A free demo of Armado will be available on Monday. Check back on Monday for more on the release.


Inside Mac Games Posts Three iPod Games Reviews
2:09 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of three iPod games, which include Pac-Man, Vortex, and Zuma. Here's a clip from the review:

In all, Pac-Man is one of those games that Apple probably couldn’t afford not to have on the day of the big release (along with Tetris), but while the port is technically excellent, the game is probably not worth your time, especially if you’re an old pro. If you’re just trying to figure out what all of this Pac-Man nonsense is about while staving off boredom on the bus or train, the $4.99 sticker on Pac-Man may not be such a bad deal, especially if you already own quite a few of the other iPod titles.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

iPod Games Review: Pac-Man, Vortex, and Zuma

Custer Teaches Our Desktops A New Trick
7:49 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Brad Custer, IMG's resident graphics guru, has released another high quality desktop available now at the Custer's Desktops section of Inside Mac Games.

This week's desktop is inspired by Aspyr Media's The Sims 2 Pets, the latest expansion pack for the gaming hit The Sims 2, titled simply "Domestic".

Here's a short description from the man himself:

The recent release of The Sims 2 Pets from Aspyr Media has flooded my inbox with requests from all the pet lovers out there. I've always enjoyed creating desktops for this series because the original game was my first venture into the world of creating desktops for the public. I was able to make this wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media.
To download the desktop, simply click on the link provided below. The download is available in several different resolutions.

Inside Mac Games: Custer's Desktops

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WoW "Before The Storm" Update Coming Soon
7:46 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent post on the World of Warcraft forums has revealed news about the next update for the popular MMORPG Mac game. Currently scheduled for release on December 5th, the "Before The Storm" patch will introduce a new Player vs Player honor system, new talents, and new features designed to prepare the game for The Burning Crusade's upcoming release.

If the patch goes live as planned, this will be the last week that new PvP ranks under the old Honor System can be earned, as the patch will immediately introduce the new Honor System. We will run one final honor calculation on December 5 and update everyone’s ranking accordingly on that date so that players who achieve a new rank for that week have the opportunity to display that title on their character. Please note, however, that no new PvP rewards will be unlocked for purchase with this final “old Honor System” calculation, regardless of any increase in rank.

For those who have been seeking high-rank PvP armor and weapons, note that the new Honor System will still include these item rewards, and it will actually be easier to earn these items under the new Honor System than under the old Honor System. Those who wish to see how their PvP abilities measure up against other players will still be able to do so under the new Arena System.
Read the full post by clicking on the link below.

WoW Forums: Before The Storm Patch
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Football Manager 2007 Updated
7:46 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Sports Interactive and Sega Europe have released a new patch for Football Manager 2007, bringing the sports management Mac game sim to version 7.01. The update offers a variety of bug fixes and additions to the game.

Here are a few of the changes in the latest patch:

- Fixed wrong player listed in international Set Friendly Instructions for replacement players.
- Fixed a display bug with the teams table on MLS manager’s achievements screen.
- Fixed player milestones declaring that a player was about to make a landmark appearance (e.g. 50th league appearance) for a club when in fact it was his debut.
- Fixed morale being too high across the board.
- Fixed a potential crash in some situations where data was edited in an unexpected way.
The patch, and more information about this Mac game can be found at the links below.

FM 2007 Patch Notes
FM 2007 Downloads
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Gem Sleuthing In Diamond Detective
7:45 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new review of Diamond Detective is now available at Macworld's Game Room. The puzzle Mac game from GameHouse provides a combination of matching puzzles and clue collection which ultimately lead to solving a mystery. The Game Room gave Diamond Detective a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Diamond Detective’s main gameplay takes place on a board populated by gems of various colors and sizes. As long as you can match two or more gems in adjacent tiles you can collect them for your vault: orange to orange, for example, or heart-to-heart-to-heart. Make gem chains that are long enough and you’ll get bonuses and special commendations from the Commissioner. And you have to do all this before the bad guy gets away... (You’ll seem him—or her—skulking away at the bottom of the screen as you solve the puzzle.)

This is only part of Diamond Detective’s play, however—if you beat each level you’ll collect a clue. Collect five clues and then you can go to the suspect lineup to figure out who you’ve been chasing. And to do that, you have to use some deductive reasoning. There are a total of 50 levels.

Head over to the Game Room to read more.

Macworld Game Room: Diamond Detective Review
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Statisticians Invade Azeroth
7:43 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Blizzard Entertainment has introduced a new statistics page for its immensely popular MMORPG Mac game, World of Warcraft. The page tracks a variety of statistics including up to date information about most sought after items at the Auction House, most common player created items, the fiercest killers in the NPC kingdom, and the most popular quests.

Check out the page at the link below.

WoW: Game Stats
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The Sims 2: Open For Business Reviewed
7:43 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks has posted a review of The Sims 2: Open For Business, the Mac game expansion for the ever popular life simulator, The Sims 2. As might be guessed from its title, Open For Business allows players to take up the challenge of helping their Sim create a successful business. Applelinks gave the expansion a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

Sims who are starting their own business have two options: they can run a home-based business, or they can buy a lot and run it out of a store. This is, of course, after you buy a house, so your ability to open your own Kenny Roger's Chicken franchise may be limited at first.

But whether you open your own place or run a boutique out of your living room, the same rules apply. After acquiring your stock, you set the price in the new business menu, basically deciding how much above or below cost you'll sell the item. Open the store, ring 'em up, and send the customers home happy.

Of course, it's not that easy. This is a computer game, and that means that there are skill bars to fill. You'll have to deal with your customers (oh, the times I've wished I could get around that little problem in the real world), and if you can make them enjoy their shopping experience enough, they'll become regular customers. You'll also need to develop your skills with the cash register, or you'll spend an hour of in-game time trying to figure out what buttons to push while the buyers line up and get frustrated. Of course, if you're creating your own stock (like, say, an art gallery of your own work), you'll need to produce those while developing your skill. Paintings from a Sim with 10 creativity points sell for a lot more than those with level 1.
The full review can be found at the link provided below.

Applelinks: The Sims 2 Open For Business Review
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Apple Games Features Age Of Empires III
7:42 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The Apple Games website recently posted a new feature focusing on Age of Empires III, the latest Mac game in the popular real time strategy series. AoE III introduces 3D graphics and a "home city" feature to the mix, as well as a variety of other innovations. The article examines the game and offers commentary from the lead designer.

Explosions are a big part of Age of Empires III’s look, which takes the series into 3D graphics for the first time. New techniques allow water to move realistically and accurately reflect objects in or near it, while buildings burst into flame and crumble during an enemy bombardment. New geometric features enabled Street’s team to create the realistic overhangs and steep cliffs found in places like the American Southwest

“This emphasis on visuals is something we learned while developing Age of Mythology,” Street points out. “That game allowed us to add some over-the-top eye candy, like meteors and monstrous units. We spent a lot of time on things like artillery firing and ship destructions in Age of Empires III in order to add similar visual interest.”

He adds: “So many games have a dark and post-industrial look, which we think is turning off many gamers. The sun is always shining in Age of Empires.”
To check out the full article click on the link below.

Apple Games: Age of Empires III
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Mac Games News for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Macgamestore: Scrabble For Mac Released2:35 PM
Inside Mac Games Reviews Mahjong Tradition2:18 PM
Second Life Notifier Released1:31 PM
Feral Ships Imperial Glory11:24 AM
Aspyr: Progress On Prey & Empire at War6:31 AM
Burning Crusade Screenshots6:31 AM
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