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Armado Action Adventure Released
7:06 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Tricky Software today released their first game for the Macintosh, Armado. In the game you play Aramdo, the armadillo, in this action-adventure game. A 126 MB demo of the game is available for download and the full version costs $19.95 to unlock.

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.
To check out Armado, head over to Macgamefiles.com to download the Mac demo.

Armado
Macgamefiles: Armado 1.0


Macgamestore: Diner Dash - Flo on the Go Released
12:40 PM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has announced the availability of Diner Dash - Flo on the Go for the Macintosh at the world's most popular Mac game store. This is the third game in the super popular Diner Dash series of games.

Flo trades in her apron for a passport to paradise! But will our hard-working waitress get a chance to relax? Seat customers, take orders, collect tips and dress up Flo in hundreds of vacation outfits in the all-new Flo's Closet™. New thrills, spills, and a surprise restaurant await you in the third episode of the original smash hit.

Features:
5 new restaurants
9 customer types
All-new Flo's Closet™
25+ new decor upgrades
100s of outfit choices

System Requirements:
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer
Processor: G4 800 MHz or faster or G5 or Intel
20 MB available disk space
Minimum Screen Resolution: 800x600

Diner Dash - Flo On The Go is available for $19.95. A free demo is available for download from Macgamestore.com. It requires MacOS X 10.3.9 or later and is a Universal Binary.

Macgamestore: Diner Dash - Flo on the Go


Macworld's 2006 Game Hall of Fame
12:39 PM | David Chochla | 9 comments

Macworld has posted its 2006 Game Hall of Fame, featuring ten games and related products from the gaming industry that were the best, brightest, most interesting or just most fun in different categories.

So where does that leave us? Ready to fling open the doors of Macworld’s beloved Game Hall of Fame, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and induct a new batch of honorees. From flesh-eating zombies to arcade throwbacks to gorgeous games that take full advantage of the Mac’s graphic capabilities, our latest Hall of Famers are creative, unique, and fun enough to win over even the most pessimistic gamer.
Categories include Best Bang for Your Buck, Best Excuse for Eating Brains, and many more.

Macworld Game Hall of Fame 2006



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iPoker 4.0.1 Update Released
7:08 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Scenario Software has updated the robust poker Mac game iPoker to version 4.0.1.

What is new in 4.0.1:
• New Universal Binary version for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs. See the Scenario Software web site for details, and to download the correct version of iPoker.
• For a limited time, this is a FREE upgrade for iPoker 3 customers!
• Fixed the French language version so it will actually launch and find iPoker's supporting files without generating errors. Note that the French translation is still experimental.
• Removed the incomplete support for other non-English languages. Note that these languages may still appear in alert windows if you only run the 4.0.1 Updater versus the full Installer.
iPoker requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later (Universal Binary), 62 MB free disk space, 1024 x 768 display or larger. Users of Mac OS X 10.2 or 10.3 can still download iPoker 3.

Find out more by following the link below.

iPoker
Scenario Software
IMG: iPoker 4.0.1



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Gamepedia Updated
7:07 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Bruji has updated Gamepedia, the game cataloging application. The latest version (v2.3) features enhanced .Mac support, PS3 and Wii logos, improved upload, search and iSight barcode scanning functions, as well as numerous bugfixes.

Gamepedia lets users keep track of games from a number of systems including Mac, PC, and game consoles. Furthermore, Gamepedia can track gaming progress, find games on the computer, and much more.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Gamepedia
Gamepedia v2.3 Changelog
Bruji


GL Golf 1.9.5 Adds New Course
7:07 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Nuclear Nova Software has updated their 3D Golf Mac game GL Golf to version 1.9.5. GL Golf contains over 234 holes, numerous challenges such as sand traps, water and trees and features an online high score list.Version 1.9.5. adds:
• Added a new 18 hole course called Morrocan Links for combo/course pack owners
• The ball spin animations now always spin in the correct direction
• Improved lighting, terrain has more contrast, trees now have the proper shading, and the ball trail looks better
• Fixed two bugs where GL Golf could crash while loading highscores or while running Mac OS 10.3.9 or older
• Added a feedback menu that links to the GL Golf forum and email - Please use the forum to suggest new featuresGL Golf requires Mac OS 10.2.8 or greater and a 500MHZ or greater CPU. GL Golf is a Universal Binary. Visit the link below to learn more or download the demo.

GL Golf
Nuclear Nova Software
MGF: GL Golf 1.9.5


The Goalkeeper Released
7:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Winter Wolves has released The Goalkeeper, a soccer game which, true to its name, allows players to take the role of the goalkeeper. After choosing between skills such as Handling, Reflexes, and Jumping players select from six different leagues and test their mettle.

More about the game:

The game features the Training Screen, where you can train yourself to increase your skills and your chances to do well in the next match. Then there's the Statistics Screen, where you can take a look at every possible stats you want! Lastly, the Contract/Coach Talk Screen will let you choose your attitude towards the team, if you want to stay there or move, and also talk to your coach to convince him to make you play the next match (in case he doesn't think that way!).

The match itself show stats for each player of both teams, like goals, injuries, substitutions, etc. The commentary describe what's going on: when the opponent striker tries to score, you have 3 options: Arcade Save in which you must intercept the ball using the mouse, Strategy Save in which you choose between three options, and Instant Save that, as the name suggests, is calculated instantly.
The game requires OS X, a 450 Mhz processor, 256 MB RAM, and an OpenGL Graphics Card with at least 16MB of memory.

Head over to the site below to learn more about the game.

The Goalkeeper
Winter Wolves



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The Sims 2: Pets Reviewed
7:06 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gaming Groove recently released a new review The Sims 2: Pets, an animal filled expansion for the popular life simulator. The introduction of pets to the lives of busy Sims brings new gaming options including the chance to build your own pet and even send your faithful friend off to work on a new pet career path. Gaming Groove gave the expansion a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

The Sims 2 Pets introduces four domesticated species into the game: dogs, cats, birds, and a hamster-like critter called a "womrat." There are also wolves and skunks, which aren't really pets, but we'll explain their role a bit later. The main stars of the expansion are dogs and cats. These animals are "almost Sims" in their own right: they can have personalities, interests, motives (needs), and memories. They can have careers, learn new skills, and make money. They can "WooHoo" and produce offspring, which inherit their parents' genetic traits. They can even grow old and die. But pets are not quite Sims in that the player can't directly control their behavior, and this affects the game play dynamics. We'll explain the implications of this later.

When you create a new Sim family, you can now choose to create up to six cats or dogs. In the "Create-A-Sim" studio, you can customize the look of your pet. You can choose to edit everything from the size and color of their eyes, to the length of their snout, to the markings on their coat. You can also select from a variety of pre-made breeds of dogs and cats and customize to your heart's content. You can also select their (astrological) sign, which affects their personality. The personality matrix is broken down into the following traits: intelligence (genius to doofus), activity (hyper to lazy), friendliness (independent to friendly), courage (aggressive or cowardly), and neatness (pigpen to finicky). Pets do not have aspirations, wants, or fears. Of course, you can choose the name, sex, and a biography for your pet. Note that you can only create adult dogs and cats; puppies and kittens cannot be created this way.
The full review is available at the link below.

Gaming Groove: The Sims 2 Pets Review
Aspyr Media
The Sims 2: Pets
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Mages And Magic In The Broken Hourglass
7:06 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Planewalker Games' latest lore update offers a glimpse into the history of the elitist Adepts of the independent island nation of Argoniss and their down-home spellslinging counterparts, the Mageborn. This update is the latest in a continuing series of features showcasing The Broken Hourglass, Planewalker's upcoming fantasy RPG.

Not all inborn magic is beneficial or even subtle--there are those born with great destructive capability, being able to call forth blasts of flame and lightning, weaken or debilitate those around them, or drain the life from other living beings. Mageborn with these abilities often have a harder time integrating with society than their less dangerous counterparts. Their first manifestations are usually traumatic, often resulting in the destruction of property or the injury or even death of those around them. They remain dangerous to those around them until they have learned to control their abilities, and even the most well trained firestarter can lose control under extreme duress. All Feyborn are also Mageborn, a factor which only further alienates them from mainstream society.
Check out the full article at the page listed below.

The Broken Hourglass: Magic, Mageborn, Argoniss
The Broken Hourglass



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Eschalon: Book 1 Estimated System Requirements
7:06 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Basilisk Games has released estimated system requirements for both the PC and Mac versions of their upcoming RPG, Eschalon: Book 1. The first in a planned trilogy, Eschalon will offer massive outdoor environments, dozens of sprawling dungeons, and a variety of creatures to defeat.

Here are the estimated requirements:

// Macintosh //
Mac OS X 10.3 or later
1.6 GHz processor
256 MB RAM (512 recommended)
3D accelerated graphics card

For Macintosh users we are unable to support anything before OS 10.3 due to the development platform we are working with. We understand that this may disappoint some Mac users, and we are sorry. This was a requirement of the platform that we did not realize until we recently began porting the game.

Check out the forum post at the link below to read more.

Basilisk Forum: Eschalon Estimated System Requirements
Eschalon: Book I
Buy Eschalon: Book I


Mac Games News for Friday, December 1, 2006

Macgamestore: Horse Racing Manager Digital Download2:54 PM
Armado Mac Game Release Coming Monday2:32 PM
Inside Mac Games Posts Three iPod Games Reviews2:09 PM
Custer Teaches Our Desktops A New Trick7:49 AM
Football Manager 2007 Updated7:46 AM
WoW "Before The Storm" Update Coming Soon7:46 AM
Gem Sleuthing In Diamond Detective7:45 AM
Statisticians Invade Azeroth7:43 AM
The Sims 2: Open For Business Reviewed7:43 AM
Apple Games Features Age Of Empires III7:42 AM
Ambrosia Releases SketchFighter 4000 Alpha7:41 AM
 
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