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Thursday, December 21, 2006

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Apple Games Features SketchFighter 4000 Alpha
8:03 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' latest feature takes aim at SketchFighter 4000 Alpha, the unique arcade shooter from Ambrosia Software. The article offers an overview of the game and some tips and tricks for aspiring fighter pilots.

SketchFighter takes you through five settings ó the Forest, the Factory, the Wasteland, Ice Caves, and Volcano ó with a sixth, the End Zone, reserved for a final battle against every enemy you encountered during the game, plus one you havenít fought before. A bonus area, Race Track, presents you with a challenge: complete the obstacle course in 40 seconds and get a special bonus.

As you fly your ship through the hand-drawn environments, opportunities abound to upgrade its weapons and shields, as well as discover ways to unlock previously-inaccessible areas. Your new weapons come in different colors, which are handy when you need to fire red pellets at a red force field, for example. Missiles destroy rocks and walls that ordinary shots canít even dent. All of these upgrades have a purpose, of course, because your enemies will become tougher as the game progresses.
Click on the link below to read the full feature article.

Apple Games: SketchFighter 4000 Alpha
Ambrosia Software
SketchFighter 4000 Alpha

Unity Rebate Coupon Offer
10:31 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

To celebrate the holidays, OTEE is offering a rebate coupon for their popular game engine, Unity 3D. Unity is a Mac-based high-end game development tool sporting a stylish pro-app GUI, no- friction workflow and over-the-top technical features such as extensible shaders and full-screen effects, great particles, a highly optimized scripting engine supporting C#, JavaScript and a dialect of Python, the Ageia physX Engine, skinned character animation and ragdolls. Unity is being used by game developers such as Codemasters and Freeverse, in game design education, and amongst creative visualization professionals.

To get that rebate on a new purchase, use this Rebate Coupon on their online store: UNITYXMAS06 (valid until January 15th 2007).

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A Look at PlayMyth's Future
8:03 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

PlayMyth has posted a news article hinting at significant visual and content changes before the upcoming 10th anniversary of Myth: The Fallen Lords next year. But for now, the only change is the addition of ads to continue financially supporting the server and development. The revenue gained from these ads will be used to promote the Myth game trilogy.

I know we've said in the past that would be ad-free, but it's a simple matter of economics required to keep servers running and also having the added benefit of being able to promote the game and the game server.
Please follow the links below to learn more information.

PlayMyth: Article
Bungie Studios
Myth II: Soulblighter
Myth: The Total Codex

Ambrosia Participating in MacSanta Sale
8:03 AM | Anthony Wang | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software is participating in the MacSanta holiday sale which offers a 20% coupon on all games and products. Just enter the coupon code MACSANTA when prompted. In addition to Ambrosia, over 90 other companies are participating in the MacSanta sale.

Please follow the links below to learn more information.

Ambrosia Software

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Dominions 3: The Awakening Reviewed
8:03 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GameSpot recently posted a new review of Dominions 3: The Awakening, the latest turn-based fantasy war game in the series from Illwinter Game Design and Shrapnel Games. D3 offers over fifty nations to choose from and a huge variety of spells and units. GameSpot gave the game a score of 8.2 out of 10.

From the review:

The sheer breadth of options and approaches, combined with decent artificial intelligence, makes Dominions 3 a great single-player game. But to truly appreciate the ultimate experience, you need to play online. You'll have no problem finding a multitude of online games that will welcome you, no matter what your level of experience, and an online game with 20 other players, divided into opposing and shifting alliances of nations, can provide an epic feel unmatched by many prettier but shallower games. The wealth of options means that no single strategy or nation is a sure win (as opposed to other multiplayer games, where playing as certain factions and using certain units and tactics can practically guarantee victory), and you are likely to encounter something you've never seen before every game.

Therein lies the beauty of Dominions 3. Whether playing single-player or multiplayer, you can experiment with a practically infinite variety of tactical and strategic choices and never find a "best" one, because your opponent has the same breadth of options. Dominions 3 is a world both deep and ultimately mesmerizing to the strategy fanatic. If you prefer your games fast and flashy, you'll hate Dominions 3. But if you're the kind of strategy gamer who revels in hunkering down with a highly complex and deep game with a phone-book sized manual and a steep learning curve that really makes you pause, ponder, and think, this is definitely the game for you.
Head over to the site listed below for the full review.

GameSpot: Dominions 3 The Awakening Review
Shrapnel Games
Dominions III: The Awakening
Buy Dominions III: The Awakening

Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Phantasia II Arcade Game Released7:29 AM
Bubblomania Webgame Launched7:21 AM
Gaming in the Holidays7:21 AM
In-game Adware Under Scrutiny in California7:20 AM
QuakeCon 2007 Info7:20 AM
Sudoku & Royal Solitaire Available For iPod7:20 AM
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