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Friday, December 22, 2006

Mac Games Holiday Bundle Announced
7:25 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

The gift of Mac gaming is here! With the holidays upon us and Christmas day just a few days away, has worked with Santa helpers to bring you an unbelievable bundle. Get 10 awesome Mac games for just $25! That's over $200 worth of Mac games (if bought seperately).

Order today and on Christmas day (December 25th), will email you the downloads and registration codes you need to begin playing!

The games in the bundle include hit Mac games such as Pangea Arcade, Enigmo 2, DeepTrouble 2, Teddy Factory, Platypus, Jewel Quest, Brain Boosters, Pop-A-Tronic, Mah Jong Quest, and Five Card Deluxe.

The Mac Games Holiday Bundle is available now until early December 25th. For more on the bundle, follow the link below.

Macgamestore: Mac Games Holiday Bundle

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Tricky Software Updates Armado, Contest Announced
8:17 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Tricky Software has released a new version of their Mac game, Armado. In the game, you assume the role of Armado the armadillo and embark upon a great adventure. Version 1.2 has added support for game pads. The update also includes the following changes:

• The menus can now be driven from the keyboard and from the controller if used. This was another request we received early on.
• When customizing the controls the mouse can now be used as an input.
Tricky Software has also announced a new high score contest for the holidays.
With the holidays here we thought it would be fun to have a little contest to see who can get the highest score in Armado by New Years.

To enter you must purchase, or already have purchased, a registration code for Armado. We're going to clear the monthly scores on Saturday, December 23. Then everyone can post scores thru Dec 31 until the clock strikes 12 midnight (Pacific time). The player with the highest score will win a $50 iTunes gift certificate.

To enter simply head over to the Tricky web site.


Final Drop Team Demo Now Available
7:46 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story and TBG Software have released a new demo of DropTeam. The new demo now offers both Single and Multiplayer gameplay and includes all of the dozens of improvements and new units added since the game was originally released earlier this year. The demo also includes the new infantry units that were part of a recent update and allows you to play with all the same units as the full game, but is limited to just a single map.

DropTeam combines accurate physics and ballistic systems, intelligent and realistic unit and weaponry capabilities with fast paced action set in a stark future of humanity. The new DropTeam demo includes installers for all three supported operating systems. One for Mac, one for Windows and one for Linux.

To download the new demo, follow the link below.

Macgamefiles: DropTeam Final Demo 1.0

Universal Soccer Manager 2 Released
7:37 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Winterwolves today announced the release of a new sports simulation game, Universal Soccer Manager 2.

USM 2 is the sequel of the award winning Universal Soccer Manager,
completely rebuilt with a new graphics and database engine that will allow
complete customization of the game data (ability to edit player names,
skills, team names, jerseys, leagues, nations and more), while still
maintaining the required fast processing speed. It is available for first
time ever for the Macintosh platform, including versions for both Mac OS X
10.2+, as well as for Universal Binary Mac Intels.

USM 2 for Mac is a vastly improved version of USM 1, which was only
released for Windows, so Mac users need not worry about missing out on USM 1.

A free demo download is available at Universal Soccer Manager 2 costs $25 to register the full version of the game.
Macgamefiles: Universal Soccer Manager 2

When NeXT was Doomed
7:27 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Apple's merger with NeXT Software John Romero's blog offers a look back at his experience with the NeXTSTEP OS during the creation of Doom and Quake at id Software. NeXTSTEP eventually served as the foundation for today's Mac OS X.

We wrote all of DOOM and Quake's code on NeXTSTEP. We debugged the code in NeXTSTEP with DOOM and Quake's 320x200 VGA screen drawing in a little Interceptor window while the rest of the screen was used for debugging code. When all the code ran without bugs we cross-compiled it for the Intel processor on NeXTSTEP then turned over to our Intel DOS computers, copied the EXE and just ran the game. The DOS4GW DOS-Extender loaded up and the game ran. It was that easy.

I'll bet you didn't know that DOOM, DOOM II and Quake weren't the only games developed on NeXTSTEP. When I got Raven Software to agree to develop Heretic for us I had them buy several Epson NeXT computers (Intel based) and I flew up to Madison, WI to get them all set up and teach them how to develop the game with our tools and engine. It was a great time I'll never forget - seeing their team get excited about the power of the new environment and that they got the game developed and released in under a year. They signed on for another title and developed Hexen on NeXTSTEP as well.
To read the entire post head over to the site listed below.

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Civilization IV: Warlords Reviewed
7:26 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks recently posted a review of Civilization IV: Warlords, the first expansion for the popular turn based empire building strategy game. The game features the introduction of new civilizations, new scenarios, and the new Warlord units. Applelinks gave the Civ IV: Warlords a perfect score of 5 out of 5.

From the review:

Civ 4 Warlords (C4W) introduces new tribes, new leaders, and unique buildings for each civilization. But the title of this expansion is Warlords: aka the Great General, a new special citizen generated for civs in conflict. Like the other legendary historical figures, the Great General can help you by advancing research, joining the city (to increase XPs for units built there), or creating a special building: the Military Academy, which creates units faster.

But the real meat of the Warlord is the ability to attach him to a unit, making it a leader. In addition to distributing a total of 20 XPs to units in the stack, it gives the unit to which its attached access to a set of leader-only upgrades. But if that unit is destroyed, the leader gets demolished as well.

And once you've brought your enemies to their knees, you needn't destroy them. C4W introduces the concept of vassal states: other civs can recognize your superiority and attach themselves to you either voluntarily (which they can break after 10 turns) or as an act of war capitulation (permanent unless they gain or lose 50% of their land). Vassalage has several advantages: your vassal states must give you resources, you have free access to travel through their lands, and if you go to war with anyone, they will, too. The drawback is that you pay an increased support cost for your own cities while you have a vassal.
Check out the full review by clicking on the link below.

Applelinks: Civilization IV Warlords Review
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Mac Games News for Thursday, December 21, 2006

Unity Rebate Coupon Offer10:31 AM
A Look at PlayMyth's Future8:03 AM
Ambrosia Participating in MacSanta Sale8:03 AM
Apple Games Features SketchFighter 4000 Alpha8:03 AM
Dominions 3: The Awakening Reviewed8:03 AM
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