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Friday, January 19, 2007

TetrisDL Beta Test Opens
10:54 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 14 comments

Blue Planet Software has announced that TetrisDL will be coming to the Macintosh and that they are currently seeking beta testers for the new game. Blue Planet has released several Tetris games in the past and currently holds the exclusive intellectual property management rights to Tetris.

To enter the TetrisDL beta test, you will need an Intel or PPC based Mac (G3 or better), OS X 10.3 or higher, and 256MB RAM. To enter the beta test, follow the link below.


Macgamestore: Dodge That Anvil Now Available
1:23 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Rabidlab's Dodge That Anvil is now available at for $19.95. A free demo is available for download on the web site.

The sky is falling! Eastwarren’s rabbits have been forced underground, and only one brave harvester stands between them and starvation. Travel through bountiful fields while unraveling the mystery of the perilous anvil storm. Be clever, be quick, and dodge that anvil!

- A unique 3D action platform game with cartoon physics
- Boss battles, secret areas, and more! Over 40 levels to explore
- Three exciting game modes

To check out Dodge That Anvil, follow the link below.

Macgamstore: Dodge That Anvil

IMG Posts One on One With Glenda Adams
1:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 22 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted the 31st part in an ongoing conversation between old friends Glenda Adams, Mac gaming goddess and Director of PC and Mac development at Aspyr Media, and Tuncer Deniz, publisher and editor-in-chief of Inside Mac Games

Topics covered this time around include Aspyr's upcoming releases, the Apple iPhone, Cider, Star Wars: Empire at War, and more.

Inside Mac Games: One on One With Glenda Adams

Catnap Games Releases Devastro
12:39 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Catnap Games today announced the release of Devastro, an action-packed shooter for the Mac and PC platforms. In the game, the player controls a small squad of soldiers with the goal of protecting Earth from an alien invasion of flying saucers. The theme of the game draws inspiration from 50s sci-fi B-movies such as "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers“ and "Forbidden Planet“.

Devastro is available as shareware for $15. The full version contains 27 missions located in 3 different environments, new enemies, moving vehicles, new tricks & traps and much more. To check out the demo of Devastro, follow the download link below. Devastro 1.0

iPod Texas Hold'em Reviewed
10:54 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld UK has posted a review of Texas Hold'em for Apple's iPod. The game challenges players to win a high stakes poker tournament against a variety of computer generated players. Texas Hold'em managed a score of three stars from Macworld UK.

From the review:

Controlling the game is easy enough. You use the scroll wheel to increase or decrease the bet amount, and the Select button to perform most of the actions – confirming a bet or deciding your game action.

The competition varies depending upon the round. Some of the players have very obvious tells that, as in a real Poker game, could leave you losing your money very quickly. That said, in early rounds it’s very easy to progress once you’ve learned what each player does. The lack of any multiplayer option removes the possibility of competing against your friends, and so ultimately removes an element of challenge.

In terms of look and feel, Apple has got it right. Granted that the computer-controlled players get rather annoying after a while, but they do reflect a realistic mixture of players. As you progress through the tables, the game treats you to some music; you can turn this off but as with any other game of this type it tends to suit the game well.
Check out the full review at the site listed below.

Macworld UK: Texas Hold'em Review
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Going To School In Neverwinter
10:54 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

A recent BBC News article reveals an interesting use of Bioware's Neverwinter Nights game engine. Frustrated with student literacy and math scores, computer science teachers at West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield, England modified the game's engine to produce an educational simulation. Since that time the student success rate in key skills has increased to 94%.

"We ripped the game apart and rebuilt it to deliver educational content," he added.

Players are invited to pick a character and go on a quest in which they have to make decisions about what to take and how to progress using mathematics and their literacy skills.

Mr Oldman explained: "For example, before they set off in their galleon they have to fill it with the things they are going to need. This requires them to work out the area of the ship and how much they can manage to bring.

"Some students managed it, others sank on the way and never progressed to the next level.

"They would come knocking on the staff room door and wouldn't let us go until we had taught them how to calculate area."

In the two years since the project began, about 700 learners have played the game at West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield, England, achievement of key skills has trebled to 94%.
To read the rest of the article click on the link below.

BBC News: Computer Game To Boost Key Skills
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Mac Games News for Thursday, January 18, 2007

Macgamestore: World of Wacraft: Burning Crusade In Stock2:08 PM
io Game Announced For Mac10:39 AM
Myth Vault Launches10:21 AM
iPod Sudoku Reviewed10:00 AM
Myst Online: Uru Live Coming to Mac9:59 AM
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