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Aspyr: Empire at War Intel-only
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | 55 comments

Aspyr Media has released its January Mac newsletter, which covers the current status of Star Wars: Empire at War and Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked. Empire should be ready to ship sometime this month and Soaked is in the final stages of testing and approvals. The newsletter also details the reasons behind the decision to make Empire at War Aspyr's first Intel Mac only title.

Our work on Empire at War is finishing up, in preparation for the game shipping in February. This is the first Mac game we have developed that is Intel-only, and the decision to not support PowerPC Macs was a difficult one. The complexity of bringing a totally new game engine to OS X meant there was plenty of work just getting the game up and running on the Mac, and adding the extra work of supporting PowerPC as well would have pushed the game release off several months. The other wrinkle to Empire at War is that it is likely a PowerPC version would not be able to play multiplayer against Intel Macs, due to slight differences in floating point calculations between the two types of CPUs. Having a Universal Mac version of the game that didn't allow multiplayer between all Macs would be confusing at best. Because we were focusing solely on the Intel version of the game, we did take care to ensure it would run on all Intel Macs, including those with the Intel integrated graphics chips, like the MacBook.
You can check out the newsletter at the link below.

Aspyr January Newsletter
Aspyr Media
Star Wars: Empire at War
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked!
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Inside Mac Games Reviews SketchFighter 4000 Alpha
1:46 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Ambrosia's latest title, SketchFighter 4000 Alpha. Here's a clip from the review

Sketchfighter is a shooter, plain and simple. If itís moving, shoot it! Initially, your sad Asteroids-style arrowhead fighter has single colored pellets. As the game advances, so does the weaponry, assuming youíve take the time to figure out how to get to the advanced weaponry. Different colors of pellets works better against different enemies, so a bit of experimentation is needed to really figure out what works the best. Pellets arenít your only means of dealing death to nasty alien critters in the tunnels- you accumulate missiles and other forms of cannonry as you go in a fairly standard progression. Note that the progression isnít bad- the difficulty of the levels and the weapon upgrades pace themselves, and thereís very few tear your hair out spots that make you want to quit the game in irritation.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: SketchFigther 4000 Alpha
Ambrosia Software
SketchFighter 4000 Alpha

Freeverse Releases Big Bang Brain Games
12:45 PM | Marcus Albers | 3 comments

Freeverse Software today announced the release of their collection of brain-games, aptly titled Big Bang Brain Games. The collection of games designed to "stimulate the cerebellum, cajole the cortex, and gratify the grey-matter" include the following:

Reaction: Pop all the molecules in the fewest number of clicks. Deceptively simple, but requires clever planning.

Sudoku: Wildly popular, Sudoku is endlessly compelling. With over 50,000 puzzles included, you'll never run out of challenges.

NovaSweeper: Test your Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction with this long-time favorite. The gameplay may be familiar, but Minesweeper never looked this good!

Remembrance: Train your short-term memory with a classic game of Remembrance. Selecting the number of cards to memorize makes this game compelling for kids and adults alike.

Echo: Remembrance tests your spatial memory, now add an auditory twist. The Music of the Spheres will keep you dancing!

Fallacy: Philosophers have long emphasized logical reasoning as a means of discerning what is true. These Logical Fallacy quizzes may aid your own thinking - "Freeverse is the greatest game company on the planet. Big Bang Fallacy is made by Freeverse. Therefore Big Bang Fallacy is the greatest game on the planet!" - Right?

The collection supports both PowerPC and Intel Macs, and is presented in full, glorious 3D. Head over to Freeverse Software's site and check out the new collection of brain games.

Big Bang Brain Games

Myth Mapmaking Contest
6:59 AM | David Chochla | Comment on this story reports on Onyx Warlord's The Power of Ten map making contest for Myth. The contest features a unique limitation of only ten unit flags.

History has taught us that, rather than being a hindrance, contests that require a specific themed limitation on their entries often benefit all sorts of creativity, inevitably resulting in a crop of excellent and fun submissions. The challenge of this contest will be to create a great map using a limited number of unit types, the maximum being, naturally, ten.
Registration closes February 15th, all maps are due no later than April 19th.

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Contest Homepage
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Universal Update For Dominions 3: The Awakening
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Dominions 3: The Awakening has been updated to version 3.06, introducing Universal Binary support and a variety of bug fixes. The turn based strategy title from Shrapnel Games and Illwinter Game Design features a huge variety of customization options, units, spells, and enemies.

Here are a few of the changes in version 3.06:

- Universal binary for Mac OS X.
- Fixed some typos.
- New spell for Man.
- Name fixes for late era T'ien Chi.
- Name fix for some Abysian humanbreds.
- Darkness did not work properly regarding demons.
To download the update or learn more about the game follow the links provided below.

Dominions 3 Downloads
Shrapnel Games
Dominions III: The Awakening
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Ouba: The Great Journey Released
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Toybox Games has released the OS X version of Ouba: The Great Journey, an arcade puzzle game which gives players the task of rescuing the adorable Ouba from the dark magic wielder pursuing them. The game features two modes of play, 200 levels, and an online high score board. It is available for download and purchase from

Tragedy has befallen the tropical paradise village that has been home to generations of lovable Ouba's. Garouba's dark magic has turned it into a charred wasteland, and his relentless hunting of the Ouba's has scattered them across the lands. Your help is needed to rescue the fleeing Ouba's so that the village can be rebuilt.
Ouba: The Great Journey costs $19.95. Click on the link below for more information.

Macgamestore: Ouba The Great Journey
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Unreal Tournament 3 Q&A
6:59 AM | Cord Kruse | 15 comments

Computer and Video Games has posted an interview with Jeff Morris ofEpic Games, about the eagerly awaited Unreal Tournament 3. The interview covers a variety of topics including the game's recent name change, the long development cycle, and the struggle to maintain balance when adding new content.

What about the new Necris vehicles? Was it difficult coming up with new ideas?

Morris: We did a lot of tweaking in UT 2004, we knew how the vehicles were going to stack up; the manta was going to fly around the Goliath but if the Goliath had a guy in the machine gun nest he was going to own it because the manta couldn't move around fast enough. So that kind of base balancing we already took care of, so we spent most of our capital on the Necris vehicles which we wanted radically different.

The Darkwalker is the analogy for the Goliath but it's about as different as you can get. It's the same in that it's heavily armoured, it's slow, it's got a short rate of fire but it's incredibly damaging; it's got all those elements that the Goliath has but because it's a walker it can crouch, it can climb, you can fly between its legs, it's got all these other elements that make it feel very different to a tank.

The ability to focus most of our design on the new vehicles helped us get this other range of vehicles that were really safe balance-wise.

To read the rest of the article follow the link below.

Computer and Video Games: UT 3 Q&A
Epic Games

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