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Blast Miner Tunneling to Mac OS X
6:57 AM | David Chochla | 2 comments

Cryptic Sea is bringing Blast Miner Tunneling, the winner of the 9th Annual Independent Game Festival, to the Mac. According to a report on MacNN, the company plans "to release a Mac version as soon as possible".

Blast Miner, which challenges players to extract chunks of gold from mine shafts using TNT, gasoline, acid, and other means. The physics-based title features two modes: players can steadily extract gold in a fast-paced Tetris-like environment or use deep strategy to solve complicated puzzles.
The MacNN article also mentions that the company is also considering bringing Gish 2 to the Mac, which is currently under development.

Be sure to check out the MacNN article.

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Aspyr Ships RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked
11:11 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Aspyr Media has begun shipping RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked!, the expansion pack for Rollercoaster Tycoon 3.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! brings a whole new range of options to the RolllerCoaster Tycoon 3 series as players select from more than 50 new rides and coasters, and use the all-new Swimming Pool and Waterfall Designers to easily create shimmering pools, waterfalls, whirlpools and wave machines.

Get ready for an entirely new Rollercoaster Tycoon experience… it’s wet, wild and totally soaked! For the first time, run your own water park – and ride all the rides – with this expansion to RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. Celebrate summer as hundreds of peeps (that’s RollerCoaster Tycoon talk for “guests”) catch rays and waves with an amazing lineup of super-splash flume rides, massive water slides, aquatic shows, beaches and more. Blast peeps with water cannons, build them outrageous coasters, and wow ‘em with laser light shows! Get drenched with this splashy summertime addition to one of the biggest games of the year.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! is available for pre-order for $19.99.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked!

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Inside Mac Games Previews Star Wars: Empire At War
11:02 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 4 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted a hands-on preview of Aspyr's upcoming strategy game, Star Wars: Empire At War. The preview is based on a recent beta of the game. Here's a clip from the preview:

Empire at War, by Petroglyph and brought to the Mac by our friends at Aspyr, takes the Star Wars gaming experience into the realm of the real-time strategy genre and the results are engaging, mostly because the gang’s all there. The gamer gets the chance to play across multiple planets in the Star Wars universe and with their favorites from all six of the films, and beyond. From controlling speeders on Hoth to sending Obi Wan out into battle to blasting it up with Kyle Katarn, the game is practically oozing fan service. Oh, did I mention you can also play as the Empire and lead Lord Vader himself across the battlefield, laying waste to Rebel units? You can, and it’s just as fun as you think it will be.
Be sure to check out the preview and QuickTime trailers by following the link below.

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Big Bang Brain Games Reviewed
6:57 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Applelinks has posted a review of Freeverse's Big Bang Brain Games, a collection of six brain twisting puzzle titles. Applelinks gave the game collection a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

Most of the games above you probably know by different titles. NovaSweeper is Minesweeper, for example (but they're right; it's never looked this good). Remembrance is that game where you flip over two cards in an effort to find a match, but only realize your three-year-old kid has a better memory than you. Sudoku is better known as that game you see in little magazines at the grocery store check out line but you've never bothered to play because it looks too much like math. Echo is Simon.

Now, if you're at all like me (and admit it, you know you are), you'll end up playing a few of these in heavy rotation while rarely touching the others. This is one of the drawbacks to Big Bang Brain Games, as it'll feel as if you're paying for six games when you could've paid less for fewer titles. Yes, $29.95 is a fair price to pay for six games, considering shareware versions of many of these games are available for about $20 each, but I would've been fine with never having to install Echo, for example.

Each game is very well designed and animated, and is accompanied by either Sol, Luna or Wisdom; your typically smart-mouthed but good natured Freeverse characters. Hovering next to the game board, they'll explain the game, then offer praise, criticism and jokes as you play. They become part of the challenge, as they'll sometimes try to break your concentration. Annoying? No. The jokes are half the fun, and they'll make you forget you're playing games that are actually exercising your prefrontal cortex.
For the full review head over to the site below.

Applelinks: Big Bang Brain Games Review
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Controlling Games With Brain Waves
6:57 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

A recent Agence France-Presse article examined the efforts of NeuroSky to develop low cost headsets capable of reading brain waves. The Silicon Valley company plans to pair the technology with toys and games to deliver a unique hands free entertainment experience.

Readings are translated into video game action by computer software, Hyver said.

Onscreen objects can be pushed or pulled by focusing intently on them and aiming with a computer mouse. Players "calm" their minds to lift things in the game.

The San Jose, California-based firm said it has sold development kits to game and toy makers that will have products to market by the end of the year.

"The technology has been around for a hundred years," Hyver said. "The problem was the cost, and we fixed that."

Single-sensor headsets manufactured in Korea for NeuroSky are priced at 50 dollars each if bought in volume.

The technology could also be used in toys such as the mind-activated light saber or used to let MP3 players match music to one's mood, according to Hyver.
Check out the full article at the link below.

Agence France-Presse: Brain Wave Games On Horizon

Mac Games News for Friday, March 9, 2007

Inside Mac Games Reviews Snowy2:52 PM
Apple Posts New Hot Deals2:17 PM
Aspyr Newsletter: Star Wars: Empire at War Release Imminent2:03 PM
MacSoft Posts Age of Empires III QuickTime Fix1:55 PM
Aspyr Launches The Sims Life Stories Web Site1:47 PM
EVE Online Heading To Mac1:22 PM
Jets'n'Guns Gold Released7:23 AM
PlayFirst Interview7:23 AM
The Sims Life Stories Reviewed7:23 AM
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