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Myst Online: Uru Live Launches For Mac
6:34 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 21 comments

GameTap today announced the release of Myst Online: Uru Live for Intel Macs. Using TransGaming’s Cider portability engine, which enables PC games to run on the Intel Mac OS, Mac gamers can now take part in the same massively multiplayer Myst Online: Uru Live experience as their PC counterparts.

Here's a clip from the press release:

“Myst Online: Uru Live has been the number one game on GameTap since its launch in February,” said Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap’s vice president of content. “So we are thrilled this new audience can experience GameTap's original content.”

Mac users can experience the adventure and puzzle-solving elements and visually-stunning worlds of “Myst Online: Uru Live” via TransGaming’s Cider portability engine which enables PC games to run on the Intel Mac OS. Additionally, new content and upgrades to “Myst Online: Uru Live” will be simultaneous and transparent to users on both Mac and PC platforms – an essential element in ensuring a fluid and harmonious experience between all players.

“Traditionally, Mac users have been very strong supporters of the legendary Myst franchise,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and President of TransGaming. “We are very excited to be working with GameTap to bring this title back to that group of core fans.”

Recently fans were able to explore a new Age as part of GameTap’s commitment to providing players with a constant stream of never-before-seen content. In this latest Age, explorers visited one of the pods that the D'ni once used. The pod, set in a stunning jungle environment, appears to have primarily been used to safely observe the exotic wildlife in its natural habitat - a sort of "reverse zoo." However, it contains some features that aren't entirely understood yet, so it’s up to the players to unravel this latest mystery.

“We’re excited that as the Myst universe continues to expand online, so does the accessibility to our unique world,” said Rand Miller, CEO of Cyan Worlds and creator of Myst Online. “Many of the original Myst fans were Mac users, so for GameTap to reopen the door to this audience really means a lot to Cyan on a personal level.”

PC and Mac players alike can explore yet another dynamic new area that launched last week, as the Myst Online universe and story continues to expand and evolve. Dereno is a beautiful, arctic environment that features another mysterious pod for players to explore.

Myst Online is available as part of a monthly GameTap membership that costs $6.95 per month.

System requirements are Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later, 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor or faster, 512MB RAM, ATI or Nvidia graphics, 3GB hard disk space, broadband Internet connection. Myst Online is not supported on Macs that use the GMA 950 graphics processor found in the Intel-based Mac mini and MacBooks.

Myst Online: Uru Live

Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters Comes To Mac
10:28 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments today announced that uclick's Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters has been released for the Macintosh.

Pat Sajak invites you to be a contestant on his exciting new computer game show! Spin the slot machine and guess the Lucky Letters to win big. Keep an eye out for the Lucky Chances where you can double your money (if you are brave). Finish off the game by racing the clock to solve Pat’s entire puzzle in the Lightning Round.

Then, if you win 5 daily games in a row, Pat will invite you to play in a Championship Game! There, the clues and answers are tougher to guess – and the rewards are even higher!

Enjoy three different game modes: the classic game show Lucky Letters, the fun and fast game of Lucky Ten, and the multi-player game of Lucky Players. In Lucky Players, you and your friends compete to buzz in first to answer the clues and win the most money. There’s brain tickling excitement for all in Pat Sajak’s Lucky Letters game!

Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters is available for $19.95 through A free demo version of the game is available for download on the web page.

Macgamestore: Pat Sajak's Lucky Letters

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Trible Trouble Gets Updated
9:12 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 7 comments

Oddlabs has released Trible Trouble 1.8, which optimizes the game's 3D engine and game structure and fixes a few bugs. Set on a tropical island, Tribal Trouble pits Vikings against Tribesmen in warfare and is playable either online or against the computer.

Here's a list of changes and fixes:

- 3D engine optimized: The rendering is now faster than ever, with our new
changes to the engine that optimizes triangle rendering for GPU cache.

- General optimization: The game logics has undergone spring cleaning for even
better performance and a more suitable structure for future updates.

- Bug fix: Fixes in the pathfinding deadlock solver, the camera and the bug

To download a demo of Tribal Trouble, head over to

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Ultima III 2.0 Universal Binary Released
8:41 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Lairware has released <Ultima III 2.0, bringing Universal Binary support to the classic computer fantasy role-playing game. The game was originally released in 1983 for the Apple II by ORIGIN Systems as their first software product.

In addition to Intel support, Ultima 2.0 now includes user-switchable graphics for appearance of Apple II, Commodore, Nintendo, PC, etc. It also includes many other fixes and improvements.

Ultima III 2.0 is available as shareware for $15. A free demo is available for download on Registration enables you to visit the land of Ambrosia.

Macgamefiles: Ultima III 2.0

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Hide And Seek In The Broken Hourglass
6:34 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Planewalker Games' latest update for The Broken Hourglass, its upcoming RPG, examines the mechanics of hiding, searching, and finding. The information update includes information on the skills necessary to hide effectively, as well as those needed to detect hidden traps and items.

Any character or creature with at least one point in the Stealth skill may attempt to hide at any time. As far as they are aware, they are now hidden.

An opposing individual or party which encounters the hidden creature will spot it if its Perception score exceeds the Stealth score of the hider. Perception is a group skill, meaning that when party members are within a certain radius of one another, they are able to fractionally combine their abilities to have a better chance of locating a hider than they would on their own...

Inanimate objects may also be hidden from view or otherwise conceal some sort of secret. The usual categories for hidden objects are traps, doors, and containers. Although each serves a very different purpose, the mechanics for finding each one is essentially the same. The object to be hidden is assigned a Perception score, which indicates the Perception a searching party must possess in order to find the object.

If you have a sufficient Perception score, you find the hidden object-it illuminates on the screen and the character which found it alerts you to its presence. Traps can also be "found" the hard way-by walking into one unaware and suffering its attack. Some traps will automatically disarm themselves after firing once, while others can fire again and again. Either way, you only see the trap's danger zone if you beat the Perception check. Hidden doors and containers typically have no such clues. Because perception is shared across the party, once a hidden object is located once, the members of the locating party can see it again on subsequent visits.

Head over to the Planewalker website to read the rest.

The Broken Hourglass: Rules and Mechanics, Hiding & Finding
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Tangle Released For OS X
6:34 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

MC Hot Software recently released Tangle, an addictive puzzle game which has players untangling a mess of intersecting lines. The game features unlimited levels, multiplayer action over a network, and an online leaderboard to compare your skills to others.

What is Tangle? The short answer is that Tangle is an addictive puzzle game where the player unscrambles a mess of tangled lines. The long answer is that Tangle is a game made around planar graphs. A planar graph is a graph that consist of vertices connected by edges that can be embedded into a plane so that no edges will intersect.
Here are some of the game's features:
- An Online Leaderboard which be accessed both through the web interface and in the game itself. The web interface is well worth poking around in.

- A theoretically limitless number of levels. Tangle randomly generates its levels with a formula for how many edges and vertices exist for each level and then creating a planar graph with those vertices and edges and rearranging the vertices on the board. The edges and vertices formulas ensure that valid planar graphs can be produced for any level.

- As a side effect of the way levels are created players will most likely never replay the same graph.

- Multiplayer where two or more players over a network are able play identical graphs and are able to taunt each other about their playing through some text chat. It’s especially fun when challenging someone while video conferencing with them.
Tangle is a Universal Binary application and requires Mac OS 10.4 or newer. A demo is available from The full version costs $20.

Click on the links below for more information.

MGF: Tangle 1.0.0
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