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Eschalon: Book 1 System Requirements
10:58 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 5 comments

Basilisk Games has posted the near final system requirements for their upcoming Mac game, Eschalon: Book 1 . The game is the first in a planned trilogy which will send players into massive outdoor environments and plunge them into dozens of sprawling dungeons as they quest to uncover the mystery of their character's origins.

The system requirements are:

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
1.6 GHz processor
256 MB RAM (512 recommended)
3D accelerated graphics card

For more on Eschalon: Book 1, follow the link below.

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Inside Mac Games Reviews Arctic Quest
1:34 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Arctic Quest. Here's a clip from the review:

One of the strong points of the game is its graphics. While not necessary for this type of game, attention was obviously paid to making the game nice to look at. The colors are vibrant, the pieces of ice just look nice, and even the screen that shows your level is nicely designed and changes to show what areas you have melted as you progress. As you free bonus fish they fall into the water and begin swimming around, and after you successfully complete a level a little animation shows part of the current scene melting and coming back to life. These are nice touches which make the game more attractive than some others of this genre.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Arctic Quest
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Pat Sajak's Trivia Gems Released
1:32 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story today announced the release of uclick's Pat Sajack's Trivia Gems for the Macintosh.

Join America’s most-loved game show host on the set of his newest production, Pat Sajak’s Trivia Gems!

Climb the pyramid by answering trivia question triplets, but choose your steps carefully as you climb: each colored pyramid step is a different trivia category. You can wager on every question based on your confidence in your answer, so if you’re certain you’ve got it right, bet big and you’ll win big!

Watch for Pat’s Brain Busters and Gem of a Question, the surprise trivia challenges that give you a chance to multiply your winnings, as you make your way to Pat’s Power Gem at the top of the pyramid for one last opportunity to double your money!

Pat Sajak's Trivia Gems 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 Trivia Gems

Apple Posts New Hot Deals
1:30 PM | Tuncer Deniz

B&H Photo Video has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: 5.1 Surround Sound as well as Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic support for your Mac with the FireWave system from Griffin Technology for only $59.95!; G-Drive Q 160GB eSATA external hard drive with FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 for only $188.95; LoJack for laptops (1-year subscription) from Computrance for only $49.95!; Creature 2 40-watt 3-piece speaker system from JBL for only $44.95!; Quicken 2007 from Intuit for only $69.95!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

GadgetLocker has deals on a variety of Mac compatible hardware and software products including: iLuv portable iPod video/DVD player with a 7-inch active-matrix LCD screen for only $179!; JamPlug lets you play your guitar or bass in complete privacy from MacMice for only $19.95!; i-Dog iPod compatible speaker (pink) from Hasbro for only $23!; eVo3 silicone case for 30GB iPod from iSkin for only $25.99!; HomeDock Deluxe connects dockable iPod to your stereo & TV with remote from DLO for only $129!; hard-wire your iPod to your car stereo with iPod2Car car connection kit from Peripheral Electronics for only $125.99!; and much more. Get all the details at the following URL:

Custer Gets Wet And Wild
11:02 AM | IMG News | 4 comments

IMG's desktop artist, Brad Custer, has posted his latest wallpaper. This week's desktop features RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked!, the recent release by Aspyr Media.

Here's what he had to say about his latest creation:

I'm returning this week with a trip to RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! from Aspyr Media. With the recent release, it seems everyone has a case of summer fever with the amount of interest I've received for a desktop dedicated to this game. Of course I am more than happy to honor all your requests. I decided to create a wallpaper based on the design of the packaging and was able to make this week's feature with the help of Aspyr Media.
Head over to Custer's Desktops to check out the latest desktop.

Inside Mac Games: Custer's Desktops

Red Sweater Releases Black Ink 1.0
10:59 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Red Sweater Software has announced the release of Black Ink for OS X, an application the company describes as "premium crossword solving software." The program makes it easy for users to download and solve free online puzzles from sources such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Puzzles can be solved either on the computer or printed out for those who prefer pencil and paper.

Black Ink was developed by Red Sweater Software after acquiring MacXword from Stephan Cleaves in January, 2007. Cleaves developed and published the software under the Advenio brand with business partner Michael Dupuis, where it was widely acknowledged as the leading crossword application for Mac OS X.

"From the new name to the new functionality and redressing of existing features, everything Daniel has done with Black Ink has impressed me," said Stephan Cleaves, founder of Yellow Camp Software . "Veteran and new users alike are in for a treat with this new version of the premier crossword solving application for the Mac."

"I've been solving crosswords since I was a kid, all through college, and as a much needed break in my professional life," said Daniel Jalkut, founder of Red Sweater Software. "MacXword was the best application anywhere for solving crosswords, which is why I was so excited to acquire it and make it even better."

Black Ink connects users with the puzzles they are passionate about. Download new puzzles from the Internet, solve them with an advanced on-screen editor, or print them out for the long weekend away from the office. Black Ink covers all of the puzzle-solver's needs.

Black Ink is a Universal Binary application and sells for $24.95. It requires a Mac running OS X 10.4. The program can be downloaded and used for free during the 30-day full featured evaluation period. Existing customers of MacXword are eligible for an upgrade discount.

Follow the links below to learn more.

Black Ink 1.0
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Reviewed
10:59 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Applelinks has posted a new review of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, a game which gives players the chance to create a successful amusement park and build fan pleasing roller coaster attractions. Applelinks gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

First, the virtual camera function is very cool, and works well even on aging software like my three year old Powerbook. It gave exciting, detailed, you-are-there views of the ride from several angles, switching effortlessly between them, and even between cars on the ride.

The real excitement of RCT3, however, is in building your own scream machine. Like a giant Lego box, the game allows you to construct a roller coaster, test it, tweak it, and get it working to real world conditions. I was surprised at how much fun this bit was: even moreso because I got into the spirit of the game, trying to make the best roller coaster I could, balancing the big hills with the minor thrills, the bank turns, loops, and so on. Of course, if you're playing the campaign mode, you also have to keep turnaround in mind, giving the customers their money's worth while also making sure you can get as many people onto the ride throughout the day as possible.
Click over to the site below to read the full review.

Applelinks: Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Review
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Mac Games News for Thursday, March 22, 2007

Macgamestore: Ancient Empires Lux Now Available2:05 PM
Inside Mac Games Reviews Rainbow Mystery1:47 PM
Ubisoft Ships Petz Vet For Mac12:46 PM
Frenzic 1.1 Released12:12 PM
Apple Games Features Myst Online Uru Live7:58 AM
Innocents Caught Up in World of Warcraft Bannings?7:58 AM
Open Beta For 3D Big Bang Board Games7:58 AM
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