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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Age of Empires III Demo Released
8:49 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 12 comments

MacSoft today announced the release of the Age of Empires III, allowing gamers to get a taste of the real-time conquest in the latest chapter of Microsoft and Ensemble Studios award-winning Age of Empires Series. The demo allows Mac gamers to test out both the single-player campaign, Skirmish mode, and the persistent Home City feature.

Two complete Campaign missions – Get a taste of the single-player campaign with a pair of full scenarios, complete with story elements
Home City – Explore how the persistent Home City feature changes the way real-time strategy is played by customizing it between missions
Skirmish mode – Battle the way you want to as either the Spanish or the British on one of two maps: Texas or New England
The Age of Empires III demo is available for download from and weighs in at 419 MB.

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Inside Mac Games Reviews Heroes of Might & Magic V
2:33 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a (lengthy) review of Heroes of Might & Magic V, the recently released game brought to the Mac by Freeverse Software. Here's a clip from the review:

Every new iteration of Heroes has introduced a new graphical system, whether it was a minor improvement to an existing style (Heroes I to II) or an entirely new perspective (Heroes III to IV). However, all previous games in the series have used essentially static sprite-based graphics with a fixed perspective. The big change introduced with Heroes V is a new 3D graphics engine which (at long last, some may say) brings the game into the modern world with graphics that you can view from arbitrary angles and scenes into which you can zoom in and out.
To check out the full review, follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Heroes of Might & Magic V
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Lego Star Wars II Shipping Soon, Demo This Friday
2:17 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 2 comments

Feral Interactive let Inside Mac Games know that Lego Star Wars II has passed the approval stages and will begin shipping in mid-April. The company also announced it will be releasing a demo of the game this Friday.

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy takes the fun and endless customization of LEGO and combines it with the epic story, characters and action from the original Star Wars movies that revolutionized pop culture forever (Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI Return of the Jedi).
Lego Star Wars II is currently available for pre-order through for $39.95. For more on this title, follow the links below. Be sure to lookout for the demo on this Friday.

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Kingdom Era Releases Puzzle Island
1:05 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Kingdom Era today announced the company's latest Mac OS X game, Puzzle Island.

Stranded on a mysterious tropical island, you have only your wits to help
you survive. Can you discover the mystery of Puzzle Island and escape your
exile? Puzzle Island is a game of twelve different puzzles that range
from simple tile matching puzzles to mind bending logic puzzles. With four
difficulty settings, an adventure that is a puzzle within a puzzle and the
ability to play the individual puzzles anytime (once unlocked), this game
will keep you busy for months, if not years to come. Why buy one puzzle
game when you can have twelve in one!

Puzzle Island has five tile matching puzzles, five logic puzzles and two
path finding/creating puzzles. Some of the puzzles included are puzzles
based on Sudoku (with no numbers!), Nonograms, Mind Bender, Black Box and
a new take on Minesweeper. All of the puzzles are randomly created so
that there is always a new game waiting for you!

Puzzle Island is available as shareware for $28.00 from the Kingdom
Era store A free demo is available at the web site.

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Two New Mac Titles from Phantom EFX
12:35 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Phantom EFX, a publisher of popular casino games, today announced the Macintosh release of two new titles - Reel Deal Casino High Roller and Reel Deal Slots Mystic Forest. High Roller and Mystic Forest were two top-selling PC games in 2006 for Phantom EFX.

“Both Mystic Forest and High Roller are extremely popular PC titles for us and we know there is a market within the Mac community,” said Director and CEO Aaron Schurman. “Both games have all new, never-before-seen features and games to make them our best, most action-packed titles ever and we are excited to bring that same enjoyment to Mac computer users.”

As the No. 1-selling title in its PC category, Reel Deal Slots Mystic Forest Mac edition is now the next generation in Mac games. Offering more than 25 brand new 5-Reel and 3-Reel slots from which to choose, the Mystic Forest slot engines identically emulate casino play. Players navigate through new graphics and features, bonus rounds and surprises. Mystic Forest has all new, interactive prize vaults where consumers can even find a game-within-a-game. Mac computer users can also download new monthly slots to add fresh excitement and game play every month.

The newest casino game, Reel Deal Casino High Roller Mac edition, has the world’s largest variety of games. Players virtually walk through the casino and play classic favorites like Blackjack and Craps or choose from new games like Craps-Roulette, a new spin on two old favorites. This game brings the high-paced, fast action of a Las Vegas casino into the home. High Roller also has a brand new prize vault system to win extreme prizes. Giving each player a chance to be a Vegas VIP, the High Roller players receive access to more games as they gain more experience.

Most unique to both titles (and all Phantom EFX games) is the online option where players can choose basic, free online play or upgrade to subscriber status – allowing all players to chat and play against Phantom EFX friends from all over the world. By becoming a subscriber, players are given access to the monthly-added slots for free and can participate in exclusive VIP tournaments held by real Pit Bosses. Also new for online subscribers is the ability to see where they are ranked in each game they play, climbing the rankings and receiving invitations to extreme high-dollar “Invitational Tournaments.” Additionally, subscribers have the opportunity to start or join player guilds by challenging other subscribers in Guild vs. Guild tournaments. All players can experience the new in-suite tables, mall items, QUEST generator and “Looking for Party” option that allows players to find others looking to get events and games started.
The new Mac editions of Reel Deal Casino High Roller and Reel Deal Slots Mystic Forest are compatible with Macintosh OS X 10.3.9 or higher, PPC or Intel. Both games have a MSRP of $19.95 and can be purchased on the Phantom EFX Web site.

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Rarebyte Announces Waterstorm Open Beta
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Rarebyte has announced the release of the open beta version of Waterstorm. The 2D multiplayer action shooter give players the chance to engage in submarine battles with a variety of subs and weaponry. The open beta is available for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.

The waiting has found its ending: Rarebyte’s newest incarnation, Waterstorm, a fast paced 2D multiplayer shooter, goes beta. Players from around the world can measure up against each other in a sophisticated ranking system and team up as clans.

A massive variety of sub marines and weaponry rock the boat in Waterstorm. Subaqueous battles with jaw-dropping graphics guaranteed and free of charge!

You can dive into the world of Waterstorm using Linux, Mac OS or Windows. So have no fear and register right this second at

System Requirements for the Waterstorm open beta:
- 1 GHz CPU (1.5 GHz or higher recommended)
- 128MB RAM (256 or more recommended)
- 200 MB harddrive space
- OpenGL 1.3 compliant graphics card
- 64MB video memory (128 or more recommended)
- Internet connection (ISDN; DSL or faster recommended)
- Linux, MacOSX 10.3+ or Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Those interested in participating can head over to the site below to register and download the game. Waterstorm requires Sun Java Runtime Environment (Sun JRE) version 1.5 or higher.

Click on the links below for more information.

Waterstorm Open Beta

Apple Games Features iPod Mini Golf
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' latest feature showcases Mini Golf for the iPod. The game allows fifth generation iPod owners to test their putting skills on one of three provided courses, each with a unique theme. The feature includes an overview of the game and a few tips and tricks to give players an edge.

Mini Golf features three courses, each with a different theme: Tommy Totem’s Tiki Putt Putt, Cleopatra’s Mini Golf Oasis, and Krazy Klown’s Sideshow Golf-N-Fun. Attain a par score in the first one to unlock Cleopatra’s course, and then do the same there to unlock the third one. Each course offers not only a unique visual style but also the sounds of that environment, such as a carnival barker and clown music in the background at Krazy Klown’s Sideshow.

The game keeps track of the total number of holes you’ve played, your total holes-in-one, and your best round in each course. You can return to any difficult holes and practice them any time you want. If you’d like to challenge a friend to a game of golf, you can do so through pass-and-play mode, in which you play a hole and then hand your iPod to the other player for her turn.
For the full feature head over to the website below

Apple Games: iPod Mini Golf

Beyond The Red Line Demo Released
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

The team behind Beyond The Red Line has announced the release of a demo for the game, a Battlestar Galactica themed title based on the Freespace 2 engine. Focusing on the modern television series, specifically events during Season 2, the game allows players to join the ranks of pilots drafted into service aboard the Battlestar Pegasus.

Here is a list of the game's features and system requirements:

- Powered by the revamped Freespace 2 engine
- Entirely stand-alone, Freespace 2 not required
- Accurately detailed high-resolution ship models
- High quality, originally engineered audio
- Authentic, original in-game soundtrack, in addition to pieces by Bear McCreary and Richard Gibbs
- Original characters and voice acting
- A three mission single player campaign depicting never-before-seen events, interwoven with and true to the series’ storyline
- Head online and go head-to-head with your friends—and foes—in intense multiplayer missions including Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and others
- Exciting Viper combat with authentic weaponry and flight controls

Operating System: Mac OS 10.4
CPU: 933MHz minimum CPU, 1.2Ghz recommended, PPC or Intel
Memory: 512 MB RAM minimum, 1 GB recommended
Graphics Card: GeForce 3 or better, Radeon 9200 or better
Input Device: Mouse and keyboard
Installation: 650 MB free HD space

For more information and installation instructions head over to the site below. A Mac installer should be available soon.

Macologist: Beyond The Red Line Demo Information

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Geneforge 4 Wins Gametunnel Indie Award
8:24 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Gametunnel's March Indie Game Roundup rated ten shareware titles, giving the third place Silver Award to Spiderweb Software's Geneforge 4: Rebellion. The latest in the popular roleplaying series focuses on the war between Shapers and Rebels, giving players the chance to choose sides and change the course of history.

It’s really cliché, but they don’t make RPGs like this anymore in the retail PC gaming world. Rebellion continues the saga of the Geneforge series, except that this time – as the name implies – players assume the role of a rebel operative instead of an “evil” Shaper. Of course, in true role-playing fashion, Geneforge 4 doesn’t lock you into this position; you can change sides if you want and switch things up entirely. When combined with the fact that how you interact with NPCs will affect gameplay elements, Rebellion really shines in letting players determine how the story will unfold. RPG-lite players need not apply here as Geneforge 4 is text-heavy - you need to be ready to read a lot. On the downside, the graphics for Rebellion are about par for the series, which means they aren’t great. There’s also a number of minor interface issues that I wish would be worked out to streamline things a bit. Despite these minor issues, if you’re an RPG fan or have liked previous titles in this series, Geneforge 4 is definitely worth checking out.
Click over to the site below to read more.

Gametunnel: Indie Game Review March
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Mac Games News for Monday, April 2, 2007

Macgamestore: Star Wars: Empire At War In Stock12:55 PM
ANKH Digital Download Released12:11 PM
Pirates of the Caribbean Online Interview12:04 PM
PlayFirst CEO Discusses The Evolving Face Of Gaming12:04 PM
Prey Reviewed12:04 PM
The Broken Hourglass: NPC Companion Update12:04 PM
The Movies Examined12:04 PM
Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space Patch Delay12:04 PM
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