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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

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The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff Ships For Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media announced yesterday that the Mac version of The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff has begun shipping to retail outlets nationwide. The add on introduces new furniture, clothing, and items to spice up the Sims 2 experience.

Add excitement to your Sims family with this all-new collection of furniture, clothing and décor. Decorate the home with an assortment of cool new furnishings, including upscale living room items and adventurous bedroom sets. Dress your Sims in matching attire for an amusing day out with the family. With 60 new items from castle beds to cruise ship replicas, your Sims will have more stuff for more family fun!
The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff requires The Sims 2 to play and is now available through Aspyr's website for $19.99. For more information, follow the links below.

The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff
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Turret Wars Released For Mac OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 16 comments

Sector3 Games has released Turret Wars for OS X and Windows. The fast paced title drops players into a real-time battle against enemy gun turrets in a race to destroy the enemy before it destroys them.

Here's a list of the game's features:

- Choose from four different gun turret types, each with slightly different weapon types.
- Fight on 4 random terrains in random positions.
- You get the choice of fighting against one to seven other computer controlled gun turrets, in three different difficulty levels. Each difficulty level also introduces differing wind conditions.
- With so many variation to the game, including random wind speeds and direction, every time you play is a new challenge.
- Highscores are saved on our game server (if you have an active internet connection) so you can compare your scores against other players around the world.
The full version of the game costs $19.95. A demo is available from

Turret Wars
MGF: Turret Wars 1.0
Sector3 Games

Tradewinds Legends Sails To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games, in association with Sandlot Games, has released Tradewinds Legends, a casual adventure and trading game. Players choose from one of five unique characters, or build one of their own, before engaging in combat and trade to create an empire.

Transport yourself back to a time of myth and magic, genies and flying warships in the world of Tradewinds Legends. Unravel the histories and fates of five characters as they seek honor, revenge, reconciliation, and redemption. Sail through the seas and skies of the Ten Kingdoms while building your empire of trade, battle, and connections in high places. Build a flotilla of ships armed with weaponry, both man-made and magic. Sail into the sky to discover new ports and engage in aerial combat with other magical sky ships. Exchange insults and cannon fire with pirates, free hostage ports, and build your reputation across the Far East!
Here are a few of the game's key features:
- Over 100 tasks to choose from
- Play as one of 5 unique characters, or build your own from scratch
- 10 beautiful ports to visit
- Build your fleet with 7 unique types of ships, weapons and magical attacks
- Hundreds of special items to customize your gameplay
- Interact with a limitless cast of characters on your adventures
Tradewinds Legends requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, and sells for $24.95. The free demo version of the game gives full feature access, but limits play time to 60 minutes.

For more information about the game follow the links below.

Tradewinds Legends
Red Marble Games

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Cosmic Encounter Online Introduces 35th Alien
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Cosmic Encounter Online designer Peter Olotka recently announced the release of the multiplayer game's 35th alien, the Reincarnator. It 'comes back' as an new alien each time it dies. The fun and strategy are enhanced because no one knows who you came back as until you use the power of the new form.

Cosmic Encounter Online is a multi-player game where humans have their brains augmented by a superior alien being. They are then locked in a series of short (30 minute) contests to dominate the cosmos.

To celebrate the new alien, CE member Amadeus is hosting the Spring Training REINCARNATOR League on Saturday nights. For the next eight weeks, starting on May 5, 2007 9:30 pm at Cosmic Encounter Online you can play in the Cosmic Online League. Every League game will have the Reincarnator in the alien mix. All players are welcome. Just show up in the Cosmic Lobby (get a .99 cent ticket if you are not a member) and join the League players. League winner takes home the Cosmic alien T-shirt of his or her choice.
Cosmic Encounter Online now features 35 aliens and 52,360 different four player games. Head over to the website below to learn more.

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Cosmic Encounter Online

Apple Games Features iPod Royal Solitaire
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games recently continued its iPod games coverage with a feature on Royal Solitaire. The title allows fifth generation iPod owners to enjoy one of ten popular solitaire styles. Apple's article includes an overview of Royal Solitaire's features and a few hints and tips for success.

This collection’s assortment features ten classics of the genre: Aces Up, Beleaguered Castle, Canfield, Free Cell, Golf, Klondike (the classic most people are familiar with), Peaks, Pyramid, Scorpion, and Yukon. Each comes with full instructions, along with the ability to quickly save and exit your progress, or ask for a new deal if the current game is a lost cause. You can even replay the current hand from the beginning, if you realize you made the wrong decision several moves back. If you catch yourself at the moment you err, however, simply hold the center button for two seconds to undo the move.

Royal Solitaire tracks your time spent playing each game type, as well as your score. The statistics screen lets you know how long you’ve been playing altogether, along with your best time, number of moves, and number of games started and finished for each variant. See if you can beat your best numbers.
Click over to the site below to read the rest.

Apple Games: iPod Royal Solitaire
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Blizzard To Announce New Game This Month
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

Last week Blizzard Entertainment confirmed it will be announcing a new title on May 19th at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals in South Korea. Although the company has yet to give any details about the new game, speculation has arisen from recent Blizzard job openings for "Next-Gen MMO" programmers and artists. The usual Starcraft 2 rumors are also making the rounds.

We do intend to announce a new product at the Worldwide Invitational next month in Korea, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and interest in getting an advance look at what that will be, but players will have to wait until May 19th to find out more. Also, we have a very strong connection with the characters and settings of StarCraft, and we do plan to revisit that universe at some point in the future, but we don't have anything new to announce in that regard at present.
Head over to the sites below to learn more, or join the discussion on the IMG forums.

Kotaku: Blizzard Confirms New Game
Blizzplanet: Wow Expansion, Starcraft or Diablo MMORPG?
IMG Forums: Blizzard's New Game
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Mac Games News for Monday, April 30, 2007

An Interview With SCUMM Creator Ron Gilbert6:00 AM
Avernum 5: Dialog, Battles, And Plots6:00 AM
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Q&A6:00 AM
The Movies Reviewed6:00 AM
The Strategist Comes To Macs6:00 AM
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