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DEFCON Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Ambrosia Software and Introversion Software have released version 1.4.2 of DEFCON, the nuclear war themed strategy title. This updated version of the online, multiplayer strategy game provides several fixes and enhancements.

Here's a list of the changes in the update:

-- Eliminated performance problems with fleet activity
-- Fixed oddities with ships around the International Date Line
-- Fixed queued nuke indicator
-- Hopefully fixed occassional crashes related to sound playback
-- Various other optimizations and bug fixes
The update can be downloaded from at the link below. Head over to Ambrosia's site for more information about the game.

Ambrosia Software

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Inside Mac Games Reviews Travelogue 360 Paris
1:25 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Travelogue 360 Paris. Here's a clip from the review:

Travelogue 360 Paris gives you a chance to look at beautiful 3D views of some of France's most famous landmarks with the ability to zoom in and out in addition to being able to look all around. The game features beautiful 360 panoramic views of the landmarks of France, including the Arc d'Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, and many more. While the game has much to recommend it, those looking for the challenge of the Mystery Case Files series may be disappointed.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Travelogue 360 Paris
Big Fish Games
Travelogue 360 Paris
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Custer Heads Out
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Brad Custer has once again delivered a new game-related desktop. This week's image features World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Blizzard's immensely popular expansion to their massively multiplayer online game.

Here's more from Brad on the subject:

Since January there's been a popular subject title in my inbox and it features World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade from Blizzard Entertainment. It's no secret that I am a fan of this title and any opportunity to return to its realm is fine with me. So, this week we venture to the Outland to honor a user specific request. This wallpaper features the two new races clashing in the new world and was made possible by Blizzard Entertainment.
Visit Custer's Desktops to grab this desktop in a large selection of sizes.

Custer's Desktops

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Europa Universalis III PC Expansion Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Paradox Interactive has announced work on an expansion for the PC version of Europa Universalis III. EU III: Napoleon's Ambition will take the game all the way into the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. The game will expand the timeline to 1820, offer an improved interface, and introduce an enhanced trading system.

"Europa Universalis III offers an endless amount of content and options which allows players to take total control of their gaming destiny", said Johan Andersson, Director of Development. With this expansion, we are entering a completely different historical era which add new dimensions and balance to EU III"
EU III: Napoleon's Ambition is scheduled for an August release. The original game is currently on its way to the Mac this spring courtesy of Virtual Programming. There is no word yet on the possibility of a Mac version of Napoleon's Ambition.

Follow the links below for more information.

Virtual Programming
Europa Universalis III
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Cave Days Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a new review of Cave Days, a colorful platform action game from Insolita Studios. The game follows the tale of Ugo and Dawson as they make their way across a 2D prehistoric world on a variety of adventures. The Game Room gave Cave Days a score of 3 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Because they’re cartoon cavemen, Ugo and Dawson have to face off against cartoon dinosaurs. They can knock them out with their clubs, then either sidestep them, toss them away into a deep pit, or stuff them in their backpack (handy when they get back home to use as a food supply).

Cave Days features quite a menagerie—everything from the mostly harmless red dinos to vicious and fast raptors, spiders, fishes, pterodactyls, even a great big Tyrannosaurus Rex that you’ll have to face off against, eventually. There are other characters the two main leads in this game have to communicate with, such as the wise old man Oberon and Ula, Dawson’s bride. All told, Insolita has done a great job making Cave Days a fun world to explore and a lot of fun to play.
Read the full review by clicking on the link below.

Macworld Game Room: Cave Days Review
Cave Days
Insolita Studios

Maggie The Gardener 2 Comes To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Anawiki Games recently announced the release of Maggie the Gardener 2, a new casual game with a gardening theme. The game is an open ended title which allows players to design and grow the most eye pleasing garden they can from a selection of six different garden types and a variety of plants.

Maggie loves gardening. She plants flowers, bushes, designs fountains and places dwarfs. Her gardens are known in the neighbourhood. Every year Maggie win's Best Gardener prize. Can she win this prize this year? With your help for sure.

Shun all the killing and destruction for awhile and do something positive. That's right, plant a garden. Choose from a bunch of stuff such as flowers, plants, fountains, even garden gnomes. It's a good way to de-stress for the whole family. Plus polka music.

Maggie the Gardener 2 is a Universal Binary application which requires a 350 MHz G3 processor, OS X 10.3, and OpenGL accelerated graphics. The full version costs $12.95.

Follow the links below for more information.

Maggie The Gardener 2
Anawiki Games

KarjaSoft Releases Sheeplings For OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

KarjaSoft has released Sheeplings, a new game which mixes puzzle solving and sheepherding action. As Windsor the sheepdog players must protect and guide their flock while dealing with predators, bandits, logic puzzles, and stubborn sheep. The game offers over 80 levels spanning three quests.

As Windsor the sheepdog you must protect and guide your flock toward the final goal: the sheep-jumping competition in Woolyville. Armed with only your bark you will face ravenous wolves and eagles, sheep-napping bandits, logic puzzles, stubborn sheep, hidden powerups and much more.

Sheeplings is designed to provide fun for the whole family. The casual and non-violent gameplay is suitable for kids, but adults will also find themselves challenged by more than 80 wool-raising levels divided into three quests. Sheeplings also features an innovative unlocking scheme that lets you tackle the levels in any order you want.
Sheeplings costs $19.99 and is available for Intel Macs running OS X 10.4.4 and higher. Click on the links below for more information.

Sheeplings Demo

Alex Seropian Interviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 24 comments

The Armchair Empire has posted an interview with Wideload Games' Alex Seropian. The interview spans a variety of topics including a look back at Stubbs The Zombie, Seropian's time at Bungie, and the importance of retaining rights to intellectual property.

For a smaller developer, what does it mean to retain the rights to an original IP?

That’s a really good topic.  It means a lot.  There are a lot of issues that that ownership of IP translates into.  Some of them are control.  You know, you create something and then somebody’s going to control what happens to it; then some of it’s being able to participate in something that you give birth to and it can grow and have a life of its own and get bigger – and that can be very beneficial to everyone involved, especially if you own the IP.

The IP is really the thing of value that exists.  It’s intellectual property but its property, so you make something .  So if you’re going to sell a million units – make a one million of these boxes and sell them to individual people but the thing that’s leftover is the IP.  Whomever owns that is the one who retains the equity of the idea.  From my perspective it’s extremely important from a creative perspective of having the incentive to invest your life and your energy into an idea.  From a business perspective, [it’s] ultimately the most important thing in the world because it’s the one tangible thing of value.
Check out the full interview by clicking on the link below.

Armchair Empire: Alex Seropian Q&A
Aspyr Media
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Dominions 3: The Awakening v3.08 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Shrapnel Games has announced the release of a new patch for Dominions 3: The Awakening, Illwinter Game Design's third installment in the turn-based fantasy war game series. The patch brings the feature rich game to version 3.08, introduces two new nations, and adds a variety of bug fixes and improvements.

More about version 3.04:

- New Nation: Tir na n'Og - Land of the Ever Young
- New Nation: Eriu - Last of the TuathaMod Squad!
- Burden of Rime caused severe damage to diseased non-old people (Fixed)
- LA Atlantis could not continue fort construction (Fixed)
- (Fixed) Cave battlegrounds.
Follow the links below to check out the full list of changes and learn more about the game.

Dominions 3 Downloads
Shrapnel Games
Dominions III: The Awakening
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Mac Games News for Thursday, May 3, 2007

Apple Games Features Ankh6:00 AM
Chocolatier Released6:00 AM
Introversion Software GDC Lecture Available6:00 AM
Richard Garriott Discusses WoW's Impact6:00 AM
Star Wars: Empire At War Reviewed6:00 AM
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