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Friday, September 7, 2007

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Age of Mythology Universal Binary Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

MacSoft recently released a new update for Age of Mythology. The update brings the RTS to version 2.0 and introduces a variety of changes and fixes including offering support for both Intel and PowerPC Macs as a Universal Binary application.

Age of Mythology 2.0 will update versions 1.0 and 1.0.1, and should only be used on the U.S. retail PowerPC installation of Age of Mythology.

AoM 2.0 requires the following:

- 500 MHz or faster PowerPC G4, G5, or Intel processor. 1 GHz or faster recommended.
- Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” recommended.
- QuickTime 6.4 or later.
- 256 Megabytes (MB) of RAM. 512 MB recommended.
- 32 MB video card.
- 1 GB of available hard disk space. 1.5 GB recommended.
- 8x CD-ROM drive.
- 56 Kbps modem or LAN for online network play. Broadband recommended.
- In addition, please note the following:

+ To play Multiplayer games via LAN, DirectIP, or GameRanger, all players must upgrade to version 2.0. Multiplayer games may not be played between versions 1.x and 2.0.
+ Bump-mapped water effects have been implemented.
+ Environment mapping has been added; certain units (such as Scarabs and Kraken) will appear shinier.
+ Some load times have been reduced.
+ Rendering speeds have been improved under some hardware cases.
+ Support for monitor resolutions up to 1920x1440 has been added.
+ Save games and third-party scenarios are stored within the Universal Binary application. If you need to access these files from the Mac OS X Finder, click the Age of Mythology game icon and do a "Show Package Contents". From there, locate the Contents/Resources/GameData folder.
Those who install the update are strongly encouraged to make backups of all saved games before using the updater. Head over to at the link below to download the patch.

MGF: Age of Mythology 2.0
Ensemble Studios
Age of Mythology
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Macintosh Beta Testers Needed For Avernum 5
5:43 PM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software is looking for Mac owners willing to devote some time and energy to testing Avernum 5.

Avernum 5 takes a new direction with the Avernum story, allowing players to play as a group of soldiers from the above ground world of the Empire. The soldiers have descended into Avernum's depths to search for the murderer of their Empress. The game will feature hundreds of quests, an epic storyline, unique encounters, and a variety of spells and items to discover.

Right now we need Macintosh Testers for Avernum 5. You will need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and get it back to us fairly quickly (Faxing it is a very good idea). People who don't get the NDA in promptly won't be able to test.

General Requirements:
- You must have a reliable internet account, capable of E-mail and of downloading large files. Updates can be over 20 MB and need to be downloaded reliably.
- You must be able to write and converse coherently in English.
- You must be able to actually spend time on testing, and, even if you don't find bugs, you need to be able to frequently give us reports on your progress in the game.

Those interested in participating in the beta test should head over to the site below to fill out the form.

Spiderweb Beta Test Sign Up Form
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 5
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IMG Wishes Best of Luck to Peter Marks
6:00 AM | Anthony Wang | 3 comments

We here at Inside Mac Games would like to wish the best of luck as well as a fast and full recovery for Peter Marks of Bungie, who has unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer.

Peter Marks has been a part of the Bungie community, both inside and out, for more than ten years. Myth players knew him as BNA Mordia. Halo PC players knew him as Lud. Bungie fans of Halo know Peter's work, Hang Em High and other popular levels. Unfortunately, Peter has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He is doing what he can to fight it, with doctors pulling every trick in the book to defeat it.
Personally, I remember Peter Marks as Mordia back in the days on Myth II: Soulblighter. He is a great guy for the community. Everybody is welcome to leave messages of support by following the link below.

An Open Letter to Peter Marks

Custer Conjures Up A Desktop
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

With the countdown starting until the release of NeverWinter Nights 2 in December from Aspyr Media, IMG's Brad Custer has created a new desktop to celebrate the announcement of the game.

Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

With the recent announcement that NeverWinter Nights 2 from Aspyr Media was coming to the Mac, confirming the rumors, its been a popular subject from all the viewers in my email. I enjoy honoring your requests, and being a fan of the original title, so its time to venture off to the forgotten realms. I was able to create this week's wallpaper with the help of Aspyr Media and my trusty cable modem. I simply entitled this selection, "Wizardry", and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
To check out his latest desktop, and many more, head over to Custer's Desktops.

Custer's Desktops

Cubis 2 For iPod Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Applelinks has released a new iPod game review, this time examining Cubis 2. The puzzle game tasks players with creating chains of three or more cubes of the same color to score points. Applelinks gave Cubis 2 a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

To keep things even more interesting, Cubis 2 contains four slightly different play variations. Arcade Mode is pretty much what I described above, in which you have to clear a certain percentage of blocks from the screen. Puzzle Mode gives you specific tasks, such as clearing all of the star cubes within a certain amount of time. Then, there are Morph Modes of both Arcade and Puzzle Mode which add Ghost Cubes that float around and mess up your strategies, making the game more complex.

Depending upon what type of gamer you are, that could be a problem with Cubis 2. It's more difficult than other games of this sort. The multi-layered action makes for a steeper learning curve than you'd expect, and it'll be a while before you're able to develop strategies As a result, easily discouraged gamers will bail on this early, even if they're succeeding, because they'll have no idea why they're succeeding. On the other hand, those that stick with it will be rewarded with a more satisfying gaming experience with a longer shelf life than most other iPod games.
Follow the link below to read the rest of the review.

Applelinks: Cubis 2 Review
Apple: iPod Games

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Aspyr: ET Quake Wars, Pet Stories, NWN 2
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Aspyr's September newsletter offers a status update on the eagerly awatied Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, revealing the likelihood of a release date close to that for the PC version. The Sims Pet Stories, the latest in Aspyr's laptop friendly Sims series, is on track to ship this month. Finally, the newsletter also hints that Neverwinter Nights 2, and an unnamed title, may well be on shelves by Christmas.

Aspyr Studios has wrapped up all our work on the latest Sims Stories game for Mac, The Sims Pet Stories. This is the second game Aspyr has developed internally for Electronic Arts, and we're pleased to be able to bring it to the Mac. Pet Stories retains the laptop-friendly features of Life Stories, making it a good match for Apple's MacBooks and MacBook Pro's. Pet Stories Mac should be available in September.

As Quake Wars gets closer to final on the PC, we've continued to ramp up our development efforts on the Mac side. We're working closing with Apple, ATI, and nVidia to ensure the game runs as smoothly as possible on the Mac. The major work remaining is optimization and cleaning up bugs. If all goes well, Quake Wars for Mac should be ready to ship close to the PC release, so Mac gamers will be able to join in the multiplayer fun with their PC friends.

Aspyr Studios has begun work on two very large OS X games that are sure to be hits with Mac gamers. One is a genre that has never been on the Mac before, and the other is a more familiar game type based on a very popular brand. If all goes well, both of these games will be on shelves for Christmas
Head over to the link below to read the rest of the latest newsletter.

Aspyr September Newsletter
Aspyr Media
The Sims Pet Stories
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (don't use)
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Redline Update Adds Leopard Compatibility
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Ambrosia Software has announced the release of Redline 1.0.4.  This update of the popular online racing game brings compatibility for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard WWDC Release along with many bug fixes and improvements.

Redline 1.0.4 features the following changes/enhancements:

-- Now compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard WWDC Release
-- Allows separate axes for gas and brake input, if the controlling device supports it
-- Allow plug-in cars to specify a custom model for the brake calipers
-- Various bug fixes and enhancements
-- Please note that clients older than 1.0.3 cannot join Redline 1.0.4 multiplayer games due to newer functionality, so Redline 1.0.4 is a highly recommended update

Redline costs $25, requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later, and is a Universal Binary application. Follow the links below for more information.

Ambrosia Software

Macgamestore: G.H.O.S.T. Hunters Game Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has announced the release of G.H.O.S.T. Hunters: The Haunting of Majesty Manor. The game was developed Aisle 5 Games and features cleverly hidden objects, a haunting soundtrack, and hi-res graphics.

As a new investigator for G.H.O.S.T. Hunters you have been called to Majesty Manor to investigate a possible haunting. Search the house for clues and generate a list of suspects. Then eliminate suspects as you rush between the dark, shadowy attic and the haunted rooms in a final heart-pounding race against time Will you be able to solve the mystery in time?
G.H.O.S.T. Hunters: The Haunting of Majesty Manor is available for $19.95 through A free demo version of the game is available for download on the web page.

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Fairy Treasure Comes To Mac OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Red Marble Games, has announced the release of Fairy Treasure, a breakout-style game ported from the PC platform to the Mac. Fairy Treasure takes players on an adventure against an evil, greedy troll that has stolen great treasure from the Kingdom of Trollandia and has carefully guarded it in his cave ever since. As players work to recapture the treasure, they travel along the Fairy River on a magic raft, and in more than 120 exciting levels, struggle against hags, goblins and other evil wills that guard the river paths.

"Fairy Treasure is an exceedingly popular game on the PC platform," said Mark Batten, founder and CEO of Red Marble Games. "We're proud to be the publisher that's bringing such a compelling title to Mac game players around the world."

Features of Fairy Treasure include:

- Interesting magic fairytale theme with a consistently compelling story,
- Over 120 levels of brick-busting adventure and fun,
- Gorgeous theme-inspired graphics and music throughout,
- New, fun bricks and amazing power-ups never before seen,
- Three challenging difficulty levels,
- Automatically saves player progress, profiles, and high score.
Priced at only $19.95, Fairy Treasure is a Universal Mac OS X application that requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better, and is available for download directly from Red Marble Games' website at the link below.

Fairy Treasure
Red Marble Games

Mac Games News for Thursday, September 6, 2007

Apple Games Features The Sims 2 Happy Holiday Stuff6:00 AM
Big Bang Sudoku Comes To iPhone & iPod Touch6:00 AM
pop-pop Goes Universal6:00 AM
StuntMANIA!pro Version 1.3 Released6:00 AM
The Late Call: Progress Update & New Projects6:00 AM
UT 3 Contest: Name That Map6:00 AM
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