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Last Magic Stones Expansion Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Winter Wolves has announced the final expansion pack for its hybrid role playing card game, Magic Stones. This update upgrades the game to version 1.2.5 and brings to a close two years of free expansions. The last free quest, Lost Temples Island, introduces the fifth avatars for life and spirit magic schools: the Angel and the Rhino.

It is a bit sad to announce the last expansion for this game, but 2 years have passed since the initial release date (version 1.0, 4th October 2005) and I feel I need to finish this experience. I’ll still be updating the game from time to time like I do with my other titles, but I won’t be releasing free quests anymore. I’ll try to release an editor or a PDF guide on how to create your own though!
Here's a list of updates offered in version 1.2.5:
- added the last free quest “Lost Temples Island”, introducing the fifth avatars for life and spirit magic schools: the Angel and the Rhino
- fixed a bug that was displaying wrong attack and defense values when right-clicking on neutral avatars if you had any perk active
- now the artifacts damage amount received per battle is determined by the general game difficulty level
- fixed a minor cosmetic bug that was displaying the skills bar too long, causing a small graphic garbage
- increased effectiveness of charm attack/spell: now the charmed avatars will always to damage to their own allies
- fixed a wrong message window that was appearing when browsing avatars during a battle in character screen
- fixed a bug that was causing avatars to skip their turn if their speed was higher than 9
Head over to to download the latest version and visit the Winter Wolves site for more information.

Winter Wolves
Magic Stones
MGF: Magic Stones 1.2.5

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Inside Mac Games Reviews Azada
2:08 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Azada, the latest puzzle game from casual game developer, Big Fish Games. Here's a clip from the review:

Azada really stands out amongst its competitors. It provides more puzzles of greater complexity than any other game I've encountered in its price range. None of the puzzles are terribly unique, and most, if not all, can be found elsewhere. As to difficulty, the puzzles are easier than many other games specializing in them, but they do get harder,and the variety ensures that everyone will be challenged a good portion of the time (I, for example, can't do Simon puzzles to save my life). However, each of the better versions of the puzzles are in games in which those puzzles are the sole offering. For example, the Mystery Case Files games have better hunt puzzles, but no line-and-box or mastermind puzzles.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Azada
Big Fish Games
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Help Wanted: IMG Looking For New Writers
1:58 PM | Tuncer Deniz

Inside Mac Games is looking for a few dedicated writers to work on the Inside Mac Games web site. Here's some of the current openings at IMG:

Software Reviewers
Write reviews, features, and previews for Inside Mac Games. Must have outstanding writing skills. If you're interested, please email with a little bio of yourself and include writing samples (or URLs to writing samples). At this time there is no pay but we do offer other benefits such as free IMG Pro accounts, discounts through our store, and free games.

We're looking for dedicated people only who can write well and commit some of their time to a cool web site. If you don't think you'll have the time or energy, please don't e-mail us. But if you love Macintosh games and love writing, then by all means, let us know!

MacRadio Relaunches As Podcast Directory And Community Site
7:34 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

BURIEN, Washington – September 28, 2007 – Omaha Sternberg, CEO of MacBroadcast LLC, announced today the relaunch of as a podcast directory and community site for the Macintosh community. The new MacRadio site will debut at the Podcast and New Media Expo, which will take place September 28 - 30, 2007, at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.

MacRadio will be offering access to Mac-centric podcasts listed in the directory, with the ability for users to browse or search through categories and tags to find the right podcast for them. In addition, users may access the podcast streams, enabling them to enjoy the podcast through the embedded Quicktime Player, rate podcasts, comment and tag them, and even subscribe to the original feed. MacRadio also provides the unique Tag Subscription service, which allows users to subscribe to all podcasts with a particular tag.

“The Mac community continues to be a vibrant and exciting place,” said CEO Omaha Sternberg. “But the community lacks a place for Mac users to come together and share, in an audio, video, and text setting, their Mac-centric views.”

The MacRadio Podcast Directory has launched to provide such a place. The site includes access to podcast streams as well as a community forum. Over the coming months, MacRadio will be adding new features to expand the community.

All MacRadio Internet radio programs are now available free as a podcast through the MacRadio website at In addition, Mac-centric podcasts can submit their podcasts to the site, and users can invite a podcast onto the site. Some features are available to members of the site only. Membership is free.

To tune in, users must have QuickTime 5 and above. To subscribe to the original podcast feed, users must have iTunes 4.9 or other MP3 enabled software (such as myPodder).

The MacRadio Podcast Directory is a division of MacBroadcast, LLC. MacRadio is the only Macintosh focused podcast directory on the Internet.

MacRadio is a trademark of MacBroadcast, LLC. QuickTime is a trademark of Apple, Inc. All other product names are registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Trailer, Wallpapers, Site Kit
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Apple recently added a new game trailer to its website, this one for the upcoming Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. The game's official community site is also offering some new wallpapers and a fan site kit for those interested in building a website devoted to the first person shooter.

Bring the war for Earth to your desktop with six brand-new wallpapers that can be found on the Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars website. All of these are unique and original pieces of art that aren't available anywhere else (and damn good looking if you ask me!). The ETQW Fan Site Kit has also been updated and now features the latest screenshots, along with character and weapon renders, sound effects, box shots, and a variety of logos, so you can build the Best ETQW Fan Sites Ever!
Click over to the links below to view the trailer and new wallpapers.

Apple: ETQW Trailer
ETQW Community Site: Wallpapers, Fan Site Kit
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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (don't use)

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Age Of Empires III: The WarChiefs Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mac|Life recently posted a brief new review of The WarChiefs, an expansion for the real time strategy game, Age of Empires III. The expansion further expands the depth of AoE III with a roster of new features including playable Native American civilizations, A 15 mission single-player campaign, and a host of other updates and additions. Mac|Life gave The WarChiefs a score of 4 out of 5.

The WarChiefs expansion pack for the Age of Empires III real-time strategy game adds three new civilizations: the Iroquois Confederacy, the Sioux Nation, and the Aztec Empire. Each has a Tribal Council (similar to a Home City) and a powerful WarChief. The well-rounded Iroquois produce artillery and siege units. The speedy Sioux start the game with a full population that’s unable to build walls for their encampment. The Aztecs are focused only on a strong infantry, with their elite troops laying waste to buildings and cavalry alike.

The WarChief unit has special attacks, higher health points, and a battle aura that can enhance surrounding friendly units. Send your villagers to the new Fire Pits and, as they dance, you can enhance your WarChief, increase gathering speed, spawn unique units, and more. 
The rest of the review is available at the link below.

Mac|Life: AoE III The WarChiefs Review
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs
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Macgamestore: Mind Medley Available For Download
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has released Mind Medley a collection of mini-games designed to test your brain power and track your progress with the various challenges. The game features 16 mini-games such as Memory Match, Shadow Shapes, and Perfect Pairs.

Boost your brain and have a blast at the same time with this illuminating collection of cleverly designed mini-games. Test yourself with a series of fun challenges with names like Memory Match, Shadow Shapes, Perfect Pairs and more! Easy to learn and play, Mind Medley tracks your progress and grows with you as you improve. Test your brainpower to earn "Lumens" and unlock even more fun games! Featuring two game modes, colorful graphics, and endless replay value, Mind Medley is brain-building fun for everyone!
Mind Medley is a Universal Binary application and costs $19.95 for the full version. Follow the link below for more information.

Buy Mind Medley

Mac Games News for Thursday, September 27, 2007

IMG Podcast Posts Interview with Glenda Adams7:12 AM
Cake Mania Comes To Mac OS X6:00 AM
Macgamestore: Blast Miner Available For Download6:00 AM
Path Of Magic Released6:00 AM
Unreal Tournament 3: No Plans For Mac Editor?6:00 AM
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