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KingMania Now Available For OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

300AD, the casual label of the independent team Rake In Grass, has announced the release of a new strategy game: KingMania.

The fast action strategy game challenges players to make quick tactical decisions as they struggle to conquer their opponents using a variety of buildings and units. KingMania offers 30 levels with unique battlefields, more than 30 structure upgrades, 5 spells of mass destruction, multiplayer mode, and 5 computer opponents to defeat.

Players can control different buildings, using their power and the power of hordes of your lieges to defeat their opponents.

Each of the buildings in the game has another purpose and can be improved upon - castles produce strong knights and allow you to cast magical spells at enemy buildings or to summon dragons. Villages provide food as well as villagers, who are weak warriors, but attack in hordes and when they turn to berserkers, they can gain a destructible force. Gold can be gathered at mines, mage towers can shoot fireballs and destroy garrisons in enemy houses, etc.

The game is situated on an island kingdom, developed in pleasant and easy to understand graphics with comical features, and can be taken as an attempt to introduce strategic games to casual players.

KingMania costs $19.95 for the full version of the game and requires Mac OS X 10.3 and a 64MB video card.

Head over to the site below to download the demo and learn more about the game.


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Spiderweb: Avernum 5 Status, New Game, October Sale
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Spiderweb Software's latest newsletter reveals the current status of Avernum 5, the upcoming continuation of the popular RPG series. If all goes as planned the game should be available to eager fans sometime in November. The newsletter also mentions work on an all new game to be announced in a couple of months, and the continuing October sale on all its products.

Spiderweb Software, in a spasm of depression caused by the typicallymiserable Seattle autumn weather, has decided to cheer itself up by having a sale. The prospect of the next six months of unrelentingdarkness, gloom, and Pacific northwest moisture has driven this small, independent game company to offer 10% off on all of its products for the month of October. Such is the extent of this sour mood that this discount applies to games, CDs, bundles, and even already discounted products.

We have finished writing the scenario for Avernum 5. This means that we are on the final countdown to releasing the game. It should be out for the Macintosh in November and for Windows in early 2008. Of course, the author might get the flu or be run over by a bus. But, barring that, our new game will be ready soon.

You will hopefully hear from us in two months or so, when we will have a big, cool new game to announce.
Head over to Spiderweb's site for more information about its games.

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Apple Games Features Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple Games' most recent feature showcases Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online. The learning adventures provided by the game reinforce a variety of skills for young children using characters and locations from Playhouse Disney television programs. The article offers an overview of the software and a quick description of the various Playhouse Disney television shows.

Bear, of “Bear in the Big Blue House” fame, hosts the proceedings, speaking directly to your children in the same soft manner he does on TV. He greets your children and introduces the letter and number of the day, which must be found in a bureau. He also explains what’s special about today, such as: “It’s wear green day. Do you have anything green you can wear?”

Then Bear kicks off that week’s theme and sends your children to the main screen, where they engage in educational activities and games. Your children move through the learning adventure in a specific order; you can also change the setting to Discovery mode and allow a freeform approach.

At any time, your children can click on the Backyard icon and head there, where more Playhouse Disney characters populate activities involving art, music, reading, and other skills. (You can also access the previous two learning adventure themes there, in case your children were away from the computer for a while.) For example, they can click on a book featuring Winnie the Pooh and hear it read aloud, or create a unique work of art that uses musical instruments to dictate the style of brush stroke on the “canvas.”
To read the rest of the article head over to the site below.

Apple Games: Preschool Time Online
Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online

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Dominions 3: The Awakening 3.10 Mega Patch 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 3.10 Mega Patch introduces two new nations, new spells, new events, and variety of bug fixes and improvements.

Here a few of the updates in the new patch:

- New nation: EA Fomoria. Enemy of Tir na n'Og. A nation of deformed seafaring Giants.
- New nation: LA Pythium, Serpent Cult. The dom2 theme revamped. Meet the mystery cults and soldiers of the limes.
- New heroes for Agartha, Sauromatia, Eriu, Jomon, Lanka, Marverni.
- New event spells: Monster Boar, Send Dream Horror.
- Mac could crash when shift selecting units, fixed.
Click over to the site below to download the latest update.

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Need For Speed: Carbon Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments has posted a new review of Need For Speed: Carbon, one of several new Electronic Arts games available for Intel Macs courtesy of Cider emulation. Despite some instability problems with the title GamersInfo recommended Carbon to fans of racing games.

From the review:

There are lots of tracks to choose from as you move through the game and take over territory. A couple of great aspects are the fact you don't have to win every race to take a patch. This is incredibly useful if, like me, you cannot "drift" to save your life. You get rewards for each race won, each territory taken and boss races won. These take place on the canyon, which features heavily as you advance in the game. The great thing about the canyon is the lack of police.

Alas, advance brings problems as well. I am not talking in-game design but game stability. Certain tracks in the "challenge" part of the game have the habit of crashing the game — even at the lowest graphic settings on a machine well in the recommend requirements for the game. Most frustrating is that these crashes tend to happen toward the end of the race, usually when you are ahead, and can be quite frustrating. I was really impressed that NFS: Carbon managed to hard crash OSX. It is rare for OSX to crash so that you have to shut down the machine — very rare indeed. Needless to say, an update that addresses this issue would be welcomed post haste.
The full review is available at the link provided below.

Gamers Info: Need For Speed Carbon Review
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Macgamestore: Little Shop Of Treasures 2 Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has released Little Shop of Treasures 2 as a digital download.

The game challenges players to seek out items for impatient shoppers from a wide variety of shops packed with merchandise. Little Shop of Treasures 2 features two game modes, a hint feature, and a variety of unique items to find.

Welcome back to Huntington and an all-new adventure of seek-and-find fun! Help the shoppers of this charming little town find the items they desire and earn enough money to restore and reopen your Uncle Roy's gas station! Search for well-hidden items in a wide variety of Huntington's shops - including the Import Shop you opened in Little Shop of Treasures and your newly restored Gas Station! Featuring two exciting game modes, a unique hint feature, and hours of eye-popping fun, Little Shop of Treasures 2 is a fantastic discovery of family fun!
The demo is available from at the link below.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, October 11, 2007

IMG Podcast Episode 30 Released3:43 PM
Inside Mac Games Reviews Mystery of Shark Island3:26 PM
Battlefield 3 Details Leaked, Mac Version?6:00 AM
Cyclomite: New Wideload Game Previewed6:00 AM
Galder Puzzle Game Released6:00 AM
iPod Nano And Gaming6:00 AM
Unity 2.0 Released6:00 AM
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