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Freeverse: Neon Tango Info, Leopard Updates, Mystery Games
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Freeverse's latest Monty Mail newsletter reveals information about the upcoming Neon Tango, the release of Leopard compatibility updates for Legion Arena and its expansion pack Cult of Mithras, and a reintroduction of the Toys section to the new website.

Neon Tango is now unveiled as an action shooter which gives players a chance to pilot a cybership against the forces of chaos. The game will feature 50 stages, state-of-the-art OpenGL graphics, and a soundtrack from Digital Droo. Neon Tango is a Mac exclusive title planned for a Holiday 2007 release.

Pixelated Warrior, Defender of the Bytes! Launch your cybership into battle against the forces of chaos across 50 stages of bitmapped treachery overflowing with glowing enemies and pulsating bosses. Conceived with a gorgeous minimalism, Neon Tango licks the shoot-em-up genre down to its chewy abstract center.

Get tricky by bouncing your shots off of walls and enemies as you charge up your cannon to deliver massive energy blasts. Dodge the forces of entropy by stopping time or activating your hyper thrusters. Each arcade-packed wave offers a brand new way to play, thanks to unique enemies and clever levels. State of the art OpenGL graphics and a killer soundtrack from Digital Droo, dazzle the senses, while the built-in online scoring lets you mock your friends as you beat their hi-scores like a Bulgarian circus monkey in Campaign, Survival and Fast Score modes.

If Chuck Norris had his action removed and hot-glued onto Jack Bauer, and then Mr. Bauer was blended into a protein shake, it would be called “The Neon Tango” and… it would be Delicious!!!
Legion Arena and Cult of Mithras are now at version 1.1.1, fixing the game for players using Apple's 10.5 Leopard OS. The updates fix a crash at launch bug under 10.5, as well as an issue that would cause parts of the game to render off-screen in full-screen mode under certain conditions.

Fans of Freeverse's zany free toys will be happy to know that Jared Butcher of Song, Sim Stapler, and others are now back on the updated Toys section of the official site. A collection of wallpapers are also available.

Finally, Freeverse hints at several mysterious new game titles on the way for the holiday season.

We have several games coming up for the holiday season, and although most of them are tightly under wraps, let's just say that you'd better send out your "Season's Greetings" now, cuz your friends and family won't be seeing you once you get your mitts on our stocking stuffers!
Head over to the Freeverse site for more information about all their titles.

MontyMail: Volume IV, Issue 5
Freeverse Toys
Neon Tango
Legion Arena
Legion Arena: Cult of Mithras
Buy Legion Arena

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Inside Mac Games Reviews Chicago 1930
1:19 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Runesoft's Chicago 1930. Here's a clip from the review:

Here’s the game in a nutshell. You can play through the game as a Mobster trying to take over the city, or as a cop trying to clean it up. The city map is broken into segments. Controlling a certain area gives you bonuses… for example, if the cops control a map segment with a police station, then they can recruit more cops to help the cause. Control an armory and you’ll have access to additional weapons.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: Chicago 1930
Chicago 1930
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Musika For iPod Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Playlist has unveiled a new feature examining Musika, a puzzle game for fifth generation iPods. Designed by Masaya Matsuura, creator of PaRappa the Rapper, Musika plays a song from an iPod library and challenges players to press a button when they recognize a number or letter from the song's title. Playlist gave the game a score of 3 out of 5.

From the review:

Obviously, songs with a long title will score more points. “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)” by the White Stripes gives you a lot more chances for big points than, say, “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel. So Musika tests your knowledge of your own music library (a bit, because it also displays the song title during each round). But it doesn’t necessarily test your knowledge of a song, specifically.

Ultimately, Musika features three difficulty levels—the difference is in the amount of time you have to react to each letter that forms or appears on the screen.

Musika’s hypnotic visual effects have also been put to good use as a visualizer. If you’re not particularly interested in playing with your iPod but just want to watch some pretty shapes and colors, Musika will definitely fit the bill—I’d love to see this appear as an iTunes visualizer, too.
To read the full review click over to the site below.

Playlist: Musika Review

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Creator Of Tetris Talks Blocks
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamespot has posted a new interview with Alexey Pajitnov about the success of Tetris, a game which has spawned thousands of imitators over the years and entertained millions of fans across the globe. The Q&A covers topics related to Pajitnov's legendary game as well as his other gaming projects.

Have you ever felt it was a burden because any game you produce after Tetris will be judged against it?
You're right. When I first came to the US, those first two years, I tried to beat myself and create something better than that, and that was a very hard time because I couldn't do it. So then I just decided to stop thinking about that and just go ahead and design what I wanted to do.

Is it true there's a Tetris bible for developers?
Yes. I was very much involved in this. I was part of the team that wrote the original document. We got very tired of the variety of different versions of the game in the world, and players were complaining that some of the versions didn't work the way they were supposed to--for instance, they could get a really high score on one game, but not do well on another. So we decided to make a list of the specifications.

Have you ever considered making a different genre game rather than puzzles?
Yeah, actually I tried to do different games, actually I was very desperate to do something else, but then I realized that what I am good at is puzzles. And I am okay, probably, with the other stuff. So, why bother? There are lots of really good designers of adventure games out there. I would rather exploit my stronger points. Our attempt to make a kind of shoot-'em-up game failed completely. Oh, my goodness. That was in 1994, I believe, and the game called Ice and Fire. So, hopefully, nobody played this game. [Laughs.]

The full interview is available at the site below.

Gamespot: Tetris Creator Q&A

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Blizzard: Top Secret Game, Lich King Fansite Kit
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Blizzplanet has noted that Blizzard Entertainment's recently updated Job Openings page lists several positions for a Top Secret game project. Two of the openings are for work on a "Next Gen MMO" title. Blizzard has yet to reveal any specifics about the game or games in progress.

Some jobs tagged as "Top Secret" refer to a Next-Gen MMO. Another job requires knowledge of Game Physics/Collision programming for a Next-Gen MMO and familiarity with Havok, Ageia, and O.D.E. physics packages. Same technology used by Starcraft II, and other recent non-Blizzard games.
Blizzard also recently released a new Fansite Kit for the ever popular World of Warcraft's next expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. The kit includes everything web designers might need to get their own Lich King site up and running.
We are pleased to announce that our new fansite kit is available for download. This kit should provide you with some basic assets to create a cool Wrath of the Lich King fansite. In it, you'll find...

- Concept art for Wrath of the Lich King
- Wrath of the Lich King avatar pictures
- Sample HTML to help you with your page layout
- Logos for Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard, and
- Wallpapers
- Wrath of the Lich King fact sheet and FAQ
- A sample Wrath of the Lich King article
- Graphics source files to help you with your own designs
Follow the links below for more information.

Blizzplanet: Blizzard's Top Secret Game
Blizzard Job Opportunities
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Blizzard Entertainment

Mac Games News for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Casual Games Association Releases 2007 Report6:00 AM
Chocolatier Reviewed6:00 AM
Halo Movie Still In Production6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 196:00 AM
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