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Seven Minutes Of Aquaria
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

A recent installment of the Ambrosia Times reveals a seven minute glimpse into the underwater world of Ambrosia Software's upcoming Aquaria. Created by Bit Blot, the game is a side-scrolling underwater action adventure game that follows the exploits of the main character, Naija.

The team developing the new underwater adventure game Aquaria have been busily making this game as extremely amazing as possible. To help with the drooling fans who wish to get their hands on it, they have leaked a seven minute video showing some of the many aspects of this wondrous game.  
Here you will see Naija's home, the waters around it and her battle with Nautilus Prime to find a new friend.

To view the rest of the video and learn more about the game follow the links below.

Ambrosia Times: Seven Minutes Of Aquaria
Ambrosia Software

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Inside Mac Games Reviews GHOST Hunters: Haunting of Majesty
2:01 PM | Tuncer Deniz | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of GHOST Hunters: Haunting of Majesty Manor. Here's a clip from the review:

G.H.O.S.T. Hunters: The Mystery of Majesty Manor, is the first game out of the Aisle 5 Games studio and makes a stately appearance with this title, cautiously targeted at the casual gamer and perhaps even to the younger generation of up and coming gamers. Combining a fun and challenging genre with the mystery of the supernatural… or is it supernatural? This puzzle to be solved, and the addictive nature of hidden object games, keeps the player involved for hours at a time, or hours spread out over many days.
To check out the full review, please follow the link below.

Inside Mac Games Review: GHOST Hunters
Aisle 5 Games
G.H.O.S.T. Hunters
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Eschalon: Book 1 Pricing, Boxed Version Contents
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Basilisk Games' order page for Eschalon: Book 1 was recently updated with information about the price of the game and the contents of the boxed version. The downloadable version of the game will cost $27.95 while the boxed version will cost $37.95.

Here's a list of what is currently planned for the boxed version:

- The game shipped in a DVD-style case that fits nicely in your existing game or movie collection.
- A digital high-resolution world map (on disc), suitable for large dimension printing.
- An extended music track of the Theme to Eschalon.
- The Eschalon: Book I trailer in several additional formats.
- Evolution of a game: a slide show of all the alpha and beta screenshots, as well as some prototype design work, showing the game evolve to its current state.
The Windows version of Eschalon: Book 1 will be available November 19, with the Mac version tentatively planned for release before Christmas.

Follow the links below for more information.

Eschalon: Book 1 Purchase Info
Basilisk Games
Eschalon: Book I
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Hoyle Games Return To The Mac
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

IMG readers have let us know that Hoyle Games recently released OS X compatible versions of several official Hoyle computer games after several years of absence from the Mac platform. Hoyle Casino 2008, Hoyle Card Games 2008, and Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games 2008 provide hundreds of puzzle game variations for players to enjoy.

HOYLE® Casino (2008):
The best-selling casino game of all time offers excitement and challenge with over 600 variations of 16 of the most popular casino games.
Play your favorite casino games including ONLINE Texas Hold ‘Em, Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps , Keno, Roulette, Slots, Video Blackjack, and many more.

HOYLE® Card Games (2008):
Step up to the best deal in town and test your skill. Shuffle the cards and deal yourself in to the greatest card games of all time. HOYLE® drops you right into the action with over 150 classic games, official rules, tips and strategies. From classic games like Cribbage to new favorites like online Texas Hold’em, HOYLE® Card Games 2008 has something for everyone.

HOYLE® Puzzle & Board Games (2008):
This great collection features traditional puzzle game standards like Hangman, Mahjongg and Anagrams PLUS mind-bending puzzle classics like Sudoku and over 1200 different Crosswords.  All games are designed with the official rules from HOYLE, the Official Name in Gaming.
System Requirements for each game:
- Macintosh® OS X 10.4.10
- G3, G4, G5 or Intel Core Duo processor
- 600 MHz or higher processor
- 256 MB RAM
- DVD-ROM drive
- 32MB VRAM (ATI Rage cards not supported)
- 1 GB hard drive space.
Follow the links below to learn more about the games and to download the demos.

Hoyle Casino 2008
Hoyle Card Games 2008
Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games 2008
Hoyle Gaming

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Exploring Player Participation In Myst Online
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent Escapist article examines the unique online game experience provided by Cyan Worlds' Myst Online: Uru Live. The article offers a history of the online world before delving into the player interactions which form the backbone of the Myst Online experience.

When Cyan dropped the project in 2004 due to financial woes, the game stayed alive through unofficial "shard" servers. The community remained in the cavern, creating their own stories. Only recently has Cyan returned to support its players, but the players never lost their resolve. Why? What makes Uru special?

Roleplaying in other online games rarely extends beyond greeting people with "Hail." The "roleplaying" aspects of the game are essentially level-grinding and stat-manipulation. The depth of someone's character exists only in his loot's cool factor. Without that loot, the game's appeal disappears in an instant. Uru's appeal comes not from leveling and growing stronger but from exploration and taking part in the game's evolving storyline.

To say Uru has reached a point where players are actually involved in the story would be stretching, but the building blocks are in place, and the potential is staggering. As it stands, the storyline, generally revolving around strange "Bahro" creatures who have suddenly appeared en masse in the cavern, plays out in real-time, with "actors" at Cyan playing important characters that interact with explorers: giving speeches, answering questions, even making jokes.
Click over to the site below to read the rest of the article.

The Escapist: The Ending Has Not Yet Been Written
Myst Online: Uru Live

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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Mac Screens, Beta Status
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Apple Insider recently posted a collection of screenshots from the Mac version of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, currently in development at Aspyr Media. The Insider article also includes information on the current beta status of the game and Aspyr's history of porting titles using id Software game engines.

The Mac OS X version of Quake Wars remains the only planned distribution of the game not yet released, though the title is currently in the Alpha stage of development and undergoing optimization by Mac game publisher Aspyr Media, AppleInsider has learned.

The recent release of a Quake Wars 1.2 updater patch for the Windows version has hindered development of the game for the Mac somewhat, however, forcing Aspyr to match their current code to the new Windows version in the early stages of development. The 1.2 update delivers full VoIP communications support, user interface improvements and tweaks to improve the balance of the game.

Quake Wars is a graphically rich and varied game, which is more than enough to tax most systems. Aspyr has not yet released the minimum system requirements for the game, but it's suggested that owners of Intel Macs with a dedicated video card should have no issues running the title smoothly.
Head over to the site below to read the rest and view the screenshots.

Apple Insider: ETQW For Mac Alpha Stage, Screenshots
Aspyr Media
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, November 7, 2007

EVE Online Now Available6:58 AM
A Newbie's Guide To EVE Online6:00 AM
Apple Games Features Pirates Of The Caribbean Online6:00 AM
Battlefield 2142 Reviewed6:00 AM
Destineer Licenses Unreal Engine 36:00 AM
Jeff Vogel Explains Why Single Player Games Will Never Die6:00 AM
Macgamestore: Diner Dash Hometown Hero Available6:00 AM
Phase Released For iPod6:00 AM
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