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Spore Coming In September
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Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced that Spore, Will Wright's much anticipated new simulation title, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7. Spore will be available for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS, and mobile phones.

“The wait is almost over,” said Maxis Chief Designer Will Wright. “We’re in our final stages of testing and polish with Spore, and the team at Maxis can’t wait to see the cosmos of content created by the community later this year.”

Spore gives players their own personal universe in a box. Create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt entire worlds and explore a universe created by other gamers. Spore gives players a wealth of creative tools to customize nearly every aspect of their universe: creatures, vehicles, buildings, and even UFOs. Players can then seamlessly share their creations with the world or explore infinite new galaxies created by other gamers.
For more information about the game click on the links provided below.

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Yahtzee For iPod Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Electronic Arts and Apple recently release Yahtzee for iPod, one of the many new titles making their way to Apple's portable multimedia devices. Yahtzee brings the classic dice rolling of Hasbro's family game to the iPod with the addition of unlockable levels, multiple game modes, and mutiplayer action.

Let the good times roll with YAHTZEE on your iPod, Easy scorekeeping, multiple game modes, and simple click-wheel controls deliver classic fun. Play solo, against a friend, or against a computer opponent. Unlockable difficulty levels make for greater challenges as you progress. With help menus and hints to explain the basics, iPod YAHTZEE is perfect for novices as well as experienced players. Enjoy the iPod version of this wildly popular family game.

• Choose from multiple game modes and rule sets
• Help menus and hints make this simple to pick up and play
• Play against a friend, or against a computer opponent with adjustable skill levels
• Track your progress with automatic score keeping as well as score statistics.
• An auto-save function lets you play when you can and pause when you have to
• Rich sound effects and music make for a rich experience
The game is compatible with 3rd generation iPod nanos, iPod classics, and 5th generation iPods. It is available for $4.99 from the iTunes store.

Yahtzee For iPod

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Wrath Of The Lich King Screenshots
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Several new screenshots from the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King, Blizzard Entertainment's second expansion for the popular World of Warcraft, are available from and Lich King will include an increased Level 80 cap for characters, the new area of Northrend to explore, and the Death Knight, the first hero class in the game.

Features of Wrath of the Lich King:
• Master the necromantic powers of the Death Knight - World of Warcraft's first Hero class.
• Quest to level 80, gaining potent new abilities and talents along the way.
• Learn the craft of spell augmentation with the new Inscription profession.
• Brave the harsh new continent of Northrend, the icy domain of the Lich King.
• Engage in epic siege warfare, deploying mighty siege engines to lay waste to destructible buildings in your path.
• Transform your hero's look with new character-customization options, including new hairstyles and dances.
• Explore perilous new dungeons filled with some of the deadliest creatures -- and greatest treasures -- on Azeroth.
View all the screenshots and learn more about the game at the link below.

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Penumbra: Black Plague Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GameZone has posted a review of the Windows version ofFrictional Games' Penumbra: Black Plague, the sequel to Overture. The final chapter in the Penumbra story will thrust players into a creepy environment of horror where they must solve puzzles to survive. GameZone gave the game a score of 7.6 out of 10.

From the review:

There are monsters/mutations running about and you will have a cursor that changes from an eye to a hand when there are things to do in a given location – that is the part that has been tread before. But what this game does, and does remarkably well, is make the world seem more alive by asking you to do what you really would in a living, breathing space. The physics are solid and make sense. You get that aforementioned hand icon, but (for example) to open a desk drawer, you don’t just click on it, you click, hold and pull with the mouse. That will open the drawer. If something round is inside, it will roll around and you may have to position yourself better to reach in and grab it.

A letter from father to son (Phillip) leads the son into a deep and darkly dangerous mystery in an underground complex crawling with an ambience that would make H.P. Lovecraft proud. But even though this is the essence of the game, all that seems to be missing when the game opens with a typed message from Phillip to the game player. It seems he is appealing to the gamer for help, but what that translates to is help in working through the puzzles and mysteries from a first-person perspective.

Ok, the opening narrative is handled rather poorly, with the writing not all that strong. And then you find yourself in a room, with a locked door, but the admonition that you need to get out and soon. What has any of this to do with the appeal for help? For the answer to that, you have to move into the game a little further and uncover some of the mysteries therein; what seems confusing does clarify, but only after you get about a third of the way in. Not that you will totally mind – the game does start off with a series of puzzles that will have you involved in the game mechanics long before you start to piece together the nuances of the story.
Check out the full review at the link provided below.

GameZone: Penumbra Black Plague Review
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Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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Apple Trademark Extension Renews Gaming Speculation6:00 AM
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Tiger Woods 08 Reviewed6:00 AM
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