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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Aegir's Fire Released For iPod
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Apple recently released Pirates of the Caribbean: Aegir's Fire, the latest title in the growing collection of games for the iPod multimedia device. The game allows players to take the helm of the Black Pearl and set sail in pursuit of the mythical Aegir's Fire in a fast paced action game spanning 30 missions.

Take your place alongside the characters of Disney's legendary Pirates of the Caribbean to pursue Aegir's Fire - a mythical flame that drags ships to the ocean floor! Captain your ship, the Black Pearl, and brave treacherous seas, search the world for treasure, sink threatening vessels, battle gruesome creatures, and outwit the villainous Royal Navy in your heroic quest.

• Based on Disney's blockbuster franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean
• Captain the legendary Black Pearl and amass your crew from the film's celebrated characters
• Engage in fast-paced combat with more than 30 action-packed missions
• Advance through the game and unleash more crewmen with different abilities
• Battle ruthless enemies and vicious challenges featuring the Whirlpool, Kraken, and Royal Navy
• Plunder hidden treasures and precious loot to boost your score
• Unlock secret bonus levels when you reach high scores on sunken treasure missions
• Replay previous missions with new crew combinations to master higher scores
• Enjoy the pulse-pounding soundtrack
• Intuitive controls include the iPod wheel, which serves as the ship's navigation wheel

Pirates of the Caribbean: Aegir's Fire is compatible with 3rd generation iPod nanos, iPod classics, and 5th generation iPods. It costs $4.99 from the iTunes store.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Aegir's Fire

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Neverwinter Nights 2 Shipping Next Week
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 16 comments

Aspyr Media announced today that Neverwinter Nights 2 has been declared Gold and will begin shipping to retail stores in North America next week. The computer role-playing game set in the fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms, one of the popular campaign settings of Dungeons and Dragons, was licensed from Atari and developed for Mac by Aspyr Studios.


Operating System: 10.4.11 (Tiger), 10.5.1 (Leopard)
CPU Processor: Intel Chipset
CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Disk Space: 6.5 GB Hard Drive Space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon X1600
Video Card (NVidia): Geforce 7600
Video Memory (VRam): 128 MB
Media Required: DVD Drive
Internet(TCP/IP) or LAN play supported
Internet play requires broadband connection
CPU Speed: 2.33 GHz
Operating System: 10.4.11 (Tiger), 10.5.1 (Leopard)
Memory: 2 GB
Video Memory (VRam): 256

Supported Video cards:
NVIDIA GeForce 7600, 8600
ATI Radeon X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600

Head over to the site below to read more about the game.

Aspyr Media
Neverwinter Nights 2
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Mia Reading: The Bugaboo Bugs Now Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Mia, the mouse and star of Kutoka's award-winning edutainment software series is celebrating ten years of adventures and learning. To kick off the celebration, Kutoka is launching a new title, Mia Reading: The Bugaboo Bugs!. Targeted at five to nine year olds The Bugaboo Bugs! focuses on literary skills by combining an adventure game with educational activities that are in sync with the educational curriculum from kindergarten to grade three

The Bugaboo Bugs! is about some incredibly troublesome bugs! Mia lives in a charming Victorian house where her family has lived for generations. The house has recently been invaded by pests—the Bugaboos. These disrespectful, noisy and uncivilized bugs are going to attract the attention of the humans, and if they are noticed, the exterminators will be called and everyone will be put out on the street! The Bugaboos must go! And Mia needs the player’s help to find a way to get them to stay out of site.

Mia’s Reading Adventure has been designed to support a school’s curriculum from kindergarten to grade three, and includes 12 exciting literacy skills activities each with four distinct age-appropriate levels of difficulty. Topics covered include associating images to words, punctuation, phonics, rhymes, spelling, sentence structure, vocabulary, reading comprehension, word recognition, verb tense, adverbs, following instructions, and much more! There is an easy to consult progress report and The Bugaboo Bugs! educational activities are seamlessly integrated into the story. There is also a feature that allows the player to go directly to the activities. But of course, it is the adventure that makes a Mia game so special!
Minimum System Requirements:
Macintosh OS X, 10.4, 10.5
Processor: G4 - 1Ghz
RAM: 512 MB
Video & Sound: Standard Macintosh
DVD-ROM Drive: 4X
Hard Disk Space: 1.2 GB.
Mia Reading: The Bugaboo Bugs! is available on a hybrid DVD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh and is available for the suggested retail price of $24.99.

Mia Reading: The Bugaboo Bugs

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

GamingExcellence recently posted a review of the Windows version of Penumbra: Black Plague. The final chapter in the Penumbra story will thrust players into a creepy environment of horror where they must solve puzzles to survive. GE gave the game a score of 7.8 out of 10.

From the review:

You’ll solve many of these puzzles by interacting with the environment in very natural-feeling ways. Opening drawers and switching levers isn’t about simply pressing a ‘use’ button. Everything is done with a single mouse click, and then moving like you naturally would. Opening a drawer means grasping it and pulling it out; pulling the level means taking it and pulling it down. It’s really quite an immersive system and it gives you a level of interaction with the environment that just feels natural, and keeps you in the atmosphere without constantly reminding you that you are, in fact, playing a game.

This brings me to the real star of Penumbra: its great atmosphere and sense of immersion. There’s no heads-up display showing your health or anything other information; all you see your flashlight/glowstick/flare, the only shield you have against the pitch black. Likewise, music is rare and saved only for some important events, so expect to hear every scrape, every bump, every footstep, and every murmur in the shadows. At one point in the game, something – not going to spoil what – happens, and after that, you start to question whether or not what you’re looking at is the truth.
Check out the full review at the link provided below.

GamingExcellence: Penumbra Black Plague
Frictional Games

Mac Games News for Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Neverwinter Nights 2 Goes Gold3:30 PM
Apple Games Features Chess & Backgammon Classics6:00 AM
Aquaria Q&A, Mac Version Status6:00 AM
Magic: The Gathering Coming To Macs6:00 AM
Quazal Game Networking Available For Macs6:00 AM
Wheel Of Fortune Deluxe Available For Macs6:00 AM
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