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Friday, March 7, 2008

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Harvest: Massive Encounter Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Oxeye Game Studio has released Harvest: Massive Encounter, a new real-time strategy game for Mac OS X and Windows.

Gameplay is centered around collecting money by harvesting resources from mineral rocks, and defending the base against endless hordes of aliens. In addition to managing the money that is generated from collecting resources the player must also carefully manage the energy that keeps the base operational.

The game will be instantly recognizable by real-time strategy players, and with a slick system that focuses on base construction, visual resource management and defenses. The game is very easy to pick up, yet impossible to master. The game's engine is able to support thousands and thousands of units, guaranteeing to run you down in a spectacular display.

The full version of the game has five game modes and three planets, and the demo gives a sneak-peek at two of these modes. Harvest is available in the following languages: English, Korean, French, Swedish, Brazilian Portuguese, German and Dutch.

The game won an award at the Swedish Game Awards 2007 and has received much acclaim during its two open beta test periods.
Harvest: Massive Encounter is distributed digitally from Oxeye Game Studio and is priced at $24.99. The Macintosh version requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

Harvest: Massive Encounter

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Rainbow Web 2 Available For Mac OS X
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story and Sugar Games have announced the release of Rainbow Web 2. The sequel to the original Rainbow Web allows players to continue their quest, fighting to save the Rainbow Kingdom by defeating the the Spider and its web of spells. To succeed players must match both colors and letters within the webs on each level.

Rainbow Web 2 welcomes you again to the wonderful world of the Rainbow Kingdom!

Your hero has already broken the spells laid upon the magic land by a wicked and powerful Sorcerer Spider. But the Royal Palace is still in the grip of the Spider, who weaves a web of spells, making the palace into the last citadel of evil in this magic kingdom. So, a difficult journey lies ahead. What was begun must be finished!

- 82 challenging levels;
- 7 spider web patterns and 14 unique rooms to restore;
- 2 kinds of mini-games: Jigsaw Puzzle and Hidden Object;
- Rich story and amazing graphics;
- Unlimited play.

Rainbow Web 2 is available for $19.95 USD through A free Universal Binary demo version of the game is available for download on the web page.

Macgamestore: Rainbow Web 2

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Dominions 3: The Awakening Updated
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 patch brings the feature rich game to version 3.15, introduces a new creatures, new spells, and adds a variety of bug fixes and improvements.

More about version 3.15:

Ulm Iron Faith: Black Priests in MA Ulm, Priest Smiths.
Iron Faith spells: Iron Darts, Iron Blizzard.
Iron Angel, MA Ulm summon to battle enemy sacreds and magical beings.
Guardians got Black Halberds that stun enemy sacreds.
Ghoul Guardians no longer sacred, but got Black Halberds.
Halt Heretic: New ability on Iron Angel, Ulrich hero and Lord Guardians.
Plate armors slightly better. Ulm plate armors more so.
The update is available for download at the Shrapnel Games web page listed below.

Shrapnel Games
Dominions III: The Awakening
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Alien Arena 2008 Coming Soon To Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

COR Entertainment recently announced the release of Alien Arena 2008 for Windows and Linux based PCs. The freeware opensourced first person shooter is a followup to Alien Arena 2007, and features nearly all new game media, gameplay improvements, and a client that has been upgraded for improved visual effects as well as optimizations to improve fluidity and performance.

A Mac OS X version of the game is planned for release next week.

Alien Arena 2008 also offers a change to it's overall theme, moving towards a slightler darker, more serious tone, while still retaining a good bit of it's retro style, creating an interesting marriage between classic and modern sci-fi. This resulted in completely new player models, many new weapon models and textures, and seventeen, yes, seventeen new levels! The transformation is nothing short of remarkable.

There are major improvements in weapon effects, per-pixel lighting, texture resolution, and resource usage, as well as the addition of a cross platform server browser, FUSE. Weapons have been tweaked for better balance, and movement has been enhanced with the addition of dodging abilities. Alien Arena 2008 will run on Windows and Linux, and the OSX/Mac port will be released in one week.
Click over to the link below for more information.

Alien Arena 2008

Geneforge 5 Development Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

In a recent forum post Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel revealed some new information about the upcoming Geneforge 5. The final game in the RPG saga will allow players to bring the war between Shapers and Rebellion to an end. G5 will feature five different factions, six character classes, and a complex storyline.

The storyline and game structure will be much closer to Geneforge 1 and 2. You will wander around and interact with five (FIVE!) different factions. Eventually, you can choose one to fight for. There are all of the options you probably predicted from the previous games, and others that might take you by surprise.

You will start, as usual, as a lone Shaper/lifecrafter. You will be able to choose to be either a Shaper character (the old three choices) or as one of the six different rebel classes. Yes, I am putting in the "missing" sixth character class from the rebel side.

The spell system will be mostly the same, but I am completely reworking how buffs work to make them more interesting and player friendly. I'll go into this more in later months. Suffice it to say for now that the "OK, this fight is tough, I'll put 12 buffs on every character. Zzzz." system had to go.
Vogel is working toward a November release for the Mac version of Geneforge 5. Read the rest of his comments at the link provided below.

Geneforge 5 March Update
Geneforge 5
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Custer Celebrates Croft
6:00 AM | IMG News | 2 comments

IMG's destkop guru Brad Custer is back today with another new desktop for your viewing pleasure. This week's desktop features Tomb Raider Anniversary from Feral Interactive.

Here's what Brad had to say about his latest desktop:

With the recent release of Tomb Raider Anniversary from Feral Interactive, it's clear that Lara Croft has only grown in popularity with time. My inbox has been flooded with emails excited by her return. I love honoring all requests and being able to create one for a personal favorite is always an added bonus. I'm sure it won't be our last visit with this gun-totting babe. This wallpaper features Lara in her typical work atmosphere and was made possible with help from Eidos Interactive and my cable modem.
Those who wish to download this week's desktop can find it in the usual place.

Custer's Corner

Mac Games News for Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spore, Other Games Coming Via iPhone SDK12:00 PM
A First Look At Freeverse's iPhone Games6:00 AM
Ads Coming To StarCraft II?6:00 AM
Bubble Bash Reviewed6:00 AM
Hilmar Petursson Discusses EVE Online6:00 AM
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