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Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords Comes To Intel Macs
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 24 comments

TransGaming has announced that Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is now available for owners of Intel Macs, courtesy of the company's Cider virtualization software. TransGaming recently obtained exclusive rights to the Mac release of Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords from D3 Publisher of America. The game combines the popular match three game style with a role playing experience.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords offers a compelling twist on conventional gaming, allowing players to spend just a few casual minutes with the game or dedicate hours of game play at a time to their puzzles-and-role-playing experience. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a critically acclaimed video game that artfully blends match-three puzzle game play with strategy, character-building elements and a persistent storyline. This combination of game play elements created an appealing new video game genre that entices casual and hardcore gamers alike, making it fun for the whole family.

"The partnership established by TransGaming to bring Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords to Mac consumers is another example of TransGaming's leadership in the gaming industry and how we are bringing some of the greatest and most compelling content to Mac gamers. Puzzle Quest is sure to delight the Mac audience and we are also excited about several new initiatives this Spring that will continue to change the landscape of Mac gaming and make it easier then ever for Mac consumers to enjoy the games they love," commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming Technologies.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords has received numerous accolades acknowledging the excellence of the game. These include the prestigious Best Downloadable Game at the 11 th annual Interactive Achievement Awards, a Spike TV nomination for Best Handheld Game of 2007, a Best Puzzle Game of E3 2007 Award from, and the esteemed iParenting Media Excellent Product Award for 2007.
• Mac OS X v10.4.10/Mac OS X v10.5.1 Leopard
• CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor
• 1024MB RAM
• 150MB hard-disk space
• Video card: ATI X1600/NVIDIA 7300 GT/Intel integrated graphics chip
• Keyboard and mouse
The Mac version of Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords costs $19.99 and is available for purchase and download at TransGaming's new GameTree Online site.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
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Fable Shipping March 31st
10:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 24 comments

Feral Interactive today announced that it will finally begin shipping the long-awaited Fable: The Lost Chapters on March 31st for the Mac. Created by Lionhead Studios, the game invites players to take the role of a legendary Hero and create his life story from child to old man. Players are challenged to undertake quests and perform great deeds and in so doing must make a multitude of choices and decisions along the way. Each decision and every action shapes the character of the Hero; skills, appearance and even morality are all affected.

"It's been a long time in coming, but we are extremely proud of Fable: The Lost Chapters,” said Feral Interactive’s David Stephen. “We're confident it will set a new standard for action RPGs on the Mac both for Intel and PowerPC based machines."

“It’s great to see Fable: The Lost Chapters refined and balanced for the Mac especially as there is a real dearth of RPGs on this platform,” commented Lionhead game designer Peter Molyneux. “For me the Mac is an icon of style and technology within the computer world and so it’s fantastic that Fable: The Lost Chapters can now be played on it.”

Fable: The Lost Chapters requires a 1.6GHz or faster PowerPC or Intel-based Mac, 512MB RAM, 64MB graphics card and Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later.

Feral Interactive
Fable: The Lost Chapters
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Civilization IV Warlords Updated
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Aspyr Media today released a free patch for Sid Meier's Civilization IV Warlords. This update 840 MB update brings the strategy game to version 2.13 and brings the game up to date with its Windows counterpart.

This is an official update for Sid Meier's Civilization IV Warlords. This patch will update any current version of the game to v2.13. This patch is intended to bring the Mac version up to date with the PC version of the game offering a variety of fixes.
More information on Sid Meier's Civilization IV Warlords is available at Aspyr's website.

Aspyr Support: Civ IV Warlords 2.13
Aspyr Media
Civilization IV: Warlords
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iPhone SDK Downloads Pass 100,000
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Apple has announced that the recently released iPhone software development kit has been downloaded over one hundred thousand times. The announcement also offers some comments from company's planning to offer games and other software for the mobile device.

“Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible with more than 100,000 downloads in the first four days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Also, over one million people have watched the launch video on, further demonstrating the incredible interest developers have in creating applications for the iPhone.”

“We’re very excited about Apple’s new SDK and reaching every iPhone user through the new App Store,” said Scott Rubin, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Namco Networks. “We can’t wait to show off great new versions of arcade classics like PAC-MAN and Galaga that use the revolutionary features of the iPhone and iPod touch.”

“Apple’s become an important mobile game platform with the iPhone SDK,” said Jason Kapalka, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, PopCap. “The new SDK gives us the tools to innovate and reinvent games like Bejeweled, Zuma and Peggle. With the new App Store we can reach every iPhone and iPod touch user on the planet.”

“The iPhone is the mobile platform game developers have been dreaming of,” said Scott Zerby, vice president, THQ Wireless. “We’re looking at how we can use the iPhone’s innovative user interface to create new game experiences for our big brand entertainment partners that consumers love.”

Check out the announcement at the link below.

Apple: iPhone SDK Downloads

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The Shadowbane Reboot Coming Soon
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Ubisoft and the Shadowbane Team have announced the official date of the Shadowbane Reboot, a re-launch of the MMO gameworld to allow for a variety of changes and updates. The reboot will take place on March 25th, the fifth anniversary of the game's release and is intended to encourage both new and old players to join the new servers and experience all the new changes.

The Shadowbane Reboot is officially set to go live on March 25, 2008! Some may recognize that this date holds significant value. For those who do not know, Shadowbane was released 5 years ago on March 25, 2003. 5 Years is a special milestone and with it comes the Shadowbane Reboot where the previous servers will be retired and new servers will be born in their place. The re-launch of Shadowbane brings changes that were impossible before and breathes new life into the game and the community! This new life will take place in the world of Vorringia where the tapestries of Baronies and Fiefdoms have been wiped clean. The time has come for the next generation of warlords to rally an army, carve out an empire, and change the world!

The Ubisoft Montreal team will be performing routine network and server maintenance to coincide with the Shadowbane Reboot. The expected downtime will be from March 20, 2008 until March 25, 2008.

Head over to the links below for more information.

The Shadobane Reboot
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