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New Spore Movie Available
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The official website for Spore, Will Wright's upcoming evolution sim, has added a new behind-the-scenes video to the list of available preview movies. The video explores the thoughts of those behind the game, offering commentary from developers at Maxis.

More about Spore:

Begin your odyssey at the dawn of life as a simple microbe just trying to survive, then use the fun, intuitive Editors to evolve the creature from its microscopic origins into an intelligent, tool-using race. Guide your species as it builds (and the player designs) villages, buildings, cities, and vehicles. Along the way to becoming a global civilization you can choose whether to hunt or forage, attack or trade, be nice or play rough!

All the action takes place in a huge, lush world populated with creatures evolved by other players and shared over SPORE’s central servers. When it’s ready, your one-time pond scum launches into space in its UFO on a grand voyage of discovery, planet forming, or destruct-ion! As you explore and play in this limitless universe of unique worlds, your personal Sporepedia tracks all the creatures you’ve met and places you’ve visited.
To watch the new video follow the link provided below.

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IMG Reviews Sudoku - Latin Squares
6:13 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of Sudoku - Latin Squares, a new version of the popular number puzzle. Here's a clip from the review:

In short, [Latin Squares are] a clever twist to a classic game. In a typical sudoku puzzle, there are nine boxes of nine squares each. Latin Squares gives you the option of going from a 3x3 grid all the way to a standard 9x9. But instead of using perfectly trisected cubes, the grid resembles a series of colored Tetris blocks. A 3x3 grid will have a series of 3-square sections jammed together, which a 9x9 grid can have sections that look as unruly as Gorbachev’s cranial birthmark. Each colored segment has the same rules as a traditional sudoku segment, with no repeating numbers allowed in any one section, as well as no repeats in any column or row. The best way to understand this twist is to look at the screenshots, and a single game in 3x3 mode will make you want to challenge yourself in the larger grid configurations.
Follow the link below to read the full review.

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IMG Review: Sudoku - Latin Squares
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Deliver2Mac Adds Ankh 2 And Brain Jogging
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Virtual Programming's digital download service, Deliver2Mac, recently added Ankh 2 and Brain Jogging to its list of downloadable titles. Ankh 2 continues the adventure game story of Osiris with a variety of new locations and characters to meet. Brain Jogging is intended to exercise the player's brain, improving response times and effectiveness with various tasks.

Ankh 2 Heart of Osiris
This time he will not fail. This time Osiris will show the world of humans what, he's made of. But the Ankh alone is not enough - not as long as he hasn't found the most important part of his body: his heart.
Life has not been kind to Assil. Only three weeks ago he managed to ward off his death curse. Since then his relationship (with Thara) has hit the rocks and the Ankh was stolen from him (by sinister assassins). Assil sets out to get it all back - and to once again face Osiris.
He is not the only victim, however - there is another: the pharaoh! One moment he sits on his throne, lazy, sluggish and with a heck of a hangover, the next he is a slave in his own quarry - how could this have happened? And more importantly: how is he going to get out of this without getting killed?
Ankh: Heart of Osiris is even more intense and more bizarre as it takes the player even deeper into the crazy world of old Cairo. You'll meet a lot of familliar faces, but of course there are plenty of new surprises too!
Aside from familliar locations, like the bazaar, there will be plenty of new locations for the player to explore - such as the quarry and the large arena with all its dark, convoluted catacombs.
And of course the black humour of the first game can be found in the sequel! Once again, old Egypt and its inhabitants are turned upside down and given a good seeing to.

• Classic adventure game
• A completely new and zany story in new, strange and fascinating locations
• A brand new exciting story
• Get to know new characters and familiar faces
• Sophisticated graphics with dynamic light, shadow and glow effects
• Supreme voice acting
• Cinematic full-motion sequences
• and, as always, pitchblack humour

• MacOS 10.3.9
• G4/5 or Mac Intel with 1.4 GHz
• 512 MB RAM
• Graphics card with 64 MB VideoRAM
• 1 GB harddrive space
• Also works on GMA950 (MacBook and Mac Mini Intel)
Brain Jogging:
To stay fit and healthy at any age, your brain needs daily training. For this reason, we decided to release "More Dr. Tool® Brain-Jogging"! Train your response times, your mind and improve your effectiveness with different tasks. Balance the scales or find the hidden stones within the "Blackbox". Do you manage to calculate with different times of the day? You won't take a challenge before you have finished a training program? You may take and repeat the training classes of "More Dr. Tool® Brain-Jogging" as long as you like. If you feel you are ready, you may take the challenges. Improve yourself with More Dr. Tool® Brain-Jogging!

• Challenge and training mode
• 3 difficulty levels
• Available statistics
• Comprehensive evaluation of every game you played including your achievements, your performance and your efficiency

• MacOS 10.3.9
• G4/G5 or Mac Intel with 800 Mhz
• 256 MB RAM
• 32 MB video RAM
• Internet access
Ankh 2 costs $39.95 and Brain Jogging costs $19.95. Follow the links below for more information.

Deliver2Mac: Ankh 3 Heart Of Osiris
Deliver2Mac: Brain Jogging

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Avernum 5 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Zone has published a new review of Avernum 5. The latest episode in the fantasy RPG series allows players to explore as a group of soldiers from the above ground world of the Empire. Game Zone gave the game a score of 5.9 out of 10.

Like so many other games of this vein, you will roll into
areas/towns and discover that the good people of the underground kingdom could sure use a hero to help out with the problems that plague the locals. There is an absolute ton of sub missions and side quests to find and complete in your overall quest and during those adventures some new abilities can be discovered as well as more powerful weapons. I can't say that the game really came up with anything that I haven't played a 100 times before, but I will give credit for a bit better of a realized plot. There is no arguing that the graphics on this game are waaaaaayyyy old and the game could probably be played on that computer you put up in the attic six years ago. So in that sense, while the game doesn't suffer from the dated graphics, I believe most players will be turned off by the appearance and visuals the game has.

The same could be said of the audio, another thing that must have not been in the budget. I understand that this is the fifth in the series, but the game could have benefited from a stronger sounding score and tough sound effects. During the play, you will do plenty of reading to help move the plot along and a familiar set of icons grace the edge of the game screen allowing you to fire off commands and access inventory relatively pain free.
Click over to the site below to read the rest of the review.

Game Zone: Avernum 5 Review
Spiderweb Software
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BlizzCast Asks For More Listener Questions
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment is asking for fans of the company's games to submit questions to the crew in charge of the new BlizzCast podcast. The series of podcasts is created by Blizzard's Community Team and focuses on the company's current and future game offerings.

We are once again looking for fan-submitted questions to answer in future episodes of BlizzCast. It can be anything related to Blizzard, the company, our games, or the talented people that work here. We do have a Q&A session in the soon-to-be-released episode 2 where we cover a bit of Starcraft lore and several World of Warcraft game play questions. Keep an eye on the BlizzCast home page for when it is released to get all the details.

So if you have a question you want to get to us, please send an email with the subject line "BlizzCast Q&A" to the email address and you can include a name/character along with a location/realm if you'd like for us to refer to you during the show if your question is picked.
Head over to the sites linked below for more information.

Blizzplanet: BlizzCast Episode 3 Questions Needed
Blizzard Entertainment

Mac Games News for Friday, April 4, 2008

Apple Adds Neverwinter Nights 2 Game Trailer6:00 AM
Avernum 5 Reviewed6:00 AM
Custer Takes On The Enemy6:00 AM
Penny Arcade Announces Greenhouse Game Download Portal6:00 AM
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