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IMG Reviews Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
6:13 AM | Marcus Albers | 1 comment

Inside Mac Games has posted a review of the RPG puzzler Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. Here's a snippet from the review:

The game actually has its roots in another RPG series, Warlord, which has been around since the late 1980s and has seen many updates over the years. Nevertheless, Puzzle Quest is an interesting departure from the typical RPG or real-time strategy game because it uses puzzles for battles instead of swords or other weapons. The real battle takes place in your mind. In a way, this takes the gameplay back to its original roots, the tabletop RPG, and away from the more traditional fare of recent years, the ever more realistic video battle simulation.
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IMG Review: Puzzle Quest - Challenge of the Warlords
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
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NWVault Announces 2007 NWN Module Of The Year
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

NWVault recently announced the winner of its 2007 Neverwinter Nights Module of the Year Award. Savant's The Aielund Saga Act IV scored top honors in the Neverwinter Nights category. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards went to Tortured Hearts II, Towers of Dregar: Xora's Vial, and Sanctum of the Archmage 2: The Miracle Worker, respectively.

In the Neverwinter Nights 2 category Maerduin's Harp & Chrysanthemum took the top spot, followed by Pool of Radiance Remastered, Moonshadows Chapter One, and Dark Waters 1: Highcastle.

More about The Aielund Saga Act IV:

Terinus the Black, former King's wizard and the man responsible for the war, reveals to you the terrible truth of your situation, and the legendary foes that you are about to confront. Failure here will result in the total elimination of Aielund by powers beyond your comprehension.

You and your companions must walk the very planes of existence in a desperate search for the power needed to stop the coming onslaught, confront horrors and wonders from beyond the stars, and ultimately assail the ancients in the very heart of their stronghold. The final battle draws near, and only the bravest and boldest will survive.
To learn more about all the winners head over to the site linked below.

NWVault: 2007 Module Of The Year Awards
Neverwinter Nights
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Spore Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Computer and Video Games has published another new preview of Will Wright's upcoming god sim, Spore. The game will allow players to climb the evolutionary ladder from single celled organism to master of a sprawling galactic empire.

Impressing other creatures is also based around this parts system. One puny monster walked up to me and sang a little tune, and Spore's UI insisted I attempt to impress him by singing back. Sadly, I had no mouth, so instead I decided that the only song he was going to hear was the melody of my claws squeezing the life from his fluffy little arse.

If you want, you can be a herbivore, gaining friends and avoiding predators, but everyone makes babies. From this dirtiness comes the chance to evolve, adding body parts to grow towards the point of sentience, where you gain the ability to create things. There's a real feeling of life, with each race you create, and possibly make extinct, feeling utterly new and original.

So far the gameplay is somewhat simplistic, but the sheer scale of the world and the number of creations within its gorgeous vistas make up for this. And once you evolve, there's plenty more to do.
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CVG: Spore Preview
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Texas Hold'em For iPod Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

The iPod Observer recently posted a review of Texas Hold'em for Apple's iPod. The game challenges players to win a high stakes poker tournament against a variety of computer generated players. The iPod Observer gave the game a score of 2 out of 5.

From the review:

The maximum number of players at a table is 6, which requires an entirely different strategy than a table with 8, 9, or 10 players -- the table size in most Texas Hold 'em tournaments.

Furthermore, the artificial intelligence of the computerized players is not particularly intelligent. They mostly act predictably and unrealistically which makes it easy to tell when they're holding good cards or bluffing. And, you can usually bluff them out with a small bet or raise if they're not holding a superb hand.

Another negative is that there is no "advice" mode, so if you're a beginner you'll get no help from the game, which is too bad.

Finally, you're limited to a single type of poker game -- Texas Hold 'em -- and a single betting variation -- no-limit. If you want to play other poker game types such as 7 card stud, 5 card draw, Omaha, or any other (there are many), or if you would rather play in a tournament with a fixed (or pot) betting limit, you're out of luck. It's no-limit Hold 'em or nothing.
Head over to the site below to read the rest of the review.

iPod Observer: Texas Hold'em Review

Quake 3 On An iPod Touch
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

The HermitWorks blog recently unveiled video footage of Quake 3 running on an iPod Touch. Using source code from icculus, Scott Brooks was able to get the game up and running with only a few modifications. The video shows two players competing on networked iPods.

So we've been playing around with Quake 3 and Apple's iPod Touch. Scott grabbed the icculus source and with a few modifications had it running pretty quick. Here's a video of him with two iPod Touch's in multiplayer.
To read more click over to the link provided below.

HermitWorks: Quake 3 + iPod Touch

Mac Games News for Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games Digital Download Available6:00 AM
Jeremy Soule Discusses The Art Of Creating Game Music6:00 AM
Penumbra: Overture Reviewed6:00 AM
StarCraft II: Q&A Round 346:00 AM
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