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Apple Games Features The Spore Creature Creator
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Apple Games' latest game feature turns the microscope on the recently released Spore Creature Creator. Showcasing the creature creation tools from Will Wright's upcoming Spore god sim, the game allows users to craft their own unique creation using a variety of parts and tools. Apple's article provides an overview of the Creator's functions.

The Sporepedia allows you to view all of the creatures shared by other players, as well as read comments left about your aliens. Double-click a creature to view it up close, rotate it, and see what it can do. You can watch it let loose with a mating call, unleash a vicious attack, dance, and more.

To see what any of your aliens are capable of, load one and click Test Drive. Tell it to roar and do a flip, or move and groove to a beat. Instruct your creature to flex its muscles and give a “come hither” look, or show its light-hearted side with a laugh. You can even drop it into one of three planetary backgrounds and spawn up to three babies that will mimic its actions.

SPORE presents a shared universe where you can visit alien civilizations developed by other players, and the Creature Creator includes similar functionality. Snap pictures and shoot video of your favorite creations and share them with other members of the SPORE community or upload your films directly to YouTube. With one click, you can even create an animated avatar of your creature and use it in your message board signature.
Head over to the site below to read the rest of the article.

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Puzzle Quest: Challenge Of The Warlords Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has posted a new review of Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. The game, available for Intel Mac owners, combines elements of the popular match three genre with a role playing adventure. ComputerGames gave Puzzle Quest a score of 83 out of 100.

From the review:

At every level up you will be given four points to distribute as you wish between the different skills of your hero. You can make him stronger, for example, and do more damage and raise your odds of making another move after the skull alignment. You can make him more cunning and the experience you get at the end of each fight grows. This skill also gives the right to make the first move if you are more experienced than your opponent. Or, you can invest (highly recommended) in the art of using one of the four existing branches of magic, that use four types of runes, coloured accordingly: fire - red, water - blue, earth - green, air - yellow. The spells can either be unlocked once you level up either learned from captured prisoners.

Unfortunately, the spells are not clearly divided between the four branches of magic, many of them need manna of different colours in order to be used; this is why, you will find that you are forced to form a multilaterally developed hero, because you never know what spells you might come across and what their requirements might be. The game play – however – creates the same sick addiction as Bejeweled. And more than that, you’ll spend hours and hours forming a strategy before you get into the battle, buying objects, levelling up your hero, choosing your spells or gearing him up with amulets and artefacts to fight against the powers or the spells of the attackers.
The full review is available at the website linked below. Puzzle Quest Challenge Of The Warlords
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250,000 Spore Creatures Created
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

Maxis recently announced that Spore fans and the creatively curious have designed and shared more than 250,000 new alien life forms in the 48 hours after launch of the Spore Creature Creator. Several unique creature creations are being shared every second.

"The response to the Spore Creature Creator has been overwhelming," said Lucy Bradshaw, executive producer of Spore at Maxis. "The creativity and passion that the community is putting into their creatures is spectacular. The development team has spent the last 24 hours checking out the amazing creations racing in from all corners of the globe - with peak volume hitting more than 1,000 creatures being shared a minute."
More about the Creature Creator:
The Spore Creature Creator is a stand-alone product and creativity toy box where players create their own unique creatures, bring them to life with entertaining animations, and share them online with friends around the world. The full version of the Spore Creature Creator will be available for $9.99 at retail stores or by visiting A free trial version of the Spore Creature Creator is also available today at The trial version features 25% of the creature-making parts from Spore and lets players shape, paint and play with their custom-created creatures. Creatures made in the Spore Creature Creator can also be imported into the full Spore game, allowing players to populate their own galaxies when the game ships worldwide later this year.

The Spore Creature Creator lets players create their own creatures, take them on a test drive, snap pictures, and make movies of them. Sharing pictures or videos with friends is as easy as the click of a button. Players can also share their creations with others by uploading to the Sporepedia(TM) at The Sporepedia is an extraordinarily vast online destination where people worldwide can search for and share Spore creations, comment on other player's designs, check out celebrity creature creations and much more.
The Spore Creature Creator is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and can be purchased for $9.99 at retail stores or from the Spore website. A downloadable demo version is available for free.

The full Spore game is scheduled to ships on September 5, 2008 in Europe and September 7, 2008 in North America and Asia. Follow the links below for more information.

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FreeCiv Updated To 2.1.5
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Freeciv has been updated to 2.1.5. An open source game similar to the Civilization series, Freeciv is a turn based multiplayer strategy game which allows players to lead their civilization to dominance. The latest update introduces a variety of bug fixes to the game.

More about version 2.1.5:

• Fixes for bootstrap and compilation issues.
• Fixes for rulesets, for example making Civ1 ruleset playable.
• Fixes for several bugs concerning player handling and game loading.
• Fixes for a number of corner case crashers.
• Fix a memory leak in the readline code.
• Fix for bug that prevented the adding of items to the top of global worklists.
• Fix citybar view options.
• Updates to Estonian, Korean, Greek, Turkish, Catalan, Swedish, Spanish, and German translations.
Click over to the links below to download the latest version and learn more about the game.


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